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Activity Ideas for the Winter School Holidays

Visit My Little Bookcase for Winter Holiday Activity Ideas

Now that I’m a school mum, school holidays mean so much more than ever!

I’ve missed Cammy and I want to make up for things we no longer have time for during the school term. But, I also want to take inspiration from the much-loved book, Today We Have No Plans, spending slow days at home to give Cammy the opportunities again to play freely and without structure or time limitations.

I’m just a little worried that the winter weather might rain on our parade.

I’ve put together a few ideas we’ve featured at My Little Bookcase over the years for those of you like me, who are looking for inspiration to keep the kids happy, entertained and engaged on cold and rainy days.


10 Ideas for Playing with Books

Using Books to Create Small World Play Scenes

Archaeological Choc-Chip Dig

Office Play

Indoor Discovery Trail

Set up a Pretend Bookshop

Aussie Animal Fine and Gross Motor Games

Story Skittles


365+ Fun Ways to Write

Write to Fairies

Story Stones

Sticky Storyboard Telling

Shadow Puppet Show

DIY Puppet Theatre


Number Cookbook Play

Playdough Pavlova Mat

Sugar Plum Fairy Lolly Shop


Make your own Snuggle Pot and Cuddlepie

DIY Washi Tape

Make and care for your own Pretend Pets


Lamington Wombats

ANZAC Biscuits

An Invitiation to Cook


Bear Hunt Picnic

Mud Kitchen Recipe Book

Painting with Mud

Become Environmental Print Explorers

Kite Making and Flying


Hungry Caterpillar Necklace

Publish and Launch a Book

Dine with a Book Character

Magic Faraway Tree Afternoon Tea

Make a Recipe Journal

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10 Picture Books About Dance for Childhood Cancer Awareness

In February 2015, an Australian blogging friend and colleague, Katey  (Play to Talk),  received the life changing news that her beautiful 18 month old boy, Finlay, had Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma (and they are not alone. Each day four families discover that their child has cancer and three children die from cancer each week).

About Hepatoblastoma

Since this day, Finlay has been courageously fighting this terrible cancer, with his amazing family constantly by his side. After months of chemotherapy, Finlay underwent surgery today to remove the tumour from his liver and surrounding organs, having flown across the country from his home to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. But, they still have a long road ahead of them.

SUPPORT FOR FINLAY- Childhood Cancer Awareness

Once we saw the #justkeepdancing movement started by Ellen Degeneres, our team of Aussie mummy/play bloggers just knew we had to get behind the awareness campaign by dancing for Finlay and making a donation to the Friends of Finlay Fund: a fund set up for Finlay, his family and for ongoing cancer research.  We’d love you to do the same and challenge your own family and friends to take part by uploading a video of you and your kids dancing and by making a donation to The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Here are my kids and their cousin, Cha Chi, dancing for Finlay.

10 Picture Books about Dance

10 Books about Dance_ My Little Bookcase

And for more inspiration, we thought we’d compile our favourite books about dance.

The links will take you to The Kids’ Bookshop for more details about the books.

1. I Love to Dance by Anna Walker

2. Dancing with Grandma by Rosemary Mastnak

3. Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French and Bruce Whately

4. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Andreae Giles & Parker-re

5. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

6. One Funky Monkey by Stacey McCleary and Sue deGennaro

7. Angelina Ballerina by

8. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie

9. Dance like a Pirate by Stephanie Owen Reeder

10. The Peasant Prince by Cunxin Li


See Australia’s best mummy/play bloggers dance for childhood cancer awareness and research:

Just for Daisy

Octavia and Vicky

Living, Loving, Laughing

The Craft Train

Mee Too

Paging Fun Mums

Childhood 101


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