When a new baby comes into the home it can be a trying time for everyone – including siblings. Sometimes any uncertainty or uneasiness on the sibling’s part can be lessened by making it something fun to look forward to. A lot of parents buy presents for new baby and siblings, which I love the idea of, especially if the sibling is able to give the gift to new baby or vice versa. Another really nice touch that the sibling can be proud of and look forward to showing new baby is by making some personalised paintings that can be hung in the nursery. Continue reading »
Tagged: art and crafts
Combining craft with making lasting, visual memories is a fantastic way to bond together with your children.¬† If you’ve never tried scrapbooking before, it doesn’t have to be overly complicated or involve a lot of specific tools (though of course those things are out there for those who really get into scrapbooking as a hobby).¬† If you’ve got some time why not document a day or two of these school holidays as scrapbook pages?¬† Pick a day they want to remember for a great place to start.
School holidays require a little bit of extra effort on part of the parents of school aged children, but generally all extra activities are off for the school holidays – including regularly-scheduled activities you might take your toddler along to.¬† It can be especially hard to be cooped up indoors with a toddler who has seemingly boundless energy, so today I’ve focussed on some activities to keep toddlers occupied when you need to spend a bit more time at home than usual.
Many of you will recall seeing the video a while ago of an¬†incredibly¬†elaborate marble run that rolled all over the creator’s lounge (sadly, I couldn’t find it to remind you…) and some of you might have whiled away your childhood making marble runs. While you can now buy kits of plastic bits to make marble runs at home, there’s no real need to buy anything special. Continue reading »
Welcome to the school holidays! Whether you dread the thought of filling those long school-less days or you love the chance to hang with your crew, we’ve got some great holiday ideas for you. Each day, we’ll have a new post with some ideas about how to fill the day. We’d also love to hear what you are up to with your kids these holidays so feel free to add your own ideas! Continue reading »
I saw this on a craft blog and LOVED it so I had to share it!¬† This would be great for in mum’s handbag, in the car or for the kids to draw in. You could write any important school dates or notes in it or even glue in school notices so they are all together and won’t get lost. It is very easy to make and looks stunning.
As Christmas comes closer, I’ve been thinking about things that I can do with my children to celebrate the Christmas season.¬†Here are three easy ideas that you can involve the whole family in!¬† Continue reading »
We love getting creative in our family and I believe it is extremely important for children to be able to use their minds and imagination to explore different ideas. With Christmas coming up, I decided to inter-loop being creative and Christmas gift making together to make affordable yet fun Christmas ideas that would be perfect for grandparents, family friends, teachers etc.
This idea is very easy, cheap and messy! Continue reading »
How well do you know stories of your ancestors?
I go back five generations in this land, on each side of my family, but what came before that is pretty hazy for us. I know that one of my sets of great-great-grandparents farmed what is now the suburb of Northland in Wellington. I know that one ancestor who emigrated from England was a French polisher, according to census data. Continue reading »