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Author: tamuria (Page 2 of 24)

GRAND DESIGNS – HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR GRANDKIDS

 

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Just when you think it is safe to reclaim your home, along come the grandkids.

It’s not always easy for us grandparents, who have not had to think about safety locks on cupboards, or the dangers of low-lying glass ornaments, for years.

We may have been revelling in the enjoyment of being able to put things where we want to without these concerns. Not to mention the absolute joy of a house that stays clean for longer than 24 hours.

It can be easy to overlook the dangers, to our property and tiny hands and feet, of carelessly placed treasures.

The thing about grandkids is that they come to you having learned a different set of rules.

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HOW TO MAKE PERMANENT SAND CASTLES OUT OF PLASTIC

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making permanent sand castles out of plastic bottles.

This craft is fun, cheap, and awesome for the environment (anything that keeps plastic out of landfill and oceans is).

But be warned, it gets a bit messy.

 

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE THROUGH CREATIVITY

 

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Our children are becoming less creative and it could be affecting their ability to learn.

Isn’t that a horrifying thought?

Studies have shown that children’s creativity tends to decrease with age. Most notably from kindergarten to grade three.

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PLAYING WITH PATTERNS IN NATURE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – fun activities for playing with patterns in nature.

We are surrounded by beautiful patterns everywhere we look. Some are manmade, but nature provides us with a feast of patterns, from symmetries, spirals, meanders and spots and stripes to tessellations and fractals.

Helping children spot and recognise these patterns not only gives them an extra appreciation for nature’s creations but can also help them understand maths.

This week’s projects offer some fun activities to help children spot and understand patterns in nature.

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HOW TO SPOT NATURE’S HIDDEN TREASURES

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Ever missed something that was right under your nose? The answer has to be yes because all around us, magical, secret things are happening – right under our noses – and we fail to see them.

We might think we take the time to stop and smell the roses, but how often do we silently watch a patch of grass or earth, a portion of bark on a tree, the fluttering of petals on a flower, for more than a few seconds?

Often the magic unfolds only after patient, silent, and focused watching. That is when you will find nature’s hidden treasures.

There are so many worlds within worlds around us and when we take the time to see them our own world opens into endless possibilities of creativity, peace, and harmony.

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FINDING A NICHE – SEARCHING FOR A CREATIVE SOLUTION

 

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What’s your niche? That appears to be the number one question for bloggers and writers in general.

It seems there is a simple formula to online writing that consists of finding your niche, identifying your audience, and then offering and promoting your writing to that group.

Seems pretty simple, yes?

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HOW TO MAKE FOOD FIT FOR FAIRIES

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – recipes for food fit for fairies.

Actually, this food is also fit for pirates, robots, princesses, dragons – whatever theme for a party you come up with.

Have you ever noticed how everyone loves the end bits when it comes to sausage rolls? My easy recipe will show you how to make every bite an end bit. The other recipes include delicious white chocolate and macadamia cookies, mini quiches and an all-time Aussie favourite – fairy bread.

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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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