sharing fab ideas – after school questions

Do you, like me, struggle to get more than a one word reply from your kids about how their day was at school?

We are loving these free printable questions from How Does She.

after school questions

Click here to print your own copy and get those conversations started now!

You’re welcome. x

after school questions 2

garden project #1

This one requires some forward planning so I am posting it now in the hope you can complete it some time in spring!  I just LOVE the colours and shapes in these amazing garden sculptures made by lids of all shapes and sizes!  This is recycling at it’s best.

lids

Start saving your lids now, plan your design, glue together (using suitable glue to bond plastics and survive outdoors) then voila!

Be sure to send us a photo of your creations.

instagram challenge winner #4 (um, and 5!)

Well we’ve come to the end of the challenge and, as always, choosing a winner this week was terribly difficult!  I finally decided on this entry from @anneliesemac as I love the busy-ness and concentration of this little poppet creating her own little masterpieces.

insta 4 winner

I have also decided to give a little ‘runner up’ award to @littlepickers who submitted a stack of fab images of her little guys living a rudy and the dodo life.  I think this one is my favourite!   Watch out for the postie @littlepickers as there is a little something on it’s way to you…

instagram runner up

Thanks to all of you clever clogs who entered!  I have had so much fun viewing your entries and have also started following many of you so I can continue to enjoy your creative shots.

Mwwwah.

diy dad’s day gifts

So, you have downloaded and completed your free printable telling Dad how and why he is so fabulous. If you want another little something special to include with the story, why not try making a personalised plate or cup? All you need is an oven safe cup or plate and a permanent marker.  Drawn on your design (you might want to do a practice run on paper first!) then bake in the oven at 175C for about 30-40 minutes.  Voila!

Here’s some inspiration I found on pinterest …

pm moustache cup

pm platepm plates

 

pm dish

water colour painting (with a twist)

I’m sorry I’ve been a tad quiet over the past couple of weeks.  Internet hassles have made it trickier than usual to post fab ideas here.  So, now I need to make it up to you!

Let’s start with this gorgeous little project using water colours and lemon juice.  As you will see below, lemon juice has a terribly fabulous effect if you leave it on a watercolor painting. Give it a few minutes to soak, dab away with a tissue, and some crazy shapes are left as a result. You can find all the details over at the ‘art projects for kids’ blog.

blog watercolour lemon

 

Happy painting peeps! x

our instagram challenge

instagram crochetWe LOVE instagram and we know a lot of you do too!  So, each week in August we are giving away a $50 gift voucher for our little store to the winner of the best photo posted to instagram using the #rudyandthedodochallenge hashtag.

We are all about kids making and doing, rather than spectating.

We want to see photos of your kids off the couch, exploring and creating, questioning and building, pretending, painting, playing and learning.

Simply upload your photos using the #rudyandthedodochallenge hashtag.  If you happen to include any products purchased from our store (not compulsory – totally optional!) be sure to include the brand hashtag eg #seedling #djeco #janod

Each week after selecting our favourite and most creative entry, we will post the winning photo on our blog.

Follow us on http://instagram.com/rudyandthedodo/

Here are some of our own favourite shots to help get you inspired!

insta collage

Happy snapping!

Oh,PS … Here are the nitty gritty terms and conditions

  • Entrant must reside in Australia
  • Photos must be posted using the #rudyandthedodochallenge hashtag
  • Entrant can enter more than once (as many times as you like, actually!)
  • Entrant must be 18 years or older
  • The best photo will be selected each week and the image will be posted on www.rudyandthedodo.com.au (in the blog)
  • Winner must follow rudy and the dodo on instagram
  • Winner has 24 hours to respond to Julia@rudyandthedodo.com.au to claim their prize.
  • Participation in this competition indicates authorization for rudy and the dodo to share your images on our facebook page as part of the promotion.

Competition closes each week as follows;
Week 1 – 8th August
Week 2 – 15th August
Week 3 – 22nd August
Week 4 – 31st August