Category Archives: Holidays

Easter Baking and Creating

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There is something about Easter that inspires great baking and craft creations. I have been doing some mad pinning over the last few weeks, gathering ideas for things I could do to make the Easter season special. I though I would share with you some of my favourite finds. To see my full page, click on this link.

Firstly, food….

Easter Baking and Creating

I love any recipe that is easy to incorporate little people help. Pizzazzarie

Easter Baking and Creating

I love how cute these rainbow cakes look. A lovely pastel one would be perfect for Easter. The Gunny Sack

Easter Baking and Creating

I don’t know that I would have the patience to create these gorgeous biscuits from Somewhat Simple, but I can dream.

Easter Baking and Creating

The one thing that is always a hit when it is made, is a cheeseball. I might shape my favourite cheeseball recipe into a carrot like Jo and Sue.

And for creating……

Easter Baking and Creating

Easter garden from The Frugal Homemaker. We have already started on our own Easter garden. We have used wheatgrass instead of moss and have been watching it grow.

Easter Baking and Creating

If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times – I LOVE bunting! Living Well, Spending Less

Easter Baking and Creating

We are certainly going to have a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt. Lil Luna

Easter Baking and Creating

Creating one of these at the base of my parent’s massive tree has been a goal of just about every adult of the family at one time or another. It must be done! David Lowe Design

Easter Baking and Creating

I cannot tell you how much these little chicks are loved by my two boys. They will enjoy making this little project to hang in their rooms. Annaboo’s House

I will pop back soon and show you what we have created and baked. Have a great day!

 

Easter Decorating

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I can’t believe that Easter is just around the corner.  I love this time of the year. The kids especially enjoy a bit of Easter decorating, and I thought I would share what we have out with you.

Starting outside in the kids’ play area….

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

I picked up this cute chalkboard bunting from the local variety store the other day.  I love bunting, and the idea of being able to change the message on it to suit the occasion, is perfect. I added it to the grass bunting I have already slung in our outdoor play area.  The rabbit wall art I picked up at a local gardening store.

There are also lots of families of bunnies throughout the house. The boys hate the idea of anyone being lonely.

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

As well as looking pretty, these baskets of plastic eggs are used in some educational games with the kids.  You can see some of my Easter inspired educational games here.

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

So there you have our Easter decorations so far.  I say so far, because the boys will no doubt find something else we, “Just have to have.”

Do you decorate your house at Easter?

The Softest Playdough and Printable Playdough Fun

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I started my Christmas holidays today and have been craving some Mummy and sons time, so I thought we would do some fun play.  As it is terribly overcast and humid here in Brisbane, we opted for some indoor fun in the air-conditioning.

'Just think...summer's coming, and  everyday will be like Saturday morning!'

Both my boys love playdough.  Recently I saw a recipe for the easiest, softest, most beautifully smelling playdough.  It only has 2 ingredients, one of which you would never guess, and takes only a few minutes to make. You must give it a go….

Soft Playdough

Mix 2 parts cornflour (corn starch) to 1 part hair conditioner.

Knead until it comes together in a soft dough. At this point you can colour it with food dye.

Play!

Soft Playdough Recipe and Playdough Printables

It really is that simple.  I picked up a cheap conditioner at the shops that had a lovely smell and pink colour, so I didn’t have to dye the dough myself. Obviously, this isn’t a playdough for little ones who might be tempted to taste their dough creations.

The boys have spent the morning playing with this as well as some free playdough printables I found on the net.  I printed and laminated them so they will survive the holiday season.

Soft Playdough Recipe and Playdough Printables

You can find these playdough mats at Tot Schooling .  Another place to look is Busy Little Bugs.

Soft Playdough Recipe and Playdough Printables

 

The Playdough puppets are found at the Nuture Store.

What a lovely, simple activity for us to start the Christmas holidays with.

 

 

More Kids’ Activity Packs

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Yesterday I showed you some of the activity packs I created for my two boys (see here). Today, I promised to reveal some of the other ones….

Colour Spelling. Match the paddle pop colour word to the correct coloured sleeve.

There Was a Crooked House - Kids' Activity Packs

Threading. Using large coloured buttons, pipe cleaners and thread. A great activity to get the little fingers working and to practice colour recognition.

