Do You Want to Build a (Box) Snowman?

Do you want to build a (box) snowman?

It wasn’t planned, but we seem to be decorating our home with a real winter theme this Christmas. First it was the warm woollen tree, then it was the glittery snowballs and today, three empty boxes lying around inspired my 10 year old to build a snowman! She really loves the construction process…planning out the materials […]

Photo Walk Prompts

Photo Walk Prompts Printable

You can do this anywhere! On a holiday, at a park, in the city or around the streets of your home. It’s a great way to explore and use technology in a fun way. I call it a Photo Walk Treasure Hunt.  Essentially, I map out a short route and the kids and I look for things […]

Add the Festivity to Play

Christmas play time

I love the Christmas season. The kids pick up on the excitement building and it’s a beautiful time for family.  It’s so easy to capitalise on the excitement of the season and incorporate it into play. Just a few mock wrapped presents and mini Christmas trees you can pick up a dime a dozen from […]

DIY Book Flower Press (free craft from the garden)

How to press flowers - Book pressed dried flowers free craft from the garden be a fun mum

When I was a little girl I loved to dry and press flowers. I had them hanging in my room, randomly placed in books and stored in little bottles like potpourri all over the house. Recently, my six-year-old daughter has shown an interest in collecting things from nature; leaves, feathers, rocks and sticks are among the […]

Frozen Ice Play

Frozen ice play

“That should keep the kids occupied for half an hour,” I said to my husband who was sitting at the computer desk going through paperwork.  I was wrong. The activity I set up kept the kids occupied for well over an hour. You see, I have these little things up my sleeve sometimes, ready to bring […]

Disney Paper Doll Printables

Disney Printable Paper Dolls

What is your child’s favourite Disney movie? Snow White? Frozen? Tangled? Whichever film your child likes best, there is a related Disney paper craft to match! We discovered free printable doll templates on the Disney website, road tested them and collated all the instructions and printables in one place so you can get started. Allow approximately 20 minutes […]

DIY Clay Nativity Scene

Christmas Crafts - DIY Nativity Scene

Christmas is still a few months away but it’s closing in fast!  This is a gorgeously simple Christmas craft activity to keep in mind when you come to decorate the house for the festive season in the up coming months. A nativity scene captures the essence of Christmas, and reminds us of the real reason for […]

Creating With Bread Dough (like play dough for older kids!)

Bread shapes for the lunch box

My daughter still loves playing with play dough and she’s 10! I don’t make it for her very often any more but today I had a brilliant idea! I could make some bread dough for her to “play with”. This way she’d have an outlet for her creativity and I’d be organised for tomorrow’s school […]

Make Your Own (super easy) Bubble Mixture

DIY Bubble Mixture - so easy!

Make your own (super easy) bubble mixture The following recipe makes 1.25 litres of bubble mixture, and you can double the amounts to make a larger batch. It works perfectly in bubble machines, and will keep for months in an air-tight container. You will need 1.5 cups dish washing detergent Glycerine (available in supermarkets) Warm […]

Watercolour Jacaranda Tree Tutorial

Jacaranda Tree Easy Watercolour Painting Tutorial for Kids

Ever since I did an Autumn tree watercolour experiment with the kids, I’ve thought about doing something similar for each season. Here in Brisbane, it’s beautiful, and there are Jacaranda trees popping up everywhere! The idea is to do something really simple to celebrate the season that has a wow factor kids feel proud of (looks great […]

Backyard Bottle Bowling

Backyard bowling. All you need is empty bottles and a ball.

One of my readers sent me this idea. It’s one of those fab simple things you can pull out on a lazy Saturday afternoon for some family fun. Fabulous to keep in mind for Christmas or the school holidays! What you need 10 Empty 1.25 L Bottles Food colouring – 3 colours (optional) Large Ball […]

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Celebrating birthdays at school or day care – easy marshmallow pops I love that teachers and caregivers take the time to celebrate our children’s birthdays at school and day care. Singing happy birthday, wearing a birthday hat or badge and taking along a birthday treat to share with class mates helps make their day even […]

Sea Animals Shoebox Puppet Theatre

Shoebox puppet theatre

This is a surprisingly simple and fun DIY project for sea animal fans. There are whales, dolphins and turtles!  Great for a school projects, show and tell, a themed holiday activity or just for fun!  Here’s an idea: make a theme day and borrow a sea animal book from the local library, watch a documentary, set […]

Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea

Imaginative Play Scene - sand and sea

Imaginative and outdoor play are a priority when it comes to facilitating play opportunities for my kids. Combining them together is gold. We visited the beach a couple of weeks ago and then I created a beach scene for the kids to play with at home. It’s really so easy and cheap to set up and […]