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A few strategies for packing the kids a healthy lunchbox, it shouldn’t take too much time and effort. Plus ideas to create variety in allergy friendly lunch boxes.

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  • Jac

    Those chicken and corn frittata’s look good, my kids don’t have allergies, but I think they really enjoy these.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good, Jac! We all love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • These look so good, I’d like them in my lunchbox!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha super delicious, Nicole.:) Yummy with a side salad too xReplyCancel

  • San

    Do the rice crackers/grain squares become soggy when placed in the fridge?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      San, they shouldn’t but maybe try first to see.:)ReplyCancel

These tips to make grocery shopping easier will to help reduce the time you spend at the grocery store, cut the cost and eliminate shopping frustration.

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  • Tab

    I like to organise my list into sections, with all meat together, veggies together etc, because I tend to forget things. I also NEVER shop on an empty stomach, it cuts down on impulse buys.
    And, if your supermarket has one, check out the clearance racks first. You can pick up awesome bargains of food that might be short dated or has damaged packaging.ReplyCancel

A list of meal ideas to give a new mum. Including freezer friendly recipes to help her at witching hour when she doesn’t feel like cooking.

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  • Annette Higgins

    I recently sent some Gourmet meals to a mother of a very young baby. They do free delivery over a certain price.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a lovely gift idea Annette, I am sure she would have really appreciated itReplyCancel

  • Such a great selection of ideas here Kat. I love the sandwich idea. I hope you don’t mind me sharing, but I have a post on this with links to all the freezer meals I love to make http://erinmadethis.com/freezer-friendly-recipes-for-new-mamas/ xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thanks for sharing Erin, the soups look delcious and a great meal for a busy mum!ReplyCancel

  • Frances Birks

    I have a 4yr old, a 2yr old and a 5week old. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I am going to give some of these a go (or ask my husband to) so that we have some backups for when we don’t have the energy or forward planning to cook ???? thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Frances I feel exhausted just reading the ages of your kids, I know how you feel, I had 3 under 2! There are two ways to fill your freezer, take a few hours out to do a huge cook up, or when you are preparing dinner make a double batch so you can eat half for dinner and freeze the rest. This may be the best option if you are time poor.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Oh Wow Kat, I love this idea. My mum is actually whipping up a storm right now for my “little” brother and his partner as her Christmas present to them was a homemade voucher for a bunch of her own made TV dinners for their freezer. As they live in Melbourne and she is in Brisbane, she’s not had a chance to fill out the voucher order until now. She gave me a voucher that she’d done up on the pc (massive effort considering my mum and her pc skills…) and I had 4 days of cleaning and decluttering as my Christmas present. Best pressies ever! Gotta love mums! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh my goodness what an awesome gift, you mum giving a voucher and offering help. Taht would be a wonderful help to your brother, what does she make in her TV dinners, I’m curious!!! And wow the cleaning and decluttering must have been an awesome gift to receive… gotta love our mum’s!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Such a thoughtful gift idea that will no doubt be very much appreciated by your friend.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She loved it and I was just pleased I can help her at those struggling late afternoon times when bub is getting really tired.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As a mum of two under two, now 2.4 & 8mths I can’t imagine a better gift! A few of our friends made meals the first week we were home & it was the best! & Nicola my mum is awesome but wow your mum is super too!!! What a great present wish someone would come clean & declutter my house for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great list! I had bread and butter pudding, lasagne, and green curry sent to me. So nice!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum! Love the sound of bread and butter pudding! It has been way to long since i have had that.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great collection of meals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Kaz.:) xReplyCancel

  • Thank YOU Kat. You are so lovely and every post you publish is loaded with value. You are an inspiration! Have a great weekend. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that you Bianca! You are too lovely xReplyCancel

A list of easy dinner meal ideas for those that don’t like to cook. From toast to pasta, there is no excuse with these hubby friendly meal ideas.

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  • Elita hooper

    this list is amazing, As a mum I use lots of packet mix when making stir fry, casserole, i really do not like to cook much so anything that cuts that time down I am going to use.
    Most of the list is what I plan on regular basis.
    My boys are currently going through a one pan dinner thing,if they can serve themselves they will eat more.

    Thank you for the list.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The packet mixes do make it easy, I used to use them a lot, now I have more time to cook and I enjoy creating recipes to share on the blog I don’t so much these days. Ooh what is their favourite one pan dinner at the moment? Love this idea, less washing!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    How can anyone pick on a hubby who compiled a meal plan like that? If I was away for a few days I’m sure my family would be eating take aways until I returned. Well done, Mr Organised. I’ll be sure to email a link to this post to my hubby, just in case he’s after some ideas for next Mother’s Day, or my birthday, anniversary, Christmas etc etc :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      He did do a wonderful job!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a tasty sounding meal plan. My other halves go to is a packet of pasta paired with a tin of tomato soup and some cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a creative meal Anne!ReplyCancel

  • steph

    My husband is a good cook if he wants to be but hates cooking (so do i!). His go to meal is steak, packet of continental microwave pasta, mash and saladReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh good on hubby.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah codling

    There is nothing wrong with your hubby’s menu! Love it that he has the confidence to plan ahead!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Sarah.:) I was very proud of him, he did a great job xReplyCancel

  • My hubby’s version of meal planning is asking what the kids are cooking! He really doesn’t cook, but he does all the laundry. It’s a trade-off I am more than content with.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a good trade Tracy, and I am sure such a big help too!ReplyCancel

  • Haha this has me wondering what my husband would make if I ever left home for more than a long weekend! He’s great when we’re all together and I ask him to cook something – he’ll make a mean pad thai or steak with some veggies, but when I’m out of the picture it’s pies, chips, toasted sandwiches and very little forethought haha. Makes me think I should test him out more often so he gets more practice!
    In saying that, he does a lot of non cooking stuff that I hardly ever nail so I guess we just play to our strengths 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kimsy

    Great list! My husband makes crispy skin salmon or steak with steamed vegetables when it’s his turn to cook. His other favourite thing is “grab whatever’s in the fridge and add eggs, cheese and herbs”, which usually turns out quite delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yum! I like the sound of your hubby’s crispy skin salmon! Sound delish.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is very similar to what my hubby cooks! But some new ones here too – thanks xReplyCancel

  • Suzi

    If I can cook it in the oven, then it becomes a staple. Every week I make a pasta bake. 1 can of tuna, what every veggies are in the fridge or frozen works even better. What ever pasta and sauce is in the cupboard. It freezes well, so I make a huge batch of it. It tastes great and if I’m having one of those days with the little one, there is alway food in the freezer.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    I got a husband-friendly meal idea, a few years ago, from an Aldi brochure. It is gnocchi, pesto and a few cubes of frozen spinach. Serve up with parmesan. Easy and yum. My husband makes it if I’m out on a weeknight. Weekends are for pizza (might be homemade) or takeaway -if I’m out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds delicious, Susie! xReplyCancel

  • Wow, I’m impressed! He did great! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Karen.:) I was very proud of him.:) xReplyCancel

  • I love the meal plan he made. Very in-depth. My Hubby cooks every night and is a great cook however he excels at slow cookers – my favourite Lamb Shanks. He is also fantastic at any roast on the Weber. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love lamb shanks! Well done to your hubby and yes i too love roast on the webber, such a delicious flavour!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles Typically when grocery shopping each week I have a list of essential items I always purchase.  These essentials are usually something that we use everyday or many times throughout the week.  Apart from the typical fresh fruit,vegetables and meat, my essential everyday products are good to have on hand to make up […]

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  • Lilian

    I’ve wanted a list like this for awhile, I buy similar stuff and have been meaning to write it down but don’t get time, thanks Kat this will be a great help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is handy having a list of items that you purchase every week, I find I am forgetful so it’s great to refer to.ReplyCancel

  • Julie T

    I buy homebrand items often and don’t find any difference in the taste. Good to see that you try and stick to a budget when shopping Kat. This is a great list I have often wondered what people stock in their pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      these growing kiddies of mine are now eating more and more, it’s important to shop frugally now more than ever becasue the weekly shop could easily get out of control.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    I also do have a list of samples and have never run out of those samples in my cupboard, including cornflour and other basic ingredients. Like you, I like to bake and cook. It does help as I only buy meat and other fresh products on special like now all the apples and oranges are cheaper to buy and in the summer, watermelon and mangoes are the favourite ones!

    Another thing I like to stock up on is evaporated skim milk as you can whip up a simple pasta sauce with it and add whatever you want in a creamy sauce pasta. I also buy coconut milk as this is really good to use for Asian themed dinners i.e. stir fry, satay chicken. Each shop, I also keep an eye out for specials on stock, spices and herbs as well as rice, noodles and pasta.

    I also steer away from packaged sauces now as we are trying to cut down on salt and sugar use. There are heaps of recipes that I now use a lot in my slow cooker that helps a lot now that it is very cold here in Sydney and this weather now calls for hot dinners. I have a sausage casserole simmering away at home now.

    Another thing I do is to buy the nappies when they are on special and stock up on at least two packs of night time nappies and lasts for almost a month. The costs does add up especially when you have kids still in nappies all day and all night (only one in this household now and a toddler toilet trained for the day, not quite dry at night). Stocking up on nappies when on special does help. The nappies lasts until the next time they are on special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      nappies is a great idea to stock up on, I remember like you all too good 3 of my kids in nappies, cost a fortune, if you have the space great idea to stock pile them! Ooh yes I buy coconut milk is a good base for many dishes!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    One of the best things I have ever done is come up with my pre-printed shopping list. It basically lists EVERYTHING that I might buy and the list is grouped in sections eg
    Bread & Cereals, Canned Fruit, Herbs & Spices. Under each section heading – I list all the items that I’m ever likely to buy. I have a couple of spare lines at the end of each section in case I come across a recipe with an ingredient I haven’t purchased before.
    I keep a stack of the pre-printed lists in my kitchen and, as I run out of an item, I highlight it on my list. The day before I go shopping, I make my menu plan and highlight items on my list that I need to buy.
    Although a lot of work to set up initially, it saves so much time come shopping day. It also saves revisiting various aisles in the supermarket as all like items are grouped together on the list.
    Have been using this list for about 15 YEARS !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aweomse Julia, sounds very much like my grocery list, has most of these items typed up on it. Best way not to forget.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I also have a list of pantry, fridge and freezer basics and tend to only buy items when needed. I love using my slow cooker and tend to work out meals for the week to save money time and washing up. Having a family of 7 children sometimes 8 means I’m always on the lookout for money saving ideas.
    So far with baking and meal planning and shopping online I have been able to keep the grocery bill around the $200/250 mark per week. Leaving enough funds for other projects around the house and after school activities.
    I absolutely love your website and ideas, thank you so much…..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Janelle! You sound like you are so very organised..I LOVE IT.:) Well done to you for meal planning and having great money saving ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great list, very similar to mine. I no longer use ready made pasta sauce. I use tomato soup as my base and add the grated Veges. The soup has a lovely taste, is cheaper and low salt versions are available.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds really yummy, Robyn!ReplyCancel

  • H,

    I try to make my shopping list in order of the aisles the items are in at the supermarket. It saves a lot of time retracing my steps to collect something further down the list.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I get all of the above plus mozzarella and fresh pizza bases ( love to make my own but doesn’t always time wise…). I’ll print your list because I always get side trackedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Monique.:) Yum we love homemade pizzas too, so much nicer and healthier too xReplyCancel

A friend called me recently asking if I had some Disney Frozen Party Ideas that will help inspire her for her daughter’s birthday party.  Frozen seems to be the #1 party theme lately, with all little girls in a Frozen frenzy.  I can see why though, the characters are a delight. I’ve put together some […]

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  • Some great ideas here Katrina, I have given it a share on my FB page!! The girls will love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Mandy! Very much appreciated xReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the great ideas… My daughter’s birthday is coming and she also wants a frozen theme! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh perfect timing! So happy this helps you out, Sana.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Lego Friends Lego would have to be the most used toy in our home, so much so that a few years ago we made my son a Lego Storage Unit in his bedroom dedicated to displaying his creations!  However we haven’t made a dedicated space for the girls Lego, they have so much of […]

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  • Anita

    My 2, age 5 & 3 enjoy playing in the garden together, pretending to use the gate as a house door “knock knock”, pushing & weaving in and out of the plants with trucks & cars, picking flowers & creating bunched together…
    Garden play offers a wide range of imaginative ideas & great place to bond & express their imagibation together…ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    My 2, age 5 & 3 enjoy playing in the garden together, pretending to use the gate as a house door “knock knock”, pushing & weaving in and out of the plants with trucks & cars, picking flowers & creating bunched together…
    Garden play offers a wide range of imaginative ideas & great place to bond & express their imagination together…ReplyCancel

  • Isobel

    My son is in high school & my daughter is in primary. Lego has always been something that they could play together-it’s ageless! The kids also play with Lego sets that my hubby & I had as kids, they re-invent the playsets all the time. My youngest even takes sets over to her friends house & they play together. It’s so nice not to have them staring at a computer screen. I love to see what they’ve made- bits of grey space Lego mixed with the pinks of the Friends Lego equals a space cubby house with starship garage & coffee area.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Wilson

    My girls and I all love building Lego together. Thank you for sharing these storage ideas, I can’t wait start using some of them at home.ReplyCancel

  • Ebony Twiss

    My two girls 4 and 5 are relatively new to lego and I introduced it to them to build their own fairy houses. They built their Lego fairy houses in the backyard tree to escape their destructive brother, 2, and it has become a morning ritual to check to see if the fairies have been and see if they were left a present. They end up spending hours playing and adding to their creations. It’s worked very well!!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    I have 2 girls and a boy, aged 4,5 and 7. They love to play imaginative games together, be it from role playing a favourite scene, to running around outside making up games as they play together. They also enjoy making plans to create their next masterpiece from lego, playdough or paper, in fact anything they can get their hands on! We try to limit TV and computer time as it isolates them from the rest of the family.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen

    When my Grandchildren get together, at my home they play and create for hours, it is lovely to see the cousins bonding with each other, I have lots of lego at my place. the storage ideas are great must use some of the ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My 6 yr old and 3 yr old love to play together all the time. They make fabulous desserts with playdough, help each other with Lego and Duplo, dress up Barbie and sing and dance together! But most bonding time is when they are in bed. They talk to each other in bed after good night kisses and until they fall asleep.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    I have two girls and a boy, aged 9,7 and three. My older girls think they are the “Mum” to their brother. The best bonding time is in the bath. All three bath together and they love to create imaginative games in the bath. They love using bath crayons as well as bath toys. My little boy loves taking his Lego in the bath with him. The best is when my daughters try and teach their brother how to swim in the bath and blow bubbles. ??????????ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thanks so much for the Lego storage ideas. Lego is such a great toy to play with but can be so messy so these ideas are great. I have four children, 8, 6, 3 and 9months. They love to play animal games, so they will be lions and they will make my 9month old the baby lion who they have to follow and keep track of and protect so all I hear is roar roar roar. They also like to play mums and aunties and our 9 month old is their baby. I love that they always try to include our youngest in their games.ReplyCancel

  • Such a great post. My husband and I bond with our 4 year old with lego. She loves lego she is able to do most of the bigger older lego by herself already :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I have so many great memories of playing Lego with my 4 siblings. Despite the 11 year gap between the oldest and youngest, it was the one toy we all shared together.
    I found the same thing this summer with my children’s Duplo collection. They are aged 4 and 2, so when their older cousins (aged 6, 7, 9 & 11) were visiting from the USA I had my doubts that they would be interested in my children’s toys, however the Duplo came out on the first day and stayed out all summer, and I have pictures of all 6 children playing happily together!
    I’m working on building my Lego collection before their next visit in a few years timeReplyCancel

