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Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
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Australian Crafts
Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere

Once more Activity Village has given us a wonderful little bag with a pouch to keep things in.
Remember to follow the link and visit the Activity Village website.
There is so many places you can visit and things you can make with your children.
Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere - Left-overs
Who could resist making a cute kangaroo bag like this! Use the pouch to keep things safe.

Here's a fun kangaroo bag craft which kids can make out of felt. It's good sewing practise using simple techniques and they will be proud to show it off!

You will need:

Brown felt
Scrap of black felt
Needle and thread
Fabric glue
Yarn (wool)
Wiggle eyes

The most important pattern to PRINT

The pattern is placed below the insrtuctions so that you can just have two single sheets to print and out.


Print and cut out our pattern. Pin the pieces to the brown felt and cut out. Make sure to cut two tails, arms and legs.

With running stitch sew the pouch to the body. Leave the top open. The pouch is on the front of the body.

Measure some yarn/wool as long as you want your handle to be and add 6 inches spare. Cut 6 (if using chunky yarn) or 9 strips of yarn. Gather the pieces of yarn together and knot one end. Plait the yarn. Knot at the end and trim the loose ends.
Stitch the ends of the plait to the back of the body at the head end.

Kangaroo bag craft detail 1 showing yarn stitched to back of head
Showing yarn stitched to back of head

With fabric glue, stick the two legs to the back of the body at the bottom. Glue the two tail pieces together to make a thicker tail. Stick the tail on top of the legs so the end curls up to the head. See the picture below.

Kangaroo bag craft detail 2 - showing the tail and legs stuck onto the body
Showing the tail and legs stuck onto the body

Turn the bag over.

Glue the top of the arms to the body so the other ends hang loose over the pouch.
Stick on the head. Cut an oval of black felt for the nose. Glue on the nose and eyes.
Leave to dry.

Kangaroo bag craft - detail of head and face of kangaroo


The most important pattern PRINT

Australian Crafts

I'm not certain how everybody manages to print things out. Me, well the reason that I place all my printing bits on single pages, this way , I just copy and past in my publisher, print and save from there. Not only do I have the pattern kept away form my writing files and all safely to use again at any time. I do know of the built in printer thing in Java or whatever but I have never got used  to working out how to make it usable for everyone, if that is indeed what you do lol. 

Australian Crafts

Pencil, Foam Covers

Foam Pencil Toppers

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Very Easy

Age: 6 and up

What you'll need:

  • Craft foam sheets or shapes
  • White craft glue,  Scissors,  Wiggle eyes,  Pencils,  Pom-poms            
    1. Start with two identical sized shapes, such as a circle or heart. Put glue around the border of one of the shapes, leaving about ¾" where you will insert the pencil. (See photo.)
Press the second shape onto the first, sandwiching them together. The glue will need to dry for several hours, preferably overnight, but you can decorate the outside now. Decorate the outside of the craft foam shape using pom-poms, wiggle eyes, other foam shapes, glitter glue, sequins, whatever you like. We made a black bear using pom-poms for ears and a nose and a couple of wiggle eyes. (See photo.)
We also made a flower using several pom-poms and a bird using wiggle eyes and other craft foam shapes. (See photo.) > Once the toppers have dried completely, insert the eraser end of a pencil car
efully into the opening. Drying time is important for this project. If you try to insert the pencil too soon, the glue may still be tacky and could pull away from the foam causing your topper to split open.
Craft foam comes in convenient value packs in various shapes, sizes, and colours.<Courtesy of Kaboose

          *Here is a rhyme  *  with NO reason*

          Fishes leaping                                                                    River weeping

            Eyes peeping                                                         Goblins creeping.

          Hours fleeting                                             Heart seeking

         Eyes weeping                                                      Goblins eating.

          Shadows breathing                                Princess dreaming

          Secret meeting                    Blood seeping.

          Trees creaking               Stars falling

          Flowers forming                      Early morning..

