Paint Your Own Room with Taubmans

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Taubmans  
After testing the waters with painting our alfresco area earlier this year, we have been considering painting a feature wall in our master bedroom. I’ll be the first to admit we’re afraid of colour! Our entire house is a very basic cream {that took hubby and I ages to choose!} and while it’s beautiful, I do feel like we could be more daring and try a little bit of paint here and there.
 
Taubmans have developed an online Paint Your Own Room tool that makes it super […]

lemonade playdough

 

 
We have been enjoying the spring weather! Though I do wish it would make up it’s mind! We have had a hot 36 degree day, followed by a cooler 26 degree day, followed by a couple of days of rain. Never the less, Spring is the perfect time to let nature inspire our playtime and we really enjoyed making our Spring paper plate sun catchers the other day! Continuing on with our little spring time theme, we made this lemon scented playdough which was a real treat for the senses!
I used my favourite cooked playdough […]

October 22nd, 2014|crafts|2 Comments

spring time paper plate sun catchers

These are gorgeous and super easy, and fun to make, too!
The kids and I went out to collect some pretty spring time flowers and leaves to make some paper plate sun catchers to hang from the window. 

We found a beautiful range of colours and textures and sizes on our little flower and leaf hunt! Just perfect for creating a colourful masterpiece.
 
What you need:
Paper plates
Clear contact paper
Flowers and leaves
Scissors
Ribbon
Hole punch
Cut the middle out of your paper plates. I found the easiest way to do this is to poke a hole and then pop the scissors […]

October 13th, 2014|crafts|0 Comments

playdough and chickpea pies

We had some fun last week making playdough pies! The kids LOVE when I make pie and we have some left over pastry. They roll it out and play play play so I thought I would make some playdough pastry for them to play with and make their own little mini pies with some of our rainbow chickpeas!

I pulled out some mini pie dishes for them and grabbed my pastry cutter and a fresh batch of pastry coloured playdough and let them enjoy some chickpea pie making.
It was fun to roll out the pastry and […]

{printable} LEGO mini fig

Do you have a lego lover in your life?? 
My kids LOVE the lego movie big time, and so I just knew they’d love this activity! 
I found this awesome outline of a mini fig from here and popped two of them onto an A4 sheet for printing {I like this size as it’s a little more manageable and not so large for colouring etc}
I let the kids have a couple that they could draw on with crayons and pencils. I LOVE how Noah did these three!
 
I also laminated a couple for re-usable play. We use […]

October 7th, 2014|printables|2 Comments

colour me happy :: how to dye chickpeas

Recently I dyed some chick peas for the kids for a little bit of fun imaginative and sensory play.
They’re such a great size and very different to the texture of our rainbow rice! 
It’s easier than you may think to dye pasta and rice, and the result is fun and vibrant and irresistible! 

You will need:
Dried chickpeas {you can get these from the supermarket or a bulk foods grocer will have them cheaper – if you are in Perth Kakulas in Northbridge is a great spot for things like this!}
Food dye {I use a gel paste […]

Step into Spring with Super A-Mart

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{giveaway} Nova Harley Baby Bag from Down That Little Lane

In the last few years baby bags have really come a very long way!! I remember my nappy bag with Noah who is now 7.5 was pretty much just a big plain black bag made of an almost plasticy material that wasn’t well thought out or nice to look at, but these days they are gorgeous and very well designed to cater for our busy on the go lifestyles. Pretty and practical – you can’t beat that and you’ll probably still be using them well past the baby stage! I know I will be!!
The Nova […]

non toxic edible sensory slime

This slime is super fun and VERY easy to make, and only needs 2 ingredients {or 3, if you colour it with food colouring like we did!} It’s borax free and completely non toxic so you don’t have to worry about kids consuming glue or borax like many other slimes contain! It’s also perfect for small babies and toddlers to play with.
It is completely edible since it is made with pysillium husk {available from most supermarkets and health food stores}. 
I bought our packet of psyllium for about $5. If you can find a really fine […]

September 15th, 2014|activities|0 Comments

organised lego storage

I get a few messages about our organised lego storage most weeks, so I thought I’d do up a post to share with you all about it!
Noah (7 years old) had been asking and asking if we could separate his lego by colour and I honestly was apprehensive – it looks great and super organised when separated but I didn’t think he would keep up with it in terms of cleaning and packing up after a busy lego building session! And since he is responsible for cleaning up his own lego mess I really thought the […]