Easy Napkin Bow Ties for Father’s Day

napkin bow ties

Every year for Father’s Day, I get my girls to hand-make something for their dad. It’s only fair if I get a dried pasta necklace, dad should also receive his own masterpiece. And let’s be honest, these gifts are usually the most appreciated because of the love involved in creating them. While school or kindy […]

Easy Olympic Medals Craft

easy olympic medals craft

Who tears up when watching the medals ceremony? Only me? The medal ceremony can be a moving part of the Olympic games and I feel a sense of pride when I hear the Australian Anthem played and the Australia flag being raised. As I’ve said before, when I do craft with my girls, it has to be […]

Cardboard Box City

How to turn a box into a cardboard city for play

The children and I spent a glorious afternoon creating this cardboard box city.  It cost me all of…nothing, was mess free and is still going strong! Keep this in mind next time you have a big box lying around, or you can even ask places like Bunnings or The Good Guys if they have any […]

Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

paper plate butterfly craft

My husband says I’m the paper plate craft queen. He always comes home and finds some sort of craft done with the kids using a paper plate. I find paper plates are easy to be creative with and they are so cheap to have on hand for craft or offering some food with bit of glad […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]