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Make Your Own Christmas Tree!

For a variety of different reasons – lack of money to buy one, no space to put one up, moving house… you may not be able to have a Christmas tree up this Christmas. So this is your Christmas tree, when you can’t have a Christmas tree! (Just in case you’re wondering, we made this… Read more »

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Christmas Themed Sensory Bottles

This week Bel from Mums Take Five is lending her crafty skills to my blog. Enjoy! ——————————————— These little sensory bottles are not only fun to make but can be played with over and over (hopefully instead of the Christmas tree decorations)  They are cheap and get thrown around and I don’t even think twice… Read more »

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How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne

I was going to start this by saying that since both my children are of toddler age, I think picture books are really great for helping them understand the emotions they are feeling and how to express them appropriately… and then I remembered I work at a Primary School and even the children who are… Read more »

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Geomag – a creative toy suitable for all ages

To state the obvious, Christmas is coming. A particularly tricky time of year if you have children, nieces and nephews to buy for. Trying to negotiate what toys are for different ages and what they’ll actually want is predicament that baffles even the most seasoned toy buyer. I’d also like to think that I can buy… Read more »

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Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood

It would be quite a challenge to grow up in Australia and not have heard of Ned Kelly. He is the hero/thief that has become an infamous part of Australian history. Indeed he has even become immortalised in the art work of Sir Sydney Nolan. Ned Kelly and the Green Sash is told in first person and… Read more »

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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

When I was five years old, my parents took me out of school and for three months we ‘road tripped’ around the United States. Although I’ve been back to the United States a few times since then, I haven’t yet made it back to Niagra Falls. However, the initial sighting at only five years of… Read more »

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The Museum Book by Jan Mark

I think the first line of the book, explains it perfectly, “Suppose you went into a museum and you didn’t know what it was.” Well this is the book that will help you discover the answer to that question!   At first it all seems rather simple, doesn’t it? A museum is a building that… Read more »

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Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Located only a short stroll from Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum resides in the old Ultimo Power Station. This museum is comprised of twelve permanent exhibits, covering science, technology, design and decorative arts, engineering, architecture, health and medicine, fashion and contemporary culture. However, the purpose of our visit was for two things – The Wiggles… Read more »

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Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake

I love art. I don’t always understand it, but I love it. I love how art draws out emotions and reactions from you. I love how a piece of art can encourage conversation and questions. My two are already regulars at various art galleries. When they were under one they seemed to prefer Cubism – I… Read more »