November 26, 2012
Today I want to tell you all about a fantastic online store.
It’s owned by my fabulous little sister Hayley and a friend… so I am a little bias in my recommendation…. but after I have shown you a small selection of an enormous range of products, I am sure you will agree with me.
Tuxedo Sam (and Friends) USB stick. 14 year old has one and loves it! Once the kids get to high school the USB becomes their best friend. These little guys wont be lost like the boring generic kind…. and are easily recognisable. Even Dad’s and nephew’s would enjoy these.
Djeco make fabulous product. They provide great structured art projects which are vital for building skills. Over the years we have enjoyed many of these craft boxes. They are beautiful indeed.
Covering crafts from colouring, collage, puppet making, folding and knitting these sets ….made for boys as well as girls are highly recommended.
Made by the same company (and often included in the kits) are these felt painting textas and oil pastels. Be warned however….once you buy a child these beautiful textas they will never want normal ones. They make truly beautiful marks and last and last. Well worth the investment.
The oil pastels are also lovely to create art with. you will want to sit alongside your child and draw with them. I think they are better for older children ….. maybe 8+ as they can be a little messy (like oil pastels are)
The Ni Hao Noodle bowl is a fun way to introduce chopsticks to your children. The set comes with a noodle bowl, a patterned plate and a cute set of ‘kid friendly’ chopsticks. The little rubber man holds the chopsticks together making the pinching action that much easier! ….almost like holding a pencil and squeezing. A great gift for 6+ noodle lovers.
We have enjoyed our chalk placement outside and inside. The girls use it to make signs on the cubby house and I sometimes use it to write a list of jobs for them to do…. It’s so much more fun to rub a job off with your hand after doing it!
What is not to love about this sweet Alice in Wonderland necklace (also available as a brooch)? Wood cut and light. Beautiful. You can also get other Alice in Wonderland characters.
The ride on bug.… yes, sadly we are past this, but have many fond memories of the girls zooming around on these. Stylistically so much more beautiful than the plastic ride on…and great for imaginary play.
Past this one too but loved it when the girls were very little. I loved the lightness of the elastic and wood….didn’t hurt when it inevitably hit them in the face! Skish Classic.
I think my all time favourite gift from Scallyoop is Klop. A fantastic park game. It plays like a cross between bowls and boules with a twist or two.
Our family regularly take Klop to the park just with us or with friends and play across generations. The game is well weighted so adult or child can win….. but it’s not all luck. Brilliant!
Now….. my picks for this Christmas and beyond.
This one is for me! Yes there are gifts for adults too!
Love this idea! …..and Balsam wood Plane Card just $7.95
Another Djeco kit! Un-tricky origami Only $12.50
How about this exquisite wooden puzzle? Lovely.
I have loved these for a while. Such a great idea for the ‘construction kids’. Make-a-do kits.
There you have it!
Some of the best gifts you will find…. and you don’t need to go to the shops! Yay.
The site has soooo many more things to love….. and if you get in quick (before Dec 9) adding the code scallyoop10 will give you $10 off if you spend over $30 and put you into the draw for a $150 scallyoop shopping spree.
Why are you still here?
December 10, 2011
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November 12, 2011
Friday was the first of 3 orientation mornings for 5 year old.
On Thursday we made a special water bottle to take and use into the coming year.
It is such a simple little project…and will make great Christmas presents for some of my many nieces and nephews.
I thought I would make up a little tutorial (although I am sure you could work it out for yourself:))
You will need:
- a plain drinking flask
- letter stickers
- a sheet of stickers the child will like. (Waterproof if you can get them)
- diamonties …..maybe not for boys…..
This was a 10-15 minute craft.
- No mess (Yay!)
- Useful (Yay!)
- Something I want to keep. (Bonus!)
11 year old loved it and asked could I make her a more grown -up one.
Let me know if you try it.
May 15, 2011
Yes our 7 year old turned 8 yesterday…… but we were too busy visiting friends and celebrating that I haven’t been able to post it until now.
On Tuesday we took her out of school for a day in the city shopping and hanging out with me.
What do you think of all her charm bracelets?
They are not all for her.
We spent the majority of the day finding 3 matching charm bracelets, suitable charms and putting them together for 2 very special friends of hers, and herself. One of the precious things about this girl is …. even though she could shop like the world is ending if given a limitless budget…. more often than not the purchases were for someone else. Sure she go lots of treats, but she also came home with presents for all 3 sisters, 2 friends and an adult friend….she even encouraged me to buy somethings for myself.
I hope her love for learning leads to a large enough income to keep her and her friends in the manner they are becoming accustomed!
After the traditional ‘open the presents on the parent’s bed’ we headed off to Maitland to visit dear friends, have our eyes tested and play.
Thank you God for this wonderful little/big girl.
We are so blessed to have her in our family.
April 26, 2011
I’m sure everyone has noticed the crazy rising prices of food lately, and because of recent flooding, is not likely to get better soon.
Although it feels like having food stored in the pantry/ cupboard is saving money, so often it is out of date or not quite the right thing when the time comes to use it.
After going through my pantry, I noticed that one of my big areas of waste is dried herbs and spices! I love cooking with them, so I am not going to give them up at this stage. But… I am going to reduce my dried supplies of herbs (most are out of date and tasteless anyway) and go for fresh ones, grown right outside the front door…. hopefully!
I have a particular love of cane baskets, but so do the cockroaches…ick… so I removed almost all of them from the house and put them outside in the garden…..all part of the mammoth de-clutter…. and upcycle them into something much more useful!
The school holidays was a great time to create these. 3 out of 4 of the girls love to garden and had been chomping at the bit to do some….
We organised for Fafa (grandfather) can come and give them a hand. He made some herb baskets about 10 years ago and they are still going strong! And grandparent time over a project….
Herbs on call that I don’t have to pay for and taste even better than shop ones…
One flower basket and one herb basket were given to other families as easter presents.
Now …. to keep them alive!
March 8, 2011
March 9 is World Read Aloud Day.
To celebrate reading aloud and all other things book related, I have a special bonus for harrysdesk-ites from Quirky Kids Online.
“Tomorrow we are taking 20% off our books section, which for the next week will also include some puppets and other things. (including dress-ups…. yay!)
I suggested people come across and like our Facebook page, mention harrysdesk sent them and I would send them an exclusive harrysdesk coupon.
It might include store credit, offer extension (20% off books only runs for 48 hours on facebook) or FREE gift, FREE postage or even storewide discount. Really just depends how I feel on the day.
Thanks Quirky Kids online!
So go ‘like’ the Quirky’s Facebook page and say you came from harrysdesk…. then come back here and tell me in the comments your favourite books to read aloud….. then get reading. But do it quickly, as the offer only lasts for 48hours.
P.S Reading Aloud is not just for parents and children. Many adults enjoy reading aloud or being read aloud to too.
February 10, 2011
Congratulations Alessandra you are the winner of the Valentines day give away.
Here are some more ideas for Valentines (or ANY-TINES) from across the blogosphere.