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Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Homemade Christmas crackers (we call them bon bons), have been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. I've enjoyed taking on the role of bon bon maker for quite a few years now - you can see another year’s bon bons here. These particular Christmas...

Mind-bending lateral thinking puzzles for kids

Mind-bending lateral thinking puzzles for kids

Do your kids love lateral thinking puzzles as much as mine? Especially my youngest. She's always been my 'joker' and since she's gotten older, it's gone from knock, knock jokes to mind-benders like these lateral thinking puzzles. Actually, given her penchant for...

50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

50+of the best movies to watch with your teens

Remember when you used to suffer through the 27th showing of Finding Nemo, just to do the whole 'family movie night' thing with the kids? I reckon I can still quote that movie from beginning to end (and we still all laugh at how my middle used to be terrified during...

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

This year, huh? This #$%* year!!!!!!!! And we're not even located in Victoria. Oh Victorians, we feel for you. Let's hope it keeps on getting better for you, but in the meantime there are the school holidays and, let's face it, they are already a bust. How can kids...

11 family board games teens will be into too

The problem with all the 'family games' lists is that teens are highly unlikely to want to settle around the table with their family and play Monopoly. Some teens will, of course. But most would rather pour boiling-hot scorn on their parents' pathetic attempts at...

Creating a family playlist is remarkably bonding

Creating a family playlist is remarkably bonding

We recently started a family playlist that we add to every other week. The idea of making a family playlist started as a way to fill up a few Friday nights during lockdown, but turned out to be something far more special. Everyone in our family (including my husband...

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

How to make easy damper on a stick

How to make easy damper on a stick

In the wintertime we love setting friendly fires in our outside fire pit, which we built out of old bricks and creek pebbles. Cooking damper on a stick is a cold month institution at our place. We gather wood from the bush around our house all autumn long, getting...

100+ engaging, non-cringe things for teens to do at home

100+ engaging, non-cringe things for teens to do at home

These things for teens to do at home are here to remind you that you are a creative, interesting, curious person. You can find ways to stay occupied and engaged, no matter how long you have to spend at home. While usually you can phone a friend to chopper you out of...

24 really awesome podcasts for teens

24 really awesome podcasts for teens

These podcasts for teens come highly recommended as a way to get them off their screens and, hopefully, out exercising. Jam in the airpods, hit play on a podcast, and off you go. Once the kids are hooked, it will be super easy to get them out there each day. Just one...

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