Our visit to Wongan Hills Community Nature Playground

Our visit to Wongan Hills Community Nature Playground

Wheatbelt Kids first heard about the Wongan Hills Community Nature Playground through posts on Facebook last year, since then we have watched the community come together and build this wonderful playspace.

 

The Nature Playground was officially opened on Australia Day 2017, and has been such a huge hit that even Maggie Dent has visited.

 

The Nature Playground was first started in August 2015 and was made possible by donations by the Wongan Hills Community Association, Wongan Hills Development Group, Wongan/Ballidu Shire, Mazda Foundation, Royalties for Regions, CBH, Bendigo Bank Goomalling, Men’s Shed, EarthSounds, Wongan Concrete, and other local businesses and community members.

 

The Nature Playground is a great example of what community spirit and working together can achieve.

On our visit to Wongan Hills my daughter MJ loved the Nature Playground so much that we played all afternoon. The playground is suitable for all ages and different abilities. MJ loved making music, climbing the ropes, pumping the water and pretending to row the boat.

 

The park also has a skate park, basketball court, toilets, picnic tables and a wonderful big gazebo.

 

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Well done to the Wongan Hills community for building this wonderful playground we will definitely be back again for another visit soon.

Firework Craft to Celebrate the New Year

Firework Craft to Celebrate the New Year

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Today is New Years Eve and to celebrate Wheatbelt Kids decided to make our own fireworks rather than wait up until midnight tonight.

 

We had lots of fun even though it was a little windy. My daughter MJ and I love paint and all things glittered, but if you want less mess to clean up, aprons and a drop sheet are recommended as it gets a little messy with little ones.

You will need:

Paper (coloured paper or cardboard is better)

Paint

Toilet rolls

Glitter

Paper plates

Scissors

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To set up the activity pour coloured paint onto seperate paper plates.  Carefully cut small strips around the toilet rolls (only cut halfway up the roll).

 

The toilet roll is then used as a stamper onto the paper to achieve the firework effect.

 

MJ had a great time stamping the fireworks and mixing the colours.  We used glitter to give an extra sparkle to our work which is optional if you don’t love glitter like we do.

 

Let us know if you like this activity by commenting below.

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Christmas Craft Week

Christmas Craft Week

The first week of school holidays always means Christmas craft time in the Wheatbelt Kids house. My daughter MJ and I love to make and create different things to give to our loved ones and decorate the Christmas tree with.

This year we saw a few different projects in shops that we had to try and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Gingerbread Man

I found this Gingerbread Man cut out pack at Riot Art and Craft and really liked the convenience.

I then made a tray of collage items for MJ to choose from for her own Gingerbread Man.

She really enjoyed this activity and choosing items to use.  You can create the same by drawing a man figure onto card and collaging with items you may have at home.

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Santa Craft

I found this Santa craft pack at Red Dot in Northam. The pack contains 6 Santa cut outs to make for $2.99 which I thought was a bargain.

While MJ needed some help with cutting parts for the Santas it was very easy for her to peel, stick and glue together.

The finished poduct was a very cute looking Santa.

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Popstick Puppets

I found this Stick Puppet Kit when at Riot Art and Craft in November. The kit was a great price and had everything included which makes crafting life with a three year old much easier.

MJ needed some help with this as it was a little fiddly, but the final product was great fun.  Once dry we had hours of puppet shows.

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Painting Ceramics

MJ loves to paint anything and everything so of course I had to pick up a few Christmas Ceramics to paint.

I found some cheap ones at Woolworths and Riot Art and Craft but most small speciality stores have little kits.

We made lots of mess but made lots of memories.

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Pom Pom Reindeer

I found this Pom Pom Reindeer craft pack at Red Dot and thought it would be a great fine motor activity for MJ for when Mummy needed some quiet time.

MJ loved the pom poms and colour matching. Mummy liked the 30 minutes to relax but ended up folding the mountain of washing.

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Moveable Santa

The Moveable Santa craft pack was from Riot Art and Craft.

This one I let MJ paint and she had lots of fun and cheekily painted the table.

I liked this pack as it included the split pins for the Santas.

 

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Magic Christmas Tree

I found this Magic Christmas Tree while shopping at the Australian Geographic Store in Midland Gate.

It was great fun to watch over the day to see how much it had grown.  Our tree didn’t turn out exactly like the packet due to MJ accidently pouring half the special water over the table, but we loved watching our special tree anyway.

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Making Clay Decorations

We made our own decorations and painted them this year.  MJ had lots of fun rolling out the clay, choosing cutters to use and then painting them once dry.

Please note that the clay took a day to dry in the Northam heat, you could speed up the drying time in the oven like salt dough.

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Thank you for taking the time to read our Christmas craft adventures this year.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Stay safe on our Wheatbelt roads while driving these school holidays.

 

Jodie and MJ xx

Merry Christmas from Wheatbelt Kids

3 Step Skittles Experiment

3 Step Skittles Experiment

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I’m sure you have probably seen the Skittles experiment all over Facebook and Youtube the past few months just like I have. The rainbow Skittle experiment looked easy, fun and colourful.

My daughter MJ and I decided to test it out and had lots of fun while learning about colours, how they mix, and of course eating them.

For the experiment you will need

cup

plate

skittles

warm water

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Step 1 – Place skittles around your plate.

You can choose to make patterns with the skittles or group colours to create bigger coloured lines when the water is added.

 

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Step 2 – Carefully pour the warm water into the middle of the plate.

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Step 3 –  Watch the colours from the skittles dissolve making a wonderful pattern.

This takes about 1-2 minutes.

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We had lots of fun watching the colours melt into each other. The swirling effect was very interesting to watch form.  MJ had a wonderful time placing the skittles in different postitons to see what impact it would have.  She also decided to experiment with blowing and mixing with her fingers which added to the learning process.

 

This experiment gave lots of opportunities of learning for MJ including:

  • Counting the skittles
  • Learning colours
  • Grouping and sorting the skittles
  • Fine motor skills for placing the skittles
  • Pouring skills
  • Mixing colours
  • Prediction of what would happen
  • Testing the experiment