Mooncake festival 11 September 2022

The Chinese Mid Autumn festival will be celebrated in Melbourne's Spring on the 11th September 2022. Traditionally the festival coincides with Autumn and harvest however in Australia we celebrate in Spring at a time of renewal.  The festival can include  The early form of the Mid-Autumn Festival was derived from the custom of moon worship during the Zhou Dynasty over 3,000 years ago. Today it is a popular celebration across the Chinese diaspora throughout Asia and Australia and includes making lanterns, a evening lantern walk with children and the eating of mooncakes with friends. Dragonfly Toys has a large range of...

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Benefits of cooking with kids

Benefits of cooking with kids Cooking with kids – from toddlers to teenagers – has a lot of benefits. As well as being fun, cooking with your child: gives you the chance to introduce them to fresh, healthy food helps them learn about how different foods look and where they come from helps them develop healthy eating habits because they're more likely to try healthy food that they have helped to cook helps them learn about family traditions, recipes and foods prepares them for cooking for themselves self or the family in later years helps build their maths skills – for example, when they measure liquid in a jug helps...

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Making Transparencies

To start making transparencies, you will need the following items: Coloured/Black Card (approx 170gsm) Tissue Paper - Click here to see tissue paper, or Silk Paper Tracing Paper Glue Sharp scissors Window Transparency Start by making a frame for your Window Transparency. Cut a shape and then cut out a big window in the frame and fill it with several colours of tissue paper. This can be done in two ways. 1. You can use some of the frame as a silhouette, and coloured tissue can be added behind, as in the picture below with the trees. 2. Use one sheet...

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Advent Sticks explained

Advent Sticks and Strings - a natural, non-commercial advent tradition. Your advent stick/string is a beautiful way for your family to celebrate the lead up to Christmas. Each day you open one parcel to find a tiny treasure inside. You can let the child whose turn it is to open the parcel keep the treasure or you can put it onto a special table or collection point to build up your advent display. The idea is that you have ONE per family and that the children take turns in opening the parcels (after an adult removes them from the stick/string)....

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Wet on Wet Painting - Preparation and Action

Preparing Wet on Wet Painting for watercolour paints. Then how to use watercolour paints.

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