  • Mara Evans

    Definitely Lego! Keeps the kids entertained for hours. And Dad joins in too. My favourite is that after they finished building the instruction designed it all gets pulled apart and the real creating begins. Great for little imaginations.ReplyCancel

  • My girls bond when they have common interests, they are 3 & 7. Lego is a great all age activity (we love it to) as well as drawing together and for each other.ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is a very active girl, but the one thing she will sit down and do is play lego and she loves to get everyone involved building sets and using her imagination to build her own creations. It is the perfect rainy day (or to hot to play outside) activity for my girl.ReplyCancel

  • christine

    My girls aged 7 and 10 bond with each other when they do things together. For example, they assemble their brand new Lego sets, play board games, help in cooking and even help clean each other’s bedrooms.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    My three girls (2,5 & 7) love playing make believe together. Two of their favourites are using the outside cubby house to play cafe or babies, and playing schools. Lego is another good one because they need to cooperate and share all the pieces to build, then use their creations to make believe play with the characters.ReplyCancel

  • Anisa

    My girls like to play with their lego and farm animals. They make scenes and can play for hours. My eldest has just found lego friends and wants to get some for her birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Watt

    My 7yr old son & my 4.5yr old daughter love to play with the figurines. They pull apart all the Lego people & make brand new people & super heroes using all their different body parts. Then they play out different super hero action scenes with my daughters Lego Frozen or Lego Friends sets. Its super cute :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kym p

    My three girls love to play Lego. We store our Lego in several Lego heads and up end it all when its time to play. Not much fun for mummy to clean up. Will definitely be implanting a better Lego storage system now. Wonderful ideas thanks you.ReplyCancel

  • Katie O

    My daughter H and her friends like to pretend they’re animals on a big adventure. Everyday they seem to pick a different animal. It wonderful to see them outside and making use of their surroundings.ReplyCancel

  • Cate

    My four girls 6,6,3, and 1, love playing with our dolls/barbies in the doll houses. It seems to bridge the age gaps wonderfully. Early morning or anytime the sunny corner of our lounge is witness to little voices and tiny folk going about their business. Their cousins and friends also just come in and settle down to play, changing clothes or layout, wether alone or with others it’s easy fun play.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My girls 5 & 7 have been learning to long stich with kits they were given for Christmas. It’s a great bonding session for them while bringing back memories for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Nadette

    My girls bond through imaginative play, and their little brother is starting to join in with them. They often use Lego, Loopsy’s, animals and dolls all in one game.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Lego is a great bonding experience for ALL of us. My 11 year old daughter thinks she’s too old for Lego, but is happy to “help out” her 7 yr old sister with building the Friends Lego!! Ultimately she ends up fully absorbed in it!! 10 yr old son has always loved lego and Minecraft is his and his dads favourite. I have the Christmas lego too, and it is family tradition every year to build it all together!! Better than decorating a christmas tree!!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    My four kids love playing Lego and I quite often find them all in a bedroom with Lego spread out all over the floor. The other favourite game is to play shops or restaurants together.ReplyCancel

  • heidi lomax

    believe it or not but they play together on Mine Craft on their ipods ganging up on spiders and working together. I was reluctant to allow them technology at first but this game has changed my mind. It is highly interactive and sociable. I love the way they problem solve together.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette

    My kids spend time bonding playing with Lego of course !
    They love to play together and help each other to create some very imaginative scenes.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    I have four children 6,5,3 and 1. One of their favorite wet day activities is setting up the wooden railway track and then with in all the loops they make paddocks and villages and then set up a farm with all their farm animals and tractors (we are farmers so see a lot of role playing of our day to day farm jobs, and is scary how they mimic what we do and say!). Its great to see them play together and discuss their ideas about what should be happening. The older ones are also just starting to play with lego and have really enjoyed building some great creations, as long as they can keep the youngest away from all the little pieces!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle

    I have a 7 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. They bond really well when they are sitting at the kitchen table with all of their Legos spread out, playing for hours. My son likes to create different homes for my daughters little lego Friends to play in. There is usually a bad guy involved in the end and a good guy to save the day. When they need a break they go out to the trampoline for some playtime.ReplyCancel

  • Janine Hobbs

    Both my kids do it with toys! My son uses octonauts. He organises his friends to be different characters and they go on “missions”. The language they use is amazing and the getting along and group work skills is fantastic for him and his friends!! My daughter used little people to do a very similar thing when she was little. Now she is older her friends come over and they play Lego. Role playing with friends over toys is the best way to bond and develop friendship skills!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    My son(9) and daughter (4) love playing Lego together. My daughter loves that big brother can build “anything” … and he loves the challenge of her requests!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is very cute.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fazalul

    I have a 4 year old girl. Nothing compares to the stomach ache she gets due to giggling hilariously with her friends! What a beautiful moment!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh i just love the sound of hearing the kids play together.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Mardon

    LEGO is certainly without age barrier here too. With a 14yo, 9yo, 8yo and 2.5yo we have some big age gaps, but lately they have been building rockets out of their Lego stash – my daughter uses her pink and purples and the boys mostly grey and black from their stash. They also like playing lightsaber fights or role-play in the yard (including the big one!) And sometimes the middle 2 can spend hours together creating with hama/perler beads.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Out the back in their cubby house, giggling and sharing ‘kids only’ secrets.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Just beautiful.:)ReplyCancel

  • Liz W

    Love all the fantastic lego storage ideas thanks for sharing. My daughter and her friends like to bake cookies and then decorate them, it’s messy but oh so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • sapshu

    Building things with Legos without using the instruction book and making short videos of their step by step creation.- this way they challenge each other to come up with the best creation.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    Some great storage ideas however disappointed at the title of this article. Surely it could have been ’20 Lego friends storage ideas’ versus assuming this branding of lego is used exclusively by girls.ReplyCancel

  • My three girls 4,6,7 like to lay on top of each other and roll down hills together. Every time we go to a park with hills they pile on top of each other with the youngest protected in the middle, hold each other tight and the roll down a hill gently but in one block. It is so cute to watch them hugging and looking out for each other and ending up in a big mess at the bottom!ReplyCancel

  • As a grandmother I get great enjoyment watching my 2 granddaughters playing with their lego with each other and also on play dates. They live in Dubai so when I visit these times are especially precious to me as I miss them so much.ReplyCancel

  • Monica Hunter

    My kids, Liliana 5 and Raphael almost 2, pretend to cook breakfast and tea at their play kitchen and then bring it to me in bed in little bowls (duplo lego pieces are often part of my pretend breakfast and tea)ReplyCancel

  • Linda Clark

    Ridiculously, my boys interact the most AND the most positively when on individual computers in separate rooms. They talk to each other via Skype at the same time as playing Minecraft – in the same world.
    Lol!!
    ???ReplyCancel

    • Linda Clark

      BTW… I have a younger little girl who I would love the lego for. She is too young for Skype and Minecraft.
      ; )ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    While we don’t have kids yet my 28 year old husband can be entertained with Lego for hours. Thank-you for the great storage ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i love it Amy!.:) My hubby too enjoys “helping the kids” create lego towns.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Doyle

    Definitely by making up their own games … that is when I see my daughter and her friends most alive and full of SO many ideas ….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is just beautiful! I couldn’t agree more, Rebecca.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hana simes

    My kiddies bond through dance. There’s nothing they love more than a “dance-off”!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina

    My kids are big on using their imagination. They do a huge amount of role playing as mums and dad, teachers and students, pets and owners. It is wonderful to see them playing this way, they are so creative !!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My 6yo daughter and her friends love to put on a show with costumes, music, dancing and the occasional puppet guest!ReplyCancel

  • Rene

    Our cul de sac has open front doors with kids riding bikes and scooters, and playing cricket and soccer in the street and then bounding through houses with their mates to re-energise for the next round.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    My girls, 7 and 4, love building Friends Lego together, making puzzles and putting on puppet shows. Their favourite though is putting on backpacks and go exploring the backyard. Miss 7 makes a list and they have to collect everything on it while avoiding the crocodiles and anacondas that are apparently out there!!ReplyCancel

  • Shiami

    My 5.5yr old son and 3.5yr old daughter are very different and have different interests. However they do manage to role play together with lego. Even though my son is very protective of his lego, he will give my daughter’s lego friends rides on his lego train etcetera and they have fun together. We are thankful for the great benefits and fun lego brings!ReplyCancel

  • Lily

    I grew up in the 90’s and lived on the Rugrats cartoons. Watching it always made me wonder if toddlers could actually communicate with one another.

    Now watching my niece and nephew, I know the definitely can. Mr 7 and little Miss 3 have these wonderful conversations with one another. I have no clue what they’re talking about but it can go on for hours with cuddles and laughs in between. It’s so lovely to watch them bond and strengthen their sibling love for one another.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know if this is the best answer, but it is a good one! SweetFrog (a local serve-yourself frozen yogurt store).ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Powell

    We like to dance together! But of course, Lego Friends are a fun way to play together, too!ReplyCancel

  • Corina Gatto

    My granddaughter (4) has taught her younger sister (2) to wag her bottom from side to side while singing “bom bom bom bom” (aka come get me). They also love singing Frozen tunes, even though our little one can only sing “Go, go, go go” along with the tune of “Let it Go”. I fall in love with them both every day.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Williams

    My five year old daughter and three year old son adore each other and spend so much time together. Their favourite thing to do together is tell each other jokes. I love hearing them off in another room trying to make each other laugh. Not many of the jokes makes sense to me but they both think they’re hilarious. “How does a rabbit get over the fence when he’s lost his hop? A kangaroo throws him over!”. See…hilarious! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is so very cute!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Alana

    My girls 2, 4 & 7 love either riding bikes outside, but if they must be in, it’s either Legos or Duplos. With Lego Disney Princesses, we really don’t need any other toys. The use Legos to build doll houses, cars, play zoo, play trains, and act out all sorts of plays, there’s no end. And with Duplos and Legos, they can pick what scale to make it, either tiny to act out or BIG to use for their stuffed animals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s lovely Alana.:)ReplyCancel

Like most siblings my girls fight, not physical, but they are competitive, one has to have the last word, one likes to be bossy, one likes to sing loudly just to annoy the other, all families have the sibling rivalries. This is one thing they do together, no fighting for hours!

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  • Tracy Greer

    My 2 children spend the afternoons after school outside in the backyard. My eldest recently taught my son how to do a handstand! She also taught him to ride a bike. Quite often, the kids don’t even know that I’m watching them as they don’t see me. These little things are priceless and put a smile on my face every time.ReplyCancel

    • Chantelle Cole

      I have 3 girls therefore bonding time is very important for me and them to maintain and cement their sisterhood relationship now and down the track. We like to keep it simple, outings to the beach, park, mall, movies. Also any sort of activity that requires helping each other.ReplyCancel

  • Tahlia Grounds

    My girls love to spend time with their friends playing with Sylvanian Families. It encourages planning and thinking skills as the set up the township, good communication and team work as the decide how the game is to be played, and develops their role play skills which allows them to play out important stories and situations that are significant to them.ReplyCancel

  • My kids spend time bonding when they play together, using their imagination to create games…ReplyCancel

  • Alison Sinclair

    We have a wide gap in ages with our children, partly due to actual ages, and partly due to my 8 year old daughter having Down Syndrome, making the gap with her 17, 11 & 7 years old siblings seem a lot wider. The best way I see my children bonding is when one or two, normally older, ones step outside themselves for a little while and join in whatever imaginative play is going on. So if my 8 y.o. is pretending to be a baby, the 17y.o. just acknowledges that and plays along. The delight in my littler one is wonderful to see. And if the 7y.o. sets up a treasure hunt, or creates a pretend café, the 11y.o. will stop his “important” activities and help with the menu or taking orders. Not his favourite thing, but in Miss 7’s eyes, makes him the best person in the world.ReplyCancel

    • Julie

      What a beautiful family you have – I’m sure your other children get just as much joy out of “pretending” with your 8 year old – even if they don’t admit it!ReplyCancel

  • alisha

    I have three daughters who try to get along with each but with individual personalities can prove to be challenging sometimes. The best way that all 3 get along is when I set up little cities with either their Sylvania families, barbie dolls or their Lego friend. They each have their areas to play in and then they make there characters go visit the other persons house. If one of the girls gets annoyed by another they just simply play in there own section for some quiet time until they are ready to join in again.ReplyCancel

    • Ingrid Wilson

      They bond over planning surprises. Recently I was banned from the kitchen while the girls planned a surprise breakfast for the rest of the family  They were all giggly and bright eyed. Such joy and love. Such fun sharing a secret mission together.ReplyCancel

  • We love Lego! It has to be the best invention ever. It provides endless hours of fun, imaginative play. My two are 3 and 5 so there is more fighting than playing most of the time. But recent they have been playing mums and dads together which is very cute. I love watching them play together and I can’t wait to see more of it as they get older.ReplyCancel

  • My daughter loves spending time with her’friends’. Even her youger brothers bring their big ‘City’ friends collection to visit her in Heartlake City. As she now gets older, her friends come over with their ‘friends’ to catch up.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My children will argue & fight until I get them out of the house playing soccer, hiking, playgrounds etc. The only thing they do nicely together is craft similar to yours from the sounds. Painting, play doh & Lego give them quality sharing time at home which means I get to hear laughter & chatting there too. Its the best sound there is ????ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    We have 9 kids amongsth the 5 houses in our quiet street ranging from 5 to 10. The secobnd they are all home from school they are in the street playing on their scooters or bikes, soccer or random games they make up. The most recent with a nerf ball, 1 kid on one driveway and all 8 on the other, whoever catches it on the full crosses the street to become the thrower…hours of fun had on the weekends and after school – and in the fresh air!!!ReplyCancel

  • ange

    Our kids love playing with lego, both their friends and each other, they also like to play around outside, bikes, kicking and ball, cricket etc. But lego is an awesome rainy day activity!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Mills

    My Daughter is 11 and is our only child, because of this we try to “play” with her .We bond by enjoying afternoon time in the backyard with her fury brothers. We play touch football and other ball games together. I find that we have to make the extra effort to get outside as other wise she tends to spend the time in front of the tv. This is good for all of us.
    She loves her Lego friends and I have spent many hours on the mat in her toy room creating heartlake city.
    For her 10th birthday I spent the entire day building with her.ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    My four children (boy 13, girls 11,7,6) have an amazing active lifestyle living on a farm, growing up with animals, farm equipment, playing sport, riding bikes and horses. They help out whenever they can, to earn pocket money, which is saved up to spend on “you guessed it” lego. They have many child hood memories of playing with lego on those inside days, infact it is one time I can relax and be gauranteed they won’t fight. But after the recent bushfires that swept through our property in January this year, I have never been more grateful for lego. With dangers of falling tree limbs outside, injured or hungry stock to deal with, endless phone calls, no electrical power for days, stressed husband and negihbours, without lego I am uncertain how we would have managed. So a big thankyou to lego for the creativity, imagination,and entertainment you provide for my family, especially since the introduction of Lego friends, which really engages my daughters. I’m sure you are helping to mould my family into wonderful “friends”. THANKYOU
    PS We play our lego on a big hard plastic sheet, which can be left set up or slide under a bed when not in use, when its time to clean the bedroom :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    My two girls also love lego. My husband kept all his lego and so the girls have the Friends and their Dad’s lego to play with. Their imagination is incredible when they play together and get very excited when they receive new lego. My mother-in-law bought lego street sheets which are about 20cmx20cm at a shop at $0.50 per sheet and so they have a whole street that they make shops, banks, cars and anything else they create. They do fight over their favourite piece “Stephanie” but normally they just play for hours together. A packet from the new Elves lego has recently been bought and it is also very popular.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine James

    With a five, seven and ten year old the greatest equalizer in our house is Lego. I love eavesdropping on the creative meshing of worlds that happens between Lego Friends, Lego city and the crew from Star Wars, Ninjago, and Atlantis…. It just works. Those hours after Santa has delivered new Lego to all three – peace, quiet and cooperation I rarely see in other play.ReplyCancel

