Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Oakes Fegley is Pete in Disney's PETE'S DRAGON, the story of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Disney I’ve been thinking about how our family culture has evolved over time. It’s one of the things I’m enjoying most about family-life at the moment. After fifteen years of parenthood, nine of which I’ve had all of my four children with me, there’s a history of shared experiences […]

Family movie nights without the fights

How to pick a movie for family night - make a fortune teller!

Family movie nights without the fights Many families enjoy a regular movie night tradition, but deciding what to watch is not always so enjoyable! Gone are the days of trawling through the local video shop – now you can simply flick through the offerings available on Netflix and stream it into your home! Netflix also […]

Pan for Gold

Panning for gold

Kids love mystery and adventure! And we had plenty of that when we drove around the South Island of New Zealand last September in a camper van. One of the places we stopped at was Shanty Town. There we learnt how to pan for gold. I was chatting to one of the people who work there, and […]

Make Mini Parachutes That Work

How to make and fly a mini parachute made from a cheap thin plastic tablecloth

I asked my friend Liss (who has multiple boys) for fun ideas I could do with my son and a group of his friends. She showed me a video with instructions on how to make mini parachutes and I was like, yes. Yes, yes, yes. The process is really very simple, but it does take […]

Chalk Scene Drawings

Chalk Scenes - rainbow

The last school holidays, I did up a school holiday box, and one of the things I like to keep in there is chalk because it’s handy for all kinds of activities.  Below are some ideas: Play hopscotch Just draw anything Hit the target  Draw stepping stones across the driveway and the kids can pretend they […]

Portable Movie Theatre

How to do a portable cinema

Sponsored by Bose and Nuffnang I mentioned to my husband that I was reviewing a portable speaker. When I said the brand was Bose, he was ecstatic! Haha. I didn’t know the brand was such a favourite, so there you go. In a nutshell, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is a portable, bluetooth speaker designed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: Big, Stylish Beach Bag

Beach Bag Review

My friend and I (we create and run music programs for kids at Making Rainbows) escaped for a few days at a friend’s beach house to do a little planning and a lot of relaxing.  I love sharing holidays with friends you can relax with…the kids think they’re on a full time play date/sleep over and […]

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. […]

Damper Cooked on a Stick: Green tree twist

Damper on a stick green tree twists on rosemary stick cooking one hand

Nothing is more ‘Aussie’ then cooking a damper in a camp oven when camping, but did you know you can also cook damper on a stick? My Mum use to call them ‘green tree twists’, because you use ‘green’ sticks or branches from a tree to cook the damper on. It was always so much […]

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 […]

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 […]