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Goodbye Hansel & Gretel!

By Hansel and Gretel · August 30, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


I have loved writing for Hansel & Gretel, it has been a wonderful journey. I have made many friends and have received lovely comments and support. As you all know I have recently had a baby and this is a magical time for our family.


I enjoy running my own business Midgee Moo and feel that now is the time to give something up so I can spend more time with my little ones. So, Hansel & Gretel has come to an end. 


Thankyou for your friendship and be sure to pop in and say hello to me at Midgee Moo. 


Hayley Penny

Filed in: Midgee Moo
Tagged with: family and friends

Alphabet Throw

By Hansel and Gretel · August 25, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

It is so exciting when your child recognises letters and numbers. Children are sponges and soak so much information and their memories are unbelievable, which can sometimes bite you on the backside. 

When I noticed that Tyler was taking a real interest in letters, I began to think about some 5 minute learning games that would encourage this curiosity and recognition of letters. It was important that I waited until Tyler was clearly interested and ready, otherwise it would mean nothing and he would only get frustrated.

One simple alphabet activity that stems back to when I was teaching 'Early Years', is quick, fun and easy.

All we need is 3 paper plates, 3 catching bean bags and a thick texta.

Firstly I choose 3 letters that are of interest to the child for example, 3 letters of their name or mum, dad, siblings name etc. Write a letter on each paper plate in large writing so they can see the letter from a distance.

Put these paper plates on the ground away from your child and hand them a bean bag. Call out one of the letters and they have to throw the bean bag on the correct letter or if they are more advanced say the sound of the letter or a word that begins/ends with that letter. You can do so much with activity for example use numbers, colours and or shapes.

It may only take 10 mins but it is not only great for letter recognition but also for their gross motor skills, aiming and throwing a bean bag. They are being stimulated by a hands on activity and learning at the same time (if only they knew).

You can play this with more than one child and make it a game. When your child becomes familiar with the letters, change them around add a new letter but remember to introduce the new letter prior to the activity so they won't be confused. Talk about what begins with that letter, find it in the newspaper, magazines etc.

Hope you have as much fun with this simple activity as we do. We play this activity every few days so it doesn't lose it's magic.

 

 

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Filed in: Preschool Activity
Tagged with: alphabet

Felt Shapes

By Hansel and Gretel · August 25, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

 

 

Rainy afternoons are a great excuse to stay indoors and pull out the craft box. We collect and recycle so many odd bits and pieces to add to our craft box. Tyler and I have fun going through the box and talking about what we can make.  

I found some coloured pieces of felt, cut them up into assorted shapes and Tyler glued them onto paper using child safe PVA glue and a brush. He had so much fun making pictures out of shapes. I also asked to find certain shapes and colours, it turned it into a game which he enjoyed, before he glued them on. Tyler loves hanging up his work, it is so lovely to see that he gets so much enjoyment out of creating.

 I always ask Tyler about his work, what's in the picture and anything else he mentions during his creation.  I then note this down and date it, so we have a record of this thoughts. They will make a great billboard for his 21st birthday.

 

 

Filed in: craft, Family
Tagged with: Artwork

20% Off Storewide 2 Days only!!!!!!!!!

By Hansel and Gretel · August 25, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Yes, that is right. Time to make way for new and exciting products at Midgee Moo.


We are offering all readers a huge 20% off storewide at Midgee Moo even Sale items! All you have to do is spend $25 or more and type in the code 'friends'  to get this huge discount.

Hurry it only lasts here for 2 days.

Filed in: Sale
Tagged with: Midgee Moo

Giant Cupcake Anyone?

By Hansel and Gretel · August 23, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

 

 

Sweet Cake Giant Cupcake 

Just when you thought you had seen it all!  When I first stumbled upon this giant cupcake, I thought it was a specially made prop for baby photos but I was clearly wrong.


This gigantic muffin cake case, designed by Beerd van Stokkum, has a multitude of purposes. Available at Spunky Sprout for an extravagant $399 US, available in many adorable colours.

 For use indoors and outdoors, made from durable thick Polyethylene, it can be used as a sandpit, pet basket, toy box and any other cute storage suggestion. My 3 year old suggested filling it up with goop, not sure about that one. I think it would make a great baby bath, wonder if there would be room for me too?

Eco - Friendly Wooden Stackers

By Hansel and Gretel · August 20, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Wooden Wave Stacker Large Sun Stacker, Wooden Sedan, Rainbow Stacker 

Looking at the nursery, I still needed something to brighten it  up. So whenever I am looking for colour and inspiration I always turn to Etsy. I found these gorgeous eco - friendly wooden stackers that instantly took my fancy.

Created by cool mum based in Indiana,  Imagination Kids create products from sustainably harvested wood, AP Certified non-toxic paint and natural wood polish.

Imagination Kids offer the most adorable colourful wooden toys from helicopters to stackers that will entertain children for ages. Fantastic wooden toys like these not only look gorgeous but they encourage children to use and explore their imaginations through play.

I am loving the rainbow stackers and have purchased these for the Baxter, not only do they look gorgeous in the nursery, they are so much fun. Tyler often takes them out for a play and creates visual patterns, sorts them into size, uses them as tunnels for his cars.

Win Milk & Co Baby products!!!!!!!!!!

By Hansel and Gretel · August 17, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Win these fabulous Milk & Co Baby organic skincare products, valued at $47.90.
 
All you have to do is leave a comment on the Midgee Moo blog and subscribe and follow this fabulous
 Midgee Moo blog, how easy is that!
 
You can win the amazing Milk & Co Bath Time Wash so you can roll up your sleeves and scrub that cheeky bub clean with our natural body & hair bath time wash. An allergy & tears free experience for your baby or child (or mum & dad).
 
You will also win the very popular Snotty Grotty, very popular in our house too. Snotty grotty room spray helps to clear your baby's nasal passage, ensuring that they can get a good night's sleep, without nasty sniffles or sneezes.

 
This gorgeous prize will be drawn on Friday 3rd September 2010, so get in quick.
Good luck!
 
Please Note: This is open to Australian residents only. International readers, we would still like you to become a follower though.

Free Printable Invitations

By Hansel and Gretel · August 16, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

We all love something for free. I found these adorable party invites that are 'Free'. I found them on a lovely site that I follow called 'Cookie'. All you have to do is follow this link and it will take you to these fabulous printable invites.

 I love them all, especially the "Put on your clothes and come celebrate!". If you are like me and don't have a party in mind, just save them for another time.

Filed in: Party
Tagged with: invitations, Party

Fabulous Paper Art

By Hansel and Gretel · August 14, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Apple Tree , Pop up dollhouse, Funny Face, Wishboats

These amazing paper art works can be found at 'Upon A Fold'. Upon A Fold is a boutique business based in Sydney, founded by paper lover Justine. If you are looking for a really unique gift, this is certainly one online store you need to take a look at however due to the uniqueness, there is limited stock of each paper object.

I was amazed by the beautiful objects all created by paper, I would love to watch Justine at work carefully folding and cutting. Upon A Fold also stocks paper tape, garlands which are adorable, a paper lampshade and so many creations that will make your mind boggle.

 

Filed in: Online Stores, decorate
Tagged with: Upon A Time

Midgee Moo Clearance

By Hansel and Gretel · August 10, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

 

 

 

Checkout the new Clearance Range Here

Yes, Midgee Moo is opened again after a well earned break or shall I call it maternity leave. As we have added some exciting new wooden toys, we have had to room for them. So I have introduced a clearance range, so please go ahead and take a look.

Don't forget the our huge Sale items range too.

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Tagged with: clearance, Sale