Paper Plate Lion

Our Paper Plate Lion is not only cute, but really easy and fun to make!

Using a range of scrap materials, preschoolers can explore and experiment with different textures to create a wacky and wild lion’s mane; adding a sensory element to the craft.

Inspired by the heart-warming book The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks) by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz, our Paper Plate Lion is the perfect accompaniment to a story about kindness, love and simply being yourself, even if that means you’re a little different.

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Paper Plate Lion – Materials

20 White 7″ Paper Plates – Only one paper plate is needed, but they’re always handy to have!
Orange and Yellow Paint
White card (for the eyes), we used a Cereal Box
Orange and/or Yellow Tissue Paper
Orange and Yellow Scrap Paper, Yarn or anything else you available –  we even used a yellow plastic bag!
Kid’s PVA Glue, Safe And Washable
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Single) Black

Paper Plate Lion

When it comes to crafting with paper plates I would always recommend applying paint the day before. They can take a while to dry and if you have an eager crafty kid on your hands,  they may not appreciate waiting.

We often split our crafts in two, enabling an ‘invitation to create’ to be prepared. It’s always well received and as you can see, I cut up a variety of scrap materials into strips ready for the little lovely to turn her yellow and orange painted plate into a Lion!

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Ask your crafty kid to begin sticking the scrap materials around the circumference of the plate. For ease, I suggested following the orange ring.

Little lovely had so much fun assembling the lion’s mane and had a good go at creating a pattern with her scrap materials.

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Using an old cereal box, we cut out two white circles and used the marker pen to create pupils.

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To finish off, I used the marker pen to draw a nice big nose and smile face! Enjoy 🙂

Paper Plate Lion pin

 

 

 

 

Homemade Playdough

When it comes to homemade playdough, I love to keep things natural. To experiment with naturally occurring colours and scents, to heighten the sensory and play experience for the girls. I have to say, once you start making Homemade Playdough it becomes rather addictive and when you find yourself assessing your herbs and spices and fridge contents in terms of Playdough potential, you know you’ve got the bug!

Making Homemade Playdough is amazingly simple and can take less than 15 minutes to make!

The gorgeous red shade of our  Homemade Playdough comes from beetroot. The Playdough is silky soft with an unexpected delicate sweet scent. Little lovely, to my surprise, picked up on all of these qualities and loved playing with it.

Homemade Playdough – Ingredients

1 Cup of Plain Flour
1/2 a Cup of Salt
3/4 a Cup of Warm Water
1 Sachet of Cream of Tartar
1 tsp of Oil
1 Medium Sized Beetroot

Homemade Playdough – Creating the Natural Dye

Roughly chop the beetroot into small squared segments and place into a pan, with a 1/2 a cup of water. Apply heat until the water begins to bubble and then reduce the heat to a simmer for up to 5 minutes. Craft Ideas for Kids - homemade playdough

Once the pan water appears deep red in colour, use a sieve to drain the water into a jug.

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Allow the dyed water to cool until warm and then add to the playdough mixture, following the method below.

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Homemade Playdough – Method

1. Place the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a bowl and mix.
2. Gradually add water until the consistency thickens and becomes ‘dough’ like.
3. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.
4. Knead the dough until smooth and roll into a ball.
5. Wrap the playdough in cling film and allow to stand for hour before using. This settling time allows the dough to richen in colour and prevents any transference of colour onto little hands.

The Playdough can be reused and stored for up to six months in a tightly sealed container, however the dough may require a little oil to soften. To create other red shades, beetroot can be replaced with strawberries, raspberries and red cabbage or for other colours, maybe try blueberries or blackberries?

 

 

Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-Sake

We spent the first day of 2015 making footprints in the sand, chasing waves and collecting stones off the beach; coming away with at least a pocket full (or two) of special finds.

Within the mindset of ‘firsts’ for 2015, I was keen for our first craft of the year to be one  the whole family could enjoy! To create a little special something for us to look back on in years to come, as such, we used our beach stones to create these super cute Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-Sakes.

