The Very Noisy Baby

(2018 CBCA Notable) Written and Illustrated by Alison Lester ‘The Very Noisy Baby’ is a sweet early childhood picture book about a baby who mimics animals sounds. One by one, a community of people are drawn together in their quest to find their missing owl, horse, cow etc., As each person knocks on the door,…

Strip Jack Naked – Kids Card Game

My eyebrows raised a tad when I heard the name of this kids’ card game — Strip Jack Naked. However, I was curious to find out how this kids’ version was played. Particularly having had so much fun playing the other family card games with ‘My Ship Sails’ and ‘Snap’. Hence, I was keen to…

Family Snap Card Game

Fun family time is as simple as playing a ‘Snap’ card game. Hours of frivolity and laughter was had when the kids and their dad tried to outsmart each other ‘snapping’ and ‘fake-snapping’ at duplicate cards. A 52 playing-card pack was used to entertain these four cherubs, while other family members observed their antics. It was better…

Kids’ Card Game – My Ship Sails

I’ve never had so much fun watching kids play cards. The pure joy and fun-ness of their facial expressions had me totally captivated. I didn’t realise what was actually happening until about the fifth turn when their Dad started to protest. The girls totally loved that they were beating him at this card game. Dad…

Outdoor Games – Kids Love To Play

One of the things we learned, as kids growing up, was we had to ‘entertain ourselves’ when playing outdoors. No technology in our time during the 1960s. We always found something to do when we lived on the cane farm in Millaroo, 70km inland of Ayr. I regularly return to Townsville to see mum and…

Kids Swim in Rainforest Setting

The sun was shining and it wasn’t raining, so we bundled the kids in the car and took them to Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park. What a fabulous location up on the Atherton Tablelands. When family visit, I usually have a few local places to visit and one of them is a good swimming spot.…