Yet again, I completely forgot about Turnoff Week but it didn't really
matter this time around as I made the bold move to get rid of our
television several months ago.
Well, maybe it wasn't so very bold.
In actual fact our big bad box died a natural death at a very
inconvenient moment – just before the grand finale of Master Chef
Australia! Appalled at the ensuing tantrum (mine that is) about missing
a TV show I decided to go cold turkey and not replace it.
I'm pleased to report that the change in dynamic between the kids has
been quite extraordinary and immediate. They play together more often,
they are more and more creative in coming up with games and they're
definitely reading more.
On the downside all this playing has resulted in a lot more fighting. I
am quietly optimistic that all the 'sibling incidents' are improving
their negotiation skills and leading them towards a long and successful
career in international diplomacy – but as yet I'm not entirely
You probably won't be surprised to hear that the person who had the
most trouble adjusting to life without TV was definitely me – I
ended up following the Master Chef finale on Twitter! I have been
indulging in a fair bit of DVD watching on my laptop, but I'm getting
into the swing of it now. I may even read a book at some point in the
future but let's not jump ahead of ourselves :)
Lately my newfound spare time in the evenings has been spent on planning crafty ideas for Christmas. There will be new Christmas PDFs this year so if you were planning on buying the old Kids Craft Weekly Christmas Craft PDF you would be well advised to hold off for a couple more weeks.
Before I leave you to explore some of my favourite five-minute crafts I
want to tell you about the lovely feature on Kids Craft Weekly in the
current issue (Vol 10 No 1) of Creating Country Threads magazine.
I have three copies of the magazine to give away to Kids Craft
Weekly subscribers who enjoy patchwork, quilting, sewing and the like.
Due to the cost of postage I'm only able to offer this to
Australian-based subscribers. Apologies to the rest of you. To go into
the draw please send me an email with your name and postal address before 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 30 September.
1. Using child-friendly scissors, chop into the edges of the patty pan.
2. Tape a pipe cleaner to the back.
3. Glue a cotton ball to the centre.
4. And there you have it! If you want you can stab the pipecleaner stems into a piece of polystyrene to make a
flower bed. If you don't have any, a sweet potato will work just as
3. Pantry letters
sure you've noticed that I'm
a big fan of craft ideas that make use of the materials that we have
around us. The pantry is one of my favourite places to find craft
materials – for this activity we used dried beans and peas
could just as easily use lentils, pasta, rice, seeds or breakfast
You will need
• paper bags (or just paper)
supplies for gluing
1. Write the shape of a letter or word using white glue.
2. Stick pantry supplies along the shape of the letters. This was a big hit with my
almost three-year-old – check out the concentration!
And ta da!
3. No-glue seasonal collage
This no-glue collage is such a simple craft that even toddlers can get
involved. It's also a lovely way to appreciate the seasonal changes in
your natural environment.
You will need
• clear sticky contact • cardboard • a selection of colourful things from outdoors
1. Collect a range of leaves, grasses, flowers/petals and other things that are in your backyard this season.
2. Find a clean flat surface and peel the back off a large piece
of sticky contact. You may need to put something on each of the corners
to keep them from folding up. Start placing your leaves and other outdoor objects onto the sticky contact.
3. When you've finished, place a piece of card over the top of your collage and fold the contact around the card.
4. And there you have a beautiful seasonal collage.
Ours is more than a week old now, and still looking great! It's proving
to be a great way to teach the kids the names of the plants in our garden.
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