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Being the preparation-princess that I am slowly starting to work on the kids’ backpacks for our holiday later in the year. Spending almost 24 hours on planes and airports (one way) our little travellers will need to come packed with entertainment that is big in fun yet small in size AND weight.

Crayola Syb

For the little two I have already popped a few Crayola goodies in their luggage. By the time we go on holiday they will be 1 and 3 years old which is the perfect age for the My First Crayola range:

Palm Grip CrayonAlthough she is still a bit too small for arts and crafts right now I can imagine Harriet will want to copy her older siblings soon enough. The My First Crayola Palm-Grip Crayons (RRP $9.49, 3-pack) are designed for the hands of tiny little artists aged just 12 months and older. The unique egg shape of these brightly coloured Palm-Grip Crayons makes them easy to hold and allows children to colour from every angle.

My First Color and Sticker BookWith 24 pages and 40 stickers the My First Crayola Color & Sticker Book (RRP $3.99) offers excellent value for money. Between the colouring pages and stickers there is lots of designing and storytelling to be done, so it’s perfect for keeping busy bees entertained in the car or waiting room. There are three different books to choose from: At the Farm, Under the Sea and Just Hatched.

Crayola Easy-Grip CrayonsWe’ve been using the My First Crayola Easy-Grip Triangular Crayons (RRP $6.29, 8-pack) at home for quite some time and I find they are a great tool to teach children how to correctly hold a pen or pencil. Even though she is only three Sybil has really mastered the correct writing grip and her drawings are very precise which will be a great preparation for kindy and primary school.

Crayola Washable MarkersAs precise as Sybbie is about drawing on paper, she is just as detailed when decorating our walls or applying ‘body art’, something I am not too keen on. The My First Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers (RRP $8.49, 8-pack) can be washed off walls, furniture and clothing so they’re a real sanity saver. The rounded, ball-shaped tip is a sturdy, durable choice for toddlers who press a tad too hard when colouring as it can not be crushed (or peeled off by inquisitive little hands).

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Dec 172012
 

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Although I am very happy to have my big two home for school holidays it is also a little challenging, they are so used to having lots to do at kindy that being at home is rather boring. Luckily they were in for a surprise (and so was I) as my sister from The Netherlands decided she would visit Australia for the very first time… this week!! We are terribly excited and to get the kids in the mood for our little ‘holiday’ we sat down and created this super simple ‘calendar’ for on the kitchen wall:

Our holiday planner

Our holiday planner

I know my artwork is nothing special but my little people seem to understand the pictures and that is all that matters. They love looking at the wall and discussing all the different things we’ll be doing and outings we’ll be going on, it is shaping up to be one big adventure! I am well aware that it is hard to predict what the weather will bring and plans might change, so working with individual sheets of paper allows for adjustments along the way. The new Scotch Restickable Shapes are perfect for our holiday planner: they look cool, they stick well, can be re-used and don’t leave any marks or damage on our painted walls.

Off for some water fun

Scotch Restickable ShapesScotch Restickable Shapes are clever little (double sided) adhesive shapes that you can use again and again without damaging your walls. If they lose stickiness you just give them a gentle soapy wash, let them dry and they are good-as-new. Priced at only $4.95 per pack (18 shapes) they are so useful to have at home, you’ll be surprised how often they’ll come in handy (just think of all the Christmas cards arriving this month).

Scotch Restickable TabsIf bright pink (or blue) shapes are not your thing and you’re looking for something a little more subtle you’ll be pleased to know that there are transparent, thinner stickable tabs, strips and even a sheet available too. These are perfect for an office, work or even store environment as you can’t see them and they hold your notices, memos and other important messages neatly in place. No need to fiddle with sticky tape (folding it to make it double sided) and being left with sticky residue.

You can find the Scotch Restickable Mounting Range ($4.95 per pack) at Officeworks and Bunnings stores all over Australia wide.

To find out more about Scotch, to take a closer look at Scotch Restickables and to locate a stockist near you visit www.scotchbrand.com.au.

For your chance to win a 4-piece Scotch Restickables Pack (Restickable Shapes, Restickable Tabs, Restickable Strips and Restickable Sheet) visit www.scotchbrand.com.au and answer the following question: What would you use Scotch Restickables for in/around your home?

The first 20 (individual) entrants will receive a free Scotch Restickable Tabs trial pack.

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On holidays with Seedling

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May 012012
 

As we are counting down for our much longed for holiday I am slowly collecting bits and pieces to take with us, and when I spotted these I’ll Write You! Postcard Sets at Bright Buttons Toys I knew the kids would love them. As a child I loved receiving postcards from family and friends who were on holidays and I think our nearest and dearest will really enjoy getting a card from us while we are away too.

The I’ll Write You! Postcard Set ($8.95) by Seedling contains six postcards and six coloured pencils, now all kids need are some stamps and they can create their very own designer post cards. The front of the cards is blank, so your little artist can make a beautiful drawing of something they discoverd on the holiday. On the other side the cards has a unique starting sentence to get them going, eg. ‘Do you know what I did today?’ and ‘I found this amazing animal! It had…’ How cool is that?

