Toy Car Wash

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

Whipped this Matchbox car wash for the kids this school holidays with items I had around the house. So easy!  Materials used Ice cream bucket A box can be used but won’t be waterproof – good option for inside play Hot glue Foam sheet (I had left over from making peg mermaids with the kids) Paper […]

School Holidays Fun Box

School Holiday Fun Box

If I know I’m going to be at home for most of the school holidays, I usually do up some sort of fun box in the week before the break starts. You can find a previous version of this here. Now, if you’re thinking, “Wow, what a fun mum you are!” I’ll add here that, although […]

Tree Trunk Printable

Tree Trunk Templates - Watercolour

Here are two tree watercolour trunk templates I had designed to do this Triad Tree Watercolour Experiment with my son’s class. They are a great base for other painting/craft projects too, or even as a play dough mat (make green/pink play dough for foliage & flowers). My daughter sat down at the kitchen table while I […]

Mister Maker comes to town!

Mister Maker Live Tickets

Earlier this year, Mister Maker (Phil Gallagher) performed sold out shows for a legion of mini-makers in Sydney. This month, he’s returning down under to perform live shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Phil chatted to Be a Fun Mum about his upcoming tour, his love of cricket and how being […]

Mini Library

Adorable Mini Library made from cardboard

I’m not really into doing craft for craft’s sake with my kids. I’m not really into cooking with my kids, purely as an activity either. People often think I’m a crafty person because of my blog, but I’m not. I don’t sew, or crochet or scrapbook or do many of the things often associated with […]

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 […]

Grass Sledding

Grass Sledding

All you need is cardboard and a grassy hill. SO. MUCH. FUN. That is all.  

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 […]

Discovery Box

make a discovery box

We love exploring as much as we can as a family.  Australia is a vast and beautiful country, and there’s so much natural wonder in our backyard.  On our many adventures, my kids enjoy collecting little bits and bobs along the way, from bottle caps for a Bottle Cap Game they made up to pretty […]

Summer Fun: Boats, Boats, Boats

fun for kids -- boat play

I spend some of my childhood in Papua New Guinea.  There was no Winter, only the wet season and dry season. “The rain marches across the sky,” my mum used to say. I’ve never seen anything like it in Australia. The rain did, indeed, march; you could see it from a way off — you […]

Nature Crafts: Bark Boat

Bark Boat

Oh, there’s something wondrous about floating homemade boats in a babbling brook.  It’s as easy as finding a nice piece of floatable bark and attaching a sail by making a small hole in the centre (with a screwdriver or drill) or using blue tack or glue.  Below are links to a few different ways to […]