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10 creative activities to spark the imagination of your child

Stuck for something to do with your child these holidays?

Below are 10 ideas to keep your child creatively entertained from our friends at the Sydney Story Factory, an amazing organisation that works with young marginalised young people in Redfern.


1. Go to a cafe or people watching place and help your child write reviews – of the food, the people, the conversations etc. The reviews can include drawings. menus, receipts etc. Kids can create their own mini magazine of reviews.

2. Make your own bookmarks by cutting up old cereal boxes into rectangles of the same size. Draw pictures of your child’s favourite characters on two of the strips and glue them together. Sandwich in tassles made from bits of wool to make them even more special.

3. Watch a favourite movie then talk about what the characters might get up to after it ends. Help your child write the script and get together siblings or friends to perform it for the family.

4. Encourage your child to become your street’s local historian. They can interview family members to find out about their lives; if you have friendly neighbours, they can interview them too. Encourage your child to write up their stories in an exercise book and present it to the interviewees as a Christmas or New Year gift.

5. Start writing kid’s fan fiction. Take your favourite characters and put them in a new place – eg. (How does Count Olaf deal with his new life running the school canteen).

6. Create a wacky writerly non de plume. Tell us all about the writer you have created. Bonus points: take on the personality of the non de plume and write a story, play or poem.

7. Go to the art gallery and pick an interesting painting. Talk with your friends or parents about the possible stories. Now, create a collaborative story, each participant writes a sentence and passes it on to the next person.

8. Give your children blank journals or notebooks and have them personalize the cover. Set aside fifteen minutes each day as journaling time and have them write about their day. Encourage them to collect tickets, trinkets, and other memorabilia from their summer outings and paste them in their journal.

9. Talk to your children about newspapers and magazines and show them examples. Ask older children to create their own family newspaper featuring stories, advertisements, family news, cartoons, and more.

10. Bring them into the Martian Embassy and Gift Shop, 176 Redfern Street, Redfern, to write a postcard to the Martians. The Martians will write back! Check out their amazing store



This is a guest post by the fab guys at the Sydney Story Factory.

The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people. Trained volunteer tutors offer free help to write stories of all kinds. Programs target marginalised young people, and those from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but are open to everyone.


Win Competition now closed winner announced soon.

Winner: Teena Lewis

Thanks to the Sydney Story Factory and the Martian Embassy and Gift Shop I have an Intergalactic Space Travel Kit to giveaway!

IntergalacticKit1 Sydney Story Factory


To enter get creative and give me a little poem about Mars, Martians or  anything intergalactic. Most creative (as chosen by mwhaa wins). Competition closes 5 Jan 2015.


Good Luck

Love Mummahh



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  • Belinda Ban
    January 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Aliens from Mars visited our planet..
    ”What’s with all the pollution, wars and racism..dammit!”
    If Earthlings don’t change, like Mars your world will be quite empty.
    for all us Martians wish for is a land of plenty!

  • Teena Lewis
    January 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I once knew a man who went to space
    He came back with a bright green face
    When I asked him where he had been
    He said “Mars visiting my queen”!

    I asked him what he did there
    He said, “sang and danced in my underwear”
    I asked him why he returned
    He replied “to show you all I have learned”

    I queried what could he teach me
    He turned around and showed me a key
    He put it in a hole in his neck
    Turned and showed me a little speck

    What is that I asked
    “Why Mars of course” and set to task
    He pushed a button and threw it in the air
    Out came his green queen in her underwear!

  • Laura Scriven
    January 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Space, the final frontier,
    It’s where I minds steer!
    Wondering about the other beings alive,
    Or whether anything can survive.
    The big wide universe to explore,
    It’s natural to want to know more!
    A favourite with adults and children as well,
    Always ringing that intrigue bell.

  • Belinda
    January 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I once knew a man called Lars
    he told me he came from some place called Mars
    he was all green and big eyed
    then one day he said bye bye and started to fly
    Oh how I miss my friend Lars from Mars

  • Sally
    January 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Space is ace for the Galactic race.
    Aliens fly around with such grace.

    No cars on Mars but plenty of pretty stars.
    Certainly a wonderful view from afar.

