Kids Book Review : Sugar Rush, author: Sari Bullock, illustrator: Don EzardPIN IT

It’s that time of the year when there’s chocolate everywhere you look and whispers are circulating about how it’s okay to have chocolate for breakfast. While little ones daydream about the chocolates they’ll receive on Easter Sunday and how big their haul will be in the Easter egg hunt, many parents are thinking about the sugar. So.Much.Sugar.

For any parent whose child’s wishes sound like they may attempt to eat their body weight in chocolate this Easter, or who has a sweet tooth that desires treats regularly, the book we’re currently reading is for you!

We’re reading Sugar Rush, a picture book that takes us through a week in the life of a little boy who overindulges. On Monday, his Mum gives in to his pleading for sweet treats and he receives a mountain of lollies, and it’s downhill from there. Throughout the week we watch his desire for sugary food grow and the effect on his body, from mood swings to lack of concentration and energy. As the week closes he’s looking like a zombie and feeling like he wants to be sick.

This picture book, written by Sari Bullock, is a lovely rhyming read that will draw little ones into the story with ease. Vibrant illustrations by Don Ezard feature throughout and perfectly picture the demise of the boy’s health. Best of all, this book is a great opportunity to talk with children about what happens when you eat too many treats. If you’re looking for a sweet read as the chocolate wishes build up, this is a must read!

 

Kids Book Review : Sugar Rush, author: Sari Bullock, illustrator: Don EzardPIN IT

Sugar Rush
Author: Sari Bullock
Illustrator: Don Ezard
ISBN: 978-0-987609-649
Publisher: JoJo Publishing

 

tiny & little makes every effort to undertake reviews fairly and transparently. We received a copy of this book for review purposes. This review was not paid for – the views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and we only write on tiny & little about things that we genuinely love.

  • Sharon CMarch 30, 2015 - 11:00 am

    This sounds like the perfect reading book for this time of the year, my 7yo has a sweet tooth so I think I’ll be grabbing a copy of this for her.ReplyCancel

    • NatalieMarch 30, 2015 - 11:05 am

      It’s a good time of year to chat about it! I hope that it helps your lovely 7yo to talk about sweet foods.ReplyCancel

Here at tiny & little, we are big fans of special little toys that become friends for young children. Those soft toys that are named and that hold the whispered secrets, wishes and stories of little ones. The toys that become threadbare, dirty or worn out simply because a child has loved them so much.

There is something truly beautiful about the imagination and love that flows between a child and their favourite cuddly toy. It’s a lovely part of childhood, so much so that the moment they announce that they’re too big for their teddy is tinged with a teeny bit of sadness at the childhood phase being left behind.

If you’re lucky enough to still be a parent in the phase of special cuddly friends and plush toys, this lovely list is for you! These are eight cuddly friends for tiny and little ones that we’re loving right now!

Loving / Cuddly FriendsPIN IT Loving / Cuddly FriendsPIN IT

1. One of a kind custom retro swimsuit dolls by Fulana Beltrana Sicrana / shop now / pin for later
2. Mascot cat hipster cuddly toy by Poco Loco / shop now / pin for later
3. Kawaii Sloth soft plush by Bijou Kitty / shop now / pin for later
4. Mrs Bird by myTitu / shop now / pin for later
5. Mademoiselle Justine and Lilou Mouse by Paloma Esono / shop now / pin for later
6. Esti the Fox handmade plush decorative toy by Lesne / shop now / pin for later
7. Handpainted Cat-Woman Doll by Ricebaby / shop now / pin for later
8. Light Grey Bear by We Love Stitches / shop now / pin for later

tiny & little + Etsy!

Did you know that tiny & little has a page on Etsy where we share handmade and vintage pieces we love in Etsy stores? Pop on over and check out the boards of our favourites!

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN IT

What an exciting beginning to the year it has been! After kicking the year off with our theme of adventure, tiny & little stopped by the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2015 Children’s Festival with our friends at Meetoo for a paper craft adventure of our own with little ones at our workshop, Paper Threads.

Over four days we saw hundreds of fantastic creations by children as they explored fashion and design using paper. For those who didn’t make it or would love to give Paper Threads a try at home, today we’re giving you a peek inside the workshop!

