Paddle Pop Christmas Decorations

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations - Paddle Pop Stick Christmas Tree

Homemade Christmas Decorations – with paddle pop sticks Each year I crack out the same Christmas decorations – the same as everyone else has on their tree. Sometimes I might splurge on different coloured decorations or a new set of lights but the decorations are so generic that it would be great to have something different […]

Sharing Toys You Loved With Your Kids

All Stars Midge Barbie 1990 Doll - in box

Earlier this year, I did a campaign with Barbie because I love Barbie. There’s often a bit of contention around the doll, personally, my stance aligns with what my Occupational Therapist friend Nicole wrote in this post about the importance of play and allowing kids the freedom to gravitate to toys that engage them (within […]

Ice Cream Playdough – It looks real!

Ice cream Play Dough

This activity was so much more fun than I even expected, and it kept the kids entertained for over an hour. The dough is very easy to make and surprising realistic. It scoops exactly like real ice cream, and with a bit of added colouring, you can turn it into your favourite ‘flavours’. I love […]

Use Nature in Drawings

Use nature as inspiration in drawings

This is a simple and beautiful drawing activity. Collect nature items from the backyard and use them as props in drawings.  Below are a few petal dress pictures done by Miss 9 and Miss 11.  The lovely drawings below were created by Fiona Chandler for Be A Fun Mum.  Ideas A simple drawing activity Photograph pictures and print […]

Peg Angel Christmas Decoration

Christmas Craft - How to make a Peg Angel Christmas Decoration

I adore peg dolls. It’s easy to make an angel doll you can use as a decoration for the Christmas tree. You can find more peg doll tutorials here: Pirate Peg Doll, Mermaid Peg Doll, Ballerina Peg Doll.  These are a lovely gift idea for teachers (write the child’s name and year under the skirt […]

Gingerbread People

Gingerbread Recipe - Gingerbread man

Who doesn’t love gingerbread? These delicious cookies are easy to make and keep for a long time.   You can even freeze them (prior to decorating) to always have them on hand and actually, they are even better if you eat them straight from the freezr – cold and crunchy! To make my life easier, I […]

Stretchy Slime

Slime/Silly Putty - a great sensory activity for kids

This is the most fun we have had with a sensory play activity in ages and is perfect with Halloween just around the corner.   I must admit it has the been frustrating for me as I tried so many different ingredients and methods to come up with the one that we thought was the best. But […]

Pirate Peg Doll

How to make a Pirate Peg Doll

This activity is really very simple. Most of it is simply drawing details on. I gave it to my almost-12-year-old and she did everything herself.   Materials Felt (or light card) Texta / Ball point pen Wooden Peg (You can get them from places like Spotlight) Craft/Hot Glue Scissors 1. Draw a pirate hat shape out […]

Playdough Nature Landscapes

nature craft - playdough nature landscapes

Nature landscapes with playdough I love anything to do with nature and especially craft activities that get the kids out there amongst it. In this activity we created nature landscapes using playdough as the base to keep it all together. I really enjoyed doing this with my children and watching them all work together to […]

Funny Characters Drawing Game

Simple Drawing Game Idea for Kids

I ended up in emergency with one of my kids recently. It wasn’t an emergency-emergency, but after visiting the GP with a health concern, she felt it was important to have further investigation done by a specialist that day, so asked me to head to the hospital. After waiting almost 5 hours, we saw the doctor and […]

DIY Watercolour Paints

Watercolour wet vs dry watercolour painting

Homemade watercolour paints I couldn’t resist the urge to make my own watercolour paints as a small tray doesn’t last long in our house with 3 kids. It is an interesting experiment and one that I wasn’t sure if it would work. I had to try it a few times as the first batch I […]

Rainbow Tea Party Ideas

Rainbow Party Ideas

This is a fun and colourful activity to undertake with your kids that they will absolutely love. Setting up a rainbow tea party can get everyone involved from setting the table/picnic rug, making the food and serving it to their family and friends. I have included rainbow bread, strawberry & marshmallow kebabs and fruit platter […]

10 Toys I Don’t Regret Buying

playroom play

I’ve been a parent for 14 years now, so I’ve gone through pretty much every stage of toys. Some items have been one hit wonders, providing little entertainment for my kids before being broken or sidelined. And then there are some play items that have been used over and over and over again, engaging my […]

Stationery Travel Packs for Kids

Stationery Travel Packs for Kids

We are going on a our annual family holiday to the South Island in New Zealand!  I can’t wait! For our yearly big family holiday, I always pack something special for the kids. We are driving around in a camper-van this time so I decided to get journals and stationery packs for my kids and […]