Craft and Fun Ideas

weaving with nature

This yarn project is great for kid’s fine-motor skills, coordination & nurturing their creativity; it’s a fun screen-free activity & it produces a unique & beautiful piece of artwork! Step 1: Gather your... Read More


Kids’ car racing games to play at home

Most little kids want to grow up to be a race car driver at some point; it seems to be an inevitable childhood phase. If your Brisbane Kids love all things cars and racing, then you’ll love our fun list of pretend play activities that allow them to indulge their passion for racing. These kids’ …

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Crochet for Kids

Editors Foreword: It is a rainy Saturday and you have nothing to do, fear not! Because rainy days are a perfect day to teach your child how to crochet and if you don’t know how you have come to the right place! Firstly you want to track down your local Spotlight Australia store and get the tools …

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Shaving foam painting | Craft for kids

Messy play – tick! Creative fun – tick! Simple, original art work – tick! Getting started Messy play/painting with shaving cream has to be one of the simplest art activities you can do, and is loads of fun for the kids. To get started, you simply need: shaving cream food colouring a container to contain …

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Easy Mother’s Day Gifts for Dads and Kids to Make

With Mother’s Day skipping happily towards us, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. And while store-bought presents may be on the wish list, nothing says ‘I love you’ quite as sweetly as a handmade gift. If the idea of making something leaves you feeling a little nervous, we’ve come up with two simple gift …

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The Ultimate Kids Craft Box Ideas

When it comes to keeping kids entertained, easy craft projects can be one of the best solutions, not only providing plenty of fun but also fostering their creativity and self-expression from a young age. Craft activities are ideal for keeping the kids busy during school holidays, on weekends, during wet weather when they are stuck …

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10 Fun Things to do at Easter with Kids

Easter doesn’t just have to be about indulging in chocolate on Easter Sunday. Sure that’s a big part of it, but there’s plenty of other fun activities that you can do with your Brisbane Kid. We’ve compiled a list of 10 fun and creative activities to entertain the kids over the Easter period. 1. Carrot …

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How to make a St Patrick’s Day Sweet Pea Seed Gift

Besides dancing an Irish jig, chasing pots of gold, or painstakingly sitting in a patch of clover to find that ‘lucky’ one, St Patrick’s Day (17th March) is the traditional day to plant Sweet Peas in your garden! Sweet Peas come in an array of colours, bringing life and vitality to your garden space. Best …

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Paper Heart Valentine Collages

Who would have thought you could make so many cute creatures out of heart shapes? 🙂  You could easily make these on a smaller scale and turn them into cards.   What you need: Paper – the more colours the better! Scissors and pencil (younger kids will need help cutting) Craft glue and googley eyes …

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Making Paper Planes – 5 Simple & Awesome DIY Websites

Making paper planes can be one of the cheapest activities for entertaining the kids. After the Summer 2014/2015 school holiday release of the Aussie Movie ‘Paper Planes’, this hobby is more popular than ever across Brisbane households. Suitable for both outdoor play and supervised indoor play, it can be a great wet weather activity or simply …

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Pretty Lace Garland – Valentine Theme.

This is another really simple project that you can adjust for any time of year.  Snow flakes at Christmas, Egg shapes at Easter, etc. All you need is some liquid starch (available form large supermarkets in the laundry section), corn flour and old doilies or thick lace. In a small bowl, half fill with laundry …

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10 Best Balloon Games With Kids

Balloons are an inexpensive and fun way to entertain the kids with an endless array of games and activities you can do with them. Below are 10 of the best balloon games to play with kids. 1. SURPRISE POP Blow up lots of balloons, filling some with treats such as small lollies, trinkets, notes and …

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Halloween Monsters | Halloween Craft

This is a simple Halloween craft idea that Brisbane Kids of all ages will enjoy. You will need: Cardboard rolls Paint and brushes Googly eyes Foam stickers Pipe cleaners and wool (optional) Glue How to make Halloween Monsters from cardboard rolls Step 1 Paint the cardboard rolls in some fun Halloween colours. We’ve used orange, …

