Definitely play with your food

Play food make believe

My kids have always loved playing pretend with food. It gives my inner Type-A Bronny heart palpitations (wasted food! all that mess!), but I can't deny that food play is good solid fun. Plus, it gets me off the hook for having them help me prepare the real food --. I can only cook with kids so often before I want to put myself in the ...

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6 recycled craft ideas for kids

Cool things to make with recyclables

Instead of screens today, why not dig into the recycling box? Our recycling boxes get raided on almost a daily basis. Before we ever get to put our cardboard boxes, empty containers or tin cans out for the truck, they have probably had at least three incarnations as recycled craft. The girls gather their supplies and create all kinds of weird ...

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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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Dirt fun in the backyard

Making things from dirt

Instead of screens today, why not play in the dirt outside? My girls are a dynamic creative duo and the other day they spent a goodly amount of time under the house scraping out some 'clay'. I didn't even know there was clay under the house, but it turns out there was a very clingy kind of mud that could be clay. The girls molded the clay ...

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6 really creative play dough ideas

6 really creative things to do with play dough

Play dough is awesome, right? My kids are 7, 9 and 11 and all three still enjoy making things out of play dough. I mean, I'm 27 and even I enjoy making things out of play dough. (I'm not really 27). Click here for a silky smooth chocolate play dough recipe (perfect for making cupcakes like those above). Don't skimp on the salt because aside from ...

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Make some yummy chocolate play dough

Chocolate play dough recipe

Instead of screens today, why not make some chocolate play dough? Did somebody say chocolate? Well, it's sort of chocolate but not quite. I mean, you can't eat it, but you can smell it and the kids can play with it. That's almost the same thing, right? It's like getting your chocolate fix without the calories or the guilt. Mind you, if you want ...

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DIY doctor play kit {with printables}

DIY doctors kit for play time fun

Instead of screens today, why not play doctors? Children are often fascinated by what we grown ups get up to and role-playing ‘careers’ is high on many kids’ lists of fun things to do. Last time we played at being detectives, and being a doctor is just as much fun. You can enhance your children’s enjoyment of their game with this easy to put ...

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Marshmallow tower construction fun

Marshmallow construction

Instead of screens today, why not make a marshmallow tower construction? The only thing we like better than toasting marshmallows on the fire is building with them. Matter of fact, we build with them and then we deconstruct the constructions and we toast the marshmallows anyway. Not especially hygienic (I mean, just look at the state of the ...

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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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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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