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Growing up in Australia in the 90’s

1 growing up in the 90sAstro Boy,

Garbage bags slip n slide,

Hypercolour,

Pebble mix lined swimming pools,

Running through the sprinkler,

Pavlova, Queen Adelaide in a cask, Tang,

Swinging on the Hills Hoist,

Swinging the cat in a bucket from the hills hoist.

It’s a bit of a lemon when it comes to rhythm and rhyme. Nonetheless, it sums up the mundane little everyday things remembered from my childhood. Of all of the above, what remains ever present in my adult life is the Hills Hoist. Rusting quietly in the backyard, home to a plethora of sun bleached pegs, half a dozen spiders and the occasional kookaburra. Once in a while it blooms in colour for a short while before returning to it’s former functional self.

The men putting cookies up on the hoist for daughters Alice in Wonderland party…

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Two years later, jungle party…

hills hoist makeover for jungle party

And now this…

2 wool web on hills hoist

Web weaving at dusk. Unfinished and hopefully kitted out in time for Halloween!


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Zombies!

In the dead of the night

Can you hear the little children cry?

Cryin’ “Mama, mama.” Watchout!

Arghh! Zombie’s a terrible fright

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Songs to spook to: C.W.Stoneking… The Zombie!

1 zombie stencilMade from sequined foam, this one’s for the front door.

5 zombie

For the letterbox drop. A heads up for the neighbours!

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C.W.Stoneking is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitar and banjo player.

http://media.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/cw-stoneking-performs-zombie-5885436.html


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Play School Props

The sun shines bright as the quasi tropical birds whistle an eerie tune (aka Kill Bill). The flying machine farts, grunts and whoops as the occupants on board sip milkshakes. After a soft as a pillow landing, they disembark only to re-board the ever bumpy Ninky Nonk (genius idea on a tummy full of liquid ice cream).

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Yes. Welcome to the world of kids TV, where colour and content shall never meet. Fortunately, this mind numbing stimulation is peppered with something for us bleary, weary parents too: Shaun the Sheep, Small Potatoes and a big shout out to the Queen of dry humour… Nanny plum.

nanny plum

These shows come and go. Few seem to have the staying power of Play School, which has been around since my mum had pimples. Jay and Justine sing pitch perfect incy wincy with spider in hand, fashioned from bottle tops, foam, pipe cleaners, sticky tape and wool. It’s terrific, and looks pretty do-able if you’re crafty inclined.

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DIY FOAM BALL & PIPE CLEANERS SPIDER

playschool props

halloween spiders

 

Make your own play props…  http://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/sites/playschool/makeanddo/craft/


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The Regeneration Project, Wendy Goldstein & Sue Lennox

Turn on, tune in and drop out. The average American child spends 44 hours a week watching TV, whilst Australian kids spend twice as much time watching TV than they do reading a book. It’s a way of life now, it’s on in the background, it’s on during bath time and as you’re juggling the kids and making dinner. Children are spending less time outdoors and more time looking at a screen. In 1995, Richard Louv coined the term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ to describe this disengagement of children from nature.

kids tv

If children spend less time in nature early in life, they’re less likely to care for nature as adults. In this increasingly digital age, how looks the future for nature?

Wendy Goldstein and Sue Lennox (from Macquarie University & Oz Green) have partnered to launch a project called The Re Generation Project, that is asking what can be done to reconnect young people with nature. They’re calling for young people to share their ideas on https://www.facebook.com/theregeneration.inspirenature

Nature’s not a destination, it’s as close as your own backyard!

1the kids picking flowers

So out we went, into the backyard to play and pick our small stash of plants for our pressed plant terrariums.

DIY PRESSED PLANT TERRARIUM

pressed leaf terrarium with dinos

Draw out your terrarium onto thick sheets of white paper, painting in a little dirt. Glue plants onto your terrarium and layer over with clear contact. Press down over the contact with your hands then cut out.

1 making pressed leaf terrarium

The kids making their pressed plant terrariums

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 Other nature craft ideas… with leaves

2 craft with leavesSticks & Twigs

3 craft with twigsRocks

1 craft with rocks

 


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Marshmallows & Edible Markers

Edible. Markers. Sounds as compatible as Chalk. Cheese.

8 fruity marshmallow sticks

Instructions on the back read “Ideal para Queso”…. ideal for cheese. Yes, remarkable, doodling on cheese, so why not on marshmallows, which is what we did and will do often over the school holidays. Daughter has this thing for fruit sticks: skewers pierced through 1 part fruit: 10 part marshmallow. A bit light on the fruit, nonetheless, after a long day when a little persuasion is required…

watercolour feathers glued to skewers

9 watercolour feathersAdd edible markers, fruit, kids and marshmallows…

10 girls colouring marshmallows

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The girls and the fruits and mallows of their efforts

13 mm girls

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