‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’: Printables and Craft

‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ celebrates the wonder of cake and the magic of friends to solve most of the worries of the world; it is pure creamy, sugary delight and you can read...

DIY Literary Christmas Decoration

This week for Year Three homework, Pud has to write a procedural text for a handmade Christmas decoration. Next week they will be sharing their instructions with the class and making the decorations. Fortunately...

Review of ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’

Title: 'The Tales of Mrs Mancini' Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats; cake; pastries; bakery; adventure. From the creators of...

Review of ‘Twig’ by Aura Parker

Title: Twig Author/Illustrator: Aura Parker Publisher: Scholastic Age Range: 3 - 6 years Themes: starting school; friends; loneliness;confidence; making friends; paying attention; teamwork; school; counting; finding. I was so very, very excited when I opened a box of books...

Violet Mackerel: Oh How I Adore Thee

The Violet Mackerel series, written by Anna Branford, illustrated by Sarah Davis and published with care by Walker Books, is without a doubt the series that I will most remember from my children's early...

Birthday Party Gift Books

Pud looked at the pile of wrapped presents for the upcoming weekend birthday parties we were off to: 'urghhhhhhhhh, is there anything there that is not a book mummy?'. What can I say? We're...

Out of the Box Creative Creature Workshops

OUT OF THE BOX CREATIVE CREATURE WORKSHOPS  FREE FUN FOR THE KIDS THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS I already have my kids booked into a number of holiday workshops at BCC libraries and Where the Wild Things...

Got to Love Playdough!

Dear glory I love playdough - yep at nearly 40 (arghhhhhh) I still find it terribly therapeutic to squish playdough or roll it out flat and cut out shape after shape with a biscuit cutter. I...

School Holidays HERE WE COME

School holidays are nearly upon us and this is fairly obvious in my house. The small people are over-tired and unable to admit this and, according to #backboy, so am I. I know I'm  my usually bubbly,...

How to Make Paper

I have done quite a few 'Slow Communication' workshops at Brisbane City Council Libraries, based on the book 'Snail Mail'.  You can read about my slow communication station in my school library here. We've...