day 36 – treasure box

When everyone’s patience has worn thin, or for a special treat, let the child pull out ‘the treasure box’. Part of the allure of the treasure box is that it doesn’t come out very often. Its other appeal is that it’s filled with mysterious, quirky things that belong nowhere else. These are small things, thingsContinue reading “day 36 – treasure box”

day 26 – rain sticks rock

Your collection of junk band instruments will benefit from the addition of a rain stick. Most of the items you need will be kicking around the place at some point: the longest cardboard tube you can find and caps for the ends, lots of nails (finding a bottle of rusty screws prompted the making ofContinue reading “day 26 – rain sticks rock”

day 22 – dressing up

A dress-up box is a handy thing. Add to it when you have the opportunity with scarves, old hats, gloves, handbags, belts, small adult garments, and those Cinderella high heels you find in perfect condition in opp-shops because no normal adult fits them. Look for fabrics with good textures and patterns – a chiffon scarf,Continue reading “day 22 – dressing up”

day 1 – making paper people

Remember paper dolls? Grab a sheet of paper from the recycle pile beside your computer. Cut it in half so it’s about A5 size and make a concertina fold in four or six even sections. Small children will need help with this but if it’s a bit messy that doesn’t matter – kids learn fromContinue reading “day 1 – making paper people”