  • Kym Squire

    my two children LOVE basketball. Always inventing some sort of challenge for each other whether it’s on the outside ring or on the mini ring inside.ReplyCancel

  • My Step Daughter loves Lego friends. We were so relieved as parents to find the range when it first came out, as she didn’t really enjoy using the boys Lego and wanted something for herself. A great product!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Gorecku

    I have a 7 week old baby girl, my first – no playtime with big girl toys for a while, but when the time comes lego is one of Dad’s favorites, so would be perfect bonding time for the twoReplyCancel

  • Michelle mcnab

    We spend time bonding every day we spend sometime just talking about what we both have done during the day and we play games and read books but the best is that we end it in a big hug.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Jones

    My girls live for the weekend!! Age 7 & 4 what could they possibly know about weekends? The weekend means a two day sleepover! I love hearing them bond over stories & jokes!! Non stop giggles, but most of all Mummy and Daddy get a sleep in Saturday morning.. Win win!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley Miller

    My 2 (10yr boy & 7yr girl)love to bond and play together most of the time is it with the boys Lego as girl has just started to show interest in it (slowly building up her Lego friends collection). They use their imaginations to build different things and then make a game around those things. It amazes me the things that they build,I love that Lego gives you that option even in the sets you can still go crazy wit it. A toy for all ages!!ReplyCancel

  • My kids (8 & 12) like to spend an hour or so every evening playing basketball in the driveway. They also loooove building lego crrations – both sets and random creations. My poor daughter though…. we only have traditional sets so far. She would love one of the Lego Friends sets!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Robertson

    My girls are 8 & 10. I set them up with a big box of kinetic sand and a tray of kitchen utensils and tell them to get creative. They play for hours with this making and creating, and if they were arguing before they are usually friends by the end of this. It’s a great tactile experience!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Alcorn

    My nieces and nephews love play dough even the 10yr old and playing with blocks and the kitchen setReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My girls aged 3 and 5 spend lots of time bonding over all kinds of things in their cubby house, sharing secrets (I’m not allowed in unless invited!), doing drawings, making up games and laying house.ReplyCancel

  • Kat

    My kids love Legos too! That and playing on the swing set outside. Love hearing the sounds of harmonious playing!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Wilton

    For some reason, the most special of bonding experiences have been shared by my children and their cousins at their grandparents place and it is usually outside in the garden with nothing but their imagination! we have witnessed fantastical worlds come to life, with kings, queens, goblins, elves and fairies play out the most wonderful adventures. They love sharing ideas and using the resources available to them to create their props. Sticks for swords and daisies for crowns. It is just so special to see them sharing, being considerate and nurturing the creativity in each other ????ReplyCancel

  • Even though he’s a little boy
    my son would still love this Lego toy.
    He doesn’t see pink or blue,
    To him pink’s just another hue.
    He’d love driving a Lego car,
    Taking his pets to vet isn’t far!
    Swimming in the pool
    is his favourite thing to do.
    He’d love to build one
    I just know it’d be fun!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    My kids love making up pretend scenarios like Mums & Dads, child & babysitter, goodies s baddies. There is always so much detail to their stories & they can play for hours.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My girls bond through creative time together, usually cooking, or sewing. They love to practice hairstyling on each other too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Mudge

    I totally agree with you, Lego is wonderful bonding time! Our tubs of Lego always seem to come out on a cold or wet day and my kids spend hours in front of the fire keeping warm and creating something spectacular together! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    My 2 kids love playing outside together with our dog Bonnie, jumping on the trampoline together, riding scooters, Mr 4 misses his sister Miss 7 when she is at school and his face lights up like a light bulb when she gets off the bus. Also they both love Lego Miss 7 has got Friends Lego while Mr 4 has got Lego City they both love sitting down helping each other build, perfect bonding time.ReplyCancel

  • Tamala

    My children (master 5 & miss 3.5y) bond well over and love playing with Lego, play doh and crafts. But their favourite activity to do together is play on the trampoline, playing crack the egg and learning new tricks.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    Olivia loves to bond with her cousins and friends with lots of role playing, dress up. As they have just started school they also love creating a classroom and taking turns being the teacher.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    My daughter isn’t lucky enough to have a sibling yet, but when you ask her who her best friend is she will often say Daddy. He is the biggest kid of all! When we are in the toy section if we ask her if she would like a present, the answer is always “Legos!” and my Lego obsessed husband will happily oblige. Watching them create together melts my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    I never realised how different girls could be until I became a mother :) I have 2 daughters, 5 and 3. The oldest one is a rough and tumble animal-lover and the youngest one is soft and gentle pretend-mum. 2 girls so different, they definitely have their moments however they also have their common ground. I love to watch them play ‘cats and mums’ or hide and seek, trying to surprise my husband, who is a big kid a lot of the time. My 5 year old is very much into LEGO and what she calls her ‘little things’ – what an imagination that child has! She would love this prize pack xReplyCancel

  • Karen

    We love Lego!! Miss11 and Mr 9 and Mr6 will all play together or in various pairs even though they play very differently they adapt to each others games (mostly).ReplyCancel

  • Tomi

    My five kids, aged 11,9,8,5 and 3, all love playing LEGO. It’s probably the only thing that they pack up when they are finished too. They hate missing LEGO parts.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten O'Shea

    After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and whilst undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments I found it difficult to be the parent I wanted to be to my 3 year old son and 4 month old daughter. And so began our journey with Lego. My son would play quietly and create magical pieces alongside me when I didn’t have the energy to play outdoors or go anywhere. Lego was our saviour! We still love to do Lego together – especially a big project in the school holidays and also love spending time together loom-banding as well as playing board games on Family Game Night. Many laughs and giggles are had and I often look around thinking how blessed I am with my precious family!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Shortt

    Hi. My 3 children love to play schools, even when they just get home from school! They have there special at home school books and take turns being teacher.
    They also play child care centre with rotation of carer. This is cute as the older daughter has to be a 3yo. Often they ask for me to pay $1 p.h. to care for my youngest!
    Another game is DVD shop! Most of our dvd covers have a price tag on that they’ve made. This game gets very large and time consuming as they catalogue everything. Sometimes by the time it’s organised war breaks out haha. Mum the mediator then takes over! ??ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My children are 5 and 2 and they love to play pretend games together. Lately it has been “Super Spies” which involves sneaking out to try and peak at Mum and Dad without being seen and Super Heroes which involves blanket capes and lots of pumping fists in the air!!ReplyCancel

  • Marion Sharman

    During the recent storm, we (me and my girls) spent 36hrs with no power, this makes Lego the perfect toy. Instead of arguing over what TV show to watch, they spent time together playing with the lego. It was lovely to watch the eldest help the youngest rebuilding the cars. And since then it’s like there has been a reset button and both are better friends for it.ReplyCancel

  • Kara clarke

    My 2 girls (6 and 3) love playing pretend together. Mums and babies, schools and even play sisters. The only thing that they enjoy doing together is playing lego as it promotes cooperation and imagination. They seem to fight less when playing with lego and they do it for hours. Many princess castles and cities have been created in my house.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola mouton

    I remember when my son had his first dress up day at day care. It seemed such a struggle to find or make the right outfit (he had to be an elf).
    Since then every time he has had a costume it all goes into a big box. Over the years I have also added things that I have used for fancy dress. I have also added toys that individually seem boring or perhaps they have outgrown (eg Toy phone or binoculars).
    Now when my son and his friends pull out this box they make all sorts of combinations of outfits and can really let their imagination flow.ReplyCancel

    • Nicola Mouton

      Just thought I should add to my above comments.
      I often spend hours playing Lego with my son. This is our time together. There has been many Saturday mornings where we are sitting quietly with the Lego waiting for Dad to wake up.
      My son likes me to make all the things following the instructions and then he destructs it and remakes it into something new and improved.
      We have set up a lego station in our office where we can permanently keep the Lego out.
      We both love it.
      So far we have lego Minecraft, City, Super Heroes, Ninjago and Chima. Unfortunately I don’t have any girly ones yet. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Eloise McLean

    My daughter Audrey bonds with her unborn baby brother by chatting to him constantly, singing and blowing raspberries on my tummy and ‘feeding’ him with her toy bottle by shoving it into my belly button regularly!ReplyCancel

  • Our two girls are 12 and 10 and are close in age but worlds apart in personality. They have always played well together but as Miss 12 is getting older and is developing her own style and taste, they don’t spend as much time with each other. Cooking is the thing they love to spend time together doing-creating simple meals like tacos or spaghetti. They each have their “role” in the kitchen, and laugh and learn something new each time they prepare a meal. I love watching their interaction and the independence this time together is creating.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My children bond best when they are playing “kitties” one plays the cat and the other the owner. They can play this game for hours…ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My daughter is an only child but has an incredible inner and outer world of play by herself. Lego is a huge part of that as she looks to the instructions for inspiration then goes on to create a world of friends, brothers and sisters. Not the same as the real thing but it’s really fulfilling for her.ReplyCancel

  • Annmarie

    My girls bond over dancing. They love music and making up dances together to put on a show for us!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine B

    My girls (7) and (4) can spend hours playing and making different scenarios with the Lego friends. Lately, they have played going to the shops, pet beauty parlour (as our dog goes to the Vets for a clip every so often), and having coffee with friends (mum out and about). I like the idea – that they are interacting together, take turns and if needed take a break and leave the other to play alone. Eventually they will return to play together. For my eldest child, lego is also used in our maths homework to help with counting etc. The lego is clustered as a visual aid.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Burnett

    My children are just 3 years and 6 months old but already there is such a bond between them! My 3 year old daughter is the one to immediately calm my baby boys blues and he just dotes on her! They already play together with blocks and balls, books and the like but I would LOVE to spend Theodore’s naptimes furthering Eliza’s creativity with one of these Lego packs! Would be perfect for days that I haven’t had a chance to pre-organize some craft for her. Thanks for the chance to win a Lego pack to start our collection!ReplyCancel

  • Emma M

    My daughter and her friends love doing the foam sticker craft together. I get the super hero one and the fairy one which lets them make girl super-heroes. I love watching them create and compare and then fly them around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Sherman

    Miss 5 and miss 3 play everyday together with their Barbies and dolls house, dressed up in princess costumes! The dollhouse is as big as them! Anything to do with roll play and imagination is right up their ally! I’m really keen to get them into Lego too, as it’s one of my fondest memories growing up with my brother creating amazing creations and spending time together.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie Baber

    My kids like to sit at the kitchen table and draw and do craft together.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    I just love that Lego Friends offers a great opportunity for bonding for EVERYONE, my girls love getting Dad involved and even one of their little friends who a boy is happy to play and create because he loves the animals. Hours are lost in our house with Lego play and it is a great part of our reward system too.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Yes my 3 – 2 girls 10&6yrs & boy 8yrs plus friends/cousins love Lego together creating “worlds” with hospitals, vets & machanics!! Also they love making “shows/fairs” in the backyard with homemade show bags & little talent shows they’ve made up along with tix they’ve created for us to enter!! So much fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    I have 3 children and there is a 5 year age gap between my daughter and first son, but they still love to play with their play doh and lego together! My daughter has incredible patience to allow her younger brothers to choose what they will build with their lego. But being an only girl and having a large age gap, means she still prefers time without her brothers. She loves to ride on her scooter with her friends from school, or create puppet shows!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids and their friends love playing in the open air, soaking up the last rays of sun before the winter chills us…ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My twin daughters are 8 this weekend and even though they have a “twin bond” that is extraordinary in its own right they still squabble as normal siblings do.

    They bond well over homework to be honest. One is stronger in reading/writing and the other in maths. So they each do their homework then help the other with the one they are stronger at. It is beautiful to watch and see how patient they are with each other and seeing how they explain certain questions or sums out to the other to help them come to the answer. Its a beautiful bond to watch and I hope they continue to help each other out like this throughout their lives.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    My kids bond when Miss 3 opens her door to let Mr 1 in her room. Her door has to be closed because she leaves her ‘little Lego’ out. If/when she packs it away she opens her door and invites him in :-)ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    My two girls bond every night when we all read books together before bed. It calms them down and they enjoy winding down the day together.ReplyCancel

  • AMANDA

    My oldest are five and three, they have really different interests but they love to play together. They both love riding bikes and hanging out in the back yard where my son teaches my daughter things he’s learnt in karate while she shows him how to do gymnastics. They have combined their lego sets and you’ll usually find a ninja marrying a princess or the lego friends girls chasing bad guys which I think is great. Recently they have started putting on shows which incorporate all their favourite things – the ninja and princess cooking show is a common theme. They have their moments (many of them) but generally they are really close and look out for each other which is pretty sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie

    My 5 yo girl and 3 yo boy definitely have their tricky moments when they just wont get along, but generally when I remind them to “look after each other” they get back on track. One of their favorite things to play together is with the Fisher Price Little People and vehicles – they take it in turns lining them up for the school bus or plane and I love finding the people in odd places around the house – last week the Disney Princesses were all together by the front door waiting for something…ReplyCancel

  • sarah

    My children bond most jumping on the trampoline and taking turns on doing tricks, but when we get a new Lego that’s where they bond for hours while we put it together ( sometimes the whole family!) And then take turns using it the way that they invision. They laugh and play at how each of them see it differently. They are 2,5 and 7 and LOVE LegoReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Lately the bonding has been over books. They have similar reading tastes. I love that they recommend books to each other & have fan moments over favourite characters.ReplyCancel

  • Tahnee Ross

    I have a three year old girl and a 18 month old son so the bonding times are limited at the moment while my son is so young. The one thing they enjoy doing is reading books (my daughter pretends to read the words) while they both sit together enjoying the pictures and the stories Sophie can make up. It gives me great joy watching these special moments.ReplyCancel

  • Anneta

    My two girls 6 and 4 love,love playing dress ups ! It’s lovely to see their imaginations take of with each different “outfit”. The girls received their first lego friends last Christmas and it’s becoming another favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly rane

    We love to spent time reading, going to the park. Daddy loves to spend time dancing with our daughterReplyCancel

  • Bree

    My 3 year old and 5 year old love bonding by making up stories with their My Little Ponies going through the Lego Duplo township they build.
    As Lego is expensive to buy, and they are well past Duplo age, I am hoping they will still enjoy creating their little stories with the Lego Duplo for sometime, though if we were to win a Lego friends set, I’m sure it wouldn’t just please the My little Ponies! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    With 4 children aged 8, 6, 4 & 1 we try to encourage as much bonding as possible. We, as a family go for walks & the kids ride their scooters of an afternoon & every Sunday since it’s gotten colder we get the beanbags & popcorn out & watch a family movie all together.
    For my 2 elder girls I also paint their nails & have some “girl time” as like you Katrina I never had a sister & want them to be best friends as well as sisters. And my hubby takes the boys for “boy time” too. It works, they still have their fights but they all love each other immensely.ReplyCancel

  • marisa magistro

    I have a 7,5,3 year old there all love lego they have a lego table in boys room.and play with it together build things off the plans. I find they really bond when they play dress ups and pretend to be mums and dads they all thave roles and all . really love it and play for ages.i like the fact they can be what ever they want.ReplyCancel

  • Sharelle Plug

    The only time my children don’t fight with each other is when playing with lego! They each have their own sets (boy and girl) but love to combine the two in interactive play, I love watching and listening to them use their imaginations and it’s also so good for their hand eye coordination!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My 2 boys bond by playing lego or building huts/adventures outside together and my boys and my daughter together love to draw, read and play in sandpit. I agree, love these times when they are all getting on and there is no arguing :)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Together in the cubby house, sharing secrets and getting up to all sorts of antics, always in fits of giggles too.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    Playing, riding their bikes and all sorts of shenanigans…..our kids, with their friends and cousinsReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I love taking then down to the park for a picnic and a play in the play ground!ReplyCancel

