Yeah, yeah, I know – it’s actually spring where I live. But with an abundance of fluoro orange and black plastic Halloween decorations threatening to overwhelm my decor (Who am I kidding? My home looks like the inside of Toys r Us after the Boxing Day sales), ahem, I thought it would be pleasant to incorporate… Continue reading Decorative Halloween Garland
Hi and welcome to day three of Creepy Craft week! Today's craft activity is suitable for babies and children right up to school age (and beyond!), and it's really, really messy! Grab those baby wipes or face washers. Tape out some newspaper and get out the paint! This activity is a wonderful, engaging sensory experience… Continue reading Baby and Toddler Finger Painting Halloween Craft – set your OCD aside.
Materials: Paper plates (small size) Chenille sticks (pipe cleaners if you're old-school) Webs (bought from Riot but available at craft shops) Large pom pom and small pom pom per spider Googly eyes Craft glue Cotton tips Stapler Activity: 1. Adult cuts the inside circle out of the paper plate. discard outer circle. 2. Child spreads… Continue reading Scary Spiders on Sparkly Webs
The humble cupcake has become my go-to snack to take along to parties. As a parent of a child with Coeliac disease, I am extra cautious about his exposure to gluten. While Coeliac isn't technically an allergy, he has a reaction to certain allergens, which is what I look for on food packaging and ingredient… Continue reading My go-to allergy-friendly snack (hint: it’s cupcakes)
It's a great time of the year to be a kid in our household. We're right in the thick of Birthday Season (when our four children all celebrate their birthdays within a two-month period), and right smack-bang in the middle of that, it's Halloween. So when I say great, I mean expensive and busy. But… Continue reading Halloween-themed activities for young kids.
Your kids will love getting their hands dirty and producing a cool little monster print, which may be used as a card, framed as a hanging picture, or displayed on a window. Materials: Green paint Black marker Medium-size googly eyes Craft glue Paper plate Glue brush or cotton tip White card Lead pencil Bucket of… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Monster Hand Print Art
Today I'm kicking off the week of Halloween-themed craft with this easy and enjoyable activity for kids. Please follow along each day this week for more crafts. This activity uses fine motor skills and mathematical understandings. You can talk to your child about the way in which they use their fingers and hands to carefully… Continue reading Spooky Spiderweb Weaving
Oktoberfest Brisbane: Australia’s largest German festival celebrates 10 years in 2017! MORE THAN 43,000 culture-seeking enthusiasts don their Dirndl and Lederhosen and head to the Brisbane Showgrounds each year as the Oktoberfest Brisbane celebration ignites the city with a rich Bavarian flavour. This year Oktoberfest Brisbane will be held on Oktober 6 - 8… Continue reading WIN Tickets to Oktoberfest Brisbane!
Sometimes I fantasise about having a career change. Sure, I love teaching and mothering, but occasionally I dream of becoming....... an Uber driver.Why on EARTH?!?!Well, I've been reading a lot about side-hustles lately. I feel my current skill set is perfectly aligned with the job. After all, I practically drive an underage Uber now, only I… Continue reading Quit your day job: become an Uber driver.
Eighteen months ago we welcomed a precious, tiny, new family member into our lives. We bought a dog. Now, this probably could seem like a crazy thing for a young family with three kids and two working parents to do. And I'll be the first to admit I had pangs of apprehension even as I… Continue reading How adopting a puppy changed how I see my kids.