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Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

100+ engaging, non-cringe things for teens to do at home

100+ engaging, non-cringe things for teens to do at home

These things for teens to do at home are here to remind you that you are a creative, interesting, curious person. You can find ways to stay occupied and engaged, no matter how long you have to spend at home. While usually you can phone a friend to chopper you out of...

24 really awesome podcasts for teens

24 really awesome podcasts for teens

These podcasts for teens come highly recommended as a way to get them off their screens and, hopefully, out exercising. Jam in the airpods, hit play on a podcast, and off you go. Once the kids are hooked, it will be super easy to get them out there each day. Just one...

How to play the game of squares + DIY squares game board

How to play the game of squares + DIY squares game board

A good picnic can last the whole day and a DIY squares game board can help you make it perfect. Good food in the sunshine, a game of squares and a little siesta on the picnic blanket when it all gets too much. That’s the fantasy at least! Quiet pursuits for the kids...

How to play the game of Fly

How to play the game of Fly

Last week I casually mentioned that my kids were outside playing the game of Fly and was totally surprised to learn that many people had never heard of this old-school game. I spent a good part of my childhood playing the classic game of Fly with my sisters. Before we...

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

We love it when our kids want to hang out and be social. We don't love it when they have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to have fun with friends. Every now and then it's great to go to a water park, shopping, laser tag, eating fast food or seeing a movie, but...

Book review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Book review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Title: Everything I Never Told You Author: Celeste Ng Publisher: Penguin Books About the Book: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” When Lydia Lee is late to breakfast one morning, her protective mother, Marilyn, is instantly suspicious. When Marilyn goes to...

Finding the best fashion for tween girls who love style

Finding the best fashion for tween girls who love style

Finding fashion for tween girls can be hard! They’re in a wonderful stage of life and development where they’re discovering who they are; a time where childhood meets a desire for independence and the wonders of adulthood to come. With this comes an evolving sense of...

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

Are you like me - a discarded parent looking for ideas on how to bond with your teen? Sometimes we can go a full week without so much as a good morning from our self-absorbed teenagers. When I asked Mumlyfe readers what they most needed advice on when raising older...

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Non-screen activities are critical for kids’ development

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