Peppermint Scented Candy Cane Playdough

Nov 29, 2014

For some quick and easy, holiday inspired play, I whipped up some peppermint scented Candy Cane Playdough. The whole activity took me about 10 minutes or less to set up (including making the playdough from scratch) and kept the kids busy for well over an hour. And, being playdough, they've been back using it every other day this week. (Although, it's more a pink coloured playdough now.)

Ages: 2+
Skills: Creativity, fine-motor, language, sensory, etc.

To make our Peppermint Scented Candy Cane Playdough I made a batch of our no-cook playdough. (Takes about 4 minutes to make)

I then divided the mix into two and coloured one half red (using red food gel colouring) and left the other half plain so that it would be white.

To the mixture I also added some Peppermint Extract to give it a candy-cane scent. Extract is meant for flavouring more than the smell so it's not super strong but safe if a small amount is consumed. For a stronger scent that will last longer I would recommend using Peppermint Oil. (I used the extract as that's what I already had in the pantry)
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10 Must-Do Experiences with Kids in Dubai

Nov 25, 2014

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Since finding out that I am going to Dubai, I have furiously been researching all the amazing things that you can do with kids in Dubai. Trust me, there are plenty! Although I am travelling sans the kids this time, I still find myself researching family friendly activities. It probably has to do with the fact that I'm still a big kid at heart and I love all the fun family experiences we have. (One of the reasons people have kids is to relive all the fun stuff again, right?) I also have plans to bring my family with me to Dubai next time, so I'm keen to find the best places to take them.

When we travel as a family I always do a lot of research before we go. I guess I worry that I'll go and miss something amazing, so I have to be sure I've found out the details before I leave. Often there are so many things that it can be hard to fit it all in, and I always like to leave us with free days for exploration or rest. This means I'd rather make sure to do my most desired experiences first.

As mentioned, there are a plethora of things that you can do in Dubai with kids, all with a range of prices. After much research, including some first hand information from my Dubai connections (thanks guys!), I have come up with a list of my top 10 must-do experiences with kids in Dubai. Whilst these may not all be experiences directly marketed towards kids, these are what would be top of MY to-do list if my family were with me. Hopefully I will get to experience some of them on this trip.

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25 Christmas Card ideas Kids can make.

Nov 21, 2014

It's that time of year again, time to start getting our Christmas Craft on. My kids make handmade cards for every occasion but sometimes it gets tricky to think of something new, fun and simple enough for kids to be able to complete themselves. I've been on the lookout for kid-made Christmas Cards this year and have made a collection of 25 Christmas Cards that kids can make. Enjoy :)
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Christmas Tree Play Mat. Free Printable

Nov 17, 2014

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For a quick and easy Christmas themed activity, that focuses on creativity, counting, number recognition, fine-motor skills and a bit of added literacy, I made these Christmas Tree Play Mats.

Print, laminate and then present them to your child with some playdough, loose parts, numbers and/or whiteboard markers. Too easy.
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Sensory Spring Table Investigation. Invitation to Play.

Nov 16, 2014

With Spring in full bloom here in Melbourne, the garden has come alive with a variety of flowers and nature. To investigate this change in season further and explore different aspect of natural objects, I set up a simple Sensory Spring Table Exploration for my son. 

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7 favourite Baby Play ideas

Nov 11, 2014

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Although my baby has recently turned 3, among my circle of friends there seems to be a baby boom happening. Lots of gorgeous new little people joining our lives and entering our hearts. What a blessing! To celebrate, here are a collection of 7 baby play ideas that both my children loved. These activities are generally suitable from when baby has developed their head control and is sitting up (approx. 6 months onwards) and all require supervision.

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Playing and Learning with Loose Parts. Tanabata Stars.

Nov 4, 2014

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When Krystal from Sweet Elephants contacted me to have a look through her online store and see if there was anything that inspired me, it didn't take me long to find something. Whilst the store was full of unique and good quality toys and gifts for children, when I saw the Tanabata Star Dominos, I instantly fell in love. This seemingly simple manipulative for children looked to be beautifully made and the bright, bold, colours in different tones to most children's toys, leapt out at me. We love using loose parts for play and learning so I knew that my children would love and get a lot of use out of the Tanabata Stars.
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Fun Food. How to make Oreo Owl Cupcakes

Nov 3, 2014

Browsing Pinterest a while ago I found a gorgeous owl party with these cute but simple owl cupcakes (Be sure to check out the party, lots of other lovely ideas).

I thought they'd be perfect for a first birthday or a baby shower and just recently I've made them a few times for a couple of different friends baby showers with good success. I've had a few people ask me how to make them so I thought I'd show you here. They're nice and easy!

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