Myer Giftorium and Christmas Windows – OPEN NOW!

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Fancy a jar of personalised Nutella? This past Tuesday, the boys and I headed to Brisbane to attend the opening of the Myer Giftorium, with thanks to Kids Business. I LOVE Myer at the best of times, but when it is Christmas, there is no other store I’d rather visit. It’s the Christmas windows. It’s the Christmas displays. It’s the jig in…

Cats Musical Australian Tour 2015

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CATS Musical Australian Tour Brought to you by Nuffnang, CATS the Musical and Parenting Fun Everyday.   I LOVE musicals – a treat of flair, exuberance and colour. Watching a performance is one of my favourite things to do in life.  So it was a privilege to be in the audience with my mum, an avid musical theatre lover who…

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

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waldorf verses for morning tea

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

How to Finger Knit: a how-to tutorial

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How to Finger Knit   Fingerknitting is king of crafts! For years, I have watched little children transform into master creators just through the learning of this simple skill. It just has so many uses. Why not ask a child for some ideas? An instruction verse for finger knitting. One way to teach finger knitting is to use a small action story…

Something NEW happening here!

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Want to know a little secret?   This blog is about to undergo a bit of a revamp. Super excited! I’m going to meld my crafty fun work with my ‘family day care’ work so it’s all in ONE PLACE! It will mean I have more time to post here more regularly, and share more fun activities for you, and…

Ipads in Early Childhood Education. Incorporating the use of ipads in the early years classroom?

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    Ipads in early childhood education?  YES or NO?   A while back, I read that three kindergartens in Queensland are taking part in this new study to examine the ‘educational benefits’ of ipad use, particularly concerning the development of literacy and numeracy in preschool children.  I nearly choked on my cup of tea! ipads in early childhood education….

How to make carob balls with a twist -Carob Tahini Rice Puff balls

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How to make Carob Balls Back in 2009, when I first began writing this little ol’ blog, this was the very first recipe I posted. It’s the perfect children’s cooking experience for educators leading up to Christmas as they can be frozen in batches of 9 in individual zip lock bags. (So, each child makes ten of these balls –…

Find the Perfect Gift for Dad with this handy infographic!

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Find the Perfect Gift for Dad This post is in collaboration with Pitchi   Father’s Day is this week. Oh my. These special days just creep up on me so quickly and every year, I’m stumped as to what to buy my Dad or Chris (dad of my boys.) They simply don’t NEED anything and while both men are happy…

Six Fun Things to Do with Rainbow Silks

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Ideas on how to use a Rainbow Dip-dyed cloth    Avril (below) was a presenter for a rainbow dip dyeing workshop. Look at the lovely rainbow silk cloths she dyed with her group. Later in the week, we had a group discussion to share some ideas on how we could use these cloths with children in imaginative play.     One…

20 Eco Friendly Party Bag Ideas that won’t break the bank!

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20 Eco friendly party bag ideas that won’t break the bank!   One of my favourite things about being a mum is organising my children’s birthday parties.  I may be a sucker for punishment but there is wonderful creative opportunity and a chance to ‘fire up my creative spark’ for children and families who really do appreciate our efforts.  My…

Outdoor Playground Ideas: gardening, wildlife, sandpit, and water activities

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And a few more outdoor playground ideas… Again, with big big thanks to Fiona Jarvis, of Playgroup ACT, for her inspiration and ideas.     Gardening- *provide tools such as shovels, rakes, watering cans and hand diggers. You can buy these pretty cheaply from most large hardware shops (for $5- $10 a piece) and they make GREAT Christmas presents!  Stuck…

Spot the Wall Repaired with LEGO!

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20. Wall Repaired with LEGO!   I was walking in my little town of Brunswick Heads the other day and I spotted this. A tiny bit of repair work on the corner of a brick wall… with a difference. If there is something that makes my heart sing, it is an unexpected find like this. A drop of creative action….