Category Archives: Play

Play Time! The Bubblerator AKA Bubble Snake Maker

We’ve had such dreary, miserable weather here the past week or so, and I think everyone’s been going spare trying to entertain themselves and/or their kids. So today is a blissful change – the sun is shining, it’s warm, I’m even wearing a t-shirt!

I actually had to drag Isy outside with promises of bubbles (strange, seeing as she’s usually trying to get outside as soon as humanly possible most days) but she warmed up to it soon enough.

We started off with regular bubbles (always a hit) and then I remembered the Bubblerator AKA Bubble Snake Maker.

I read about this little contraption online somewhere last week (can’t for the life of me remember where though) and it’s really easy and quick to make – about 3 minutes – and bonus: it’s repurposing!

You’ll need:

an empty plastic water bottle, or similar, lid removed
a strong rubber band or a hair elastic
a bowl of water
a bowl of dishwashing liquid
a small face washer or teatowel scrap (10cm x 10cm-ish)

1. Cut the bottom off the bottle.

2. Place the washer over the cut end of the bottle and secure with the band.

3. Dip the washer end into the water, then the dishwashing liquid. Blow through the other end and… BUBBLE SNAKES AHOY!

Easy, fun and sudsy!

Play Time! Rainy Day Activities for Little Ones

Today is a beautiful, bluebird day (yay! gardening!) but the past week has been miserable and wet, wet, wet.

Yesterday I had two of my nephews over for the morning and I was at a loss of what to do activities-wise when the weather was so crappy outside. So I did a bit of rummaging in the useful box and decided to make some treasure boxes. I just grabbed some old kraft paper boxes I had left over from my jewellery days (but any box will do), some glue sticks, pencils, glitter, feathers, crepe paper etc and let them go crazy, decorating a special box to keep their precious treasures in.

The boxes were fun, but going berserk with the craft supplies was much more fun, it seems.

Anyway, it got me thinking that I really need to have a list of rainy day activities at the ready, because aside from DVDs, puzzles and drawing, I haven’t really had much to offer. So I’ve done a bit of reading and put together a list of a few activities your kids/nieces/nephews/grandkids/neighbours will love on a crummy weather day:

  • Indoor obstacle course – Set up a course of chairs, towels, hula hoops, blocks, whatever, and create challenges for each obstacle. Eg: hop over the towel, slither under the chair, blow a marble across the carpet and build a tower of blocks. It should also help to burn off a bit of the ol’ cabin fever that kids are prone to!
  • Sorting Games – Grab an empty egg carton, some different coloured objects/pieces of paper/bottle lids and get the kids to sort them into colours. Simple but it seems to work!
  • Build a table cubby – drape a couple of sheets over your dining table and presto! Indoor hideout.
  • Floor Roads – Put some masking tape on the carpet and create roadways, paths, rivers and bridges. Toy cars and prams are perfect to use on the roads.
  • Play Rice – (via How To Be a Badass Dad) Set up a table with cups, bowls, funnels etc and pour some rice/macaroni/beans/lentils etc out for the kids to play with. If they’re anything like Isy, this will be right up their alley.
  • Playdough – Awesome by itself or combined with stamps, cookie cutters, rolling pins, paddlepop sticks etc. Playdough is ridiculously fun. And strangely therapeutic (for adults, I mean!)

PS: Glitter and kids under 5 = bad idea. Just sayin’.

Happy-Making: Instagram and Yoga

Geeking out for my regular Friday happy post. I’m so ridiculously addicted to Instagram (are you on it? let me know!) and have started to find excuses to take photos of pretty, unexpected things just so I can play around with them on IG. It’s actually been great – it’s seen me take note and appreciate the little things a bit more.

Also, I’ve always loved the idea of yoga, and any time I actually try it I find myself much more centred, chilled and just healthier in myself, but I’ve never had the cash or consistent time to make it a regular thing. About a month ago I found this yoga (for iPhone) app and it. is. awesome. Best $2.49 I’ve ever spent.

So if you’re into yoga or interested in starting, I totally recommend it. (And I’m not being paid for this – it really has helped my state of mind so much, and in turn is a massive happy-maker.)

This long weekend is due to be a chilly one, but we’re going to make the most of it, with a stew cook-off, maybe some painting, a bit of op-shopping and tons of chill time on the lounge. Maybe a red wine or two. Or three.

Hope yours is full of fabulousness too! x

Pikelets and Playdough

One. Of. Those. Weeks.

Today I managed to drag myself through the morning before the kids had their sleeps using a combination of sheer will, deep breathing, pikelets and playdough. I’m here now, writing, so I can tell you I made it through.

Bonus: I had an epiphany.

Pikelets are delicious. Milo is also delicious. Bringing pikelets and Milo together = delicious squared. (Recipe below).

Ugly? Yes. Tasty? Also yes.

Isy loves cooking at the moment, and I’m using the whole measuring, pouring, mixing routine to help her learn her 1-10, colours and basic cooking ingredients. Negative: our oven is broken so it’s really only pikelets on the baking menu right now. Tasty bummer.

You’ll need:

1 1/4 cups SR flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
3/4 cup milk
1-2 tbsp Milo
60g melted butter, cooled
1 egg
extra melted butter for greasing

1. Combine flour and sugar in a bowl.

2. Whisk milk, butter, egg and Milo together until well combined. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.

3. Brush some melted butter onto a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles form. Then flip and cook for another minute or so.

4. Serve with jam, cream, butter or just by themselves, warm from the pan. 

Really truly delicious.

My playdough recipe can be found here.

Play Time! Bubble Painting

Excuse the crummy iPhone shots!

Isy and I spent a good hour playing with this one afternoon, which is quite good considering her concentration span doesn’t often stretch longer than an episode of Charlie and Lola (ie 10 minutes). It’s super easy to set up, really genuinely fun to do (for both parents and kids) and messy/creative/fast/satisfying enough to entice pretty much everyone.

Just a note, you probably want this to be an outside craft session as it can get a little messy. And maybe some old clothes. Because when I say “a little messy” I mean, “the potential is there for this to get crazy messy.”

You’ll need:

dishwashing liquid (I just used the trusty castile soap)
liquid food colouring
plastic cups
bubble wand

Just pour a little bit of soap into each of your plastic cups and add a few drops of food colouring to each cup. It would be fun to mix the colours up and come up with some really pretty options, but we just went with the stock-standard colours that the colouring came in – red, yellow, green, blue. Mix with a stirrer and you’re ready to go.

Dip your wand into the bubbles and blow towards the paper. I really loved the delicate patterns you can create, as well as the unpredictability of it. Isla on the other hand loved mixing the different coloured bubble mixtures together, Mad Professor style.