  • Katie O

    My girls love playing with their Lego and if it involves animals ….well there’s no stopping them. I think at these times they even pretend not to hear me so they don’t have to stop. It’s wonderful to see the difference in their imaginations and how it seems to come together and they bond on those differences.ReplyCancel

  • Larissa Sadaka

    My 3 and sometimes 4(if they let the little one join in!) love sting shops together! Even though they fight at times, it’s something that over the years they still keep playing together. They get the cash register, with play money and so many other props! They set up coffee shops, video shops, shoe stores and many more I have probably not been lucky enough to see them playing.ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    Playing not sting! Don’t know what happened there!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    Having 2 children, a boy and a girl 14 months apart has its interesting times. 8 and 7 years of age…..Besides playing happily together outside as often as they can, they love combining their lego together and creating magical lands. The older they get, the more interesting the creations become. happy days!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi

    My girls, 5 & 8 love to make mud pies, choc mud milkshakes, mud rissoles and anything else they can think of that they love to eat. They then start delivering these wonderful, messy morsels to my husband and I, who then begin to devour them! ( pretending ofcourse!!!) Hours of messy fun outside!!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    My daughter is an only child so I am her buddy along with our horse and dog. We love building Lego friends as there are things that interest her like vets clinics and stables. She also loves the Lego Disney princesses. We spent over 2 hours last weekend building rapunzels tower. She is so enthusiastic whenever we’ve saved enough to buy a new Lego set. She won’t pull the sets apart once they’re built either!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    I’d have to say craft time. Never any arguments just admiration and encouragement for each other’s creations. It’s beautiful to watch them use their imaginations and offer problem solving advice to each other.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My daughter is an only child and generally plays with her Lego when by herself. Her favourite things to do when kids come over is dress ups or imagintive play ie shops, library.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Sidgreaves

    My girls, 3 and 5, bond together when they blow bubbles. It is the one thing that relaxes them and that takes all other worries away. Blowing them, chasing them, popping them, it is their favourite thing to do together.ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Elvery

    My four children bond by playing outside in their cubby making adventure games up and running around the back yard together.ReplyCancel

  • Belinha Sutton

    My 3 kids bond over board games. They (mostly) play fair & take turns. They also love dressing up & using their imagination. Lego is definitely their favourite though!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Van Boxtel

    I love teaching them games from when I was a kid. Chinese Checkers and Indians and Tepees are particular favourites at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My kids love to spend school holidays “camping out” in the lounge room. We bring out their mattresses and the 3 kids (age 7, 9 & 11) all sleep side by side….they talk most of the night, but as long as they dont fight, they can stay as long as they like. It is a great way to bring peace to the house as they try hard not to fight so they can stay together.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Rommel

    My kids are one boy, one girl but they both love riding their bikes and jumping on the trampoline. My princess often joins in playing with my sons Lego with him. He is obsessed making his own creations not the instructions and she enjoys it too. I’m sure she would love the pink pieces!!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey E

    Every school holidays me and my three girls do craft together, that way by the time the yearly local Show is one they have all their crafts to enter. We have so much fun choosing what we will make and making them.ReplyCancel

  • Maddi M

    We are expecting our third child any day now and I have recently discovered my eldest loves to build and follow instructions when making things. I would love to have an activity that could nurture her new found ability and keep her entertained when I’m busy with bub. This would be a great starter pack for her!ReplyCancel

    • Maddi m

      Whoops! I should really have added that it would be wonderful to see my two girls bonding over Lego, the same way they often do with building duplo towers. Sometimes it’s the only time they are not fighting!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Miss 6 and Mister 3 have very little in common due to their age gap but role playing is always a winner especially when we join in too.
    Dressing up as princesses, witches, firemen etc and Mr 3 loves being a doctor with this toy syringe!
    They also enjoy Lego together but Lego Friends is Miss 6’s ‘time to myself’ where she escapes into her own little world without her loud crazy brother.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    My kids bond well while doing crafty things like art and baking and they love what Lego they gave which is not very much but they do get very creative with it.????ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    For my daughter it is time spent with her besties at dancing – she and her friends live and breathe dance! For my son he and his bestie are lego fanatics and have bonded instantly due to this. Now there is Minecraft lego they are both in their elementReplyCancel

  • Tea parties – they win every time. Girls just seem to have a back for hospitality and caring for others from a young age. it is beautiful to see!ReplyCancel

  • andrea Probert-Southam

    my 2 kids ( boy 6 girl 7) LOVE to play together with their sets of lego.
    if theyre not doing lego?….theyre doing “flips” on the trampoline!! :-) :-)ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    My 6 yr old son & 2 yr old daughter play beautifully together building “castles” in the lounge room with chairs, doonas, pillows & anything else they feel will do the jobReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My girls love to play dress ups it is so sweet seeing them using their imaginations and pretending to be the characters, which at the moment are Elsa and Ana !ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My girls love to play dress ups it is so sweet seeing them using their imaginations and pretending to be the character!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My 10 year old daughter is unfortunately an only child, however her favourite playtime is teaching our 5 and 3 year old neighbours girls how to climb the gorgeous tree in our court and to play house up there.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My girls 5 and 3 have made a sport of bickering, but once we pack up our caravan and head off for a trip they become different kids. Exploring and testing themselves TOGETHER! I didn’t have a sister, so it’s nice to see.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My girls love to draw and colour in together and they totally love Lego friends, they help each other follow directions and spend hours playing with their collection.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    I have 2 girls aged 3 and 4 months. They don’t play together yet, but miss 3 would love if if they could! Bonding time happens best with both girls on my lap reading stories together which is a real treat for me tooReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My 11, 9 and 3yo enjoy each others company when they can work independently at something whist still contributing to a bigger project i.e. cooking dinner. They all get involved in the chopping, stirring, setting the table. It is chaotic but loads of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    My two girls bond playing Barbies and creating stop motion movies with them (they really make us laugh) and creating LEGO cities, zoos (never what the instructions say). The loveliest times are at breakfast when they’re sitting and chatting before school, both of them giving suggestions for whatever problems they may face during the day. Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    My two girls 11 and 8 are different little personalities, with common interests, but they fight a fair bit. They both do Physie (dance) and so love helping each other with their physie, but about 50% of the time that will end in a shouting match and a storm off! The 11yo loves doing the 8yo’s hair, and the 8yo revels in being the recipient of a new ‘do’. They have received canvases for Christmas and they do sit and paint together without there being a fight. They have a really small amount of Lego friends, and I’d never really thought about them bonding over Lego, but now that you’ve opened my eyes to the possibilities – wow – we’d love some Lego friends come to stay in this household!ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    My eight year old twin girls love creating from nothing, always in a theatrical/ performance way, I’m sure they will be set designers or costume designers one day! They use towels, hair ties, cushions, chairs, boxes, toys, table cloths, my shoes, the dog! You name it! It’s always lovely to see the passion and energy they bring to creating, beautiful to watch this. They also do really love a lego session, the latest was the cruise ship they got for xmas, great bonding time with each other and often their dad!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds lovely.:) Just love kids using their imagination.ReplyCancel

  • Clara

    My girls love playing make-believe together. It sparks their imagination and they learn to negotiate with each other within the scenarios they play out. The added bonus is that they are bonding and creating beautiful memories for when they grow up! :)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Lindsay

    My son has 5 children in a blended family which range in ages from 18 months to 14 years. So as you can imagine, “getting along” can sometimes pose a challenge, especially with 4 girls and just 1 boy. Having been raised on Lego himself, imaginative and creative play has been an important part of his children’s childhoods. He has always found that whenever they are engaged in creative and imaginative play, the bonds of a blended family are at their strongest – it really is magical to see and so beautiful. It’s so special for my son to watch his children getting so much enjoyment out of something which gave him so many great memories as a childReplyCancel

  • Sarah Darragh

    My two girls (5 & 3) love to help each other out. Unfortunately arguments do happen when the other person doesn’t want help. They do bond over many games and activities but the best I’ve witnessed is when the oldest “pretend” reads a story to her sister. They sit so closely with their heads together looking at the pictures and making up fantastic stories to go with them.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Hamilton

    My daughter is an only child so spending time with friends and cousins is really important. Imaginative play including Lego Friends, which is one of her favourite things to do, is a great part of her bonding. Also she dances and her dance friends are a big part of her life and there is lots of bonding time which includes the older girls looking after and guiding the littler ones.ReplyCancel

  • Valeri

    Like your girls mine bicker all the time, until the Legos, Goldie Blox or Roominate toys come out. Then it’s all hands on deck to see what they can build. My oldest likes to stick to the plans and build the city where the younger loves to build “gadgets” and often combines her legos and GoldieBlox together.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I love that both my boys and girls can bond over Lego. They also enjoy having board game nights and don’t mind lots of outdoor games. I find the inside quiet games encourage more conversation between them which I like. Great prize by the way.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Mcgee

    My daughter and her friends best spend time bonding outside taking turns on the slide and pushing each other on the swings.ReplyCancel

  • Carly W

    My 5.5 year old daughter is fascinated with insects .. she takes her bug catcher/container everywhere! She is a shy child (an only child) and it is a great ice breaker and often forms bonds for her as other children ask her about the insects and help her collect them.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    My daughter and her friends spend many hours playing families and make believe, where their imaginations take them to places we would never think about. It’s wonderful to see them play together in harmony.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    My 6, 4 and 3 year old girls could spend hours together in our chook pen! Most of the time, I don’t even know what they do out there, but just like you, I love it when i don’t hear from them for so long because it means they’re using their imaginations, their problem solving and negotiating skills, and developing closer friendships with each other (and the chooks!). And they’d definitely think they had died and gone to heaven if they won this lego!ReplyCancel

  • sonya

    My daughter loves bonding with her mates by creating necklaces together and exchanging them. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • kersan

    My children love bonding on our games nights. We try to have 3 a week. Pictionary, uno, cluedo. We all love but this is the time they actually work togather in peace.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Brewer

    My children are Miss 8 and Mr 3, even though they’re 5 years apart they have an immense bond. Their favourite thing to play together is make believe play, I can always here them making up little games about being mums & dads or teachers at school. Aside from that I will always find them playing Lego or monster trucks! Makes my heart burst!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh that is gorgeous! I just love listening to the kids playing.:) xReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    We have 4 kids. They’re aged 9, 7, 5 and 9 months. Master 7 and master 5 have autism with significant language issues so bonding between them and their big brother is really challenging. Master 9 is wonderful and bonds with master 7 (who has very high needs and limited speech) by playing chasey and bouncing in the trampoline. Master 9 and master 5 bond over LEGO!!! Yay! Now to keep it out of miss 9 months mouth….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh that is beautiful that they bond so well playing Lego together. Hmm it is hard keeping those little pieces away from the littlies.:)ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Our girls love being either outside creating ‘potions’ with sand, dirt, herbs, plants, lemons, bark, grass, flowers etc or birthday cakes, pies OR inside dressing up and dancing in front of each other (and the mirror) to songs on their CD player. Aged 6 & 3 it’s a love / hate relationship but when they DO play nicely together, it warms my heart :) Miss 6 and I tend to ‘do lego’ together as Miss 3 is a little young and tends to destroy rather than build. But I love this time with my eldest and enjoy watching her follow the step by step instructions, find the pieces and problem solve to build something she is proud of.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is just beautiful, Janelle.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    As an only child my daughter loves playing with friends or relatives. They usually go outside and invent their own games, like searching for treasure in the dirtReplyCancel

  • cassie

    My kids love playing outside together. They climb trees, play on the trampoline and love playing pretend! I have a 10 year old, And two 5 year Olds. My twins love when their big sister reads to them, especially when we get new books! They also love playing legos, but compete as to who can build the best thing.ReplyCancel

  • Library_Geek

    my nephews bond through music. One on Guitar and one on drums and they just jam and have been doing this since they were small. Its that one time when they are not annoying each other or getting under each others skin.ReplyCancel

  • Julie-Ann

    My children, a daughter who’s almost 12 and a son who’s 9 bond over a few things. They love going outside and shooting hoops together. My son plays basketball and my daughter plays netball so they practice together shooting goals and making a game out of it. They also bond over reading certain book series. They are reading the Lemony snickets series at the moment and then talk about what they have read (like there own little book club). They also get along well when playing Lego too. They have quite a lot in the Lego city range and my daughter is slowly building up the Lego friends side of things. It surprise’s me these 3 simple activities can keep them from not fighting but working together instead. As a mother it’s wonderful to see your children playing (not on technology for once), respecting each other and having fun!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree with you 100% Julie-ann. It is so lovely to see children playing together.:)ReplyCancel

  • Shaaron Currie

    My 2 girls have had so much enjoyment playing with their Lego Friends, they have painted maps on boards that slide under the bed so they don’t need to pull their city sort, they spend many hours I their room together. I have enjoyed watching them save their Junk Mail money and pooling it together to buy more Lego. I don’t know how in years to come the Lego will be split when they start their familiesReplyCancel

  • Kate

    My kids and their friends LOVE to do dress-ups! Hours of fun playing roles, swapping roles, pretending and imagining.ReplyCancel

  • Gail

    My 3 granddaughters and their friends enjoy dressing up and role playing for the costumes they are wearing. They also like to make things like magic wands (created with sticks from the yard and beads or marbles glued to the end) and paper face masks and hats, and cooking with grandma (one of my favourites)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My kids love building HUGE towers with the Lego Duplo. There is always one up somewhere in the house.ReplyCancel

  • Jaimelee

    My girls don’t always get along but when they do they like to build leg colour in and do craftReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I have a 6 year old who struggles to create friendships as she is a Little hyper active however at home we will sit and play games and and build with blocks and recently I bought the Light House and found her attention was 100% glued on the light house until it was finished with very little help from me. So in short creative interactive play with a solid out come is how she bonds best with who ever she is with. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My Daughter bonds with her friends and family, by playing with her lego. This is showing little friends how to put it together to build a special thing or just using so much image in playing with the finish build.

