Little Boats

Some carefully chosen recyclables became boats recently. I had picked the containers that I knew would float well and would hold a fair amount of “creativity” before sinking.

It didn’t take long until we had 3 little boats ready to try in a tub of water. Master C was able to make his independently, Master E needed some help to make a flag but did all the general decorating and Little Miss A mostly just had fun sticking colourful bits onto her boat.

Each chose a Lego man to ride in their boats. The current toy of choice which has no end in sight.

All their boats floated and they blew through a straw to make wind to push them along. Master E crafted a submarine later although was disappointed that it kept popping up to the surface instead of staying under like a submarine should.


Police puppets

Today I have 3 little people all feeling a bit under the weather, a bit of a high temp and a big boy who is a bit sick for school but a well enough to want to do something.

At school this term Master C is learning about the community and the people who help us. Along with over half his class he has decided he wants to be a policeman. (only 1 child in the whole class said they want to be teacher… speaks volumes but that’s a whole different story). Building on the new found love of policemen I found a printable online to make a policeman. Here’s the link.

Totally simple, not much mess and aloud the three to work at their own level. Master C did all the work independently, Master E was able to cut the shapes into big circles and I then cut them to shape and Little miss A loves just having a go with the glue and the scissors but I did do most of the cutting/assembly for her.

We attached the head and legs with butterfly clips so they can move around a little and they are still playing with them and are requesting a police dog and a car to go with it.

Fish Printing

So it was school holiday time here in WA and to help keep everyone happy I’d booked all the kids into a couple of school holiday activities run by the Dept of Fisheries. On the face of it they looked perfect. They ran for 2 hours in the morning so we’d be home in plenty of time for lunch and naps and there were no aged limits. (often a problem with a 2 yr old in tow) and they were FREE.

Fish printing caught my eye as something educational and fun, the information on the brochure said that it was a technic used in the early years of Broome to record different types of fish, when and how they were caught (this should have been clue because what resources did early settlers in Broome really have available??).

Once we were there, totally committed to participating the “teacher” pulls out a REAL Barramundi and started talking to the kids about the fish. It dawned on all the parents, at about the same time, that we were printing with REAL fish. Very daunting thinking I needed to help all 3 children complete this task. Luckily a helper adopted Master C so I only had to help the little two and it turned into a really fun activity.

The Barramundi were surplus stock from the local aquaculture centre. They were frozen so there was no fishy smell. The basic process was to dry the fish, pin out the fins and any details with playdoh, then paint it with watery paint and press a calico bag on top to take a print. After we’d finished the fish were going to be cleaned up, re-frozen and used at the local high school in science class.

Although it was a big hit with the kids I’m not sure I would have attempted it if I’d known what the task involved (not with a 2 yr old in tow anyway!)

Today I’m linking up with Real Life Wednesday with Picklebums because in real life only the adults question the idea of painting fish.



This afternoon I watched Little Miss A push a chair over to the kids computer, turn the monitor on, click on her name to log in, then double click on the icon for her game and play independently for about 10mins.

Today Miss A re-enforced just how much he learns from her big brothers and reminded me that age is truely just a number and that I can’t limit her activities because she just turned 2 and shouldn’t be able to do that yet.

Linking up with Picklebums for Real Life Wednesday on a Thursday morning because real life got in the way!


The Tooth Fairy

Excitement spread across Master C’s sick little face last week when he realised his tooth was loose. He’s been waiting and waiting as many of his friends have been losing teeth and he was desperate to have a wobbly one. So it seems the tooth fairy will begin visiting us in the coming weeks.

Curiosity got the better of me and I googled. I had no idea how this myth began or even what the going rate for a tooth is these days but was blown away by how many companies are out there trying to make a buck out of this childhood fantasy. Everything from a photo of the tooth fairy visiting your sleeping child to special tooth fairy money to leave under the pillow.

We’ll be keeping it much simpler than this but each child loses 20-24 teeth, times by 3 and we’re up for 60+ tooth fairy visits over the next 10 years!

So I’m throwing it open for opinions, what modern day tooth fairy traditions do you have in your household? and how much is a tooth fairy paying for a tooth these days?

Decorator Crabs

Last week, before the sickness, was Master E’s birthday. As part of his Octonauts birthday he received an octonauts DVD. One of the episodes on the disk was about decorator crabs and it seemed to catch their interest so we set out to learn a little about them and make our own.

We used a template that we found here. I pre-cut all the pieces, enough for 2 crabs prior to starting the craft to streamline our efforts. I read the instructions to Master C and he glued both crabs together.

The next step was to paint, we discussed the colours that the crabs are in the ocean but nether Master C or Little Miss A was interested in those so out came the favourite colours.

Halfway through Master E wanted to join in and happily helped his little sister get all the legs painted.

After leaving the paint to dry, we needed to collect things from around the house to decorate the crabs. I gradually popped things into a container over a few days so when we were ready we could get straight on with the decorating.

Apart from trying to control the quantity of glue Little Miss A wanted to use it was a straight forward process. It was a good project to do when some were sick and some were healthy, each contributed along the way to complete two crabs.



Has plagued our household. Today is Day 7 of vomit, diarrhoea and grumpy kids. As all loving siblings do, they have been sharing their germs around and we have had a cycle of one starts to get better as the next gets sick, and it repeats. Any given day this week one of the three have slept all day and all night and all day again, waking only to expel anything left in their little bodies.

Real Life here today is not putting off things for tomorrow because I’m acutely aware that tomorrow may be my turn…. what are the chances of nursing three little people through this and not catching it myself?

Today I’m thankful I have a huge washing line and lots of hot sunny days.

Today I’m linking up with Real Life Wednesday over at Picklebums!