Crafts, creative play, Indoor activities, Preschoolers, Screen free activities, Traditions

Autumn Sun Catchers – A Perfect School Holiday Activity

Looking for a fun, cheap Autumn nature craft activity to do with the kiddos over the last few days of the holidays? A few years ago I made these beautiful sun catchers with my kids, using Autumn treasures. It came up on my facebook memories so I thought I'd pop it up on the blog!… Continue reading Autumn Sun Catchers – A Perfect School Holiday Activity

Christmas, creative play, Early childhood development, Family, Fine motor development, hand eye co-ordination, Indoor activities, open ended play, Parenting, Screen free activities, Traditions, visual perceptual skills

Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

I thought I'd share what my kids will be getting for Christmas this year. Not because anyone's asked. But because I'm a blogger, so that's what I do. This year I had a couple of goals in mind for gifts for the kids: Open ended play items: meaning toys that can be played with in… Continue reading Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

Christchurch, Family, Mental health, mothering, Outdoor play, Preschoolers, Traditions

The Gift Experience That Keeps on Giving: A Tram and Gondola Pass

For the last couple of years my husband has gotten a Christchurch Tram and Gondola annual pass for Fathers' Day. The first one was a surprise from me, but then in subsequent years it's been a family choice that we've made. Gifting him an experience that he can enjoy and have quality time with our… Continue reading The Gift Experience That Keeps on Giving: A Tram and Gondola Pass

Family, Parenting, Traditions, Winter

Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration

We have a wonderful Winter Celebration here in New Zealand, and it's called Matariki. Matariki is the Maori New Year. The exact timing of this celebration each year depends on when the seven stars of Matariki appear low in the north eastern sky. It's a time of the year when traditionally, Maori people would harvest… Continue reading Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration