Saturday, May 28, 2011

1000 Facebook Fans Giveaway

Look how far we have come! It was only a few months ago I was typing up our 350 facebook fan giveaway and today I am immensely proud to say we have reached a huge 1000 House of Baby Piranha facebook fans!

So lets Celebrate! so far we have had a spot sale via our facebook page but because you have all done such a fantastic job of spreading the word about my crayon creations we are also going to have a Giveaway ......

Giveaway Now Closed

Two Lucky Fans
will receive Their Childs Name in Crayon
maximum of 8 letters per prize

Name Crayons are a great gift for any little artist

They are made in a range of colours to make Art and Drawing fun

Best of all I can make any Name with any Spelling
(maximum of 8 letters for this giveaway)

To Enter
Simply leave us comment on this post.
Only 1 Entry per person. Open to Australian Residents only.
If you don't have a blog but would like to enter please use the Name/Url option just leave the Url section blank.

Entries must be in before Midnight on Friday 3rd of June 2011
Winners will be chosen at random ( and will be announced on our blog on Saturday 4th of June 2011

Giveaway Now Closed

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Can Grow like a Tree

A little seed deep in the dirt

a small shoot breaks through the dirt

then the trees grows

and grows

and grows

the trees branches wave around on a windy day

This would be a fun movement to music activity or take photos of your child growing like a tree and make it into their very own book!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hard vs Soft Mystery Box

This little game is a great way to introduce your child to the words hard and soft or a fun way to revise the concepts. It is so simple to set up (took me 5 mins maximum) and you can use whatever you have around the house

You will need
A box with a opening in the top - A tissue box or Nappy Wipe container would be perfect
Toys / Objects that are hard
Toys / Objects that are soft

Place all the objects into the box and then invite your child to pull them out one by one and tell you if they are hard or soft ....

What is in the box?

Oo the elephant is Soft!

Mr Potato Heads nose is hard!

A soft feather that is good for tickling

Neevah then sorted the objects one pile for soft items and one pile for hard items

In our mystery box was a wooden peg, feather, knitted baby bootie, toy car, button, pom pom, soft toy elephant, wooden teddy bear, rock and Mr Potato Heads nose

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Crunchy Leaf Pictures

Do you like the crunchy sound dry leaves make under foot? The footpaths on the way to kindy are littered with dry leaves and the kids love walking on them to make that crunching sound.

You will need
Dry Leaves

To Make
1. Place all the dry leaves in a bowl and crunch them up with your hands into little pieces
2. Squeeze glue onto the paper - Older children might like to draw or write something with the glue. Neevah made a spiral
3. Sprinkle the glue with lots of crunchy leaves
4. Carefully shake off the excess leaves
5. Leave flat to dry

Make sure you have a few spare pieces of paper on hand incase they want to make more than picture :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Letting kids take photos is a great way to glimpse the world from their point of view. On Neevahs 4th Birthday she took 20+ self portrait photos and I must say finding them on my camera made me smile .... there were photos of toes, fingers, lots of pulling faces and one charming shot up her nose but today my plan was to incorporate some sneaky learning into the fun of taking photos in the form of following 2 & 3 Key - word Instructions.

So with strict instructions to use the camera very carefully Neevah was ready for her Scavenger Hunt

Take a photo of something on the floor in your bedroom
Take a photo of something in Liam's bedroom that has wheels
Take a photo of something outside that is green

Take a photo of a toy with hair
Take a photo of a toy that is sitting on the floor
Take a photo of a horse, cat & crocodile

Take a photo of something orange & cuddly
Take a photo of a Blue Dress with flowers on it
Our photo scavenger hunt was inspired by Peak Over The Fence I need to get lanyard for our camera just like Becky has for her kids.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Practising Knife Skills with Playdough

While watching Neevah struggle with her knife at dinner (which she insists on using because Mummy and Daddy do) it was pretty obvious we need to practice using a knife! Playdough is always fun so it was the prefect way to practice cutting with a knife.

Playdough Recipe
2 cups of plain flour
2 tbs Cream of Tartar
2 tbs Cooking Oil
1 cup Salt
2 cups of Water
Food Colouring

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan (except food colouring) stir over medium heat for 3 - 5 mins or until the mixture congeals. Once cool add food colouring.

We used knifes from our cutlery draw but I am sure plastic knifes would work just as well.

This is Fun!
Cutting up playdough sausages

Be Careful of your fingers!

Neevah then made lots of playdough fruit
and cut them up for her 'Masterchef Fruit Salad'

Liam also loved cutting up the playdough with a knife such simple fun for little kids they wont even know they are learning or perfecting a new skill.
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