    I love to watch this as well as joining me with the fun. So many memories being made , it is priceless
    ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My daughter is 3. She and her friends are really getting into legos now! They love stacking things and sorting them. We also have been playing matching games :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    My 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son bond and play together with my husbands’ old matchbox car collection. They have a great time racing the cars up and down the hallway and along the back of the couch.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Daggar

    My three cherubs love to cook. I find giving them the different tasks based on their age is a great way to get them to be in charge while getting along and taking turns :) It also doesn’t hurt that we get to eat yummy things at the end and fill the lunchboxes for the week!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Waugh

    My two girls (9 & 11) will often spend hours playing with their Lego, either building the Lego sets they have or using their imagination to come up with their own creations. They recently pooled their birthday money so they could buy a larger Lego Friends set that they share. Such a great time to spend together!ReplyCancel

  • Kerryanne B

    We have a hand print fun…
    The kids wear a plain colour top and try to avoid getting water based paint hand prints on them. There is extreme laughter and encourages the kids to work together with a single goal to have fun!!!
    At the end they all have a colourful top to remind them of the day which they can sign and keep as a reminder of their friendsReplyCancel

  • ronit

    my two daughters are the best of friends and at times the worst due to their close age gap people often confuse them at twins. So working as a team and bonding is so important to us. Every saturday is no screen time at all and we make indoor or outdoor cubby spaces they stay in their pjs most of the day and play lego, pollypocket, shopkins or mums and dads in their cubby with out any interruption from us – my favourite time of the week! And they too bond so nicely over lego friends – thank you lego!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Grainger

    My son has a stack of Lego and my girls will sit and play with him, but cooking and making up dances on the trampoline are two things that my 3 girls (8, 5, 3years old) will do together. This new girl Lego is beautiful and while my brother, sister and I all grew up playing Lego and loved it, my sister and I wish we were little again. My sister has 3 boys do again she is surrounded by boy city Lego, she has bought the girls a couple of things and we even bought her ‘Emma’s design studio’. This lovely girl Lego just makes us all want to sit and build together even more.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Cooper

    My 5 year old daughter and her 5 year old step brother like to play with his Octonauts or her Shopkins together, they also love dressing up as superheroes. Their favourite thing to do though is play outside with our neighbours or with our two dogs. My stepson likes to pretend he is a dog trainer and my daughter usually makes the dogs play teachers with her! Lol they’re good sports though.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    We live in a court that’s almost from the oven days. The kids play together outside in the street. Cricket, bikes, scooters..all ages from 5 – 16 yo. Its a fantastic place to liveReplyCancel

  • Becky

    My daughter is 8 and son 4. My daughter likes to help teach her little brother how to do thing whether it’s coloring, writing, playing board games, building with Legos etc. and he likes to teach her his own games. Of course there are some arguments lol but for the most part they are very loving with each other.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    When my kids bond? This usually happens when there is a mural feeling of dislike towards either myself or their dad, when they are being punished or feel unfairly done. But most of the sibling bonding time, occurs when the older two try to do something together, without their little sister(who is two and ruins most of their games). Together they can lock doors, hide quietly, move around the house like a spy and do almost anything that their little sister won’t be able to do or can’t find them to do! Cheeky kids!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Hi. My 2 girls aged 16 and 5 are often found simply chatting whilst doing each others hair or nails or playing with beads. I luv sneaking round the corner and listening to their conversations. It melts my heart. Then I go downstairs and see my boys 17 and 8 doing pretty much the same. The eldest discussing how to get the most out of kicking the footy plus different moves so you can escape being tackled. Then the eldest getting down on the floor to help with another creation. These are the times I adore and treasure. The little ones look up to the older ones and the older ones see how much their every word impacts. Priceless ????ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Smith

    What is the best way your kids or their friends spend time bonding?
    My girls are close in age & love spending time also playing with lego but haven’t any of the girly range yet, playing board games & card games. They enjoy riding their scooters/bikes in the yard & also jumping on the trampoline together, although we need a bigger one now they are bigger. Would LOVE to win a girly lego pack!! :)
    P.S. Your daughters are gorgeous & I their room!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Halls

    It id my 8 year old boy’s birthday today and he got 2 lego technic sets, no sooner had he opened them then he and his older brother had them out sorting ready for ‘the build’. Usually they don’t get along so this was a lovely bonding moment to see, and I look forward to after school when they will ni doubt sit done together again toReplyCancel

  • Tonia

    My husband is in the defence force and deployed for about 3/4 of each year. Because of this I am both mum and dad. My children know that we are a team and have to work together so we do absolutely everything together. I involve them in everything so that we don’t have any love tanks that run empty. We prepare every meal together, cook together, clean together, dance together, homework together… You name it, we do it. The kids love spending all of this time together and look out for each other and help each other. Their favourite time is every Friday night when they get to camp out in each other’s bedroom with a movie and popcorn that they cook from scratch. They know it’s a treat, work hard for it and can’t wait for it to happen each week. It makes me so happy to watch them together and see how much they actually care for each other.ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    My two (son,6 and daughter,4) bond the best when they just go and create or play a game together – whether inside and with their different lego sets or outside in nature. I find when you push them to play together it doesn’t always ensue, yet they find each other when you least expect it, and it’s the most beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Something that seriously melts my heart is when I see Miss 7 reading to Mr 4, snuggled up on the couch together. These two definitely have their bickering moments, but it’s beautiful to see them play together, and that they do, whether it’s creating forts, castles or houses, out of furniture (patience mum!) or lego!!ReplyCancel

  • Divya

    My 10 yrs old daughter and 6 yrs old son love to play with the dog in the yard, love riding their scooters together and love role playing as different characters and also play hide and seek land love to build lego together.ReplyCancel

  • Divya

    My 10 yrs old daughter and 6 yrs old son love to play with the dog in the yard, love riding their scooters together and love role playing as different characters and also play hide and seek. They love to build lego together. :))ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Smith

    My 5 and 6yr olds love to play dress ups and then play leg as it makes it more fun. Miss 6 has a little friend down the road and when he cones to play he even likes the lego freinds better as it has horses. 4 kids will sit in the bedroom for hours and play making all sorts of scenes.ReplyCancel

  • sara

    My 2 kids never fight when they’re throwing mud at the house!!!! I have to admit best bonding moment is with Lego though, they spend hours playing with it. Total lifesaver.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    My 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter like to play with their kitchen set. There is lots of role playing of mummy and daddy having tea and cake.ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid Wilson

    They bond over planning surprises. Recently I was banned from the kitchen while the girls planned a surprise breakfast for the rest of the family  They were all giggly and bright eyed. Such joy and love. Such fun shading a secret mission together.ReplyCancel

  • Adele Bunt

    I have 2 boys aged 3 & 6 with a 4 year old girl in the middle. I love watching the way they play barbies in the turtle lair, and power rangers in the barbie house. I love that when it’s easter my boys give my daughter the pink easter eggs and she gives them the Blue and red ones. I love the way they all look out for each other and sometimes even prefer each others company over that of their best friends.ReplyCancel

  • jan wilson

    LEGO is great bonding for everyone, my older daughter helps younger brother and always Nanny and Poppy end up playing and creating too………….what a great prize pack!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jillybean30

    My 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy insist on playing together but tend to fight like cats and dogs (two very strong independent personalities!) except when they are playing board games. It’s so beautiful to watch them politely tell each other when it’s their turn and to watch my boy help his sister with counting the dots on the dice. Don’t know what it is about board games, but it just brings out sweetness and cooperation in my children. Brings a smile and a happy tear to my eye!ReplyCancel

  • Jesika

    My daughters love to color and play with stickers together. you described their ability to drive each other bonkers one minute and then be best friends next perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I was worried when pregnant with my second daughter that a 4.5 year age difference would mean that my daughters would find it difficult to bond or develop common interests(not knowing any other families with a similar age/gender dynamic). But to my surprise and delight, my now 6.5 and nearly-2-year-old girls get along so well that they rarely even fight or argue. Their favourite bonding activities include lego (the older one builds while the other makes the ‘babies’ -i.e. minifigures dance around and rescue each other), doll house (usually with dinosaurs and animal figures in place of dolls), dressing up as superheroes and fairies and hours upon hours of playdough and reading books to each other. It seems (so far) that my fears and uncertainties were all for nothing.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Condon

    I have 4 girls. The younger two (ages 7 & 4) spend every possible moment together with their Lego. I love the way they put it together as per the instructions then re-construct it however they see fit, creating a whole other world. Since I have let them leave the lego out on a table in our sunroom it is used all the time. I wish I had let my other two girls (11 & 10) to do the same – I look back now and think they spent more time packing up and tidying than they ever did playing!! They now bond together with other crafts like Loombands, knitting or similar.ReplyCancel

  • Bev Rankin

    Our children’s best bonding times are spent playing together. They played outside, games like cricket, tennis, kick to kick footy, riding their bikes, making a mini golf course or a cubby in a tree. Or playing inside, board games, Lego, Barbies, farm and army set games, making a cubby under the table, eating their meals in it and sleeping the night. Our boys favourite bonding time was when they went to bed. We could hear their low toned voices rumbling away to each other when the lights went out. All the bonding activities were enriched when their father and I joined in.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Gaming is where our family bonds most. It’s common for my girls, ages 16, 11 & 8, to sit together huddled on the couch with their devices and create Minecraft (or as I like to call it, ‘digital lego’) worlds together. Or crowd around the coffee table playing board and card games like Munchkin and Uno.

    They all love playing Lego together too, though they often complain they don’t have enough to build all the things they want…ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Granland

    My 9 year old daughter and her friends love making up dance routines, then they film them or put on a performance for me. I love watching how creative their dances can be.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Bennett

    All my grand babies love to get together on our 5 acre block and build cubby houses,ride their bikes, skate boards and chase our mini horses around. Night times they have fun building to their imaginations content with their lego all over the kitchen table. What a great way to bond!ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    My three just love to annoy each other but the minute I put clay out all differences are put aside. It’s like they’ve just been given a love and peace drug! I could watch them forever sitting side by side, up to their elbows in clay, chatting away happily ????ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    My three just love to annoy each other but the minute I put clay out all differences are put aside. It’s like they’ve just been given a love and peace drug! I could watch them forever sitting side by side, up to their elbows in clay, chatting away happily ????ReplyCancel

  • Judy Jamieson-Green

    My 2 girls are very much into nurturing games/role play:they play teachers and students, mums and babies and caring for their ‘dog’. It gives them a sense of responsibility and it helps them to remember to put others first. It warms my heart to see.ReplyCancel

  • Rose

    I have 2 munchkins that get along most of the time. There is a 4 yr age difference which can make things challenging especially for my 6 yr old who loves things in order and organized then comes little miss 2 and makes short work of it but they often play in relative harmony. My 6yr old is so patient and teaches lil 2yr old how to build with lego, play shops and colour in. Im pretty lucky to have 2 kids that dont mind sharing and playing nicely together. Their favourite thing to do at the moment is make pixie gardens and they get really enthusiastic when choosing flowers and making the rock paths its great to watch them work together to make these mini gardens :)ReplyCancel

  • Maria Smith

    My 71 gifted students spend time each week bonding with their peers and improving their social skills through board games and other similar activities. We’d love to have Legos to work and play with in our classroom! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Heintze

    My 4.5yo daughter Kyah is an only child but she loves bonding with Bernie, a previously pink, now beige, little bear who has been with her since birth. She reads to him, plays with him, builds cubbies for him, wraps him in blankets to put him to bed and goes on imaginative adventures with him. Even though she’s still 4, she’s taken to Lego Friends already, and we have a special table set up for her to build. She has incredibly good hand-eye co-ordination and can figure out the ‘constructions’ better than we can! It’s quite amazing what children can do when you give them the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Carla

    My daughter is an only child and loves Lego but particularly the Lego Friends range. I love Lego because it is something that her and her Dad spend special bonding time working/playing together with – it is so rare to find something they both genuinely enjoy doing together. It’s heart warming to see them completing a project or creating something individual and then both using it to play together. I was only thinking about how to display her special Lego items recently so look forward to seeing your further posts on your girls Lego area.ReplyCancel

  • Karen fuente

    I have 6 girls, aged from 12 down to 2. They are always bonding when playing with their toys, craft or cooking. There is always a sister or two or three to join in an activity with. They have just started adding to their Lego friends collection. They love playing with it, keeps them occupied for hours! Having this many kids its a great activity to build relationships between siblings and to keep them busy!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne Mileham

    I have two daughters, 5 and 2 years. My 5 year old LOVES Lego friends! My 2 year old is into Duplo at this stage.

    Their best bonding is when they are playing or crafting together. Such a beautiful thing to watch.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Jones

    My three children always play best together while they are in the bath, or when they are dressing up in mummy’s clothes (aka being superheroes!) My oldest is having her fourth birthday on the 9th May and doesn’t have many age appropriate toys, so this would be the greatest gift for all my children! Thank you for the opportunity :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My daughter loves Lego too! Friends came to visit with their kids 8 years and 5 years and they played Lego for 2 hours with my 3 year old! Amazing how it bridges the age gap and they all played so well together. They didn’t want to go home! Another great bonding activity is playing the pool :-)ReplyCancel

  • Helena Newcombe

    I have 3 children 2 girls and 1 boy, 15mths, 4 and 6. They are beautiful little people who crack each other up constantly. They play together really well and esp look after the youngest. We have a box 1/4 filled with Lego, not much but their always creating cars and houses and people out of them, even though they don’t have proper people lol! They also bond outside a lot, playing on the trampoline, it’s such an Australian thing to do in the afternoons together, they will remember these times forever.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I love watching my little boys bond when the eldest (5 yrs) includes the twins (2yrs) in his pretend play. He gives them little jobs to do like going to the “shop” on their trikes or painting the garage with water and paint brushes. I just sit back and watch.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    My only daughter is 4 1/2 and we spend a lot of time playing and bonding together. She loves all types of arts and crafts so we make lots of things and she loves making things with her friends. She loves playing Barbie and princesses with her friends and has just starting getting into lego and loving it. She loves making houses and stories to go with them.ReplyCancel

  • Pip Suckling

    My children best have their bonding time when they are playing together outside in the fresh air using their imagination. Or on wet days getting a game out of the cupboard and playing together showing good sportmanship.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne V

    I have 3 kids, 2 boys14& 11 and an 8yrs old girl. Lego is something all three have in common and one of the things that crosses both age and gender. I love when the three of them play together with lego. My boys have always been great Legos fans and loved introducing it to their sister, it was them that first told me of the Lego friends as a way of including their sister.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Morgan

    I have 5 children ages 10-4 who love to play music. They pick a song, practice for hours and then they put on a concert. Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    my boy 5 and girl 3 love to play dress ups together. They take turns being the puppy and the walker or the doctor and the patient or mummy and daddy getting married. Its just so cute to watch and secretly film. The wonderment and imagination they create together is priceless.ReplyCancel

  • katrina

    I have a girl and a boy 2 years apart in age, so they have quite different interests! They do join each others games of trains, or dress ups, but the one thing they enjoy most and really bond with, is music! It’s a universal language really. They both have a ukelele each that they love to “play”, and a recorder each. Mr 3 will often make the music and Miss 5 will sing and dance, then they swap over. Miss 5 has even taught herself songs on the recorder, so thankfully it’s not all screeching noises lolReplyCancel

  • Angela Jones

    I have two daughters – ages 4 and 5. Yes, the 3 of us LOVE Legos (we are currently planning a Lego-themed birthday party – she’s been making plans ever since the day after her 5th birthday!). I, myself, asked for Legos for my recent 40th birthday! I love the bonding we all 3 get when we are building and sharing but my heart fills and my eyes tear up when my girls bond over Jesus. The oldest likes to be a teacher of The Word and she loves to sing and worship! The youngest listens and asks very deep questions. My favorite times include my oldest singing an impromptu worship song and my youngest doing a sweet dance (ballet + tap + some moves I have never seen before!). My heart lifts and I thank God every day for these 2 precious believers that I am blessed to call my daughters.ReplyCancel

  • My 6 year old daughter is really creative and loves to make make make! We bond by doing that together – whether it’s crafty stuff, lego or other construction toys, she gets to really put her many ideas into something tangible and it allows her to express her emotions too.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Cheers

    My 5 year old daughter and her cousins like to tie blankets around their bellies and hold a baby doll in there to pretend they’re pregnant. They then pretend to nurse their babies just like they see their mum’s doing it.ReplyCancel

  • Tamika

    My 2 little girls loves to play with their dolls and prams together and create fun with dress ups and a tea party set.
    They also love to sit together in their reading nook and ‘read’ stories to each other.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    Both my girls are budding netballers so they spend a lot of time in the backyard with each other shooting goals and practicing their passing. They also share this bond with their friends at netball training. Sport is just as much about friendships as it is about winning.

