The Coolart Wetlands and Homestead is a historic farming property situated on the shores of Western Port Bay on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. It can be accessed by Lord Somers Road, Somers. The Coolart Homestead is a late Victorian mansion dating from 1895, it has lovely gardens, designed in 1938 by David Matthews (the curator of Footscray Gardens), walking trails through the wetlands and down to the Bay through the Balnarring Foreshore Reserve on Western Port Bay. There are four loop walking tracks ranging from 1km (30 mins) to 3.1km (2 hours) including a Wetlands Observatory. There is a picnic area with tables and free electric barbeques, and visitor toilets.
It is well worth a visit - check the opening hours of the homestead before you go, and take a picnic to enjoy after you have wandered the walking tracks.
Click here for a photographic representation (40 photos) of the Homestead and Walking trails.
I've just finished designing this cool craft to do with your kids these holidays. Each car has a marble inside, when you push the car, it rolls along powered by the marble inside. They are really cute and pretty easy to make. Free printable template and instructions are on the web site here.
I love crafts where you get both the fun of making, followed by the fun of playing with what you have made. You can race them down a gentle slope too!
It's Easter time! These doodle eggs are therapeutic to make (a bit like a 3D colouring book), look great as decorations and make supurb personalised Easter gifts for anyone who can't eat chocolate... Every one is an original. The instructions can be found here on the website.
Kids can enjoy decorating the eggs too, so if you are searching for a sugar-free easter activity then give this a go.
Make your own Mermaid Finger Puppet. The free printable template and instructions can be found here on the website.
Finger puppets are great - first there is the fun of making them, and then you can rev up your imagination creating stories for them to star in.
Have fun :)
Here another little chicken to make...this time it's a finger puppet. Find the free printable template and full instructions here on the website.
The finger band can be sized to fit, and you can wrap iot around one or two fingers, whichever you prefer.
Have fun crafting :)
I've just finished creating and uploading a new craft - it's a chicken with wings that flap up and down when you move a lever inside it's body. It's taken a bit of trial and error to get it right, but I'm super pleased with the finished craft...
You can find it here on the website, with free printable templates, and detailed instructions on how to put it together.
Use a folded newspaper, container lid or piece of cardboard to race your frog to the finish line... The frogs come in both coloured and black and white versions, with easy printable template and instructions. It can be found here on the craftnhome website.
Try making your frog hop by banging the newspaper down on the floor behind them.
These yummy little balls of flavour are a favourite with my kids. Sweetened by the natural sugars in the dates, with no other added sugars, they give a good energy boost, along with the fibre from the dates. We keep ours in the fridge, but they never last too long...
Easy and quick to make (the slowest part is rolling the balls - if you make them bigger there is less to roll!)
The recipe can be found here on the craftnhome website and there is a printable version available there too.
I've had some fun recently learning how to use adobe illustrator. For me, one of the best way to learn how to do something is to do it. This little owl is one of my first projects.
Enjoy colouring, cutting and then playing with the puppet.
The printable template and instructions are found here on the website.
This Cheese Cake has long been a family favourite of ours, and has featured at many of our celebrations over the years. It doesn't require cooking, can be made a day ahead, looks great, and any leftovers (if you are lucky enough for there to be any) are absolutely delicious.
It's not as sweet as you would expect, as the lemon juice cuts through the sugar.
It can easily be made gluten free by switching the biscuits for a gluten free version.
Find the recipe and full instructions here
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