day 20 – the story light

Human beings love stories – it’s in our DNA – and we never get tired of hearing them. Kids ask for the same story fifty times right? In fact, knowing what comes next is what they like best. Take every opportunity to read to your kids – hope you do the funny voices thing –Continue reading “day 20 – the story light”

day 15 – bread faces

Children love to be involved in the preparation of food. They’re also more likely to eat food they have made. This is a fabulous lunch for those times when you lack all enthusiasm and inspiration. Let the kids make face ‘sandwiches’ from healthy ingredients. Each child will need a slice of bread for the faceContinue reading “day 15 – bread faces”

day 13 – sticks and seedpods

Noughts & Crosses has been around since the Ancient Egyptians, and it’s still a fun way to spend half an hour. Children as young as four or five develop multiple skills by playing this simple game. This version is called Sticks & Seedpods because we started playing it at the beach, using found objects toContinue reading “day 13 – sticks and seedpods”

day 12 – play dough beetles

An earlier blog includes an easy recipe for play dough. This is a great standby and will keep in the fridge for months. You’ll enjoy this activity as much as the kids, even while you are cooking, especially if kids can sit on a stool at the kitchen bench. That $34 stool I bought atContinue reading “day 12 – play dough beetles”

day 11 – if I had a hammer

Introduce children to household tools at a young age. This simple activity will entertain them and encourage them to be comfortable with tools. You need an off-cut of soft wood, a handful of nails and the smallest hammer you can find. The brads in this photo are too small, even for these young fingers. I’llContinue reading “day 11 – if I had a hammer”