    However on a wet day, the Lego always seems to come out ! For many years when my eldest was little I always wondered why they didn’t have Lego orientated to girls and when friends cam out it was fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • fawn veach

    My girls.relate best to eachither when they sit down to doodle together. They are good incouragers to each other and they share their feelings and frustrations and just bond. It’s awesome. And they are HUGE lego friend fans!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My girls love their Lego. It can get competitive at times but it’s something they do together and help each other. Their dad went on a work holiday recently and brought them back Elsa’s castle… Had to get one each as there’s no sharing Elsa!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    My girls like to set up tea parties for all their dolls and teddies. They take turns serving up “tea” and “snacks” and even pretend to wash up afterwards.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    We have 4 girls & have found that imaginative play is the most harmonious playtime; dolls, doctors, barbies, cars, cafe & definitely Lego and Duplo. The 2 different age groups (our eldest girls are 10 & 8 and youngest are 3 & 4) sometimes play their Lego & Duplo in cooperation with echo ther to create a big world all togetherReplyCancel

  • Sally D

    My 2.5 and almost 5 year old love to create craft projects together. Give them tape, pipecleaners, paper and textas and they will play happily for ages. A close second is our set of Magna Tiles.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely LEGO! I have a 9yr old son and an 11yr old daughter and they love to make their own LEGO movies… using a camera and Windows Movie Maker. They get such a sense of achievement at the end and they work so well together! Hooray for LEGO :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My two boys (3 & nearly 5) love to argue with each other but when they spend time together playing imaginative role playing games like knights & dragons,Goodies vs Baddies , Dinosaurs vs Cars etc, I really realise now that the toys the boys truly love are those that allow them to make up the storyline.ReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    I have 4 children (6 girl, 4 boy, and girls 2 and 4 months). The two older children get along really well together and it is sometimes difficult to get them to play with the 2 year old. I find that they have started bonding the most during role plays where dad is dead or mum doesn’t live with them anymore and they have to be grown up and look after themselves and each other. The play is usually outside but can involve dress ups and other props as well as figures such as lego, play dough people and dolls to act out their scenes. It is great to see that they can get along and do care about each other.ReplyCancel

  • Lori

    We have a 6 year old daughter and 5 year old son & they love doing all sorts of stuff together from dress ups, Lego, play doh, mummies & doggies (my son loves being the dog…bless ????), hide & seek & chilling together while watching their favourite programs. It’s gorgeous watching them entertain themselves.ReplyCancel

  • natalie

    I have a 9 year old girl and a 7 year old boy who love playing outside, especially in the ‘treehouse’ their dad built for them using a wooden pallet nailed into our mulberry tree. They take their toys and books up onto the pallet and keep watch over the fences of the neighbourhood. Such fun!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Abbott

    My 8yo son and his best friend (a girl he has known since 3yo preschool) are at different schools so they only see each other every school holidays. They maintain their special bond by emailing each other or sending letters and postcards during school time. When they see each other in the holidays they always spend time just hugging and talking and catching up and then they compare books they’ve read, school stories and teach each other new games they’ve learnt. They have such a beautiful friendship.ReplyCancel

  • veronica sherwood

    My daughter snd friends bond sessions are often pamper sessions of nails and facials then i join in with footspas…even my son joins in.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My daughter 5 years old and my son 3 years old, play on their scooters in the carport and garage, they make obstacle courses with all the bit and pieces in the garage. They have a great time playing together.ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    We have 3 young boys and the best way they spend bonding time is drawing, painting and playing in the garden with buckets, spades, dirt and water.. They love to set up obstacle courses or pretend they are road workers.. They argue and sometimes get dominant, but they are also so loving and gentle with each other.. Brotherly love is soo cute..
    They love love Legos and have always only ever played with Lego City Legos, I’d love to expand their range and I’m sure they’d love to play with the Legos friends range.. Especially my middle boy who loves imaginative play.. ????ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    My kids bond the best when the outdoors and dress ups are in the equation of play! Playing in the pool / cubby / with sand / in the outdoor kitchen / on bikes gets them cooperating so well, and then when you include the dress ups – everyone gets along and bond so beautifully, I tend to take 100s of photos of same things! :)
    I love and wish so much for this imaginative play never ends!
    Here’s to kids and bonding through play!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    My kids – a boy & a girl – bond when we scooter down to the beach and collect shells and driftwood, bring their treasures home, wash them, paint them and make mobiles for their bedrooms :) one of life’s simple pleasures to spend time creating together :)ReplyCancel

  • Glenda

    My two girls (6 & 2) certainly have their ‘moments’, but they definitely enjoy each other’s company when they’re outdoors…collecting all manner of things; exploring for minibeasts; climbing trees, riding their bikes and digging in the dirt! Miss 6 is completely obsessed with ‘Friends’ Lego and has a Friends Lego themed 7th birthday party in 2 weeks….while Miss 2 also loves her duplo and mega blocks!ReplyCancel

  • Vivien Lee

    My boys love bonding on the trampoline. Sometimes they take turns jumping, sometimes they rest and have a “meeting” and talk whilst sitting on the trampoline!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja

    My almost 4 yr old son and 1.5 yr old daughter love playing with their teddies and books on a little mattress on the floor. They are so cute together like this, tucking the teddies and each other in and pretending to sleep! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough for proper Lego!ReplyCancel

  • Haylie

    When the kids play together I always find a spot to either sit or stand and soak it up! I love nothing more than listening to the array of different roles they choose to take, and the interaction between each of them. We too are blessed with twins and have B/G 10 and G 8 which always makes it easy to have a Teacher, Principal and Student or Doctor, Nurse and patient etc
    At the moment the theme of the month is Gym Receptionist, Trainer and participant – the back yard is being used as a training ground, the snacks are healthy and the motivation is inspirational!!!
    I admire the hand’s on physical play time where the kids design obstacle courses, what their interpretation of good customer service is and of course the hard task master gym trainer!
    Most people would enjoy the play Gym they have created -but without visitors or real paying customers, I am the winner enjoying the time they focus on each other

    Thanks for this competition question its nice to reflect on the positive times and not the bickering!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Haha! So random but I actually did the exact same thing the other day for my daughter with MDF. I’ve painted the water and grass but not the rd yet. I’m planning on doing a racing track on the other side for my son.

    My kids 5 & 3 bond amazingly over Lego. My daughter loves helping her brother build things and he loves that she actually wants to play with him.

    On the weekend my husband, the kids and I all sit down and play/build together which is awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Holman

    My three kids love to spend time in the backyard. My older boys are willing to try anything their little sister wants them to do, from a tea party to helping her draw a hop-scotch board. And in turn the boys have taught her to swing on a swing by herself, ride a bike and even how to do some plays when the boys are practicing their football plays. They even take direction well when she tries to tell them the are running the play wrong. I love that I can observe all of these things without them knowing!ReplyCancel

  • My girls (Ava 4.5 years & Zara 9 months) play duplo together. Ava, the older one makes big houses and leave Zara to destroy them while we sneak off and play with our Lego ????ReplyCancel

  • Christina Hakes

    All 5 of my kiddos & their friends definitely bond over legos. That is why I love Legos & Lego Friends as well….it is one of the times that I see all of them working together without any issues! Love, Love Love!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Matheson

    My children love Lego my son (8) has developed a collection over the years. My daughter (4) received her first set of Lego at Easter and my son sat down with her and helped her put it together. Beautiful sight the kids bonding together over Lego. When my sons friends come over they will play for hours with Lego. Challenging their creativity.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Bonham

    My kids 5,8 & 10 play with my husband’s Lego from when he was a kid. I would to get the girls this cute legoReplyCancel

  • Maree

    When I read your girl’s story about “getting along nicely” while playing with Leggo, I was totally amazed. You told the EXACT story of my two boys!! They were competitive (backyard footy) and my youngest would sing loudly in the car if my older son liked the music that was playing just to annoy him!! It really brought back memories and made me laugh out loud to read your story. But when they played together with their Leggo – they were the best of mates. (Still are at 21 and 26). My eldest son and his partner are expecting a baby girl (my first grandchild) in July. I remember the looks of pride on their faces when they finished building something special, to me it was priceless! I would love her to know that fun and sense of achievement too. I’m sure her father (my son) would love to “play Leggo” again too!ReplyCancel

  • Kryssi ruth

    Lego is just brilliant! I have two girls (10 & 3) and a boy (5) and we love Lego in this house. Most of the time there is individual play happening (due to school, kinder and after school commitments) with their respective sets but every now and again there are those beautiful moments when they play together and your heart melts ????????????ReplyCancel

  • Helen C

    I have one daughter, so on many occasions hubby & I play surrogate sibling! I love baking with my daughter and without realizing she is learning too. Hobby is a huge Lego fan and we have two large coffee tables out together which is a mix of City, Knights and Friends! I loose them for hours sometimes! I think it is great how Lego reinvented itself but in essence it is still the same, even when you step on it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    We are fortunate enough to have a fabulous tree house for our kids and their friends. At the first opportunity they run through the house gathering their afternoon tea, dolls and colouring books and head for the tree house. They rigged up a rope and cardboard box and love to heave their goodies up. They spend hours in there, play acting, gossiping and sliding down the slippery dip. I love to listen to them and have a twinge of regret as I would have loved nothing better than a tree house myself when I was growing up. Lucky ducks – they’ll always hold these fond happy memories which brings a warm feeling to my heart.ReplyCancel

  • belinda kolstad

    We are always on the move these days with the defence force. Skye is how my daughter keeps in contact with her best friend back home kepping there bond going, we get the girls the same things ie same books, same lego sets ect so they sit at there desks with skype on there tablets and read books to each other page one reading one page the other reading the next page or they build there lego sets together over the skype. Technology is a amazing tool these days allowing children to bond over the net.ReplyCancel

  • Viesia

    My 8 and 3 year olds both play nicely together whike playing lego…its the only time I think they get along..they end up arguing over cars…but lego always winsReplyCancel

  • Dionne Humphris

    The game that bonds my four youngest (10B, 8G, 7G , 5B) is something they invented called crazy dress ups. We have a large number of dress up clothes and they put together the craziest combination they can. It doesn’t matter if you are the oldest or youngest they all make each other laugh with the crazy combinations they come up with. It often leads into the production of a performance that of course Mum and Dad have to watch.ReplyCancel

  • Ann-Maree

    I saw my two, girl 6 and boy 3 recently curled up on Miss 6’s bed with their books. Side by side reading to themselves,now and then chatting to each other, telling one another about their stories. It was so heartwarming to see.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I have two girls – 8 and 6. Miss 8 has always nurtured her little sister and they play really well together most of the time! They love making up plays with their soft toys and presenting them to us! And lately they have started using the i-pad to turn them into i-movies (totally amazes me). They also enjoy building Friends Lego together, but they don’t last too long in their “proper setting” because before you know it you find horses happily living in tree houses with pandas and rabbits! Love the creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Pilkington

    Interestingly, my kids bond best when no toys are involved. It is when they are jumping off the couch on to a mattress, running up and down the corridor, hiding behind furniture and using their imaginations to create their own game and to make up their own scenarios that they are building their relationships free from arguments, competition and winners/losers. I cherish these times and I do whatever I can to stay out of their way and allow them to develop their frienships – I always tell my kids that their siblings should be their best friends – they will always be there for them. xxxReplyCancel

  • Now that my daughter is 13 and helps her younger brother, 9 with his homework, I find this is the only time their love for one another really shows. No fighting, no arguing, just amazing patience and nurturing from my daughter and my son looking up to his big sister with love and respect. I hear them laughing and giggling during homework time and that is a beautiful sound.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Bruce

    My kids spend a lot of time fighting which some could say is some form of bonding but the times I have observed their bond at its best is when they are doing the simplest of things.
    Playing the ‘falling game’ – falling from the couch to their big foam Clark rubber fold out sofas. I keep telling them they will break their neck one day but it doesn’t stop them.
    Making cubbies in the house – this means emptying my entire linen cupboard and me dragging every chair in the house and rearranging furniture. They promise they will fold all my linen back up, the truth is i end up doing it every time.
    Playing in their outside cubby house – it’s been made into a pirate ship so they play make believe and they often eat lunch up there.
    They like making wombat stew in the garden. They pull all of the roots and weeds out of the yard and grab some sticks and fill the clam with water, dirt , some herbs from the garden (grrr – how many times) and stir it all up. This keeps them amused for hours. I have to remind my husband that the big hole (which is getting bigger everyday) really doesn’t matter, as long as they are having fun.
    I love seeing my little ones bond, I hope they will always be best of mates as they grow.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Birthday parties are a great tool for children to bond. Parties are usually organised around a theme like a soccer party or animal nursery, or have entertainment organised liked a fairy or magician. This means that the children can connect with each other around a fun or exciting activity, rather than playing computer games or watching TV together.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy james

    My children can argue all day but love telling bedtime stories to each other. I make sure they are in bed at least 30 minutes early so they can spend this amazing and creative bonding time together.ReplyCancel

  • Colette Edwards

    When things get a bit tense between my girls I see it as a sign it’s time to physically burn some energy. The trampoline has been a great way to de stress and release endorphins. Some times I need to say go jump for 2 mins before you can come inside. They are grumpy about it but after the 2 mins they are having a great time together and are best friends again. Last week I had trouble getting them to stop for dinner because they were having so much fun together.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    My girls bond over Lego, plaiting hair and painting toenails with glitter but the most magic times are on the trampoline and with the skipping rope. My 10 year old taught her younger sister to skip and do rolls on the tramp. She’s now teaching her monopoly. Good times.ReplyCancel

  • Harrena

    My kids, Miss 7 & Master 5 are the best of friends! They just love being together and don’t like being apart, other than at school!! Their most favorite thing to do is go down the footy oval and practice their kicking and marking then we will go get a smoothie or juice!! On a rainy day the kids love doing a 200 piece puzzle!! And of course Lego features everyday in our household!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Finch

    My kids are a bit younger (5 & 1) and love lying on the floor colouring and drawing together.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My girl and boy play imaginative games together whether it be with Schleich animals in the bath, or mixing their friends and superhero lego. I’m amazed at how long they play happily with each other and how creative their games become.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Davies

    My two girls bond when they play house. One of them is the mother and the other one the child. I love listening in on their conversations. I often answer when they call out ‘mum’ and they’ll yell out “not you mum”. I also have a son and all three of them love Lego. My dining table turns into lego city (from police and fire station to lego friends horse stables). The two older ones help my miss 5 building her own little lego friends. They can play it for hours…I love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Clare Tudorr

    My two little ones enjoy spending time together digging in the garden in our backyard & riding their bikes together while role playing scenes together of being shop keepers, Mums & Dads. They are only 15 months apart & are great friends.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    My kids love to jump on the trampoline together and they love to play with Lego. My daughter has just started playing with the Lego Friends range, and she absolutely loves it! She asks if she can have a new set every week! She helps her younger brother play with his Duplo, as he is too young to play with her “big kid Lego”. I can’t wait until he is old enough to play with the same Lego as my daughter, and they can have fun creating things together. I remember playing Lego with my siblings when I was younger, and we had so much fun building cities, farms, space stations, you name it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa R

    My girls bond by playing LEGO together. Or creating games with their friends outside or building spy forts!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine

    I have 3 children- my oldest which is on the spectrum. Lego has been the one main activity that has really created quality bonding time with him- so most of our spare time has been dedicated to building and playing.
    Unfortunately as a result, this has meant that my 2 daughters have missed out on really appreciating the whole ‘lego experience’. Since the Girl range came out over the last few years, they have started to show some interest.
    Winning this pack would mean the world to them and me. It would mean that finally it was ‘their turn’ and they would be so excited and feel special and have something that was just theirs- not their brothers’.
    Thank you xReplyCancel

  • Kirsty White

    My little girl loves playing with her Lego Friends, and it’s the one activity that she will happily share with her 11yo brother. It’s lovely to seem both of them playing so nicely together, bonding over the Lego sets and coming up with different ways to play imaginatively with the sets once they are assembled. I think I even saw ‘Mia’ and ‘Stephanie’ have a sword battle one afternoon with pieces from Mr 11’s lego sets. Would love to add to their bonding time with a new set!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My 5 and 2.5 yr old girls play schools and mummys together, they also love playing doggies and shops or cafes in the cubby house together.
    We currently only have mega blocks which they love to build towers with but the 5 year old is wanting to move on to lego and loves anything pink or purple.ReplyCancel

  • Nadia

    My kids are at their bonded best when they are joining forces to annoy their father and I. The other day they were both in time out for fighting over a toy, when they decided to take turns shrieking at the top of their lungs, laughing hysterically at the obvious frustration it was causing me and my husband as we tried to prepare dinner together (a stressful task in itself). By the end of the ‘time out’ my husband and I were cranky and exhausted, while the kids emerged from the bedroom holding hands. Ridiculous!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley McKaskill

    My 2 girls bond best when they are practising their ballet at home. My Miss 9 is obviously a few grades higher then her Miss 6 sister, so is always helping her perfect new moves that she has already learnt. So gorgeous to watch them dance together! <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    Lately my son 8 has been helping his younger sister 4 to read and learn her sight words. He is really encouraging and get so excited for her when she gets its right. Lately they’ve also been playing shops, schools and doing puzzles. Its so great to see them finally playing well together – don’t get me wrong they still have their moments but isn’t it so rewarding seeing them playing/working well together :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carly Olney

    My daughters 3 and 8 can be best friends and the worst of enemies within a space of 3 minutes! Because of the age there’s not a huge amount they have in common (what 8 yr old wants to play with there baby sister! ) but what they do have is dance! They both love to dance and they both go to the same dance school. They love to put dance dvds on and try and copy the choreography! I love that they can bond over something they both love to do and hopefully it will last there lifetime ????ReplyCancel

  • I have 7 children and the first 4 are girls. Often I find the four of them hidden away in one bedroom chatting, giggling, listening to music or painting their nails (the toxic smell of this in the closed bedroom doesn’t help though).

