Vaccination Reminder App and Other Internet Goodies

Want some help to remember those vaccination dates?

Or trick out your blog?

Or figure out the video gadget on Instagram?

Say no more! I’ve got some goodies just for you.

Save the Date to Vaccinate App

Save the Date to Vaccinate

The Save The Date app is a great little tool that helps remind you keep on top of your children’s vaccinations. I need all the help I can get to remember these things! Created by the NSW government, it’s really easy to use and is available for Android or Apple.

8 Simple Tutorials to Enhance Your Blog

8 Simple Tutorials to Enhance Your Blog

I love a bit of blog tweaking and my lovely friend Bekka from Just for Daisy has been busy writing tutorials for doing just that. Follow her instructions for adding a button to your blog, creating social media buttons, adding clickable images tabs in your sidebar and lots more.
How to use instagram video

Instagram Got Video

Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim is great at capturing new social media tricks and reviewing them simply and beautifully. She has done it again with her tips for using the new video feature on Instagram.

Want more internet goodies? Set the kiddies up with some colouring pages, teach them number recognition or automatically back up your mobile phone photos.

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How to follow your favourite blogs

How to follow your favourite blogs

My favourite blog stalking tool, Google Reader, is shutting down on 1 July 2013, so I’ve had to find other ways to follow my favourite blogs. I thought perhaps you all might like to know how you can follow your favourite blogs too.

Do I need to use a tool (RSS Reader or web based aggregator) to read blogs?

No, you don’t. BUT! … using a tool like Google Reader brings all your blogs into one place, no matter where you are. You can view your blogs from different computers, tablets and phones – all you need is your login. Most tools also have other cool features, like sorting your blogs into different categories, saving posts to read later, or easily allowing you to share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

Ok, so what tool do I use?

Like many others, I have jumped on the Feedly bandwagon… and I love it SO much more than Google Reader. It is much prettier to look at, it’s makes reading blogs feel like I’m reading a magazine.

How do I follow blogs using Feedly?

Over to clever peeps at CNET:

I have a blog – what can I do to make it ready for Feedly?

Just follow these super simple instructions from the guys and girls at Feedly.

I have no idea what you’re talking about!?! Are there other ways to follow blogs?

Sure. Many bloggers post their content on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, email and Blog Lovin. Check for these social media icons on your favourite blogs. Or you can follow blogs using good old fashioned Bookmarks and Favourites in your web browser.

You can follow Octavia and Vicky using all of these tools :) Just click on the social media icons in the top right of this page and get ready for lots of fun things to play, make and eat with kids, delivered to you.

Now tell me, what is your favourite, never-miss-a-post blog?  

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Learning About Numbers – Subitising and Number Recognition

Learning about numbers - subitising and number recognition | Octavia and Vicky

I haven’t shared any of our favourite kids apps for a while – mostly because we haven’t been using them. Interests have been elsewhere! However, in the last week Pebble has been asking to play a game again, and it’s always the same one. She really loves Baby Bus – Baby Learns Numbers (not sponsored – just love it!). Baby Bus has LOTS of different apps available, but this is the one that has taken Pebble’s fancy. Perhaps the interest in number comes from her recent birthday and talking about being three, not two?

The game is played by looking at a group of objects – different types of fish – in a row. The child needs to try to count how many objects there are and match it to the correct bucket below.

Technology for Kids: Baby Bus App - Numbers | Octavia and Vicky

This game is just the right level for Pebble at the moment, and might be fun for your child if they:

  • enjoy counting or are interested in numbers
  • can subitise and/or count up to 10 objects
  • can recognise some or all of the numerals from 1 to 10

So, um… what’s the subitising business? That’s teacher-talk for being able to recognise the number of objects in a small group, without counting. At the moment Pebble can subitise up to 3 with accuracy, sometimes 4.

Pebble can recite the numbers 1 – 12 accurately. Reciting numbers in order is different from being able to count a group of objects correctly. Pebble can count a group of up to six objects correctly, often getting confused when the number gets higher than that. The app is very forgiving – if the child chooses the wrong answer the first time they can just choose another answer until they get it right.

