Toy Car Wash

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

Whipped this Matchbox car wash for the kids this school holidays with items I had around the house. So easy!  Materials used Ice cream bucket A box can be used but won’t be waterproof – good option for inside play Hot glue Foam sheet (I had left over from making peg mermaids with the kids) Paper […]

Mini Books in a Cardboard Box Library

Mini cardboard books

I recently featured a gorgeous mini cardboard library by a mother and teacher from Spain. When I put the article together, I realised I had a box we could use to do the same thing from inside the printer we purchased when we moved at the start of the year.  It’s a great little project! Materials Hot […]

Shaving Cream Marble Painting

Shaving cream marble painting

This is a fantastic activity to do at home with your children – big and small. I really enjoyed it too and once the kids had had enough, I got in and made some patterns of my own. The process is very simple yet very effective. The possibilities are endless with the colours and patterns […]

School Holidays Fun Box

School Holiday Fun Box

If I know I’m going to be at home for most of the school holidays, I usually do up some sort of fun box in the week before the break starts. You can find a previous version of this here. Now, if you’re thinking, “Wow, what a fun mum you are!” I’ll add here that, although […]

Peg Mermaid Dolls

Mermaid peg doll

Wooden peg dolls are adorable! The last time we did this, the kids and I made ballerina peg dolls with tutus and they turned out beautifully. My girls are into mermaids at the moment and so we recently made peg mermaid dolls.  They are easy! Fun for Birthday part craft/favour School holiday/weekend activity Puppet show Materials Craft […]

Tree Trunk Printable

Tree Trunk Templates - Watercolour

Here are two tree watercolour trunk templates I had designed to do this Triad Tree Watercolour Experiment with my son’s class. They are a great base for other painting/craft projects too, or even as a play dough mat (make green/pink play dough for foliage & flowers). My daughter sat down at the kitchen table while I […]

Toilet Roll Cars: Printable

Toilet Roll Cars

Here’s a new edition to the toilet roll printable series. There were The Pirates, then the African Animals, and this time it’s racing cars. There’s a bit of a process with these ones (rather than just a colouring in/glue activity).  Materials 5 x toilet rolls Racing Cars Printable (there’s 4 cars, a petrol bowser and a […]

Lunch Box Story Friends: Under the Sea

Lunch Box Story Friends - Under the Sea Theme - cute little messages to include in the lunch box

A new Lunch Box Story Friends is available to download. This time, the theme is under the sea with whimsical mermaid friends, dolphin, clam and clown fish with cute message on the other side. Fun for the lunch box, scrapbooking, card making or just play. Idea You could recycled the fish picture and make a Fish […]

Mini Library

Adorable Mini Library made from cardboard

I’m not really into doing craft for craft’s sake with my kids. I’m not really into cooking with my kids, purely as an activity either. People often think I’m a crafty person because of my blog, but I’m not. I don’t sew, or crochet or scrapbook or do many of the things often associated with […]

Box Castle

how to make your own castle out of empty boxes

This came together over the course of a week.  I needed to buy a slow cooker and so I had this medium sized box sitting in the corner. Over the week, I added boxes to make a castle shape. It’s really as simple as one larger box, one medium box and some thin boxes (or cardboard rolls) […]

Fun Ways to Play with Barbie (Plus Giveaway)

Barbie Giveaway

Sponsored by Barbie & Digital Parents I was ten. On a visit to the toy section (in Myer by memory), I spotted a doll and immediately fell in love with her. It’s the only time I remember really (really!) wanting a toy as a child. I hadn’t seen a Barbie like her before. She had crimped […]

Water, Ice-cream Tub & A Paint Brush

Water painting on concrete - a great way to do sight words too.

This is a simple activity. It’s easy to set up and clean up. A fun way to do sight/spelling words for a change too. Materials Brush/es or even cotton tips work Bucket of water. I used an empty ice-cream bucket. All you need is concrete for a canvas. It’s fun to draw pictures too.

Barbie Dollhouse – Made From Recycled Materials

Make a Barbie Dollhouse out of recycled materials

Family life is always bustling, but we have made our lives simpler especially for this year, and we are less busy by design. It’s lovely and there’s a healing going on in our family, I can feel it, after 2 very long years of challenges. We didn’t bring many toys with us to New Zealand and so there’s […]

Scented Play Dough

Lavender Scented Play Dough

I love the smell of lavender, and recently I made a batch of play dough and scented it with essential oil. Below is how to make a small batch of play dough, and you can double, triple this recipe for different colours/scents. Lemon, orange, rose, peppermint are favourites. Ingredients 1/4 cup of salt 1/2 cup […]