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Ghosts and Ghouls Garland | Halloween Craft

Here is a cute Halloween decoration you can whip up with the kids. You will need: Paper, the thicker the better Paint Googly eyes, and anything else you’d like to decorate your garland with String Scissors Sticky tape How to make a spooky garland for Halloween Step 1 Spread a thick layer of paint on …

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12 DIY Movie-inspired Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is such a great excuse to dress up and have some fun (and treats!), but hiring or purchasing costumes can be expensive when you have a house full of Brisbane Kids. So we’ve searched to find the easiest and coolest 12 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids in 2014, inspired by their favourite movies. Best …

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Creative Collages with Kids

Collage is the assemblage of various scraps of fabric, paper, card, and other odds and ends glued or taped on paper. Children love feeling different textures, looking at different colours, scrunching, cutting and gluing on paper. Collage is great for little imaginations, and the options are endless. Suitable for kids aged 2+ You Will Need: …

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Lego Head Lollipops

It turns out I am one of ‘those’ mums. You know, the ones that randomly stick their hand up when the school newsletter asks for volunteers to help make lollies for the school carnival. The truth is though, I know NOTHING about making lollies, I’ve never made fudge or toffee in my life and my …

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Super Ikea Hacks for Kids Bedrooms

Ikea and bespoke don’t usually go together in the same sentence. But here at Brisbane Kids we have hunted down some of the most unique and inspired Ikea hacks for kids’ bedrooms that can transform their sleep-space into a fun and unique haven. Inspired Lighting Ikea Hacks for Kids A quick and simple night light …

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Creative Ikea Hacks for Kids Play Spaces

Ikea is full of weird and wonderful items; many of which already grace thousands of homes across Brisbane. These innovative Ikea hacks for kids are the perfect way to dress up, make more room or add some va-va- voom and personality to your Brisbane Kid’s playroom. Customised Toys Transform a Bekvam step stool into this …

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Still Life Drawing for Kids

With origins from the Middle Ages, Still Life drawing and painting involves artists arranging and drawing ‘still’ objects – more traditionally fruit and vase arrangements. Tiny Art shows us how to have fun with your kids, drawing their favourite toys. Suitable for kids aged 3+ What You Will Need: Paper Pencils, Felt pens, Crayons Children’s favourite …

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Book Week Costume Ideas for Kids

Book Week 2015 is fast approaching and whilst children, schools and libraries nation-wide prepare for this literary celebration, many parents groan at the thought of finding another costume. Brisbane Kids has searched for some of the best and most imaginative children’s book characters to help you find the right Book Week costume for your little …

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Painting with Bubbles

Bubbles are so magical, and when combined with paint and colour, what could be more fun? You will Need: Bubble Liquid Food Dye – red, yellow and blue 3 Plastic cups or containers Straws Paper How to make Painted Bubble Artworks Step 1: Pour bubble liquid (approx. ¼ full) into three cup. Put a straw …

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Wow Your Brisbane Kids with Flying Ghost Bags | Science Fun

Wanting a quick and easy experiment to excite and amaze your children?? This simple tea-bag trick will have them totally amazed. Create a flying tea-bag that transforms into a ghostly puff of smoke. Can your Brisbane Kid catch the ghost before it disappears into thin air?! You Will Need: A tea-bag A lighter or matches …

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Handmade Wrapping Paper at Home

DIY Wrapping Paper Since I can remember, I’ve always created my own wrapping paper using newspaper, butcher’s or brown paper from the super market. Perhaps I’m just the Ebenezer Scrooge of gift-wrapping, because spending anything over $5 on wrapping paper has always seemed a little ‘excessive’ to me. Creating your own wrapping paper is fun …

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Kids Craft – Bubble Painting Valentine Decorations

