Make Your Own (super easy) Bubble Mixture

DIY Bubble Mixture - so easy!

Make your own (super easy) bubble mixture The following recipe makes 1.25 litres of bubble mixture, and you can double the amounts to make a larger batch. It works perfectly in bubble machines, and will keep for months in an air-tight container. You will need 1.5 cups dish washing detergent Glycerine (available in supermarkets) Warm water Container with lid to hold the bubble mixture Bubble wands or wire coat hanger Method 1. In … [Read more...]

Watercolour Jacaranda Tree Tutorial

Jacaranda Tree Easy Watercolour Painting Tutorial for Kids

Ever since I did an Autumn tree watercolour experiment with the kids, I've thought about doing something similar for each season. Here in Brisbane, it's beautiful, and there are Jacaranda trees popping up everywhere! The idea is to do something really simple to celebrate the season that has a wow factor kids feel proud of (looks great hung on the wall too!) Materials Watercolour paper (you can get this from many places like … [Read more...]

Backyard Bottle Bowling

Backyard bowling. All you need is empty bottles and a ball.

One of my readers sent me this idea. It's one of those fab simple things you can pull out on a lazy Saturday afternoon for some family fun. Fabulous to keep in mind for Christmas or the school holidays! What you need 10 Empty 1.25 L Bottles Food colouring - 3 colours (optional) Large Ball Water How to play 1. Fill the bottles with water.  The more full they are, the harder they will be to push over.   2. Add a few drops of … [Read more...]

Tween Activity: Make a Personalised Fantasy Picture

Activity for tweens: how to remove the background of a photo in Powerpoint

As my children get older, I realise there aren't many activity ideas for the tween/teen age.  I often think and look for fun activities for my older children, however I also find with some kids (like Miss 10) it's simply a matter of facilitating their interests. Miss 10 loves drama, stop animation and generally creating stuff, and one afternoon, she asked if she could create a fantasy scene.  The only thing I did here was … [Read more...]

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Celebrating birthdays at school or day care – easy marshmallow pops I love that teachers and caregivers take the time to celebrate our children’s birthdays at school and day care. Singing happy birthday, wearing a birthday hat or badge and taking along a birthday treat to share with class mates helps make their day even more special. Traditionally, a humble birthday cake was baked and sent along – maybe a swirly marble cake if you were really … [Read more...]

Sea Animals Shoebox Puppet Theatre

Shoebox puppet theatre

This is a surprisingly simple and fun DIY project for sea animal fans. There are whales, dolphins and turtles!  Great for a school projects, show and tell, a themed holiday activity or just for fun!  Here's an idea: make a theme day and borrow a sea animal book from the local library, watch a documentary, set up an ocean themed play scene and make a puppet theatre! Something the entire family could enjoy. Materials Base of a … [Read more...]

What We Take to The Beach

Staple Items to Take to the beach

We are a pick-up-and-go type of family and so I like to keep things simple when we go to the beach.   If we keep things simple, it's achievable, and when it's achievable, we do it more.  What we take depends on how long we will be there. If we are heading to the beach for a few hours to swim, below are some standard staples that serve us well.   What we take to the beach Large Beach Tote - The red Seafolly tote … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea

Imaginative Play Scene - sand and sea

Imaginative and outdoor play are a priority when it comes to facilitating play opportunities for my kids. Combining them together is gold. We visited the beach a couple of weeks ago and then I created a beach scene for the kids to play with at home. It's really so easy and cheap to set up and here is how I did it: Materials Underbed Storage Container (or other plastic container) Play Sand (you can get bags from Bunnings and places like … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

Playgrounds in Australia tend to have similar look about them. Plastic slides painted in primary colours, a springy toy that often doesn’t spring, and a token swing set in a sea of chip bark. I remember this one playground at Warwick we discovered as a family on one of our road trips, and it was so refreshingly different because it was an older playground and had play equipment the kids hadn't seen before. An old fashioned … [Read more...]

Straw Construction Challenge

Straw Construction

On the school holidays, sometimes I throw a heap of straws on the table with tape and tell the kids to make something, anything! It's really cheap, relatively non-messy and an easy activity to set up. Materials Straws (different colours/size/lengths work well; straws with a bendy top are fun to work with; you can get jumbo straws from discount/party supply shops) Tape (clear tape and/or decorative washi … [Read more...]

Washi Tape Birthday Party Decorations

DIY Washi Tape Cake Bunting

Brought to you by 3M (S1 Post) Early this year I did a series of posts on using Scotch® Expressions Tape around the home. It’s fabulous stuff, and what I like most about this tape is you can make simple things look funky and fun! This time, I’m sharing how to theme a pre-teen or teen birthday party. Colour Scheme The first thing is to pick a colour scheme from the large range of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape … [Read more...]

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

My friend Belinda from BAC Photography told me about her Lego table project she did with her boys. The process is really very simple and achievable and such a fabulous way to facilitate Lego play. She's sharing how she put it together below. The Lego City Project My twin boys have always loved building blocks! It started on their first birthday when they received a Mega Blocks truck that came with some bricks. The novelty of pushing … [Read more...]

DIY Frozen Ice Skating Rink (for play)

Toy - Frozen Ice Skating Rink

This is a gorgeous addition to play, especially for the warmer months, and it costs nothing to set up!  It's a great activity idea for Disney Frozen fans! What you need Plastic (freezer friendly) rectangle container - as big as can fit in your freezer Water Plastic figurines (Pictured is a Schliech Aguya Ice Skating girl and I found the Ice Tree at a discount shop)  Large towel (to lay it on or do outside on the … [Read more...]

DIY Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties & Headbands

DIY FOE Hair tie tutorial final-2

I met Janine a couple of years ago.  She runs a lovely online ribbon & craft store called Sarah Lauren. I said to Janine one time, "You should do tutorials!" And here we are. She is sharing how to make your own fold over elastic hair ties. These particular hair bands are the best and hold the hair tight.   They also don't damage the hair.   With three girls in my house who often misplace hairbands, having a … [Read more...]