I love how our Love Rocks turned out and if you’re already thinking about Valentine’s Day, I reckon they would make perfect little gifts!

Materials for Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-sake

Smooth pebbles of various shapes and sizes
Acrylic Paint
Washable Paint for the Fingerprints
A Sponge
Little fingers!

Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keep-Sake

For this particular craft I decided to paint the hearts myself, opting for red and white acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is great for painting stones; it covers well and smoothly without having to apply too many layers of paint (I applied two coats).

I painted a stone for each of us, ensuring the stones were proportionate to the size of our prints.

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Now it’s time for the Crafty Kids! Using an alternative colour to heart, simply dab a small amount of paint onto a thumb, ensuring good coverage.

Next, firmly place the thumb onto one side of the heart, rocking the thumb a little to create a complete print.

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To complete the fingerprint heart, apply another thin layer of paint to a forefinger. Place the finger onto the opposite side of the heart, pressing down nice and firmly.

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Like us, a Love Rock: Fingerprint Heart Keep-sake could be created for the all the family or maybe it could become a special gift from the kiddies on Valentine’s Day? Either way, it’s a great reason to head outside and enjoy some family time at the beach! Craft Ideas for Kids - Love rocks

 

Origami Swans

I would love to take credit for these gorgeous Origami Swans, but it turns out that crafty Dad has a secret talent! I was amazed at how easy they are to make and so pretty too; perfect for our theme ‘Seven Swans-a-Swimming!’

Origami Swans – How To

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Click to Print

Each origami swan can be created in 9 folds of a piece of paper – although it can get a little tricky towards the end!

To make it easier, we’ve created a free origami swan printable with all the fold lines highlighted to use alongside this post for your crafty kids to practice with.

Click on the image to the right to download the free printable!

1. Using a square piece of paper fold one corner to the opposite corner creating a large triangle. Then unfold this triangle back to the square piece of paper to create a centre line guide that goes from one corner to the opposite corner.

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2. Using the other corners fold inwards to the centre line to create a kite shape.

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3. Turn the paper over and fold the kite flaps in half the way to the centre line.

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4. Fold these over again up to the centre line to create an arrow looking paper plane.

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5. Create the body of the swan by folding the pointy end towards the back – do this just over half way so the pointy end sticks out past the body when folded.

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6. Fold the end of the point back on itself – creating the swans head and beak.

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7. Grip the body of the swan with your thumb and index finger just under the swans neck and then pull the neck forward to stand it up. This should cause the body and wings to be upright, rather than flat.

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8. Again using your thumb and index finger, grip the other end of the body of the swan and gently push the wings out from the body.

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And there you have it – Origami Swans!

The smaller the square of paper you use, the more delicate and lovely the origami swans will look.

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

 

 

 

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

 This post is part of a festive blog hop series for the ’12 Days of Christmas’ – a lovely collection of craft ideas hosted by Silly Sparkles!

Click on the image above to follow each of the 12 Days of Christmas craft ideas!

Taking part in this blog hop are:

Silly Sparkles – A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Because Babies Grow Up – 2 Turtle Doves

Building Blocks and Acorns – 3 French Hens

Messy Little Monster – 4 Calling Birds

Multicrafting Mummy – 5 Golden Rings

Swords and Snoodles – 6 Geese a Laying

Craft Ideas for Kids – 7 Swans a Swimming

Three Foot Cooks – 8 Maids a Milking

Making Memories in the Chaos – 9 Ladies Dancing

Adventures of Adam – 10 Lords a Leaping

Play Explore Learn – 11 Pipers Piping

Learning and Exploring Through Play – 12 Drummers Drumming

Craft Ideas for Kids - Christmas Potato Stamping

Christmas Potato Stamping

Ohhh who doesn’t remember potato stamping as a kid? It’s a classic craft; cheap and easy to set up too! Whilst baby cakes simply slid and bashed the stamp across the paper, Little Lovely enjoyed playing and experimenting in the attempt to make the ‘perfect’ tree; they both in their own way had a blast Christmas potato stamping.

