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Dinosaur Eggs


Make these fun snacks with your kids.

What do you do when your modern day dinosaurs (aka “chickens”) have, in fact, been laying and you discover nineteen eggs hidden at the top of their run?

You make dinosaur eggs, of course!

What you need:
* Eggs
* Cups (or other narrow deep container)
* Food colouring
What you do:
1. Hard boil the number of eggs you want to colour (use whatever is your tried and true method).
2. Once the eggs are cooked, cooled and dried, crack the shells all over but do not peel.
3. For each colour you want to dye your eggs, mix the relevant food colour with a small amount of water in your cup. We wanted bold and vibrant so used mixed a 7ml vial of colouring with only enough water to cover the egg once it is placed in the cup.)
4. Place one egg in each dye cup and then place the cups in your fridge overnight.
5. Be patient.
6. Remove eggs from their cups and peel (make sure you check out the inside of any large parts of shell)
and you now have awesome dinosaur eggs!!!
Word of advice: You might want to wear gloves when peeling the eggs 😉
Contributed by Nadine of My DD Hearts Dinos  
Awesome kids’ clothes minus the gender labels.
At My DD Hearts Dinos they know that it’s not just little boys who are dino obsessed, so their range of handmade childrens clothing has everything that you need for both boys and girls who love dinos. Designer Nadine sews clothes and accessories that are fun and exciting, with a staple dino theme.

Capes 4 Kids Drive

We’re in the last days for our drive to collect handmade capes as part of our collaboration with Capes 4 Kids.

Sewn by Kate of kaetoo

Each year Capes 4 Kids collect and distribute capes to help children feel as safe, secure and brave as possible while undergoing challenging, often “scary” situations and treatments. These little crusaders face hospitalization, medical procedures and treatments and need all the help that they can get to be brave, manage their fears, listen carefully and cooperate with instructions to “get through” whatever must be endured.

Sewn by Kymberly of Grubbee

We challenge you to make at least one cape as part of our drive.

Capes are to be completed and sent to Handmade Cooperative HQ by the 23rd of June 2017, so you have just over a week to get sewing and post off your cape. Find out all the details on how to participate right here.

Sewn by Sue

Don’t sew but still want to help out?

There are three other ways you can help out:

  1. Help us advertise the drive! Tell your friends, Tweet about the cause, do a Facebook shout out, Pin images from this page, write a blog post, share an image on Instagram. Do something to spread the word about this drive and about this wonderful charity.
  2. Donate materials. Capes For Kids Australia are always looking for materials, including fabric, cotton, velcro, appliques and postage materials. Head on over to their DONATE page to help them out.
  3. Sponsor a cape. If you don’t sew, you might like to sponsor a cape. You can deposit money directly into the Capes 4 Kids Australia donation account using the details here, or sponsor a cape through the Capes 4 Kids Australia Facebook page.

Capes 4 Kids Drive

It’s time to get out your sewing machine and make a difference.

Sewn by Lizz of Schooza

For the month of June, we are inviting our members and followers to join us in sewing a cape or two to donate to Capes 4 Kids, where they will be distributed to sick kids to make them feel a bit happier and a bit braver.

We’re looking to get as many capes together as we can by June 23, so to get all the details head here and sign up. Let’s get creative!

Capes 4 Kids Drive

There’s nothing more satisfying than sewing to put a smile on a child’s face.

Sewn by Jo from One Busy Sloth

Over the last fortnight, our members and followers have been sewing capes as part of our Capes 4 Kids Drive. All capes sewn will be sent to Capes 4 Kids, who will distribute the capes to children who are in hospital undergoing “scary” situations and treatments.

Sewn by Kate from Tinkerbell Tailor

We would LOVE for you to join in and donate a cape to this fantastic cause. To get all the details and take part, head over here and fill out your details. The pattern is easy (even if you’re a non-sewer like me!) and you can use new fabric or upcycle sheets and doona covers.

Sewn by Katrina of Mum & Me Handmade Designs

You have until 23 June to sew a super powered cape for a little superhero. So get on board, download the pattern and get creative!

Sewn by Kylie of Babes & Tots Designs


Chalk Bike Course

We are lucky enough to live in a quiet cul-de-sac which the kids can ride their bikes around.

To make riding around in circles a bit more fun we got a bucket of coloured chalk and each drew a different coloured line to mark out a course to ride along. The kids decided they should start easy and get harder, so we started with some lines from one side to the other with a few curves in it. They then rode the bikes along the line as close as they could like they were balancing the wheels on it.

We then progressed to a loop-the-loop where you ride around in a tight(ish) circle. Then on to multiple loop the loops and very tight bends (some of which I’m sure were not actually possible but they had fun trying).

With all the ‘courses’ colour coded (you could also number them easiest to hardest) they kids took turns seeing if they could complete them all without ‘falling off’. For older children you could also put in a time element; see who can do the green course in the fastest time.

This game would also work without bikes for smaller children they could walk or run to ‘balance’ along the chalk line course, and could be done in a driveway or backyard.

Schooza120 Contributed by Liz of Schooza.

Schooza creates quality handmade, fun products for pretend and imaginative play, aimed for boys and girls under 6. Product range includes felt crowns and hats, animal and dino tails and felt masks.


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