Encourage concentration and perseverance by making a fun posting box with your little one. It is great for developing their fine motor skills and gives them the opportunity to work on their problem solving, as they twist and rotate objects to fit them through the holes. The posting and dropping of items is so enticing that it is sure to become a favourite game. Also, they will be keen to complete the task by ensuring every item is posted – tidy up time won’t be a problem!
Stepping off the plane at the small airport of Learmonth we were greeted by a warm breeze, which was accompanied by the most amazing smell of dry, hot wood. We had landed in Exmouth, a place that enjoys around 320 days of sunshine a year. This day was no different; it was only 7.30am yet the temperature was making its way up to the high thirties. It was going to be a holiday of sun, sea, sand, snorkeling and muchos suncream.
I love baking. I bake for friends’ birthdays, for engagement parties, for school and just for fun. I even baked my own wedding cake along with other tasty treats. Dan and I managed to turn his family home into a food factory!
The Margaret River region is a 3 hour drive south of Perth though possibly a bit longer if you have to factor in stops for baby. Many Western Australians venture here for their holidays, especially during the summer months because it tends to be a tad cooler than up north.
It was easy to see why the region is so popular being full of family friendly beaches, waves to surf, limestone caves to explore and a fantastic gourmet scene to gorge on (think wine, cheese, ice cream and chocolate galore!). Whatsmore, this is all available in a relatively compact area; the drive from Busselton -in the north of the region – to Augusta – in the south- took us just over an hour. This meant we were able to fit in lots of activities, as we could plan any driving around babies naps and therefore avoid meltdowns.
Cornflour slime has been a favourite activity in our house for sometime. It started out as a way to keep bub busy whilst I packed up the house for our move to Oz -hence the simple white cornflour and the rubbish bag and cardboard box in the background! Now, I think I have as much fun as bub does playing with the stuff – though looking back at these photos I realise how much extra work I gave myself by letting him wear clothes for this activity! Continue reading
I’m really happy and excited to be writing this little post today for a number of reasons. Not only do I love Anzac biscuits, which celebrate an important national occasion in Australia but this is also my first recipe post on my website and my little one decided that this was the day to start walking!
The night before we left for Margaret River there were some strange goings on outside our apartment. We heard whisperings and what sounded like the clanging of metal and the scraping of dirt. When Oshi started stirring, I became ruffled – how dare these people wake up my sleeping baby just before our holiday?!
Sensory play games that involve pouring and scooping are great for babies and toddlers. Preparing a rice box for your little one is quick and relatively mess free; to ensure an easy clean up, I put baby in the paddling pool. This helps contain the rice as he throws it around and, afterwards, I can tip it back into the box for him to use again another day.
We’ve been on many camping trips over the years and even spent four months or so living in our bell tent. So far, we have only managed to go on two camping trips with bub: one when he was 12 weeks old and the most recent at 12 months (more are in the pipeline!). Both stages presented different challenges but as long as you’re organised, relaxed and prepared to ‘go with the flow’, you’ll have a great time and make some wonderful memories.
It was rather refreshing to experience a day of rain, having been spoilt with clear blue skies and dazzling sunshine since arriving in Freo. Being a weekend, we were faced with the question every parent dreads – how to keep the little ones entertained! Now, there are many outdoor activities here that aren’t hindered by a little drizzle but activities during thunderous downpours need to be given serious consideration.