    The suns so hot,
    but fear not….
    for soon the man on the moon will ease the doom.

  • Sharyn W
    January 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    There was a martian named Martin
    Who couldnt stop himself fartin’
    Planet Mars really stunk
    But lucky he was a hunk
    And instead got the martian girls laughin’

  • Lesley Needham
    January 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Mars! Mars! Mars!
    Stay an empty red rock.
    If you let us Earthlings in
    you’ll get Maccas on every block.

  • Debb
    January 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    There once was a martian from mars
    He loved to eat planets and stars
    His mum said it was rotten
    But then all was forgotten
    And now he prefers to eat cars

  • Tamara Lamb
    January 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Mercury ~ Your core is hotter than the sun
    Venus ~ your acid rain is not much fun
    Earth ~ our planet in which we dwell
    Mars ~ your seven moons are oh so swell
    Jupiter ~ largest planet in mass
    Saturn ~ has rings made of rock, crystal and gas
    Uranus ~ planet of wind and cold
    Neptune ~ oh so very old!

  • Becky Downey
    December 31, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Is there space in space for me?
    Oh yes, it’s a stellar place.
    You’ll get a star reception.
    It’s really out of this world.

    It’s light years ahead of here.
    You’ll be over the moon for sure.
    There are a galaxy of stars waiting.
    You’ll love it to or-bits!

    A constellation prize it is.
    A marsellous display that shines.
    You’ll have a blast certainly.
    But for now, be down to earth!

  • Scott Crumlin
    December 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I landed on the Red Planet with scissors and tape,

    Little did I know they’d catch on quick and the Martians wouldn’t let me escape!

    All sorts of paper hats and decorations became the thing to do,

    The Martians just went silly, no more Mars TV, spending all day crafting became the very latest ‘new’,

    The Martian King summoned me and when I showed him glue and glitter,

    His head spun around 22 times and he leapt on Martian Twitter!,

    Cutting, crafting, sticking together, making all your green feeler friends presents and who knew,

    Turns out the Martian Elephants got wind of it in the ZOO!

    Now the Red Planet looks alot more fun, and they’ve really showed panache.

    I’m happy that I helped them, now to print myself some Martian cash . . .! 😛

  • Sue Bell
    December 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I wanted to visit Uncle Martin but nowhere could I see
    That funny Martian Man so special he is to me.

    Channel after channel I searched but he left no trail,
    I even tried the NASA feed, all to no avail

    My Favourite Martian has gone but I hope one day will return,
    To share his life with Tim and Lorelei and talk of Mars his home.

  • Adrienne Harries
    December 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    When I sail through space
    I have a smile on my face
    Jupiter Saturn and Mars
    I love space travel more than cars

  • christina
    December 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I have a friend from marz
    Her name is zarz
    I call her zarz from marz
    she loves to eat marz
    she loves to speak marz
    shed love to live on marz

  • Kell
    December 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I want to go to Saturn
    I want to go to Mars
    I’d like to take a Travel kit
    while flying through the stars.

  • sam
    December 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    This chocoholic thinks of Mars & thinks of Mars Bars;
    For the Milky Way, I think of white chocolate bars;
    For the Sun, Old Gold Chocolate comes to mind;
    Why can’t I get these delicacies out of my mind?

  • nicole larsen
    December 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Mars is cool, Mars in fun, Mars is a place to have some fun

  • Val Helen
    December 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

    “Go to sleep!” my parents once said,
    But bedtime made me think instead
    Of exploring Mars, Pluto and Saturn too
    My secret power of flying helping me through.

    I’d pass by stars and comets before landing on Mars
    And visit my Martian friends playing cards
    With interesting features my friends were bizarre
    But I vowed I’d be accepting of differences near or far.

    I may not dream of my space adventures anymore
    No one tells me to sleep; if anything I need more!
    The acceptance of differences has stayed with me though
    Passed on to my kids with bedtime space stories to go.

  • Sharon Markwell
    December 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This chocoholic thinks of Mars & thinks of Mars Bars;
    For the Milky Way, I think of white chocolate bars;
    For the Sun, Old Gold Chocolate comes to mind;
    Why can’t I get these delicacies out of my mind?

