Squiz Kids Shortcuts

Each week we take a deep dive into a high-interest news or current affairs topic, answering kids' burning questions about everything from the Olympics to Islam. A new episode is released every Monday morning.


Looking for curriculum-aligned comprehension activities for each shortcut? We've got you covered. And check the episode notes for more resources to dig deeper.


Your Shortcut to… Vanquished Viruses and Banished Bacteria

We’ll take you through WHAT illnesses people used to worry about, HOW they treated them, and WHY we don’t have to fear them as much today. So let’s plunge into the Petrie dish of pestilence and find out. For the full episode transcript, click here.

Squiz Kids Shortcuts dive into the who, what, when, where, why and how of the big news stories.



October 26, 2021

It started two thousand years ago … today, Americans spend half a billion dollars just on costumes for their pets … and every year, more Australians get into it. We’ll take you through where Halloween comes from, why people dress up, and what the traditions of pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and haunted houses are all about.

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Invasive Species

July 30, 2021

Cute little bunnies. Fluffy cats and tiny mice. They seem sweet and harmless, but these animals are causing havoc all over Australia. More than 3,000 species of animals have been introduced to Australia, and many of them threaten our delicate ecosystem. We’ll explore WHAT exactly an invasive species is, HOW they came to cause so much trouble, WHO is affected, and WHAT we can do about it.

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