Here is a really easy idea the whole family can help create to decorate your house for Valentines day. What you’ll need: Food colouring Dishwashing Liquid Straws and a bowl Paper Some string to hang them on.   Make a solution 1 part food colouring, 1 part detergent, 2 parts water in a bowl and …

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Groovy DIY Lava Lamp

Step back to the swinging 60’s with these super easy and hugely popular Lava Lamps. This DIY project is so simple your Brisbane Kids can do it all themselves. Lava Lamps are a fun and exciting project for all ages and will keep them amused for hours. You Will Need: A bottle or container with …

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Cereal Sand

Wishing for a day at the beach but stuck at home? We have a fun and easy way to bring the seaside into your home using items in your pantry. This sensory based Cereal Sand is a fantastic tactile experience for your Brisbane Kids to create sand castles and beach scenes. Enjoy the wonderful scented …

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Crafts with Pom Poms | Two Easy Methods, Endless Possibilities!

Brisbane Kids love pom poms! Not only are they fun and easy to make, but they can be transformed into almost anything little imaginations can come up with. Traditional Pom Poms You Will Need: Cardboard Scissors String or Wool How to Make Traditional Pom Poms Step 1 On a piece of card, draw two matching …

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Surprise Colour Play Dough

This is a fun colour discovery and guessing game. Challenge your child to guess what colour each ball will be. See their face light up as they uncover the hidden colour as they play with this surprise colour play dough. You Will Need: 1 cup plain flour ½ cup salt 2 tsp cream of tartar …

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Smelly Jelly Play Dough

Mmmm…. the smell of jelly is a childhood memory we all lovingly remember. And what’s better than adding two wonderful childhood essentials together – play dough and jelly! These two are made for each other. Your Brisbane Kids are going to love this Smelly Jelly Dough recipe and it is so easy. You Will Need: …

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Peppermint Play Dough for Sick Days

Even when little ones are sick they are often on the go. A quiet, stationary activity that keeps them entertained and busy away from the TV is a hard task. But, with this Peppermint Play Dough, your under the weather little Brisbane Kid will soon be on the mend. Peppermint has been used for centuries …

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Nutella Play Dough

Oh my!!! This may be our favourite play dough of all time! This is a no cook, 2 ingredient, 2 minute and totally edible play dough recipe that is guaranteed to keep your Brisbane Kids happy. Be warned, this dough smells so incredible and tastes amazing!! Leave creations to air dry for a few hours …

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Painting With Nature | Nature Play

Brisbane Kids love to play in the great outdoors, and creating wonderful masterpieces with their nature finds is a fun and exciting new way to experiment with nature and all her wonderful textures. The world around us is filled with wonderful textures that look amazing translated onto a canvas. These Nature Play activities are wonderful …

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Splat Paint Art

Children LOVE to play with paint and colours and enjoy seeing what happens when they mix. So this is a great experimental activity for your Tiny Artists.   The following project is VERY messy, lots of fun and adaptable for children of all ages (and adults). Materials: Different types of paint in lots of colours eg. …

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17 Super Seed Pod Ideas | Nature Play

If your Brisbane Kids are anything like mine, they won’t be able to walk past any of these seed pods without insisting on bringing them home. There are some on our deck, there’s one on the kitchen windowsill, there’s even one in my handbag! If you’re inundated too, then fear not, there are a million …

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Amazing Home Decorating Ideas with Lego

Not a DIY expert or gearing up to complete in the next round of The Block? Never fear! We have found some super easy and economical ways for you to decorate your home with something you’ve probably already got tonnes of – LEGO! Some of these decorating ideas are not for the faint-hearted and most …

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Papier Mache Piggy Bank

Encourage kids to start saving with their own personalised piggy banks. These papier mâché piggies are fun and easy to make from everyday items around the house. Using papier mâché is a great sensory activity for children, but if you’re worried about gluey globs getting everywhere then do this part outside to take the stress …

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Hilarious Ways to Upcycle Plastic Dinosaurs

You might be asking why you would want a dinosaur themed home and I feel sorry for you if you don’t understand but for those that do then you are going to LOVE this! Also, it is very possible to scale these ideas back to a more sensible bedroom theme for your child if you …

