Cardboard Roller Coaster

Cardboard Roller Coaster

It’s one of those things you can whip up, the kids can play with it for a few days until it’s broken apart, and then you recycle it all.  Materials Cardboard/toilet rolls – make as long or as short as desired Tape (sturdy packing tape works best) Small balls Large box (or you can just run […]

Easiest Get Well Card to Make

Get Well Soon Card

Probably the easiest Get Well card you could make! Just stick a bandaid on to a card, draw a cute face and write the words on. Or you can print the words if you have a printer that can do that. Easy! Materials Blank card Fine tip pen/sharpie Plaster/Band-aid

DIY Stick Raft Boats

stick raft boat

We collected the sticks for this project on our way home from school.  I made the boats and the kids spent hours and hours playing with them, at home and at the beach. It was beyond wonderful.  It all started with my husband, and his love of watching the sailing. The Volvo Ocean Race is […]

DIY Cute zzzz Bed Cushion

cute zzzz cushion

Miss 11’s bed was looking bare, so we decided to make it happy with a few cushions. Materials White cushion (cotton outer) Fabric pens How 1. Draw a variety of faces on a piece of paper. 2. Draw on the preferred design on the cushion. 3. Iron on the inside of the cushion where the […]

Grass Sledding

Grass Sledding

All you need is cardboard and a grassy hill. SO. MUCH. FUN. That is all.  

DIY Googly Eyed Monster Night Shirt

Googly Eyed Monster Sleep Shirt

The kids often wear my (or my husband’s) T-shirts to bed. I get it. They are so baggy and comfy! The kids needed more sleep gear, so this time, bought men’s size small white T-shirts (they cost $4) and we decorated them with google eyed monsters. The children are absolutely delighted with them! So simple […]

Goldfish in a Jar

Fish in a jar

Here’s a cute little project DIY project I did with my younger kids and they loved it. It’s so, so easy and cute. The mini aquarium/liquid-free-snow-globes are now sitting proudly in their rooms. Materials Paper Clip Blu Tack Jar (I used a plastic jar from a discount store) Blue paper (or cellophane)  Scissors Craft Glue […]

Review: Super Sparkle Barbie

Princess Kara  Super Sparkle - From Barbie in Princess Power

We got a first look at the brand new Barbie doll from Mattel, set to be released in March 2015.  Meet Super Sparkle (or Princess Kara when she’s not in disguise) in Barbie’s new movie. Barbie™ in Princess Power is the first Barbie film released at the movies (read the synopsis at the end of this post […]

Top 10 Dr Seuss Books

Hop on Pop, Stop, you must not hop on pop

Dr Seuss books formed part of my childhood. My favourite as a kid was Hop on Pop.  I thought it hilarious…especially the “STOP! You must not hop on pop” bit. After doing a bit of research I discovered that not everyone found this part as humorous as I did. An article on CNN looks at a complaint and […]

Strawberry Hearts

Strawberry Hearts

Strawberry hearts are super simple to make. They are great for dipping in chocolate, the lunch box, fruit salad or made into fruit kebabs.   Here’s a 30 second video on how to make them. 

Love the Moment Poster Printable

Love the moment moments - Printable Poster

I don’t subscribe to the generalisation that every single moment needs to be amazing or that you have to love and celebrate every moment with your kids. That’s not what the Love the Moment Challenges (I developed as monthly challenges in 2010) are about. Rather it’s about connection and weaving significance into the moments you have. In […]

A Child-Sized City, Run by Kids: KidZania in Dubai

KidZania - Dubai - a child-sized city run by kids, for kids

I adore the concept behind the edutainment (entertainment and education) facility KidZania, because it’s about harnessing what children do naturally: role-playing. I know my children would be fully engrossed in this place. Not just entertained, but engaged. And that is why I wanted to write an entire post about it.  What is Kidzania? Essentially, KidZania […]

10 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

Road Trip Games

Road Trips. Driving holidays. Four-wheel-drive adventures. Exploring days. We do it all as much as we can as a family.  There is huge list of (non-tech) ways to entertain kids here, and if you’re looking for the top 10 games to play on a road trip, below are the winners! Image used with permission from Party […]

DIY Miniature Grassy Hill in the Backyard

DIY Mini grass mound for the backyard

Our family lived in Toowoomba (situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range about 2 hours from Brisbane) for a year when my husband was training there…it would be 5 years ago now!  It’s such a lovely spot to raise a family.  David Howell practices as a Naturopath & Nutritionist in Toowoomba, and his wife and three children […]