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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
These simple cardboard masks for kids are an amazing project. We originally made them as prototypes for a READ + CREATE class I had scheduled for the holidays. We all know how that story ends #coronavirus Seeing as the class was cancelled, I’m giving the idea to you....read more
You know that I am a passionate Literacy Advocate Warrior Woman, right? I'm passionate about finding ways to encourage kids to read more. And more. And more. I passionately believe that reading has the power to change and enrich lives. At the moment, we're all trying...read more
Dress-ups in the home of Eleanor from MINI MAD THINGS must be epic! Eleanor creates and sells the most amazing fancy dress costumes and accessories. You'll also never look at the contents of your recycling bin in the same way after perusing her Instagram feed. This...read more
Found yourself suddenly thrust into the role of homeschooler thanks to Coronavirus? Looking for some simple and fun learning ideas for learning from home? Let me see what I can do for you. So here's the thing. As a teacher, I don't expect you to replicate the...read more
Do these strange times have you scouting for indoor activities for kids? Our schools have not closed here but my Teacher Brain has been mentally stockpiling ideas for the possible inevitability of homeschooling my kids thanks to COVID-19 shutdowns. I've been...read more
This tea party craft for kids is such a fun, hands-on project for parties or bigger groups. It is open-ended and involves using lots of different materials. Total winner for all ages! In 2019, I ran the Kid's Crafty Corner at the Sydney Tea Festival. These tea party...read more
February 14th is not only Valentine's Day but also Library Lovers' Day. What's better than chocolates and roses? BOOKS! What are your earliest memories of the library? I still feel giddy at the prospect of ALL THE FREE BOOKS when I walk into a library. As the name...read more
In my exceptionally humble opinion, Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys are an unbeatable powerhouse on the children's book publishing scene. 'Under the Love Umbrella' and ''All the Ways to be Smart' are the two books I recommend the most frequently. (You've been warned-...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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