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DIY Felt Easter Baskets | Easter Craft

If your kids are anything like ours, Sunday can not come soon enough! Woolworths is selling some really cute felt Easter baskets this year, but we figured we may as well have a go at making some ourselves. You Will Need: Different coloured felt Sharp scissors (felt is not easy to cut) Empty soft drink …

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Egg Carton Flowers | Mothers Day Craft

Thanks to Tiny Art for this Mothers Day Craft idea. My Tiny Artists LOVE to collect egg cartons and when looking for something to make for Mother’s Day presents for their Nannas, we came across our very large collection and decided to put them to use.   The following project is cheap, simple and adaptable for …

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Lollipop Bunnies | Easter Craft

A sweet treat to play with first Here is an Easter craft you can do that is not only an adorable and fun little character for your kids to play with but one they can eat when they are finished with it too! You will need: A bag of lollipops 2 x white pipe cleaners …

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Easter Sun Catchers | Easy Easter Craft

Here’s a really easy Easter craft activity that kids of all ages can enjoy. You will need: Some old milk or juice bottles Different coloured permanent markers Your imagination (or shapes to trace) How to Make Easter Sun Catchers Step 1 Rinse out the bottles and remove any labels. If the labels leave a sticky …

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Cheepy Chick Pop-Up Card & Easy-Peasy Daffodils │ Easter Craft

Help your Brisbane Kid to spoil someone special these Easter craft ideas! This cute chick card with its fun moving beak and this super easy bunch of daffodils are the perfect way to brighten up anyone’s autumn morning! Cheepy Chick Pop-Up Card You Will Need: A large sheet of card or heavy paper Scissors Colouring pens …

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No-Sew Sock Bunny | Easter Craft

No-sew soft toy Got a lost sock looking for a buddy?? Why not turn that lost sock into a great Easter Sock Bunny for a fun new friend for your Brisbane Kids? This simple, no-sew sock bunny is so easy—even the kids can do it! You will need: A sock 3 elastic hair bands or …

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Rainbow Salt Art

Reusable Art Medium For Kids Looking for a new and exciting way for your child to express their artistic visions? Rainbow salt art allows your child to create a masterpiece and then simply shake and start again. Use this activity for toddlers to help their fine motor skills, or for school aged children to work …

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6 Easy Card Games for Kids

In a doctor’s waiting room, around the dining table on a Saturday night, or in the tent on a rainy camping trip—anytime is the perfect time for playing cards with your Brisbane Kids! If it’s been a while since you’ve shuffled and dealt a deck of cards, here’s a reminder of the rules for six …

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Rainbow Collages

How to Make Rainbow Collages This is a great rainy day activity that is perfect for toddlers mastering their cutting and gluing skills, but is also fabulous for creative bigger kids. Whilst we don’t condone pilfering all of their paint chip cards for craft use, Bunnings does have a wonderful regular free DIY Kids’ Club …

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Making Paper at Home | Part 2

7 Tools You Need for a Handmade Paper Making Kit Not only is making paper super fun, but it makes for beautiful handmade cards, wrapping paper and gift tags. But before you get started, you do need to put together a paper making kit. Kits are available online, but it’s very easy to make your …

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DIY Cake Bunting

How to Make Bunting for Cakes You too can make gorgeous cakes for your Brisbane Kids with this beautiful cake-topper bunting! Fantastically simple, this cake decoration will give even a plain cake that ‘WOW’ factor. Step 1 Organise all of your materials What you will need: A selection of paint sample cards Ruler Scissors Pencil …

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Making Paper at Home | Part 1

How to Make Paper at Home If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at paper making, then you need to start with Paper Pulp from Recycled Paper and a deckle. A ‘deckle’ is the device that you can collect your paper pulp in and it then drains away the excess water. It’s key to the …

