8 Benefits of Finger Painting (and how to do it without the mess!)

8 Benefits of Finger Painting (and how to do it without the mess!)

Finger painting is such a fun activity for babies and preschoolers to participate in. The benefits are undeniable and with a bit of planning and preparation you can set up a finger painting activity for your child with minimal stress and mess. It’s a great way to have fun and bond with your child. Be a fun mum, try finger painting today!

What is Magic Corn?

What is Magic Corn?

Magic Corn is unlike any art and craft material you’ve ever used before! It’s made of cornstarch and food colouring making it completely non-toxic ...
Easy Peasy Valentines Day Activities

Easy Peasy Valentines Day Activities

We love any excuse for some crafty activities and seeing as Valentines Day is coming up we thought we’d share some of our favourites.

These activities can also be reused for other special occasions such as Birthdays, Fathers Day and Mothers Day. We’ve made it easy for you and linked the printables you require within the blog.

Australian Flag Printable

Free Australia Day Printables

Have some fun with your kids this Australia Day with our FREE printables. Teach them all about what makes our country so diverse and beautiful. Tag us in your pictures (@castle_and_kite) so we can see your kids enjoying our Australia Day craft.
The value of Art for children with Autism

The value of Art for children with Autism

Over the years the importance of art has become more apparent, allowing a person with autism to use art to express their emotions can be very beneficial overall. It is also a great sensory experience at the same time. 
Pencil Grip Tips for Kids

Pencil Grip Tips for Kids

Learning the correct pencil grip not only teaches a good writing style but helps children hold a steady wrist so they can form and write clear let...
small world with pine cones.

Open ended play experiences and how you can create this type of type of play in the home.

We are so happy to introduce our guest blogger, Erin from Celebrate Play.  Erin is a Mum, wife, Early Childhood and Primary School teacher and the ...
Shark head art. Why do kids need art?

Why is art so important for kids?

The value of a child’s creativity is not in the final product but in the time, effort and process that it took to get there. Children are naturally creative, inquisitive and willing to explore – art is the perfect canvas for allowing freedom and self expression.
George and Harry - the namesakes of our wooden toys

5 Reasons to Buy Wooden Toys

Toys made of natural materials, like wood, nourish your child's senses and connects them to nature. What could be better for the Earth than a child who has an appreciation for the wonder of the natural world?
Toddler activities to develop fine motor skills

It's raining, it's pouring...the indoors is boring!

It's been raining for quite a few days now on the so called sunny Gold Coast. If your kids are starting to go stir-crazy from being inside (like ...
finger gym picture

11 Fine Motor Activities to Increase your Child's Success at School

Like all mums, I’m always trying to find new activities to keep my two toddlers busy and entertained. Choosing a few activities each day that focus on fine motor is a great start to enhancing these skills. It can be as simple as helping peg the washing, playing with pasta or painting rocks.