Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Dinosaur Activities

My kids love dinosaurs so I was very excited to be doing the theme of dinosaurs at school.

There were a couple of different peg matching games. One focusing on colour and the other on numbers. I made these up myself using a dinosaur template I found in my teaching stash.

We made paper plate dinosaurs. They were made using these great free printable templates I found here at Learn to Play at Home.

Cloud dough, dinosaurs and plastic eggs left over from Easter was a fun one but quite messy! If it hadn't been raining and a little cold it would have been perfect for outside under the verandah.

 I added a small collection of dinosaurs to the playdough table along with some magnifying glass. I showed some of the kids how to roll out some dough and press in a dinosaurs to make it look like a fossil.

To encourage some cutting skills I printed these little beauties out on the right for the kids. You can find them here in the Dinosaur Tot Pack at 3 Dinosaurs.

The best fun we had though was the exploding playdough volcano! The kids were mesmerised.

Check out how to do your own over at a little delightful.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Organising the Pantry - Labels Part 1: The Basics

 I love organising my pantry and I've rearranged it several times over the years as my kids grow and our eating habits change. I love having an organised pantry as it has such a huge impact on my everyday life. I can find things easily, put things away quickly (everything has it's place) and I can easily check what I need to buy when I do the food shopping. To make my pantry work even better for me and to make it look a little prettier I made some labels up for my Tupperware modular mates.

I used to just use a label maker but I never loved them as they just weren't really that nice to look at and I couldn't find any printable ones online that catered for the wide range of pantry items I now have since buying my Thermomix.

In the end I made my own up using photoshop, adhesive printer paper from Officeworks and my very useful 1 &1/2 inch craft punch.

I shared a picture of my newly labelled pantry and I had quite a lot of requests for me to share them.
So here are the first lot of pantry labels. I've made a basic range to start off with and they include a set of first aid/medicine box labels.

 They are available in six different colours which you can download here:

So that's the start of the pantry labels but stay tuned more labels are coming!

Note: Unless you print the labels onto waterproof printable paper (which I haven't found yet) you will need to carefully hand wash your containers so that the labels don't get wet.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Review: Yummy Project

I've been checking out the Yummy Project lately.
The Yummy Project is all about a great funky cake products all in a do-it-yourself kit. 

They sent me a Princess Cake Pops Kit to have a little fun with. It has everything you need and check out the fabulous packaging! It sure was fun creating little princesses as a little treat with my cherubs.

The kit was presented beautifully and the instructions very detailed including pictures to help you

How cool is it that everything is one box including a fabulous cake stand.
Last time I attempted cake pops I made some dodgy at home styrofoam thing that certainly is not as good as the cake stand provided. You can reuse the cake stand too. There is some good value for money in these kits!

The cake was super easy to make!

 I had lots of fun with the girls creating them but I have to admit my chocolate melting skills aren't any good. I got slightly distracted by the kids at the time and I over did the chocolate. I may just be the worst cake pop but maker in the world!

 But the kits are fantastic, ingredients top notch and ..... yum yum!!
Despite my terrible chocolating skills I still think you they pretty damn cute.

Check out all the other types of kits available here.
There are princesses, owls, ponies, dogs, monsters, pigs, teapots and even cute bikki pops. 

Disclosure: Yummy Project supplied me with the products but I was not paid for this review. 
All opinions are mine.   

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