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DIY Paper Easter Baskets

How to Make a Paper Easter Basket This simple basket can be made by Brisbane Kids of all ages from materials you probably already have at home. It it a wonderful activity to get into the spirit of Easter, whilst also building fine motor skills. Step 1 Organise all of your materials What you will …

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Board Game Ideas for Toddlers

Do you often wrack your brain trying to think of things to keep your active toddler occupied at home on a rainy day? We’ve searched through the toy cupboard and come up with some great ways to adapt your family board games to suit the skill level of toddlers! We know—attempting to play board games …

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Sensory Snow Play at Home

Make snow at home for kids Brisbane Kids miss out on real deal snow but this simple recipe can bring a winter wonderland into your home. Sensory snow is a wonderful soft play snow that can be made into snow balls or to create a snow scene with your Brisbane Kids. Here is hours of …

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Exploding Dino Eggs | Science Fun

Science Experiments with bi-carb ROAR! The baby dinosaurs are ready to hatch! But they need a magic potion to set them free from their eggs! Fizz, bubble and pop—a new baby dino is born! This simple yet hugely exciting activity will have your budding Palaeontologist enthralled as the eggs burst open when submerged in the …

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Super Soft Playdough

Home made baby-smelling playdough Create play-dough that smells just like a baby and is luxuriously soft to play with. This dough is wonderful for Brisbane Kids’ wild imaginations. You Will Need: 2 cup Plain Flour ½ cup Salt 4 tsp Cream of Tartar 2 cup Water 2 tbsp Baby Oil Food Colouring (optional) How to …

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Magic Spoons | Science Fun

Science Experiments with Bi-Carb A spoon full of magic makes a Brisbane Kid happy. This is a magic trick your Brisbane Kids will love. Magic spoons keep their secret hidden until the potion explodes in a mass of bubbles and fizzing finally revealing a secret colour. You Will Need: Bicarbonate Soda Hair Conditioner White Vinegar …

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Fantastic Fizzing Potions | Science Fun

Science Experiments with Bi-Carb Brisbane Kids will love this easy bi-carb activity. Create a cauldron of fizzing potions with only 3 simple ingredients. Let your Brisbane Kid become a wizard, a witch or a mad professor!! You Will Need: Bicarbonate Soda White Vinegar Food Colouring (optional) How to Make Fizzing Potions: Step 1 To create …

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Easy Heart Valentine Craft for the Kids

These stained glass hearts could be adjusted for any occasion, green and red stars for Christmas, multi coloured eggs at easter, balloon shapes for a kids party.  They are so quick and easy to make too.  Today we are making heart ones for Valentines day. What you need; Laminator and A4 sheets (if you don’t …

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Ice Play Activities

Summertime in Brisbane is a wonderful time to enjoy the sunshine of our gorgeous state, however some days Brisbane Kids just need some cooling down play. If your children are tired of playing in the sprinkler and you are looking for some fun and playful ideas, then check out these cool ways with ice this …

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Showing Kids How Plants Drink with Colour | Carnation Test

Transpiration – such a big word and a complicated term, but one that is so exciting to experiment with and to show your Brisbane Kid the process of how plants feed. By following this simple science experiment, your child can see for themselves how plants suck water and nutrients out of the soil and surrounding …

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Fun with Water and Kids

Keep your Brisbane Kids cool whilst exploring our ideas for fun in your backyard this summer! Mini Yacht Racing A creative and cool way to enjoy the warmer months is to have your very own miniature yacht race in your back yard.   This simple activity will bring out the competitive streak in every Brisbane Kid …

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Sensory Ice Ball Play

How to create an Ice Ball for sensory play Whew, it was hot today! On these balmy summer days, this activity is a great way to engage the senses, encourage imaginary play and to cool down. These sensory ice balls create a wonderful environment for tactile play. The soothing water and the freezing ice will …

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Christmas Fun at Home

Fun Christmas activities to enjoy at home with your Brisbane Kids this year. The Brisbane Kids team has been busy crafting up a storm; creating lots of festive fun ideas to share with you all. We’ve also got some great Christmas food ideas for those searching for something to take to Christmas parties. We will …

