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Home Living : January 8th 2013
KIDS PLAY HOUSE IN THE BACKYARD CREATE lasting childhood mem- ories by investing in a cubby or playhouse. Today's cubby houses are great to look at and even better to play in. And one in the backyard means hours of fun in a safe environment for children. Places like Kidzone Cubbies, Big W, Target, Deals Direct, Hip Kids, Playdex and Bunnings have play- ful ones, ready to assemble and with extras such as climbing fra- mes and slides. This holiday, take up the project of building one. Do your homework, have a plan, work out a budget and do as much research as possible before start- ing on the project. Work out the size and scale, what your child wants, material, colours and any extras such as slides, steps or a second storey. Actual doors and windows will add to design. However, keep in mind safety aspects and use child- friendly material. Or make a play- ful cardboard box playhouse using a large cardboard box and extra pieces of flat cardboard to fashion out a roof or chimney. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS PAINTING AND PLANTING ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILY FUN Janita Singh Keep the children busy with fun and educational activities these school holidays. GET CREATIVE A fun idea is to paint table tops, walls or toy boxes with Chalkboard paint and to encourage kids' artistic talents and imagination. The beauty of chalkboard paint is that the surface can be erased with a damp cloth to create a blank new canvas,'' says Dulux's Colour Expert Bree Leech. COMBINE play and learning for children by making holiday proj- ects a family affair. Child development expert and director of Kids First Children's Services Sonja Walker says parents who involve children in projects teach them independence and gives confidence. ''Bonding and communication can be fostered by taking time out to sit down with some paper, scissors and make fun things with kids," she says. A sustainable garden is another great place to start, says Bunnings Garden Care buyer Ashley Hazel- wood. ''It's a healthy way to let kids have fun over the holidays while keeping them off the couch and computer,'' he says. Lure them outdoors -- small things we take for granted can be a source of wonder for kids. Give them tasks of painting plant pots for summer display. Build a birdhouse or feeder. Make a worm farm. Get inspi- ration from The Thrifty Gardener, by horticulturist and columnist with Gardening Australia maga- zine and senior researcher for ABC TV's Gardening Australia Millie Ross. The book gives quirky ideas and alternative garden projects like building native bee-houses, out- door showers, edible cubby hou- ses, and bedspring frames for climbers, made from repurposed materials. Painting is another fun way to get kids involved, says Dulux's Colour Expert Bree Leech. It could be anything from help- ing paint their room to refreshing outdoor furniture, every child loves the idea of a paint brush in their hands. Ensure child safety. And re- member that not every DIY project needs to be for home improvement -- it can be just for fun. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c Showroom 215 Parramatta Rd, Auburn Factory Unit 17, 28 Vore St, Silverwater Tel: 9648 0000 Mob: 0430 134 499 Fax: 9648 1766 email@example.com 2145007_4/12 • Custom made Kitchens and Vanities • Caesar Stone Benchtop • Free Quote & Design • Builders & bulk purchase welcome Servicing The Shire for over 10 years Bathroom, tap ware & vanities 50% OFF OPEN 7 DAYS Kitchen Direct Australia ON SALE NOW Call Judy 24/7: 0412 224 698 www.weedoo.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org • 25 years experience • Call for your free consultation WEEDOO BLINDS, SHUTTERS CURTAINS Summer Specials WEEDOO BLINDS, SHUTTERS CURTAINS Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us today: For FREE measure and quote 1300 361 390 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au OPENING ROOF PERGOLA PERGOLA & DECK FREE QUOTES: PE RGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOM BUILT Expand your Living Space HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION A USTRAL IA NEW SO UTH WALES LIBERTYPROCESS STABIL ITY F IRST INCORPORATED 1873 WINNER Specialising in custom designs and manufacturing for kitchens and joinery All projects managed by Sheree Degabriele Free no obligation measure and quote Info@kitchensbyemanuel.com.au www.kitchensbyemanuel.com.au 22 Foxall Rd, Kellyville 2214359 28/2 9629 6866
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