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Easter gift DIY: cocoa bath salts with milk bath

We are continuing with our reduced-chocolate (not chocolate-free!) Easter preparations. Our family has our own little tradition of giving non-chocolate gifts at Easter for a number of years now, and I'm always interested in new ways to celebrate and give without over indulging in sweets. I found some gorgeous inspiration on Pinterest for bath treats… Continue reading Easter gift DIY: cocoa bath salts with milk bath

easter · life · Uncategorized

Easter Craft round-up!

I've searched the web for Easter activities from some of Australia's best parenting bloggers. Enjoy! Homemade Easter eggs with Coconut Caramel Filling from Little Peeps Eats. Gorgeous bunny bags for gifts, via Mumlyfe. Delicious apple and cinnamon hot cross buns over at Kidgredients. Gorgeous Easter bonnet inspo plus nineteen other activities from around the web… Continue reading Easter Craft round-up!

Craft and Activities · halloween

Baby and Toddler Finger Painting Halloween Craft – set your OCD aside.

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.

Craft and Activities · halloween

Scary Spiders on Sparkly Webs

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

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Frankenstein’s Monster Hand Print Art

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

Craft and Activities · halloween · Life with Four

Spooky Spiderweb Weaving

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

Craft and Activities · life

Our Rainbow Adventure – it all started with an idea.

I have an idea! This is a phrase I hear often from my preschooler. When he has an idea, he loves to tell me and we then go about some simple planning for how we can turn his idea into some fun games. And then we Play! Child-directed learning is all about taking the lead… Continue reading Our Rainbow Adventure – it all started with an idea.

Craft and Activities · life

Patterns Play with Duplo (plus free printable pattern template!)

Master 4 at our place is loving patterns at the moment. Patterns are such a fundamental aspect of early childhood mathematics learning, so I want to harness his interest and combine it with another thing he adores right now - Duplo. I made him up some simple pattern cards using this template. I simply printed… Continue reading Patterns Play with Duplo (plus free printable pattern template!)

Craft and Activities · life

Bringing the outdoors in: creating a beautiful nature table at home

One of the themes which is central to the Reggio Emilia approach (my favourite educational philosophy) is the use of natural materials in children's play. At our place, we love to play outdoors; collecting, exploring, imagining, seeing, hearing, touching. We also have a designated space inside which we call the Nature Table. Our home is… Continue reading Bringing the outdoors in: creating a beautiful nature table at home