Lots of wonderful little ideas

I really love today’s post, it’s just brim full of wonderful ideas…books, makings, and time for tea. Today’s Be My Guest is Jo from Little Melbourne, and she’s kindly shared with us some of her favourite things. Thanks so much Jo…

To Read | A few of our Favourite ‘sleepy time’ reads
Asking for one more story before bed is the oldest trick in the book. And you fall for it every time. Here’s what we’re reading:

The Green-Eyed Mouse and the Blue-Eyed Mouse, by Bob Gill
This sweet story centers around two timid mice, Noah and Rafaella, who meet each other for the first time by peering through a dark hole. Seeing only the other’s eyes, the mice guess that they belong to anything from an exotic animal to a snake to a traffic warden. Until, on the count of three, they face their fears and emerge to discover that they’re not so different after all.

The retro drawings, die-cut holes perfect for peeking, and clever colour-coded text make it an instant classic that teaches one of life’s most important lessons: You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Spot It! Find the Hidden Creatures, by Delphine Chedru
Following clues in the brief text, readers must search out the hidden creature in each spread, often disguised in clever and unexpected ways. The unique designs and concealed animals turn this book into a treasure hunt for clever young readers. Once grown-ups and kids begin the hunt, they won’t be able to resist finding all of the creatures!

Zoo, by Bruno Munari
Come and visit the animals in Bruno Munari’s zoo. The book is a visual delight, and the story witty and playful – exactly the sort of book to dive into with your little one.

Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers
Lost and Found is a simple tale about a boy and a penguin and their growing friendship. Jeffers jumps into a childs mind and thinks out each scenario with the depth and obsession of a child and this clever style engages with children instantly as they can see themselves in the boy.

Walk the Dog A Parade of Pooches from A to Z, by Bob Barner
This tail-wagging book features an alphabet of jumping, barking, playing dogs. From Airedales to Zwergpinschers, the 26 breeds gather to form one big, boisterous, barking pack. Bob Barner’s colourful collage illustrations and a bouncy, fun-to- read-aloud text make this book a playful introduction to man’s (and kid’s) best friend.

Press Here, by Herve Tullet
The single touch of a finger sparks a whimsical dance of colour and motion in this joyful celebration of the power of the imagination. Press here. That’s right. Just press the yellow dot…and turn the page.

To Create | Something to do at home to cure the boredom blues


1 cup of plaster of Paris
1/2 cup of cold water
Popsicle/Icypole Molds
Tempera Paint (powdered is best)

Combine Plaster of Paris, water and tempera paint. The amount of tempera you add will determine how dark the coloured chalk will be. Pour the mixture into candy or popsicle/icypole molds and let dry.

Take the chalk out of molds and use for drawing on the sidewalk. This chalk will be most effective right after taking out of the molds. You could also use a toilet paper roll and a little tip is to line your molds or rolls with wax paper to allow the chalk to slip easily out of the molds.

Let the fun begin!

To Eat | Eating and Reading….A Match made in heaven

Not too big, not too small, Teatime & Tales Cafe and Bookshop has a bit of everything: a cafe stocked with carbs, treats and caffeine, a loungy area with plenty of cushioned seating, activities on offer for little cooks and artists, and, of course, books galore. Little mini’s are kept entertained with toys and books, for Mums there are cushions for nursing and there’s even Wifi. A babies and kids menu is a given.

To Do | Celebrating Book Week at The National Sports Museum

Celebrate with the National Sports Museum and the MCC library with the theme One World, Many Stories – Books and the Hidden History of the MCG. Come along to a workshop, learn how to draw your own caricature and meet author-illustrator of The Invincible Bunyips, Paul Harvey each day at 11.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm or 1.30pm. Here’s some more ideas to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2011.

To Visit | Closed Loop Cool Kids Day 28th August

The Closed Loop Cool Kids Day is open to all kids between the ages of 4 and 12. There will be loads of different activities running throughout the day to keep big and little kids busy, and keep mums and dads happy.

On the big stage they’ll be entertaining you with live performances.

Off stage, cool kids can have a crack at rock climbing on the Anaconda rock wall, meeting a snake (eeek!!!!) or a celebrity (oooh!!!), face-painting, pot planting, building, painting and crafts, loads of games and cool prizes.


Jo’s site Little Melbourne is another one of my favourites, as it’s a great place to find out about what’s on and happening in Melbourne for parents and their little ones.

The range of activities means there is a little something for everyone, and budget conscious suggestions are frequently included. If you’re keen to get the kids out of the house, have a browse on this great site.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 11:07:14

    Great ideas. There are actually a few books on that list i haven’t read yet.


  2. Jo
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:03:31

    Thanks Jackie. Thanks also to Mandi, I was thrilled to write this post for you. It was a fun one. I’d love to hear if any of your readers made the chalk. We used it for playing hopscotch and drawing on the fence. Good times!


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