Happy Toast

Happy Toast

My daughter just had a shower and was in her pyjamas. “Do you want me to read you a book?” I called out to her from my bedroom. We snugged together on my polka dot bedspread as she handed me Tom Gates Everything’s Amazing (sort of) by L. Pechon.  By page three, I was starting to […]

Pipe Cleaner Ring: Boat Sailing The Seas

pipe cleaner boat ring

When I do craft with my girls, I like to experiment with the different materials. Pipe cleaners are one of my favourite craft materials. They can be twisted any which way to create different shapes. My girls love to make rings and bracelets, with some help from mummy. This particular ring I’m going to show […]

Games for Cooperation and Collaboration

Build A Cubby Kit

  Two Fun Games for Cooperation and Collaboration Have you noticed how much time our kids spend by themselves these days in comparison to years gone by? When families were generally bigger and neighbours knew each other, there were so many more opportunities for kids to get together to be kids. The games we used […]

Family movie nights without the fights

How to pick a movie for family night - make a fortune teller!

Family movie nights without the fights Many families enjoy a regular movie night tradition, but deciding what to watch is not always so enjoyable! Gone are the days of trawling through the local video shop – now you can simply flick through the offerings available on Netflix and stream it into your home! Netflix also […]

Board Games the Whole Family Can Play

Board Games the family can play together

Siblings can be vastly different from one another in their looks, personality, likes and dislikes. And when there’s also an age difference, it can be challenging to find activities that brothers and sisters can happily participate in together. In my own family, my four year old daughter’s interests are vastly different to my eight year […]

Five DIY Outdoor Tracks for Transport Play

Outdoor car tracks for the backyard - 5 fab ideas

Outdoor play is so important to kids in their development and learning. Not to mention the added vitamin D they will get from being in the sun. The autumn weather has put on some spectacular days which make them perfect for outdoor play. To keep the kids entertained outdoors, why not be inspired by these […]

Cardboard Roll Rocket & Shuttle

How to make a shuttle out of a cardboard roll

Got cardboard rolls lying around? We always do! You can easily turn them into space craft with these printables. Blast off with a rocket and space shuttle, which is a perfect size for Lego or other small toys. What you need Printable (click image below for the PDF or click here) Cardboard Roll Scissors (small craft […]

Kid-Led Stop Motion Activity

STOP MOTION for kids

Our kids are growing up in a world of technology. This means challenges for parents for sure, but there are so many cool things about technology too. Our family loves stop motion, and my children find creating their own movies engaging and fun; I like adding that mix of creativity and planning to technology play.  Below […]

Peppa Pig Activity Sheets

peppa pig activity sheets

Need an easy activity for the kids? Below are some fun Peppa Pig Printables for you to print off for the kids. To access the printables:  Click on the image you want to print and it will open up in a new window File -> Print -> Select your printer More Peppa Pig Printables Peppa […]

Sea Glass Colour Rarity

Blue sea glass

When we lived in New Zealand last year, the kids and I spent hours scouring the shore for sea glass. The kids loved the adventure of it! We became interested in the different coloured glass, and where it might have come from. Below is a little story behind one of the pieces we found.   On a […]

Word Games Ideas

Word Games

Mastering spelling, learning sight words and developing other literacy skills is a big job for kids in the early years at school. You might find you are just as daunted as they are by the big list of words they bring home, and you might be thinking – where do we start?! It’s amazing how […]

Importance of Freedom in play

the importance of play

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Omo We’ve recently come back from four glorious days of camping. I always feel good about camping as a family. I enjoy watching the kids run around on the grass with bare feet, playing in the dirt with toy cars, exploring creeks and cooking damper over an open fire with […]

Make a Mud Kitchen Spot in the Backyard

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How to make a mud kitchen on a budget There are fully established mud kitchens on the market but instead of spending your hard earned cash on one, you can easily set one up at home on a tight budget. It is not something that my kids play in every day so I would rather […]

Make Your Own Picture Book

How to make your own min  picture book

Making Picture Books is Fun! As a children’s author, I spend a lot of time making picture books. It’s one of the best jobs in the world. Not only do I get to write childhood stories that connect with young children and entertain, teach and inspire them, I get to have my words brought to […]