As a parent I like this app because:

  • it has clear sound, pictures and numbers
  • it is repetitive – it counts the objects out loud each time
  • the music is optional! (thank goodness for the mute button)
  • it does not increase in difficulty as it goes along – that would be too tricky for Pebble’s age
  • it can be played in a few minutes – that’s enough screen time

If your child is still learning to recognise the numerals 1 – 10 you can talk about the shapes of the numerals to help them find the correct answer. Pebble can point and count to each object to find out how many objects there are, but sometimes doesn’t know which bucket to choose. I might suggest that the numeral she is looking for is ‘pointy’, ‘curly’.

Taking it further – Play Time!

I love a good app, but I also love taking a child’s interest to the next level and into the real world. So your child is interested in learning about numbers? Try these fun, hands on games for learning to subitise and recognise numerals.

Learning About Numbers - Subitising and Number Recognition | Octavia and Vicky
Dice Bingo and Numerals Card Game – both from Lessons Learnt Journal

Learning About Numbers - Subitising and Number Recognition | Octavia and Vicky

Sorting and Subitising with Egg Cartons – from Learn with Play at Home

Pebble ~ Three years old (36 months)

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Bumble Bee Treats

Bumble Bee Treats
We’re heading out to a picnic today. A picnic for bloggers! FOOD BLOGGERS! I hit a bit of a mild panic earlier this week when I realised that I needed to prepare food to share at a food bloggers picnic. All those fancy foodies with their fancy food. What on earth would I bring? I scoured my recipe books and googled my little heart out… and then I stopped. I thought “who am I?” I’m not fancy food blogger! The recipes I share are either great for kids to help cook, yummy for kids to eat, or good family friendly food. So I thought, lets stick to what we know. And what I know is kid food. That’s when I decided to make these cute little Bumble Bee Treats (among other things). So easy – and delicious too!

Bumble Bee Treats

  • 35g (1 cup) Rice Bubbles
  • 25 grams butter
  • 40g (1/2 cup) white marshmallows
  • Spray oil
  • 50g chocolate melts (I used milk, but for darker stripes use dark chocolate)
  • Approx. 40g white choc buttons (I used Milky Bar Buttons, as they were the perfect size)
  1. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a small saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 -3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the rice bubbles to the cooled marshmallow mixture and stir until well combined. Allow to cool for five minutes.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spray a little oil onto your hands to help stop the mixture from sticking. Use your hands to roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the rice bubble mixture into oval shapes. Place on the lined tray. Use a small sharp knife to score the rice bubble shapes twice, lengthways. This will create a little space to insert the ‘wings’.
  4. Place the chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and the bag into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium/50% for 30 second bursts until the chocolate has just melted. Cut a small hold in one corner of the bag and use the hole to drizzle chocolate over the rice bubble shapes.
  5. Arrange two white chocolate buttons in the indentation in each rice bubble shape to make wings. Allow to set in the fridge for ten minutes.

Bumble Bee Treats

These truly were very easy to make, not as fiddly as they sound. I had some help from my seven year old niece, who did all the pouring, mixing and moulding. It was a very different experience  cooking with just one 7 year old! I am so used to one 2 year old (or twenty 5 – 8 year olds!). I took over for the chocolate drizzling and wing application. Inserting the wings is the trickiest part. We did lose a few bees! It’s easiest to attach them while the drizzled chocolate is still gooey.

These bees will be making a come back next week for Pebble’s third birthday party – a Teddy Bears Picnic! I have LOTS to tell you about that little event. Come back soon to find out more.

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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Octavia and Vicky: Best of 2012

Happy New Year! I’m playing along with a fabulous group of bloggers who are all sharing their best activities for kids from 2012. Here’s my list of favourites from Octavia and Vicky:

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Christmas Crazy! You guys loved these Christmas games.

 

 

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The crowd went wild for I Heart My Body 2012!

 

 

My Favourite Arty-Crafty Kids Post

This was so much fun to create and write. It makes my heart sing.

 

 

My Favourite Kids Play Post

The Play Dough Cup Cake Party!

 

 

My Favourite Parenting Post

A lesson that Pebble and I are still learning with each stage of her development!

 

 

My Favourite Food Post

A recipe from my childhood :)

 

 

My Favourite Geek Post

One of the geek-techery things I use the most – podcasts! Plenty to choose from for kids and adults.

 

 

Please visit the Best of 2012 Co-Hosts:

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52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ angeliquefelix.com – The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali
B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom
Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse
Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers
Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails
Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls
Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories
Inspired by Family ~ It’s A Long Story ~ JDaniel4’s Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home
Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn
Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma’s Fun World
Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore
Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato
PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti’sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach
Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw
Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim
Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul