Takeaway Coffee Tray Safari Car

cardboard drink tray car craft

Last year when my daughter went to Kindy, I got in the habit of collecting boxes and odd shaped cardboard trays to donate to the craft corner. Now that my daughter is in school, I still recycle these items, but before placing them in the recycling bin, I think of ways my younger girls can […]

Imaginative Play: Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

A few years ago, I put together a rock play garden for my son.  I found cheap pavers and we decorated them and used them as a garden border.  I noticed the kids often used the pavers in little backyard games they made up, and I made a note to buy more (they are really cheap!). […]

Imaginative Play Scene — A Castle Garden


I’m not sure what made me think about it, but I had this idea of using a section of artificial grass as a base for an imaginative play scene.  And so I went to Clark Rubber and bought half a metre (you could probably find the stuff at places like Bunnings too). Cost me under […]

The Magical Waters of Pink Water Bay

Pink water for Barbies

Welcome to the magical waters of Pink Water Bay. Giving a little sparkle to play can be as easy as pink food colouring, glitter and water.  It’s all about the little sparkle that lights up the imagination. Materials Large under-bed storage container Pink (or other colour) food colouring Glitter (optional) Barbies or other toys It’s […]

Imaginative Play Scene: A Fairy Door

imaginative play scene -- fairy door

I came across The Fairy Door Store  on Facebook and I fell instantly in love with the product.  The fairy doors are all kinds of magical cuteness, sure to stimulate imaginative play for kids.  I emailed Sarah from to ask her if she would work with me to do a play scene for my blog, […]

Imaginative Play Scene: Rainbow Woods

rainbow woods imaginative play scene -- paint sticks

This fun play scene is easy to put together and is sure to bring out all kinds of imaginative play! The Rainbow Woods There are twists, and turns; bends and corners: welcome to the Rainbow Woods. You may find secret messages, written on the trees in black ink, so look closely, and oh-so-carefully; there might […]

Play Scene: Cardboard Box City

carboard box city -- play scene

Well, well! The children and I spent a glorious afternoon creating this cardboard box city.  It cost me all of…nothing, was mess free and is still going strong! There are many inspirational ideas like this around the web, like this one from Picklebums. Below is how we made our city. Materials Tea Chest Size packing […]

Imaginative Play Scene: Ocean

ocean play scene-1

This play scene is easy to set up. You can either fill a container with water (more like this Desert Island Play Scene) or add sand to create more of a beach look as pictured above. Materials Large rectangle container Empty ice-cream bucket Blue food colouring (optional) Sand (optional) Sea figurines like turtles, sharks, fish, […]

Imaginative Play Scene: Pond


I enjoy setting up imaginative play scenes for my kids. You can read the reason why in this post: Desert Island Play Scene.  My latest creation is a pond scene. It’s easy and cheap to set up. The inspiration for this project was milk bottle lids; on water, they look like lily pads so I […]

Imaginative Play Scene: Rock Towers

imaginative play scene -- rock tower

The children and I are having so much fun with imaginative play scenes this holidays.  We recently created a Magical Play Space and Desert Island Play Scene and this time, we created a rock towers which are also ideal for a feature in the garden. This is something that can be done anywhere there are […]

Imaginative Play Scene — Island

Imaginative Play Scene -- Desert Island

I confessed that I don’t get down and play with my kids all that often, but I do constantly facilitate and watch them play.   One of the things I enjoy to do is help set up play scenes for the children.  I was first inspired by this concept by Kate from Picklebums and I […]

Imaginative Play Scene — Tree House

imaginative play scene -- tree house

Kate from Picklebums first introduced me to the concept of Imaginative Play Scenes. Since then, the kids and I have a lot of fun creating environments for the kids to play in. Setting up a play scene doesn’t take a lot of time and the play benefits last over days.  Pop over and read Kate’s […]