Materials for Christmas Potato Stamping

1 Small Potato
Paper
Paint
Cue Tips

How-to for Christmas Potato Stamping

To get the kiddies going, I cut a potato in half and carefully carved a Christmas tree shape into the potato, aiming for about 1cm depth and an even ‘tree’ surface.

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With prep complete within about 5 min, I presented the Christmas Potato stamp and paint to the Little Lovely.

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Little Lovely worked her way through so much paper! Applying different amounts of paint and pressure to the stamp to achieve her ‘perfect’ trees. She tried fast stamping, slow stamping, dinosaur stamping with sound affects – needless to say, she had fun!

With her trees perfected, they needed decorating and we swapped the Christmas Potato Stamp for cue tips.

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For now, Little Lovely is happy creating a simple Christmas themed painting, however this technique could be used to create cards or home-made wrapping paper!

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree

Felt Christmas Tree – 10 Days of Kid Made Ornaments

Felt Christmas Tree: Simple, easy to make and great for fine motor development. This is the perfect craft for independent crafty kids. My girlie loved making them; cutting up our scrap felt, creating her own pattern and then finishing off with a little sparkle.

Our Felt Christmas Tree was inspired by Shirley Hughes Alfie: Alfie’s Christmas. (affiliate link below)

A charming traditional little story that depicts an ordinary family getting ready for the Christmas. The illustrations are beautiful and this is a super book for young children during the build up to Christmas.

Felt Christmas Tree: Materials

Scrap Felt – This could easily be replaced with fabric or paper.
Cardboard – We used an old cereal box
Small piece of ribbon
Sequins
PVA glue
Scissors

Felt Christmas Tree: How-to

To get the Little Lovely started, I cut a triangle out of an old cereal box and displayed the craft materials ready for Little Lovely to get stuck in.

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Using PVA glue, Little Lovely cut off strips of felt and stuck them on horizontally onto the cardboard triangle, alternating the colours. Since Little Lovely has been learning about sequencing and patterns at school, she really enjoyed using the different colours to work out her own pattern.

The strips do not have to be cut to the exact size of the triangle as the tree can be trimmed at the end.

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To hang our Felt Christmas Tree ornament, we looped some ribbon and attached with glue. With this being a kid-made ornament, second time round I would probably help out and attach using a stapler instead, to make it more secure.

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Once the glue has set, trim the felt strips to the size of the cardboard triangle. Your crafty kid may need a little help with this bit.

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To finish off, Little lovely added some sequins and stars to make her Felt Christmas Tree Sparkle!

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Kid Made Ornaments

This post is part of a festive blog hop – check out these other great kid made ornament posts!

Sugar Aunts
My Little 3 and Me
In The Playroom
I Heart Crafty Things
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
Preschool Powol Packets

Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments

I cannot believe how easy these Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are to make!

When I stumbled across Happy Hooligans stunning White Clay Dough Ornaments, I had to try it out with the Little Lovely and I’m so pleased I did. I love the brilliant white clay against the vibrant colours of the melted crayon, they’re just gorgeous and capture the glisten of snowflakes beautifully.

With the festive season almost upon us; Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are the perfect Christmas Tree Decoration and I can’t wait to see how they’ll look on our tree this year.

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments: Materials

Made out of Cornflour (Cornstarch in the US) and Baking Soda, the clay couldn’t be easier to make. For more information about the ingredients and method, check out Happy Hooligans’ post.

Grated Wax Crayons
Glitter
String
Shape Cutter and a Straw (to create threading holes)
Baking Paper and Tray

 

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments: How-to

Once the clay dough is prepared, grate a small amount of wax crayon onto a plate and lay the materials out ready for your crafty kids.

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Roll the mixture out onto the chopping board, adding a little baking soda if the mixture becomes sticky. Once rolled, sprinkle the flakes of wax crayon onto the clay and very gently press them into the clay using a rolling pin.

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Next, begin cutting the shapes out of the clay and place them onto a tray with baking paper. Using a straw, create a single threading hole within each ornament.

Transfer the snowflakes into the oven on the lowest posssible heat to melt the crayons and dry the clay until firm. This should take about an hour.

