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

Posted under Outdoors

30Jun
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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…

TWO New Book Releases from Hawthorn Press

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

9Dec
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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…

DIY Nature Candle Holders made at Periwinkle Preschool

Posted under Mealtimes

23Mar
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DIY Nature Candle Holders using a teak pod A Month of Food Fun: Day Ten, Mealtime Candles   Ever since I began working in a Steiner kindergarten about 15 years ago, I have LOVED a candlestick on our dinner table. Most nights, we light it, then take turns snuffing or blowing it out. It is a tradition, along with saying…

How to Make a Mini Christmas Tree for Kids

Posted under Christmas

28Nov
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How to make a mini Christmas Tree for kids Project 28 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting. This is a very cute craft that kids can do. You can make this out of felt, as I did, or more cheaply by using green cardboard. It’s so simple but it looks wonderful. I’ve put mine on our coffee table already- a…

Ideas Of Things To Make With Fimo: Hanging Vase for Succulents

Posted under Christmas

2Nov
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Ideas Of Things To Make With Fimo: Project 2 of 30: Christmas Gift – Pretty Vase for Succulents Brought to you by STAEDTLER   A few weeks ago, I was visiting my creative friend Kyla. They live in the most beautiful Art-Deco style house, with an abundance of windows and sliding stained-glass filled timber doors, and light. Add Kyla’s creative…

Kids Nature Crafts- 30 great ideas and activities

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

30Aug
kids nature crafts

Here’s a round-up of the 30 Kids Nature Crafts featured on Parenting Fun Everyday. Photos: left to right, top row – second row – bottom row   1. Easy flower craft for kids: Dancing Queen 2. Sweet Woodland Sprite Nature Craft 3. Bill muncher felt ball caterpillar peg 4. Mademoiselle Shell, a lovely doll mobile 5. Teaching painting to children and…

Home Office Organisation Ideas Using Fun Painted Stones

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

28Aug
Home Office organisation ideas

Project #28: Home Office Organisation Ideas Paint a set of ‘jobs to do’ nature stones Time: An hour or less. Time-saving? Endless. Difficulty: Quick, easy and cheerful.   My office is ALWAYS in need of organisation. I’m someone who puts things in piles. But while I know what is in the pile at that moment, I quickly forget.  So many…

Storytelling Ideas For Kids and Parents: Make your own with story stone starters

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Storytelling

27Aug
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  Project 27: Storytelling Ideas for Kids & Parents ‘Storytelling Stones’. Make your own story starters! Time: One hour, give or take Difficulty: Choosing what pictures you’ll use is the biggest barricade!   We busy parents don’t have time for lots and lots of stories at bedtime. Especially NOT those long, long, long ones. Short stories are good. Our days…

What To Make With Pinecones: Preschool Activities

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25Aug
What To Make With Pinecones

Project #25: What to make with pinecones Meet Mr Pine Cone Gnome, the perfect preschool activity Time: 20 minutes maximum Difficulty: Hardest part is finding the pine cone!   Down by the river, there is a row of tall pine trees. I went down there looking for some pine cones but there wasn’t a single one. (I’m thinking that there may…

Make your own tic tac toe game

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Simple sewing

24Aug
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Project #24.  Make your own tic tac toe game Paint your own Bumble Bee and Ladybird game pieces using stones, and sew up a Leaf Games Board Time: Paint needs a little drying time between coats but this can still be done in half a day. Difficulty: Acrylic Paint Fun. Keep wet towels and newspaper handy.   Here’s a simple nature-inspired…

How do you make a toy snail?

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

20Aug
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Project 20: How do you make a toy snail? Time: An hour or so Difficulty: Fiddly fingers but totally do-able!   I’m often asked, “how do you make a toy (insert toy of choice here)?” I’ve made lots of toys over the years but never a snail before. It was a new challenge. I like a crafty challenge. It helps…

Felt leaves tutorial: Felt leaf & Gumnut Baby

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Simple sewing

19Aug
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Project #19: Felt Leaves Tutorial Leaf Pouch Sleeping Bag & Sunflower Seed Baby Time: 30-45 minutes Difficulty: Simple and sweet   When I have the time, I like to make things as gifts for little friends. We also used to make a little gift for our kindy children when it came time for a festival. This felt leaves tutorial is…