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITMiss Piggy and Kermit, Natalie from tiny & little’s childhood toys, joined the Paper Threads workshop inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier’s Nana / photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

The Paper Threads workshop was inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier and his first muse, Nana, who wears an early design by Mr Gaultier fashioned out of newsprint. Understanding the connection that children have with their most cuddly toy, often named and viewed as a special friend, we wanted to encourage kids to experiment with fashion design. The workshops provided materials that children could easily have access to at home and allowed them to creatively express the style of their most precious toy, or one of our teddies for those who hadn’t brought their cuddly from home.

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITPaper Threads layout in The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria / photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Fun for the young…

For those who weren’t able to come along, or those who came and would like to play again, it’s easy for children to enjoy this activity at home. With child-led play being the intention, we laid out glue, tape (clear sticky and masking), various types of paper (tissue, crepe and wrapping), feathers, pipe cleaners and paper covered floral wire in the middle of each table.

Inspiration was provided by Kermit, Miss Piggy and Teddy wearing outfits at the entrance each day, and once at the tables children were free to explore the colour, textures and design in their own way. The response was varied and fantastic with hundreds of creations across the four days.

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITJean Paul Kermier, Piggy and Teddy sat at the entrance of Paper Threads as inspiration for our young designers / photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITJemima receives a mermaid makeover by her five year old friend at one of the Paper Threads workshops / photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITCapturing the moment a teddy walked the red carpet was popular during the workshops / photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

One of the highlights of the Paper Threads workshop was the red carpet created by the NGV’s design team. Featuring a roped off red carpet and sparkling gold background, it was a drawcard for children as they finished their fashion creations. Throughout the workshop, Meetoo and tiny & little captured photos of almost all designs on our red carpet. You can see our highlights below and view the full gallery here.

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITRed carpet backdrop at the Paper Threads workshop / backdrop design: National Gallery of Victoria; photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITHighlights of day one of the Paper Threads workshop, January 23 2015

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITHighlights of day two of the Paper Threads workshop, January 24 2015

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITHighlights of day three of the Paper Threads workshop, January 25 2015

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITHighlights of day four of the Paper Threads workshop, January 26 2015

Fun for the young at heart…

One of the lovely things about this workshop was that it wasn’t just for the kids, with lots of parents getting in on the fun too. Here at tiny & little and over at Meetoo, we joined in and each day brought along our own childhood cuddlies in different outfits. Miss Piggy and Kermit put the call out for costume ideas throughout the workshop, and for those who missed them, we caught them on the red carpet too…

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITMiss Piggy, Teddy and Super Kermit on day one of Paper Threads / backdrop design: National Gallery of Victoria; photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITJean Paul Kermier, Teddy and Miss Piggy on day two of Paper Threads / backdrop design: National Gallery of Victoria; photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITDorothy Piggy (red shoes in hiding!), Teddy and Kermit the Merman on day three of Paper Threads / backdrop design: National Gallery of Victoria; photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITMiss Piggy wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini on day four of Paper Threads / backdrop design: National Gallery of Victoria; photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

Paper Threads workshop by tiny & little and Meetoo, National Gallery of Victoria ChildrenPIN ITKermit wore his team colours on day four of Paper Threads, until one of our designers made him a cricket uniform because it’s cricket season / backdrop design: National Gallery of Victoria; photography: Natalie Barnes for tiny & little

A big thank you from tiny & little to all those who came to visit us at the Paper Threads workshop! We had an absolute ball. Coming up on tiny & little we’ll share some how-to ideas for creating fashion with paper at home with little ones. Stay tuned!

  • KateFebruary 17, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    So glad the teddy mermaid with crutches inspired by JPG made it into the Hall of Fame – so many creative and inspired outfits but that one made me chuckle. :-)ReplyCancel

  • […] It’s a bit tricky to review your own event – but our four tables of ten seats have been consistently full for the Friday session (and the NGV staff are suggesting the long weekend is going to be busier!).  Loads of amazing costumes have been photographed and will soon be on display at http://www.tinyandlittle.com. […]ReplyCancel

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

One of the great things about treasure hunts is that you can do them anytime. It doesn’t matter if the weather is rainy or sunny, cold or hot, because you can go on a treasure hunt indoors or outside. Kids love exploring and finding a treasure at the end, and there’s a lovely educational side to treasure hunts too. Maps teach about following steps and direction, while collecting objects encourages children to go slow and take in their surroundings.

Getting ready for the adventure is part of the fun and today we’re sharing with you a kids paper craft to prepare for their next treasure hunt. What are the essentials for a treasure hunt? – binoculars for searching for treasure and a camera to capture snapshots along the way, naturally. Add a map for your little one and it’s adventure time!

