Six Fun Things to Do with Rainbow Silks

Posted under Play activities

28Aug
rainbow silks

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…

‘Rainbow’ Drawing and Knotting Activity

Posted under Rainy Day

21Mar

Children love rainbows, don’t they? Why not make a beautiful rainbow to hang in their room? Draw a rainbow shape and ask the child to cut it out. Give them a set of crayons and invite them to colour the rainbow. You might start it off with the red on top. This can also be a wonderful ‘matching’ game, trying…

Sorting activity for children: thread pegs

Posted under Rainy Day, Simple sewing

7Mar

Do your children like to sew? Letting children into my thread box is kind of like asking for a cotton thread whirlwind. No matter how careful they are, my threads end up everywhere, tangled and knotted. Then I saw this magnificent idea one day. Simply wind a small amount of coloured thread around a wooden peg and thread the end…

Rainbow Playdough: A how-to tutorial by Friday’s Guest, Tania Arthur

Posted under Rainy Day

9Dec

Rainbow Playdough by Friday’s Guest, Tania Arthur.  When I am making rainbow playdough for just my own children I half or quarter the recipe so I don’t end up with too much. The measurements below are for a half measure of a normal recipe of playdough so feel free to adjust as necessary. Ingredients: 1 cup of flour 2 tbs…

Host a rainbow-inspired party for children

Posted under Party

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…

Cooking with children: Fruity Trifles

Posted under Kids in the Kitchen

17Aug

Fruity trifles are a big hit around here. The wonderful thing about them is that children make them up, and the very act of participating in the creation of this treat encourages them to eat a variety of fruit, some of which they may have never tried before or have claimed they don’t like.   You need a number of…

How to make Rainbow Sand Vases

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Spring

16Aug

The winter wattle is fading, which is a sure sign that Spring is on the way and what better way to celebrate than making a colourful vase to welcome the new blossoms? (The little bumble bees are from the Summer Swap I just received from Catherine in the USA).  Gorgeous, aren’t they!) Firstly, you’ll need about 1/2 bucket of white…

Swell ideas for Summer crafting and activity with children!

Posted under Summer

18Jun

How to: make a Sun King Rainbow Wands and “Planting the Magic Rainbow Seed” story game Summer-inspired Australian Nature Table idea How to: Make an outdoor chalkboard including resources of where to buy Lyra chalks, and chalkboard drawing inspirations Chocolate Bingo!  A fun game for the family.  

How to make oven bake clay jewelry like brooches, badges and medallions

Posted under Rainy Day

22Mar

How to make oven bake clay jewelry like these brooches In most craft shops, it is possible to find something called Sculpty Clay, or Fimo.  (I remember Fimo from when I was a child.  My mum loved to wear big chunky necklaces made from this stuff!) It comes in all the colours of the rainbow, and when your creation is…

Planting the Magic Rainbow Seed Circle Game for home, kindergartens and playgroup use by Amber Greene

Posted under Games, Storytelling

20Feb

Planting the Magic Rainbow Seed Circle February 2011 Movement is a key element of helping children and adults to switch on their memory, and also aids in building the synapse pathways in the brain.  Movement suggestions are in bold. Props: A plain silk ribbon attached to a wand stick is wound up, and tied with a rubber band. A bunch…

Magic rainbow ribbon wand DIY tutorial

Posted under Drawing and Painting

18Feb

We’ve been catching rainbows!  Want to join us?? Firstly, take a craft stick and attach a fishing swivel to one end with a screw. (Fishing swivels can be found in boating/camping/fishing stores)   Cut a strip of silk 5cm in width and at least one metre long. Thread a needle with a piece of embroidery thread, and run a gathering…

How to make fruity-vegie rainbow sticks

Posted under Recipes

2Feb

With all this painting going on, my kitchen has been off limits, so I had to swap the yummy strawberry cream cheese tart I was going to make (next week, lovely mama’s!) for something that didn’t require an oven. It was an easy swap, as this term I have a few finger-friendly meals planned. Each term, I give myself a…