Straw Construction Challenge

Straw Construction

On the school holidays, sometimes I throw a heap of straws on the table with tape and tell the kids to make something, anything! It's really cheap, relatively non-messy and an easy activity to set up. Materials Straws (different colours/size/lengths work well; straws with a bendy top are fun to work with; you can get jumbo straws from discount/party supply shops) Tape (clear tape and/or decorative washi … [Read more...]

Make a School Holiday Kit

make a school holiday kit

Over many years of school holidays, I noticed particular items were useful for a variety of play opportunities. I call it my School Holiday Kit. Most of these items are already in most homes, and they aren't expensive. The idea of the school holiday kit isn't to necessarily do all the activities but rather to have a stash of fun ideas up your sleeve if you need them. All the items cost me under $10 and they can be used in many ways. Here, I'll … [Read more...]

10 Outing Ideas for Kids (that don’t cost a fortune)

outings for kids -- craft shop

During the school holidays, there is opportunity to do many outings with the kids, but it can be (very) expensive. Below are 10 outings ideas I've enjoyed with my kids that didn't cost a fortune! 1. Visit a Pet Shop/Aquarium Visiting/walking past a pet shop is something my kids enjoy. We don't spend a lot of time in the pet shop but the entire outing takes a good chunk of a day. From the time we get ready to go -- getting there, seeing … [Read more...]

Balloon People

how to make balloon people

This is seriously fun peoples. It's easy and cheap too. What you need Balloons Permanent Marker Cardboard from an empty box Instructions 1. Blow up a balloon and decorate a face with permanent markers.  Here are our designs. 2. Using a recycled cardboard box, cut out a heart shape using the below template as a guide. (Click picture for PDF). 3. Peirce at the X using scissors and insert the end of the balloon. … [Read more...]

Summer School Holiday Idea: Create a Magical Play Space

school holidays ideas -- decoration an outdoor tree

One of the things I love about school holidays is the opportunity to think big about play. I aim to think of play, not only in sessions, but over days and weeks. Creating play environments is a perfect example of this because it starts with the building phase, then the play phase, and the play evolves with the environment. It's wonderful to watch the kids play like this.  The Summer days are long, so the children are particularly enjoy playing in … [Read more...]

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 post for some more ideas: Imaginative Play at Home. Imaginative Play Scene -- Tree House Materials: Box Paint (optional) Patty Cases Other items to … [Read more...]

10 Healthy School Holiday Activity Ideas

healthy lunch box recipe

I have you covered this school holidays with a huge range of posts. 100 School Holiday Activity Ideas 10 Fun School Holiday Food Ideas  Sunny Coast Kids: School Holiday Ideas KleenexMums School Holiday Activity Ideas 15 Adventurous Things To Do With Kids School Holiday Diary 10 School Holiday Ideas to do at home 10 Healthy School Holiday Activity Ideas {a day out exploring the country} Today, the team over at the … [Read more...]

10 Fun School Holiday Food Ideas

school holiday food ideas -- popcorn container template

I have fond memories of school holidays.  It didn't matter if we went somewhere for the holiday period, or stayed at home, my mum always found ways to make it special and a little out of the ordinary.    I think one of the keys to successful school holidays is to make it a little different; a little special.   One of the ways to do this is with food.  There is a lot of negativity about treats because of the problems with health in this … [Read more...]

10 School Holiday Activities

school holiday activities: baking

10 School Holiday Activities Guest Post By Julie Vigor 1. Dancing Organise a disco and invite your friends. Learn some cool new dance steps and the good old favourites of Nutbush and Macarena.  Create home made invitations for guests, make decorations like a poster for the front door, paper chains, Chinese lanterns and a disco mobile by decorating old cd’s with collage and hanging them down with string from an alfoil dish. Plan games you … [Read more...]

100 School Holiday Activity Ideas

have fun this school holidays

School holiday are here! And I like it. Mind you, there is always an adjustment period at my place, when the children are settling into a new routine and getting used to being around each other more.  Three days it usually takes for us all to adjust. This school holidays, I'm looking forward to lazy mornings, no school lunches and the flexibility to do things with the children when I want.  The trick to fun school holidays is to … [Read more...]

Be A Fun Mum This School Holidays

School holidays are here!  Our family isn't going away but I have planned a fun time for the children. Art classes, train ride, bike riding, visiting friends and just hanging at home is what our break looks like.  If you are looking for ideas to keep your child/ren entertained for the school holidays, you can search previous posts here on Be A Fun Mum.  Below you will find posts related to play, activities, holidays and fun. Crafty Moments: … [Read more...]

Family Holiday Packing

holiday box packing

I fondly remember my childhood family holidays.  Recently, my Dad asked me, "Do you remember us taking you to ________?" I couldn't remember, and I could tell my Dad was a little disappointed.  Then I said, "Dad, it doesn't matter that I can't remember every single place we visited, what matters is you and Mum created memories of an overwhelmingly happy childhood." Holidays are about creating memories of an overwhelmingly … [Read more...]

Colourful Splash Play

Splash Play

September 2009 School holidays are just around the corner. I will share some great ideas you may like to use. Colourful Splash Play All you need is: • Bowls (different sizes is fun) • Food Colouring (Basic Colours) • Water • Cup NOTE: For all those Mothers freaking out because of the food colouring.... don't worry, it is so diluted, it won't stain their hands or clothes ;) I suggest you print out this colour wheel to so you can … [Read more...]

In the Eyes of a Child

One of the greatest joys of Motherhood is seeing life through a child's eyes. My children help me to see the world in a fresh way. Whether it is taking time to smell the flowers or chasing a butterfly, whether it is jumping in puddles or skipping in the park, whether it is singing too loud or playing in the dirt, spending time with my children is a gift that I treasure. I have had the opportunity to experience this wonder anew as I have been … [Read more...]