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Thursday, November 25, 2021

63 Adorable Names For Your Elf

So you've decided to do Elf on the shelf this year and introduce a special elf friend to your family, but how does the elf get it's name? Well there's two main options really, either the elf arrives with a name Santa has already picked out for them, or you let the children decide on a name once the elf has arrived for the first time. 

Depending on your children's age this may result in some pretty.... interesting name choices, so if you want some ideas, here's 63 elf names for you to choose from, including names for boy and girl elves and some unisex elf names too.

elf name ideas
Thursday, November 11, 2021

19 Fun Ways to Use a Wobbel Board

You may be wondering how a curved piece of wood you rock back and forth on can actually be a really useful open ended resource? It's ok you're not alone, lots of people don't understand why the Wobbel board is so great, but don't worry, I'm going to show you exactly why they're awesome, including all the fun and creative ways to use the Wobbel board for exercise and play.

child playing on wobbel board

Monday, October 25, 2021

10 Ways to Overcome Learning Difficulties

Learning can be difficult when you’re a kid. If you have learning difficulties, it can feel impossible, even anxiety-inducing. As a parent, you can feel powerless while watching your child struggle in school, wondering if you can do anything to help.

But there are ways you can help your child with their learning difficulties. It’s essential that you understand the type of difficulties that they can have since knowing what disability they have is half the battle.

What are common learning difficulties affecting children?

Children may have difficulty learning due to various factors, including language, attention, coordination, memory, and motor skills. These are just some of the learning difficulties that may affect your child. However, there are more common ones that can affect their everyday learning, such as:

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

49 Easy Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids

If you're looking for some fun and creative kids crafts for Halloween you've come to the right place. I've put together the ultimate list of 49 easy Halloween crafts for kids of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers. There's crafts using different mediums including paint, paper, clay, felt, beads and more. There's also lots of different process art techniques such as spin art, marble painting, food stamping and many others.

easy halloween kids crafts

If you're like us, any holiday is a great excuse for crafting and Halloween is no exception! In fact it's probably my kids most favourite time to get crafty because they can decorate the house with everything spooky. In this post you'll find our favourite pumpkin, ghost, mummy, black cat, bat, spider and monster crafts that are all great for kids and can be done either in the classroom or at home. What will you make first?
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Free Printable Halloween Word Search

If your kids love Halloween and word searches then they'll love this free 12 word Halloween word search. It's a great way to introduce some early literacy work with a fun theme. Perfect to use at home for fun, as part of a homeschooling unit or in class as a group rotation activity, English activity or during free time. The free download includes the word search + the answer key and you can print off as many copies as you need for your children or students.

free printable halloween word search

Saturday, October 2, 2021

18 Fun Elf On The Shelf Arrival Ideas

The most exciting time of the year for kids is December and the most exciting morning for any Elf family {other than Christmas Day} is December 1st because the kids know their special Elf friend will be coming back to visit. But how will they make their appearance? Will they bust in with a grand entrance, be sneaky and hide, or arrive with some Christmas goodies? 

Whether you have an Elf on the Shelf, or any other type of Elf, there's so many fun ways to make the Elf's {or Elves} arrival extra special. Here's 18 different ways for the Elf to arrive {some of them can even be combined for an extra spectacular arrival}. It doesn't matter if your Elf is arriving for the very first time, or returning for another year of fun.

elf on the shelf arrival December 1st

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Horrible Harriet and the Terrible Tantrum Book Review

What's green, has three eyes and lives in a cage by Horrible Harriet's bed? And what happens when it goes missing?

No stranger to terrible tantrums herself, my daughter was keen to find out more about Horrible Harriet, who she is and why she has a terrible tantrum locked in a cage. So she delved straight into Horrible Harriet and the Terrible Tantrum as soon as it arrived on our doorstep.

Horrible Harriet and the Terrible Tantrum
Leigh Hobbs

horrible harriet and the terrible tantrum book cover
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Whatsie Play Couch Review: The Ultimate Guide to Australia's first Play Sofa

Have you been looking for a versatile gross motor play resource - one that's incredibly open ended and grows with your child? Maybe you've already heard of play couches, or just want to know more about the Whatsie and what it can be... If so you've come to the right place because I've put together the most comprehensive review of the Whatsie play couch to show you why it's a great addition to any playroom no matter what age your kids are. It's even fun for adults too! 

kids playing with the whatsie couch
Thursday, September 16, 2021

16 Pumpkin Science Experiments & STEM Activities for Kids

Take advantage of all the pumpkins at fall time with these pumpkin science experiments and stem activities. Pumpkins aren't just for carving into the jack-o-lanterns, they're also really fun to decorate, explode, dissolve and disembowel. These experiments will explore chemical reactions, density and elasticity while delighting the senses.

pumpkin science reaction

If your kids love pumpkins and science experiments, they'll have heaps of fun exploring pumpkin guts, exploding and oozing substances out of pumpkins and creating pumpkins out of different materials. These experiments and activities are all great to do at home with preschoolers and school kids, or as a display at a science fair.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

12 Reusable Wooden Toy Advent Calendars & Nativity Sets (2021)

If you want to bring the magic of advent alive, but don't want to create a DIY advent calendar or buy a gimmicky chocolate filled one, then these reusable wooden advent calendar toys and nativity sets are a great way to build the excitement for Christmas and create a magical family tradition that can be repeated each year. The kids will love unwrapping a new piece each day in the countdown to Christmas day, and by December 25th they'll have a beautiful complete wooden toy set.

wooden train advent calendar

There's nothing more exciting than waking up each morning in December to reveal a surprise from the advent calendar. Make your coveted Christmas memories even more precious with a gorgeous wooden advent calendar, toy set or nativity set that can be reused each year as your children grow.