How to Entertain the Kids When You’re Sick

when mum is sick

Being sick when you’re a mum is no fun. If you’re able to have another parent or friend help with the kids or if miraculously, their day care falls on your sick day, make the most of it and rest. Forget about the things that need to be done. But if you don’t have family […]

Snowman Building – The Best Way

How to build a snowman - the best way

Last year when we were in New Zealand, we went down to Mt Ruapehu and had a ball in the snow. My husband lived in Minnesota in America as a child and had plenty of experience making snowman. Most people I observe in the snow tend to scrape together snow to make a snowman, and […]

Brown Paper Bag Animal Crowns

brown paper bag animal crowns

Since my daughter started Prep, I have a stack of brown paper bags, ready for when she orders tuckshop. We have a reusable bag that is used each week for tuckshop, but because the preppies are a little young to go to the tuckshop by themselves, they get their’s delivered to their classroom. Their hot and […]

20 retro toys you can still buy today!

20 RETRO toys you can still buy for your kids

If you grew up watching He Man and Inspector Gadget, when you weren’t playing Nintendo or Atari, and you spent most afternoons riding your bicycle around the neighbourhood with colourful spokey-dokeys, you’re going to love this trip down memory lane, as we present to you, 20 retro toys that you can still buy today! There’s […]

Paper Plate Leafy Owl Craft

paper plate leafy owl craft

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where there are liquidambar trees, you will have noticed that many of the beautifully coloured leaves have littered the ground. The trees in our hood have been in shock I think as it feels like we went from summer straight into winter, so many of the trees […]

How to Use Everyday Items for Fun and Play

How to use everyday items for fun and play

As I look back over 15 years of parenting, I realise the toys I purchased are less important for valuable imaginative play; it’s the props we use around and with the toys that have made the play so valuable. There are certain everyday items that have proven to be worthwhile for facilitating fun for my kids, and they […]

Shoebox Teddy/Doll Bed

How to make a shoe box bed for a teddy or doll

If you have a shoe box lying around, they are a great size to make a bed for many types of dolls and teddies. It takes about 5 minutes to whip up and kids can decorate how they like. Mateirals Shoe box Scissors/craft knife Craft glue Pencil 1. Cut or remove lid from box. Use the […]

Paddle Pop Stick Mini Me Craft

Paddle Pop Stick Person Craft

Whenever I come up with a craft for my girls to do, it is usually inspired by what I have on hand in the craft box. Our craft box has an array of felts, paddle pop sticks, cupcake liners, pipe cleaners and beads. I keep all of the kid’s craft supplies in a tub, on […]

Three Play Ideas for Plastic Balls

three play activities for plastic balls

When my eldest daughter turned one and I was organizing her first Birthday party, I headed to Kmart to buy a $12 inflatable ball pit. When the pit was blown up (it was like a mini paddling pool), and the accompanying balls were emptied into the pit, I knew I needed to get more balls. […]

Snake on a Stick Craft

snake on a stick

Have you noticed how much kids love to collect sticks and leaves when they go for a walk to the park or when dropping siblings to and from school? My youngest two daughters LOVE to pick up sticks and drag them on the path as they walk home. Sometimes they place them in a pile […]

Happy Toast

Happy Toast

My daughter just had a shower and was in her pyjamas. “Do you want me to read you a book?” I called out to her from my bedroom. We snugged together on my polka dot bedspread as she handed me Tom Gates Everything’s Amazing (sort of) by L. Pechon.  By page three, I was starting to […]

Leafy Lion Paper Plate Craft

leafy lion paper plate craft

When I walk my daughter to school, my youngest daughters enjoy picking up leaves on their walk to and from school. Since the cooler weather has finally hit, the leaves have started to change colour, and the wind has blown them onto the path, ready for my two little munchkins to pick up on their […]

Pipe Cleaner Ring: Boat Sailing The Seas

pipe cleaner boat ring

When I do craft with my girls, I like to experiment with the different materials. Pipe cleaners are one of my favourite craft materials. They can be twisted any which way to create different shapes. My girls love to make rings and bracelets, with some help from mummy. This particular ring I’m going to show […]

Games for Cooperation and Collaboration

Build A Cubby Kit

  Two Fun Games for Cooperation and Collaboration Have you noticed how much time our kids spend by themselves these days in comparison to years gone by? When families were generally bigger and neighbours knew each other, there were so many more opportunities for kids to get together to be kids. The games we used […]