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Homemade Dinosaur Bones

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Thanks to the wonderful exhibition at the Park Beach Plaza over the past few weeks, there is a bit of a fascination in dinosaurs in our household at the moment.

So on a quiet Saturday afternoon I thought I’d make some saltdough and let the kids get creative. First of all, we looked through some of our dinosaur books to get some inspiration.


In the meantime I made some salt dough which is super-easy: just mix together 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of water. Mix until combined then knead lightly on a floured surface until smooth.


We got out our toy dinosaurs to make footprints in the dough, some playdough tools to help with rolling and shaping, made some bones and teeth and even poo!

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We then laid all the creations on two oven trays and once the kids were finished bake in a slow oven – 120 degrees for 2.5-3 hours until hardened then leave to cool completely on the trays.



All in all a fantastic activity, cheap, minimal mess and it kept the kids busy and creating for a while!


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10 Father’s Day Card Ideas

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, 7th September and what Dad doesn’t like a handmade card?

Here are easy cards for the kids to make:


Fingerprint Monkey Card Idea “I Love Hangin’ With You”.


M&Ms Bow Tie Father’s Day Card


“I Love You Berry Much” Fingerprint Raspberry Card Idea


“You Are My Sunshine” Noodle Card


Fingerprint Golf Ball Father’s Day Card


“I’m Hooked on Daddy” handprint card.


“Daddy’s Little Monster” handprint card.


Easy Craft Father’s Day Card


“Fishing You a Happy Father’s Day” card


Printable Father’s Day Card

You can find heaps more ideas by doing a search on Pinterest.

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11 Ideas for Australia Day

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We’re lucky to have Australia Day on a weekend this year, which means a LONG weekend! More time to celebrate this wonderful country with our family and friends.

I’ve found 11 great family-friendly ideas that you can do this Australia Day. Whether it’s a giant iced VoVo cake, some pavlova or some Australia Day craft, here are some great ideas the whole family will enjoy.

Australia Day would just not be Australia Day with a pav!


Milo Cheesecake with Chocolate Crackle Crust *drool*  – say no more!

7567608928_82134e37c2_oTim Tam Cake = YUM!!!



Spaghetti with vegemite and cheese – sounds odd but the kids would probably love it!


An easy and fun idea “Koala up a Creek!”


Non-alcoholic Australia Day punch recipe


FREE Australia Day Fun Pack to download for the kids.


Iced VoVo cake. Wow!


Koala Newspaper Collage – very cute!

aussie bush garland

Love this idea using items from your backyard or park – Aussie Bush Garland.


A different take on the good old-fashioned lamington, Lamington Roll Recipe.

If you end up making any of these, I’d love you to post them to our Facebook wall so we can share it!

And don’t forget, there are plenty of Australia Day Events planned around the Coffs Coast – click here to have a look.

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Coffs for Kids Craft: Jellyfish Bags

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Another fantastic craft idea I found on Pinterest – Paper Bag Jellyfish. This was easy to do and lots of fun!

All you need is:

  • paper bags (gift-style bags with a square bottom that is used as the Jellyfish head)
  • googly eyes
  • paints
  • glue
  • scissors (pinking shears would be great but I couldn’t find mine so we just used normal scissors)
  • glitter glue or other paints to decorate/embellish (optional)


We started by painting one side of the paper bags. You can then add glitter glue, glitter or other paint embellishments to decorate.

We then left them to dry for an hour or so while we did something else.



After that, simply glue on the googly eyes and cut the bottom of the bag into strips to make jellyfish legs.



If you want full instructions you can visit this website:




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