Kids birthday parties can be really fun to plan. But it's always hard to know what to put in the party bags! If you hate giving excess lollies or cheap toys that will only be put into landfill, why not invest in some small wooden toys that will last much longer and that kids will actually want to play with and keep. To help you out, we have put together some fun party bag crafting ideas for your next birthday.
Looking after the little scrapes and bruises that come from a day’s adventuring can be simple as a trip to the garden or the kitchen cupboard if you have your favourite natural products well stocked.
Healing can entail many different things for families that are natural-minded, and who enjoy a holistic way of life. Sometimes those aching muscles, scraped shins and energetic little bodies need only the simple things. Now you can easily soothe Teddy’s bruises with Arnica Cream, and keep your Dolly healthy with Vitamin C or help Bunny’s cold with Bone Broth soup.
We love to take any opportunity to support other up-and-coming businesses and stay-at-home mums who juggle work, life and parenting. We know just how hard it can be! We also love to share the work of other inspiring Women and to build each other up. This week we've had a chat to the lovely Camille Hulm. Her images are just divine and we know you will love her as much as we do. Check out her work and head to the blog for more info...
We love to help you to extend your wooden toy play with some fun and unique ideas that we have created with our toys in mind. With our latest crafting activity you can grab a tasty burger from our online shop and make it into a meal at home with our fries and drink DIY craft. Just read below to find all the easy step-by-step instructions!
With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday on the 9th May, we want to celebrate all the amazing Mum's & Special Carers out there. We know you are all doing an amazing job! So to make it easier for you to put your feet up for a well deserved rest this Sunday, we've put together some iconic play ideas and be sure not to miss out on our I Love Mum SALE!
With the weather cooling down it's a great time to plan a fun caravan or glamping adventure. Embrace the cooler weather and set up for a day of play outside, in nature. With some warm clothing and some favourite toys, you can create hours of play with your kids, creating memories and family traditions you'll all cherish. Check out all the fun and inspiration pictures below...
The days of going to the Milk Bar and asking for a bag of mixed lollies for only $1 will always be ingrained in our minds! "I'll have 2 chocolate freckles please, 3 gummy bears, 2 musk sticks and don't forget my lollypop!" We never had pre-mixed bags of lollies; we always created our own mix of sweets no matter how long it took. We loved the feeling of the white paper bags in our hands and the delicious treats that were waiting inside to try. Those were the days... Now you can re-create these memories at home with our Iconic Candy Jar. Comes complete with all the yummiest lollies, paper bags and more...
School holiday's are perfect for getting outdoors with your family. There are so many great times to be had and memories to be made. Make the most of the last of the warm Autumn days before we head into Winter. Kids always love exploring for treasures, burning off some excess energy and you get to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries in the fresh air. We sure love these amazing images by @romydrew.She is a mama, a damm fine picture taker and her pictures just make our jaw drop. Scroll down below to read more about the fabulous Romy.
Our NEWEST additions to our Iconic wooden toys range have finally arrived. These unique toy kits are bound to add hours of fun to your play! Be the first to check them out below. We love to bring your new and unique toys that last the test of time. Our wooden toys are unique and so much better than the cheaper copy-cats version out there - because you simply just get more play our of toys. Our toys have lots of function, and are smooth to the touch as well as a beautiful design which kids are drawn too. If you end up buying a cheaper version of a wooden toys then it ends up stuck in the cupboard or corner and no one plays with it at all.
To celebrate special occasions such as Easter, we always love thinking outside the box and creating fun new family traditions. These beautiful Easter cakes and hot cross bun creations are such a unique Easter surprise, or a fun holiday activity to prepare with your loved ones! Topped of course with some classic Make Me Iconic goodies from our online faves, you really can't go wrong this Easter!
Easter is almost here so it's a great time to shop for your Easter gifts with is. Easter is just over a week away be sure to get in quick for your last minute gift shopping. We love giving toys as an alternative to chocolate at Easter. The fun of toys lasts so much longer and gives kids something fun and new to entertain them over the school holidays (and all our wooden toys don't contain any extra sugar!). Choose express shipping to ensure your order arrives in time. We have also got some great new Easter gift and crafting ideas for you. Head to the blog for the full details!
