20 Ideas for Creating and Learning with Wood

20+ ways to create and learn with wood

Wood is a fabulous medium for for kids to explore and create with, but it’s not something that is used often. Traditional woodwork offers lots of learning opportunities, but creating with wood doesn’t always have to involve hammers and nails. These creative woodworking ideas for kids will inspire you to think a little differently about […]

Pin Prick Drawing

Pin prick drawings may great 'sun catchers' and are an easy, no-mess, art activity for kids

It began as an experiment, I was going to make a lantern… but then my kids took over and it became something totally different and so much cooler! I love it when that happens – an idea, becomes an experiment, that turns into something fun, creative, and even educational, something all four of my kids […]

DIY Train Track Scenery

Make your own train track scenery!

My eight year old has taken to browsing my pinterest boards looking for cool things to do! One Sunday afternoon he came across these very cool train tracks from Pepeto and his eyes lit up! “Can we make these for our train tracks?” he asked enthusiastically. We didn’t have enough felt, or enough foam board, […]

Two Easy Foldable Letters

Fold a piece of paper into an envelope - step by step instructions and a free printable

A great way to entice my reluctant writer is to get him writing letters. We had lots of fun with our post office play (find our free printable post office play set here) and we’ve enjoyed using our printable letter writing set too, but recently we discovered two really easy ways to turn any old […]

Floating Chalk Prints

Floating Chalk Printing - an easy yet magical art activity

“I remember doing this activity in art at school” I told my kids. “My art teacher was really cool, kinda weird, and quirky, and the art room was always a mess, but we did all kinds of cool things like this.” I have such fond memories of that art room at my primary school, back […]

Snow Slope Imaginary Play – following a child’s interests.

Snow Slope Imaginary play - a simple way to follow your child's interests.

It’s cold here at the moment. Everyone is talking about the weather and how cold it has been. Everyone is asking us whether it has snowed at our house. It is a hot topic of conversation and something Noah (aged 5) can’t stop talking about. “Is it cold today? Is there ice outside? Will it […]

Woodworking with Kids

What to include in a wood working set for kids - put together your own set and add some of these unusual items for lots of construction and creativity

I asked my facebook followers for gift suggestions for my turning five year old who already has everything, and they came up with a winning idea – a woodworking set! My smallest child has been watching us renovate our old house his entire life, he loves to help, he loves tools, he has a set […]

Five Fun Family Challenges

Five Fun Family Challenges - games to play to get the whole family moving!

This post is sponsored by Mattel’s Bounce-Off! It’s a dreary afternoon, the rain is pouring down outside and everyone is starting to get a bit cranky… so I issue a family challenge! “Two teams. Five games. The losing team cooks dinner… and cleans up!” We divide into teams, one grown-up and two kids on each […]