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Book Week Costume Ideas

Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week.  I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts, but that’s just me, I dislike dress up parties too.  But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

Holiday Fun with Disney’s Planes

This post is sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Easter school holidays are upon us for most of the kiddies in Australia  which is usually a great time to do some activities/crafts, bake up a storm and/or snuggle on the couch to watch some movies, a perfect way to spend time with the kids. I’m always […]

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  • Mellie

    So cute, and perfect timing… I am planning a Disney Planes birthday party for my son next Friday! Thank you!ReplyCancel

Home-made Playdough

It has been a little gloomy here on the Gold Coast the past few weeks, raining and too wet to play outside most weekends.  So the kids and I made some playdough, which resulted in hours of fun and creativity. I’m going to make up some more and give to my niece for as a […]

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  • Dylan

    Can you possibly share more specific details (brand for example) on the containers you used for the play dough? I am having no luck finding them
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  • Sarah Hudson

    Having made many batches of playdough for Playgroup, I have found a new recipe that I really like – it makes a beautifully soft and smooth playdough, and is less prone to being too sticky or too dry.

    http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe.html

    I like to add glitter to mine, and you can add things like essential oil or flavoured essence to add an extra sensory dimension to the playdough. My most recent batch was rose pink with white glitter, and scented with old rosewater that I’d purged from the pantry ;) – perfect for Valentine’s dayReplyCancel

  • […] food and share your meal in as small talk, juicy new pizza recipes pinterest insisted, revealed talked about organic food in the fresh vegetables, cabbage, which if left untreated can make more natural look. You […]ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Does the colour come out of the play dough onto surfaces?ReplyCancel

  • […] a few full abdominal bread for breakfast for him. You might think your pet have all pet food and not a stink when it is raw, in […]ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Polizzi

    is it possible to get the spelling changed to playdoh?ReplyCancel

Kids Christmas Craft – Ornament

I was shopping recently and saw some really cute christmas decorations, sadly they cost a pretty penny.  I put on my creative hat and my little girls created their own version, I think I love these more!!  These are a great gift to give grandparents, extended family or keep for your own tree. Below is […]

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Mothers Day Craft Ideas, plus a My Mummy Printable

My kiddies are so sweet, each year for Mothers Day they buy me the same gift, new slippers and winter PJs.  Perfect cause its starting to get cold around that time. This is going to be a hard mothers day, the first without my mum.  I nearly didn’t put up a mothers day post, I […]

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  • Hi Kat, I lost my mum four months ago. like you this is my first mother’s day without my mum. the next day is my birthday which was also the day mum was diagnosed with cancer. My last birthday I spent with mum was also mother’s day. This year is going to be hard. I will celebrate the best I can with my children however I will be sad too. I love your mother’s day ideas and I will do some with my kids so they have something to look back on. I will be thinking of you. xxReplyCancel

  • I lost my mum a month ago and I hate getting all the junk mail celebrating Mothers Day! Not too sure what I’m going to do on the day but I have a feeling it may involve a big bottle of champagne- to toast my wonderful mum but also drown my sorrows…..hugs to all of us who are mummy’s but have lost our mummies xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My Mum just passed away too – 1st April 2013, so it has only just been over a month. I have made a photobook of photos of Mum, and I am planning to give that to Dad on Mother’s Day, so I will still be celebrating the wonderful Mother that she was.ReplyCancel

  • {Little Hands in the Hunter}

    Such beautiful ideas Kat, thank you so much.
    Sending you warm thoughts on Mother’s Day. Well done for making the decision to be strong for your kids ((hugs)) xx
    NadineReplyCancel

{Inspiring} Mothers Day Ideas

I love the idea of being pampered and having a lovely restful day on Mothers day.  What do you enjoy most about Mothers Day?   Below are some really lovely quotes plus creative acitivities you can do with your kids over the coming week. Mothers Day  Clever hint to hubby | Putting on a party Breakfast […]

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  • Dani

    Wonderful … I love the poems!
    I would appreciate if you could share some ideas for donations for school run Mother’s Day Stalls …. we sell the donated gifts for $5 and under.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such super fun ideas Katrina , thank you for sharing ….got to show my husband now what he can do with the kids.
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  • Renee Simpson

    I will be flying back from Sydney on Mothers Day after seeing Strictly Ballroom the musical. Having some mummy time that weekend and then spend some time with my husband and 2 girls.ReplyCancel

{PRINTABLE} Keeping a 4 leaf clover for good luck

When clover season was out earlier this year Mr 9 found so many 4 leaf clovers, he has a real eye for finding them.  I NEVER found any as a child, despite the multiple number of flower chains I made,  so I think he is pretty clever.  We wanted to do something special with the four leaf […]

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  • Katie Woodleigh

    What a great idea! You truly have wonderful ideas, your kids ‘are’ lucky!ReplyCancel

