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kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes are much more than just a childhood toy. These devices have been used to stir the imagination of people of all ages, all over the world, for nearly two centuries.

Building a kaleidoscope offers a unique opportunity to both entertain and educate viewers, and it’s an activity that is easier than you might imagine.

Kaleidoscopes can be made from a vast assortment of materials which are available at a wide range of price points. They also come in many shapes and sizes, although the stereotypical design is tubular and resembles a small telescope or spyglass.

Inside this device, mirrors or other reflective surfaces are mounted together with a holder that can hold objects of different colours and textures. The operation of the device demonstrates many common properties of optics, such as the refraction of light and the concept of symmetry to produce intricate and often brightly coloured patterns and designs.

By helping your children to design and create their own kaleidoscope, you can help them learn more about the scientific principals behind how many common items work while also stimulating their creativity and having fun.

The Seeing Stars Kaleidoscope Kit, comes with everything that you need to help your children to build their very own kaleidoscope kit while also helping your children to learn more about some of the key concepts of optics such as focus and reflection as well as colour combinations and pattern making.

This kit is suitable for use by children aged four and older and its assembled dimensions are 22cm x 7cm.  Once assembled, the kaleidoscope looks like a spyglass but when your child looks through it, a whole new world is waiting for them.

No matter how many times your child operates their kaleidoscope, it is unlikely that any specific image will ever be exactly reproduced twice, which leads to hours of fun.

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Stomp, stomp, stomp.  Who can it be?

It’s the Boogie Monster coming for me.

Shuffle, tap, twirl and boogie

Boogie Monster’s dancing with me.

B double O, G, I, E

Blast off to planet Boogie with me.

Boogie Monster is a book by Josie Bissett, featuring a colourful, lovable character with hairy legs and great big feet.

Boogie’s mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance!  He teaches kids that there is no right or wrong way to dance. In the process kids build confidence while discovering the joy and satisfaction of movement, creativity and exercise.

The rhythm of the text is enough to get your feet tapping as you read out loud so you can imagine how your children will react to it.  Expect lots of dancing.

Give them their own hairy legs to dance in. Boogie Monster Legs are plush super soft leggings which are the official companion product to the “Boogie Monster” book.  They have a magical way of inspiring a child’s imagination.

Kids pull these funny leggings on to dance and instantly become just like Boogie Monster. Made for dancing, Boogie Legs are durable and washable.

Have you seen the Boogie Monster and his amazing moves?  Watch him in action.

B double O, G, I, E

Blast off to planet Boogie with me.

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1320291719Bobble_Art_Kids_Drawstring_Bag_ButterflyDepending on where you live around Australia, your children may have returned to school this week.  You’ve probably stocked up on exercise books and pencils, but did you remember to buy a multipurpose bag?

Library & Swim Bags are a great accessory for school and we have a great selection available.  These bags are useful  for carrying around the heavy and awkward library books they borrow when at school or when they need to carry their swimming gear and towel when they go swimming.

These bags are made from nylon and are lined with polyester and have an internal mesh pocket.  They also have a draw string opening that means any item placed in the bag will be safely kept in place and not likely to fall out and get lost.  They are also very durable.

rocket_swim_library_bagWhile these bags are suited for carrying library books as well as swimming gear they are also perfect if your kids may be staying over at a friend’s place and they need to take along some spare clothes, toys or anything else they may need.  Plus they are also practical when you are travelling and you need to keep the kids entertained as they can also carry food, games, pens and pencils.

Woodland_library_bagThese bags are also easy to store as they have a hook for hanging and they have an internal name tag so they won’t lost.  Some of the designs we currently have in stock are the Butterfly, Woodland and Rocket bags as pictured here.

Follow this link to the Library & Swim Bags section and have a look at the other designs we have in stock.  These handy little bags definitely make life easier – and take our word for it, you may even need more than one!

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Living in Kununurra where temperatures often exceed 40⁰C, we sure know the value of keeping cool and having cold drinks.  As such, our range of Thermos drink bottles can be recommended by first hand experience as they have won the confidence of our own sunny community.

By now you are probably getting ready for “Back to School” and that means buying bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles.  Before you buy an ordinary drink bottle, take a look at these.  They cost a little more but will last a long time which makes them great value.

duravac_with_lidThe Thermos Dura-Vac is made from stainless steel, holds up to 1 litre and is virtually unbreakable.  Hence the reason it comes with a 5 year warranty and totally replaceable parts in the event something goes wrong.  This thermos also comes with a slip resistant rubber grip and an interchangeable top that allows you to keep drinks either hot or cold depending on your requirements.

foogoThe Thermos Blue Foogo has a doubled walled stainless steel inner and outer that keeps the contents cold for up to 12 hours.  This thermos is also leak proof and has a hygienic push button lid with pop-up silicone straw that is easy to open.  This thermos has a kid proof design with unbreakable stainless steel that is built to withstand the daily wear and tear.  In addition to being dishwasher safe, it has a non slip scratch resistant base and is BPA free.  This thermos holds 355ml and is suitable for ages 18 months plus.

pink foogoFor children a bit younger who are aged 6 month plus then the Thermos Foogo Sippy Cup may be more suitable.  This thermos also has a double walled stainless steel inner and outer that helps to keep the contents cold and fresh for up to 6 hours.  This thermos has a spill proof valve that prevents messes and makes it easy to clean, is dishwasher safe and also has removable handles.  This thermos holds up to 200ml and has a soft drinking spout that is made from “Food Contact Safe” material and is FDA approved.

These are just a small sample so see the range of other Thermos drink bottles we currently have in stock.  I am sure you will find one that is suitable for your child’s needs.

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Aren’t these great?  We love them.

