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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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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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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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CLEVER WAYS TO GET CREATIVE WITH CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFTS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – clever ways to get creative with Christmas card crafts.

These projects are a great way to avoid adding to the ever growing piles of rubbish on our planet. Have you read my post How to Win by Avoiding the Bin?

So first things first, DON’T THROW OUT YOUR CARDS.

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FOUR FUNTASTIC GIFTS TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, funtastic gifts for Christmas.

These little gifts come straight from the heart but do not require special skills and expensive materials. In fact, they are funtastic.

They include a gorgeous teacup garden, a decorative tin, a personalised mug and a chalk board cutting board.

 

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HOW TO TURN STICKS INTO WONDERFUL AND USEFUL OBJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – stick art.

There ae so many wonderful things you can create using the sticks you find in your yard – or even in a park if you live in an apartment.

Crafts involving nature are a great way to boost imagination for kids – also yourself – and help them become really aware of nature’s beauty and its ability to give us all the tools we need to make beautiful art.

Consider the natural dyes that have been used in painting for thousands of years.

While it’s always fun to play around with a new art set or creative kit, designing your own creations with the bounty of nature truly enhances creative thinking.

More than that, it is really cheap and accessible to anyone, regardless of budget.

This week I’m sharing five fun projects using sticks and a few other supplies.

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HOW TO MAKE A WHEEL OF JOY AND HAPPY SCROLLS

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – an easy wheel of joy and a happy memory scroll-hive.

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On Monday, I wrote about The Perfect Storm created when toddlers do not have the skills to communicate their feelings calmly.

In 11 Survival Tips for Taming Terrible Tantrums, I mentioned the outbursts are often unavoidable and the best bet is to ride out the storm.

However, just as you give a child a ‘time-out’ for bad behaviour, offering them a distraction back towards happiness can help them deal with their emotions better.

Just as we count to 10 to contain our anger, we can lead the child towards a calming activity and what could be better than one they have created themselves?

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3 EASY WAYS TO CRAFT A FUN CHINESE NEW YEAR

 

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – Chinese New Year crafts.

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Chinese New Year is the most important of the many holidays and celebrations celebrated by the Chinese. The celebration goes on for days and days and can last longer than a month.

The date changes every year as the Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year.

The calendar follows a 12-year cycle and each year is named after an animal.

This year we are in the year of the Monkey.

The fun starts on February 8. It is a time for feasting, family, celebration and, of course, fireworks.

Red is considered a very lucky colour on Chinese New Year.

This week’s projects include a fun puzzle, an easy lantern and a drum even tiny tots can make.

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3 ANGELS THAT ARE SUPER SWEET, EASY AND CHEAP TO MAKE

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making angels.

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Angels play an important role in our celebrations of Christmas and are often seen topping trees.

Soon after people first started decorating Christmas trees they started pretending that the angels had done the decorating, to make Christmas more exciting for children. They strung streamers around the tree claiming they were bits of angel hair. Later tinsel was made and became a more popular version of “angel hair”.

Angels are considered a symbol of love and protection and these days come in all shapes and sizes. Some can glow, sing, dance, talk and even play the trumpet.

Our little craft angels are not so sophisticated, but they are really sweet and easy to make – and cost virtually nothing.

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GIFTS TO MAKE MAMA CRY

85TH BIRTHDAYS

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It was a huge year for birthdays in our family this year. All remaining great-grandparents are celebrating their 85th year.

85,  what a milestone!  Party time!

My in-laws live interstate but Mum is nearby so it made sense to plan a party.

I chose the theme of flowers as it has special meaning for my Mum and me. (Be sure to check out Wacky Workshops for a wonderful flower related craft). I made flower-shaped food and flower party bags and decorations.

The only thing left to do was buy the gift. Easy right?

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