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November 30, 2014

The best photo I’ve taken in ages

Posted in: Kids Stuff / Making stuff / Uncategorized
By: Peter Costello

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I don’t use instagram as much as I used to, only very occasionally these days but this was something I posted a few weeks back and I was having a look back through my phone and came across it again and thought I’d share it here.

I love it!  Woot, pat on the back me… But enough high fiving myself, I love that it’s 1. A pretty striking image. 2. Taken with a phone and 3. It’s a cracking shot of the big man about to leap.  Poised, committed, ready to go for it.  Look at how rad he is! I just love it.

That is all.

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We borrowed We Are in a Book! from the library a couple of weeks ago and loved it. It’s a cracking little story about Elephant and Piggie, who after feeling as though they’re being watched, find themselves “In a Book!”. It’s short and sweet and there’s a healthy dose of humour for both kids and parents. It’s got a bit of a Monster at the end of this book vibe, in that self referential kids book, kinda way. And it’s definitely on the Birthday list for our little ones.

It’s written by Mo Willems who has written a bunch of books, and who, before his illustrious career as a children’s book author and illustrator, wrote and animated for Sesame Street. Wow! How cool is that?!

It’s short and sweet and there’s a healthy dose of humour for both kids and parents.

We loved it! However, the Good lady wife returned it to the library before I had a chance to get a photo of it (read, I forgot), so the image above has been generously donated by The Dorky Daddy. Which is a rad blog that I found after a google image search! On that, how good is google?! I search, the perfect images comes up on page one AND it’s by another dad blogger! Internet, you are awesome, but Dorky Dad, you are even awesomerer, thanks again for the loan of the image!


Full Disclosure

I only post about stuff that I think is rad! In the interest of full disclosure, the link to the book on this page is an amazon affiliate link, so if you bought the book via that link I would get a kick back. Just sayin.

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At work on Friday we went to for a mexican lunch. At the restaurant there was a challenge, eat a one kilo burrito get a mexican wrestling mask. Let me just say this, eating a one kilogram burrito is not a good idea.

eating a 1kg burrito is not a good idea!

but… I did get a free mexican wrestling mask which means now at home we have Spidey AND “el Macho” and that good reader is awesome!

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May 22, 2013

Good Reads: Find and Keep by Beci Orpin

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By: Peter Costello

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I got this book for The Good Lady Wife’s birthday last year after getting really excited about it online. Then with one thing or another we both sort of forgot about it. Then, yesterday, it made it’s way back into the lounge room and we got to get excited all over again.

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May 18, 2013

In Pictures: A quite afternoon

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By: Peter Costello

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Today, I had the rare pleasure of spending some quiet, solo time with the three-year old. It was a really nice, low-key afternoon playing with blocks and Lego. Except of course for the part where I was standing on the couch telling him to smile for the camera.

But you know, other than that, really low-key.

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April 10, 2013

These books are cool!

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By: Peter Costello

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Another Easter, another trip to the grand parents, This year we had an awesome trip, the boys and their cousins are that little bit older and really starting to enjoy each others company.

No trip to the grand parents would be complete without a trip to the local op shop in the hunt for some dusty old kids books. This year there were a few little golden books but otherwise, pickings were relatively slim, that is except for this little beauty.

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I’m now officially on an ebay hunt for more of these.

Sesame street library is awesome! The boys love it, the illustrations are beautiful, it’s funny (I totally “LOL’d”) and there is even some pretty good learning in there. I’m now officially on an ebay hunt for some more of these. I suggest you do the same. Did I mention that I think they’re Rad?

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April 8, 2013

In Pictures: The Captain

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By: Peter Costello

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We got back from our Easter holiday last week. We normally go north at easter to visit the grandparents and try and suck the last of the warmth out of summer.

It’s a 12 hour drive to their place and almost exactly half way between the two is this AWESOME place. Which if you leave one place at six in the morning, you can pretty much be at the submarine for lunch for a much-needed stretch of the legs and a run around.

Aye Aye Captain!

This year, The two-year old really got into it, this is a pic of him just loving it and it makes me happy.