Let’s start with making the binoculars

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

What you’ll need

– two cardboard paper rolls
– decorative tape or paper (we used floral fabric tape from Daiso and MT masking tape)
– string cord / twine (we used builder’s line from the hardware store)
– a little hole punch
– scissors

What you’ll do

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

The first thing we do is cover the cardboard rolls outside using the decorative tape / paper

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

Next we’ll apply tape around both ends of each roll, folding it over and sealing it inside the roll. The reason for this is so that the ends are smooth and the main decorative paper / tape doesn’t pull back when the rolls are touched at the end during play.

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

It’s now time to bring the tubes together and all you need to do is wrap your string cord around both a few times then tie it off with a knot.

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

The last step is adding a strap so your little one can carry their binoculars around their neck. To do this, simple hole punch on the outside of each roll at one end, then feed through your string cord, tying it off with a knot.

Now, let’s build our camera

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

What you’ll need

– a camera sized cardboard box from the recycling
– wrapping paper
– a piece of decorative paper / card, cut as a circle (we used a large hole punch for this step)
– a piece of thick (box thickness) cardboard, cut as a circle (we traced around our decorative paper circle then cut it out)
– a button
– scissors
– sticky tape
– glue

What you’ll do

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

Wrap up your cardboard box as if you’re wrapping a present. As an optional extra, we added some of the decorative tape used on our binoculars around the edge to so the camera and binoculars look like a set. Glue the cardboard circle on one of the big sides of the box.

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

Once the cardboard circle is dry enough to not slip on the paper if you touch it, you’re ready to stick on your decorative paper circle to make the camera lens.

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

All that’s left to do now is glue your button to the top and wait for it to dry.

While you’re waiting for the glue to dry…

…it’s a great time to put together a map for your little one!

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

Little ones, especially those who aren’t reading yet, will love a picture map, which they follow to find a treasure at the end.

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

Another type of treasure hunt that is particularly great for bowerbirds is the challenge to complete a collection. Think of things that are in the space your little one will play and send them off to search for them. In the garden, different leaves, twigs and flowers are always a hit!

Kids craft: treasure hunt kit by tiny & littlePIN IT

And just like that, your little one is ready to head off on a big adventure! Happy creating!

:: Brought to you by Officeworks ::

Back to school with Officeworks and Growing MindsPIN IT

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a list maker. A writer who loves to put pen to clean paper in order to create something to aspire to. Something to achieve.

I have so many – lists for work, lists for play and lists for running the household. A list of lists! Starting this week I have a very special, once in a lifetime list.

I am following the list of what my Littlest needs for his first day at school.

Big school. My special littlest guy.

No more babies, no more kinder kids, no more buddy around for adventures during the day while his brothers are off growing up and learning at school. It’s my very last ‘first year at school checklist’.

Nine years of having at least one child at home all the time, and I’m about to start a new phase of parenting. It seems like just yesterday I was making a list for the delivery room as I awaited my first child, and here I am with a list for my youngest’s leap to school. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun.

The common reaction to the youngest leaving for school that I’ve come across is Gulp! Someone hold me. Pass the tissues, please. Not me though. I’m filled with excitement for what lies ahead because I know he is really ready to learn.

There also a relaxing calm in the lead up that comes from knowing that I’m prepared, thanks to my beloved lists made through four years experience of back-to-school. All those tasks to be crossed out and items to be organised are comforting, because I know my big kids won’t turn up at school without all the things they need.

Here’s a peek at my to-do list for the next fortnight with six simple steps to ensure this last part of the holidays is a breeze rather than a stressful run-around…
Back to school with Officeworks and Growing MindsPIN IT

Three of our must-haves for back to school: MegaMonster Premium Scrapbook (RRP $0.88); Faber-Castell Single Hole Pencil Sharpener (RRP $0.99); Staedtler Noris Club Coloured Pencils (RRP $2.47)


Back to School Checklist

Task One – Fill the bag

This week will see the organising of all the stationery needs for their school list. I love a school stationery list and joyfully remember going to the shops as a child, taking my time to find everything I needed and marking each item off my list.

I have enough experience shopping with three boys to know that I don’t have a lot of time for this shop in the way that I did as a child. They share my love for a blank page and drawing or writing materials, but not the patience for a long shopping expedition.

