Featured Image

Teach Your Child How to Think by Edward De Bono

There are so many books on the market which purport to be able to teach you how to teach your child to think. Unfortunately many of these books are something akin to Chinese Whispers – the ideas that they aren telling you aren’t anything original. They are simply taking a spin on somebody else’s work… Read more »

Featured Image

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

Understanding our feelings and expressing our emotions is a learning process that (I think) takes a life time. The good thing for children, is that there are a lot of books out there to help them understand how to express what they are feeling. A few weeks ago I reviewed the book ‘How Do You… Read more »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Sometimes I need to escape the world with a good book…. and it’s been one of those weeks. So I thought this week I’d share a book with you that I’ve been reading. We Never Asked For Wings is written by New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers. I haven’t read The… Read more »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

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 »

Featured Image

September Week 2: Hay Bales & Gophers

This week hasn’t been as interesting as the past few weeks and certainly doesn’t make for as nice photos. But yet it was just as important. We found a wonderful farmer in Murrumbateman where we could buy massive hay bales from. We’ll be using these to lay over our orchard. We wanted to make sure… Read more »