    My 3 boys will spend hours outside playing footy, cricket or soccer.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I have a 14 month old and a 3 year old. The 14 month old likes to push her big sister around on the wheely-bug bike. The giggles are just priceless!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh beautiful xReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    I have 2 daughters, one 10 and one almost 3. My oldest is a little mother hen and loves playing with and helping her little sister. I love to see them playing together and laughing away at whatever they are doing. Obviously miss 10 needs her “big girls time” to play with her friends or just do something for just her. They both love Lego and this is something they can play with together or miss 10 can enjoy just by herself or when her friends come over :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan G.

    My 5 children bond with each other the best when they participate in an activity they all enjoy – at the moment it’s jumping on the trampoline together, swapping their collectible cards with each other and building Lego cities with each other! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    My kids love playing cards especially a card game called Pennies taught to them by their grandmother. it is always fun and teaches them to play together.ReplyCancel

  • Diana

    My girls are new homeschoolers due to illness and are bonding over the most basic tasks, school work, games, cooking. It was a necessary move, but one that so far, we are delighting in.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lovely, Diana.:)ReplyCancel

  • My kids LOVE Lego. They have just started a new thing, and its so great for creativity and guessing! And so great, for relationship building..
    They have a couple of minutes to build something from scratch from their lego, then the come out and present it to the others, the everyone guesses what it is, then if they guess it first that one goes and has a turn building. and they say what they like about it. Its so cute to listen to my kids playing it, as they are young and so cute when they play like this! they even invite the neighbours over to play!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    My son is 3 and my daughter 8 months, so we are trying to create an early bond by asking Colin to help Mary reach toys etc, sit with her in the bath and generally help each other. He loves to cuddle her and “read” her stories while I feed her. My husband also loves to bond with Colin over Duplo! We regularly have car parks, castles and or zoos under construction!ReplyCancel

  • Allanah Davies

    I have 7 kids, 6 boys and 1 girl who adores lego friends. She is 11 . She tends to just sit and play with the lego friends and her 8 year old and 13 year old brothers play with their lego and join them all together……and bond that way……gee so grateful for LEGO!ReplyCancel

  • sam

    Our kids love playing with lego, both their friends and each other, they also like to play around outside, bikes, kicking and ball, cricket etc. But lego is an awesome rainy day activity!!ReplyCancel

  • Sabine Tovar

    My name is Sabine I am 9 years old my brother is 6.When my friends come over we all like to build things with Legos and play with them on our lego table. We store our Legos in the little bins we have. That’s how I spend bonding time with My friends and family. I live in Texas and I would LOVE to win a lego friends set that you are giving away. Thank you!!!!!!!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I have 4 beautiful daughters who sound like your girls that play well but also fight and disagree at other times. We have just discovered lego friends and can’t wait for the storage tips and the layout you created to help the girls play well together. The giveaway sets would be fantastic to add to the beginning of their collections. They love inside time with lego building and playing but also balanced with balls and bike riding out side.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    My girls aged 3 & 6 are always playing “mums & dads” with their dolls. They play for hours on end feeding the babies and rocking them to sleep and when the babies are asleep the girls will sit down and play with their LEGO. They love to build new houses and my youngest loves filling the houses with LEGO mini figures and then locking them in by putting the roof on, always makes her laugh!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My children 3 children (aged 6 and 3 year old twins) love spending time in the garden together. They especially love growing things (almost anything) and playing house with our chickens. At the end of the day they get together with big sister writting stories about their adventures and reading them back to the twins and the twins drawing what they have seen and done. I love this as it is a happy bonding time where they work together (writing and colouring) while I watch on while preparing dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Kids bond when they nurture each other. An older sibling reading a book to younger siblings, helping them with schoolwork or helping them dress is really special.ReplyCancel

  • The best bonding time for my two children – girl, 8 and boy, 7 is when they are making cubbies. Outside or inside, they work together, think creatively, experiment, laugh when an idea doesn’t work and try again. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Matthews

    Laughing together is just the best bonding :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Certainly is Sharon.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    Believe it or not my eldest daughter (age 10) and her BFF have really amped up their friendship via their iPads! They are now able to message each other after school and on weekends, and just having that extra communication seems to have brought them closer than ever. They don’t sit in front of their screens for hours on end but just a quick hello and/or a reminder about homework or hockey training or an ‘I miss you’ has really solidified their friendship! Who would’ve thought it?!ReplyCancel

  • Trish Gill

    Bonding has always come from sharing their imaginations. It’s like a wall goes down and they can share. Beautiful to watch. And I know how it feels, I have two beautiful friends from my childhood who I bonded with in the same way. We’ve been friends for almost 30 years now…still love and care for each other in 3 different continents!ReplyCancel

  • Trina Hain

    My children 9 and 5 bond in many different ways through playing, laughing and even fighting with each other. Each way teaches them every aspect of each others personalities, their strengths and weaknesses and they can then help each other through everything life has to throw at them and therefore strengthening their bond even more.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy winters

    I have noticed my two middle boys bonding through scripted play…….I’m not sure if that’s what it’s called but during a game one will turn to the other and tell the other ‘ now you say….and you do this..’ And they both share the direction of the play. It is so beautiful to watchReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s gorgeous, Kristy! I too have witnessed my chldren doing the same sort of role playing ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Lily

    I grew up in the 90’s and lived on the Rugrats cartoons. Watching it always made me wonder if toddlers could actually communicate with one another.

    Now watching my niece and nephew, I know the definitely can. Mr 7 and little Miss 3 have these wonderful conversations with one another. I have no clue what they’re talking about but it can go on for hours with cuddles and laughs in between. It’s so lovely to watch them bond and strengthen their sibling love for one another.ReplyCancel

  • The 15 month old has learnt to play music on the ipad, even though outdoors is best Im still amazed as to hopw her older sisters have showed her to work it and listen to the unes she lovesReplyCancel

  • Cathy B

    My girls seem to bond with their friends by playing games and secrets with each other as only young girls can.ReplyCancel

  • SHARON M

    My four children and their friends bond in our garden. We have a small acreage property that none of their friends have so it’s always “Let’s go to your house”. The kids ride quads, play with the dogs, feed the ducks and chooks, pat the alpacas, pull out vegies and play hide and seek in an acre of bush!!!!!! No electronics to be seen and it makes me so very happy to see them all actually enjoying life, laughing and bonding :)ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    My kids love to play hide and seek together, even when they are in the most obvious of hiding places my eldest pretends how clever his little sister is.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley Ashenden

    bonding… does wrestling, arguing, and picking on count as bonding? lol. my 2 and 4 year old butt heads constantly. but sometimes.. just sometimes (mainly when asleep lol) they do bond. usually at story time, cooking with mum, in the bath with their toys – or the shower when they are flooding it covering up the drain with a flannel!!
    thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome lego my kids would love it!! well until the other takes the piece the other child wanted.. lol!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My son is an only child, but when he gets together with friends they like to run around with the hose that i use to recycle the wash water, pretending to be firemen/women. Apparently there are many fires to put out in our backyard. They love running around together, sirens at full volume and then putting out the fire with their firehose.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa russ

    My two girls aged 3&5 love creative play using there imaginations and running away with it .. I admire there creativity and love the fact they are so close. Whether it’s playing in the garden in large cabbage tree leaves pretending it’s there house with dolls or building garages out of Lego for there matchbox cars or houses for there plastic animals to live they love playing . For quiet time it’s always nice with them sharing books even if that does sometimes mean they make the story up as they go :) #suchablessingReplyCancel

  • rachel melvin

    My four children 2,3,5,9 spend time playing duplo Lego together creating robots and castles and planes. If there not doing that they are drawing and making forts to play inReplyCancel

  • Sally

    Mine ages 5 and 2 3/4 love jumping together on the trampoline, playing in the sandpit, crafting and have both just started to play a bit with small Lego.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Connell

    My girls and their besties raid our dress up box and spend hours making up dance routines. When they’re all danced out they play barbies and Lego. Quality friend time!ReplyCancel

  • The best way the kids bond is whenever us parents get involved – doesn’t matter if it’s swimming, creating or playing!!ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    we travel a lot! We set off in our caravan & most of the time it is just the 4 of us which is great because we get to spend quality time together exploring this great country!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    We read books, baking, play blocks, dolls and usually cook dinner togetherReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds lovely, what beautiful memories you are making, Mel.:)ReplyCancel

My biggest tip to being organised at home is to organise dirty clothes, creating piles for like items, whites, colours etc + different storage ideas.

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  • Tara

    Oh that is a fabulous idea!!! Il be getting one of them for sure i sort my clothes exactly the same way except they are piled in front of the laundry door 😐 this way is sooooo much better THANKYOU!! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Will make it look tidier too!ReplyCancel

      • Mtomsey77

        i finally organised our laundry too. I have 3 standard laundry hampers from Kmart(however the ones that you have linked actually look smaller and would fit better in my laundry). They are sorted into Everyday Clothes, Uniforms/Work, Towels/Sheets. I don’t have any for whites, but basically because I have a lack of room in the laundry to put another hamper. It is a constant battle keeping it clean, as it is so small and pokey and doesn’t take much to dirty it up. But I have already seen the difference in implementing this system with the kids. They do have their own hampers in their rooms, but this is because I don’t expect them to go downstairs everytime they have dirty clothes. I still have to sort those clothes out, but the majority is sorted downstairs for me.ReplyCancel

    • Rosemary

      I have been doing this too and it has been a fantastic strategy.
      I also have a basket for each person for when taking the clothes off the line. So when you have not put away clothes straight away, you know where each persons items are. Then the kids (9&8) can put away their own washing “like the way mummy likes it”ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much. I am going to Howards next time I am there and buying this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I love Howards, so much I would like to buy!ReplyCancel

  • I redesigned my laundry and I now have a long bench… with the washing machine at the end & dryer positioned above it. Under the bench I have 3 Ikea baskets (on wheels). One black one (for dark clothes), One white one (for light clothes) and another black one for ironing. I can roll the ironing basket out to the line and put the clothes straight from the line into the basket… then wheel that around the house (where-ever I decide to iron). I love my laundry. Although I don’t love doing laundry. LOL. Your system is a great idea too!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      What a great idea, ironing basket on wheels!ReplyCancel

    • I have been looking for baskets on wheels, where did you find yours?ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Russell

    Are these the Elfa series? If so what one is it Elfa White or Mini?

    Thanks

    MelindaReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Melinda

      The system we have is ELFA same to the mini but slightly higher with 10 rails on each side. We have 2 deep baskets (taking up 3 rails each, which hold the darks and colours) then 2 regular baskets (taking up 2 rails each for whites and other items) with the shelf ontop to hold the washing basket. I hope this helps.ReplyCancel

      • Anne

        Hi, Could you tell us the sizes of the frame and baskets?ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    I too have started thi sidea about 3 weeks ago ( starting to get in a declutter our house) and have found it works very well. Just a question ” Is cat a ragdoll by any chance? As we have one and that’s his favourite place to sit and watch the birds” i look forward to turning on the computer and see what you have up next on your website.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      yes she is a Ragdoll. She is nearly 2 years old, gorgeous but ever so snobby…lol. Once we are awake each morning she meows like she is hungry but just wanting us to open the laundry door so she can sit there and watch the birds.ReplyCancel

      • Dannielle

        Are you sure you are not talking about my raggy,Chocolate? That is exactly what he does ( he turned 2 last month) and is a very spoilt puppycat undeed.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Yes. I need one of these :) It would just release me from the sorted piles of clothes on my laundry floor that are waiting to be washed!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a wonderful system Natalie, the ELFA system is great, but you can find more economical varieties at your local department stores. I saw some at Big W recently and know Ikea had some too.ReplyCancel

      • Charlene

        But are the big w and ikea ones just as big? ?ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    OK I am going to get the laundry done today whilst little one is sleeping. I have been independently decluttering since the start of the year but have lost my way so will try and track with your blog. So I will do yesterday’s laundry sink declutter as well. I will try and post back later when completed to keep me on task! thanks for your wonderful blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love your motivation Summer, how did you go?ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    That looks awesome! I don’t have room in my laundry for something like that..but currently have a basket that had 2 compartments, 1 side is white and the other blue. The plan is the lights go in the white side and the darks the blue side. My son hasn’t quite worked this out yet and just puts his clothes in anyside. I’m still teaching him to put them in the laundry so will work on the right side later (I usually change it later that night)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lol, he will get their at least he is putting it is the baskets!ReplyCancel

  • I love it. It looks great. I was off to Ikea any way so I will add it to my list. Thankyou for all your wonderful ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I ? Ikea, can get lost for hours in there.ReplyCancel

  • That is such a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to try it when I have my own place xx

    We have our own individual laundry baskets here, since we all do our own washing. I usually just sort it out before I do the wash.ReplyCancel

  • Joelene Accatino

    I love this idea.ReplyCancel

    • Joelene Accatino

      Went out and bought one. Not from Howards though :( Just a little out of my price range. But I found one (not as good, nor as deep) at Sam’s Warehouse (crazy clarks franchise). It’s a 5 drawer storage set. Frame is D480mm x W440mm x H818mm and basket is D480mm x W437mm x H175mm. The baskets aren’t that big, but they do have a little length on them. Also, just makes me do the washing when I need to.

