At-Home Inspiration

Make a pillow or Blanket Fort at home!

Get creative inside by making your own epic Pillow or Blanket fort!

Use whatever you can find around the house, from chairs, tables, blankets, bed sheets and rugs. Give your fort a cute finishing touch by adding twinkly lights from your Christmas tree! Hours of fun to be had, but make sure you ask Mum or Dad first! 

Watch the animals at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo are now live streaming their animal enclosures all day every day! Explore the Zoo online by heading to their website! Happy exploring! 

 

Click here to explore the Taronga Zoo Live Animal Enclosures

Become a Mocktail expert at home! 

Here's a couple of our fave delicious and fun mocktails to make at home. 

Virgin Pina Colada

Sit back and sip those cares away with a non-alcoholic piña colada that's basically a tropical milkshake. It's creamy, tart, and sweet and just what the doctor ordered. One drink and you'll be hooked! 

Ingredients:
1 (10-oz.) bag frozen pineapple chunks  
4 large scoops of ice cream (about 1 cup)
1 can of coconut milk 
1/2 can pineapple juice 

1 Pineapple wedge, for serving

How to Make:

1. In a blender, blend together frozen pineapple, ice cream, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. 

2. Divide between glasses and garnish with a pineapple wedge!

 

Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail

ingredients:

- Rosemary Simple Syrup:1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 3 sprigs of rosemary

- 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice

- ¼ cup of the rosemary simple syrup

- 4 cups sparkling water

How to Make:

Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small sauce pan on the stove, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.

Mocktail per glass: Add ½ cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup)

Garnish with rosemary sprig!

 

Recipes provided by: Delish.com

Virtual Book club 

Missing your friends and reading up a storm while in iso? 

Why not create or join a weekly virtual book club! 

Ask your friends to join up on a video call to discuss your favorite reads and socialise at the same time!

Here's some free video call sites to get you started:

- Zoom

- Skype

- Whats App

- Facebook Messenger

- FaceTime

DIY Tissue Box Monsters! 

 

What you'll Need: 

1. Tissue Box – preferably one with a round opening so that it looks more like a mouth but a square opening could work too!– 

2. Coloured acrylic paint – we used two different colours, one for the outside of the box and one for the inside. 

3. White acrylic paint

4. Googly eyes – If you don't have these just draw them on or cut out white circles of paper and stick onto the box. 

 

Craft provided by: ideasforkids.com

Sweet and Simple Dog Tricks

We have collected a range of easy 'Do it Yourself' training tips for your dog! 

1. Wait

The idea of this trick is to encourage calm self-control in your dog. By learning that they only gets a reward when he is calm and waits for permission then your dog will be focused to learn.

Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches a dog to focus and be controlled during training sessions and everyday life.

View the full training for the Wait command here. 

 

2. Shake Hands

Shaking hands is one of the more traditional dog tricks and remarkably easy to teach. Your dog will learn to offer a front paw in response to request and solemnly shake hands with first you and then visitors to the home. Shake is an old but impressive trick to teach any dog.

Dog trainers love this trick because the shake is a great alternative to teach that prevents a dog jumping up on greeting people.

View the full training for the Shake command here

 

3. Speak command

Teaching your dog to bark on command is easy and even more useful because you can then teach them quietness on command too.

Dog trainers love this trick and often teach it (and the next trick) in order to control a raucous barking canine. 

View the full training for the Speak command here

Staying focused while studying at home

1. Establishing a daily routine

Keeping your kids on a routine schedule will reduce anxiety and create predictability. Make sure the daily schedule includes a balance of creative, academic, physical and social activities with clear deadlines for bedtimes and wake ups.

2. Staying social and connected

Providing opportunities for kids to interact socially with their peers will help them maintain connections, friendships and boost their overall mood.

So if your child is at home, give them a chance to connect with friends during their breaks, like they would during recess and lunch at school. Try one of many apps available to support virtual connections – whether it’s FaceTime with grandparents, a Snap Chat 'House Party' or a Netflix ‘watch’ party with friends.

3. Keep active

Our kids spend a lot of time moving around at school each day, so it’s important to ensure that they are still engaging in activities they enjoy while they’re at home. If it’s practical, spend some time outside riding, jogging or walking. It’s worth also looking into some of the many fitness apps available that can ‘organise’ your activity for you. Try any of the below! 

Hand washing for Kids

The next time you're cleaning up before meals remember these handy hints:

First, use warm or cold water when you wash your hands.

Work up some lathered soup on both sides of your hands (front and back!), your wrists, and between your fingers. Don't forget to wash around your nails. This is one place germs like to hide.

Wash for about 10 to 15 seconds — about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday!" (Sing it quickly two times or just once if you go nice and slow.)

Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

At home fitness & wellbeing 

Health and wellbeing is important, take the time to look after yourself with these great active tips! 

1. Stretches in the living room

Whether you’d rather just have a bit of a stretch on your bedroom floor when you wake up or actually set aside half an hour or so every day to do a guided yoga routine. Free yoga and stretching apps you can download include: 

2. Gentle lifting exercises 

For your arms, why not use tins of tomatoes or fruit as dumbbells? It’s simple: with your arms outstretched, lift your hands to shoulder height or as high as you physically can, if your shoulder movement is limited, returning to by your sides when you’ve reached as high as you can go. 

3. Meditation

It can be useful to practice breath work or meditation to help manage your head space. The following apps can be downloaded from the app store which teach you how to meditate and complete relaxation exercises: 

ORGANISING TIPS

De-clutter your life

 Imagine a wardrobe that’s neat and orderly, where everything has a place...

Well today’s the day? Out with the old, in with the same, but do it differently!

Sift between socks, underwear, shoes and whatever else is lurking in the depths of your drawers and reap the rewards of a tidy and organised bedroom.

Here’s our 5 rules of wardrobe organisation: 

- Make your clothes visible

- Is it really sentimental?

- Store your holiday looks separately.

- Pack special occasion items away

- Protect your clothes

FUN & GAMES

Board Game Fun! 

Or shall we say bored games? If you're lucky enough to be in quarantine with company, then why not Dust off the games and have some old school fun.

Family favourites may include Cluedo, Scrabble and Pictionary (Monopoly should be chosen at your own risk) 

And don't forget about Virtual Games! 

There are heaps of games available on the app store which allow you to play with your friends online! Try Words with Friends, ScrabbleGo and The UNO app! 

Helping the environment at home 

Here's an easy way to create your own at home compost: 

1. Choose a place

The best place to out your compost tub or tumbler is a dry shady spot that is close to a tap or a hose.

2. Add compost ingredients

Add your organic food scraps. This includes fruit, vegetables, scraps, egg shells, teabags and coffee grounds. Don't add things like meat, cheese or bread scraps.

3. Add water as needed 

Your compost pile should feel wet like a sponge, check it regularly and add water as needed.

4. Keep things moving

Turn your mixture every three days 

5. Wait for it to 'cook'

You'll know your compost is ready to feed the garden when it no longer gives off heat and becomes dry and crumbly. 

BEAUTY AT HOME

Self-care tips in isolation

 Sometimes it's the small things in life that make us feel better so take some time for yourself and create your own body scrub to rejuvenate your skin and leave it with a healthy glow! The best part – you don’t need to go further than your pantry or fridge to create one!

 Combine the below ingredients in a small bowl, mix, apply and gently scrub! 

Brown Sugar Scrub

 Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types.

  • - Brown Sugar
  • - Honey
  • - Coconut Oil

Coffee scrub

You'll enjoy a brilliant glow after using a coffee face scrub. Adding brightness to your skin and reducing puffiness.

 

  • - Instant Coffee Grounds
  • - Honey
  • - Yogurt/Cream or Milk

 

Items around the house perfect for dress ups! 

  • - Lengths Of Fabric or coloured material 
  • - Hats, Gloves, Scarves for Imaginative Role Play
  • - Assorted Bags And Baskets
  • - Glasses Or Sun Glasses
  • - Silly socks and funny shoes
  • - Tablecloth or fabric used for capes or hero masks
  • - Old wooden spoons can be used to make a fairy or wizard wand

At home fitness for over 60's

Its important to stay active if you are self isolating right now. Try these movements before getting active:

Warm up, cool down and stretch

Before you start a workout it’s important to warm up. Just five minutes of light activity is all you need. Things like:

- Walking

- Jogging on the spot

- Pumping your arms

- Shoulder rolls

- Controlled punches

- Circular ‘windmill’ arm movements in the air.

After your workout, cool down by following any of the above activities, again for five minutes. This is also a great time to stretch your muscles holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds. Make sure you hold at a point where you can feel the stretch but you shouldn’t feel discomfort or pain. Don’t bounce through these, just slow steady movements.

 

Active tips provided by: Healthier.gov.au

DIY Marble Nail Polish Art Pieces 

What you'll need:

-nail polish in several shades (don’t use quick-dry if possible).
-disposable container
-disposable stick to stir paint
-plastic gloves to protect your hands

1. Fill your tray with water, not too much, just enough to get a flat surface. Whatever you use will pretty much get covered in nail polish so I would suggest using something you plan to toss afterwards.

2. Pour in your nail polish and move it around with the stick to spread it a bit.

3. Place your paper right over the polish and leave for a few seconds. Then transfer on to you old newspaper to dry.

4. Get creative! Add a second color and combine using your stick.

 

Craft activity provided by: Cutoutandkeep.net