New Zealand label Seedling is all about enabling young people to use their imagination, discover new talents and explore the world around them. Seedling offers a great range of good old-fashioned, hands on products for kids of different ages, their craft kits are fantastic and a brilliant activity for holidays and rainy afternoons. Priced from just $8.95 Seedling products also make affordable gifts that will provide hours of entertainment.

Hopefully we will get to enjoy some lovely beach weather on our Europe holiday, even though we travel in the middle of Summer you just never know. As a child one of my favourite beach games was paddle ball so I think my twins will absolutely love the Seedling Design Your Own Paddle Ball Kit ($12.95). They can decorate it on a rainy day (which we’ll no doubt experience) and play with it outside on the warm days.

To find out more about Bright Buttons Toys, to browse the Seedling range and to order online visit www.brightbuttonstoys.com.au.

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 www.slatterymedia.com, delivery within Australia is free for every book order.

For your chance to win a copy of Bumper Footy and Find the Footy visit www.slatterymedia.com and answer the following question: Name one of the players featured in the Bumper Footy colouring book.

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Feb 022012
 

Now that school is in full swing again it won’t be long before your little students come home with their first drawings and artworks of the season. Those first ones will proudly hang on your pinboard or fridge and before you know it you can’t see the doors of your fridge anymore. Every single artwork is special in its own way and most parents want to keep as many of those precious artworks as possible. But how to do this in a neat and representable way?

The team at Art Eater has come up with three awesome ways to showcase your kids’ artwork so you can enjoy and admire it for longer. In fact Art Eater is one of the very few Australian retailers selling the fantastic Li’l Davinci Art Cabinets. This clever combination between a cabinet and a photo frame allows you to store up to 50 pages in the one frame and changing the artwork on display as often as you like without any effort.

To add the latest creation to your Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet you simply open it from the front and place the new piece in front of the others, close the door and voila, there is a new artwork to admire. The frame is surprisingly thin so it will look very similar to a regular photo frame and is available in several colour options to suit your interior. Depending on what size paper your child works with most, and how much wall space you have, there is choice of A4, A3 and A2 size.

With the twins starting kindy this year I can expect many handmade creations to make their way into our house so I am creating a special wall area to hang up three Li’l Davinci Art Cabinets, one for each child. It’s a great way to show your child you think their work is fantastic and worth looking at, and it looks organised and tidy too! The beautifully made Li’l Davinci Art Cabinets are priced between $65 and $125.

To find out more about Art Eater, to take a closer look at the Li’l Davinci Art Cabinets and to order online visit www.arteater.com.au.

For your chance to win a A3 Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet (RRP $85) in your favourite colour (subject to availability) visit www.arteater.com.au and answer the following question: Which colour Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet would you choose and where would you hang it?

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Jan 062012
 

Looking at my growing collection of interesting drawings made by my cheeky three year olds I am starting to think of clever ways to display them in our home. By now even our double door fridge is getting rather full, a shame because they absolutely love drawing and colouring and really enjoy looking back at things they created earlier. A beautiful way to encourage and showcase your child’s artistic talents is with the Colour In wallpaper from Just Kids Wallpaper.

Like the name says Just Kids Wallpaper is all about wallpaper for kids in a large selection of colours, prints and styles. A few rolls of Colour In wallpaper would be my top pick, I would have loved it as a child and I know mine would love it too. A section of Colour In wallpaper would make a lovely addition to a playroom or bedroom but even places like the kitchen, so the kids can do a spot of colouring in while you cook dinner.

Another one of my favourites, and not only because it originates from my home country The Netherlands, is this gorgeous Mushroom wallpaper from Dutch label Onszelf (which means ourselves). I love the vibrant red colour of the toadstool and the neutral tones of the background, leaving plenty of room for accessorising with other sweet red pieces. If your little lady is more into pink there are plenty of other designs available too.

To find out more about Just Kids Wallpaper, to browse the range and to order online visit www.justkidswallpaper.com.

Colorific – Funky Fun Mini’s

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Dec 272011
 

It may officially be summer but the Australian weather can’t seem to make up its mind, hot and sweaty one day and rain and hail storms the next. There is always a chance the weather will force you and the kids to stay inside these school holidays so don’t get caught out and stock up on some fun activities that you can do indoors. Craft supplies can be expensive but that is most certainly not the case with the new Funky Fun Mini range from Colorific.

The Funky Fun Mini range consists of three great craft sets suitable for children as young as 4 years old (some parental help needed) up to 10 years old. Each kit contains all kids need to create their own little artworks that can actually be used afterwards making it even more fun. What child doesn’t like the sound of making its own animal key rings, designer yoyo’s or (my favourite) shrinky jewellery?

Don’t let the name fool you, the creations may be small (and the $6.99 price tag is too!) but the entertainment factor of the Colorific Funky Fun Mini’s is high and kids can make multiple designs with just one small box  making it a great activity for siblings or friends to do together. Keep these kits in mind for upcoming birthdays too, they make a great gift that won’t break the bank.

To find out more about Colorific, to take a closer look at the Funky Fun Mini’s and to locate a stockist near you visit www.colorific.com.au.