Sorry for the silence for the past few weeks, I have been edging my way slowly into 2012 and with the kids on their summer vacation (we are in Australia), it has been a great opportunity to just chill with them. It has been a pretty mild summer so our plans for the beach and the pool have been a bit thwarted, but we have been doing plenty of other stuff like going for bike rides, heading to the museum and few adventure playgrounds for family bbqs, but for the most part we have enjoyed spending time at home together cooking, crafting and reading books.
Some kids craft:
Scrappy card :: Wooden coasters (pictured above) :: make a jellyfish in a bottle :: cork balloon friends :: Spoon puppet theatre :: Make some modern art :: [Thanks Crafty Crow -- check them out for some great kids craft ideas]
Some family cooking ideas:
Some excellent books:
- Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Projects for Kids by Michael J. Caduto, published by Storey Publishing, LLC (April 30, 2011). Full of great science based earth and eco projects for kids.
- The Toymaker’s Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself by Marilyn Scott-Waters and published by Sterling Children’s Books (October 4, 2011). Comes with instructions and pages to tear out and fold to make a whole bunch of foldable paper toys – clever!
[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don't get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate] (Australians can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)
And because it it closing in to Valentines day — here are some kid friendly valentines crafts.
And for you: 5 ways to organise your kids
This year we promised a Mad scientist issue of Action Pack and we will be delivering a little later than expected – 1 March instead of 1 February. We’ll be putting these bigger magazines out quarterly but will be interspersing them with weekender packs to keep your kids entertained in between. Also we have been listening to your feedback and will be designing each issue with a special printable section so you don’t have to print it all (unless you want to). But don’t forget the Action Packs are great to read on your Android tablet or iPad too, simply download them into your library and access them anytime anywhere.
What to expect in our upcoming Mad Scientist issue: Projects involving potions, crystals and reactions — be ready for some mini mad scientists in your home! We will also have a project for you too! Coming 1 March.
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