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 […]

Chatterbox Critters

Chatterbox Critters

The kids are loving chatterboxes at the moment. My daughter Pip made little critters puppets out of them too and she is sharing how. 1. Follow the instruction here on how to make a chatterbox here (or watch the video below). 2.Then take the two bottom corners of the chatterbox, and fold the triangle back into […]

DIY Barbie Tote Bag

Make a Barbie Tote bag (that fits in a lot of cute things inside) out of a small bottle

My kids tend to play with toys in ebbs and flows. Sometimes they are more into Lego, and sometimes they are more into Barbie play. Whatever the kids are into, I do like to look for ways to facilitate and extend their play (like when we made doll clothes out of organza gift bags).  We recently […]

Origami Ninja Stars

Origami Ninja Stars

My kids are into origami at the moment and I’ve been making a heap of ninja stars with them. They make a cute decorations (ceiling mobile or pop them on straws for cake decoration), and they are fun to play with: my kids flick the stars at targets like a frisbee (if you ask my son, there’s […]

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

I almost threw it out.  We cut the top of a milk bottle to use the bottom half for a project the kids and I were doing. As I walked over to the recycling, I challenged myself: Kelly think of what you could do with this thing. So I made a rainmaker and it was […]

Chatterbox Fun

How to make a chatterbox - so much fun for kids

Ah, this brings back many memories. I haven’t made one of these chatterboxes for a long, long while but have recently been making them again with my kids.  If anyone needs a refresher, here’s a step by step process how to make a chatterbox with an A4 piece of paper. I’ve written instructions for each […]

DIY Treasure Map (using brown paper)

make a treasure map out of brown paper

All you need is a section of brown craft paper, texter and your imagination! This is a fun open ended play idea with enormous potential for imaginative play.  This doesn’t have to be an actual treasure hunt (although that is fun too); my daughter played independently and created her own imaginary treasure. I always have […]

Paddle Pop Stick Catapult

Paddle Pop Stick Catapult

I tend to do craft for the kids in batches, there was a time there where I did a heap of milk bottle craft with the kids. I collected them over a few weeks and we used them as much as we could think of (there’s a list of milk bottle crafts here). I had […]

About My Mum Template

I love my mum because

It’s funny (and sweet) to see how the kids answer these questions! There’s a spot down the bottom for a photograph or picture. Click the picture to download. My son knows me so well. My favourite ‘food’, is indeed coffee. My husband sat down and wrote these responses with our youngest. How adorable! 

Shoebox Guitar

Shoebox Guitar

Shoebox Guitar Shoebox Large rubber bands Cardboard (could be from an empty cereal box or any kind of large box) Scissors & tape 1. Cut a hole out in the top of the box. 2. Ease 5 rubber bands over box so they are covering the hole (large sturdy rubber bands are best for this) […]

DIY Barbie Bed (out of a shoebox or cereal box)

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Make a Barbie sized bed out of a shoe box, or even a cereal box. It’s effective, practical and a fun way to extend Barbie play.  Below is a step by step process how I made the beds. Materials Box (big enough for the Barbie to lie on) Cardboard Hot glue gun & sticks Wadding Lace […]

African Animals: Toilet Roll Printable

African Animals Printable for toilet rolls

Last month, there were the Pirates in the toilet roll printable series, and this month, it’s African animals with cute baobab trees. It takes me back to a safari my daughters and I went on in Kruger National Park in South Africa and we saw all of these animals expect the lion! Amazing. You can see more of […]