          Children shrieking                             Bull frogs leaping

          Fairies dancing                                       Goblins sleeping.

          Rain splashing                                                       River laughing

          Gods swimming                                          Fish flashing.

           River seeking                                    Heart leaping

          To journeys end                         Sheep bleating.

          Thunder speaking              Clocks one ticking

          Midnight weeping         Chicks cheeping.

          Princess yawning                                         Three is dawning

           Satyrs snoring                                        Suitors fawning.

          Artists drawing                                Old men boring

          Poets pawing                         Golden awning.


             Scales of the River glittering on a golden dish

          River captured in a silver goblet.

          Sheep in wolves clothing, just supposing

          Heart weeping, speaking the river still seeking

          Rainbows end endless repeating.

          Old  man snoring and scratching his tum

          Young girl imprisoned in a big cities slum.

            Fishes leaping   River weeping

          Eyes peeping                   Goblins creeping



diddilydeedotsdreamland .

Or, Merry Stories & Funny Pictures.

         It was my birthday on the 1st of September and as I'm sure you all know my passions are; my wonderful husband Peter, then books and music, not forgetting my huge family and all the pets.
      So you can imagine my delight when I open the wrapping paper and there is a scruffy board backed book called "Struwwelpeter" oh my goodness, I was so happy.
      The book was written first in 1846 and my copy was printed in the early 1900's without having a date or Author listed just Blackie who were the publishers.
      I hope to put all the pictures and stories between this web site and Seligor's Castle.
     They are not the nicest of stories I must admit, but if your good and kind then I'm sure you will be alright.

The gentleman who wrote the book is , I shall let Wiki tell you;
Der Struwwelpeter (1845) is a popular German children's book by Heinrich Hoffmann. It comprises ten illustrated and rhymed stories, mostly about children. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way. The title of the first story provides the title of the whole book. Literally translated, Struwwel-Peter means Shaggy-Peter.

Hoffmann, a Frankfurt psychiatrist, wanted to buy a picture book for his son for Christmas in 1844. Not impressed by what the stores had to offer, he instead bought a notebook and wrote his own stories and pictures. Hoffmann was persuaded by friends to publish the book anonymously as Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder mit 15 schön kolorierten Tafeln für Kinder von 3-6 JahStruwwelpeterren

(Funny Stories and Whimsical Pictures with 15 Beautifully Coloured Panels for Children Aged 3 to 6) in 1845.

It was not until the third edition in 1858 that the book was published under the title Struwwelpeter.The book became very popular among children throughout Europe, and, writes author and researcher Penni Cotton, the pictures and characters showed a great deal of originality and directness.Struwwelpeter has been translated into several languages.The first English translation appeared in 1848. Mark Twain's English translation of the book is called "Slovenly Peter."

This is the book cover, a bit scruffy but I don't think it would have bothered our Struwwelpeter very much, just look at those finger nails. (I hope he never tried to pick his nose! Smile

In 2006, Fantagraphics Books published the first completely digital version of Struwwelpeter, reinterpreted and illustrated by Bob Staake.


The wonderful Video Stories come from
the fabulous youtube as usual.

 The Story of Augustus
who would not have any Soup

Augustus was a chubby lad.
Augustus was a chubby lad;

Fat ruddy cheeks Augustus had:
And everybody saw with joy
The plump and hearty, healthy boy.
He ate and drank as he was told,
And never let his soup get cold.
But one day, one cold winter's day,
He screamed out "Take the soup away!
O take the nasty soup away!
I won't have any soup to-day."

Next day, now look, the picture shows!Next day, now look, the picture shows
How lank and lean Augustus grows!
Yet, though he feels so weak and ill,
The naughty fellow cries out still
"Not any soup for me, I say:
O take the nasty soup away!
I won't have any soup today."

The third day comes: Oh what a sin!
To make himself so pale so thin.
Yet, when the soup is put on table,
He screams, as loud as he is able:
"Not any soup for me I say:
O take the nasty soup away!
I WON'T have any soup to-day!

