Takeaway Coffee Tray Safari Car

cardboard drink tray car craft

Last year when my daughter went to Kindy, I got in the habit of collecting boxes and odd shaped cardboard trays to donate to the craft corner. Now that my daughter is in school, I still recycle these items, but before placing them in the recycling bin, I think of ways my younger girls can […]

Pretend Sponge Cake for Tea Parties

sponge cake craft

Kids love playing with different textures when it come to craft activities. The shiniest and most textured pieces are usually what draws children’s attention when it comes to gluing a collage or completing a craft project. Well I know it does for my girls. When putting this craft together, it was my hope that the […]

DIY Journal Kit

DIY Journal Kit

This past school holidays, I put together a DIY journal kit for kids. The idea was for them to decorate their own book with the materials provided. I found the blank cover journals from Kmart which were ideal. Blank Journal Washi Tape Letter Stickers Gel Pens Sharpies (metallic silver is cool) It all cost under […]

What I Want For My Birthday Post-Baby

birthday presents for a mum post-baby

We only get one birthday a year, and sometimes as mums we shrug the day off because it’s another expense to add to the family budget or it’s just another reminder we’re getting older. I know the sentiment all too well because my birthday has been overshadowed by two major events over the last two […]

Fairy Tree Play Space

imaginative play scene -- the fairy door

You can get Fairy doors like this from many different places like The Fairy Door Store or Delightful Rainbow. The fairy doors are all kinds of magical cuteness, sure to stimulate imaginative play for kids. You can add them to a section of wall inside the house, or find a cute tree outside to fix it. If […]

Coral Reef Play

Coral Reef Play

The release of Finding Dory is a perfect opportunity to talk about coral reefs and incorporate it into play. You can get both life like replicas of sea creatures from Papo, Schleich and Mojo or even Finding Dory figurines from Bullyland. I had a quick glance at the licensed Finding Dory toys available in places like Target and BIG […]

Madagascar/King Julien Themed Birthday Party

Madagascar/King Julien Themed Birthday Party

The All Hail King Julien Netflix series is dominating the screen time in our household at the moment, which makes a pleasant change from watching the original Madagascar film over and over again! Now in its third season, All Hail King Julien is a prequel to the story-line of Madagascar and is based around the eternally self-centred […]

Construct a Quick Mini Teepee for Play

how to make a quick tee pee for toy play

This is not Pinterest beautiful, but it’s super easy to make as an addition for children’s play, especially for small toys like Lego and plastic figurines. This took me about 3 minutes to make. Materials Twigs Rubber Band Scrap material (or paper) Glue Grab 4 sticks and break to similar sizes. Hold the twigs together and tie […]

From Animalia to the Moopaloop – Graeme Base’s new creation

Graeme Base

It’s been 30 years since Australian Author Graeme Base wrote and illustrated the award-winning Animalia, one of the most successful children’s alphabet picture books of all time. Still loved by children the world over, and with more than three million copies sold, I asked Graeme for his thoughts on why Animalia has been so successful […]

How to Train a Dragon Play

How to Train a Dragon inspired play

My kids were so excited when the new series of How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge came out on Netflix. The series engages all my kids of various ages (ages 8-15). Like many things my children enjoy, it extends to their play. When it comes to preparing for the school holidays (especially if […]

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 […]