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Allow the snowflakes to cool and apply a thin layer of PVA glue directly onto the snowflake . Then add some twinkle using silver glitter.

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Tie a short piece of string through the hole and hang your gorgeous Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments.

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Rainbow Colour Mixing

Rainbow Colour Mixing

Supporting World Prematurity Day – 17th November 2014.

Our Little Lovely was born seven weeks premature with a condition called Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula. Within a few short hours of birth, she received life saving surgery; the scariest most uncertain moment of my life!

Four years on, Little Lovely is a happy vibrant little girl and to this day, I remain in awe of her resilience and strength.

Being a colourful girl, she LOVES rainbows and I am proud to be dedicating our Rainbow Colour Mixing craft to World Prematurity Day and to the wonderful work carried out by Bliss UK.

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Image supplied by Bliss UK

“Bliss is the UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families.” – Click on the image for more information about Bliss UK

Rainbow Colour Mixing – Materials

Paint – Primary Colours (Red,Yellow,Blue)
Paper
Sponge (cut up)
4 Plates (1 for mixing)

Rainbow Colour Mixing

The idea behind this craft is to get crafty kids thinking about the difference between primary and secondary colours and how they can mixed to create new colours and shades.

Using our rainbow stacker prop, I asked little lovely to count the colours. I then asked her to count the number of colours on the plate, followed by the question “how can we make a rainbow with just 3 colours?”

With a moments pause, Little Lovely excitedly suggested we “get mixing!”

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To start, I faintly drew 7 rainbow arches for Little Lovely to follow and with a sponge, she applied the first colour.

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I asked Little Lovely to consider how we make Orange. With a some experimentation and consideration, she figured it out and set to work to achieve the perfect orange.

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The beauty of this Rainbow Colour Mixing craft rests with its simplicity.

A simple painting exercise that requires a little thought, a little experimentation and leaves your crafty kids feeling proud of their beautiful work. In fact my Crafty Kid was so proud, she took hers to school for her teacher!

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RAINBOW BLOG HOP

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This post is part of an amazing Rainbow Blog Hop dedicated to supporting World Prematurity Day and UK based charity Bliss – who provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families.

Check out these other posts:

Wise Owl FactoryRainbow Craft

Crystals Tiny TreasuresWorld Prematurity Day

Craft Ideas for KidsRainbow Colour Mixing

Adventures of AdamRainbow Shaving Foam Bath Painting

P is for PreschoolerFine Motor Rainbow

True AimRainbow Activities for Kids

Craft Ideas for Kids - Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkey

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys

I have to admit, our Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys caused a little controversy in my house. I suggested to Little Lovely that they were ‘ Turkeys’ and she said “no mummy, can’t you see, they’re peacocks!” Either way, we had fun learning about Thanksgiving and she enjoyed playing with our creations.

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys – Materials

x2 and bit (2/3cm long) Pipe Cleaners
Paper (patterned or plain)
Stapler
Self Adhesive Goggley Eyes

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys – How to

Step 1

Select your paper combinations and begin folding length ways. You may use one large piece of paper or two halves in different colours.

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Step 2

Wrap the first pipe cleaner around the middle section of the paper a couple of times and then bring the two ends together pulling them away from the coloured/patterned paper. Ensure the two ends are uneven, with one an inch or so longer than the other.

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Step 3

To form the neck, twist the pipe cleaners together and then use the long pipe cleaner to wrap around the shorter piece to create a head.

Bend the remaining extended piece of pipe cleaner back on itself to form the beak. You may need to do a little extra bending and twisting to get the desired head shape.

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Step 4

To create the legs and feet, thread the second pipe cleaner through the first a couple of times and this time split the pipe cleaner ends, twisting and bending the tips to form the claws of the feet.

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Step 5

To stand independently, the turkey will need a little support. Simply thread the pipe cleaner ‘bit’ (it should be 2/3cm long) behind the turkey, spreading and adjusting the pipe cleaners and ‘feet’ until the turkey can stand.

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Step 6

Spread the folded pieces of paper to create a fan and connect with staples.

