julia's kuku parties

Happy Snaps – This Week

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1. according to Maksi every morning must start like this

2. Maksi’s crazy hair

3. I gave his fringe a little snip and then cried

4. Teacher gift, a punnet of strawberries, you can download the printable here

5. we are calling it “the rat smile”

Hope you had a lovely week it has been a busy one here.

9 Handmade Christmas gift ideas + Free Printable Gift tag

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Today along with nine other awesome bloggers I am sharing a handmade Christmas gift idea, My contribution is #5 Homemade basil and some free printable homemade gift tags to add to your gifts, scroll down to check it out in full.

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I love that pesto is so versatile you will find yourself putting it on everything. Tonight I had it with pasta tomorrow morning with eggs and on pizza for dinner. Your family and friends will thank you for it. It lasts about three weeks in the fridge.

 

 

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If you would like some gift tags to finish off your gift then click here for some I prepared earlier.  FREE printable homemade christmas gift tags.

Julia x

 

 

 

 

Toddler/Preschooler Basics – Free Printable Placemat Primary Colours

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Maksi has been so interested in learning to identify colours lately. He will pick up random objects run over and ask “wat colour dis”?

He loves his Pantone Colours book, he will often look for toys that match the colours in the book. This book is amazing for teaching colours as it shows several shades of the same colour.

We used these printables over a few days.

Day one: we look at the pantone book and found the colours on the placemat.

Day two: coloured in colour words

Day three: looked for the colours in magazines

Day four: we pasted the magazine clipping on the corresponding colours

Then onto the fridge it went.

If you would like to do this activity, you can download it here.

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Spooky Mail – Free Printable

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Hi Friends,
My beloved newphew Harry moved to Melboune a few months ago and we are
missing him terribly.Maksi will often ask for him during the day and
when we go to my parents place he runsfrom room to room looking for him
it is heartbreaking.

I am hoping the move won't be permanent.

Harry Loves sending and receiving mail,
so I thought I would create a little stationary set Maksi could
use to send him some spooky mail in time for Halloween.

You can download your copy here.

Well Blogtober was going so well, but I have been a little slack this week as

I have been busy preparing for Leo’s christening which is coming up in two weeks.

Don’t forget to check out our Halloween Printable Puppet and

our Educational Toddler/Preschooler Placemats

Enjoy
x

Free printable Halloween Puppets

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I have never celebrated Halloween before, but now that I have babies and one in particular that loves getting crafty I’ll take any excuse I can to sit down at the kitchen table with him.

Maksi and I had lots of fun with these puppets.We decorated some paddle pop sticks with washi tape and glued on our spooky characters.

We made some stars, traced around our characters, talked about the colours on the puppets, gave them cute names and had lots of funny conversations with these spooky little guys.

Your can download your copy here.

Check back tomorrow as I have some more spooky printables to come.

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Toddler/Preschooler Basics – Free Printable Placemat – Cutlery

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I am a primary school teacher. Did you know?
Now that Maksi is getting a little older and so very keen to learn,
I am working on teaching him lots of the basics
children should know before starting school.

Shapes, colours, numbers, letters, basically improving his vocabulary
and understanding of the world around him and preparing him for
a life of learning.

The above printable is the first in a series of printables
I will be doing here on the blog aimed at improving and expanding
the vocabulary of toddlers and preschoolers.

The placemats are intended as open ended activities.
Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Points of discussion
  • how many forks, knives, spoons can you see?
  • what colours can you see?
  • what is cutlery?
  • how many pieces of blue cutlery can you see etc?
  • how many pieces of cutlery are there altogether ?

Activity
  • match colours using pencils etc
  • match cutlery (concrete materials) to pictures
  • trace over numbers
  • draw a line from the corresponding number to the picture
  • write the appropriate number in the circle
  • addition 1+2+3 =

You can download your copy here.

This is a lovely book to accompany this activity :
Spork by Kyo Maclear/Isabelle Arsenault
If you’re on Instagram and using these printables I would love to take a peak.  Snap a picture and use #kukubasics 

Julia x

 

Free Printable Father’s Day Card For The Kids To Make

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As you might know Maksi loves books or as he calls them “book book” every evening when he hears the front door open he knows Daddy is home and rushes down the hall with a “book book” for daddy to read.

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One of their most recent favourite books has been Socks by Nick Sharrat and Elizabeth Lindsay and this was the inspiration for Our father’s day card. This book is absolutly socktastic!

We decorated our sock by monoprinting and then used some cardboard to scrape of all of the excess paint but you could colour, paste or do anything else you or your little one’s dream up to make their card special.

We also included a few little characters from the book on the inside and some lovely coupons for daddy to redeem when he sees fit.

The cute washi tape is from Chibirun

If you would like to make your own father’s day card download the printables here.

Julia x

 

Free Printable Children’s Prints

I wrote a post a while back about Maksi’s big boy room and set myself a two week challenge to finish his room ( I was 37 weeks pregnant at the time) Six weeks later with new baby I still have not completed it is slowly coming together.

This week I set about framing some free prints I found around the net. Here are the prints I am using in Maksi’s room

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These prints have come from a variety of sources. You Can find all the downloadable files here on my “Free Printables” Board on Pinterest

Super Quick and Cute Bunny Craft

So I wanted Maksi and My nephew Harry to make some cute handmade gifts for family. I looked around for some simple ideas a almost 20month old and 4 year old could do together and came up with this little bunny craft from Lovely Living

We used colourful ink pads (you could use paint)  to create simple bunny shapes. we did them on sticker paper so that we would’t need to use glue but regular paper and a gluestick will achieve the same result. Leave them to dry then draw on bunny faces and cut.

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These are the ones done by Harry.

 

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We then framed Harry’s you can download the paper background here or use some wrapping paper or scrapbook paper you have at home.

It was a little more difficult for Maksi but he was able to produce three beautiful little bunnies, so we used them to create a card.

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I used the printable paper to create an envelope liner.

If you haven’t already don’t forget to checkout our free printable Easter Egg Hunt Kit here

Hope you all have a happy and safe Easter.

Juliaxx

 

Printable Easter Egg Hunt Kit- Freebie

I am so excited to be planning my little boy’s first Easter egg hunt. Last year he was only eight months old so he wasn’t really aware of what was happening as his cousins participated in a hunt in our backyard.

This year though he will be 20 months and hopefully a little more keen to participate in the fun.

I have designed some pretty printables to use on the day.

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You Can download, print, cut and Enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt Kit Here.

Today I am joining in with My Little Drummer Boy’s Wordless Wednesday & Faith, Hope and a whole lotta love’s Snap it

(This weeks Snap it theme is old, I may be stretching it but Easter Egg Hunts are an Old Tradition)

 

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