Another pair of creative partners are songwriters and music teachers Roxanne Kiely and Stephen Kiely, the brains behind Busy Izzy and Friends, an ever-expanding multimedia empire of lively books, catchy songs, interactive videos and even a vibrant stage show for extra colour and movement.
They recently partnered with Prosper (Project Australia) to support the health and well-being of Australian children through performances, nutrition and cooking showcases, literacy and learning activities and other special events.
Aimed at children from three to eight years, Busy Izzy and Friends is all about promoting friendship and fun and healthy food. Central to the website is Izzy's virtual vegie garden where she builds compost and grows organic vegetables and herbs to make "snaxalicious snacks" for her Nix & Nax store.
While web designer and music producer Stephen is more of a suburban boy with a background in rock music, Roxanne - who as a vocal coach helped launch the career of Delta Goodrem and worked with X-Factor winner, Marlisa, among many others, grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand.
"I would often write songs and poetry while milking cows, she recalls. "I was scared of the big cows and writing songs would take my mind off how big they were. But I loved them just the same and they were my favourite poets.
She and her parents and siblings all pitched in with planting, digging and harvesting: "We grew all of our own food - corn, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, carrots - and we had a massive orchard with guava trees, feijoa trees, plums, apples, peaches and tree tomatoes (now called "tamarillo"), and grapevines, too."
They also kept free-range chickens and Roxanne remembers how hard the family worked on building and maintaining their compost bins. Her mother made all their clothes, "from underwear to coats", she says, and both parents "worked all day long and, of course, we all followed their lead. We had to."
Roxanne acquired not only a work ethic but a lifetime of memories to sustain Busy Izzy and her garden plot and healthy food store: "Izzy has a compost bin and a puppy, just like I had. It reminds me of my wonderful, natural and healthy life on the farm."
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Dedicated Area for Kids On the Busy Izzy and Friends Site.
Download and colour in.
https://busyizzy.com - Click on 'KIDS'
My favourite game when I was five years old was to play "spot the difference" https://busyizzy.com/pages/spot-the-difference
Click on the link above to download a PDF to print out and play "Spot the Difference". There are 10 differences between the two pictures of Izzy, Max and Steven, building a swing. Can you find them all?
We even have lots of healthy recipes for you to try at home. Busy Izzy loves to make healthy snacks for her friends when they visit Nix & Nax.
The Busy Izzy and Friends Show
Much-loved story books, come alive from page to stage.
Every venue and primary school in NSW, Australia, can now book The Busy Izzy and Friends SHOW!
This action-packed show is a fun-filled adventure. Come and join us and help Busy Izzy and her friends save their local animal shelter.
The show features up-beat songs, a number of which have won Awards, interactive dancing and singing.
ABC Alphabet Song - Busy Izzy and Friends
This little video clip about the Alphabet now has over 90,000 views on YouTube.
The song is about the alphabet. The first few lines are
It's about reading and writing and how exciting it is to learn the alphabet. Busy Izzy also has a "see, say and sign" segment in the video clip too. Please feel free to click and subscribe and sing along with the song.