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...]

Imaginative Play: Construction Sand Box

Construction Play Scene for Kids

I enjoy creating small world play scenes for my kids. They are surprisingly easy to set up (read this handy post by Kate at Picklebums for tips).  Another great thing about this sort of play is you can set it up and it sparks the children's imagination and I find they tend to play for hours; great for the weekend and holidays.  You can find previous play trays we have done here: Imaginative Play Scenes. My son loves the sand … [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...]

DIY: Decoupage a Terracotta Pot (with a child’s drawings)

decoupage

I have Renee from About the Garden here with a fantastic Father's Day gift idea! An Easy Way to Decoupage a Terracotta Pot with Artwork My Dad is the best Poppy! Not only is his shed a small gallery of all things artistic created by my little people, but he seriously still displays art that my siblings and I created some twenty something-something years ago. Whilst I adore that my Dad gives every item, no matter how amateur, the chance to … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

A few years ago, I put together a rock play garden for my son.  I found cheap pavers and we decorated them and used them as a garden border.  I noticed the kids often used the pavers in little backyard games they made up, and I made a note to buy more (they are really cheap!).   We don't have room for a sandpit but my son, especially, loves the sand and he often comes home from school with shoes full of it! We created a … [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...]

Father’s Day Craft: Paddle Pop Stick Note Pad Holder

This sticky notepad holder is easy to make for Father's Day.  Plus, it's useful too! Materials Craft glue Thick cardboard Approx 41 Paddle-pop (Popsicle) sticks Pen Sticky note pad Felt pens Scissors Instructions 1. Draw on cardboard a 11 cm square (this is idea for standard sticky note pad size). I used a section of cardboard from a box. 2. Glue down 2 paddlepop sticks parallel inside the pen line. 3. Glue a dot on … [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...]

Fun for Older Kids: Create Stop Motion on Powerpoint

Stop Motion on Powerpoint

Our family uses technology for all kinds of things, not just entertainment.  I wanted to share a stop motion project Miss 10 has been working on since she was 9 years old. So, that's over a year! As the kids get older, I find it's important to engage them on a more detailed level and also allow them to explore their own interests through activity and play. The project wasn't done in big chunks but off and on, mainly during school holidays … [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...]