  • Jenny England
    December 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

    A New Year!
    So I thought I’d take a trip, so I jumped online
    To find the best spaceship.
    I Googled high, I Googles low
    Because I could decide just where to go
    Then suddenly it occurred to me
    That Mars was definitely the place to see
    So through Paypal I duely booked my flight
    And I’m heading off, this very night!I

  • Chris King
    December 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Little Red Planet, I do see.
    Any Martians out there, waiting for me?
    I fire my rocket engines.
    To the sky I now soar.
    Thrusters thrusting fiercely,
    G-Forces hit my jaw.

    Little Red Planet,
    I’m coming now. Just me.
    A little Earthling man,
    For Martians all to see.

    Will you welcome me with open arms?
    Greet me with music and charm?
    Fire at me, and do harm?
    My hand pauses at the Alarm.

    Turn around,
    Or wait and see?
    Little Red Planet,
    What’s in store for me?

    Retrorockets firing now.
    Landing gear is coming down.
    Rocket ship on alien ground.
    Hatchway opening –
    What’s this I’ve found?

    A little Martian man,
    Smiling up at me.
    Not three feet tall,
    And green as green can be.

    We greet and smile,
    Handshakes all round.
    Little Martian points to a mound.

    I travel there,
    Inside his home,
    Have tea and scones,
    Then handed the phone.

    I call my Mum.
    Long Distance, you see.
    Reversing the charges.
    I’m not silly, not me.

    ‘I’ll be back’, I say
    ‘Dinnertime then the sack.
    Earth is not far away,
    Just a rocket flight for Jack.’

    ‘Don’t be late’, Mum says.
    ‘Dinner’s nearly ready.
    Make sure you wash your hands,
    Before eating my spaghetti.’

    I fly away, to blue, blue Earth.
    Looking back at Mars.
    I wonder if I’ll again see
    My green, green friend,
    With his cups of tea…

  • Annette Clarke
    December 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    There was a planet of which we spoke
    One which was the butt of our joke
    Not very famous
    was our dear Uranus
    Its name brings a smile to us naughty folk

  • Jules
    December 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    There was a little Martian from Mars
    Who had a peculiar fetish for bras
    He crept down from space
    With a bra on his face
    And quickly ended up behind bars.

  • Jonathon Turkich
    December 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    The middle of a long hot summer
    Made easier with things from Mummahh
    On one crystal clear starry night
    I do get a fright
    a martian says “g’day”
    “i’m from far away”
    “i’ve studied from Mars”
    “how great are your cars”
    “Can I have your commodore V8”

  • Kerryanne B
    December 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Zippo zappo zoom
    a martian is in the room
    zipping here zapping there
    he’s off to Mars but unaware
    little green man here you go
    ill swing you up off my yo-yo

  • Ebony Carr
    December 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm


  • Nancee Biviano
    December 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Mars Bars
    Are the Sheep on Mars
    That go Baas
    (as dictated by my 7 year old)

  • Kirsten W
    December 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    Martians are green,
    And on New Year’s Day I will be too!

  • Narelle Rock
    December 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    where outer space and stars aline,
    there are aliens and beings divine,
    they roam the planet, look kinda cool,
    they’re not like us, I’m no fool!
    would love to meet one, I will one day,
    but I have no idea what I will say!
    hope they are friendly and don’t scare me at all,
    and from their planet I hope I don’t fall!

  • Amanda Mallory
    December 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    My little martian friend
    Flies through the skies
    Always observing
    Never deserting
    Us little human guys
    On him I can depend

  • Rachel K
    December 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    With a whizz and a bang and a pop pop pop
    Our kitchen appliances sing, dance and bop
    The house is mad, possessed without doubt
    “I’m losing my mind” I hear myself shout
    Never in my days has the toaster flown
    Hovers through the air, emits a rainbow glow
    The kettle does whizz, the microwaves hops
    The dogs are in hiding under the mop
    But creeping to the cupboard, true and brave
    I see a little creature who gives a wave
    After cautious introductions and stories relayed
    A little Martian has adopted us, he’s here to stay