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2D Lego Mosaics: 3 Printable Circus Designs

Circus Themed Lego Mosaic Printables by Childhood 101

Following the popularity of our printable animal themed Lego mosaics, I started working on a second set - this time CIRCUS themed! These mosaics are fun for primary/elementary school aged children, as they really are more challenging then you might think. There is lot's of sorting, matching, … [Read more...]

12 Chapter Book Series for Young Readers

12 Great Chapter Book Series for Young Readers

In today's post Ali of At Home with Ali is sharing a fabulous collection of chapter book series for kids making the move into chapter books. Chapter book series turned reading from a chore to a pleasure for my eldest daughter. I brought home a Billie B Brown book one day and my daughter … [Read more...]

7 Fun Geography Resources for Teaching Children About the World

7 Fun Resources for Teaching Children About the World

Immy has been learning about the seven continents of the world at school recently and as a topic it has really captured her imagination. And even very young children will often show interest in looking at maps and learning about the world - in fact, my just-turned-three year old loves our children's … [Read more...]

How to Make a Shoelace Ladder Bracelet

Fun Ladder Bracelets from Shoelaces to make with tweens and teens

When I saw some bright fluoro shoelaces at the shopping centre recently I grabbed a packet knowing that we could make something fabulous with them. These shoelace ladder bracelets were the result - made with just 3 common crafty household items they are fun to make with school aged kids, and they … [Read more...]

Gardening with Kids: DIY Seed Tape

Gardening with kids: Make Seed Tape. A great gift or party favour idea.

Children love being involved in growing things – my girls love planting colourful flowers and vegetables and herbs. For kids, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of seeing a tiny seedling poke through the soil or the excitement of waiting for the first strawberry or tomato of the season to … [Read more...]

Family Game Night: Jenga with a Twist!

Family Game Night Ideas: Transform your Jenga game with a fun active twist

At seven years of age Immy is all of a sudden all about board games and card games and family game time! So we recently introduced her to the game Jenga but not before I hacked it for a bit of extra family fun and a whole lot of laughs! So how did I hack our tumbling tower? I painted the side … [Read more...]

Our Art Room Rules Printable Poster

Art Room Rules Printable Poster

We've always had some really simple rules surrounding art making in our home art space and my girls have been pretty good with respecting where and how they are allowed to use art materials. That's not to say we haven't had drawing on the walls - they both gave that one a go! - or secret glitter … [Read more...]

How to Fold Origami Fish

How to Fold an Origami Fish

I think origami is an awesome craft activity for school aged children - encouraging them to follow directions carefully in order to achieve the required outcome.  Immy (at 7 1/2 years of age) had so much fun folding these origami fish that we ended up making a whole school! By the time I had … [Read more...]