Science Experiments For Kids

Magic milk experiment for kids

This is the second instalment to the easy water experiment post I wrote last month. We can’t get enough science in our house at the moment and the kids are constantly dressing up and playing the mad scientist role. They have gone through litres of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, my food colourings are all […]

Coffee Pod Penguin

coffee pod penguin craft

If you have a collection of coffee pods that you’ve been looking to upcycle, why not make some coffee pod creatures! The little cups make them easy for little hands to handle and the coffee pods look so cute when done up as an animal. Today I’m going to show how we made a coffee […]

Coffee Pod Lion

coffee pod lion craft

Instead of throwing coffee pods away, why not recycle them for the kids to make some fun creatures? Today I’m going to show you how we made a coffee pod lion using a few simple craft materials that we had on hand from previous projects. This coffee pod craft is great for: Imaginary Play Party […]

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 […]

DIY Shadow Puppet Theatre

Shadow Puppet Theatre

My daughter discovered a Tv, iPad & computer free entertainment today! Its a miracle! She made her own show this afternoon very simply with a box, a torch and baking paper! Materials Box Baking Paper Paddle Pop Sticks White Paper Lead Pencil Scissors Glue Stick Torch Making Shadow Box 1. Cut the top and bottom […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]