Jan 282014

Books 4 Schools

And that was the school holidays done and dusted. It was mostly fun, games and lots of laughter and at times also rather challenging with four young children at home to entertain. As you know my little people absolutely love anything crafty but it can be tricky to keep coming up with new projects (without spending a fortune on supplies). Luckily there is help, check out the awesome blog by education expert Mrs Curwood on www.books4schools.com.au:

Olympic Aussie Animals ScrapbookBooks 4 Schools is a fabulous website by Australian Office, the team behind Australia’s much loved scholastic brands Olympic, Reflex, Tudor and Tudor Eco. Chock-a-block with interesting and inspiring articles, helpful tips and loads of fun activities and ideas for children, parents and teachers Books 4 Schools is a great website to bookmark; there is lots to read and learn and you never know when it will come in handy!

Olympic Megasaurus ScrapbookCraft activities are a fantastic boredom buster and an excellent way to keep little minds active, they are also an awesome preparation tool for children getting ready to start school (like our twins). Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that are the most fun, all last week’s craft project took was a new Olympic scrapbook for each of them (from $1.54 each at leading retailers, news agencies and stationery resellers), glue sticks, scissors and a pile of (free!) junk mail.

Olympic Wings ScrapbookFor the twins I assigned a different letter of the alphabet to every scrapbook page (minus the ‘tricky’ letters), their job was to find, cut out and stick down objects starting with that letter (quite the challenge when you are 5!). For miss 3 I assigned a different colour to each page and her assignment was to spot pictures featuring that colour, cut them out with her toddler scissors and glue them down. So simple, so cheap, yet so much fun!

Because our children are usually generous with glue and ink we opted for the larger sized Megasaurus and Animals scrapbooks, the premium quality paper is thick and strong and up to the task. Olympic scrapbooks (64-72 pages) are available in a different styles and sizes so you can pick a scrapbook to suits your project and theme perfectly. Featuring famous Aussie animals, cool dinosaurs big and small and other colourful designs the Olympic scrapbook range is ideal of kids’ drawing, writing, sticking and scrapbooking activities for school or home.

To find out more about Books 4 Schools, to discover valuable tools for parents, students and teachers or to download the handy Booklist Reference Guide visit www.books4schools.com.au.

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Jun 252012

Last week I wrote about how more and more families are trying to live a little greener and it is important that kids learn the value of this from a young age. From not wasting water to throwing rubbish in the bin and from playing with recycled boxes and paper to separating the waste, there are lots of ways to teach kids about being green. Australian company Leaf. Paper for Life has thought of a great way to encourage kids to go outside and explore all that nature has to offer.

What child wouldn’t love to keep A Scrapbook just like Dirtgirl’s? Go on an adventure in your own backyard, the local park or maybe even on a holiday in the Australian outback. There is so much cool stuff to be found, you just have to start looking and you’ll be surprised at all there is to discover. You can enjoy your adventures over and over again if you record your findings in this cool Dirtgirl Scrapbook by Leaf Journals.

As you’d expect from a real nature lover like Dirtgirl this fabulous scrapbook is printed on 100% recycled paper, right here in Australia. With 64 blank pages to write on, decorate, colour in, stick on or paint on there is plenty of scrapbooking fun to be had. There are some fantastic scraps and craft papers included to get tou started but of course you can find heaps of good scrapbooking materials outside too and they cost you nothing, have you ever noticed how every leaf is different?

Maybe you want to use your scrapbook to study your garden or keep a diary of your next camping holiday, maybe it can be a notebook for your very own adventure club, you can use it for all kinds of things and you’ll find more great ideas in the scrapbook. A Scrapbook Just Like Dirtgirl’s ($39.95) is a great fun and educational gift idea that kids will love looking at again and again. Go outside and get grubby!

To find out more about Leaf Journals, to browse the range and to order online visit www.leafjournals.com.

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