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Easy Flower Bouquet Craft

How to make a vase of paper flowers This craft activity is suitable for children aged over 18 months. Younger kids can do the gluing, whilst the older kids can help with the cutting. Step 1. Organise all of your materials. What you will need: Green paper or cardboard. You can use either one or two …

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Brisbane Kids Scavenger Hunt Adventure

How to create your own fun kids’ scavenger hunt for free Creating fun childhood memories doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, as we all know, some of the best things in life are free. And Brisbane Kids scavenger hunts are one of these fun and engaging free memory makers. Recently we printed off …

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Sandpaper & Crayon Artwork T-Shirts

How to put your own works of art onto t-shirts Looking for a quick and simple, yet very effective art project? One that will delight and also have a function? Then a new t-shirt designed and created by your child is sure to be a huge hit. This craft project is very simple and was …

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Jack-O-Lantern Rocks | Halloween Craft

It is that time again when the spooky spirits and creepy ghouls rise in the neighbourhood—it’s Halloween!!! We have some frightful craft ideas that will keep the children busy and entertained… Step 1. Organise all of your materials. What you will need: Orange Paint Masking Tape A Smooth Rock Step 2. Cut the masking tape …

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Dancing Ghosts | Halloween Craft for Toddlers

It is that time again when the spooky spirits and creepy ghouls rise in the neighbourhood—it’s Halloween!!! We have some frightful craft ideas that will keep the children busy and entertained… Step 1. Organise all of your materials. What you will need: A large piece of white paper (A4 or bigger – you can also …

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Spooky Black Bats | Halloween Craft

It is that time again when the spooky spirits and creepy ghouls rise in the neighbourhood—it’s Halloween!!! We have some frightful craft ideas that will keep the children busy and entertained… Step 1. Organise all of your materials. What you will need: Black paint Black craft paper Small piece of white paper An empty toilet …

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Scary Egyptian Mummy | Halloween Craft

It is that time again when the spooky spirits and creepy ghouls rise in the neighbourhood—it’s Halloween!!! We have some frightful craft ideas that will keep the children busy and entertained… Step 1. Organise all of your materials. What you will need: Empty Toilet Roll Glue Craft Eyes Strips of white paper Step 2. Cover …

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The easiest way to make and play with a pet rock

Looking for a quick and easy craft project to make with or for your children? Pet rocks. Yes pet rocks. Children love being able to create their own friend for the garden and they can be used in so many different ways. We made pet rock beetles and held a treasure hunt My children’s Pop …

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Magic Painting

Many thanks to Mott Park Kindy for this activity. Step 1. Organise all of the equipment. What you will need: Large sheet of white paper White candle Watercolour paint or water with food colouring added Paint Brushes Step 2. The first step is to create your drawing on white paper using an old candle. It will …

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Car Scavenger Hunts and Bingo Games

Finding something to do on a long car ride with kids can be a challenge. The continual, “are we there yet?” can put a real dampener on a break away before it has even begun. Solutions are often of the electronic or crayon variety but involve playing alone. We have designed our scavenger hunts to …

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Growing Strawberries at Home

There’s nothing better than the sweet flavour of home-grown strawberries! Loved by children and adults alike, it’s little wonder this easy-to-grow groundcover is among the most popular food crops in Australian home gardens. Best time to plant: The ideal time for planting your strawberries is June to August each year. Planting Tips: Strawberries like lots of …

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How to Make your own Soap

Many thanks to Craigslea Kindy for this activity. Step 1. Organise all of the ingredients and equipment What you will need: Soap base (eg. Goats Milk or Glycerine) Fragrant or Essential Oil Alcohol (eg. Isopropyl Alcohol) Knife Chopping Board Mica-Colour Mug Stirring Stick Dropper Mould Plastic Cling Film Step 2. Cut up some soap base Step …

