The Flower in my Garden Story by Wilma Ellersiek

Posted under Storytelling

3Feb
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  Who is Wilma Ellersiek?   Years ago, I was introduced to some lovely hand gesture games by a lady called Wilma Ellersiek through a workshop I did with Heather Van Zyl.  From that moment on, I have used many of these games and rhymes with the young children I have taught for one reason.  The children LOVE them!   I…

Little Beetle’s Birthday, a Birthday Story for Kindergarten, Family Day Care or Playgroup by Jen McCormack

Posted under Birthdays

21Jan
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A Birthday Story for Kindergarten or Playgroup   When my biggest boy Ned was one, he and I used to make a weekly visit to my friend Jen’s place for playgroup.  One of the special events at playgroup was to celebrate a child’s birthday.  Jen created this delightful birthday story for the celebration, perfect for the young child under four…

Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum Review

Posted under Special Events

13Dec
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In collaboration with Dyson   A month or so ago,  I spent the morning at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine show, as part of an invitation to test drive the new Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum. I’ve been looking at these for a while, and funnily enough, my mum and dad has just bought one and were raving about it,…

Counting Down to Christmas – Fun idea for the book-loving family!

Posted under Christmas

28Nov
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Counting down to Christmas- it’s almost Advent time! Every year, counting down to Christmas is an event in itself. I almost can’t contain myself… let alone the kids.  We’ve eaten the chocolate calendars, crafted our own Advent nativity scene on the nature table, and played along with Gnome in the Home (our Waldorf style version of Elf on a Shelf)…

Myer Giftorium and Christmas Windows – OPEN NOW!

Posted under Special Events

14Nov
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Fancy a jar of personalised Nutella? This past Tuesday, the boys and I headed to Brisbane to attend the opening of the Myer Giftorium, with thanks to Kids Business. I LOVE Myer at the best of times, but when it is Christmas, there is no other store I’d rather visit. It’s the Christmas windows. It’s the Christmas displays. It’s the jig in…

Cats Musical Australian Tour 2015

Posted under Special Events

6Nov
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CATS Musical Australian Tour Brought to you by Nuffnang, CATS the Musical and Parenting Fun Everyday.   I LOVE musicals – a treat of flair, exuberance and colour. Watching a performance is one of my favourite things to do in life.  So it was a privilege to be in the audience with my mum, an avid musical theatre lover who…

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

Posted under Songs and Music

24Oct
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Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

Six Fun Things to Do with Rainbow Silks

Posted under Play activities

28Aug
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Ideas on how to use a Rainbow Dip-dyed cloth    Avril (below) was a presenter for a rainbow dip dyeing workshop. Look at the lovely rainbow silk cloths she dyed with her group. Later in the week, we had a group discussion to share some ideas on how we could use these cloths with children in imaginative play.     One…

20 Eco Friendly Party Bag Ideas that won’t break the bank!

Posted under Party

1Jul
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20 Eco friendly party bag ideas that won’t break the bank!   One of my favourite things about being a mum is organising my children’s birthday parties.  I may be a sucker for punishment but there is wonderful creative opportunity and a chance to ‘fire up my creative spark’ for children and families who really do appreciate our efforts.  My…

How to Make Toy Horse Reins (Children’s toy)

Posted under Felt and Felting, Toys and Toy shops

6May
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How to make Toy Horse Reins using fingerknitting and a piece of handmade felt!   Over the years, the horse reins from felt and fingerknitting have proved to be a big favourite with children and adults alike.  They are super simple, yet really effective, and are often the first ‘toy’ that a mother makes for her child with her own hand.  It…

Free Treasure Hunt Games For Children

Posted under Outdoors, Party

10Apr
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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…

Recipe for a Happy Day

Posted under Imaginative Play

17Mar
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Recipe for a Happy Day Ingredients: 1 cup of friendly words 2 heaped cups of understanding 4 heaped teaspoons of time and patience A pinch of warm personality A dash of humour Method: Measure words carefully.  Add heaped cups of understanding.  Use generous amounts of time and patience. Cook on front burner but keep temperature low. Do not boil. Add…

How to make Quick and Easy Christmas Ornaments

Posted under Christmas

24Dec
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How to make Quick and Easy Christmas Ornaments Something to keep the kids busy on Christmas Eve. Brought to you in collaboration with Staedtler   Are you kids driving you mad today?  Are you running out of ideas to keep them busy and out of your hair?  If so, you’ll love this tutorial- how to make quick and easy christmas…

Make Simple Christmas Tree Decorations with icy pole sticks

Posted under Christmas

10Dec
Make simple Christmas Tree ornaments using icy pole sticks!

Make Simple Christmas Tree Decorations with Icy Pole Sticks Brought to you by Crayola Last week, I visited one of our educators who was making simple Christmas Tree decorations with miniature icy pole sticks (popsicle sticks).  They were so cute, and something the children could easily do. Our educator had seen this craft in her daughter’s preschool room and had…