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I’ve been dreaming about this pig craft since last Lunar New Year. This painted paper project is a perfect way to bring in the Year of the Pig. And add some heart-shaped ears, eyes and snout and you’ve got a Valentine’s pig. Gotta love a 2 for 1 craft deal. You can...read more
Happy New Year! These painted self-portraits for kids are a great way to kick off 2019 in creative style. If we’re to believe all the Marketing boffins, then a New Year is all about a New You. Bah humbug to that, I say! You just do you! Although I have to admit, there...read more
'Tis the season for an ARTvalanche of kiddy creative work to be coming home from school and daycare.* This Christmas tree craft reuses all the kiddy artwork to create a colourful, one-of-a-kind tree. Did somebody say Kindy Chic? *Well that's the case here in Australia...read more
2 dozen eggs = 24 = a Christmas countdown calendar. This is basically the extent of my mathematical genius. I kid you not though when I say that one day I looked at an egg carton and thought, "EUREKA! Perfect for a DIY Advent calendar for kids!" You will need: 2 egg...read more
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a...read more
I recently posted some kid-made necklaces created from glue and paint over on The Craft Train. They have been a big hit here with my 5-year-old. (Spoiler: If you're her mate, you're getting one for Christmas. She has a necklace-making factory in operation.) As we've...read more
This time last year, The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas was launched. You may have heard me talk about it. Or not. I had such fun creating this eBook with my kids. But the actual selling of it and telling people why they should buy it? Ick. Nobody likes talking...read more
What a year it has been for picture books! Back in June, we shared our 10 favourite picture books of the year (so far.) The second half of 2018 did not disappoint. Here are 9 more of the best picture books of 2018. * And let's just point out that writing a post like...read more
Looking for some gift ideas for creative kids? I've got you covered. But, hold up. I believe that all kids are creative. So really this article should carry the title of "Gift Ideas for Kids." A mere trifle. When I'm on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I'm...read more
There is nothing quite like receiving a lovingly handmade kiddy Christmas card. These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is high on the fun-o-meter. Spin art is also a quick way for generating heaps of colourful art for the Christmas card list. What...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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