Backyard Visitors

Backyard Visitors

I wanted to share my excitement of some new creatures I found in the backyard. All that hard work of hours on end of getting rid of weeds like ivy, blackberries and many weeds I don’t know the names of, and all the planting back of natives...

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The Laminated Series- Fairy Play Mat

The Laminated Series- Fairy Play Mat

I have been experimenting, this time with laminating fabric. I tried two different ways: 1. Pasted some fabric on thin cardboard and laminated. 2. Put the fabric only in the laminating pouch and laminated. No 1. works and No.2  doesn’t! I...

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Shout Out for the AWCH Library!

I’ve currently got some DVD’s out on loan, and was appreciating being able to watch such ‘hard to find’ titles so I thought I should share. The AWCH Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare library is...

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Draw and Tell Stories

Following the storytelling workshop I ran yesterday I am linking some draw and tell stories resources. This is the one I told, a cat story, here shown by Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning. I’ve had the photocopy for years, I am...

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Aboriginal Chalk Art

For NAIDOC week I am sharing another aboriginal activity- this time chalk art. I make simple templates and let the children draw with chalk. Black paper works really well to show off the chalk colours, and the chalk looks more vibrant if you dip...

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Vintage Children’s Hospital Books

I came across another old hospital picture book so I thought I would share some images. They are out of print now, and I do not use them in my work with children as they have dated. With the older books technology, environments, roles and...

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Creating Website Designs / Logos

As I was having my website updated I thought I would share some of the original drawings that went into it’s design. I wanted my website to feel personal to me and to feel as if I had creative input into it. So I drew some logos and designs...

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Newspaper Dress Game

I have another game to share- from the book “The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls” by Rosemary Davidson and Sarah Vine. This games involves newspaper, masking tape, girls (or boys) and lots of fun. We had 2 teams at our house, with...

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Competition- Clay Quest Book

Read on to win one of my favorite distraction books, “Clay Quests” by Helena Bogosian. Helena is a talented illustrator who uses coloured clay to make her images. Find out more about her and her illustrations follow the link here. I...

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Competition Clue…

While I’m still waiting for a parcel to arrive in the mail with a prize for a competition that I will be running I thought I would give you a little clue. Any guesses at to what the prize is????

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Playing on Pinterest

The pinterest boards are now many! Here’s a list so far… amazing art animals balloons bandaids blocks books – distraction books – doctor hospital bubbles calico / trauma doll child life / hospital play specialist craft DIY...

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