Author: The Ringleader

Jellybean Project – Easy

Jellybean colour bleed This project is all about jellybeans – Yum and a little yuck, but mostly yum for the kids. It’s really simple and something to leave the kids to do by themselves.     Instructions Place jelly beans around the plate at the edges.  Pour a small amount of water around the rim of the plate.  Watch with amazement as the colours bleed.  Gobble up the jellybeans.  Time Difficulty...

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Fast Nature Journaling for days on struggle street!

When the days have turned into struggle street and the jobs are endless, and ground hog is only a sleep away – take a break.  One of my favourite breaks for the intense moments in my families life, is to step off out, grab ya nature journalling bag and start looking.  Gather the kids, tell them that “we’re going on a nature walk” or “lets go outside and do some journalling”.  If the kids are really small, and maybe the not so small, i love to start with “we are going on a bear hunt…”  Kids love it and...

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5 Reading tips for Tired Parents

yjamSo back in the day when I had high expectations as a soon to be parent, I had come across an article saying households that have 500+ books have improved academic scores?  Wow, just by having books in the home and not actually reading them could improve my children’s academic performance?!   At the time it sounded really impressive so I tucked that bit of info away and ever since I’ve been accumulating books. Here is a similar article.  (After reading that article I feel like buying a few more books for our home!) Here I was thinking having the...

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3 places to avoid in Wanaka

Ok we So if you are popping into Wanaka and you want to get off the beaten track, but don’t have a boat, jetski or anything else to get you to the real secret amazing places. 3 places to avoid this summer Forget the Wanaka tree, it isn’t famous by any locals.  Look past the tree, the picture is nice but walks a couple of hundred metres up the track and you can go get yourself a scone at Edgewater, its a nice little walk and the scones are yum.  You may have to wait 20mins for them to...

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10 Birds to spot in your backyard

This is our bird MomoBubbleTrouble. He is a delightful additon to our family. Bird spotting is a enjoyable past-time in our family.  Not because we are nature geeks but because I wanted the kids to know their surroundings, where they are from, what is familiar and a place to call home.  Often i remember sitting in school learning about some overseas mountain or city, yet i had know clue what the bird was that was wattling in the trees outside or that the brown bird outside wasn’t a hedgesparrow?  How embarrassed was I when I travelled overseas, not actually...

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