Liz Sunshine on her favourite ways to keep kids entertained

We caught up with the photographer and mother of 2 on how she’s beating boredom this school holidays and beyond.

Liz wears Camilla And Marc shirt and trousers, Poppy wears Marlo dress

If you’re a parent, chances are the word ‘juggle’ has taken on a whole new meaning in the last 18 months. For so many, daily life has grown to include a blur of homeschooling and childcare, all while working from the dining room table. While the school holidays offer a slight relief of holding down the homeschooling fort, the need to entertain the little ones takes on an added pressure.

As a working mum of 2, photographer Liz Sunshine knows the juggle all too well. Having her hands full with Poppy (2) and Harry (6), the arrival of school holidays signals a time to shake up the schedule. From easy baking hacks to activities that inspire creativity, read on to discover her favourite ways to keep the kids happy.

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Iittala Cake Stand and Marlo dress

Jelly Belly Mini Bean Machine, Ecology Serving Platter, Marimekko Plate, David Jones Food Chocolate Cupcake Mix and Speckled Eggs

Baking for beginners

When it comes to cooking, Liz’s love of sweets has undeniably been passed on to the kids. “On holidays we have what feels like a daily bake-off of cupcakes and cakes,” says Liz, pointing out that right now, Harry and Poppy’s favourite recipe is vanilla cake with sprinkles or chocolate brownies. For the baking magic without the fuss, take the pressure off with a classic baking mix. Easy and efficient, simple recipes lend themselves to the best canvases for decoration while child-friendly bakeware minimises the mess as much as possible.

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DAVID JONES FOOD

Chocolate Cupcake Mix

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JAMIE OLIVER

Muffin Tray

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DAVID JONES FOOD

Vanilla Cupcake Mix

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MARLO

Clove Lace Dress

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Harry wears Country Road Pyjamas, Gudi wears Rock Your Kid PJ set, as they read Oli And Basil – The Dashing Frogs of Travel by Megan Hess

Build their world

With Harry a lover of all things Lego, Liz looks to the classics when it comes to keeping him engaged and entertained at home; “If he had it his way, we would be doing Lego family challenges everyday – where you take all the broken-down sets and build them together from your imagination.” Diving into the pages of next-generation books offer a similar escape. From tales of two fabulous frogs to messages that centre on the idea that the world is more beautiful when our differences are celebrated, there’s something for every kind of imagination.

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HARDIE GRANT

Oli and Basil – the Dashing Frogs of Travel

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LEGO

Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Wonderland

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Harper Collins

The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be

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LEGO

Lego Classic Bricks and Wheels

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Green Toys Tea Set
Poppy wears Marlo Romper with Our Generation Ice Cream Truck and Sydney Lee Doll

Make believe

While Harry is busy building his world, Liz’s daughter Poppy is growing into her own. “Both kids are really different so it keeps holidays interesting,” says Liz, “Poppy loves anything where she can pretend to be a grown-up. She likes to pretend she’s going to the shops, making coffee, playing mums and dads, at work, or on the phone.” Creating a space for their creativity to take centre stage makes for an easy way to fill the days. Think eco-friendly tea sets and intriguing toys that promise to keep their little minds busy for hours on end.

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OUR GENERATION

Ice Cream Truck

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GREEN TOYS

Tea Set

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MARLO

Azalea Floral Romper

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OUR GENERATION

Hair Play Horse

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Poppy wears Huxkid t-shirt and Country Road skirt with B. Toys Bucket Set

Fun in the sun

With spring comes sunshine and a welcome return to more time spent outdoors. Whether you’re headed to the sandpit or hanging out on the balcony, fresh toys that put an added emphasis on fun are an easy way to maximise the daylight hours. If you’re looking for some excitement, Games’ Foosketball takes the cake. A combination of foosball and basketball, it’s engaging set-up will keep siblings or friends captivated.

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B. TOYS

B. Water Wheel

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WONDER WHEELS

Dump Truck

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B. TOYS

B. Medium Bucket Set

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GAMES

Foosketball

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“Do whatever you can to make life fun, because when your kids are laughing, you will laugh too.”

Liz Sunshine on advice for fellow parents this school holidays