We know how much most kids love crafting so we've designed the perfect addition to our Iconic Post Box! The snail-mail lovers in your home will love this wood-based letter posting craft kit - is so much fun. Our craft kit includes all the bits and pieces you need for an engaging crafternoon with your kids. Start by decorating your own postcards and envelopes, then add the clipboard, receipts and parcel slips for hours of post-office play with friends. Designed for play with our Iconic Post Box, but just as fun when all you have is your imagination!
With International Women's Day just around the corner, it's been a great time to reflect on the journey I've been on over the last 10 years. I am so incredibly grateful to all the women who have both supported and inspired me since I first had the idea to start Make Me Iconic. From my very first market, to being stocked internationally - there has been many many up's and down's along the way! I am always in awe of all the amazing women in this world, juggling family and business and also success. Strong women lift each other up, so today, in the lead up to International Women's Day I wanted to share with you two inspiring Women who have had such a wonderful contribution to my business #IWD2021
Do you ever flick through your photos of your kids and wish they looked a little... better? I’ve been a newborn and family photographer for about seven years now, in addition to taking countless photos of my own three children, so I’m here to share with you my best tips for capturing the best shots of your children, whether you’re using your smart phone or a DSLR or anything in between.
They are finally back in stock! Check out one of our most popular toys - The Iconic Australian Mini Vehicles...To be an Aussie Kid you have to have the real Aussie stuff. So we felt every Aussie Kid should have a set of rare Aussie wood vehicles in their home. We usually get stuck with the London Bus or New York Taxi versions of toy cars So dream of being an Aussie Fire Fighter, or a Aussie Police Officer, or the local happy-go-lucky Posty. Any profession that involves wheels and the need to get somewhere quick to save the day.
We are looking forward to having lots to celebrate about this coming year. There are so many new goodies on their way this year which we can't wait to share with you all really soon. But if you and the kids are looking for an excuse to make your own little Australia Day party at home this weekend we have some great craft ideas to add to your Iconic Aussie Burger set. This is one of our most popular toys so we can't wait to share these fun ideas to dress it up just that little bit more for Australia Day. Or get in quick if you don't have our stacking burger in your toy collection yet... we promise you won't regret it!
Our NEW Loose Change additions have finally landed. These toys are so affordable and still great quality. Our Loose Change range makes great Christmas Stocking Fillers or small Birthday Gifts. Beautifully finished and best of all you only need a little bit of loose change to afford them.
The little ones really enjoy the countdown to Christmas. We've tried to get more creative this year to make the countdown just that extra bit special and memorable. What a year it has been! We'd love to finish off on a positive note and bring some extra joy and fun to this Christmas!
Now is the time to dry your dishes in style with our range of new tea towels! Perfect for making a small statement in your kitchen, these tea towels are both practical and stylish. Brighten up your kitchen with these bright and colourful tea towels which ensure drying up is never boring.
Get ready for Christmas as our tea towels make great gift ideas and perfect for posting interstate before those Boarders open up!
The annual family Christmas get-together might be a bit tricky to plan for this year, so we want to make at least one thing a tad easier for you: sending your gifts! We're offering free gift wrapping on all orders, so you can browse, save your wish-list, decide, purchase and send knowing that your friends and family will be getting some extra love when their parcel arrives.
Kids are so good at letting the imagination take over. Their worlds come alive as dolls become besties and nooks become castles. Boys and girls both love to act like grown ups in a good old fashioned game of ‘Mums and Dads’. And if a real Mum or Dad or big brothers and sisters join in the fun, guess who gets to call the shots? Enhance their play time with our beautiful wooden iconic doll accessories kit. It has everything a (pretend) bub could need as your little one immerses them self in creative play. They can feed, entertain and soothe baby, brush their hair and get them ready for the adventures they’ve planned for the day. 11 Piece wooden accessories kit for imaginative play with your favourite dolls or toys.
Our Make Me Iconic Loose Change range of toys make great stocking fillers and small gift ideas which are a perfect addition to any Christmas gift hamper. They also make a great small gifts just on their own! Check out below some of the many fun variations we have put together to give you some quick and easy gifting ideas!
