Book yearns to be adventurous and leave Library, but he’s worried about being torn or getting lost… until he meets Emma.
Emma is everything Book wants to be, and she shows Book there’s nothing to fear in the world outside Library (and a little tear here and there is really not so bad).
Scaredy Book by Devon Sillet and Cara King, published by EK Books, was launched in Canberra on the weekend at the stunningly beautiful Harry Hartog bookshop. Read More
I am about to set off on a teach-my-four-year-old-the-alphabet journey. We are all over numbers, but the alphabet thing just hasn't clicked for Little Miss Four.
Now, I'm definitely not one of those mums who wants their kids to be reading novels by the time they start preschool, but I am one of those mums who likes to spend some of the day playing games with the kids. So why not make some of those games about learning as well as fun?
Well, that's what I think anyway!
So... Read More
Kids love listening to stories, but they also love telling stories. I love to encourage my kids to tell me stories based on the pictures in a book, but sometimes it's cool to get them to make up stories all on their own... Read More
Anything that has kids doing something creative (and not watching screens) is a win in my eyes, so it likely won’t surprise you when I say I love activity books.
Colouring books, puzzle books, craft books, I love them all. But here are four of my current favourites... Read More
I'm always looking for easy activities to bring along in the car or to restaurants/cafes to keep the kids quiet (and still). Even if it's only for five minutes.
Shoelace threading is a great activity because it requires fine motor skills for both the threading and the unthreading... Read More
Kids love stories—hearing them, preforming them, making them up! And they love puppets—playing with them, making them, putting on a show.
You can use just about anything as a puppet theatre: a couch, a table, a piece of cardboard. But sometimes it's cool to make something extra special... Read More
Ring toss is a great game for kids. It's easy enough for even really young kids to play, but you can make it harder (for the older kids) very easily. Aiming is also a really important skill, so while they are having fun they are also learning something useful.
And you don't need to spend $20 and up on a ring toss game. You can make one in ten minutes (with stuff you probably already have at home), and it's just as good. Here's how... Read More
Looking for a fun indoor activity for the holidays or a rainy day (or both)? Why not make a flag banner. It’s really easy, and it will keep the kids occupied for ages (maybe?!?)... Read More
Looking for an easy craft to do in the holidays? How about making some crazy aliens? This craft is really easy, but the kids will love making weird and wacky creatures. And the best part? The messier the picture, the better the result!... Read More
Here's a fun game for the kids to help them get familiar with letters... Read More
What's not to love about play dough? The kids try to eat it, it ends up all over the floor and it gets stuck in your carpet. No, but seriously, play dough it awesome. And it ticks so many boxes: sensory play, imaginative play, cooking practice and... Read More
My daughter loved going in the bath. Until she didn't. So it was a huge shock to one day discover my little water baby was flat out refusing to get in the tub... Read More
So, the word 'maze' is a little bit misleading here, but for lack of a better term, I am going with it. And no matter what this thing technically is, I promise your kids are going to love it. Read More
Loved last week's Wombat Stew Book Play? Well, this week how about A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler?... Read More
I love reading stories with my girls, snuggling on some cushions with a blanket. But sometimes it's fun to do something a little... extra. My three year old love love LOVES to make puppets and act out stories, and her new favourite is Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan... Read More
This is a great one for hot summer days. Find some small plastic toys (we have a stash of dinosaurs, bugs and frogs from Kmart) and put them in ice cube trays filled with water. Pop the trays in the freezer and have them ready for a warm (or cold) day when you need to keep the kids occupied for a while. ... Read More