To finish off, add some googley eyes!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys. To avoid controversy, you could try using traditional colours, perhaps by painting a plain piece of paper or using multiple pieces of coloured paper? Ultimately, we had fun and I hope you and your crafty kids do too!

 

Watercolour Poppy Remembrance Day Card

Remembrance day is a day of reflection and a day that remains relevant today. Unfortunately, wars are still being fought around the world and this card is intended for the loved ones left behind. A simple gesture to say “I am thinking of you, your family, the person lost and will never forget”.

The Watercolour Poppy Remembrance Day Card is a creative way to introduce the topic of Remembrance Day to older children.

Watercolour Poppy Remembrance Day Card – Materials

Pages from an old book or watercolour paper

Watercolour paints

Fine tip black pen

PVA Glue

Plain sheet of card

Watercolour Poppy Remembrance Day Card – How to

To begin, lightly draw a basic outline of a poppy onto an old page of a book and start painting. Get experimental and try merging different shades of red, pink and orange and don’t worry to much about neatness.

It might also be helpful to mark the parameters of the base card to ensure the poppy fits when transferred.

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Once the painting is complete and dry, redefine the basic outline of your poppies with a fine tipped black pen. For those who are more adventurous, you could try doodling (zentangle) within the petals or stem.

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Next, cut around your design and ensure you leave enough room to tear some of the edges. This creates a rustic feel, which I think works with this craft. Once you are happy with your picture, simply stick it onto the backing card.

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You should now be left with a gorgeous home made card to share.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Watercolour Poppy Remembrance Day Card

Craft Ideas for Kids - Foam Animal Faces

Foam Animal Faces

Foam is one of my favourite craft materials. Children love its squidgy soft texture, which also makes it a versatile base for many crafts. In this instance, we’ve made super cute and super easy foam animal faces with movable parts!

Little lovely, who is currently puppy mad, adored putting the faces together and was particularly proud of being able to do it “all her herself”!

She carefully considered the positioning of the eyes, nose and ears and how they would fit in with the overall design. Her creativity quite literally shone and her imagination became more adventurous with each face.

With a little prep, preschoolers can easily make their own Foam Animal Faces – Here’s how to do it!

Foam Animal Faces – Materials:

Foam – Different colours, the more vibrant the better!
Split Pins
Tissue paper or paper of different colours and designs
PVA Glue

Foam Animal Faces – How to:

Step 1

Cut out a various shapes to construct the faces.

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Step 2

Hand over to your crafty kids. I asked the little lovely to think about what a puppy looks like, where she thinks the eyes, ears etc should go.

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Step 3

Secure the ears with split pins. Now you may want to help your crafty kid with this part, my little lovely was determined to do this herself and under supervision she did.

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Little Lovely not only enjoyed making Foam Animal Faces, but enjoyed playing with them too, moving the ears around to alter expressions – Ears up, the puppy was excited or surprised. Ears down, a little sad….

I hope your crafty kiddies enjoy making their Foam Animal Faces. We made puppies and an owl, why not try an elephant, monkey, octopus or something crazy like an alien or monster. The possibilities are endless!

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Decorating Pumpkins Using Natural Materials

Guest post from Mae @ Mommy Loves Trees – 

Did you know that on average children today spend about 1/3 of their day starting at a screen? Kind of sad in my opinion. We didn’t have a TV for many of my growing up years and my mom made sure we spent a lot of time outdoors. I believe kids need time to play, explore and develop their imaginations and the outdoors offers the perfect settings. There is a growing body of research documenting how our kids are benefiting both socially and academically from spending time outdoors and in nature. So, on my blog I strive to encourage families to spend time outdoors every day. I share tips, tricks and lots of ideas for exploring and adventures.

One thing my kids do almost every time we are outdoors is collect rocks, sticks, leaves, etc. As a result, we have a lot of “natural material” that builds up around our home and outside our front door. I am always looking for ways to use them in crafts and activities. This month I thought it would be fun to use them in decorating pumpkins.

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Step 1: Just get outdoors, explore and let your kids collect what they want, the more unique the better.

