90+ Book Week Costume Ideas

August 19, 2016

Books / Craft

Book Week Costume Ideas

Book Week Parade.

Do those three words inspire fear in you?
Or do they have you rubbing your hands gleefully together at the thought of all the hot-glue-gun-action that’s about to take place?

Unfortunately at my school, only the Infants kids get to parade. So during the Book Week Parade, I’ll be valiantly trying to get my class to concentrate whilst the fabulous costumes are paraded in the quadrangle right outside our classroom. (Wish me luck.)
So I’m going to have to live vicariously through all of your dressing-up efforts. (By “your” I totally mean “your kids.”)

Here’s a collection of bookishly delightful costumes ideas for the kids to parade in this Book Week.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Liv from A Crafty Living

August 15, 2016

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day

Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

Liv from A Crafty LIVing is a Nanny and Early Childhood Powerhouse. She shares all kinds of amazing arts, crafts and play-based activities for little ones. I am constantly marveling at the originality and creativity of her ideas. What I love most about Liv is her obvious passion for her job and her young charges. It is an absolute pleasure to introduce Liv…

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A Day in my Life as a Teacher

August 12, 2016

Life

A Day in the Life of a Teacher

When I left high school, I went straight into a Communications degree at university.
I took up a job in Advertising upon graduating.
It then quickly became apparent to me that I did not want to spend my life trying to convince consumers of the benefits of one brand of toilet paper over another. (And why are we using puppies to sell toilet paper?!) Read More

Olympic-Inspired Dress Ups + DIY Backyard Olympics

August 7, 2016

Craft

How to make an Olympic-inspired head dress inspired by the Rio Olympics

Did you catch any of the Rio Opening Ceremony?
Back in our Pre-Kid Days, the hubby and I dreamt of travelling to Brazil for Carnaval.
Then the kids came along, and that dream has been put on hold for a little while.
Seeing the Olympics open amidst all that colour and all that energy made me determined to make sure we do get to the Carnaval City one day.

Until then, these Olympic-inspired head dresses will have to give me my Rio fix.

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Pen Pals for Kids + Books About the World

August 1, 2016

Life

PenPal8 Did you have a pen pal as a kid?
I did (several!) and I loved the process of selecting the perfect stationery, penning my thoughts and sending those letters off to seemingly far-flung places.
Today I’m excited to welcome lovely Katie to the blog!
She’ll be sharing with you ways to set up a letter exchange for your kids. Katie also shares some fabulous books to bring the world into the hands of your littles.

C.S. Lewis once wrote that “the sight of the huge world put mad ideas into me, as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other.”

Shannon and I are excited to share a super fun way to fill your kiddo with those mad ideas about strange and beautiful things, without ever leaving your home.

Today, we are talking about…Pen Pals!

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OH CREATIVE LADY: MEET HANA FROM MOOMOOKACHOO

July 27, 2016

Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day

Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

I first came across Hana from Moomookachoo via the amazing Around the World in 80 Days project that she created and embarked on with her family last year. They virtually visited 40 international destinations over 80 days, providing their blog readers with a free printable recipe and activity to accompany each destination. You need to check it out. I recently received a note from Hana where she described us as “kindred spirits.” I was so incredibly chuffed. To be able to hang out online with Hana is an absolute pleasure. She radiates enthusiasm, joy and gratitude. I kind of want to be a kid in her household! Or just live closer so we can hang out and workshop our shared problem of excessive use of exclamation marks!!

Introducing Hana.

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5 Tips For Painting With Toddlers

July 22, 2016

Craft

AKA HOW TO STOP EVERYTHING TURNING KHAKI GREEN

Tips for painting with a toddler We generally operate off the principle of Process over Product here.
When it comes to painting, it’s all about Little Miss having fun. Let her create and explore as she pleases.
Every once in awhile though, I do like to guide the process to prevent the seemingly inevitable khaki green/ brown puddle.
Let the record show that I am not an Art Expert. These are just some of my tried and true tips for painting with a toddler that I have gleaned from many a paint session.

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