Getting savvy about surviving the last days of school holidays

School holidays provide an ideal break from the hectic routine of kids, school and sport. While the break is welcomed by kids, for parents this can mean added anxiety levels about how the kids are going to fill in their time.

If you have some blank days, get them working on household projects that benefit everyone.

Neon twigs

There is something about Driftwood that is aesthetically pleasing. Washed up on the shore by the action of wind, tide and rain, you get the feeling it has encompassed an interesting journey. It always looks gorgeous styled in a home. Attach it to the wall as an interesting art installation or leave it pilled on a side board or in a basket.

What you need:

Variety of Driftwood or other interesting shaped logs

Acrylic paint

Paint brushes (Foam brushes leaves a really smooth finish)

Tape for stripes



Dots, wide stripes and chevron look good

Leave parts of the log unpainted 

Paint right around the wood (360.C)


Handmade Thank You Cards - wax resist paint technique

Didn't you just love doing this as a child? Swishing your brush over the wax on the card to reveal the message! It's an easy and fun craft that even toddlers can have a go at. Having thank you cards on the ready and a few items in the gift drawer means you are never caught out. 

What you need:

Watercolour paints

White crayon

Watercolour paper (blank gift cards or white card stock)

Ice cube tray or small cups



Write your words or draw an image on the card. You won't be able to see exactly what you are doing due to the white on white but don't worry about being perfect as the imperfections add artistic merit!

Dip the paint brush into water, then into the watercolour paint and swipe it over the crayon inscription to reveal what was written or drawn. It is a whole lot of fun and also a mini science lesson in 'resist art' creating art out of two materials that resist or repel each other.


Milo Balls

(recipe c/-

Kids love to help in the kitchen! Why not get them involved in some easy recipes you can make and freeze for school lunches, so you are organised for the new term. 


250 grams Milk Arrowroot

395 grams Condensed Milk

4 tbsp Milo

Desiccated Coconut for rolling



1. Crush the biscuits until small or fine (works well in a food processor).

2. Add Milo and condensed milk and mix until well combined.

3. Roll into teaspoon sized balls with your hands (damp hands make the balls easier to handle) and then roll in the shredded coconut to coat.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.


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