Colouring fun at the table

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Mar 112012

Remember the Colour In wallpaper I wrote about earlier this year? I think I have just discovered its little cousins over at Rudy and the Dodo: smaller in size, portable and reusable and of course just as much colouring in fun, check out the lovely designs from French artist Marielle Bazard.

This happens to me all the time: I sit my little monkeys down at the table to do some drawing, and when I come back to check up on them it appears most of drawing was done on the table and not on the paper. If you recognise this I am sure you share my excitement about these Colour Your Own Table Cloths ($49.95). Available in a boys and girls design they offer endless entertainment, washable markers are included and when it is full just throw it in the washing machine and start all over again.

The matching Colour Your Own Placemats ($14.95) are a brilliant size for on the go, perfect to keep your little artists busy at grandma, the restaurant or a grown up party. The drawings on the table cloths and placemats are absolutely gorgeous, featuring all time favourites like princesses, pirates and robots. I especially love how the table cloth print is the right side up from any side of the table, because kids hate drawing upside down.

To find out more about Rudy and the Dodo, to take a closer look at the Marielle Bazard designs and to order online visit

Feb 202012

Recently we were invited to the birthday party of our nephew, of course the kids were super excited but they are not the ones having to buy a present for a 10 year old boy. I never have any trouble picking gifts for girls, no matter what age, in fact I am always well prepared and know in advance what sort of present I am looking for. Shopping for boys on the other hand is much more difficult (I think) and up until the last minute I wasn’t sure what to get. The only thing I did know is that he loves footy so just in time I came across these two great new books:

The Find The Footy activity book ($14.95, 48 pages) is both fun and educational so it will get the tick of approval from both kids and parents. On every page kids need to locate up to 12 footy balls, hiding in pictures of famous landmarks and locations from all around the world. That sounds easier than it is and it will certainly keep them busy for quite a while! The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, the Tower Bridge in London, kids will learn a lot whilst hunting for icons from their favourite sport.

As a child I (and my sisters) used to love arts and crafts but my brother was not much into all the creative stuff. Both my son and daughter love sitting at the table with their colouring books but when boys get that little bit older they are often not very interested in drawing and colouring in anymore. They prefer to go outside and get dirty in the yard or even better, play a game of footy. But what do they do when it is too cold or rainy to play outside?

The Bumper Footy colouring book ($9.95, 96 pages) is great crafty entertainment for young footy lovers. The book features a massive 48 famous AFL players and whilst learning lots of interesting facts about the players kids can colour in a picture of each sportsman and team logo. When was he born, how tall is he, what position does he play and what moves is he famous for? Little supporters will love this crafty footy ‘encyclopedia’. Priced at just $9.95 the Bumper Footy book is a great gift idea.

To find out more about Find The Footy or Bumper Footy and to order your favourite titles online visit, delivery within Australia is free for every book order.

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