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Remember back in the olden days- ahem - I mean, back in your younger pre-kid days, when you would hang out for your favourite band to tour? Or when you'd eagerly anticipate the announcement of a festival line-up? Heck, I remember actually PHYSICALLY lining up to buy...read more
We made these DIY superhero capes weeks ago in my READ + CREATE school holiday classes. Just this morning, one of my regular little reader/creators rocked up for class in his DIY superhero cape. Like a boss. A creative boss who really likes good books. Below is the...read more
If you've been round these parts for awhile, you'll know that I'm an Eric Carle fan girl. His method of painting tissue paper is one of our very favourite art processes. This Very Hungry Caterpillar craft vibes off this process. But with a twist. We've created a fair...read more
There is something really special about being able to enjoy a book with your children and then connecting directly with the author thanks to the Interweb. I always get a bit giddy when an author comments back on something I've posted about their book on Instagram. I'm...read more
This butterfly art for kids was inspired by two of my favourite creative ladies, Bonnie from Make It Your Own and Cara from Raising Kinley. I do love the way the Internet brings so much connection and inspiration and this creative lady mash up is testament to this....read more
This Grouchy Ladybug craft is a perfect way to explore the painting process that Eric Carle uses to create his iconic illustrations. It's also a perfect creative project to pair with teaching time on an analogue clock. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is my go-to...read more
What's your favourite Eric Carle book? That's a trick question because how do you narrow it down to just one? Eric Carle celebrated his 90th birthday last week. Pop the poppers, eat all the cake and celebrate the Grand Master of Picture Books with these 26 creative...read more
When I shared this alpaca craft that we made in one of my READ + CREATE classes, the Instagram went wild. We made these alpaca necklaces to celebrate the hilarious book, Alpacas with Maracas, during the week of National Simultaneous Story Time. Matt Cosgrove's...read more
Shapes are an important part of a young learner’s cognitive development. Whoa! No pressure! In all seriousness, shapes help young children to describe, classify and make sense of their world. Here are 22 of our favourite picture books about shapes to help you and your...read more
A friend recently asked for some tips to help her kiddo who is just not that into drawing. Y'all know that I'm ALL FOR open-ended art processes, but sometimes drawing can be a bit too open-ended for little ones. A piece of blank paper can be a mighty confronting...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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