Colourful Water Play

Easy play idea - Colourful water in tubs

I used to do this when the kids were little. I dug out an old pic from 6 years ago. Aww, bless! Look at them! All you need Bowls or plastic containers Food Colouring  Water Cups/spoons/plastic cups/plastic toys/paint brushes/spray bottle (things like that to add to the play) Note: I only use a few drops so […]

Dot Painting

Painting activity for kids - dot painting

Aboriginal dot paintings are a wonderful tradition that is great to introduce to our kids in a simplistic form. It is also a fun thing to do where minimal items are required. Keep them in your art cupboard and you can do this activity whenever boredom strikes. It is simple and best of all, doesn’t […]

Travel Naughts & Crosses Game

Use a zip lock bag to make a travel naughts and crosses board

This is an uber easy game you can whip up for travel, or just to stick in your handbag to keep kids occupied during those waiting times. Materials Paper Cardboard (milk bottle lid stencil) Permanent Marker Zip Lock Bag 1. Cut a piece of paper to the size of the zip lock bag, so it […]

Colour Hunt: Purple

Go on a Colour Hunt

A colour hunt. This is a similar concept to a Rainbow Leaves hunt.  It’s simple and you can do it inside or outside. Just look around the house for items or toys of a particular colour, or my favourite: go outside and do a hunt in nature.  When you take the time to look, really look […]

Design Your Own Pillowcase

A fun activity for kids - design your own pillow case!

This school holidays, I planned for the kids to decorate their own pillowcases as an activity. They loved it, and the children were all so proud of their final product. Materials  Pillow case Fabric markers Paper Instructions 1. It’s a good idea to do a bit of practice on paper before beginning the design on […]

Toilet Roll Printable – Block People

Block People - printable to wrap around toilet rolls

A new month, a new printable. This time, it’s block people that are designed to wrap around a toilet roll. Just a simple colouring activity. They look cute on a book shelf as decoration too. More Toilet Roll Printables Toilet Roll Cars African Animals Pirates  

Easy Play Dough Kits

Play Dough Kit

This is a fun way to take play dough play to a new level. It’s easy to whip up play dough kits, perfect sort of activity for a weekend or the school holidays. Below are examples of kits I have done before: Farm/Mermaid/Construction. I was surprised how engaged my older kids were with this activity. Even my […]

#beafunmum

Activity ideas for kids - search #beafunmum on Instagram

If you’re on Instagram (I’m on there as @beafunmum), it’s a great place to find inspiration and fun ideas to do with kids using the #beafunmum hashtag.  I set the hashtag up a while ago, and there are heaps of ideas and special moments to browse through from mums around the world. It’s beautiful. Plus, if […]

Jack & the Bean Stalk – Gardening with Kids

Jack and the bean stalk

This is a cute gardening activity to do with kids, inspired by the much loved children’s story, Jack and the Bean Stalk.  My friend did this with a group of kids, and my children have loved watching the bean stalk grow over the last 3 weeks. We kept the soil moist and left the cups near […]

Cereal Box Race Ramp

Cereal box craft - make a race ramp

Here’s a simple project using an empty cereal packet. Fun for racing cars down, a small ball or a marble. Materials Cereal Box 450ml or larger Craft knife/Scissors Cardboard roll Tape/Craft Glue Small car, marble or small ball  Optional for decorating: washi tape, pen, paper, tape Instructions 1. Cut an opening on the front of […]

Shaving Cream Marble Painting

Shaving cream marble painting

This is a fantastic activity to do at home with your children – big and small. I really enjoyed it too and once the kids had had enough, I got in and made some patterns of my own. The process is very simple yet very effective. The possibilities are endless with the colours and patterns […]

Tree Trunk Printable

Tree Trunk Templates - Watercolour

Here are two tree watercolour trunk templates I had designed to do this Triad Tree Watercolour Experiment with my son’s class. They are a great base for other painting/craft projects too, or even as a play dough mat (make green/pink play dough for foliage & flowers). My daughter sat down at the kitchen table while I […]

Mister Maker comes to town!

Mister Maker Live Tickets

Earlier this year, Mister Maker (Phil Gallagher) performed sold out shows for a legion of mini-makers in Sydney. This month, he’s returning down under to perform live shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Phil chatted to Be a Fun Mum about his upcoming tour, his love of cricket and how being […]

Fun Ways to Play with Barbie (Plus Giveaway)

Barbie Giveaway

Sponsored by Barbie & Digital Parents I was ten. On a visit to the toy section (in Myer by memory), I spotted a doll and immediately fell in love with her. It’s the only time I remember really (really!) wanting a toy as a child. I hadn’t seen a Barbie like her before. She had crimped […]