DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

My friend Belinda from BAC Photography told me about her Lego table project she did with her boys. The process is really very simple and achievable and such a fabulous way to facilitate Lego play. She's sharing how she put it together below. The Lego City Project My twin boys have always loved building blocks! It started on their first birthday when they received a Mega Blocks truck that came with some bricks. The novelty of pushing … [Read more...]

DIY Skateboard Shelf

DIY Skateboard Shelf

I was at my sister's on the weekend and this is a little idea worth sharing. You can pick up small retro-like skateboards from places like Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and BIG W from about $15 (like this Avigo one).   They can often be found in second hand stores for cheap too. These skateboards make for cute shelfs for knick knacks in a child's bedroom. Materials Small Plastic Skateboard 2 Angle (or L) Brackets - found in the … [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...]

School / Homework Station

School Station

I asked the Be A Fun Mum community on Facebook about their opinions on homework for primary school students. There was a huge response (737 comments) and below are the results: The main feedback to come out of the discussion are as follows:   NO:  children spend enough time studying at school & research suggests homework is not effective parents find it hard to allocate time … [Read more...]

STAGE 2: Planting Vegetables into the Garden

Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden

Be A Fun Mum gardening expert, Renee from About the Garden, is sharing how to prepare and plant your vege garden. STAGE 2: Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden Planting your vegetable seedlings into the garden is easy if you’ve already completed STAGE 1: Steps for preparing an existing garden for Planting Vegetables.  Once you're confident your garden soil is prepared, your ready to ‘roc-n’roll’ with … [Read more...]

STAGE 1: Preparing an Existing Garden for Planting Vegetables

Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden

Be A Fun Mum gardening expert, Renee from About the Garden, is sharing how to prepare and plant your vege garden. Steps for preparing an existing garden for planting vegetables Preparing your existing garden for planting vegetables is not as complicated as you may think. All you need is a few supplies, tools and a positive attitude to a little hard work. The first thing you should know about me is...I’m not the world’s best gardener, I’m a … [Read more...]

How My Bedroom Colour Scheme Helped

my bedroom

I've collected a lot of mish-mash of items over the years: new things; hand-me-downs; old things.  My house doesn't look anything like a magazine. I don't mind.  Mostly.  However, sometimes, just sometimes, a seed of discontent grows inside me.  Discontentment is an interesting thing, and I've learned to take a moment to analyse it before it grows. Sometimes, all I need to do in this situation is give myself a … [Read more...]

Lego Play & Storage: Brikbag Review

lego

Review Post (see definitions here) All my children are into Lego, mostly fuelled by my son's obsession with the stuff. I get it. I too was a Lego lover, and spent many hours on Sunday afternoons with my big sister building and playing.  We used a sheet to play on so pack up was easy. I recently came across the Brikbag which works on the similar principal to the sheet my sister and I used when were children.  It's a great product to … [Read more...]

Sorting and Organising Toys

Organising Toys

Sorting & Organising Toys I sort and reorganise the children's toys about twice a year, usually after Christmas, and then half way through the year. I've just re-done it this last weekend before school goes back for the new term. Below is the step-by-step process I go through: 1. Pull Everything Out When I’m in the process going through the toys, I remind myself that it gets (much) worse before it gets better. I’m ruthless and pull … [Read more...]

(Edible) Crystallised Pansies: for cupcake decorating

Crystallised Pansies

Crystallised Pansies for Cupcake Decorating, Tea Parties & Connecting Kids with the Garden Did you know that pansies are edible!? When I told my children they weren’t that excited by the prospect of my adding pansies to the family salad, until Grandma told them that pansies could be used for cake decorating. That got their attention, and mine. We love a little tea party. I’ve always assumed that flowers used in cake decorating … [Read more...]

Kids Room: Collection Display Jars

Collection jars

One of the ways I facilitate my older children's interests and collections is to have display jars in their rooms for different things.  Below are my 10-year-old's jars.  She enjoys collecting shells, rocks and metal things (like nuts, bolts and bottle caps). I remember collecting old keys at one stage when I was a tween...I wonder where they ended up? We have also done other cute little jar projects that add a fun personalised look … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

make your own wrapping paper - draw pictures on brown paper

I love the unique look of child-coloured wrapping paper for gifts and it doubles as an activity the kids enjoy too.  You can get a roll of brown (Kraft) paper from places like Officeworks, Kmart, Target, BIG W and stationery stores.  30 metres cost about $15 so it goes a long way. Colourful Wrapping Brown paper Felt pens, ballpoint pen, pencils, oil pastels, and crayons all work. Paint also works but there that extra step of … [Read more...]

A Boot Doll House

mouse and son.jpg

How absolutely gorgeous is this Boot Doll House!  Marina (aka Vintage Jane) who lives in England shared this gorgeous project on her blog, and I contacted her because I fell in love with it and wanted to share with you all! This boot house was made for special little boy.   "He wanted a boy’s house.  And so, just before Christmas, Grandma (the Interior Designer) and Grandpa (the Builder) built and decorated a very special … [Read more...]

Cubby Under the Stairs

Under stairs cubby house - convert the space into a cosy area for kids to play

I love hearing about how families create dedicated areas for play. Jess sent me this picture of a cubby she created under the stairs for her two daughters, aged 3 and 2 years old.  If you have an under stairs storage area, Jess shares tips on how she converted this area into a special space for her kids to play. Cubby Under the Stairs Step 1: Clean Out Find a new home for all the hings we stored under there: living in a townhouse the … [Read more...]