This is called ‘A World to Discover’.  It is a customised world map for your child’s room.  As you can see in the picture, the map is customised by adding your child’s name to the map.

This is so clever because not only does it look great, it is educational.  Together you can explore the world from the comfort of your child’s room.  Inspire your Indiana Jones or Dora the Explorer to find different parts of the world.

This A3 sized poster is printed with an ‘aged paper’ background to give your child the feeling of being an old-world discoverer!  It is a gift that suits all ages (yes, it doesn’t have to be for the kids!) and it suits both boys and girls.

The print measures 297 × 420mm (11.7 × 16.5 inches) and is printed on 160gsm archival, Chlorine Free (ECF) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper.  It will come to you in either a hard mailing tube or a sturdy flat mailer.

This map is from MySweetPrints and was created here in Australia.

Order yours today and tuck it away for Christmas.

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Today I want to show you something different and quite special.

If you spent time playing with your grandparents old toys or you love pottering around antique shops, you might have come across something like these.  If you didn’t, it’s possible that you’ve never seen them before.

These are toys made of tin as many toys were in “the olden days.”  That makes them very sturdy and durable.  Today they are listed as suitable for children over 14 because they may have sharp edges and small parts.  St John Toys are made for life so I see these as collectable items that your child would keep for life.

This is Roxy the Tin Robot and she is on sale at the moment for only $10.  She reminds me of the robot maid from the old cartoon “The Jetsons.”

She is a pretty shade of pink, has spiky spring hair, a little tin dress and a frilly white apron.  She wears stylish and jaunty red shoes.  Roxy is a miniature robot, measuring 14 cm x 5.5cm.

This is the Snow White Carousel which is bright and colourful.  It’s a very whimsical piece that could easily have belonged to your grandparents.  It has a definite old world charm about it.  Slide the lever and the three dwarfs spin out wide for a decent length of time!   The carousel is beautifully painted with plenty of detail and would be a lovely decorative item for a child’s room.   It measures 11cm x 10cm and is on sale for only $8.95.

You don’t easily find toys or collectables like this any more which is a shame.  Luckily for you we have them in stock until they sell out.

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felt creations, felt craft
1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the scenes at tumblemonkey handmade?  E.g. who are you? Where are you based? How did you arrive where you are now? What is most important to you in your life?
My name is Catherine Nolan-Biondic. I married the man of my dreams and am now the mother of 3 precious kid, living in suburban Melbourne. I was originally a Graphic designer working in the magazine/book publishing world. After baby No.3, I needed some kind of creative outlet and ‘felt’ became my guilty pleasure…I use it as my me time and now that it is earning me money I feel less guilty about taking the time to make things with it. The most important thing in my life is to be a good, kind person, to make people laugh and to help my children be the happiest, best version of themselves as possible.

2. Tell us about felt – why has this become your passion? 

My baby daughter was given a felt ball for her birthday and I couldn’t get it out of my mind….I picked up some felt and had a go at making a ball and the rest in history…you could say I became obsessed with the stuff…I like the idea of making things out of felt that no-one has…shapes, vehicles, creatures, functional pieces that feel so lovely… I like to call myself a craft feltress!

felt creation. felt craft, tumblemonkey

3. Do you have a personal mantra that you love…that gets you through the day?

Get it done and get out of there…I cannot let things sit..I cannot relax until all my orders are finished and this is a problem…this is why I have such a quick turnaround most orders…I get it done so I can relax.

felt craft, felt creations, tumblemonkey, mood balls, mood recognition

4. What is one of the most challenging aspects facing you as a working mum? How do you try to overcome this?

My children are always saying they wish I didn’t work all the time…my office is in the loungeroom…which seems the most practical place for us at the moment BUT as a result I am never really switched off…this is a constant work in progress for me…I try and make sure they all get quality time and if someone wants a cuddle I drop everything and do it!! I am a strong believer in making sure my kids (and husband) feel ‘seen’… so this is very important to me.

5. Finish this sentence – I’m at my creative best when…

I have the music turned up loud, the house empty and my hands emerged in a bowl full of hot soapy water.

6. Time out and relaxation is rare for working mums.  If you can steal time to have a break what are your ultimate forms of relaxation? 

I love a massage of any kind (my husband gives a killer foot rub…still after 22 years of being together) and a glass of sweet wine.

felt craft, felt art, felt creations, craft kits

7. If you could deck out a famous family with your products – who would it be, and why? 

Princess Mary and her little ones..it would be amazing to see some of my nursery items (playmats, ducks, babushka dolls and owl families etc) and garlands in there home…I strive for a quality product and this would be wonderful.

 8. What are your dreams…where would you LOVE to see tumblemonkey handmade in 5 years time? 

I would love to save enough money to take my kids to Disneyland (that was my original dream)…I always joked about finding the product that would make me my millions…I think my dryer balls could be the thing…but I use the rest of my range to keep me creative and keep my facebook likers interested. I would LOVE to have a factory and hundreds of people making my products…I always joke that I want to cover the world in felt!!!

9. OK – your work travels to Kununurra, in the remote Kimberley region of WA…where it is loved!!  WITHOUT Google or any other assistance give us 5 things you know about Kununurra or the East Kimberley!!

  • My parents thought it was amazing when they visited…
  • There is a big river there…
  • I always think of Crocodile Dundee country…very remote
  • gorgeous sunsets (I imagine)
black rock

10. If you were able to hand deliver a delightful parcel of your products to Kununurra – what 3 places would you like to visit (OK now you can Google)?

  • I would love to see a Boab tree up close
  • The Argyle Diamond Mine
  • Ord River
  • Black Rock Falls
  • Kelly’s Knob lookout
Editors Note: Thank you tumblemonkey!!  We LOVE your products, so organic and wholesome!!

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