Thursday, April 24, 2014

DIY sensory bottles

A little while ago I posted about some things I had made up for Chloe to help her wind down from school as she was struggling a little and was over tired. One of the things I made her was a sensory bottle, much like the 'time out jar' filled with glitter that I had seen on pinterest. Chloe's is filled with pretty little beads and gems, sequins and glittler for her to shake and watch everything settle back down while chilling out.

When I made Chloe's I thought I'd make one for Noah as well so he could use it for winding down at the end of a busy day. But after also seeing some awesome sensory bottles a friend of mine made {she is super clever and runs amazing sensory classes for children called Caterpillar Kids- check it out here} I decided to make some for Owen, too.

They are very easy to make and last for ages. We haven't had any of ours break and my kids play with them every day!!

I used plastic milk bottles from the reject shop, these are fairly large and perfect for bigger kids. I thought they'd be too big for Owen but he loves this size as he pushes them around and crawls after them. Go for smaller plastic bottles though if you're worried these are too big.

We have 6 sensory bottles and they are
- Frozen themed bottle, with snowflake sequins, blue leaves and white gems etc
- Moon and starts bottle, with blue glitter and tiny star glitter, moon and star sequins
- Rainbow water bead bottle, just some of our usual water beads
-Pink fairy and butterfly bottle - with gems, butterfly sequins and pink fairy dust 
- Pom pom bottle, with glittery green pom poms and glitter
- Button bottle with a selection of different coloured and different sized buttons

What you need:
Plastic bottles
glycerine or baby oil
glitter, sequins, pom poms, buttons, gems etc 
super glue

** Let your imagination run wild with what you pop in these bottles - Noah is asking me to make him one with lego one and Chloe would like an i-spy one with little charms etc and my friend has some with cellophane and ribbon in them. Just be prepared that you need to super glue the lids onto these bottles so you're not likely to get back what ever you put in them.
** also with the glitter, the 'bigger' the glitter the better - really fine glitter just ends up looking cloudy in the bottles.

What to do:
Half fill your bottle with water and then add in your glitter, sequins, pom poms or what ever you choose. Put in about a tablespoon of glycerine or baby oil and then add more water {but don't fill to the top just yet!}

Pop the lid on and give it a shake. The baby oil or glycerine is there to help things swirl around and settle back down a little slower than it would in just plain water so decide if that's enough of you'd like to put a little more in {If using water beads, just use all plain water, no oil etc as it doesn't need it}.
Once you're happy with it, top up all the way with water.

Put some superglue in and around the edge of the bottle lid and then twist it onto the bottle nice and tight. Leave to set for a little while and your bottle should be ready!

There you go :o} Awesome home made fun!

These have proven such a big hit at our house and have been especially great for our little crawler who pushes the bottles and follows and makes his way all through the house like that!



Monday, April 21, 2014

{printable} cookie gift tags

Lately we have been trying to teach our kids about little acts of kindness. I will explain what we've been doing more specifically very soon, but for now I thought I'd share these cute little tags that you can add to some home baked cookies for a delightful little act of {cookie} kindness :o} 

We love to bake and I saw this Norwegian Proverb sometime ago and loved the simplicity and truth of it - Cookies are made of butter & love. 

So we baked some lovely heart shaped cookies together and packaged them up in little gift bags and popped these cute tags on with some washi tape. Super simple and super quick.
We gave them to their teachers as a 'just because' {just because they're awesome and do so much good for our children!}

Download your tags here and spread some cookie love of you own :o}
Cookies are made of butter & love - free printable cookie gift tags

I'm sure you can think of someone who would smile big time from a little cookie surprise from you.



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Friday, April 18, 2014

{craft} easy clay bunnies

Here is a super fun and easy Easter craft to do this extra long weekend with the kids!!

The other day Chloe said to me she wished and wished with all her might that she would find a little bunny pet in the back yard for us to love and take care of. 