There Was a Crooked House - Kids' Activity Packs

And my boys’ favourite – Fly Swat. I teamed a frog-shaped fly swat with collections of fly covered sight words, numbers and animal pictures. We have come up with lots of ways to play this game. My youngest has used the animal cards and as I called out the animal sounds, he hit the corresponding animal picture.  Last night, my eldest had me call out a number and he tried to hit it as fast as he could. There Was a Crooked House - Kids' Activity PacksSo there are 6 activity pack ideas for you.  Believe it or not, I have created more Easter themed ones which I will blog about soon. Can you believe it is that time of year again!?

Have a great day.

Simple St Patrick’s Day Artwork

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Last week I showed you a picture of the canvas print I picked up in the clearance section of a local discount store.St Patrick's Day Art and CraftThe plan was to transform it into a simple St Patrick’s Day artwork with the kiddies.

After surfing the internet for a bit of inspiration, we came up with this….

The kids got right into the task with Master O helping to paint the letters and trace the shamrock. St Patrick's Day Art and Craft

Initially, the plan was to just paint the shamrock, but on drying we found that the paint was cracking. Not wanting to persist painting to have the same problem happen again, we chose to cover the shamrock in buttons. Master C loved picking out the green buttons from my button collection – I couldn’t have dreamt up a better fine motor skills activity!St Patrick's Day Art and CraftSo this piece is now out on show and we are planning on some St Patrick’s Day treats for tomorrow.  We have made some hideous green cupcakes for morning tea and have planned a leprechaun treasure hunt with a horde of gold covered chocolate coins. It should be a bit of fun.

Happy St Patrick’s Day.

 

Free Printable Children’s Activities

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A while back I showed you a few educational and fun activity packs I made up for my boy’s to play with.

Activity Packs - Sight Words

Activity Packs - Fine Motor Skills

They have been such a hit, I thought I would trawl the net for some more ideas.  I hit the jackpot when I came across these three sites with amazing children’s prinatables, lots of them free.

They were so amazing, the printer went into overdrive.  The laminator was fired up and I stayed up late making a lot of fun activity that the kids LOVE.

So what sort of activities did I find? Here are just a few…..

The cutest puppets and song sets. These are 5 Little Ducks and 5 Green and Speckled Frogs .

Kid's Printables

Kid's Printables

Colour Match Games.

Kid's Printables

Shadow Match Games.

Kid's Printables

Sequencing Games.

Kid's Printables

Threading and shoe tying help.

Kid's Printables

And lots of shape, reading and writing skills games.

I now have about 20 activity packs all made up.  I have got into the habit of grabbing one or two of them before I leave the house with the boys. They keep the boys well entertained while waiting for the doctor or for the meal to arrive at the cafe. A lifesaver in many ways!

Stop by the following amazing sites to print out your own activities…..

Picklebums, Busy Little Bugs, The Measured Mom.

Great Festive Cookie Recipe

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The other day I headed to the shops in an effort to finish all of my Christmas shopping.  The whole expedition went wonderfully.  I was focused, determined and fuelled by coffee. Well maybe I wasn’t 100% focused, because this little unplanned, but severely cute item, jumped into my trolley.Christmas Cookies

I mean with all the festive cooking that goes on around here, how could I not have a cute Christmas mug and snack plate?

One little festive treat I whipped up to enjoy on my new plate is this super easy and tasty cookie.

The recipe is not new. Last year I posted about the Cookie Jars that I gave to friends and neighbours. You can read about them here.

Christmas Gifts in a Jar

We so enjoyed these, I have baked them several times throughout the year.  But, now that the green and red m&ms are back, I had to make these cookies – Christmas style.

Christmas Cookies

Ingredients**

  • 1  1/3 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup christmas m&ms
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 deg Celsius (160 deg celsius – fan forced)
  • Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine
  • Add egg, butter and vanilla and mix until the ingredients come together
  • Roll heaped tablespoons into balls and place on a lined cookie tray
  • Bake 10-12 minutes

**These measurements are Australia metric. 1 cup = 250 mls, 1 tsp = 5 mls

Christmas cookies

Now it is time to sit back and enjoy one of these while my boys sleep off an active morning at the park. Yum!