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Bridges and Bears at the State Library of Queensland. 

This Saturday, come to The Corner at The State Library for Bridges and Bears.    The program is a collaborative effort sponsored by Australian Engineering Week (Engineers Australia),  Women in Engineering and Save our Sanity. You can read more about these organisations by clicking through their links.     On Saturday, author Andrew King will be… Continue reading Bridges and Bears at the State Library of Queensland. 

Activities · Craft

Scary Spiders on Sparkly Webs – work together activity for children and parents.

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 – work together activity for children and parents.

life · Travel and Outing Reviews

Outing Review: Out of the Box

Day two of the 2014 Out of the Box Festival was some kind of glorious. Brisbane's renowned for its mild winters, and today's clear blue sky and warm wintry sun were the perfect setting for Out of the Box's outdoor activities. I almost had to drag my little boys off of that sunshine-drenched, white-tent village… Continue reading Outing Review: Out of the Box

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Outing Preview: Out of the Box Festival, QPAC

"Out of the Box is a wonderful way for parents to encourage children to love the arts and to grow up to be creative leaders and future problem solvers." - Chief Executive, QPAC, John Kotzas The first time I visited The Out of the Box Festival was back in 2008, with my class of enthusiastic and… Continue reading Outing Preview: Out of the Box Festival, QPAC

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Process vs Product – why their work should be theirs.

From time to time you may see a craft post on my blog and wonder "Why is that there? That doesn't look finished/perfect/blog-worthy." Let me tell you something (that you already know). Children's work isn't always finished. It's not "perfect"(what a dangerous word!) , and it's absolutely never intended by them for my blog! Learning in the early years is… Continue reading Process vs Product – why their work should be theirs.

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“Muuu-uum! What can we dooo-ooo?”

Argh! That familiar yet panic-inducing feeling has struck. Maybe the weather's bad. Possibly your partner's taken the car to work. It could be that you're still wearing your pajamas, yesterday's makeup and have Vegemite stains on your singlet, rendering a visit to the park/shopping centre/library quite impossible. If you're stuck for something to do, take a quick glance around your home, because… Continue reading “Muuu-uum! What can we dooo-ooo?”