      By the way, I am absolutely loving your site. Thanks so much Katrina. xxReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        It will still work the same way Joelene, will make washing alot simpilier for you! Thankyou for your lovely comments :)ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Love the idea, we bought the kids each a small garbage bin (like the council bins) each a different colour. We took them out of the kids rooms when they stopped putting their clean clothes away and just put them back in the bin. They are now in the laundry where we have 1 for towels/linen, 1 for school/work and white clothes and 1 for everything else.
    I love your idea and think i might head out and look at this system and re-purpose the bins for toy boxes for them.ReplyCancel

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  • Leisha

    Katrina – cannot thank you enough. Last Saturday pulled laundry room apart and tossed so much rubbish and stuff that didn’t belong in there. Sunday morning sent DH off to Ikea (Sydney) to get their basket system which is similar to yours $49.99 (Antoniou – 4 baskets with top & frame). Knew that I couldn’t be trusted to get in and out of Ikea quick, so told DH to leave early and get some yummy breakfast at the Cafe. He was out of here in a flash ! LOL… Well, the Ikea baskets are smaller, but we have a front loader and each basket is the perfect size to fill the machine. I am now doing full loads and not forgetting the odd sock etc after the machine has been started (one of the probs with a front loader – cannot open door after cycle started). So… looooove this system – it has made such a difference to my daily routine, especially the hanging out at night, and it is saving us money on water & powder.ReplyCancel

    • jody

      Leisha, you made me laugh! I sent my husband to IKEA to return some items and collect another that I needed for my big storage clean out and he was back in record time. I asked him how he was so fast and he said he went straight to returns, sorted that out, bought a hotdog and left LOL I have never been able to get out of there in under 2 hours!!ReplyCancel

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  • […] from The Organised Housewife {Organise} dirty clothes in the laundry Here you will find tips on how to stay on top of your mountain of dirty washing, a great system […]ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I love this. I’ll be heading down to Kmart tomorrow, I think. Our clothes are in piles… on the floor! At least I can shut the laundry door so people can’t see. But still, it would be nice if it was organised! :)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve got three laundry baskets: one of the IKEA ones that we sort in to lights and darks; a separate basket for my son’s clothing because it’s often wet or covered in food so I don’t want it sitting for a week with the family washing; and a dry-pail nappy bucket!
    I’ve never understood why people don’t sort as they go along, it’s so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE that storage thing. I need to link this post with my laundry one too!ReplyCancel

  • My mom had a system like this when we were growing up. I must start something similar here.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli Stevens

    Our laundry requires you to go downstairs, out the door and back in another door. Keeping clothes in there is very hard, so we have hampers in the bathroom instead.

    We have one of these (http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/90180134) and it’s brilliant. We separate into Darks, Colours/Lights and Towels/Linen/etc. You’d be surprised how much fits in there, and they don’t buckle under the weight of towels or anything like that.

    Then the bags get unclipped, taken downstairs (they each have handles), clothes are washed, and brought back inside in the bags to be folded and put away. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Wells

    Love this idea! We are moving house in only 15 days (NSW to WA) and I need to keep on top of the housework and especially the washing, with a baby on the way and study as well. I will have to add another basket to the list for hubby’s stinking farm/work clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Percival

    Wish I had the room to do this as we store the freezer in the laundry as well and room is limited.ReplyCancel

  • spottsy7

    My kids have dirty washing baskets in their bedrooms. I used to work one day per child (we have 5 children) and weekends for hubby and myself. I hang all his shirts straight onto hangers – same with school uniforms. I also fold everything as I take it off the line so it minimises ironing. Because it’s one child per day it keeps everything under control.ReplyCancel

    • kirsty

      1 day per child? that’s genius! then bringing the washing in would be so quick and simple too! tfs.ReplyCancel

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  • Joolzmac

    A brilliant idea for larger families – you can see which load needs doing at a glance!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I got a formica cabinet made with 4 cubbys and 4 holes cut out in the top. I brought 4 baskets, so each kid and parent has its own clean washing basket, then I take the basket to each person’s room and fold the clothes and put into the drawers. Saves on time and dreading Mount Washmore! ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I have colour co-ordinated baskets in the laundry (blue for darks, red for reds, clear for white, green for baby, pink for a “dryer” load ie. undies, pjs etc). Unfortunately though our laundry is down stairs so this sorting happens on laundry day.

    The good thing is that the baskets are always there so if I’m doing a bubba load in the middle of the week (or a few times a week!!!) and something else gets caught up in the load, I can easily put it in the right basket!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Am I the only person who doesn’t sort the washing??ReplyCancel

    • I dont seperate unless the whites dont come out so well at the end of the week ill do a load seperatleyI don’t have a clothes line at the moment, I have to do 1 load a day to hang on the clothes airer..ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    We have a laundry basket in each bedroom. I only wash from Thursday – Saturday/Sunday for all the clothing. All washing gets taken downstairs and sorted in the rumpus room. I usually have four loads per week. I only wash fold and iron in a space of a few days so that I feel like it has a finishing point. Then I have a few days without having to do any washing of clothes. Then I was towels and sheets throughout the week. At least I have some days when I and my house are not filled with washing.ReplyCancel

  • KristyDB

    I use a three-part laundry hamper (just a calico bag on a metal frame) and store it in the bathroom. As we are a childless couple, I have the luxury of only needing to do a couple of loads a week. The hamper is the perfect size for my washing machine, so whichever divider (darks, whites, colours) is full is what is done next. Always doing a full load saves so much time, energy, power and water! I could never go back to sorting all the laundry again.ReplyCancel

  • Lisakim

    Love this. Now got my laundry sorted very similar and its working great. Roughly following the schedule you do with washing certain loads on certain days and its helping keep it so much more manageable. Not scrambling round of a morning looking for some part of a uniform only to findd it ‘missed’ the washing processsReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I’m in New Zealand and I haven’t seen anything like these drawers…. Anyone have hints as to where I could find some? That would so make a difference in my laundry system!
    ThanksReplyCancel

  • This looks great. We have laundry hampers in the bedrooms and I usually just drag them to the laundry. Unfortunately I just don’t have the space for a hamper like this in the laundry 24/7, I don’t even have a bench to put things on! I’m definiitely thinking of getting one or two shelves installed though so I can put things like the laundry detergent on a shelf rather than in the laundry sink.ReplyCancel

  • Peta Jones

    what a great idea. I usually just end up with piles on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    i have 2 very large drawers under my bench in the laundry we call hoppers and they are fantastic. I use them for darks and lights. Towels and sheets go straight into the machine. I used to run a house for homeless girls, and was able to pass on many hints. Some on which i learned from my mum….unfortunately, these girls didn’t have this luxury. Anyway, we used little clothes hangers from $2 shops (similar to the PRESSA ones ikea have but with more pegs on) for all the smalls. Each girls had their own and if it was looking like rain, you could easily grab all your smalls off the line with one snatch. Other time saving ideas i have are: gently spin and all items that can be hung straight away onto plastic clothes hangers and hung on line. This takes care of at least 60% of my washing and saves on line space (small line) and then easy to hang straight into wardrobe when dry. We use a system like yours but for clean washing. Each family member has their own drawer and grabs out the drawer and puts it away when they have a spare minute. The last thing we have is a Clevacover over the line that saves a fortune in dryer bills, and is really great. Everyone comments on it when they visit-designed by a QLD mum of 3. Thanks so much for all your tips. I think laundry is the most discussed topic of all household chores amongst mums. We certainly spend enough time in the laundry. I feel i could write a book on it!ReplyCancel

  • […] The beginnings of my laundry system, similar to the one detailed here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] you would know that I am a little OTTO (over the top organised) when it comes to my dirty laundry. I sort my laundry into whites – colours – darks and linens and prefer to wash them all […]ReplyCancel

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  • brisyvonne

    Just loving all the tips and ideas, I don’t have the space to do that in the laundry. I do take more than one washing basket out to the line when I am getting the clothes off. I place each persons clothes in each of the baskets, then it is less sorting. take it to their rooms and then they can put it away.ReplyCancel

    • This is such a great idea Brisyvonne, will take away from the time to sort the clothes, I think your onto a winner there!ReplyCancel

  • […] week in the declutter challenge I did show you how I organise my dirty laundry, but one way that I really keep organised in the laundry is using a schedule.  We are a family of […]ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Daffy

    Great idea. I have always wanted baskets for each different load. I don’t have the space at the moment. Currently for dirty washing, all dry items go in a basket on the dryer, rags in a bucket and all wet items go on the floor by the machine to wash straight away (have young kids so plenty of wet items). I have a hamper in my room for mine and hubby’s items which I empty when I’m fulling the washing machine (daily) and I tell the kids to put their stuff outside the wash house door (working progress). I sort loads into darks, whites, towels, delicates, and rags. Do 2 – 3 loads a dayReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    I love this idea and will be buying either the Howards ELFA system or the Ikea Antonius system. I have noticed both stores sell the unit with either wire basket draws or mesh draws. Which do you think would be easier to use for this purpose? My main concern is the wire basket draws may have sharp bits on them that “hook” onto clothing (especially delicates).ReplyCancel

  • This is such a great idea. You’ve turned a place that many of us avoid into a beautiful and clean area. The storage solution you chose really fits the space and keeps dirty laundry off the floors and out of the way. This solution will definitely save time when it comes to getting laundry done!ReplyCancel

  • […] I organise my dirty laundry, with 3 busy kids I always have full loads each day and wash particular coloured items on certain days (yes I am very organised like that). Instead have been as routine as I am perhaps you could use this system to wash full loads. ie.  When the colour pile is full wash them, don’t wash the whites until the basket it full etc. […]ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Thought I would post an update – I ended up buying the Ikea ALGOT frame and wire baskets for my laundry makeover. http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/S59905727/

    The quality of the ALGOT was much better then the Antonius in my opinion, a much sturdier frame, the top on top of the frame to put my washing basket on and much better quality runners for the wire draws. The size of this unit was comparable to the Howards storage world unit. I have had it now for 2 weeks and LOVE it. It has made my laundry so much more organised and washing is a breeze now as everything is already sorted :)ReplyCancel

  • Thought I would post an update – I ended up buying the Ikea ALGOT frame and wire baskets for my laundry makeover. http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/S59905727/

    The quality of the ALGOT was much better then the Antonius in my opinion, a much sturdier frame, the top on top of the frame to put my washing basket on and much better quality runners for the wire draws. The size of this unit was comparable to the Howards storage world unit. I have had it now for 2 weeks and LOVE it. It has made my laundry so much more organised and washing is a breeze now as everything is already sorted :)ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise Glendon from Click.Love.Grow As mums I know we love to record our little one’s special moments, and sometimes it’s fun to take more of a pro-looking portrait, so we have something that’s extra special to keep or to pop on the wall! Whether you’re using a fancy DSLR or your […]

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  • Sam

    Thanks Louise- that was a great story. I’m currently trying to work out which camera to buy so I can take better shots of the kids, rather than my iPhone- would you have any recommendations (up to $400) Thanks SamReplyCancel

  • Some excellent tips here! One of my aims this year is to improve my photography. My first step in this adventure is to purchase a new camera, once I find that, I can look into a photography course, and an online one, sounds like a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    I want to improve too, I’ve switched from Auto but know I need to learn so much more and this course is fantastic for helping with exactly that. Hope you can find a camera you love soon xReplyCancel

Having a laundry schedule sign helps to create a system so that you can stay in control of your dirty washing. Making sure that uniforms are washed.

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  • Julia K

    I too find it easier to put a load of washing on at night. I prefer to hang it out in the morning though as we sometimes get bats flying over which can leave nasty stains on my lovely clean washing !
    I hang the washing out first thing in the morning and bring it in during the day for folding / ironing before the kids come home from school.
    I loathe having piles of washing lying around (clean or dirty).
    I have two large drawers in my laundry for dirty clothes – top for lights – bottom for darks.ReplyCancel

  • I *need* a schedule of sorts. Because I work full time out of home, I mostly wash on the weekend. When I had a magical cleaning fairy, she would put a load on when she left. This one mid-week load made such a difference to washing on the weekend. But do you think I can get myself organised enough to do it myself? That would be a no! (Also, himself has a really dirty job at the moment, and I wash two days worth of work clothes every second night. Wonders why I don’t just do a family load on the in-between night?)

    I wash sheets every second week and doona covers every fourth week, and right now, I am confused as to who needs what washed! We have one single, one double, one queen and one king and I’m trying to work out a schedule that means everyone gets clean sheets and I don’t have all four beds worth to wash at once.ReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    I try to hang out washing as soon as it finishes to minimise ironing. I am wondering if there are any tricks to getting wrinkles out when I forget and leave it in the machine (apart from ironing!)ReplyCancel

    • Margie

      I’ve heard popping a few ice blocks in with the wrinkled clothes in the dryer and letting it run for about 15 mins helps get rid of the wrinkles. However, yet to try this myself….ReplyCancel

    • Jane

      Hi Kyla,

      My Mum was overseas recently and mentioned that the only washing she did was hand washing in the sink and hanging clothes out on an airer overnight. Because the clothes were much wetter than normal, the wrinkles ‘fell’ out as the item was drying.
      When I don’t get to my clothes straight away, I just re wet the item that would need ironing in cold water, wring out a little of the excess and hang it on the line sopping wet. It may not get all wrinkles out, but I’ve found most come out quite well.ReplyCancel

      • Kyla

        Thanks – I’ll have a go at doing that next time I forget and leave the washing in the machine ????ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Cook

    How do you get away with washing towels only once a week ? My house of 4 means I could be washing towels every day!ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      My husband grew up with the towel schedule of have a shower and throw it in the basket… I was like NO WAY!! You have a shower and you hang it up straight away. We’ve been together for 9 years and married for 6 and at first he didn’t like it but I made him take over washing for a couple of weeks and be soon saw why you hang the towel back up!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My schedule is – washing is on a Monday. It means that all the clothes from Thursday-sunday get washed.
    I strip beds once a fortnight for our bed and my sons every week (he’s 2) as I do his daycare sheets once a week too. I replace all the towels and do a load. I do most clothes on a Monday as I either bring them in same afternoon or bring them in on Tuesday – fold them by Tuesday night to then have all my husbands work clothes ready for ironing lady who I get once a fortnight (I HATE ironing) I do a small load on Thursday and that usually stays in the basket dried till it gets folded with Monday’s stuff the following week! I try to be organised but I do hate folding/putting away and ironing! And that it seems never ending :(ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a fulltime working mum, often random evenings/weekends, I ensure our washing is always at least clean and dry. I keep it to fold as a family to grow independant boys. Towels go on a hook after showering and get washed weekly. I do your trick of washing bedlinen on a day off, sometimes pushing out to fortnightly. I wash most nights when the basket has a full-load, hang up on an airer overnight, or put through the drier on rainy days as space is limited, then place flat in large basket for future folding and to avoid ironing. White is only in our home as a gift by someone who doesn’t have boys or do the washing :)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    I have a 3 sorter laundry basket – whites, darks and colours, which everything except bedding goes into. Once the pile/s reach a certain level I pop it on to wash in the evening and set the timer so it’s finished when I get up in the morning to hang out. Same as you I also wash the bedding (3 singles, 1 king size) separately first thing to get it straight back on the bed (nothing better than slipping into freshly laundered sheets ????ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Wow, everyone else seems to need to do a lot more washing than I do. I’ve got a husband and three kids and I do three loads of washing most Saturday mornings – one for towels, one for light clothes and one for dark clothes and gym gear. The washing machine is full with each load to save water, electricity, time and $$$. Every couple of weeks I do an extra load with the sheets. Everything gets folded and put away after its dry (usually Saturday night or Sunday). The kids have 3 school uniforms each and we can usually get 2 (sometimes 3) days wear out of each set so I don’t need to wash them mid week. Bath towels are used for the whole week and pool towels are hung up to dry and reused during the week too.ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    The laundry is my least scheduled chore, but it works fine. Whenever I remember…every 2-4 days I empty the laundry chute (everyone knows if it’s not in the chute it won’t get touched/assessed/picked up off the floor/washed/hung up EVER). I sort into loads (whites etc) and wash the largest load first. I may keep going until everything is done or just put back (in their sorted piles) into the chute until I feel like doing it again. I do sheets and towels as you do.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    Well, this post inspired me! With three ‘young adult’ boys at home (20,22,24) all playing footy, working as ‘tradies’ and general boys dirty clothes, I was not looking forward to another winter of grimy work clothes, overflowing dirty washing baskets and filthy football socks. So, I brought a large stacking basket set, labelled each with their own basket, and handed over the responsibility of getting their washing done to them. Week 1 – one rescued shirt from the dirty pile that hadn’t been washed, a busy Saturday where everyone wanted to use the machine and most of all, a much less stressed mum and dad about ‘getting the washing done!’ Thanks Kat, inspiring as always :-)ReplyCancel