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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

15 Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

When the kids want to do craft at the drop of a hat and I need a simple and quick solution, I grab some empty toilet paper rolls from our stash. They're free, readily available {without leaving the house} and there's so many different crafts you can make with them. Literally hundreds, and for any theme. Today I'm going to show you how to make 15 Halloween kids crafts using toilet paper rolls {or cardboard tubes if you don't want to use toilet paper rolls}.

halloween craft ideas made from toilet paper rolls

These Halloween toilet paper roll crafts are all really simple and can easily be done by preschoolers or school children as a classroom art project. Make these cute ghosts, monsters, black cats, bats and even a haunted house. Use them to decorate the classroom for Halloween or take them home to use in Halloween small world play.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Perfect Teacher Gift: 7 picture books to say thank you to your teacher

In our house we love books and have been reading them to the girls since they were born. I'm a little scared to count how many we actually have in the house, but I'm sure each and every one has been a valuable addition to our home. We have a tradition of picking books for fathers day and mothers day and we use books to celebrate special holidays like Christmas and Easter. We also love to use books for bookish play activities. It should come as no surprise then that we also love to give books as gifts for special occasions and I can't think of a more perfect teacher gift idea than a special book. I've never met a teacher who doesn't love books.

Throughout the early years of schooling {prep, foundation, kindy, preschool etc} teachers impart a huge amount of knowledge, empowering our children with fundamental skills they'll take right through their schooling years and beyond, so it seems only fitting to thank them for their time and effort. These are our favourite picture books that are perfect for end of year or teacher appreciation day gifts to say thank you to kindy, primary and elementary school teachers.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Discover the world with the LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe

Learning about geography and other countries and continents can be a hard concept for kids to grasp at first because it's quite abstract. Children can easily look out the window and see the sky, but they can't look out the window and see another country, so how do you make it relevant to them so they can understand? 

One of the easiest ways teachers and parents can do this is with a world map, however a flat map can still be a little too abstract, especially for young kids. A world globe is a much more effective way to help them physically grasp the concept of geography as they can touch and move the globe.
children playing with LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe
Learning geography gives children both an understanding of the physical aspects of the Earth such as mountains, rivers and the atmosphere, as well as knowledge about land masses and their boundaries {i.e. countries and continents}. It allows children to understand how the physical aspects of the world around them all work together and helps with understanding other curriculum areas such as history, languages and cultures and how humans interact with the world around them. A simple and effective way to teach all of these aspects at the same time is with the LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Haunted House Halloween Invitation to Play

Do the kids want to visit a haunted house this Halloween? If they're still a little too young, or it just isn't your thing, you can always set up this haunted house invitation to play instead. In this post I'll show you how to set up a fun, interactive haunted house small world for the kids that's slightly spooky, but not too scary...

Halloween haunted play house

My girls love small world play so it made sense to create a haunted house small world and our magic wood treehouse was the perfect neutral backdrop to dress up as a haunted house. All I had to do was add some spooky props and flashing lights to create the perfect kid friendly haunted house. You can easily create one too if you have a treehouse or dolls house.
Thursday, October 8, 2020

DIY Halloween Spider Sensory Bottle

We love a good sensory bottle in our house and since we made our last glitter calm down sensory bottle a few months ago, the girls have been asking to make more water sensory bottles. So obviously, Halloween is an awesome excuse to make a new glitter sensory bottle, with a twist. Instead of using just glitter we added some spooky spiders.

spider sensory bottle

This spider sensory bottle is a great Halloween prop and if your kids love creepy crawlies you can leave it out all year round. It's also mess free sensory play and so easy to make, my 7yr old made ours. Follow my step by step instructions to make a spooky sensory bottle of your own.
Sunday, October 4, 2020

13 Easy Ways to Hack the Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen

The Ikea Duktig kitchen is the perfect play kitchen for so many families because of it's compact and minimalist design. It's a great space saving option, especially for families living in apartments and small homes. It's neutral Scandinavian design also makes it the perfect blank canvas for an awesome Ikea hack. You can literally transform it to match any style or decor, so it'll blend into your home or playroom seamlessly. 

The play kitchen was one of the first Ikea items we bought for the kids and it's hands down been our best Ikea purchase ever {and trust me, we've got a lot of Ikea products in our house}. Our kitchen has been going strong for 6 years now and both of our girls still play with it daily. Sometimes it's a kitchen then other times it's a supermarket, bakery or coffee shop... the possibilities are really endless with a little imagination.
ikea ducktig wooden play kitchen

If the plain colours aren't to your taste though, don't worry, I'm going to show you 13 different ways you can transform the Ikea Duktig kitchen into the play kitchen of your, I mean your kids dreams. It doesn't matter if you're going for a retro, modern, farmhouse or vintage vibe, by doing some, or all, of these hacks you can turn the Ikea kitchen into the ultimate play kitchen for your space. You can even transform it into a mini replica of your actual kitchen.