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 also allow them to explore their own interests through activity and play. The project wasn't done in big chunks but off and on, mainly during school holidays … [Read more...]

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 fallen leaves.  On our last trip up the D'Aguilar Ranges, we saw a beautiful (AND HUGE!) snake on the road. There's a video here. At … [Read more...]

9 Tips for Visiting an Art Gallery with Kids

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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 9 tips for visiting an art gallery with kids. 9 Tips for Visiting an Art Gallery with Kids Have you considered a visit … [Read more...]

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 comments at end of the post. As a parent I have lots of ideas about the experiences that I want to give my kids, but when it comes down to it I’m usually too tired, … [Read more...]

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) Sticks, bark and rocks Log Dinosaur figurines Food colouring Set up 1. I placed a log inside the container, … [Read more...]

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 drawing materials Instructions 1. Grab a piece of paper or even the side of a cardboard box (cereal ones are great). We like to start with paint but … [Read more...]

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, and so here we are. Imaginative Play Scene Materials Fairy Door Shells Decorative stones Fairy or small doll Ribbon or streamers (optional) To set up … [Read more...]

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 this is to enjoy the beauty of nature and bring this into our home in various forms. Below are links to some of the nature crafts and activities we enjoy (click the pictures … [Read more...]

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 do" "you made a discovery" "go on an adventure" "choose to be happy" "let's hope for something" Definition: form … [Read more...]

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 cuddly toy to hold. How cute! I though this such a great activity and one worth sharing. External Links I’m joining in with Childhood101 We Play. … [Read more...]

We Play : Blu Tack

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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 are finished, just stick it on a wall for next time. You have to love the easy storage. It's a  activity. Part … [Read more...]

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 ago, although not idealistic for women, was a time when mothering was valued; it was important.   I'm under no … [Read more...]

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 to instigate play for my children, let alone sit down and play with them.  I'm just too busy; I've got too much to do; I don't feel like it.  This is … [Read more...]

Whose House? Paper Craft

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This is an easy paper craft I used to make when my kids were small. It's so quick and easy and essentially all you need is scissors, paper and tape. Materials Whose House? Craft Template (click to access PDF file) Drawing pencils Sticky Tape Instructions 1. Child can colour in Whose House? Page One if they like. Maybe a different colour for each door! 2. Child can colour Whose House? Page Two. Sometimes kids want to … [Read more...]