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 […]

Paddle Pop Stick Mini Me Craft

Paddle Pop Stick Person Craft

Whenever I come up with a craft for my girls to do, it is usually inspired by what I have on hand in the craft box. Our craft box has an array of felts, paddle pop sticks, cupcake liners, pipe cleaners and beads. I keep all of the kid’s craft supplies in a tub, on […]

Three Play Ideas for Plastic Balls

three play activities for plastic balls

When my eldest daughter turned one and I was organizing her first Birthday party, I headed to Kmart to buy a $12 inflatable ball pit. When the pit was blown up (it was like a mini paddling pool), and the accompanying balls were emptied into the pit, I knew I needed to get more balls. […]

Snake on a Stick Craft

snake on a stick

Have you noticed how much kids love to collect sticks and leaves when they go for a walk to the park or when dropping siblings to and from school? My youngest two daughters LOVE to pick up sticks and drag them on the path as they walk home. Sometimes they place them in a pile […]

Leafy Lion Paper Plate Craft

leafy lion paper plate craft

When I walk my daughter to school, my youngest daughters enjoy picking up leaves on their walk to and from school. Since the cooler weather has finally hit, the leaves have started to change colour, and the wind has blown them onto the path, ready for my two little munchkins to pick up on their […]

Games for Cooperation and Collaboration

Build A Cubby Kit

  Two Fun Games for Cooperation and Collaboration Have you noticed how much time our kids spend by themselves these days in comparison to years gone by? When families were generally bigger and neighbours knew each other, there were so many more opportunities for kids to get together to be kids. The games we used […]

Family movie nights without the fights

How to pick a movie for family night - make a fortune teller!

Family movie nights without the fights Many families enjoy a regular movie night tradition, but deciding what to watch is not always so enjoyable! Gone are the days of trawling through the local video shop – now you can simply flick through the offerings available on Netflix and stream it into your home! Netflix also […]

Board Games the Whole Family Can Play

Board Games the family can play together

Siblings can be vastly different from one another in their looks, personality, likes and dislikes. And when there’s also an age difference, it can be challenging to find activities that brothers and sisters can happily participate in together. In my own family, my four year old daughter’s interests are vastly different to my eight year […]

Five DIY Outdoor Tracks for Transport Play

Outdoor car tracks for the backyard - 5 fab ideas

Outdoor play is so important to kids in their development and learning. Not to mention the added vitamin D they will get from being in the sun. The autumn weather has put on some spectacular days which make them perfect for outdoor play. To keep the kids entertained outdoors, why not be inspired by these […]

Cardboard Roll Rocket & Shuttle

How to make a shuttle out of a cardboard roll

Got cardboard rolls lying around? We always do! You can easily turn them into space craft with these printables. Blast off with a rocket and space shuttle, which is a perfect size for Lego or other small toys. What you need Printable (click image below for the PDF or click here) Cardboard Roll Scissors (small craft […]