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Make your own fish game

Thanks to Lawnton Kindy One of the many many rainy day activities that have happened at our kindy is making a fishing game. The teachers drew some of the fish shapes and some children attempted their own fish shapes (pre-writing fine motor skill development, spatial visualisation). The children cut all the fish out using their …

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Safe Slime Recipe

It’s true. You can get Alien snot on Earth, well that’s according to the awesome childcare centre at Albany Creek, Chatterbox Childcare who sent us in this slime recipe. The best thing about this mix is that it is made from ingredients that won’t hurt babies, no borax, no nasties. Safe slime recipe Dissolve 1 …

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for toddlers and kids

Heading into the great outdoors for a scavenger hunt is a wonderful way to get your kids out and about with nature. The great thing about being in Brisbane and scavenger hunts is the never ending sources of great places to go. There are plenty of outdoor spaces and Brisbane parks that provide wonderful opportunities …

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Cool things to do with Cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes provide a wealth of possibilities in the fun that can be had by kids for little or no money for hours! Its like the perfect combination of imagination meets recycling. Check out our ideas here The Cardboard Box Bus Just think of the places your Brisbane Kid can take their teddies. All across …

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Homemade gifts and card ideas for mothers day

 Mother’s Day Art Gift Ideas You’ll be amazed at how fun, creative and enjoyable this art activity made from chalk pastels and PVA glue can be for your little ones (and big ones) to make an awesome and original gift for a Mother’s Day and/or Grandmother’s gift. Materials: Black cardboard Lead pencil PVA glue in …

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Easy Easter Craft | Create your own colourful Easter garland.

Here is a colourful Easter activity you can do with the whole family, that kids of all ages will enjoy.  Indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, using everyday items from around your home. What you’ll need; Food colouring Dishwashing liquid Straws Paper cut into Easter shapes (eggs, bunnies etc) Bowls and some water. Mix equal …

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Easy Christmas Craft | Cupcake Casing Angels

Cupcake casing angels White cupcake casing Scissors Sticky tape String Flatten the cupcake casing a little and cut the dotted lines you can see on the photo. Cut straight in towards the middle. Then half a circle to one side and half to the other, don’t let them meet, this is the head. For the …

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Make a Plaster Paris Christmas Star

Plaster Paris Christmas Decoration My mother still has a daggy Santa Clause Christmas decoration I made for her when I was five. Every year when it gets hung on the tree it becomes a talking point about how daggy it is and when is she going to throw it away. Christmas is about traditions and …

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Cool Party Bag Ideas

Finding cool party bag ideas is just part of the fun of organising a party for kids. Party Bags are often themed with the party but there is no reason to provide the stock standard plastic inclusions with the following great ideas for girls? Hahdmade tie on tutu’s and a tiara A buffet for the …

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Make your own indoor games

Make with grandma, play with grandma. Guest post by 2craftand2create.wordpress.com Grandma is visiting my Brisbane Kid Ellen. Grandma is living overseas, so we have to make the visit memorable. My memories of my grandma are of sock knitting and playing board games. Now I am well aware that nowadays computer games are the games to …

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Make your own Crayons

Crafty Crayons Are you wondering what to do with all the small pieces of crayons accumulating in your children’s drawing station? These are a wonderful way to reuse and recycle, make a great homemade gift and are wonderful hands on science experiment. Gather what you need: –    Crayon pieces –    A mould to form the …

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Upcycling my Brisbane kids art

Guest Post By Brisbane Mum Renate My 2-year-old Brisbane kid Ellen loves to paint. As a matter of fact we had another painting session this morning. Master pieces are delivered in 5 minutes one after the other. Now as her mother I love the art she makes, but there is only so much space on …

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Top 10 Creative Play ideas For Babies

Top 10 Creative Play ideas For Babies 6-18 months Babies are the masters of enjoying and engaging with common household items that they consider to be amazing “toys”.  Simple “toys” (a box, a transparent water bottle filled with coloured rice, or saucepans) seem to produce the greatest source of enjoyment for babies. Simple toys that …

