Awesome Aussie Things to Do With Mum, illustrated by Simon WIlliams

Knit your own mobile phone cover
Bust out some groovy dance moves
Make a worm farm.

With school holidays once again here (or just a few days away, depending which part of Australia you live in), a book filled with cool things which can be done independently or, even better, with a parent, is a wonderful resource. Awesome Aussie Things to Do with Mum is just such an offering, with activities ranging from quiet inside activities such as pressing flowers or knitting, to physical, active things such as beach volleyball or dancing. Most have ways to either draw on Mum’s expertise or simply collaborate – though this could equally be Dad, or another adult, and many could be done without an adult.

Activities are clearly explained in step-by-step instructions and include equipment lists, tips and fun facts, as well as cartoon style illustrations, and, where needed, visual aids to following instructions. A sturdy hard cover offering, this would make a great gift for a primary aged reader.


Awesome Aussie Things to Do with Mum, illustrated by Simon Williams
Scholastic, 2014
ISBN 9781742839950

Available from good bookstores or online.