Look at him, now the fouth day's come!


Here is a small story I found whilst looking through my many childrens books. It's about the letters TH and the story they can tell

        Once upon a time there were two little boys. One was so tall and Thin that the boys called him Tom Thin, and the other little boy was so small that they called him Tom ThThumbs up Tomumb.
One day they put on their hats and went out together. As they went along, Tom Thin
said, "I think I can hear thunder."
It was thunder, too, and down came the rain.
Just then a kind lady saw them, and she said: Come in, my boys
, you will get soaking wet.
They both said "Thank you, and went inside.
The lady said: I think I know you both, it is Tom Thin and Tom Thumb surely.
bread and jam and yummy butterShe was so kind, she phoned their mother to tell them where they where and then she gave them a really nice tea. The bread was cut thin, the butter was rather thick, and the jam was very thick indeed!
Soon after they had fisished their tea the thunder had gone and the boys said thank you very
lighteningmuch to the lady and went off home.
I wonder how many words there are with TH in the story. You may want to count them and get mummy to check if you are right.

There is another sound very like TH  which we have to stick our tongues out a litle in order to make the TH sound and that is CH, this word though is more like a sneezing sound.

Mother called the story ;
"What Charlie Saw,"
One day little Charlie and his mother went out for a walk. Charlie had a bit of a cold, so he wore a scarf on his chest.Charlie with his scarf
His mother said she should call him Chilly Charlie.
As they went down the road, they saw a picture of Chin-chin China man.
Then they saw a band with the queen's flag, and the boys in the street sang:
watch for a chain like daddieshree cheers for the Red, White and Blue; and Cheer, Boys, Cheer!
When they arrived at the toy shop they saw lots of things in the window.
The bought a box of chalks, a toy  chicken that ran along on a little wheel and a big wheel which made it go up and down And a toy watch on a chain just like daddies.
Cherry cup cake
Then they went into the tea-shop and that was great fun for Charlie. After he had had some bread and butter, his mother let him have some cheese cakes and some chocolates, and they took a cherry cake home for Daddy.

Gosh look at the time already, it is almost 02.15 in the morning and Diddilydeedot is very tired, so like Charlie and Tom Thin and Tom Thumb, I think it is well past my bed time. I will see you all again tomorrow with a few more rhymes and special words, I know a good one,  SH,  that's a great sound and quiet one already.

Could it Really Be Done. xxx

 In 1891, Edgar Guest came with his family to the United States from England. After he began at the Detroit Free Press as a copy boy and then a reporter, his first poem appeared December 11, 1898. He became a naturalized citizen in 1902.
Edgar A. Guest


It Couldn't Be Done
Edgar A Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do i

LEFT OVERS! and Special Things just 4 U
Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland
Brings you a collection of Left Overs and things.
Boring, "nah you'll love them all."

 Do you know what?
For the life of me I can't remember what this Video is about.

Ah! only kidding, it's a wonderful collection of things to make from bit's and pieces.

Stumble It!
Diddilydeedot's Dreamland

Ice-cream Pancakes

                          Prep: 10 min.
This recipe makes 6 pancakes

1 mug plain flour
Same mug of milk
2 lge eggs
Pinch of salt

Whisk all ingredients together
Then cook in small amount of oil,

(best thing here is to pour some oil in an omelette pan, heat the oil and then pour into pyrex jug, keep warm by cooker. Each time you pour the oil in the pan, make sure bottom is covered and then when hot pour off the residue and then pour pancake mixture into the pan.
Don't over cook and don't put too much pancake mixture into the pan.
 Just cover the bottom, it will grow upwards as it cooks.
Please, please, please, make sure you get an adults help. This is a very dangerous cooking bit. you can do the weighing and the mixing,
Dollop the icecream on when the pancke has cooled,  not altogether you want it to run a bit, My favourite is Vanilla ice cream and Maple Syrup. yummy yummy yum.....

