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How to DIY a no-sew LEGO bag

Make a no-sew lego bag

LEGO is one of our favourite screen free activities but, let's face it, while it might be fun to play with, it's a b*tch to pack up. Could there really be a way to make LEGO fun for mum too? This LEGO mat solves two ongoing LEGO issues in one hit: somewhere dedicated to play and a super-quick way to clear it all up again. The drawstring bag ...

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6 fun things to make with felt for kids

6 fun things to make with felt for kids

My big girl is a maker through and through. Ever since she was little she has liked to craft things. Lately she has been sewing with fabric and felt. She made the cute little bears above all on her own, cutting out the felt and sewing on the ears and eyes. She drew the rest of the faces with a Sharpie and proudly brought her sweet brother and ...

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Make some leaf print artworks

Leaf print making for kids

Instead of screens today, why not try leaf printing? After the glow party we had a considerable amount of fluro paint about the place (mostly on the walls, floors and ceilings...). Cappers asked if she could use some for art and craft and I said those immortal words that float from a mother's lips as though from a time and space continuum, "As ...

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6 things for kids to craft with sticks

6 play things for kids to craft from sticks

Instead of screens today, why not... make something out of sticks? The lovely artwork above has pride of place in the window of our living room. Cappers (our resident maker) made it at school a couple of years ago. It was the moment she discovered her love of weaving and she hasn't really stopped since. She often ties a few sticks together and ...

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6 rocking good ways to play with rocks

6 rocking good ways to play with rocks

Instead of screens today, why not... play with rocks. Rocks and sticks. For many kids in the world today, that's all that's in the toy box. I can't quite get my head around it and I know my kids couldn't, but I wish we could. One of my earliest childhood friends had a rock dolly that she used to tuck into bed at night and cuddle during the day. I ...

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Make some cute pot plant friends

How to make DIY pot plant friends

Instead of screens today, why not... make a couple of pot plant friends? We recently spent a goodly amount of time making these gorgeous little pot plant friends to pretty up our front verandah. It's such a simple (and cheap!) thing to make and it's fun to change the faces or designs over time. Words are always easy to add and change - think ...

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How to make and use Story Stones

Ideas for story stones

Instead of screens today, why not... use story stones to tell a tale? We went on a rock hunt and found some smooth pebbles in the creek near our house. On the day we went hunting it was a wet day and the leeches were rampant! Eeek! Once those leeches started attaching, I didn't feel quite so silly for carting our salt mill along with us. Yes, I ...

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6 lovely things for kids to make with clay

Things for kids to make with clay

Instead of screens today, why not... make something with clay? I signed myself and the kids up for a free council-run "clay habitats - making terrestrial shelters" workshop in the holidays. It turned out that they were the only kids at the workshop, but that didn't stop them. We started the morning with a talk about all the wildlife you can find ...

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How to finger knit (with easy-to-follow video)

How to finger knit

Instead of screens today... why not finger knit a teddy bear scarf? Cappers recently taught me how to finger knit. Her friend Stella taught her. I am always grateful to clever little friends who show my kids how to do the things I can't. Cappers is really interested in all things wool - knitting, weaving, crocheting. I better improve my ...

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Make a cute little owl family

Cute little recycled toilet roll owls to make

My girls love these sweet little owls – they love making them and they love adding them to their ‘owl gallery’ collection on the shelf in their bedroom. This is the kind of craft that the girls can happily make together without much input from me (always a bonus) and they love surprising me with their latest creation. No doubt about it, my kids ...

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