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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 😉
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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!


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.

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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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How to make paper dresses

It’s fun and simple to make your own paper dresses.

Instructions

Start with a square of patterned paper.

Fold in half with the pattern on the outside.

Open the paper out again, and fold the edges in to meet at the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold the creased edges into the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold back approx 1/3 of the way from the top.

Fold back to create a Z shape. This forms the waist line of the dress.

To open up the skirt section, ease the side out and flatten.

Repeat for the other side.

To form the neckline, fold down the top of the bodice section on both sides.

Turn the dress over, and fold the neckline back on the crease lines you made in the previous step.

Flatten the folded sections to the back.

Fold the sides of the bodice only (not the skirt at this stage) back along the edge of the square sections.

Hold the last fold down, and fold the skirt section in a diagonal line from the waist line to a point at the hem.

Repeat for the other side.

Turn over, fold out the sleeves – and your paper dress is done and ready to decorate!

Add ribbon along the waist-band, or add embellishments to decorate. If you would like to add a patterned hem, use decorative scissors or punches along the bottom of the paper square before starting the paper dress folding.

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