It is a good idea to use very, very cold ice cream,
keep in freezer till ready to use.

Just wrap a warm pancake/crêpe around a scoop of 
ice cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce,
 or any syrup  and top with
The Tea Party

The Crabs of Sea-weed Villa
 Were friendly as could be;
Their neighbours they invited
                                    One afternoon for tea;
A Gentleman Pirate Crab
 And there was welcome hearty
For guests both great and small,
And dainties on the table
To please the fishes all.

The Lobster and the Salmon
In party frocks were dressed;
The Turbot and the Herring
Each looked her very best
But, sad to say, their manners
Were not at all polite,
Their food was simply gobbled-
Twas not a pleasant sight!

 They never once said "thank you',
 And never "If you Please,'
"We've so enjoyed the party,'
Or pretty words like these.

 And then away they hurried
 (You'll scarce believe it true);
That Mrs. Crab felt "Crabby"
I'm not surprised - are you?

 A fishy poem by Marian Isabel Hurrell.
Revived by Diddilydeedot for Seligor's Castle

Marian Isabel Hurrell seems to have written a lot of books and poems but it is very difficult to know exactly when. Anyway I was just looking through the "Chatterbox 1913" where I found the Tea Party and I found another poem called "Poor Jacko" I think I shall put it in Jaimies Jungle Box.

News photos of unique sea creatures from the Census for Marine Life's 2006 research projects.

Furry Crab

The "yeti crab," discovered on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, is so extraordinary that a new taxonomic family had to be invented for it.




        Once upon a time there was a little old man and his wife. They lived all alone and were very happy together, but they had always wanted a child  so they decided they would make one out of gingerbread.
The little old woman got all the ingredients and a little magic dust from the
fairy Aubergine and with a little help from the little old man they made a  little gingerbread man and put him in the oven to bake.
the gingerbread man was ready, very carefully the little old woman opened the oven door and pulled out the pan.
Quick as a flash, off jumped the little gingerbread man, and away he ran straight out the door.
A book all about the Gingerbread manThe little old man and his wife ran after him as fast as they could, but he just laughed and said,

"Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The gingerbread man ran on and on until he came to a cow. "Stop, little gingerbread man," said the cow. "I want to eat you."
But the gingerbread man said, "I have run away from a little old woman and a little old man, and I can run away from you, too. I can, I can!"
The Cow chased the Gingerbread ManThe cow began to chase the gingerbread man, but the gingerbread man ran faster, and said,

"Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The cow couldn't catch him so the gingerbread man ran on until he came to a horse. "Please, stop, little gingerbread man," said the horse.

"I want to eat you."
"Not likely. " said the gingerbread man. "I have run away from a little old woman, a little old man, and the cow, and I'll run away from you too. I will, I will!"
The Horse chased the Gingerbread manAnd the horse began to chase the gingerbread man, but the gingerbread man ran faster and called to the horse,

"Run, run, as fast as you can.
 You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

It was true though,the horse couldn't catch him and it wasn't long before the ginger -bread man came to a field full of farmers. "Stop," said the farmers. "Don't run so fast. We want to eat you."
But the gingerbread man said, "I have run away from a little old woman, a little old man, a cow and a horse, I'm sure I can run away from you, too. You just watch me!"
And the farmers began to chase him, but the gingerbread man ran faster than ever and said,

The Farmers chased the Gingerbread man
"Run, run, as fast as you can.
You can't catch me!
           I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And as much as the farmers tried they couldn't catch him for the

ginger -bread man ran faster and faster.
He ran past a school full of children. "Stop, little gingerbread man," said the children. "We want to eat you."
But the gingerbread man said, "I have run away from a little old woman, a little old m
an, a cow, and a horse, a field full of farmers, and I can run away from you, too. I can, I can!"
And the children began to chase him down the lane, but the gingerbread man ran faster as he said,

The Children started chasing the Gingerbread Man"Run, run, as fast as you can.
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And still nobody could catch him, not even the children couldn't catch him, and by this time the gingerbread man was so proud of himself he didn't think anyone could catch him.
It was then he met a sly old fox.

