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

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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…

Free Treasure Hunt Games For Children

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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…

Treasure Hunt in the Sandpit Game

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9Apr

Ned’s birthday was a ‘dirt and mud’ themed gathering. So a digging in the sandpit treasure hunt game kind of qualified. I wrapped up 20 little parcels. There were single tubs of playdough, lego truck stickers, matchbox trucks and a few sandpit shovels. I punched out two circle tags of each colour.   Each parcel was labelled with a different coloured…

Holiday Activity Fun: Rubber duck scooping

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28Dec

Ned played this game at a fete we went to recently. Children were given a big scooping net with a long handle and invited to scoop up a rubber duck. Each duck had a number written on the underside and the number determined the prize you won. I love prizes and so do children, but sometimes the prizes children receive at…

Host a rainbow-inspired party for children

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8Dec

My friend Tania’s littlest one turned 3 a few weeks ago. L. wanted a rainbow party, so Tania made her one! The invitation contained a message for the invitee and asked them to wear a particular colour. Ned’s colour was green. And so the rainbow festivities began…. There was a rainbow fruit platter and the children were invited to make…

Crystal Treasure Hunting Game for party fun

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21Sep

This is my new all-time favourite of things to do with little children…. A Crystal treasure hunting game!! Small circular carpet mats were placed on the table and in the centre of each mat sat a small pile of tiny stones, an upturned clam, paua or pretty shell, and a little pair of tweezers. The object of the ‘game’ was…

Make a Felt ball necklace activity for children

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20Sep

How about felt ball necklace making? A whole lot of felt balls (preprepared by the children or pre bought) were on display in sorted dishes. And by the side of the table sat a basket of seedpods, predrilled with a small hole in the centre. (Some lucky dad must have had this job!) The children chose 5 felt balls in…

Host a Car Party for toddlers and preschoolers

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27Mar

Well, if you are going to host a car party, you need cars! Small market boxes for fruit and vegetables are sturdy things and just the right size. I covered them in brown wrapping paper, and added two long ribbon strings so the children could ‘carry’ their cars as they walk. Paper plates were attached with ‘brads’  (push pins, from…

Decorate a Cupcake activity and a fishing for balloons party game

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18Jan

Last year, Ned and I went to the 100th Anniversary Fair of our local school. This is the school where my next door neighbour’s daughter goes to, and the same one my younger sisters attended when we first moved to Queensland.   The Spring Fair was held on a Friday, to enable the day to be run almost completely by…

Matchbox craft DIY

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21Oct

I found these two matchboxes in my stash. The first one above, is filled with ‘magic beans’! I can just imagine how excited a young child would be to receive their own box of magic growing beans. They would be just like Jack! This matchbox, covered by a strip of a paper watercolour painting, has become the home of this wee tiny doll, as small…

Farm themed ideas for children’s parties

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19Oct

 Ned and I celebrated a birthday with our friend Lakoia, turning 2. Her mum, Tania, one of my dear friends, is a SUPER-crafter! I don’t know where she finds the time, but find it she does.   Tania created a Farm-themed birthday celebration for her 2 year old. There was the duck invitation…. cute….   and upon arrival, we spotted…