Explore Your City Like a Tourist

Wynnum foreshore

We’ve lived in many different places in Australia over the years. People often comment along these lines to us: You’ve seen more of our city in the one year you’ve been here than we have since living here our whole lives! Exploring new places has become a significant part of our family identity and culture. I think one of the […]

Erupting Volcano

Erupting Volcano - Kids in the Kitchen

Guest Post by McKenzie’s Volcanos are fascinating. There are about 1,500 active volcanoes in the world, and about 500 have erupted in the historical timeline. The school holidays provide time for slow days where you can watch YouTube documentaries about the world, read books at the library and do creative projects. You can even do themed days and […]

Easy Minion Cupcakes

Simple Minion Cupcakes

Our family love the minions – Bob, Stuart, Kevin especially. They are funny and cute and make fantastic decorations for cupcakes. Decorating your cupcakes as minions is so simple and doesn’t take much longer than it normally would. I made these without telling the kids and they were puzzled while they were watching me in […]

Backyard Hurdles

How to Make Backyard Hurdles

It’s coming to the those beautiful warm months in Australia where the kids can play for hours in the backyard. I recently set up some back yard hurdles for a make shift obstacle course. The hurdles are just made from some PVC pipe, and it is simple to set up. What I have found is […]

Turn Kids Drawings Into Clothes

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If you’ve got a child who is always scribbling and doodling, you can now turn their creative designs into a piece of clothing that they can wear with pride. The concept was launched in August this year by Picture This Clothing, and the new company has since been flooded with orders. Girls can have their […]

Clothes Line Cubby

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School holidays provides the time to play extensive games that last over many hours or even days. My kids had a ball with a clothes line cubby house and it’s easy to make. All you need to do is get sheets or covers and hang them around the outside parts of the line. Sheets work […]

Play Activities That Imitate Occupations

play activities that imitate occupations

It’s often fun to imagine what our children will decide to do as a career when they grow up. I love watching my girls play and seeing their talents become clearer. Their love of craft and arts makes me think they will work in some sort of creative field, but who knows. I want them […]

No Bake – Bedtime Teddies

No Bake - Bedtime Teddies

With no baking involved – these only take minutes to make. They are perfect for a little kids party, fun activity or baby shower. No Bake – Bedtime Teddies Tiny teddies Milk arrowroot biscuits Icing sugar Food colouring Water Make the icing which will act as the blankets that the teddies sleep under. Mix 1 […]

TV shows from your childhood that you can still watch today

Astro Boy

If you love getting all nostalgic and telling your kids about life in the good old days when you were young, you might like to introduce them to your favourite childhood TV shows. The good news is, many of the old favourites are still around on Netflix – some in their original form, and others as […]

Decorate Bobby Pins

Pretty Coloured Bobby Pins

Nail polish can be a useful decorating tool, and not just for nails. For example, one time my daughter and her friend made washer necklaces by painting them with nail polish, and you can find the tutorial here: Washer Necklace. Another way to use nail polish is to paint bobby pins for a simple and […]

DIY Journal Kit

DIY Journal Kit

This past school holidays, I put together a DIY journal kit for kids. The idea was for them to decorate their own book with the materials provided. I found the blank cover journals from Kmart which were ideal. Blank Journal Washi Tape Letter Stickers Gel Pens Sharpies (metallic silver is cool) It all cost under […]

Fairy Tree Play Space

imaginative play scene -- the fairy door

You can get Fairy doors like this from many different places like The Fairy Door Store or Delightful Rainbow. The fairy doors are all kinds of magical cuteness, sure to stimulate imaginative play for kids. You can add them to a section of wall inside the house, or find a cute tree outside to fix it. If […]

Coral Reef Play

Coral Reef Play

The release of Finding Dory is a perfect opportunity to talk about coral reefs and incorporate it into play. You can get both life like replicas of sea creatures from Papo, Schleich and Mojo or even Finding Dory figurines from Bullyland. I had a quick glance at the licensed Finding Dory toys available in places like Target and BIG […]