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Step 2: Design. Once you have the materials collected, the sky is the limit as far as what you can do. With our collection my kids made monsters and I made Halloween creatures (see above).

When decorating I didn’t limit us to natural materials. I let my kids paint their pumpkins first, I used a little paint and a permanent marker for the eyes and hot glue.

Here are a few tips when working with natural materials.

Press or preserve the leaves. Pressing leaves is as simple as placing them in between the pages of a magazine, stacking heavy books on top and leaving them for 2-3 days. You can also preserve them by paining Mod Podge all over the leaves and letting them dry.

Make “eyes” by drawing black circles onto rocks using a permanent markers for the pupils.

Don’t accept the natural shape of the leaves. After pressing mine I trimmed them a little to make them look more like bat wings.

I used curved or jointed sticks for the spider’s legs.

The funkier the better. We found the spiny seed pods at the park and made them the “hair” on my daughter’s pumpkin.

We used hot glue to attach the natural materials to the pumpkins. It holds then in place but doesn’t last if the kids want to play with the pumpkins. We just use ours for display.

Don’t forget to check the natural objects and materials for bugs and dirt before bringing them in the house. I haven’t have a problem with bugs but it is good to check none the less.

This was an activity we all enjoyed. I prefer decorating pumpkins because my kids are so young and they can be more involved than with carving. Note – I did not let my kids handle the hot glue. They just told me where to put the items.

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“funny faces to go with funny pumpkins”

 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Funky Yarn Hangers

Funky Yarn Hangers

Little Lovely is four years old and recently started school.Each day she comes home, removes her uniform, drops it on the floor and gets on with more important things, such as playing. What more can I expect? she is only four!! However, I like to encourage independence and like to find creative solutions to little problems.

So here’s the problem: Hanging clothes really isn’t that interesting.

The Solution: Funky Yarn Hangers!

This idea works on many levels. First of all, making Funky Yarn Hangers is a great exercise for fine motor skills. It’s creative and fun, and it really did encourage Little Lovely to hang her clothes up!

We now have a nice little routine in place where little lovely comes home from school, undresses and hangs her clothes up all by herself and does so with enthusiasm! Problem solved.

Funky Yarn Hangers – Materials

A Selection of hangers (recommend thick plastic or wooden hangers)
A range of funky yarn colours
Elastic band or tape

Funky Yarn Hangers – How-to

Step 1

Tie a piece of yarn around the end of the hanger and begin wrapping it around, keeping the yarn tight.

Retrospect is a wonderful thing and if I were to make Funky Yarn Hangers again, I would wrap an elastic band or piece of tape around the ends first to create a small stopper. This will prevent the yarn slipping off during use!

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Step 2

When the crafty kids are ready to change colour, simply tie the two ends together with a secure knot and continue wrapping the yarn around the hanger.

This is the time to get creative and we had a blast deciding upon our colour combinations and designs!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Funky Yarn Hangers

Step 3

Once the crafty kids meet the hook section of the plastic hanger (they wouldn’t need to do this with a slim metal hook), they will need to cross the yarn over from side to side to ensure a large gap isn’t left in the middle.

Once the middle section is completely covered, leave a loose piece of yarn and repeat Step 1 and Step 2 with the other side of the hanger.

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Step 4

Once the two sides meet, simply tie the loose ends together and tuck them into the remaining exposed gap.

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Step 5

To finish off, secure a piece of yarn around the base of the hook and continue wrapping it around the hook until completely covered.

We added a cute ribbon to our final design.

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I hope you enjoy making Funky yarn hangers with your crafty kids! We definitely had fun and have achieved the added bonus of crease free hung up school clothes!!!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Funky Yarn Hangers

Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour

Halloween Sensory Play – Monster Pizza Parlour

Wowee, where do I start! My girls loved running their very own Monster Pizza Parlour in today’s Halloween themed Sensory Play Session.

My baby enjoyed exploring the different textures and colours, whilst my eldest whipped up wriggly worm pizza’s with eyeball sauce and spider crunchies!