  • Niki

    great idea – my daughter has found heaps of them in our yard too – thanks KatrinaReplyCancel

{Craft} Creative activities with paintchips

When I want to paint a wall I always pick up from the hardware store paint chip colours I like, blu tak them to the wall, everytime I walk past I eliminate 1 or 2.  But then, I end up with a big stack of paint chips.  I have found some really fun and educational ideas […]

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{Craft} Kids handprint painting

Painting your handprint is such a simple and fun acitivity for the kids. I was amazed at how many creative ideas there are. Most of them super easy and so effective. Visit your local newspaper factory and purchase a roll of their paper (last roll cost me $13), then create your own wrapping paper with […]

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5 Boredom Busters for Kids

Boredom Busters for Kids 1. Bead straws to create a necklace or bracelet {image credit} 2.  Create fun drawing with chalk on the footpath {image credit} 3. Create some plant pals {image credit} 4. Play moon tennis, so much fun! {image credit} 5. Cereal box mail, send letters to each other {image credit}  What is your […]

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  • Kate

    When we get bored we make goop! All it is is corn flour, water and food dye. It has the strangest feeling its runny but hard and my son loves it! To add to the experience we get his plastic dinosaurs and he stomps them around in it.ReplyCancel

  • I made my kids ‘I’m bored’ jars. They decorated a biscuit jar but you could use anything, & filled it with boredom buster tasks on note paper. They can only choose 1 per hr & have to do the task. We wrote down things like run around the yard sideways, draw a picture, have an icy pole, clean yr room, cook with mum, about 35 tasks. My kids LOVE them! ReplyCancel

  • Claire Bailey

    I put up a tent in the lounge room and they go camping. Give them a lunch boxed lunch or popcorn and they make themselves up a bed, take in some books, close the curtains and give them a torch and so on. If they are older, let them put the tent up themselves.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Walker

    We go Geocaching when we get bored and when ever we can – it’s so much fun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4VFeYZTTYs.ReplyCancel

  • I am so doing the straw threading and moon tennis, must add those supplies to my shopping list this week! I think both the almost 3yo and 8yo will like them.

    I really want to try geocaching!ReplyCancel

  • Chalk drawing is always a great option and it washes off next time it rains. I really love your plant pals, very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    I give the kids a cup of water and a fat paintbrush and let them “paint” either on the side of the house if you have a brick house, or on the pavement, rocks, steps etc. Works great in 2 ways, they have fun and they wash they house/walkways etc at the same time and have fun doing it :)ReplyCancel

  • Your Dad

    What we used to do when travelling way before modern technology, was ‘I spy with my little eye ‘ was a subject or object in the car or room and others had to guess what it was ,was fun .ReplyCancel

  • One of the games we would play in the car on a long trip was a word game. Hubby would start by saying a word like ‘cake’ and the next person had to say a word beginning with the last letter like ‘elephant’ the next would maybe be ‘tack’. This game can go on forever. lol The kids would sometimes bring a dictionary to try and stump Dad with words that ended in x or z. Lots of fun and they learned new words too!ReplyCancel

  • Great ideas – shall definitely pinch the straw idea. Just like Maree in your comments, we often get out paintbrushes and water in the backyard. Or a spray bottle or mini water can and water the plants, or blow some bubble. Generally – send them outside!ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    I love straw necklaces, mainly because they are cheap and easy to do and we can always recycle them into another day of threading/beading.
    I recently had some left over macaroni from a meal and added a few drops of food colouring to it in a small clip lock bag, then seeing the excitement of my Mr3 we got another packet out of the cupboard and coloured that in various colours too. Now they can bead with it, create art work via pasting and do various other things.

    Normally when i am looking for boredom busters i go for playdoh, quick simple to make and i can tailor the colours to the children, add glitter when we have it and know that the ingredients are safe if my children eat it.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Where can I find the instructions for the Plant Pals?ReplyCancel

  • brella

    Thanks for the fantastic ideas to keep the kids occupied.

    This is a great little site for printing out huge wall sized maps. The sheets print out in order so it is really easy to put together.

    http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps/print-world-maps.html

    You might want to add this to your list of websites.

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    • Wonderful what a great website, it will help with kids homework in the future that’s for sure!ReplyCancel

{Kids Crafts} Gracie’s Handmade Chandelier

This is such a gorgeous craft project that any young girl will adore.  Thank you to my friends lovely little daughter Grace for sharing her latest creation.  It was recenlty Gracie’s birthday, hoping you a wonderful day lovely girl filled with so much laughter and fun, hope you were spoilt rotten xx Making your own […]

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  • Christine

    that is really pretty. i might have to give this a try for my daughters bedroom, i’m sure they’ll love it :)ReplyCancel