Squishy Balloon Faces

Simple fun for kids - Squishy Balloon Faces

These squishy balloon faces are so easy and fun, and they cost next to nothing.  Materials Play Dough (recipe below) Permanent Marker Balloons (good quality) Instructions 1. Make a batch of play dough. This recipe will fill about 3-4 balloons but if you want more, just double/triple it. 1/4 cup of salt 1/2 cup of plain flour 1 tablespoon […]

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 […]

Waterfall Scene Birthday Cake

Waterfall cake

I’m not kidding: this is one of the easiest birthday cakes I have made for my kids, and it probably is the most effective too! My eldest daughter turned 14 and she wanted a waterfall cake…so we did a waterfall cake, and it turned out awesome. The entire family was squealing with how awesome it […]

Homemade Gift or Party Favour – Play Dough Kit

Play Dough Kit - fun for birthday party favour

I made up play dough kits for the kids during the last school holidays. While I was at it, I made a smaller version for one of my son’s school friends who was coming over for a play date. It was just a small thing for him to take home.  It was so simple to whip […]

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 […]

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 […]