Leaf Art Ideas

Leaf Art Ideas - use leaves to print paper. This is a good way to decorate bags and wrapping paper too

It is a wonderful thing to get creative with items around your home and leaves are a great example. They are everywhere in all different shapes and sizes. I’ll show you 2 different types of art using leaves from my garden. The first is leaf printing and the other is leaf rubbing. My children really enjoyed […]

Adorable Acorn People


We collected acorns (and a macadamia nut) on our walk home from school.  How cute are these little people?  We glued them to cardboard and they are sitting proudly on a shelf. All you need is: Craft glue Acorns Googly eyes Permanent marker My son worked out that if you put a leaf under the […]

DIY Stick Raft Boats

stick raft boat

We collected the sticks for this project on our way home from school.  I made the boats and the kids spent hours and hours playing with them, at home and at the beach. It was beyond wonderful.  It all started with my husband, and his love of watching the sailing. The Volvo Ocean Race is […]

Sunflower Seed Bomb Gifts & Party Favours


Have you ever made seed bombs before? Do you know what they are? I have to admit I didn’t when Renee from About the Gardening Magazine told me about them…and now I do, and they are so easy to make and so cool.   There’s nothing more fun then gifting a garden full of sunshine […]

DIY Book Flower Press (free craft from the garden)

How to press flowers - Book pressed dried flowers free craft from the garden be a fun mum

When I was a little girl I loved to dry and press flowers. I had them hanging in my room, randomly placed in books and stored in little bottles like potpourri all over the house. Recently, my six-year-old daughter has shown an interest in collecting things from nature; leaves, feathers, rocks and sticks are among the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 activity with the children because it has […]

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 […]

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 […]