What We Take to The Beach

Staple Items to Take to the beach

We are a pick-up-and-go type of family and so I like to keep things simple when we go to the beach.   If we keep things simple, it's achievable, and when it's achievable, we do it more.  What we take depends on how long we will be there. If we are heading to the beach for a few hours to swim, below are some standard staples that serve us well.   What we take to the beach Large Beach Tote - The red Seafolly tote … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea

Imaginative Play Scene - sand and sea

Imaginative and outdoor play are a priority when it comes to facilitating play opportunities for my kids. Combining them together is gold. We visited the beach a couple of weeks ago and then I created a beach scene for the kids to play with at home. It's really so easy and cheap to set up and here is how I did it: Materials Underbed Storage Container (or other plastic container) Play Sand (you can get bags from Bunnings and places like … [Read more...]

Plant a Pot Garden for Spring!

Parsley in the garden

I like the idea of gardening, but find it overwhelming.  Last year, I enlisted the help of a friend to get me started, and together we broke up the process in 3 easy (and FUN!) steps to make it achievable for anyone! The good thing about this garden is it's in pots, so even if you don't have the space for a garden, you can still experience the joy of growing something yourself and using it in the food you eat.  I believe … [Read more...]

Nature Craft: Experimenting with Nature Boats

One afternoon, the kids and I headed out to a magical spot and experimented making nature boats to see which design worked best.  Such a simple and beautiful activity. Bark Boat Ideas Click the picture for more Bark Boat ideas More Bark Boat Ideas 105 Ways to Enjoy Nature with Kids Nature Craft Boat Ideas … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Gramping Fun (part 1)

packing for gramping

Sponsored by Aerogard, Mortein and Nuffnang  “The family who camps together, stays together” the saying goes.  As a family of seasoned campers, I get the sentiment behind the words: camping provides many quiet bonding moments, challenging times that turn into great stories, and magical experiences in the wonders of nature. When my husband and I became parents, we knew we wanted to be a family who camps.   As our family grew, … [Read more...]

Part 1 – Gardening With Kids: Planting from Seeds (using toilet rolls)

growing herbs from seeds

I'm not good at keep plants alive but for a long time now I've wanted to (successfully) do a  herb/vege garden with the children. Something simple and basic, so there's that connection between the ground and the food we eat. I talked to one of my friends about it, she works for About the Garden Magazine, and asked her to help me and -- yay -- we are on our way! I've broken this gardening project into steps to make it manageable, and so it … [Read more...]

Paint Leaves

autumn activity for kids paint leaves

To celebrate Autumn, the younger children and I went to one of our favourite exploring spots for a rainbow leaf hunt. We also collected dry leaves to later paint and hang in the kitchen (we did this last year with maple leaves). I love doing this sort of stuff with the children because it has such value and meaning. It's not just about a craft to fill the time. No, it's more than that.   It's about taking the time to notice around us (it's … [Read more...]

Rainbow Garden Step 1 — Rainbow Pots

rainbow tulip garden holland

Ever since I came across this picture of the Keukenhof Tulip Fields in Holland, I've wanted my own version of rainbow garden. The problem is I'm a terrible gardener. I don't even like gardening very much (just the finished product).   But I'm determined to do some digging the dirt with the kids, and armed with inspiration, I'm giving it another go.   I'll blog the process in three steps (as we do them).  The first step is an activity for the … [Read more...]

7 Games From Around the World

Children games from around the world

7 Games inspired from children around the world I love this post, and not just because it helped take backyard play at our place to entire new level; there is much more than that.  It was an opportunity to give my children perspective, beyond what they see around them. World Vision gave me permission to use the images in this post, and they, in turn, have enriched our family life.   How wonderful it is to learn from other children around the … [Read more...]

50 Backyard Game Ideas

I'm passionate about all kinds of play for kids. Following my post about the importance of play, I've put together the ideas provided by you all in this post of 50 Backyard Game Ideas. 50 Backyard Game Ideas Climb trees Moodle ball: Use a pool noodle as a bat and a soft toy ball. This is easy to play for very young children. Outdoor chalk drawing: Draw pictures, roads and cities Obstacle course (material ideas here: Backyard Obstacle … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Importance of Play

milo play movement -- get kids outside to play

The team at MILO approached me earlier this year about  the MILO Play Movement, a fabulous project designed to help parents and children get active and play every day.  I enjoy working with the team over at MILO as one of their Mum Ambassadors because I believe in the power of play, and I love talking about it. Listed below is a snapshot of survey results of Australian and New Zealand families.  For for more information, watch this short … [Read more...]

10 Winter Gardening Tips for Kids

winter gardening tips for kids

Today on the blog, I'm welcoming Dirt Girl from the hit children's series Dirtgirlworld, to guest post especially for Be A Fun Mum.  Dirtgirlworld is a celebration of life outside, taking children to a world where the real and unreal collide.  I love the show's focus on loving the outdoors and environmental sustainability. So, get grubby this winter with 10 gardening tips for kids from Dirt Girl. Great fun winter gardening … [Read more...]

Nature Craft: Rock Footprints

make a rock picture

When I do craft with my kids, I like for it to be an extension of another outing or activity.  For example, making potpourri bags for the drawers was coupled with a trip to the shops, collecting shells at the beach turned into a wall feature and a fun addition to a country drive was to stop and make wild flower wreaths. For me, craft is about connection rather than just something to do. When the children and I explored a local stream … [Read more...]

105 Ways to Enjoy Nature With Kids

ways to enjoy nature with kids

Enjoying the natural beauty of the world is something I do every single day.  The more time I spend admiring nature, the more satisfaction and joy I get out of it.  It helps me slow down. It helps me to be present.  And it's always there. I find myself, not only wanting to spend time outdoors, I have a desire to protect our natural resources too. I see this happening in my children too.  Kids are educated these days to protect the environment, … [Read more...]