Paintsicles. Frozen paint cubes for creative fun.

Jan 23, 2014

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Thanks to a recent heat wave in Melbourne, we've been having lots of fun playing with ice. The other day I thought I'd combine our love of painting by making some frozen paint cubes for the kids to paint with. I wasn't actually sure how well it'd all turn out, but the results speak for themselves. I've since tested it with a variety of different paints and found that whilst the results vary, they all provide a fun, sensory and unique painting experience.

Ages: 2+  (See the end of the post for handy hints. This is a great multi-age activity)

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9 Valentines ideas and activities for kids

Jan 21, 2014

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Welcome back to our first TUESDAY TOTS for the year.
Brought to you by Learn with Play at home (that's us), Rainy Day Mum,
and One Perfect Day

This week we are showcasing

9 Valentines ideas and activities for kids

These great posts came from last weeks Tuesday Tots linkup


We don't do too much for Valentine's Day at our place, but there's always room for a bit of love. Here are some delightful Valentines themed ideas and activities that should cater to many different ages and abilities. Just follow the links to your favourite activities. Enjoy.

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Putting our school shoes to the test + 5 sidewalk chalk games that get kids moving.

Jan 14, 2014

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My little girl is starting school this year! It is only a matter of weeks before she straps up her velcro, slings her gigantic bag over her shoulder and begins her career as a school kid. It's a very exciting and nerve-wraking time, and I'm not just talking about for her. I am busy labelling every single thing that might leave this house, getting together all the lunch box supplies and generally trying to get everything organised so that we're ready to roll on that first day. 

A very important part, for us, was getting really good school shoes. After all, they are in them all the time and as a teacher myself, I've seen how hard kids put their shoes to the test. 
Whilst the school we've chosen is quite relaxed on the choice of black school shoes or runners, my little girl has been looking forward to her own pair of "proper girl school shoes." I liked the idea of how nice they looked with the school uniform and for more formal occasions like school pics etc. but, I thought about how much running she was bound to be doing each day, so was leaning towards running shoes instead. 

When we were offered the opportunity to try The Athlete Foot's, Ascent range of school shoes, I jumped at the chance because they seemed to encompass the best of both worlds. Labelled, "Sports Shoes in Disguise" because they're built on Running Shoe Technology and being the only school shoes to be endorsed by the Australasian Podiatry Council (APodC) they sounded like the school shoes for us. I was certainly keen to find out.
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