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Well 2020 has been a YEAR, hasn't it? In other news though, there have been so many amazing picture books published this year. Silver lining? Imma gonna take it. Here are the best picture books of 2020, as enjoyed by the young and old at my place. Clicking on the blue...read more
Looking for some low-mess and simple creative projects for kids to set up at home? I got you! I've been hanging out in Casey's Little Play Club, chatting all things creativity and kids. I've gathered together some easy ideas that are quick and simple to set up....read more
Bindi by Kirli Saunders is a junior fiction novel written in verse. Written "for those who plant trees", it uses both Gundungurra and English to explore a young girl's relationship with her friends, family, Country, Culture and creativity. The story is set against the...read more
Do you have a little fact fiend at your place? My 5-year-old is a HUGE lover of non-fiction books. He runs around our house reeling off facts at a rapidfire pace. Here are 10 of our current favourite non-fiction books for kids. This post contains affiliate links....read more
The enthusiasm of Georgie from Mini Monet Studio is A-Grade infectious. When she says that her online art club is all about bringing JOY into the lives of mini-makers, it is due largely to the fact that this teacher-mumma is joy personified. Georgie is mum to little...read more
It has been a hot minute since I last blogged, because LIFE, but I had to share these collages inspired by the CBCA Book Week 2020 theme of "Curious Creatures, Wild Minds." This year, I am lucky enough to be teaching in the school library. On Fridays, I teach 7...read more
It was about Week Eleventy Billion of COVID-19 Lockdown, when the team at Scribe asked if I'd like to review a copy of Extraordinary Parenting by Eloise Rickman. (This is an affiliate link.) My answer was a resolute and possibly-too-enthusiastic YES. Eloise is a...read more
Looking for a way to make reading fun for children? Y'all know that I'm a massive advocate for reading all day and every day with children. I am, however, the first to acknowledge that sometimes things can get a bit stale on the reading front and it's fun to shake...read more
READ: Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020. CREATE: Your own fancy chickens with this Chicken Diva craft. The National Simultaneous Storytime celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a rollicking read...read more
When I posted this simple drawing game for kids on Instagram, the crowd went wild! So I thought I better dedicate a blog post to its awesome self.This is a collaborative, drawing game that I've dubbed "Pass the Portrait." Hand-drawn portraits by kids are one of my...read more
Hi! I’m Shannon
I’m a mama and a teacher celebrating our perfectly imperfect attempts at living a creative life.
AKA trying to remain sane whilst raising 3 kids under 5 and holding unrealistic life expectations thanks to Pinterest.
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