Aussie Kids Craft Idea make a replica Australian Parliament House flagmast using bendy straws from Danya Banya blog

Aussie kids craft idea: how to make an easy replica of the Australian Parliament House flagmast. See further down for details.

I have a little confession. We may have ducked away to Canberra for the Australia Day long weekend. One last hurrah before JJ starts school on Monday!… Continue reading

Make Heart Shaped Stamps from toilet paper rolls

We had lots of fun stamping with these DIY heart shaped stamps which we made from – you guessed it – toilet paper rolls!

Our two year and three month old toddler Bee has been really interested in heart and star shapes lately, and this interest is what inspired this particular process-orientated art session.… Continue reading

Add a bit of Australia to your fruit bowl

Looking for a fun Australia Day lunchbox idea? How about a piece of Aussie fruit?

All you need are Australian flag temporary tattoos and about 40 seconds to turn this…

into this….


We like our bananas ripe like this – all lovely and spotty.… Continue reading

Easy Sydney Harbour Bridge Craft for Kids

And to go with our Sydney Opera House craft from yesterday, we made another of Australia’s most famous icons; the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s widest long-span bridges and is an unmissable Sydney landmark.… Continue reading

How to make a standing Sydney Opera House craft

Being a Sydneysider, I thought it was high time I had a few Sydney craft ideas on Danya Banya. For the first one, I’m tacking the Sydney Opera House; a late modern architectural masterpiece, a world-renowned centre for performing arts, and one of Sydney’s most famous icons.… Continue reading

Summer ocean themed water play in the backyard ~ Danya Banya

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It’s summer school holidays at the moment, which means lots of water play in the backyard. Sometimes it’s the hose on the trampoline. Sometimes we fill the water spray bottles and ‘clean’ the windows (and of course ‘accidentally’ spray ourselves).… Continue reading

Best crafts education and parenting posts of 2014

Last post in my Best of 2014 series! (Promise!)

We’ve already had the best arts & crafts for kids, best posts for play, best food & recipe posts and best parenting posts from Danya Banya for 2014. This time, we’re looking a little bit global.… Continue reading

positive New Years Resolutions - be kind

Happy new year everyone! I’ve been thinking about goals and resolutions these past few weeks. This year I want to focus on people, feelings and my approach life in general. So for 2015, my resolutions for an intentional positive new year are:

say ‘I Love You’ often give hugs laugh lots don’t sweat the small stuff enjoy the little moments be patient don’t be hard on yourself learn from your mistakes find some fun in every day and, above all else, be kind



I think I might print this out and stick it on the fridge, for those moments where I need a little reminder.… Continue reading