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Silly Season

The silly season is upon us

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We’re all a wee bit stressed and tired as the year winds down. Where has the year gone?

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To make matters worse, for those with little ones, what lies ahead are weeks and weeks of school holidays

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So heads down, bottoms up and be thankful for all the flipping good things we do have.

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Eat, drink, laugh and cry! As for me, will be taking a break from blogging to focus on the ‘new’ in the new year!

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Good tidings!

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Christmas Placemats

Watch out Nigella! In France, adult colouring in books are outselling cookbooks, and the trend is spreading to the UK and US. From Mandala’s to movie stars, Maman’s are doodling away.

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The science behind it… when colouring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemisepheres. By using both logic and creativity the relaxation it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress. Simply put, colouring in is de-stressing as we focus on it and not on our problems, we slow down without constant screen time as we partake in this childhood activity.

With Christmas a mere x days away, are you prepping for your annual family get together. Awkard and rigid conversations no more! How’s about photocopying a few colouring in sheets as place mats, set the table, lay out the crayola and voila! Forgo the traditional Holly and Ho! Ho! And lay down some real conversation starters.

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Merry Christmas. You’re welcome!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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The kids making their pressed plant terrariums

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 Other nature craft ideas… with leaves

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Marshmallows & Edible Markers

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

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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…

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

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The girls and the fruits and mallows of their efforts

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Flying Monkeys

Unleash the monkeys!

unleash the monkeysWith face of blue and silver fur, the flying monkeys of the 1939 The Wizard of Oz film copped a bad wrap. With no back story we assume these miscreant feathered mammals are bad to the bone. Alas they are enslaved to do three times the bidding of the owner of the golden cap. Whilst in the hands of the Wicked Witch of the West, she bids them do her dirty work.

DIY FLYING MONKEYS

Flying monkeys on foam, stencilled and cut out

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Flying monkeys mobile…

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Sweet dreams!

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