books and play

Catherine the Great and the fantastic giveaway

Installation view of Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great . Photo by Sean Fennessy . National Gallery of Victoria

Today the National Gallery of Victoria unveils a new exhibition that I have been looking forward to very much, Masterpieces from the Hermitage – the Legacy of Catherine the Great. To say I am EXCITED about it feels like an understatement. With more than 400 outstanding works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great, by artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez and Van Dyck, it’s a must-see during its time in Melbourne. I’m particularly excited about the four Rembrandts and…

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Reading / Home Grown Books Little Reader Series

Readers: Home Grown Books

Every once in a while I come across a book that takes my breath away, with illustrations or words that speak to me on a level beyond just the text on the page. From the moment I saw the Home Grown Books Little Reader Series, which bring art and reading for children together, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and it needs to be said – these are the most beautiful readers for kids I’ve come across.…

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DIY

DIY Sight Words Playing Cards

DIY Sight Words Playing Cards

We’re continuing our little literacy for kids series today with an easy DIY – sight words playing cards. If your little one is at the stage of learning to read, you’ll most likely have heard of sight words. These are the words that are used in high frequency in reading and, as a result, kids are encouraged to learn to read them on sight. It’s words like the, and and I. Sight words are often broken up into groups with…

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books and play

Reading / 3 children’s alphabet books we adore

Children's alphabet books

I am a huge fan of language and literature and adore watching little ones as they learn literacy. Being a part of the experience as kids learn the alphabet letter names and sounds and to read is a highlight of the parenting gig for me. The way their little faces light up with pride as they recall a letter or learn how to read a new word is a beautiful sight. As part of their literacy adventure, kids learn how…

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art and craft

3 easy DIY necklace designs

Easy DIY necklaces for kids

Today’s post has been a while in the making and I’m rather excited to be sharing it at last. Whether you love accessories for yourself and would like to make a little something special to keep, or are looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift, these easy DIY necklaces for kids to make will have a stylish accessory whipped up for you in no time. Littlest and I recently used dyed pasta to make an edible pasta necklace, if…

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art and craft

Splatter painting for kids = art fun!

splatter painting kids abstract art

pssst. Dads, partners of mamas and lovely friends planning to make a little something for a special mama this Mother’s Day, I have a question. Have your little ones created their gift yet? If they haven’t, fear not! Today I’m sharing a quick and easy painting technique that will see your little one create an abstract masterpiece while having a bucketload of fun – a lovely gift for Mother’s Day! This painting technique is summed up in two words –…

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My Mother’s Day Wishlist

Mother's Day Wishlist

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I was recently asked the annual question, “What can we buy you for Mother’s Day?” Cue my mind going blank as I stuttered “I don’t have a list. I’ll get back to you one that one.” Every year the question comes and each time I find it difficult to answer. For me, Mother’s Day isn’t something that you buy, it’s something that you feel. It’s not about being showered with store bought gifts,…

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