Shibori Dyeing with Children

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 Shibori Dyeing with Sun Dyes   Traditionally, Shibori Dyeing utilises a indigo dye vat or pot once the tie-dye patterns have been prepared.  But shibori dyeing with children can be a whole lot simpler than that.     Shibori dyeing using paint pots When working with children, we need to be organised as their attention spans will only last so…

The Movable Classroom Concept: Learning through movement for positive discipline and self-regulation development in young children

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  The Movable Classroom- what is it and how does it work?   Shining Rivers Waldorf School in Webster Groves introduces innovative Movable Classroom concept to Grades 1 and 2, balancing children’s need for movement with their desire to learn creatively. At Shining Rivers Waldorf School, the most recent innovation in the classroom is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have any…

How to make Homemade Sunscreen – a recipe testing by Kia Pindar

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How to Make Homemade Sunscreen with Guest Contributor, Kia Pindar     A few years ago, my friend Kia tried this and gave it five stars. Thought it was time to share it again, especially as I got sunburned for the first time in ten years this past week when I put sunscreen on the kids but didn’t make the…

How to Make Banoffee Pie – the MOST scrumptious cake in the WORLD!

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How to Make Banoffee Pie     In 2010, my mother-in-law made this as one of her numerous Christmas desserts.  It was on the list because her youngest son is a fan. It is his favourite. It is now my favourite ever dessert too!    Oh my. How my world changed that day. I have NEVER known such deliciousness and…

How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls

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How to make Carob Balls Back in 2009, when I first began writing this little ol’ blog, this was the very first recipe I posted. It’s the perfect children’s cooking experience for educators leading up to Christmas as they can be frozen in batches of 9 in individual zip lock bags. (So, each child makes ten of these balls –…

Find the Perfect Gift for Dad with this handy infographic!

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Find the Perfect Gift for Dad This post is in collaboration with Pitchi   Father’s Day is this week. Oh my. These special days just creep up on me so quickly and every year, I’m stumped as to what to buy my Dad or Chris (dad of my boys.) They simply don’t NEED anything and while both men are happy…

Outdoor Playground Ideas: gardening, wildlife, sandpit, and water activities

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And a few more outdoor playground ideas… Again, with big big thanks to Fiona Jarvis, of Playgroup ACT, for her inspiration and ideas.     Gardening- *provide tools such as shovels, rakes, watering cans and hand diggers. You can buy these pretty cheaply from most large hardware shops (for $5- $10 a piece) and they make GREAT Christmas presents!  Stuck…

Easy Nature Crafts For Kids: Stick dolls

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Project #13: Easy Nature Crafts for Kids- Stick dolls Introducing Pearl, the Stick Girl   Time: 20 minutes maximum Difficulty: Fun in the outdoors, as long as you have a bit of string in your pocket   Stick Man needs a friend to take along on his adventures.  And if you are looking for easy nature crafts for kids, you…

10 more creative ways to display flowers in the home

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Fresh flowers. Don’t you just love them?   There is one thing that transforms a house into a home.  That thing?  Fresh flowers.  It doesn’t matter if they are a professionally arranged display or a tiny drooping bunch handed to you in a cone of silver foil from a little 4 year old, flowers bring a little bit of happiness…

Free Treasure Hunt Games For Children

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Free treasure hunt games for children   A little while ago, I took Ned to his friend Q’s birthday party. Q and his family live on a lovely property with lots of trees, perfect for this party game. It’s a treasure hunt with a difference. To make it, you’ll need as many paddle pop (ice lolly) sticks as you have…

Festive Fun- Writing on Windows!

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Festive Fun! When else are you allowed to write on windows? In conjunction with Crayola.   Last week, I was co-host of our monthly Crafternoon get together. (Madness… it’s been going for 4.5 years now!)   We decided to make it a cooking/baking day, so the girls all made a festive Christmas box with a handle and then filled it…

TWO New Book Releases from Hawthorn Press

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New Book Releases from Hawthorn Press   Introducing “Making Peg Dolls and More” By Margaret Bloom A few years ago, I stumbled across a delightful blog called “We Bloom Here”, written by an American lady Margaret Bloom. Margaret had just started making some very cute wooden peg dolls, and I was lucky enough to win one in a giveaway. (This…

3 New Creative Ideas for Goodie Bags at Birthday Parties

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    3 New Creative Ideas for Treat Bags at Birthday Parties   Ever since I was little, it has been the done thing to go home from a party with a little bag of party favours or lollies. I actually don’t remember a time when it didn’t happen. But somewhere along the way, treat bags at birthday parties have…

Myer Christmas Giftorium- fun for all the family this Christmas at Myer!

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Myer Christmas Giftorium   On Friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the Myer Christmas Giftorium. (Thank you, Kids Business. Mwah Mwah!) Oh my.  I’m telling you, you have to visit. It’s super cute and a whole lot of fun. Myer, my favourite Department Store, is always on my to-do list at Christmas. In fact, visiting…