Crafty fun at The School’s Kids Holiday Camp

Last week I had the opportunity to be ‘intern’ for the day and help out at the Kids Holiday Camp run by Megan Morton’s The School down here in Melbourne at the Abbotsford Convent masterfully organised by the fabulous Ms Candy Sparkles.  

The camp ran for three days and the children could attend just one day or all three. Each day was different, but the day that I was there, the kids made dream creatures with the super talented Madeleine Stamer in the morning and sparkle terrariums with Candy in the afternoon among much more creativeness along the way like feathery & sparkly crowns, pom poms, dancing in the rain, eating hot cross buns and drinking hot chocolate.

Madeleine also drew an extra special Easter design especially for the kids in this class to colour using watercolours (you can see it in the top pic).  She has been generous enough to share the design as a free download over on her blog if you’d like to print it out for yourself.

Goose (aged 10) came along with me on the day and had a ball!  Goose made the delightful Pheonix dream creature in the picture above which is now hanging above her bed.  She is a huge fan of anything creative and her words at the end of the day were “Can we do that again?  No, let me rephrase that – when are we doing that again?”

The School in Sydney runs amazing classes for both adults and children covering all things creative and stylish and can often be found running classes in other parts of the country as well.  Candy is running a Kids Holiday Camp in Sydney too and there are still places left for Tuesday and Wednesday this week so if you’re a Sydney-sider, go and check out the website for more details coz I know your kids would just love it!

Being around kids expressing their creativity is something that I just can’t get enough of.

What have you been up to during the school hols?  Do you go crazy with activities or spend lots of lazy days in your pj’s or a mix of both?

If you or your kidlets are up for any Easter crafting, you might like to check out our Easter Craft Series for some fun and simple Easter themed crafts, recipes and activities.

P.S.  Big thanks to my beautiful friend Susannah for looking after Frog & Bear (as well as her own three kids) for the whole day so that Goose and I could go along to this.  Where would we be without friends like this ? xo

Some Time Out…

We have just come back from a glorious 9 days in Broome, WA.  Along with my sister Lou and her family, my Dad, his partner and my little bro, we enjoyed a real holiday.  One where you actually relax and feel like you’ve had a break.  Cannot remember the last time we had one of those.  I had a thousand things to write, but once again I’m just too tired and staying up way too late and really must head to bed if I have any hope of adjusting back to Melbourne time.  Here are some family snaps…

How did you enjoy your school holidays?

Have you ever been lucky enough to spend some time in Broome?


School holidays bring with them a more flexible pace of life without the school run and other various regular activities. On the other hand, there is less time to blog and one needs to find more ways to keep kids occupied.

Apart from a trip to the zoo, a day at the snow and a weekend away at a friend’s beachhouse, these holidays I’m trying for one activity out of the house each day (to save the ‘climbing the walls syndrome’) whether it be a playdate with friends, a trip to the library or a trip to the airport to say goodbye to Granny, and the rest of the time at home. I find my kids are so busy during the term that they yearn for unstructured time at home and so does their Mum! Personally I’m a fan of letting kids just play and find their own fun. My kids are quite good at doing that, but I like to have “distractions” in my arsenal if the need arises.

The internet is full of gems if you know where to look …

- Of course you’ll find quite a few simple, yet super cool, ideas and links to other great sites right here on Frog Goose & Bear.

- Here is a fantastic list of ‘boredom busters’ over at MiniEco.

- We have been enjoying the brilliant ‘Action Packs‘ from WhipUp. They are well worth the $5 in my opinion. The idea is that kids, aged 7 and up, can do it independently with little supervision or younger kids can do it with some help. I am a huge fan! The Chai tea concoctions in the photos above are straight from the “Sew & Tea” edition.

- Goose has become a little obsessed with this season’s masterchef and she has been allowed to stay up later during the holidays to watch. When I gave her this fun ‘easiest ever choc chip slice’ recipe – she told me to step out of the kitchen as she was doing it all on her own, which she did! A new era has begun.

What are your school holiday tips?

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