Her bat special was monst-abulous! A grotesque sensory delight.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour

They both had a blast with this easy to prepare activity and to use the words of the little lovely, our Halloween Sensory Play session: Monster Pizza Parlour was “awesome!!”

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Our Monster Pizza Parlour was inspired by Claire Freedman’s ‘Spider Sandwiches’. (affiliate link below)

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A book we’ve read again and again and again. Its gruesome culinary combinations really tickles Olivia’s sense of humour and captures her imagination.

She loves to imagine her own bug-filled and gross meals that are always described in great detail with a cheeky snigger and a little chuckle.

The idea of mummy eating slug and earwax soup is a particular favourite!

As such, we came up with the idea to have our very own Monster Pizza Parlour and if you’re looking for a book to make your little monsters imaginations sparkle this Halloween, then Claire Freedman’s ‘Spider Sandwiches’ will do exactly that!

Halloween Sensory Play: Monster Pizza Parlour – What’s in it?

Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour

To maximise the ‘sensory’ element of our Halloween Sensory Play session, I’ve incorporated smooth, rough, squidgy, fluffy, wibbly and wobbly textures into our Monster Pizza Parlour and used a range of bright and engaging colours, with some added sparkle to stimulate the senses.

Most of the ingredients used are the basic staples found in most kitchen or bathroom cupboards (nothing too fancy or difficult to find), for instance: flour, spaghetti, salt, shaving cream etc

In terms of prep, much of the ‘monster mixture’ will need to be prepared the day before, however each element will not take long and it’s totally worth it!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza ParlourSalt Dough Pizza Base

Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour1 Cup of Plain Flour
Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour½ Cup of Water
Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour½ Cup of Salt
Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza ParlourFood Colouring

Mix the flour and salt into a bowl and mix, gradually adding water. Keep mixing until you get a doughy consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.

To create the marble effect, I added small droplets of food colouring directly onto the dough and kneaded it in.

To finish off, place the ‘pizza base’ into the oven on a low heat until nice and firm. Allow to cool before using.

Using a salt dough pizza base was fab, as they could be reused a few times and added a little bit of realism to the play.

Eyeball Monster Sauce

Really simple: Mushed up jelly and googly eyes.

Olivia loved this ingredient and couldn’t resist a little nibble!

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Spider Cream

We used shaving cream and food colouring.

Only a couple of droplets of food colouring is needed with a little stir to create this really cool marbling effect.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Halloween Sensory Play Monster Pizza Parlour

Wriggly Worms

I cannot believe how easy it is to dye spaghetti and I have to say, I love the results!

All you have to do is boil spaghetti until very soft and then rinse it with cold water until cool.

Separate the spaghetti into small bags and add a few drops of food colouring ( I used food colouring gel). Give the bags a good shake until all the spaghetti is covered and leave for 24 hours.

Before using our wriggly worms, I added a few droplets of vegetable oil to each bag to add moisture.

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To complete our Halloween Sensory Play: Monster Pizza Parlour, I added a few inexpensive creepy crawly extras to bring it all together and to not only invite play, but to make it irresistible. Enjoy!

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This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop.  Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!

Preschool Powol Packets- Room on the Broom- Croaking Frog Craft
Betsy’s Photography- Popcorn- Making Popcorn Bars
Where Imagination Grows- 5 Little Ghosts- Ghost Collages
Rubberboots and Elf Shoes- Skeleton Hiccups- Paper Chain Skeleton
Little Bins For Little Hands- ABCs of Halloween- Sensory Bin
Line Upon Line Learning- The Spooky Old Tree- Prepositions Game
Wise Owl Factory- Bunnicula and others- Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes

Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!
 



 

 

 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin PlayDough

Pumpkin Playdough

With Halloween approaching, Pumpkins are currently hot topic in our household. My little lovely finds them fascinating and cannot wait to get involved with decorating and carving pumpkins.

In the meantime, I thought that I would surprise her with some Pumpkin Playdough as an after school treat.

The recipe I used is non-cook (perfect!) and very simple.

