Masking Tape Hopscotch

Masking Tape Hopescotch

Wet cold days mean kids with far too much energy. My hat goes off to those of you who have families in apartments. I am not used to having to entertain my kids indoors all day. So anyway way you guessed it – it’s wet and cold and even the school kids have too much energy this afternoon. So what to do….

Indoor games that take lots of energy and that doesn’t end in fighting (I’m minding my 6yr old niece as well so have two 6 year olds and two 2 year olds.)

First up Alphabet movement Cards – Printed from here
The 6yr olds spelt out their names and we did the exercises for each letter of their names. (Got in some incidental reading without them realising!)
Then we did the whole alphabet.

Next was insect themed movement exercises from here. As the blog only had a photo of the one she made I then created some but as i don’t yet know how to up load it. If you request a copy in comments I’ll email it to you

Insect Gross Motor

Masking Tape Hopescotch

The older two still had excess energy so onto Masking Tape Hopscotch …
Masking Tape
Optional: Bean bag

Using the masking tape “draw” the hopscotch – I used the square tiles for some of my squares but it would be easy to make the whole thing out of tape. Then again with the tape numbers 1-9.

Play hopscotch – hope in numbers 1-3, jump with one foot in each of 4 & 5 hop in 6, jump with one foot in each of 7 & 8 and turn in 9.

Optional: throw the bean bag into square 1 and miss that square. hoping/jumping in the rest as per above, next time through throw the bean bag into square 2 and miss that square and so on. When you throw into 4 miss four by just hopping into 5 and so on.

Ages 4+
Practised throwing, hopping, jumping, planning how to miss the appropriate square.



with Jasmine

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

I saw this post and thought Lacy (2yrs) would love one of these homemade tin drums. I basically followed their tutorial but as it had no photos I’ve included photos of Lacy’s being made…

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

I used a Milo tin.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

The fabric used was an offcut of recycled curtains – originally an Ikea print. Lacy (2yr) declared it “My favorite”.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

The hot glue gun got a work out

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

Trimming to size.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

More hot glue

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

My bowl was close enough to the right size to make the felt ‘skins’. (BTW the Sharpie came off the bowl with warm soapy water).

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

And even more hot glue

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

There had to be some sewing to make it fun… My first round was too far apart so I did a second round I wanted a diamond pattern so I sewed a second round in between the first, only adding beads the first time.

DIY TOYS - Tin drum

Lacy couldn’t wait to play it! Now I need to drink more Milo so I can make one for Aniya.

Easy rip and glue craft

So my girls love to do craft and I wanted nice easy craft ideas that I had the things for.

I found pictures on the net of a butterfly (I have girls) and other pictures. I searched colouring butterfly. We ripped up coloured construction paper that I bought for cheap from office works. Than glued onto the picture. So easy the kids loved!

Needed: paper, glue


Gluten free ideas for school birthdays

My daughters are gluten free, the eldest started school last year and I needed ideas for what I could send instead of cupcakes for school.
Honey joys – so easy and fun for the kids to make with you.
I just use corm flakes with no gluten. Eg skippy or home brand etc.
Really good as low allergy as no nuts, eggs and could use dairy free butter:) even better so fast to make!

Garden Discoveries – Saunders’ Case Moth

with Jasmine

Yesterday was another beautiful Autumn day. We were spending a lovely afternoon in the garden when Aaron (6yrs) discovered a cocoon.

Saunders' Case Moth Cocoon
I love living in the age of instant answers – a quick internet search showed it to be a Saunders’ Case Moth (native to Australia). These grubs live their whole life in their cocoon emerging only to feed in the evening and for the adult males to fly and find an adult female moth (still in its cocoon). They drag their cocoons around with them. For more info check out Museum Victoria

Suanders' Case Moth Grub. The orange a black grub is popping it's head out to nibble some leaves

Later that evening we went to check on the cocoon and were rewarded with seeing the orange and black grub just popping it’s head out to nibble some leaves.

Aaron (6yrs) took these photos to school for “news”.  Hope his class find it interesting!