I will need to be in and out, and there is no time for shopping around stores to compare prices or to cruise the aisles. A one stop shop is necessary and I get what we need at our local stationery store – an Officeworks, where the Parents Price Promise ensures that I’ll get the best price and with the School List Service I can organise it so that I send them our stationery list and all I need to do is pick it up. This free service will see someone gather the items ready for my collection, which means I’ll be in and out in not time.

Fill the bag, check.

tiny & little product tip!
I bought my iPad from Officeworks and it was the BEST price around so I always check them out first for technology.

 Task Two – Dress the kids

Growth spurts have hit us this summer so as the end of this week approaches, they’ll each try on their uniforms and when the uniform shop opens the day before school starts next week I’ll top up with those last minute essentials.

We’ll also do the school shoes run, and knowing how challenging that can be – the memory of last year when they tried to sneak into the shop windows to be shoe models comes to mind – I’m relieved that it’s the only in-store shopping they need to be part of.

All that’s left is to attach names to everything for the inevitable visit to the lost & found cupboard and we are ready to go.

Kids are dressed!

tiny & little product tip!
We use this labelmaker which you can buy fabric labels for clothing and plastic labels for lunchboxes for.

 

Task Three – Kickstart their minds

All summer long, Mr Tiny and Mr Little have asked to be allowed to access their school learning apps. Even though it’s the long summer holidays, their minds are still sponges looking for information and I love to encourage their learning.

To get them in school mode, we’re using the Growing Minds app from Officeworks, a free app for Android and iPhone. The initial install comes with three problem solving and memory games based on their grade (you can choose Prep to Year 12), and we can unlock the other three games when we visit our local Officeworks to pick up the back to school stationery.

Stimulate those growing minds, we’re all set!

Task Four – Practise the school run

Some parents like to practise the school bedtime routine and the walk to school to prepare for the days ahead. Over the next week, we’re doing that as well as practising independence and the school lunch schedule.

It’s important for the new Preppie that he can open his lunchbox all by himself and wait for the school breaks for snacks, so for the next week we’ll have snacks and lunch on the school timetable and he’ll practise opening his new big lunchbox and drink bottle all by himself.

Practise runs, complete.

tiny & little product tip!
This is our lunchbox and drink bottle of choice. The drink bottle has never leaked, the lunchbox compartments mean no wrapping and food doesn’t touch plus a whole apple will fit in, and both are easy for the kids to open and close.

 

Task Five – Create a study space

As little ones go up through the grades, their need for a different study space changes. I remember the first year of Mr Little in Prep and we would curl up on the couch to do his words and readers. In his third year, he took over the dining room table to complete a project covering his family history over the last 245 years.

Now is the time that I’ll look at each of their rooms and consider if anything needs to be changed over for their learning needs. These school holidays both Mr Tiny and Mr Little are having desks put in their rooms for them to have a quiet study space of their own.

Giving the kids space, check!

tiny & little product tip!
Mr Little loves this chair for its pop of colour and because he can spin around on it. I love that it has adjustable height and that he wants to be on it because getting him to sit down to do his homework will be that little bit easier.

 

Task Six – Prepare for the days ahead

Talk to parents in the first year of their little one’s school life and you’ll hear a common thread – They’re so tired!

Starting school is exhausting and little ones find not only the first term, but sometimes the first year, too much. Forget tired, they’re beyond EXHAUSTED. There’s so much learning for their growing minds to take in at all grade levels, and that’s where home becomes a quiet sanctuary when they’re not doing homework, projects or extracurricular activities.

In those moments, you need to make sure they have a chance to calmly and quietly relax. In preparation for the need for quiet moments outside school this year, our desks have been stocked with art supplies for when the need for a quiet moment strikes.

Preparations are complete, and we GO for school launch!

tiny & little tip!
We have these scrapbooks, which my boys love the cover of, a packet of these colour pencils and a sharpener in their desks ready to go.

 

A little something on the side

As I pop in to Officeworks to pick up what my children need, I’ll also be taking the chance to help a disadvantaged child with their return to school as well. All children have growing minds and education is very important, so it saddens me to think about how many kids can’t afford what they need for the education that all children deserve. Until February 15, you can add a stationery donation card to your shopping cart and all contributions will go towards The Smith Family’s children’s charity. This will provide stationery for disadvantaged people in The Smith Family’s 94 Learning for Life communities.

Just like that, my back to school checklist is completed with ease. By breaking it down into those six smaller steps, nothing is forgotten and I can focus on enjoying these last days of the holidays instead of worrying about having everything for when school starts.

Have you completed your Back to School list for your little one? What’s your ‘must do’ in the lead up to school starting?