Thursday, 5 February 2015

Pre-schooler Play - Sprouts

For her recent birthday, Miss 4 received a sprout growing kit and has now developed a formidable sprout growing obsession. Each morning she diligently harvests a new crop of sprouts, plants another round and waters (mummy is responsible for the evening watering). So far, she has tried her hand at pea shoots, alfalfa, red and white clover, chick peas, broccoli, soya beans and mung beans. She even enjoys eating them, which is great because I don't think that micro-greens are a food that all pre-schoolers are that fond of.


Sprouts are a rewarding crop for a small child to grow because they grow so quickly. Edible micro-greens are ready in under a week, usually around four days. You don't need a complicated set up like our seed sprouter trays, simply grab some seeds from your local nursery and place one tablespoon of them in a large clean jar. Cover the opening with a find cloth and secure, then add enough water to cover the seeds and soak overnight. In the morning, pour off the water through the cloth and replace; do this morning and night.

What do your children love to plant and grow?

Find more activities for children right here.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Miss 4

My big girl is four years old today. Happy birthday to Miss 4!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Master 1

Awh, my little man turns one today. Now he's Master 1.

Friday, 19 December 2014

kaetoo 2014

2014 was a great year for kaetoo and I hope that it was for you too.

This year has been kaetoo's biggest yet and my products have shipped to more countries than ever before. kaetoo display boards, art kits and mini pegs can now be found all around Australia, as well as in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Ireland.

I have received some marvellous feedback this year, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Amazing communication, product and imagination as always. X 
- Ebony, November 2014 

Fabulous gift and friendly and helpful seller. Thanks! 
- Sally, September 2014 

Great pegs, thanks for the excellent customer service, gorgeous product, and quick delivery. 
- Natalie, June 2014

I've had a great time getting out and about in Internet land. This year, kaetoo reached 100 features in Etsy treasuries, as well as being seen in multiple Madeit Sellers Picks, in the shopping guide and front page of Madeit, and in the shopping guide at Craftumi. I was interviewed at EtsyKids and Handmade Cooperative, was a Madeit Sellers Picks Editor, wrote a guest post over at EtsyKids and took part in a collaborative design challenge between {KID} independent and Handmade Cooperative. Phew!

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing festive period. See you in 2015!

xx Kate

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Activities For Kids - 2014

The kaetoo blog is all about my inspirations and activities, so a lot of the posts that you read here are about keeping small children entertained and happy. This year, I have been playing with a new baby and a three-year-old.

Activities For Kids

Below are the most popular children's posts at kaetoo for 2014. Refresh your mind on what we got up to or try out some of the activities that you missed.

1. Keeping big sister occupied after welcoming a new baby.
2. Fitting a new baby into your family.
3. Ideas for play with a four month old.
5. Ideas for play with an eight month old.
6. Cooking coconut ice.
7. Experimenting on your child with the lying cake test.
8. More experiments with the delay of gratification test.
9. Preserving memories of small children.

Read all of the children's activities for 2014.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Materials and Techniques - 2014

Every fortnight I chat with a designer in the handmade world about how they do what they do. These interviews focus on the materials and techniques that each artist uses in their craft, with tips and advice.

Below are the most popular interviews in the series from 2014. Refresh your mind about what all of these talented crafters do, visit their online stores to see their full range, and catch up on those interviews that you missed.

1. Yummy play food at Felt Like Sweets.
2. Gorgeous photo props at Birthday Blocks by Get Crafty Creations.
3. Warm baby clothing at Babywear By Babs.
4. Everything for wrapping up your little one at Swaddle Me Snugly.
5. Bright and quirky homewares at Made By LT.
6. Adorable accessories for little people at Dainty & Divine.
7. Handmade toys at Wildflower Innocence.
8. Costume jewellery at Jewel Divas.
9. Personalised custom made homewares at it's My Room!.
10. Women's fashion at Redressd.

All images from the talented designers above.

Read the whole series of interviews here. I'm on the lookout for new people to interview for 2015, so if you'd like to share your story, do let me know.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Play At The Park

For her third birthday, Miss 3.5 received a run bike and so this year has been all about parks that she can ride to with the baby in the pusher. Hence, whilst our range of parks visited has been smaller this year, we have still been out and about every day (weather permitting) to ride and play. I have shared with you previously a selection of our park trips for 2012 and 2013. Here are some of our 2014 visits.

12 months of parks in Melbourne...

January - Diamond Valley Railway

February - Wattle Park

March - Box Hill Skate Park

April - Furness Park

May - Werribee Open Range Zoo

June - Heidi

July - Branksome Grove

August - Branksome Grove

September - Beckett Park

October - Branksome Grove

November - Branksome Grove

December - Branksome Grove

Looking for fun things to do with children? Read the previous posts.