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(Image source:  http://www.western-australia.com/wolfe-creek.html)

One of the most interesting landmarks in the Kimberley is the Wolfe Creek Crater that is located about 150 kilometres south of Halls Creek.  While the local Aboriginal tribe have known about it for thousands of years and refer to it as Kandimalal, it was only discovered by Europeans in 1947.

The Wolfe Creek Crater was created by a meteorite that hit the earth around 300,000 years ago that was estimated to weigh 50,000 tonnes.  The crater is 880 metres across and originally about 120 metres deep but has gradually been filled in with sand and is now about 50 to 60 metres deep.

The Wolfe Creek Crater was also made famous in recent times as a result of the film Wolf Creek and this has resulted in a lot more publicity about the area as well as the Kimberley in general.

Once at the Wolfe Creek Crater you can explore the area and take in the never-ending incredible views in all directions.  Also, you can explore the floor of the crater as there is a track that you can follow to get down there.

For more information about Wolfe Creek Crater and how to travel to this spectacular part of the Kimberley click on the link.

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They didn’t have poetry like this when I was a child.  The only poems I remember were the ones we had to read at school.  Oh, and a few funny limericks and rhymes.

I found this poem today and it made me laugh.  Children all around the country will relate to it so I thought I’d share it with you.  You might like to read it to them or even print it out for them to read later.  They will get a laugh out of it, too.

My Teacher Took My iPod

A Funny School Poem for Kids

My teacher took my iPod.
She said they had a rule;
I couldn’t bring it into class
or even to the school.

She said she would return it;
I’d have it back that day.
But then she tried my headphones on
and gave a click on Play.

She looked a little startled,
but after just a while
she made sure we were occupied
and cracked a wicked smile.

Her body started swaying.
Her toes began to tap.
She started grooving in her seat
and rocking to the rap.

My teacher said she changed her mind.
She thinks it’s now okay
to bring my iPod into class.
She takes it every day.

–Kenn Nesbitt

 

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Dummy Clips

That piercing wail behind you…

The shriek from the back seat of the car…

It always happens at the worst time.  The dummy goes missing.  You find yourself groping blindly under the seat of the car or, even worse, down the crumb filled back of the seat.  You are looking for a dummy which seems to have become so small that you can’t find it anywhere.

When you do find it, it is horrible, with bits of dust and dirt stuck to its damp surface.  When you are out on the road there is usually nowhere nearby that you can sterilise it, is there?  How often have you had to wipe it and then suck the thing clean before giving it back to your child.  Shudder.

That is why I love dummy clips.

Dummy clips are a great way to ensure you don’t lose or misplace the dummy and they keep it out of the dirt too.  A dummy clip puts an end to those games where bubs thinks it is so much fun to toss the dummy down from his highchair for you to pick up.  Again and again and again.

We have a number of different dummy clips that are easy to attach to clothing, strollers, slings and blankets.  They are made with designer cotton fabrics, are lead free and use a nickel clip with plastic teeth so they won’t get caught on clothing and at the same time hold tight.

Follow this link to our Dummy Clips page to check out the range we have in stock such as our Pat-a-Cake Baby Dummy Clip in a cute Whimsy Woods fabric.

Each dummy clip comes with a bright and colourful design and a plastic snap closure which will keep the dummy securely attached so the baby can’t pull it off.  As the length of each clip is 9” long when the dummy is snapped on and 1” wide, this also ensures it is not going to get tangled around the baby’s neck.  Importantly do not leave the child unattended while using.

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In my last post I told you that children should learn to be comfortable in the kitchen and a great way to encourage that is to let them help you to cook.

When they are ready to have a go by themselves you might like to choose some of the recipes which don’t need to be cooked.  There are plenty of no-bake cookie recipes available online and these let kids practice their measuring and mixing without risk of burning themselves as they manage an oven or saucepan.

One recipe that we love to make is no-cook play dough.  It serves two purposes by letting them play with measures and producing something they can play with at the end of the process.

No Cook Play Dough

2 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

1 tbsp. cooking oil

1/2 cup cold water

2-3 drops of food colouring

Method:

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Add the oil, water and food colouring and mix again.

If the mix is dry you can add a little more water.

Knead it until it is the right consistency.

I keep mine in the fridge.  The mix will last a long time and it is safe even if your child decides to eat it!

That will keep the kids busy for a while. Perhaps you can sneak in a quick cuppa while they are busy!

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Do your children love messing about in the kitchen?  Mine do, especially if they are allowed to cook, which usually means the same thing as ‘make a big mess”.

I don’t mind the mess because I think that children should learn to be comfortable in the kitchen.  The ability to cook is a life skill, after all.  In many of the busy city areas, if you believe what you see on TV, it seems to be a skill that is being lost.  Take away food and pre-prepared products mean that the most you have to do is heat it and eat it.

I’d like my kids to be able to cook good healthy food from scratch.  Then they will know what is in it and that it is good for them.

When being in the kitchen feels like playtime, your children are more likely to want to be there.  That why I love our little kitchen products.  They are practical but they look like toys.

The Flower Measuring Spoons are bright and cheerful and they have flower shaped heads.  They come in in four different sizes; 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon.

The matching Flower Measuring Cups also have the flower shaped heads and come in four sizes; 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup.

Not only will your child have fun in the kitchen using these tools/toys, they will learn about measurements and develop a practical skill as well.

You know, the mess doesn’t matter.  As your children grow you can show them how to clean up after themselves.  To me, mess is unimportant if my kids are learning through their play.

One day, they might be able to cook dinner for me!

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