I said to her that that was a lovely wish, but that it was one that probably couldn't come true right now as we aren't ready for a pet! I encouraged her to play with her hundreds of soft toy bunnies {my kids honestly have a 'thing' for bunnies! we have so so many!} but then I thought we should make one that could be a 'pet' {pet rock style!}

All you need is some air dry clay {you can make some yourself or you can use store bought {which is what we did}
Some white felt for bunny ears
Googly eyes
and something for the nose - we happened to have these little heart shaped beads which did the trick nicely! But a little pom pom or a bit of felt would work well too!

I gave the kids a ball of clay so they could each make their own and asked them to shape their little bunnies themselves.

We just pushed the felt ears into the tops of them.

I couldn't resist adding a little bunny tail to the one I made for Owen.

They just take a few days to dry hard and they trust me when I say they make very good 'pets' and are so super easy to care for! They don't need to be cleaned up after and they don't chew your stuff! :o}

They are so also cute as little decorations around the house. I really love when I look around and see so many things that we have made together!

For some more easy Easter crafts and activities to do this weekend, take a look through the links below :o}

Maybe even try some carrot shaped meringues?!

I hope you and your family have the most wonderful, safe and happy Easter.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Awesome school holiday fun with AMF Bowling

This post is brought to you by AMF Bowling

School holidays are here again and we are all very very ready for some down time and a break from the twice daily school run! 
Every school holidays we fill out a school holiday planner where we sit down and write out what activities we'd like to do in our time off. 

These school holidays our list consists of 
-going on a ferry
-ride a tram
-feeding birds
-watch a movie in the tent
-teddy bear picnic
-pottery painting

AMF Bowling have an awesome School Holiday special where you bowl all day {before 5pm} for $16.90 which is an awesome saving so off to bowling we went and we had a BLAST. 
Once upon a time I used to be a pretty good bowler. It was one of our favourite things to do as a group of friends as we got to hang out while doing something fun. But I haven't been bowling ever with my husband or children so this was our first family bowling expedition and we had an absolute ball! {hehe}

Our kids had never been bowling before so we explained how to play while we popped our hire shoes on and picked out some bowling balls that were appropriate weights for them and us. 

We arrived before the crowds and the kids were in awe of the bowling alley. It's big and bright and they were so excited to get started! As more and more people arrived to have some fun the atmosphere became even more exciting, with lots of music and heaps of cheers, claps and the sound of high fives and people having a great time! It's so fun how enjoyable bowling is for young and old!!

The lovely people at AMF programmed that the bumpers would pop up when ever it was either Noah or Chloe's turn to bowl. Which was awesome for them. Not so much for me, as I  think I kind of needed them … apparently I am not a great bowler 10+ years later … 
Please do not pay attention to my score. It is not the lowest out of us four. My nearly 4 year old is not beating me. It's early on in the game yet!!

We tried out this ramp thing which the kids thought was awesome! Since Chloe is still pretty little at nearly 4 she started out with this but soon wanted to play like the rest of us. Luckily AMF cater so well for kids and the bowling ball was light enough for her to carry and roll down the lane herself!

It was awesome to watch them get into the game. It's really easy for kids to understand the concept and they each developed their own tactics to kock all those pins down! Noah almost burst he was so excited {he has been asking to try out bowling for a while now!} and he definitely wants to go back. He is 7 and there was a group of young kids having the best time while we were there so we will definitely need to come back with a group of his friends for a really fun day out!

Chloe's tactic {which by the way landed her SECOND PLACE out of the four of us at the end of our games!} was to roll her ball down the lane very.very. slowly. She would just stand there with her hands behind her back ever so patiently watching her ball roll away! Haha, yep, slow and steady wins the race!

We stayed for a few hours and enjoyed some snacks and had so much fun and only left because we were exhausted!! We all cheered each other on and lots of high fives were given out! It really was such a great time we will certainly be back!

Oh - you're wondering how I scored now aren't you!? Umm well put it this way…{ahem - last place}. I have a sore elbow ... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Check out AMF Bowling for the school holiday unlimited bowling special in more detail. You can also book online!

The fabulous people at AMF Bowling Centres want to give one of you a $50 voucher for some of your own family bowling fun!! 

To enter, use the rafflecopter widget below and 'like' AMF Bowling's Facebook Page and leave a blog post comment telling me how you think you would score while bowling alongside your kids! 

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