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Top 10 Resources to Inspire Creativity

Top 10 Resources to Inspire Creativity. Providing experiences to inspire creativity involves children engaging in open ended tasks so that they can express their own ideas, problem solve, explore, predict and discover through trial and error. My top 10 resources (which always require adult supervision when being used) to inspire creativity are: Boxes can be …

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Creative Pot Plants

Creative Pot Plants You need 1 tuna tin, wooden pegs from a discount shop, string or ribbon for decoration, one small yoghurt container with 2-4 holes cut out of the bottom (for water drainage), a plant of your choosing (we have used a pansy plant, 1 in each yoghurt container) and a tiny bit of …

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Top 10 Ways to Nurture Creativity In Young Children

Top 10 Ways to Nurture Creativity In Young Children Nurturing creativity involves providing opportunities for children to problem solve, think “outside the box”, brainstorm, discover through trial and error. See the picture above as an example of creativity at its best: Play dough creation by my five year old girl. You could place pipe cleaners, …

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How to make a Placemat

How to make a Placemat Guest post by Craft and Mum Blogger www.mamamoontime.com Eating dinner at the table with the family should be a cherished time but with everyone so busy, it often doesn’t happen as much as it could.  Make dinnertime special again by inviting the children to making a funky placemat for each member …

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Make Your Own Binoculars

Make Your Own Binoculars I SEE… Turn your old toilet paper rolls into an outdoor discovery session. Make your own Binoculars Materials 2 cardboard rolls Hole punch Paddlepop sticks Wool (cut long enough for a long necklace) Glue/double sided tape/sticky tape. Instructions. Punch a hole on one side of the end of the cardboard role. …

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Make an Easter Basket

Make an Easter Basket Nest Style Basket  Materials Paper Plate/ Cardboard Scissors Glue Stapler Collage material Cut 2 slots on either side of the paper plate, about 2 thirds of the way in. Overlap the slit, by a few centimetres and staple shut. Staple on a cardboard handle. Paste lots of glue on the inside …

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Paper Plate Chicken

Paper Plate Chicken Cheeky Chicken Materials • Paper plate, or semi circle of cardboard • Cardboard and paper • Feathers • Glue Instructions 1. Trace and cut around your handprint on a piece of coloured paper. 2. Glue your handprint to one end and cover in glue and stick on feathers. 3. Cut out a circle for the head and glue on the other …

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Keeping Kids Cool When the Heat Is On

Keeping Kids Cool When the Heat Is On By Brisbane Blogger SquiggleMum I love Brisbane summer.  Sunshine, fresh air, swimming, bbq dinners, mango, cicadas, and balmy evenings. Bliss.  But then there are those other summer days.  You know the ones… days with temperatures over 35 degrees – resulting in little ones who can’t sleep, toddlers who …

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Tribute to Magic Land

Tribute to We Miss you Magic Land from The Gallery of Modern Art Thanks to Brisbane Mum Lisa I recently took my 3 and a half year old daughter and 1 and a half year old son to the Gallery of Modern Art on Brisbane’s South Bank. There are some truly amazing exhibits there, designed …

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How to make a Fairy Snow Globe

How to make a Fairy Snow globe Thanks to our latest guest blogger Misha from www.theblingbuoy.com “Inside the snow globe on my father’s desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf.  When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting …

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Home Made Finger Paints

Home Made Finger Paints Stuck at home with your Brisbane Kid and want some ideas on how to have fun, amuse and entertain. This recipe for home made finger paints will easily be made from a well stock pantry providing hours of messy, safe and creative fun. 3 Tablespoons of Sugar 1/2 teaspooon of salt …

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22 Fun ways to stay cool this Summer

Fun ways to stay cool in summer How to stay cool in summer is a constant battle especially when you don’t have a big pool or airconditioning. So we asked Brisbane parents what they do to keep their Brisbane Kids cool in summer. Wash the car in the shade- get wet and do something constructive …

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