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March 17, 2013

In Pictures: Damn it feels good to be a gangsta

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By: Peter Costello

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Or alternatively… Thug-4-Life

Here in Melbourne we’ve had a sensational summer. We live quite close to a beach and this is the first summer in the nearly four years we have been back in Aus that we have really taken advantage of it. Anyway, this photo was from a couple of weeks ago and I love it. He is the sweetest little boy but in this pic he looks like Ice-Cube or something out of Boys n tha hood a straight up thug.

Anyway, it makes me laugh.

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March 4, 2013

Touched

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By: Peter Costello

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Super quick post to say a very big thank you to Patricia who this week sent me some scans from a really cool, Spanish craft book Construye tu Propia Granja.

Thank you Patricia!!!

While I don’t speak spanish, I do speak pictures and this book has plenty of them.  There are so many great ideas in here I can’t wait to start making them with the Lads.  You should totally check it out!

Anyway,  Just wanted to say thanks.

Have fun.

 

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February 2, 2013

Five kids apps we totally rock on!

Posted in: Tech / Uncategorized
By: Peter Costello

Apps are rad! Yes, I want the boys out climbing trees, but I love this stuff and I think there’s actually a lot of good in it for them too. So I thought I’d put down five of our favourite apps. They all have educational content and are crazy fun, so strap yourself in cause its gonna get all digital up in here.

Robot lab by Toca Boca

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This one’s rad and hasn’t gotten the littlest bit tired in the 12 months plus that the boys have been playing with it.

The boys love making their own robots, it’s a bit tricky to fly for the little one so the three year-old will help out for that bit. It looks beautiful, works great and there seems to be no end to the robots you can make. I’m sure there’s something I could say about fine motor skills but that’s going to be the case for most everything here:)

It’s by Toca Boca (So you know it’s good!) and is $2.99 and worth every penny.

Count the animals

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This is another beautifully crafted app. This time counting from one to twenty. We got the free version of this one day at a café and then ended up buying the full version because of a cleverly placed advert on the final screen.

It’s quite humorous, some of it toilet humor (be warned) and the boys love it. It can get a bit tricky for the fingers on some of the screens as the things to count can get pretty small.

It’s created by appracadabra (See what they did there?) and will cost you $3.99

Lego® Duplo® Zoo

Lego Duplo Zoo
I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like this at first, it’s a branded property and I was all on my high horse about branded content and advertising, rah, rah, rah. (Full disclosure, I work in digital advertising. I know, I know). But then, I realised, that it’s Lego, and Lego is totally rad. It’s one of my favorite toys, let alone the boys, so I got on board. That and the fact that its got a pretty cute story and the little men LOVE it!

Yup, it’s by Lego® and its free. (If by “free” you can accept that it’s branded content)

Monkey preschool lunch box

Monkey lunch box
O.K. This is a new one for us. It’s pretty cute and super educational. This is one that we play with together because it’s possibly a little more educational than we’re used to. It’s very cool though watching him learn while we’re using it.

On the down side, this one doesn’t have quite the same level polish as some of the others. The voice over is a little too high speed, in fact the whole things feels a little too fast and can be tricky for the three year-old to keep up with. Hence playing it together. Also the audio is a little bit mashed together, sort of like an automated phone system.

But… The older lad is learning while using it, he’s having fun doing it and it was 99 cents.

This one’s by THUP Games and is 99 cents.

And finally, Play School Art maker

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Oh man, this is by far and away our favorite app and wait for it it’s free! If you’re from Australia you know about Playschool. It’s an Australian icon on our national broadcaster and is government funded which I think is ace.

The app is really fun! You create pictures out of craft materials and all the Playschool toys from the show. The voice talent is by the actual hosts and it’s just loads of fun to play with.

Once you’ve made a picture you can save it to your scrap book or you can make a movie and animate all the pieces by dragging them round on screen and add your own voice over. Our voice overs generally sound something like “Whahahahaha whoa wha wha whoa”. You can even add your own backgrounds so all the characters can play on top of a photo of your back yard.

Seriously, It’s way cool! do yourself a favour and grab this app. Like I said, it’s made by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation And it’s free people. Go get it, you won’t be sorry.

O.K. So that went on much longer than expected so I’ll just wrap it up by saying um… We’re like totally “out-doorsy” and stuff and hardly ever play with the apps. Please don’t judge us:)

Seriously though, what apps do you use with your kids?

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