The Free-Han-Solo Game

Inspired by Fun-A-Day’s ‘Rescue Han Solo Lego science experiment’, we had to include the iconic rescue scene as part of our party activities. A dozen or so little Star Wars Galactic Heroes figures were duly frozen in carbonite (baking soda and water, with a squirt or two of paint and washing-up…

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Alice in Wonderland Scarecrow Festival

Alice in Wonderland scarecrow of Playing Card Gardener painting white roses red.

One of the many wonderful community events run in our local neighbourhood is the annual scarecrow parade that takes place every September.  This year, I really wanted to get involved and so corralled some of my friends and neighbours on our street into doing our scarecrows on the same theme….

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Play Simple – An Autumn Pretend-Picnic

Serving up Conker Soup and Pinecone Stew Autumn is my favourite time of year, but even so there can be times when the days are grey and gloomy.  At times like that, I often set up a pretend picnic for T-Bird and her toys that I put together from colourful…

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Play Simple… Chalkchair

I’m not a lover of keeping our toddler confined to her highchair during the day (though I’d absolutely LOVE it if she would last a whole night in her cot), but there are times when I need to keep our little trouble-magnet in her chair just for a short while….

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Please Miss Postman…

T-Bird is currently unable to resist posting things at the moment, and so it seemed only fitting that I dug out G-Man’s old, handmade and now-slightly-tatty, play postbox for her to play with.

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Hoop Tree – All Washi-d Up!

Revamping a  DIY Sorting and Counting Toy As T-Bird is getting older and has now thoroughly mastered the challenges of our DIY baby toy, the Hoop Tree, I wanted to spice things up a bit by injecting some colour and adding a colour matching/sorting game element. I considered painting the hoops…

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Vintage Loveliness… Bucket Chair

Quick and Colourful Washi Tape Fix for Tatty Chair Legs I lucked upon a lovely old bucket chair in my local vintage emporium recently, and have been in a quandary ever since as to what to do with it. I was thinking of painting the original pink woven seat a…

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Play Simple… Hoop Tree

Instant Homemade Toy for Toddlers and Babies Toys are great. We love toys in my house and I’ll freely admit we spend far too much time and money buying far too many toys for our kids. That said, when it comes to inspiring engaging play, I’ve found the tried and…

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