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The woven art of friendship

The Art of Friendship-12

On Saturday, my friend Louise brought us together for a day of making. Lou, Jo, myself and our girls spent the afternoon creating Christmas wreaths from natural materials like leaves, native flowers, rattan, ivy trails and wisteria tendrils we cut straight from the vine. Natural art forms woven tight with the sacred art of friendship. Lou ...

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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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Indoor teddy bear’s birthday picnic

Indoor Teddy Bear's Picnic

My girls still love playing with their teddy bears. It warms the cockles, I tells ya. When I was a kid I had a teddy bear called Bill that I just adored. When I was about 10 I felt like I was too old to play with babyish teddy bears and I gave Bill to Vinnies. I have missed him ever since. There are two things to note about this memory. First of ...

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Minute to Win It party games are the BEST

Minute to win it - How to Play Cookie Face

I've been wanting to write about the awesomeness that is Minute To Win It party games since Badoo had her party in June. Life, huh? We actually replicated the exact Minute To Win It party games we had at Max's party back in May (again, blog silence - it's been a hellava quick year), so I can attest that these games are loved by both boys and girls ...

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Nature mandalas and art for kids

Nature mandalas and art for kids - #screenfreedom

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are at the park or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. This is an activity that is good for the youngest to oldest of kids (I love making nature mandalas myself). You could call it ...

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The unbelievably simple secret to sibling harmony

The school holiday miracle

After taking so much time off over summer to go to Europe, I've no holidays left in the kitty at work. So I'm working through these hols. Bart is taking a couple of days each week to keep the kids occupied, and they have been to friends' places and activity camps and the like. They are basically having a dream holiday. Then it came to today. ...

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20 really good book series to tempt reluctant readers

Best books for reluctant readers

I've been a reader from the moment I learned my ABCs, but some kids take quite a bit longer than that to catch on. Reading doesn't seem to be for everyone. For instance, Cappers is a smart kid who reads well, but she very rarely picks up a book unless prompted. She'd rather spend her time doing something else. I don't get that at all. Hence my ...

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Make a dream catcher with the kids

Make a dream catcher for kids

Instead of screens today, why not make a dream catcher... We were recently at a country market and the Badoo's eye was caught by a stall selling beautiful dream catchers. "What are those?" she said, all eyes and awe. "They're dream catchers," I explained. "The Native American Ojibwa nation made them to protect their kids from bad dreams. ...

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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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10 achievable ways to limit screen time

10 ways to limit screen time

I've been banging on about limiting screen time for a while now, but I'm aware that it's a lot easier said than done. I think the awareness of how bad overuse of screens can be for kids is growing and growing, but so is the sense of overwhelm. Technology is such a modern paradox. On the one hand it opens up an amazing world of inspiration, ...

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