One of Miss K’s fave things to play with is play dough, she likes it so much at the moment that I reckon we have been going through tubs of it on a regular basis!
I was getting a bit tired of spending so much money on the stuff, I kept getting all this cheap and hard play dough that just dried out and could only be used a couple of times before it was ready for the rubbish bin. When I was a kid my mum always made our play dough for my sister and I so I went on a search for the best play dough recipe and I think I found it!
1/2 cup salt
1 cup plain flour
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil
Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized saucepan.
Stir over heat until dough is pliable.
Allow to cool and store in a well sealed plastic bag or container.
This recipe makes a ton of play dough, its soft and if stored properly doesnt dry out at all! Miss K and I made a batch and it has been keeping her busy all week. I will definitely be making our own play dough from now on, I only wish I had done it sooner!
Well there have been some super cute crafts for Valentines Day popping up on Pinterest lately. Some of them are such sweet ideas so this week I thought I would share a few of my favourite pins with you. If you are interested in trying some of the crafts with your kids just click on the links below. Hope you all have a fun week!
Hi guys! Well I just realised we are already a couple of weeks into December and I had completely forgotten about November! Time has been flying and I can’t believe its only a few weeks to go until Christmas, I guess it’s a busy time of year! Anyway here are a few of my Instagram shots from November. If you are on Instagram you can find me at @carlydb
1. Japaneese at Renkon
2. Miss K wearing my sunnies
3. Artwork from kindergarten
4. Green fields North Auckland
5. Angry Birds
6. Mini Pecan Pies
7. The Estuary
8. Flowering trees in our garden
This is a great website for teachers and parents to use called A-Z Teacher Stuff. I wanted to try see if Kyra could recognize and write her own name so I used the handwriting worksheet generator on their website and created her own printable handwriting worksheets.
It’s a fun activity for her but also educational at the same time and after a bit of practice she is now getting quite good at tracing her name. The website has lots of cool worksheets for learning numbers, letters, handwriting and so much more. It was designed for teachers but anyone can use the awesome free worksheets at home. Great for getting in some practice before kids start school
Well spring has finally arrived here now on our side of the world. Plants are starting to sprout new buds and the trees are looking green again. Over the next few weeks we are going to be planting and growing a few different plants which we will be sharing with you on the website. Plus some cool craft projects and ideas for getting the kids outdoors and learning about gardening!
This week Kyra and I were very lucky to be invited to Rangitoto College on Auckland’s North Shore to join in with the students in planting some trees at the school.
Since 2004 Rangitoto College has been planting native trees and removing weed species from a 3 ha area of bush within the school grounds. Since then over 3000 native trees have been planted, improving the environmental water and air quality in the school area. Thousands of weeds have been cleared and riparian planting has improved the water quality of two small streams that run through the planting area. It is hoped this area will become an outdoor education resource for students to learn about New Zealand native tree regeneration.
We had a great time meeting everyone, joining in and helping to plant the new trees. Thanks to Miss Bates and the students for making us feel welcome. I think it’s an awesome project the students should feel very proud about being a part of.
Lately Miss K has been very interested in birds, usually as soon as she spots one in the garden she runs over trying to get as close as possible as the poor bird makes a quick escape.
I suggested to her that we could make a little house for the birds in the trees so she can watch them when they come to eat. She was very excited about the idea so I had a bit of a search online and found this cute craft over at NaturallyChicMama.
Once the bird house was complete we strung it up in the tree and after waiting patiently (2 days!) we noticed a few birds have finally discovered the feeder. Now I just have to make Miss K realise they will only stay if she doesn’t run around the lawn like a lunatic every time a bird arrives!
I must admit I am a bit of an Instagram addict! I’m constantly snapping away taking photos on my phone more than I would do on my normal camera! It’s almost like another blog for me, but more of a photo blog, letting me share with my friends and followers all the things that catch my eye.
I love how Instagram lets me see some amazing and interesting photography from all around the world. So I thought I would start sharing with you a few of my Instagram pics of what we have been getting up to this month!
I came across this idea on a great craft blog I sometimes check out called A Little Learning For Two. Ice eggs cost pretty much nothing to make and you can fill them with things like toy soldiers, coloured stones, pretty much anything lying round the house!
I must say I was a bit worried the balloons were going to break when I put the figurines in but after a couple of attempts you get the hang of it. Firstly you put the figurines into the balloon by opening the neck of the balloon up, then inflate with water using the tap and then tie off. I left the ice eggs in the freezer overnight to make sure they froze properly. With a snip of the scissors the balloons peel right off the eggs.
Miss K was amazed seeing all her farm animals frozen! We ended up smashing some open and letting some melt. Another awesome idea you can try with the ice eggs is bowling. You would need some empty plastic bottles to use as the ten-pins and a bunch of ice eggs! Would be a great boredom buster for the kids on school holidays!
Hi everyone! Just thought I would let all the parents who shop at Coles in Australia know that Nestle has a promotion on at the moment. If you buy three Nestle products you score this awesome kids apron free! It includes a recipe leaflet and a fabric pen to write your child’s name on the front. I picked it up today at Coles and the promotion is running from 04.07.12 until stock runs out.
It wasnt hard buying three Nestle products either I just grabbed a whole lot of melting chocolate so we can make something yummy this weekend! It’s a super cute apron and I love how it’s personalised. Great for all those little aspiring chefs!
What I’m loving this week is Miss K’s photography. One of the things that I am so glad I did was hand down an old camera of mine for her to play with. She’s been snapping away having lots of fun and I am amazed by some of the photos she has taken.
The subjects and angles are pretty interesting and its so cool to see the world from her point of view. It lets her be imaginative and I can see she is quite proud of the photos she has taken.
Another thing she loves to do is look through all my photo albums with me so I thought for a craft idea in the next couple weeks I might get some of her photos printed and let her decorate her own photo album to display them in. Maybe try this out with your kids you might be surprised by what you see!