Marble Painting

Fun activity for kids - marble painting

This is wonderful activity to do with your little ones as it requires no artistic skill at all. It feels like playing an old pin ball machine and you can create some colourful patterns and designs. With hardly any equipment, it is simple, quick and not very messy. My kind of art! Today we made […]

Lots of Lovely Things for Kids to Make with Wool

lovely things for kids to do with wool or yarn

We recently visited a sheep farm and the kids got to pat lambs and take home freshly cut wool. They absolutely loved it! These sorts of experiences are not only fun for children, they wonderful for learning and making connections. For example, my daughter’s favourite wool jumper came from the wool of a sheep somewhere. […]

French Knitted Hairband – Easy for Kids to Make

French Knit Headband

French knitting is an easy project for kids and I’ve done it with my girls many times. We knit with a cardboard roll and paddle pop sticks. Works a treat! The kids usually make scarfs, but this time, we made hair accessories with the finished product. Here are two of my girls french knitting on the trampoline […]

HUGE Colouring Pages

huge colouring pages OMY Designs

These big colouring pages are something to keep in mind for the upcoming school holidays, as a novel gift idea coupled with drawing pens or to decorate a bedroom wall.  They would make a wonderful teacher gift too; all the children in the class could work on it, and get the poster laminated or framed for the […]

Dear Dad Letter

Dear Dad Letter - Fill in the Blanks - Great for Father's Day

I adore fill in the bank letters for kids. I did one around Mother’s Day and with Father’s Day around the corner, I did a version for Dads too, with help from my designer friend Liss from LissLetters. There is a black and white and coloured version that are free to download and use. Just click […]

Father’s Day Mini Book

Father's Day Idea - Make a Mini Book

We are a book loving family and the kids make their own books often. I already had the words for a Father’s Day Printable and so we made it into a mini book too. It’s really very easy to make, and would make a wonderful gift/card idea for Father’s Day. Materials 7 pieces of cardstock […]

Punch Holes in Leaves

Punch shapes in leaves - fun in the park

A paper punch is not the sort of thing you would think to take the park, but it can be fun! Pop it in your bag, and the kids can make gorgeous mini shapes out of leaves, or even do collage.  A single hole punch works too. Just a simple thing. More Leaf Art Ideas […]

DIY Rainbow Scratch Pictures

How to make rainbow scratch pictures

This is one of my favourite craft activities to do at home and the end result is gorgeous. The first time you try this with the kids they will be amazed at the beautiful and vibrant colours that come through underneath the paint. I have tried this quite a few times and the best result […]

Friendship Bands

Wool Friendship Bands

I attended a conference in Sydney recently, and received a goodie bag from Spotlight with a variety of colourful mini wool balls. I LOVE Spotlight and they have an online store too.  I can knit basic things, and wool is useful for many non-knitting craft projects too (for example: wooden spoon puppets, mermaid peg dolls, Barbie skirt). […]

Foam Flower Wreath

Flower Head Wreath made from craft foam

We have a stack of craft foam in the craft box; it caught my eye last time I was at Spotlight. It’s proven to be so handy for activities that provide an extension of play for my kids. We used it for mermaid peg dolls, a car wash for matchbox cars, and now a soft flower […]

Lego Mini-Figures – display and storage solution

lego mini-figure display

Like it? You can make it in just 30 minutes! Here’s how… Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need: A piece of timber. I used a cupboard door from IKEA. Super Glue. White Lego bricks. You can order packs of ‘white only bricks’ on eBay. Lego mini figures. Step 2: Mark out where you […]

Dot Painting

Painting activity for kids - dot painting

Aboriginal dot paintings are a wonderful tradition that is great to introduce to our kids in a simplistic form. It is also a fun thing to do where minimal items are required. Keep them in your art cupboard and you can do this activity whenever boredom strikes. It is simple and best of all, doesn’t […]

Travel Naughts & Crosses Game

Use a zip lock bag to make a travel naughts and crosses board

This is an uber easy game you can whip up for travel, or just to stick in your handbag to keep kids occupied during those waiting times. Materials Paper Cardboard (milk bottle lid stencil) Permanent Marker Zip Lock Bag 1. Cut a piece of paper to the size of the zip lock bag, so it […]

Homemade Puff Paint

How to make your own puff paint with items from the pantry

Homemade Puff Paint When I was a little girl I used puff paint all the time and drew designs on anything I could find – especially T-shirts and shoes. The only problem was, they came in the smallest bottles and were quite expensive so I didn’t get to use it as much as I would […]