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 water Container with lid to hold the bubble mixture Bubble wands or wire coat hanger Method 1. In … [Read more...]

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 hung on the wall too!) Materials Watercolour paper (you can get this from many places like … [Read more...]

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 Water How to play 1. Fill the bottles with water.  The more full they are, the harder they will be to push over.   2. Add a few drops of … [Read more...]

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 more special. Traditionally, a humble birthday cake was baked and sent along – maybe a swirly marble cake if you were really … [Read more...]

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 up an ocean themed play scene and make a puppet theatre! Something the entire family could enjoy. Materials Base of a … [Read more...]

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 here is how I did it: Materials Underbed Storage Container (or other plastic container) Play Sand (you can get bags from Bunnings and places like … [Read more...]

Straw Construction Challenge

Straw Construction

On the school holidays, sometimes I throw a heap of straws on the table with tape and tell the kids to make something, anything! It's really cheap, relatively non-messy and an easy activity to set up. Materials Straws (different colours/size/lengths work well; straws with a bendy top are fun to work with; you can get jumbo straws from discount/party supply shops) Tape (clear tape and/or decorative washi … [Read more...]

Washi Tape Birthday Party Decorations

DIY Washi Tape Cake Bunting

Brought to you by 3M (S1 Post) Early this year I did a series of posts on using Scotch® Expressions Tape around the home. It’s fabulous stuff, and what I like most about this tape is you can make simple things look funky and fun! This time, I’m sharing how to theme a pre-teen or teen birthday party. Colour Scheme The first thing is to pick a colour scheme from the large range of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape … [Read more...]

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

My friend Belinda from BAC Photography told me about her Lego table project she did with her boys. The process is really very simple and achievable and such a fabulous way to facilitate Lego play. She's sharing how she put it together below. The Lego City Project My twin boys have always loved building blocks! It started on their first birthday when they received a Mega Blocks truck that came with some bricks. The novelty of pushing … [Read more...]

DIY Frozen Ice Skating Rink (for play)

Toy - Frozen Ice Skating Rink

This is a gorgeous addition to play, especially for the warmer months, and it costs nothing to set up!  It's a great activity idea for Disney Frozen fans! What you need Plastic (freezer friendly) rectangle container - as big as can fit in your freezer Water Plastic figurines (Pictured is a Schliech Aguya Ice Skating girl and I found the Ice Tree at a discount shop)  Large towel (to lay it on or do outside on the … [Read more...]

DIY Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties & Headbands

DIY FOE Hair tie tutorial final-2

I met Janine a couple of years ago.  She runs a lovely online ribbon & craft store called Sarah Lauren. I said to Janine one time, "You should do tutorials!" And here we are. She is sharing how to make your own fold over elastic hair ties. These particular hair bands are the best and hold the hair tight.   They also don't damage the hair.   With three girls in my house who often misplace hairbands, having a … [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...]

Pipe Cleaner Crown

Pipe Cleaner Crown - Very Easy!

We had fun making pipe cleaner crowns on the weekend.  They are simple to make and they look adorable. Above is one design, and I shared another tiara-style at the end of the post. Ideas are endless: google 'Pipe Cleaner Crown' or 'Chenille Crown' for even more ideas. These crowns are great for: Book Week Birthday Party Craft (have all the materials all cut up and a few examples made up) Dress ups Dress ups for … [Read more...]

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...]