Plant a Pot Garden for Spring!

Parsley in the garden

I like the idea of gardening, but find it overwhelming.  Last year, I enlisted the help of a friend to get me started, and together we broke up the process in 3 easy (and FUN!) steps to make it achievable for anyone! The good thing about this garden is it's in pots, so even if you don't have the space for a garden, you can still experience the joy of growing something yourself and using it in the food you eat.  I believe … [Read more...]

Road Trip: Travel Activities for Kids

Travel Activities for the Car on Road Trips

We are in a stage of parenting where there's an urgency experience as much as we can in this small window family time; the kids are still young enough to do everything with us, but old enough that it's easy for us to drop everything and go places.  It's the memory-making season!  Later on, when my kids are adults, I believe these times will serve as memory anchors of a wonderful childhood and there's something … [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...]

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...]

Father’s Day Card: Tie Printable

Father's Day Tie Card Printable

This is a simple tie card/craft idea for Father's Day. The fun thing about this card is Dad can wear it! Materials Tie Template Light cardboard or paper Scissors Ribbon or string Decorating: stickers, pens/pencils, collage material, glue, paint. 1. Template Click the pictures below for the PDF printables.  There is a blank one, plus one with a blank tie / Happy Father's Day Message   2. Print The best way to do … [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...]

Game: Come Back Here!

Game for the Playground

This is a game I often play with my younger children at the park when they are enjoying the swings.  They beg for it and end up in fits of laughter.    Come Back Here! I did this series of cards that explains the game a while ago and my early readers enjoy reading it when we're not at the playground. Illustrated (poorly but lovingly) by me. Do you have any swing games you play with your kids? More Our Favourite Play … [Read more...]

Music Shaker

How to Make a Music Shaker

I've made many version of the humble music shaker over the years. They are easy to put together and when my kids were young, they loved it!  I found the below video the other day of my son when he was about...2 and a half I think, and my heart just melted. It's sooooo cute!  He's now almost 7! If you haven't made a music shaker before, below is the materials that I have used in the past to make them. Video In the (absolutely … [Read more...]

6 Play Dough Recipes

Different Play Dough Recipes

Is it just me or does there seem to be a play dough revolution thanks to Pinterest? There are so many recipes and variations out there to try!  Today, I'm sharing  best play dough recipes and variations from 6 Aussie bloggers. traditional -- stretchy -- herbal tea -- glow in the dark -- essential oil -- no cook Benefits of Play Dough Play I asked Occupational Therapist, Nicole Grant, about some benefits of play dough … [Read more...]

Travel Trail Mix

Travel Trail Mix

This is our favourite travel trail mix for road trips: Pretzels  Popcorn Yoghurt balls I mix it up, put it in individual zip lock bags for the kids with a travel pack for longer road trips. For more details about what is in the travel packs, click here: Travel Activities Kids. More Lunchbox Friendly Trail Mix … [Read more...]