Cookie Dough Recipe (for Ice Cream!)

Edible Cookie Dough Recipe for Ice Cream

I'm not a huge ice cream fan. If I'm eating dessert, I like a proper dessert with ice cream as an accompaniment. My husband is different.  A bowl of ice cream makes him very, very, very (VERY) happy.  He's easy to please. And the kids love ice cream too. I have been playing with an cookie dough recipe for ice cream so we could have a ice cream night at home for a treat. And this is a rare treat because it's horribly unhealthy! But … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Photo Gift Ideas (+ Giveaway)

Father's Day Photo Gift Ideas

Brought to you by Officeworks  Photo Gift Ideas for Father’s Day Personalised photo gifts for Father’s Day are always a win. The first thing is to get an updated picture of the kids. Below are ideas on taking fun photographs of the kids and how to turn pictures into gifts easily at the Kodak Kiosk at Officeworks. 1. Handprint Canvas Photograph We’ve done this a few times because a handprint canvas makes a great photo prop, plus … [Read more...]

Blu Tack Modelling Fun

Blu Tack Modeling

This is the sort of simple and easy activity that requires very little preparation.  Over the years, I have found Blu Tack to be a fabulous modelling material for kids.  It’s less messy (and crumbly) than play-dough and not sticky like clay. It holds its shape and is easy to work with so I often use it as an activity for my kids.   Even now my kids are older, they still enjoy working with Blu Tack.  Make … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Construction Sand Box

Construction Play Scene for Kids

I enjoy creating small world play scenes for my kids. They are surprisingly easy to set up (read this handy post by Kate at Picklebums for tips).  Another great thing about this sort of play is you can set it up and it sparks the children's imagination and I find they tend to play for hours; great for the weekend and holidays.  You can find previous play trays we have done here: Imaginative Play Scenes. My son loves the sand … [Read more...]

Funny Face Biscuits

Basic Biscuit Recipe - great for decorating funny faces

Post by Be A Fun Mum contributor, Amanda from Food Before 5 This is one of my favourite recipes that my children and I have fun cooking & decorating together. If I want the faces to look perfect, I’ll do them myself but most of the fun comes in seeing what the kids themselves create. They also make a great (& inexpensive) party favour for little ones, a fun birthday party activity (have the biscuits made and have kids decorate them … [Read more...]

Backyard Fun: A Piece of Wood

Backyard Fun: Walk the Plank (all you need is a piece of wood

My dad is a builder. There was always wood around when I was a child and I loved that. Great for make-shift cubby houses and other fun in the backyard. At places like Bunnings, you can buy cut pieces of wood for craft projects (starting from about $5). A few pieces of wood in the back yard has proven to be great fun for my kids. They can set up their own obstacle courses, play games (like Pirates!) or simply do balance games. Just a … [Read more...]

DIY: Decoupage a Terracotta Pot (with a child’s drawings)

decoupage

I have Renee from About the Garden here with a fantastic Father's Day gift idea! An Easy Way to Decoupage a Terracotta Pot with Artwork My Dad is the best Poppy! Not only is his shed a small gallery of all things artistic created by my little people, but he seriously still displays art that my siblings and I created some twenty something-something years ago. Whilst I adore that my Dad gives every item, no matter how amateur, the chance to … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

A few years ago, I put together a rock play garden for my son.  I found cheap pavers and we decorated them and used them as a garden border.  I noticed the kids often used the pavers in little backyard games they made up, and I made a note to buy more (they are really cheap!).   We don't have room for a sandpit but my son, especially, loves the sand and he often comes home from school with shoes full of it! We created a … [Read more...]

Simple Paper Craft: Who Lives Here?

paper craft for kids

This is an easy paper craft I used to make with my kids when they were toddlers.  I recently revamped the idea and made it appealing for my older kids too, who love drawing.  This is a version I did years ago. Materials Paper (or light cardboard) Drawing materials Scissors  How to One Print 2 pages from the template: a top house page and base character page.  I have included 5 different pages to pick from in … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Craft: Hand Print Canvas

hand print canvas

I did a hand print canvas craft for Father's Day three years ago and decided to do it again this year. How the kids have grown!  This is a gorgeous personalised gift idea for Father's Day.  Blank canvas can be found at discount and craft shops starting from about $4. This activity doesn't take take very long to do and it's easy!  I had it done in under 10 minutes. 2011 2014 Materials Canvas (large enough to hold how many … [Read more...]

(Edible) Crystallised Pansies: for cupcake decorating

Crystallised Pansies

Crystallised Pansies for Cupcake Decorating, Tea Parties & Connecting Kids with the Garden Did you know that pansies are edible!? When I told my children they weren’t that excited by the prospect of my adding pansies to the family salad, until Grandma told them that pansies could be used for cake decorating. That got their attention, and mine. We love a little tea party. I’ve always assumed that flowers used in cake decorating … [Read more...]

Review: Lottie Dolls

Lottie Doll Review

Today I'm reviewing a play doll I've come across recently and thought worth sharing (because they are adorable and the attention to detail is fabulous!) What are Lottie Dolls? Lottie are adorable play dolls developed with a positive take on childhood in mind.   She does not wear makeup, jewellery or high heels. She loves to dress up in pretty clothes but is equally happy to be active, outdoors and getting muddy. The creators … [Read more...]

DIY Play Tablecloth

DIY Play Tablecloth

I usually plan one particular big-ish activity each school holidays for when we are at home.  I don't tell the kids what I'm planning, nor do I make a big deal of it. In some ways it's more for me than it is for them! Ha! It helps to be prepared sometimes, and it's very handy to have something fun in the cupboard, waiting for an opportune moment.  In my experience, I find certain activities need to happen at the right time for it to be … [Read more...]

Kids Room: Collection Display Jars

Collection jars

One of the ways I facilitate my older children's interests and collections is to have display jars in their rooms for different things.  Below are my 10-year-old's jars.  She enjoys collecting shells, rocks and metal things (like nuts, bolts and bottle caps). I remember collecting old keys at one stage when I was a tween...I wonder where they ended up? We have also done other cute little jar projects that add a fun personalised look … [Read more...]