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 […]

Water, Ice-cream Tub & A Paint Brush

Water painting on concrete - a great way to do sight words too.

This is a simple activity. It’s easy to set up and clean up. A fun way to do sight/spelling words for a change too. Materials Brush/es or even cotton tips work Bucket of water. I used an empty ice-cream bucket. All you need is concrete for a canvas. It’s fun to draw pictures too.

Scented Play Dough

Lavender Scented Play Dough

I love the smell of lavender, and recently I made a batch of play dough and scented it with essential oil. Below is how to make a small batch of play dough, and you can double, triple this recipe for different colours/scents. Lemon, orange, rose, peppermint are favourites. Ingredients 1/4 cup of salt 1/2 cup […]

Milk Bottle Lid Slot Game

Cut a hole in an ice-cream container big enough to feed milk bottle lids in there. Empty out and do it again. Fun toddler activity.

I love milk bottle lids. They are cute and useful for all sorts of things and you can find of the ways we’ve used them here. The kids are into play shops at the moment, and I made a ‘money’ coin slot for them. This would also be a good activity to keep toddlers occupied for […]

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

I almost threw it out.  We cut the top of a milk bottle to use the bottom half for a project the kids and I were doing. As I walked over to the recycling, I challenged myself: Kelly think of what you could do with this thing. So I made a rainmaker and it was […]

Chatterbox Fun

How to make a chatterbox - so much fun for kids

Ah, this brings back many memories. I haven’t made one of these chatterboxes for a long, long while but have recently been making them again with my kids.  If anyone needs a refresher, here’s a step by step process how to make a chatterbox with an A4 piece of paper. I’ve written instructions for each […]

About My Mum Template

I love my mum because

It’s funny (and sweet) to see how the kids answer these questions! There’s a spot down the bottom for a photograph or picture. Click the picture to download. My son knows me so well. My favourite ‘food’, is indeed coffee. My husband sat down and wrote these responses with our youngest. How adorable!