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Keep the kids busy at home!

Between schools being shut, swimming lessons, kinder gym, rhyme time and the like all being cancelled, some of us are looking at wide open days devoid of schedules to fill in for the next little while. Those of us who are able to work at home, keeping our kids at home and staying in our […]

Gifts for the Creative Child!

A curated collection for those children who like to make and create! From basic paints and pencils to fantastic Tiger Tribe kits, and beautiful Moulin Roty colouring books for the artistic child, to blocks, tracks and marble runs for those that like to build and construct! Whether they are drawing pictures or making a whole […]

7 fun activities to do indoors this winter

In most places in Australia, there are at least some days in winter when the sun is shining. It can be nice to get out to the playground or for a walk in the neighbourhood on these days. However, if the weather is too awful, and you are not feeling adventurous enough to go outside […]

Have a great Easter egg hunt with these tips

Easter egg hunts are a great Easter holiday tradition that can be lots of fun for everyone. The weather is usually still beautiful in Australia, so it is a good opportunity to get active outdoors. An Easter egg hunt can be a great way to create memories, spend time with friends and family and have […]

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Free courses in child development for new parents

Happy New Year! We hope that you are feeling refreshed and relaxed after your summer holiday. All the best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017. It is going to be great! It is a great time of year to think about ways in which we can improve our knowledge and understanding. I have some […]

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Moulin Roty shadow puppets for a cold winter’s day

Moulin Roty shadow puppets are a great winter activity for those cold afternoons, when it is too unpleasant to play outside. If your children are looking for something to do, these beautiful laser cut shadow puppets are a great creative activity. They are an engaging, non screen based activity that can help develop verbal skills, social skills, imagination and […]

Play School turns 50

Play School celebrates 50 years!

Can you believe it? Play School is celebrating 50 years. What an amazing television show, still screening on ABC Kids. Do you remember watching Play School when you were a kid? Do your kids watch it now? There are lots of ways to celebrate and look back at 50 wonderful years. ABC television is screening […]

What makes a good playground?

Do you have a favourite playground in your neighbourhood? What do you love about it? We saw a beautiful natural playground in Metung a couple of months ago. It was a great example of how natural materials can be used to create a lovely space for children to play. We thought it was special to […]

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French Film Festival 2016 – Opening night

It is that time of year again! The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is on again in capital cities throughout Australia. Sydney: 1 – 24 Mar Melbourne: 2 – 24 Mar Canberra: 3 – 29 Mar Brisbane: 11 Mar – 3 Apr Perth: 16 Mar – 7 Apr Adelaide: 31 Mar – 24 Apr Casula: […]

Summer hopscotch on the street

As the weather stays warmer, it is so delightful to hear children playing outdoors in the neighbourhood. I am lucky to live in a street that does not have very much traffic, so children can get out onto the footpath and fill the air with their laughter, games and adventures. Lately, I have noticed a […]

Alliance Francaise – Christmas market

Look who I found today!! Little Isidore, Barnabe, Apolline and Albert at the Alliance Francaise market in St Kilda!! There were all sorts of amazing French products on sale there. Lovely pates and terrines as well as homewares, gifts, a whole stall dedicated to the So Frenchy So Chic festival and of course crepes. What […]

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