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A Crafty LIVing โ€ข Olivia  Arts, Crafts & Activities for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers ๐ŸŒˆ Play-based Learning - Toys, Books & Resources โ˜‚ Nanny to 5yo, 3yo, 2yo, 1yo, 8mo

SPLAT!! Cotton Round Splatter Painting! A super fun (& super messy) Process Art for Kids (& adults alike)! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ”จ โ€ข

Find us on Facebook to watch the full video + to find out more! ๐Ÿ˜ Are you brave enough? #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Ready-to-go Busy Bags/Toy & Resource Storage.
Here's a quick little hack for ready-to-go Busy Bags & Toy/Resource Storage. Fabric Bags! I've ditched all the boxes and am saving space with bags.
The top bag is one of our 'Busy Bag' examples, it has everything we need inside for 1 Activity: Write & Wipe Letters + markers + tissues.
Both the other bags I'll be using as storage for our Tegu Blocks & Play Food. The bags also make it easier if you're traveling with toys or resources! Being a Nanny, bags make my life so much easier.
Approx Bag Sizes
S - 23.5 x 22cm (gusset bottom 10cm)
M - 30.5 x 28cm (gusset 12cm)
L - 38.5 x 37cm (gusset 14cm)

Bags: @vintagedenimandco
Play Food: @ilovehape @aldiaustralia
Tegu Blocks: @tegutoys
Write & Wipe Letters & Markers: @educationalexperience #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Traveling Farm - keeping this little Miss busy whenever we're out and about. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ” โ€ข
The mat folds up nice & small, after you've popped the Animals inside the barn Pouch & then fits into your hand/nappy bag.
Farm Sanity Saver: @jilly_jumbles
CollectA Animals: @collecta_au > @oh.ivy
Schleich Animals: @schleichofficial > @kidstuffonline #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Do you know what a group of Penguins is called? How about Ferrets? Hippopotamus'? ๐Ÿง

101 Collective Nouns is a beautifully illustrated book by Jennifer Cossins. It's possibly a new favourite; not only for the kids, but me too! It was super interesting finding out the collective noun for each animal. Embarrassingly, (but also not surprisingly, I only knew a few!) ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Whales: @oh.ivy
Book: @redparka > @oh.ivy
WORLDWIDE SHIPPING: @mrs_paulie_ (
Oh... and if you're interested it's a 'Parcel of Penguins', a Business of Ferrets', & a 'Bloat of Hippo's'! #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Mix & name your own Playdough colours! Mr5, Miss2 & I spent the morning colouring Playdough & creating names for them!
One developmental stage you never see written in books or online is, what I like to call, the "everything is 'poo' stage" ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ The stage in which Toddlers & Preschoolers are highly amused by all things ๐Ÿ’ฉ! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ Are you familiar with this stage?
Whilst we did start with Playdough names, such as "poo-green!!", etc. ๐Ÿ™„ We eventually came up with some names to match (or not?) the colours we created.
If you saw my Instagram Stories today, you would have seen the new dyes I bought & used on our Playdough! They're so vibrant! You only need a few drops & they don't stain! My hands were slightly coloured after mixing 24 colours, but after a few washes, the Colour was gone. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ โ€ข
Dye: @wiltoncakes > @spotlightstores #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

The boys had so much fun testing out the new ramp I made recently! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš™ โ€ข
A plank of wood, 2 lengths of quad, wood glue & black & white paint - super easy!
TAP pic or see below for where our cars are from. ๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿš– โ€ข
Orange/Stripe Car: @candylabtoys > @lucaslovescars
Blue Stripe Car: @playforever > @knockonwoodtoys
White/Black Stripe: @milton_ashby_toys > @lucaslovescars
Blue Race Car: @brioplay > @lucaslovescars
Blue/Orange/Red/Yellow Cars: @grimmswoodentoys > @thecreativetoyshop #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

PAINT & SPIN! ๐Ÿญ I cannot wait to show you the video of our latest Lazy Susan adventure today.
This could easily sell as a $300 artwork; all it cost us is a $15 Lazy Susan & $5 worth of paint. NEED to do this on canvas ASAP!! Watch this space. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Lazy Susan: @ikea_australia
Paint: @montmarteart #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

One of my favourite photos of Miss2 ๐Ÿ’›
Here's a still shot of our previous video. Painting on a rainy day, using painters tape on the balcony glass panel, to show our boundary on where it is okay for Miss2 to paint. I introduced tape boundaries to Miss2 around 19months old for our art & activities - it has worked great to contain mess & make painting BIG doable.
Today I thought I'd share how the messy art clean up operation happens here!
First up, I wipe down Miss2's feet with a damp cloth to walk to the shower. She (we) wash the brushes & bowls in the shower. After getting dressed I get her occupied with an activity on our activity mat just inside the door before heading to the balcony to remove and bin tape, then wash the glass with soapy water. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Washable Paint: @montmarteart
Long Paint Brushes: @micador
Raincoat: @marksandspencer โ˜”๏ธ
#craftyliving #craftylivingkids

"It's raining" is not a valid excuse... ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚ We embrace the gloomy, rainy days just as much as we do the blue sky & sun! ๐ŸŒฆ

I used painters tape on the balcony glass panel, to show our boundary on where it is okay for Miss2 to paint. I introduced tape boundaries to Miss2 around 19months old for our art & activities - it has worked great to contain mess & make painting BIG doable in a high rise apartment! ๐Ÿข

Mont Marte Art Poster Paint is my absolute favourite Paint for big Process Art activities like this; clothes straight in the wash & come out good as new, then the glass & floor gets an easy clean with soapy water & a cloth. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ โ€ข
Washable Paint: @montmarteart
Long Paint Brushes: @micador
Raincoat: @marksandspencer โ˜”๏ธ #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Here's a still shot of our Rainbow Lazy Susan I shared in our previous video. It's pretty mesmerizing when it gets spinning! ๐ŸŒˆ

If you've been following us for a while, you would have seen this activity before - it's Miss2's favourite! First, we Colour sort the Pom Pom's, then give it a spin & watch them fly off in all directions, pile them back on & repeat! ๐ŸŒˆ

Lazy Susan painted with Acrylic paint & finished with a clear sealer.
Developing: Colour Recognition, Hand Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, Learning through Play, Language, Sensory Exploration, Following Instructions, Cognitive Development.
Pom Pom's: @educationalexperience
Lazy Susan: @ikea_australia
Age: 2 + years.
#craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Spin & draw ๐ŸŒˆ fun with our Rainbow Lazy Susan!
So far we've spun;
Pom Pom's โœ”๏ธ Rainbow Rice โœ”๏ธ Crayons โœ”๏ธ โ€ข
PAINT has been on the to-spin list since the beginning, and this week, it's ON! #amicrazy? #dontanswerthat

I painted our @ikea_australia Lazy Susan with Acrylic paint & sealed with a clear spray. #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

Fine Motor + Colour Recognition + Sorting ๐Ÿ How sweet are these little beehives?! โ€ข

We love our colourful, wooden toys & I love sharing Educational Toys with you that are genuinely a hit with my little ones; Miss2 was thrilled to open up this package we received this week! ๐ŸŒˆ

This little set includes 6 Rainbow beehives, 6 matching bees & a pair of wooden tongs to build Fine Motor Skills & Hand Eye Coordination through Play. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ You can grab this set from @thecreativetoyshop for $49.
Bee Hives: @thecreativetoyshop #gifted #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

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