The rise of healthy eating and Paleo diets at health food cafes are becoming the norm? It's all about food that is nourishing for the mind, body and the soul. And this brekkie tray combines the Australian obsession of smashed avo on sourdough with the healthy eating style of today's family.
It's been a crazy year, so here at Make Me Iconic we're ready for the joy, relaxation and rest that Christmas brings. While December might look different this time around, with travel restrictions likely to still be in place, we're getting ready early so that all of our interstate and international gifts arrive on time.
It's easy to add some coloured rice to your play or you could even make your own. Grab some of our wooden toys and simply watch them play. Kids love bright colours and our natural wooden tea set show off the bright colours of the rice. It's easy to have a tray of rice and add some cars for play too. Watch the shapes in...
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Learn how to create your own tea towel wall art. We think this cute wall art will be the perfect at home craft activity for the next rainy day. Use any of your favourite tea towel designs to create artwork for your own wall or a unique gift for someone special. See below for the full instructions.
A trip to the doctor's has never been so much fun. GET YOUR FREE COPY OF OUR DOCTORS EXTRA PROPS We wanted to make play just that bit more fun so we have created some extra props you can print out at home for a more realistic play! Visit the blog by clicking below for more play ideas and to download our FREE doctors PDF
Winter has set in, and with that comes the fun of chilly nights by the campfire perfecting the art of the roasted marshmallow. But you don't have to wait till it's cold and dark outside to have all the fun - bring out your iconic campfire toy and make your own play smores! It will make for a fun afternoon craft activity for the little ones (and it's way less sticky than the real thing!)
Time for a new adventure in our classic Aussie Ute! Our Iconic Toy Ute Has Had Some Updates. NEW FEMALE PASSENGER. We added a special new character so now a female passenger can drive the ute too.MAGNETIC BOOT LID. We covered magnet that keeps the boot lid closed making it safer for play. ELASTICISED SURFBOARD FIN. The surfboard fin is now elasticised making it more robust and less breakable. Complete with 3 passengers, a kelpie dog, eski, tool box and surfboard for pretend play
Next time you need a doctor in the house to save the day, make sure you have this wooden iconic Doctors Kit on hand. Set-up a hospital scene at home and let your child’s unfettered imagination go! This fantastic role play kit helps children to become familiar with medical care, making trips to the doctor less painful for everyone. It also promotes imaginative play and encourages nurturing behavior and empathy — after all, Kitty-Kat needs some help with her broken leg! We made our kit gender-neutral to celebrate the fact that these days anyone can aspire to be a doctor or nurse.
Inside you have all the wooden instruments you might need for your budding doc, nurse, ambo or lab tech. All pieces are child sized and made of wood to hold-up over time. Make house calls anywhere with our beautiful carry box, and team it up with our iconic Dentist Kit or iconic Surgeons Kit to extend their play even further.
When you have little ones at home, one of the best things about winter's arrival is the outdoor play without worrying as much about sunburnt skin and overheated toddlers! We say embrace the cooler, cosier weather and set up for a day of play outside, in nature. With your collective imagination, a few props and their favourite toys, you can create hours of play with your kids, creating memories and family traditions you'll all cherish.Take inspiration from this beautiful play set up, and share your play creations with us!
Brrrr, It's getting colder outside, which means one thing: time for more craft ideas to help keep the imaginative play going strong in your home! Try our super cute painted road sign rocks - they're easy enough for all ages to have a go, and will add even more fun to their mini Aussie vehicle set.
Even before the pandemic, it was hard work to be a parent. And now, as parents we might be pulling our hair out with the extra stress of trying to a be a teacher now too. Being a parent is hard work – meaningful, rewarding, wouldn’t-trade-it-for-the-world – but hard work even more so now.. So take care of yourself and keep your cup full. If you don’t do things to keep your cup full, you have nothing left to give or share with others.
I have put together some ways we try to manage our stress and anxiety daily during Covid-19. These are just some small things we can try help ourselves and our families as we navigate our way through this. Taking care of our mental health is something that I personally have been working on in the last few years and now seems needed more than ever. On an airplane, we’re instructed to put on our own oxygen masks first, before helping a child do the same. If you think that’s a crazy idea, realize that you’re not much help to anyone if you’ve passed out due to lack of oxygen because you tried to help everyone else first.
Put your oxygen mask on first and please stay safe.