"Stop little gingerbread man, I want to talk to you!" he smiled.
But the Gingerbread man ran away singing...

Run, run, as fast as you can.
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

 Hey "I don't want to eat you. I'm your friend." said the sly fox.
It was then the gingerbread man came to a river. He looked at the fox, then at the river, he knew he would melt if he tried to swim across.
"Jump on my tail," said the fox. "I will take you across."
So without giving it another thought, the gingerbread man jumped on the fox's tail, and the fox began to swim across the river.
When they had gone a little way, the fox said to the gingerbread man,
"I'm sorry mate but you are too heavy on my tail. Jump up here on my back."
Again the gingerbread man did what the fox asked and jumped on his back.
The fox swam a little further and said,
"Look mate, I really am sorry but I'm afraid you'll get wet on my back. Jump up on my shoulder."

The gingerbread man did what the fox asked.

They reached the middle of the river, the fox said,
Oh dear, my shoulder is sinking, quick jump on my nose  that's the only way I can keep you from getting wet."
The Gingerbread Man was eaten by the foxWithout hesitation, the little gingerbread man jumped on the fox's nose. The fox threw back his head and snapped his sharp teeth, and in one gulp the gingerbread man was gone.

Deep within the fox's belly.

The truth is if the Gingerbread Man had stayed with the old couple and become there little boy, he could have lived a happy life for no one would have wanted to eat him then. But instead he ended up being eaten by a sly old fox and he was gone forever. Best to appreciate what you have and not look for what you don't know.

Brer Rabbit Plays Tug of War

Creek/Muscogee Tribe
retold by
S. E. Schlosser

Now Rabbit had a favorite place on the river where he always went to drink water. It was on a bend in the river, and two Snakes lived there, one on the upper side of the bend and one on the lower. Rabbit soon learned that neither of the Snakes knew that the other Snake lived there.

Ho, ho, ho, thought Rabbit. I am going to have a bit of fun! Rabbit went to the Snake that lived on the upper bend of the river.
 "I am a very strong Rabbit," he told the Snake. "I bet I can pull you right out of the water." "I bet you can't!" said the Snake, who was very strong indeed.
"I will go get a grape vine," said Rabbit. "You will pull one end and I will pull the other.
"If I pull you out of the water, I win the contest. If you pull me into the water, then I win." The Snake on the upper bend agreed.
Then Rabbit went to the Snake on the lower bend and made the same deal.
 He told both Snakes that he would be standing out of sight on top of the river bank and would give a whoop when he was in place and ready to start the contest.
Both Snakes were pleased with the arrangement.
They were sure they would win against such a feeble little Rabbit.
Rabbit took a long grape vine and strung it across the wide bend in the river.
He handed one end to the first Snake and the other end to the second Snake.
Then he gave a loud whoop from the middle of the river bank and the two Snakes started tugging and pulling with all their might.
 "That Rabbit is really strong," thought the Snake on the upper bank. He would tug and tug and the vine would come a little closer to him and then he would nearly be pulled out of the water. "My, Rabbit is much stronger than he appears," thought the Snake on the lower bank after he was almost hurled out of the water by an extra strong pull from up the river.
Rabbit sat on the bank above both Snakes and laughed and laughed.
The Snakes heard him laughing and realized that they had been fooled. Letting go of the rope, they swam to the middle of the bend and met each other for the first time. snake
Both Snakes were angry with Rabbit for making them look foolish.
They agreed that Rabbit could no longer drink from his favorite place on the river bend where they lived. In spite of his protests, they sent Rabbit away and would not let him come down to the riverbank anymore.
So whenever Rabbit grew thirsty, he had to turn himself into a faun in order to get a drink from the river.
 After that, Rabbit decided not to play any more jokes on Snakes. 

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