Apr 232013


It wouldn’t be school holidays if we didn’t have a couple of cold and rainy days, and boy have we seen some rain this weekend. As playing outside was not an option we decided to cosy up inside, get the fireplace working and enjoy some fun craft activities. Usually it is me doing the craft with the kids but this time we got daddy involved to help us build the Fun Dough Castle by Junior Tradesman.

We had lots of fun building the Fun Dough Castle

We had lots of fun building the Fun Dough Castle

With 3 sisters our son (4 years old) often has to settle for pink and girly so he was pretty chuffed with this (what he thinks is a) boys themed playdough set. The Fun Dough Castle kit ($29.95) contains a very generous 1.3kg of grey dough, a base plate, 2 windows and gate, spatula and the special ‘brick making tool’, it’s all kids need to create their very own castle.

Fun Dough CastleBy pushing playdough through the special tool you can make long bricks which you then cut to size with the spatula, such a great way to encourage building and construction skills in young children. On the back of the box you’ll find several examples of different castles you can build but of course the options are endless. When your castle is ready just get out your knights and horses and the fun can begin.

Anastasia from the Coccinella store also put Junior Tradesman to the test

Anastasia from the Coccinella store also put Junior Tradesman to the test

untitledThe building components and playdough can be used again and again so kids have will hours of fun with one box, a great gift idea. There are 4 different Junior Tradesman kits to choose from: Fun Dough House, Fun Dough Castle, First House and First House and Garage. The gorgeous Anastasia (daughter of Coccinella owner Renata) and her friend tried their hands at the Fun Dough House, I think it looks great!

Find them all in store at Coccinella, delivery is $8.95 Australia wide.

To find out more about Coccinella, to take a closer look at the Junior Tradesman range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

Inside fun with Makedo

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May 082012

There really is no escaping the cold weather now and it is going to be tricky to find something to entertain the kids inside with for the next few months. Like most other kids my twins enjoy drawing, playing with playdoh or doing a puzzle and they always love building things. I have learnt that everyday items can make the best building tools so I try to keep a stack of cardboard boxes and empty containers on hand for building activities. Don’t worry, you don’t need messy glue or sticky tape, just grab a Makedo kit from Little Obsessions and your kids can start creating too!

There are lots of different Makedo sets available to create anything from small one-child project like planes, flowers, robots and animals to super cool big projects like a shop, playhouse, car and more. The Makedo connector system lets you use ordinary items from around the home and connect them to eachother using reusable clips and hinges. You’ll be surprised at all the awesome things you can make, once you start you’ll find that there are lots of things you can recycle.

Makedo kits are very well priced, starting at $6.95 they make really affordable gifts especially when you consider the reusable aspect of it. There are so many options with a handful of Makedo basics, it is a great way for kids to learn to use their imagination and come up with creative solutions. And of course it is also a perfect opportunity to teach them about waste, recycling and looking after the environment, double win!

Designed for children aged 5 and up the Makedo range is great for older children, both girls and boys, because there is nothing girly about being an ‘inventor’ is there? Little ones can enjoy Makedo too but they would need some help and supervision from an adult, you don’t have to worry about cutting accidents when shaping the cardboard as a special ‘safe-saw’ is included. A Makedo project will keep kids busy for ages and once finished just store the pieces for your next Makedo creation.

To find out more about Little Obsessions, to take a closer look at the Makedo range and to order online visit www.littleobsessions.com.au.