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27 05, 2012

{Space Theme} : intro + books

May 27th, 2012|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , |8 Comments

We like to do things by themes here. Just like at school. I find it flows better and the kiddos get really into it. It gives them time to focus on the theme and soak it all in, and we can tie a range of things together. We have done a few already this year, we spent quite a while doing our Ocean theme, which we tied in with Australia Day and learning about our lucky country. We have also done Valentine’s and Easter themes as well as a little bit of Autumn, Lorax […]

30 04, 2012

{sensory tub} :: autumn fun

April 30th, 2012|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Well, apparently it’s autumn. But it certainly doesn’t feel like it now that we’re back in Perth. We have had a few days of 30 degree weather still though the last few days have been drizzly and a little cooler.It did feel like autumn in Sydney though! We had the best time on our little holiday and soaked up a lot of family {although it never feels like enough}. Here are some nice autumny photos in case you’re missing out on the autumn-ness too.{playing in the leaves at his great grandparents house}{beautiful tree lined driveway}{outside […]

3 04, 2012

{craft} secret message eggs

April 3rd, 2012|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , |5 Comments

I made some secret message eggs for Noah over the weekend and they were a huge hit. He loved the little surprise and it was especially cool seeing his name sneak up through the water colours.I just used the printable egg outlines I shared here last year {download them here if you like}And used a white crayon to write little messages in the eggs. I also did a few with just some spots and hearts etc.Then Noah sat down to paint them.And slowly found the secret messages that were waiting for him.Then he asked to […]

20 03, 2012

Easter tub of fun

March 20th, 2012|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An easy peasy Easter-y thing to make for your toddler :o}I made up this Easter tub for Chloe to enjoy.I took a small off cut of astro turf.And rounded up a bunch of unused Easter stuff from our Easter box to put in it. The kids have been loving these themed tubs lately and they’re really easy to put together using things we already have around the house.Her favourite part is opening up the eggs and the carrot and placing the little chicks inside and trying to close them up. Great fine motor skill […]

13 03, 2012

fun with $2.95 Ikea cutlery stand

March 13th, 2012|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , |6 Comments

Hmm, not the most creative of blog post titles but it is what it is. Fun with $2.95 Ikea cutlery stand.{image}I bought two of these for Noah’s space party table. I justified buying them as they were not expensive and I knew we could use them afterwards (for cutlery, haha!) But, we have been using them for a lot of fun instead of storing our cooking utensils in them! This idea was inspired by Pinterest where I’ve seen a photo of kids using a strainer and pipe cleaners for some great fine motor skill fun. This works […]

2 03, 2012

last of the ocean theme

March 2nd, 2012|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , |5 Comments

I know it has taken forever to finish this theme up. We have been having a lot of fun with it and there is a lot to do. But we’ve also had to break it up a lot and put it aside for a week here and there for Australia Day, Back To School, Valentine’s day and of course Noah’s birthday too.We did a few other ocean themed activities and crafts and I thought I’d just stick them all here to share with you.–We drew some cute ocean creatures onto paper and then laminated […]

25 01, 2012

aussie bush ocean creatures

January 25th, 2012|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

After making our aussie bush garland we also made some ocean creatures – which is why we started collecting the gumnuts, jacaranda pods and leaves in the first place. On one of our walks we noticed that the jacaranda pods looked like stingrays. We then decided to hunt for more things that could resemble an ocean creature {since that is our theme at the moment} and worked out that leaves could look like eels or sea snakes and gumnuts could look like jellyfish or octopus. We just glued googly eyes onto the jacaranda pods and the […]

22 01, 2012

ocean sensory tubs

January 22nd, 2012|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

We have been having so much fun with our ocean theme lately, and there is really a lot to do that revolves around this theme. We have also been tying some of our activities or crafts with our Australia Day fun, learning about ocean life, our beaches and of course enjoying that it is Summer here. So many of our crafts and activities, while still fun and engaging for Chloe, are more geared towards Noah’s age {4/5 years old} than hers {not yet 2}. So one of the activities I wanted to make sure we did […]

1 11, 2011

rainbow rice

November 1st, 2011|Categories: crafts|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

A little while ago I made the kids some rainbow rice.
 
I used the same method I used when dying pasta.
 
You will need:
Uncooked rice
Vinegar 
Food dye
zip lock bags
a tray
paper or baking paper
 
I separated a 2kg bag of uncooked rice into smaller ziplock bags, added a few drops of vinegar and a few drops of colour to each. Closed them up and gently massaged the colour around to disperse evenly. It’s best to do one colour at a time – so the stuff doesn’t dry out while it waits for you to mix it through. 
 
After a little while left to […]

6 10, 2011

grass seed egg plantings

October 6th, 2011|Categories: A Little Delightful|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments

One of our Spring activities recently has been these ever so cute egg plantings. These would also be fantastic as an Easter activity!I saw this idea here where they used egg cartons filled with soil to grow grass seeds. As I wanted this to be an indoor thing I really didn’t want to use any dirt so used cotton balls instead. We had been collecting egg shells which thankfully doesn’t take too long around here when you bake a lot and your husband likes poached eggs for breakfast. We just carefully broke the shells at the […]