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SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS-FREE CHILDREN’S PARTY  

 

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Planning a party for the little ones? What can possibly go wrong?

The comedian, W.C. Fields knew what he was talking about when he advised; “Never work with children or animals”.

Why? Because they’re unpredictable and you can never be certain of outcomes when they’re involved.

That being said, it is possible to host a stress-free children’s party and these tips will show you how.

 

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MAKE THESE WONDERFULLY WACKY WORD GAMES FOR KIDS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making word games for kids.

If you read my post, Are you Ready to Face the Music, you’ll know just how much I love to play around with words.

The oldest Goddess recently started “big school” (otherwise known as kindergarten).

I’m hoping to encourage her to share my love of words and I know this is the perfect age to really start.

Five-year-olds have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and, if you keep it fun, you can encourage a lifelong love of learning.

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PLAYING WITH WORDS – ARE YOU READY TO FACE THE MUSIC?

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Well, I’m about to put a flea in your ear.

Not literally. It’s one of many strange expressions we use in the English language that can confound people who are learning the ropes (or even the language).

Many of these sayings go back to medieval times and some of the origins are quite extraordinary.

I’m about to let the cat out of the bag on these phrases. You’ll be getting it straight from the horse’s mouth. I just hope the cat doesn’t get my tongue before I’m finished or you could end up giving me the cold shoulder and then I’ll have to face the music.

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MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY BLING, BOOK, AND ART WITH THESE EASY STEPS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, Valentine’s Day crafts.

These projects include the cutest bracelet, a kiss flip book, and some wonderful string art.

 

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HOW TO DEFINE A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE

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It’s undoubtedly the most important expression in our language, yet we have crammed its many profound meanings into one little four letter word – LOVE.

Isn’t it amazing that such a complicated language as English would take such a simplistic approach to an emotion that has to power to send you into a state of complete euphoria, or to break your heart?

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AWESOME AUSSIE CRAFTS TO MAKE WITH A PAPER PLATE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making Australian crafts with paper plates.

We celebrated Australia Day last week and I just couldn’t resist adding some more fun crafts, highlighting some of this country’s unique and wonderful animals. Read Why I Love a Sunburnt Country to discover the many wonderful and amazing things Australia has to offer.

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WHY COMPLIMENTS ARE AS GOOD AS CASH

 

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They may not put food on your table, but compliments will put joy in your heart and can be just as beneficial to your brain as a cash reward.

The beauty of this psychological reward is that it gives as much to the giver as to the receiver.

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SUPER EASY AUSTRALIA DAY PAINT PROJECTS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – three easy Australia Day paintings.

These projects are so easy anyone can do them, and they look fantastic. Read my post, Why I Love a Sunburnt Country to find out about all the wonderful things this country has to offer.

 

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WHY I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY

 

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That’s the first verse to our national anthem. I remember when it was first introduced to replace God Save the Queen how we laughed and laughed at the word ‘girt’.

For some reason, just about everyone I know thought that word was hilarious. And this is one of the reasons I love being an Aussie.

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STORYTELLING GAMES THAT WILL HELP YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, making storytelling games.

In my post, Why Telling Tall Tales is Good For You, I explained the importance of encouraging this in children – and ourselves.

TEACUP TALES

The Goddesses love a television show called Teacup Travels. It inspired me to get the very special tea cups out and have our own storytelling session (they have water in their teacups) about our imaginary ‘travels’.

A few days ago all four were visiting and we used a teacup candle as inspiration for storytelling time. The Goddesses took turns telling their delightful tales to the rest of the family.

Sometimes it is helpful to have props to spark ideas to open the imagination for stories.

This week I’m sharing how to make story blocks (templates included) and some story time props.

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