French Inspired Fashion for Kids

Catamini - French Fashion for Kids in Australia

I receive a lot of emails from various sources about products, brands and launches.  This one caught my eye and I thought it worth sharing because the clothes go up right up to size 14 (it’s so hard to find beautiful clothes for that age group!) and the range have a classic (yet still functional) look about […]

Fun for Older Kids: Create Stop Motion on Powerpoint

Stop Motion on Powerpoint

Our family uses technology for all kinds of things, not just entertainment.  I wanted to share a stop motion project Miss 10 has been working on since she was 9 years old. So, that’s over a year! As the kids get older, I find it’s important to engage them on a more detailed level 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 […]

9 Tips for Visiting an Art Gallery with Kids

Time to Create_Christie Burnett

This is a guest post by Christie from Childhood 101. Christie and I started blogging at a similar time, and I’ve met her several times.  She’s fun, smart and fabulous!  Christie is launching her first book, Time to Create, about hands-on exploration art for young children.  I’m thrilled to have her guest posting today with […]

Making Maths Fun for Kids (at home)

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Guest Post by Tierney Kennedy Today on the blog I have long time Be A Fun mum reader Tierney guest posting about making Math’s fun at home. With three kids of her own, plus 50 books for teachers under her name, she’s the person to talk to!  Feel free to ask any questions in the […]

Play Scene: Dinosaur Island

play scene -- dinosaur island

Last week, my son and I spent the day at the museum.  He loved the dinosaurs the best. {At the museum} I enjoy using things we do together as inspiration for facilitating play, and so we created a Dinosaur Play Scene. Come and see Dinosaur Island. Materials Under-bed storage plastic container (or other plastic container) […]

A Drawing Game: Collaboration

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Guest Post from Fi from Destination Bali This drawing game is a lot of fun. It doesn’t matter what age your children are, or if there are a few kids to keep busy at the same time. Materials Water colour paper (or any other piece of paper or cardboard) Water colour paint and/or any other […]

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, […]

Nature Crafts & Activities

Fresh flower head wreath

There is much wonder all around and endless ways to create joy. These are two things I hope my children will embrace. Our family aims to live life less compartmentalised so we look for ways to connect the things we do when we are out with things we do at home. One way to do […]

Words As Concepts

Words as Concepts

It wasn’t exactly intentional, but over time, I noticed my use of certain words to describe concepts with the children. It’s interesting to see how the repetitive use of these words/concepts have come full circle and now the kids encourage me with the same. I say things like: “use your imagination” “find something creative to […]

Make a Clothes Person

Life-size dress up otherwise know as snowman without the snow

My children constantly amaze me.  I came into my 4-year-old’s room and found her working on this life-size snowman (without the snow). She used a mask from the dress up box for the face.  A scarf from Mummy’s draw for the hair.  Her own clothes for the body and socks for the feet.  There is even a […]

We Play : Blu Tack

coloured blu tack free picture

I discoverd Blue Tack Colour.  It costs about $3 and is a fabulous moulding material.  It’s less messy than play-dough and not sticky like clay. Blue Tack holds its shape and is easy to work with. The children I was with today (2-5 years) enjoyed this activity with little adult intervention.  My older children loved it too! When you […]

Vintage Mother Value

1950 housewife

Much, if not all, of  work performed by mothers, in relation to caring for children and home-duties, is unpaid work.  In a world where money = status, bearing and caring for children is at the bottom of the pile.   I believe in the value of Motherhood as a chosen occupation or otherwise; however today’s society doesn’t. Fifty odd years […]

Just Go and Play

Play time

“Will you just go and play!” I catch myself saying this when my young children are hanging off my legs.  Sometimes a child doesn’t know where to start when it comes to play. When this happens, a little effort in terms of set-up, goes a long way. To be honest, I often don’t want to take the time […]