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A Crafty LIVing • Olivia  Arts, Crafts & Activities for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers 🌈 Play-based Learning - Toys, Books & Resources ☂ Nanny to a 1yo, 3yo & 5yo.


Cutlery Tray Cutting Invitation! ✂️ This girl would cut & cut all day if given the chance! I made another one of these Cutting Busy Boxes last week, they’re always a hit - especially when you include straws!
This tray includes sections of different lined paper with stickers as thumb placement reminders, as well as spare plain paper. The remaining sections contain all the snippets (keep your snippets to use for other creative projects!) & of course our favourite selection of scissors.
Developing: Fine Motor Skills, Scissor Skills, Language Development, Colour Recognition, Bimanual Coordination & more.
Age: 2 + years
TAP pic for details.
Cutlery Tray: @kmartaus
Safety Scissors: @educationalexperience @officeworks @micador
Craft Paper: @costco #craftylivingkids

Zero-calorie ICE CREAM - made from 100% recycled cardboard! ♻️ Miss3 & Mr5 have been so busy this week adding to our Play Food with some DIY Pretend Play props from a cardboard box! 📦 #craftylivingkids #acraftyliving_art

Usually I try and hang out until at least Dec 1st before I start with the Christmas fun... but to be completely honest, we’ve been listening to Christmas Carols since Nov 1st 😬🎅🏼🎁🎄 I’ve done well lasting till now before I start sharing.
Here’s a Christmas activity adaptable for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers - An invitation to work on Fine Motor Skills through Play!
For Toddlers & Preschoolers I include smaller Pom Pom’s & tongs, & for Miss12m, I used bigger Pom Pom’s for her to pull out & push through with her fingers! 👌🏼 The tree is a bunch of cardboard tubes (cut in half) that I glued and painted in the shape of a Christmas Tree. The Pom Pom’s can represent baubles or lights. 🌈

Pom Pom’s: @educationalexperience #craftylivingkids #acraftyliving_christmas

Mermaid Fabric Sensory Frames ✨

This 2-way coloured sequined fabric is mesmerizing & therapeutic for all ages! 🌈
Putting them in frames makes it easier to draw/write on the floor, at a table or mounted to the wall, not to mention for longevity at home or in the classroom! ✨
Check out #acraftyliving_sensory for an in action video & the how to. #craftylivingkids #acraftyliving_sensory

Nursery Rhyme Singing Basket for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers! 🎵 Can you guess which Nursery Rhyme this is? 🐮🐔🐷 •
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a day in my life, from breakfast to dinner of my day with Miss12m over at @oliviasfoster - Talking routine, baby food & more!
This is one of the activities I have planned for the afternoon. A singing basket - I’ve gathered some musical instruments & animal figurines, but you could use whatever you have at home - stuffed animals, flashcards etc.
TAP pic for details!
#craftylivingkids #acraftyliving_baby

Mr5 has been practicing so hard the last 2 days to build his own falling rainbow! 🌈
What’s your favourite way to use the Grimms Rainbow? Show us using the hashtag #acraftyliving_grimms

Grimms Rainbow: @thecreativetoyshop 🌈 #craftylivingkids

Thanks so much for all the love on my new account (@oliviasfoster) where I’ll be sharing life behind A Crafty LIVing - everything I’ve learnt as a Nanny, caring for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers! Helping to raise them into happy, healthy, kind & resilient little beings who are confident in themselves & their abilities.

As a Nanny, I experience much of what every parent goes through raising children - A few I mentioned briefly being the joy & hardships of adding new siblings, terrific (terrible) two’s, toilet training, immunizations, milestones, teething, reflux, cooking, washing & more washing, etc. These are some of the things I hope to share more about.
I also plan to share some more personal things, such as my anxiety, my big trip overseas in a few weeks, finding a work/kids/life balance, as well as the journey in starting a family, having my own children + my long term goal/future plans of running a family day care.
Leaving the Art’s, Crafts & Activities here, what parenting type posts would you like to see from me over there?
If you’re still with me, & interested in following, you can find my new page at @oliviasfoster. ❤️ #craftylivingkids

Can you believe we’re heading towards the end of the year already!
2017 has been rough but SO good at the same time! This Christmas will be my first Christmas in my own home - only I’ll be overseas so not sure it counts... 🤔

Just a public service announcement, Christmas is 6 weeks away! 🎄🎁 Have you started shopping yet?
I bought these beautiful instruments a few weeks ago & they’ve been such a hit with Miss12m, Miss3 & Mr5! Hit up @babynoise_ who currently have 15% off. A beautiful gift for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers!
And see that cute little Piki Basket - you can get 20% off with @minimacko‘s storewide sale! 🙋🏽💸 •
Instruments: @babynoise_
Piki Basket: @olliella via @minimacko #craftylivingkids

Silence is golden (unless you have a Toddler... then it’s very suspicious)! 👀 I’ll happily take Miss12m emptying her entire book case, so I can prep for the evening - with both hands & no baby at my feet. 🙌🏼 •
What no good has your child got up to before you discovered it was dangerously quiet? 😯 #ithappenstothebestofus #acraftyliving_baby

Here’s a close up of our finished ‘Dear Zoo’ Story Spoons 🐸🦁🐶 All sealed & ready to Play!
I bought a bunch of new spoons today, ready to paint our next set - The Very Hungry Caterpillar! 🐛

If you wrote to the Zoo & asked for a pet, what animal would you choose? #craftylivingkids #acraftyliving_literacy

Confession: I 100% bought these Magnatabs with the intent of me playing with them because they're SO cool! 😋

They're little magnetic beads that pop up as you trace over them with the magnetic stylus. Great for practicing letter formation & letter recognition!
These have permanently lived in the car since I got them. Keeping Miss3 & Mr5 busy on short & longer car trips!
Age: 2 + years.
TAP pic for details! 👉🏼 Magnatab: @thecreativetoyshop #craftyliving #craftylivingkids #acraftyliving_literacy

DIY 'Dear Zoo' Story Spoons 🦁🐸🐶 Thank you SOOO much for all the love on my Insta Stories of the animals on the opposite side of our Dear Zoo Story Spoons! I’ll be sharing the finished Spoons here on the weekend! I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out. 😍

I painted these $0.99c wooden spoons from IKEA with a water-based enamel. I then painted the pictures with acrylic paint. Once I've finished painting the animals on the reverse of the spoon, I'll be sealing with 'Cabothane Clear' vanish.
Wooden Spoons: @ikea_australia
Acrylic Paint: @montmarteart
Enamel + Vanish: @bunnings #craftyliving #craftylivingkids

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