Happy Home Edders

Best thing ever!
April 19, 2012, 9:42 am
Filed under: create, junk art

I am really behind with this blog all because of this entry! I don’t like to post multiple pictures from my phone because it lumps them all together, and I knew I had tonnes of great pictures of this activity, so I wanted to wait till I had a second to turn on the laptop. Unfortunately, I forgot all the pictures were my kids only in nappies….and while I am known to be an oversharer, I’m not keen to share naked pictures of my kids. No matter how cute!




ANYWAY. This is the world’s greatest activity – both Orange and Yellow adore it. They spent the morning at their Nana’s a couple of weeks ago (while Mama and Mummy had a date!) and she was quickly enticed to let them cut stuff up. Straws appear to be the best thing to cut. Ithink it’s because when they get chopped they sometimes fling into the air all crazy like, and both Yellow and Orange find that hilarious.

We tend to hold either end of the straws and let the kids cut away. We then, of course, are left with myriads of tiny straw fragments. Some get channelled into rubbish truck play – but now that we’ve discovered the awesome joy of threading them on pipe cleaners, the poor rubbish truck isn’t going to be used to recycle straws anytime soon.

Seriously, though. Straw fragments and pipe cleaners. THEY LOVE IT.


Above is an example of a finished product. They seem to like the sense of accomplishment, and I’m pretty amazed that they have the fine motor skills to hold the pipe cleaner in one hand and thread a straw with the other in two seconds flat! Other obvious uses for these beauties are bracelets, crowns, necklackes – and my new favourite invention, glasses! They look like superhero masks, seriously.


Animal bags!
April 7, 2012, 10:41 am
Filed under: create, junk art, reading | Tags: , , , ,


I know these might look a bit ghetto, but the paper bag animals are perfect for toddlers. Ignore the pink and yellow bunnies. They are hellish! Trust me.

Our new local library is great. They have weekly song and story times, and unlike the libraries of my youth, kids are encouraged to explore, talk loudly, and have fun.

This past Thursday story time was replaced by crafts – we aren’t Christian, so Easter isn’t particularly on our radar, but then I suspect these bunny crafts also probably do not frequent church alters.

You need a small paper bag, some newspaper, crayons, glue, a bit of coloured card or paper, and cotton for a tail.

Colour your animal face. Stuff it with crumpled newspaper (bonus time if your kids elect to chop up the newspaper with their beloved scissors first!) and glue shut. Stick on ears, feet, and tail.

These were actually super fun and the kids could do most of it on their own. We will definitely be making more animals soon!

Red elected to stuff his bunny with a cardboard tray – totally confident it would work – and he was right. He was so proud of this bunny he carried it everywhere and it even went in our shopping trolley afterward! Yellow was more concerned with using the colour yellow as much as possible! She seems more interested in making things, while he seems more interested in the end product.

Either way is great because both are simple, fun, and cute with this great little craft!

(As an aside, you can also use libraries to check out books. Who knew? Both kids got their very first library cards this week. I can’t believe they are this old! They navigate the book check out machines like old pros. Sniff/beam.)

Moving house….
March 31, 2012, 2:38 pm
Filed under: explore, junk art, reading


Sorry for the lack of posts. We moved house about a week ago and are still far from being settled! We also are still awaiting the holy internet to be set up, and posting from my phone isn’t great.

But what a busy week! The zoo, checking out our local library and storytime, a farm, shops, time with family, loads of time in our new garden (secured all the way around! No more escapees!), etc. We have also done a lot of art – castle making today’s main attraction.

Yellow also read her first word today- ASDA. My fabulous wife thinks a factoid like that might mean we are slightly trashy. She may be right.

Also, I think my little pal Orange may now be referred to as Red, as his favourite colour seems to have switched! New crocs are on the way in their respective favourite colours…..the boiling hot weather sort of demands kicky, bright, waterproof footwear.

ASDA, crocs, yes….we are a family of high aspirations. And proud of it!

Junk art! Helicopter obsession version.
March 5, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: junk art

My son, Orange, has a true obsession with helicopters. Maybe this foretells a career in the rescue services, maybe in a few months it’ll be pushed aside in favour of something else, but right now: ellyopters are All The Rage.


This morning we are waiting in for someone to come fit some carpet, so I decided to work with the helicopter love and do a junk art project. We can find art in anything, folks. I put out boxes (after an initial struggle, made sure both boxes were the same), and my daughter Yellow declared she wanted to make a plane.


What do you need? Any old box. Some paper scraps (ours were leftover from kite making last week!), tape, crayons. Easy peesy for even two and a half year old twins!


The best bit is that each box was open on one end, so they were ideal for our ‘people’ (various plastic and wooden figures) to have plenty of rides. The lack of seatbelts makes it precarious for the passengers, but I don’t think any serious injuries were sustained.