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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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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Chickens Purr

One of the things that has delighted me the most since having chickens is to discover that they purr. I didn’t know that until a few years ago. “Happy” our beloved super hero chook that has survived attacks from a fox and dog...

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The Laminated Series: Play Mats

Working in a hospital,  some options of play materials are not available due to infection control. Using fabric playmats is one of them so this was my alternative. Play mats on cardboard decorated with paint and paper and laminated so they can be...

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Aboriginal Matching Game / Memory

I made a double sided card that acts as the ‘dictionary’, including the symbols and the word for what they represent.   Aboriginal Symbol cue card Aboriginal Symbols: tracks Using river pebbles I used a paint texta to draw each symbol...

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Mushroom / Toadstool Stools

I have been doing a MASSIVE clearing of weeds in our backyard near the creek. This is the 2nd pile, the first pile was about 4 times this size… There were three varieties of plants that were lovely and green but were noxious weeds, and as...

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Kookaburra

This is our latest friend who has been visiting us in our backyard over the last few weeks. She has been very inquisitive watching us garden and play in the yard. Kookaburras are well known for their laugh, but often they can be in the trees...

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Praying Mantis

I wondered whether my sweeping had disturbed this praying mantis as he was near the stairs at the back of the house, and not safely in a bush. He was still camoflagued well. Usually the praying mantises in our garden are green so I took some time...

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Multicultural Easter

Today I started displaying some of our Easter decorations. I really enjoy bringing out familiar collections year after year, and adding new items. My collection of eggs now has shell covered eggs from New Zealand, a handblown glass egg from...

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Toy Making Workshop

Making Simple Toys Workshop Make simple Steiner/Waldorf style soft toys. In the workshop you will learn how to make a doll with a formed head and felt body, and may wish to embellish it with embroidery or beads.  Once you learn these basics you...

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