Paper Popsicles – for Imaginative Play

Paper Popsicles ice cream- printable

These are easy to whip up and are fun for imaginative play (set up an ice cream shop), use as party invitations (write on the back) or decorations (make a bunting with string). Make your own (use the blank printable) or you can download the template my kids and I painted with watercolours, which makes it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sisters, Friends & Lego

Lego Friends Heartlake Lighthouse

Brought to you by Nuffnang & LEGO Friends My sister and I played for hours, sprawled out in different positions on the floor. Sunday afternoons were dedicated in this fashion: a large sheet rumbled on the ground with piles of Lego around us. It’s one of my strongest play memories, and we still talk about […]

Backyard Sheet Tent

Backyard Sheet Tent

I’m working on a list of simple things that could be in a fun mum kit. A huge white sheet is one of them. You can use an old sheet or pick one up for about $15. They can be used for many fun activities, for example: Make a play tablecloth Throw the sheet on […]

Paper Plate Quoits Game

Paper Plate Coits Game

Image Julie Vigor Julie shared with me this simple game kids can create from time around the house. Paper Plate Quoits (or Coits) What you need Empty 1.25 L Bottles Rocks or sand Paper plates  1. Fill the empty bottles with something to weigh them down like sand or pebbles and screw the lid on. 2. […]

Mother’s Day: Cupcake Case Flower Arrangement

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Use a decorative cupcake case to make a mini flower arrangement. Kids could do it themselves!

Here’s something super simple and sweet for Mother’s Day: mini floral arrangement in a decorative cupcake case.  I was thinking this could make adorable birthday party/table decoration too. Or even as a birthday party activity: each child could arrange their own flower arrangement. How cute would that be? Anyway, back to Mother’s/Grandmother’s Day. This is […]

Design Your Own Marshmallows

Marshmallow Art

We bought some lovely big canvases (marshmallows) at Costco for roasting last week so thought we’d decorate them with paint (coloured milk). It was so much fun and worked better than we expected! The trick is to use thin paint brushes with a fine tip. We bought ours at Daiso for $2.80 in a pack […]

Feed the Bunny Game

Feed the Bunny Game

This bunny box game is a fun game for parties and Easter and is made with simple materials. Materials 1 Large box brown paper masking tape glue stick scissors craft knife (adult use only) black permanent marker lead pencil white & black paper red & pink poster paper Older kids could achieve this, but there are […]

Fun Play Jar

Fun Play Jars

This is a fun idea for the school holidays, or even as a gift idea for kids. The idea is to make a fun play jar to take anywhere! There’s hours of fun inside the jars. These Play Jars I made cost me about $20. These are great for: Birthday Parties – make smaller ones for […]

Printable Road/Garden Play Mats

Printable Play Mat: Road

This is a great idea for travel or those times when kids have to wait somewhere with you…and you want to bring something little for them to play with. Print out a paper play mat, grab a small toy and put it all in a zip lock bag or pencil case. Throw it in your bag […]

Paper Plate Bunny Basket

Paper Plate Bunny Bag

I recently did a Paper Plate Bunny Ears tutorial for Mother & Baby Magazine. While I was at it, I decided to make a basket bag to go with it. So easy and it holds heaps of Easter eggs. Materials 2 dinner paper plates Bunny ears template Ball point pen Black & pink marker Stapler […]