Pumpkin Playdough – Ingredients

Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin Playdough1 Cup of Plain Flour
Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin Playdough½ Cup of Salt
Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin Playdough1 Cup of Water
Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin Playdough1 Sachet of Cream of Tartar or 2 tbsp
Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin Playdough1 tbsp oil
Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin PlaydoughNeon Orange Food Colouring Gel

Extras –

Craft Ideas for Kids - Pumpkin PlaydoughPumpkin and Star Sequins Glitter

Pumpkin Playdough – Method

1. Add a couple of droplets of food colouring to a cup of boiled water.
2. Place the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a bowl and mix.
3. Gradually add water until the consistency thickens and becomes ‘dough’ like.
4. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.
5. Knead the dough until smooth and roll into a ball.
6. Decorate.

The power of suggestion is a wonderful thing and whilst Olivia has played with playdough many times, the ‘Pumpkin Playdough‘ was new an exciting. Needless to say, she was delighted and for now, it satisfied her Pumpkin fascination.

 

 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate Monsters

Paper Plate Monsters

Paper plates are just amazing!

They’re easy to use, versatile and can be so much fun – a staple for every craft cupboard. We’ve combined paper plates with our much loved Cling Film Art Technique to create these adorable Paper Plate Monsters!

Olivia had such fun exploring all the random materials I keep stashed away and I simply stepped back and allowed her creativity to flow.

Paper Plate Monsters – Materials

Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersPaper Plates
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersPaint
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersCling Film
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersPaper (white for eyes)
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersGoogley Eyes
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersPVA Glue
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersA range of recyclable materials – Yoghurt pots, bottle tops etc
Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate MonstersVarious embellishments – Sequins, Pom-poms, feathers etc

This is one of those crafts that can be easily adapted to suit the materials you have at home.

Paper Plate Monsters – Method

Step 1

Squirt dollops of paint in various colours and directions directly onto the paper plate. Gently cover in cling film and begin blending the colours with your hands, moving the paint across the plate until covered. This is an amazing sensory experience for little ones!

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Step 2

Gently peel the cling film off the plate and allow them to dry.

Try experimenting with different colour combinations. Olivia really enjoyed this part, especially when the colours blended to make new ones!

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Step 3

Present your crafty kiddies with a range of materials and some PVA glue, and let their imaginations do the rest!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate Monsters

Olivia used yoghurt pots and pom-poms for eyes, bottle tops for noses, sequins and pom-poms for spots, pipe cleaners for antennae and feathers for hair. She really had so much fun making her Paper Plate Monsters and was incredibly proud of her creations. I loved watching her creativity shine!

We hope your crafty kids enjoy making their Paper Plate Monsters as much as Olivia.

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Autumn Leaf Painting

Autumn Leaf Painting

Autumn is the season of colour and leaves. This craft is an exploration of Autumn colours and my little lovely adored mixing the paints to match the shades of our leaves; experimenting with different ratios of paint to create a range of unusual colours.

We spent time outside collecting leaves, looking at the trees to observe the seasonal change – A lovely activity in itself!

This Autumn leaf painting is designed to be simple yet effective and most of all lots and lots of fun!

Materials used for the Autumn Leaf Painting:

  • Paper
  • Paints – Primary Colours
  • Sponge
  • A Collection of Leaves

Step 1

We mixed five different colours onto plates and cut up a bath sponge, dividing the pieces between the plates.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Autumn Leaf Painting

Step 2

Place the first leaf onto the paper and using a sponge with a small amount of paint, begin dabbing around the leaf. Encourage your crafty kid to change and layer the colours as they work around the leaf.

Once complete, remove the leaf to reveal the silhouette.

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Step 3

To add another dimension, we applied paint to a smaller leaf to create a print within our silhouette.

Not only are we capturing the colours in this craft, but printing with our leaves to explore their intricate forms.

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Step 4

Build the picture up with more leaves, using different shapes and sizes.

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Step 5

To complete the Autumn leaf painting, fill in the gaps between the leaves by dabbing more paint with the sponge, continuing to use the full range of colours and layering.

All that’s left is for your crafty kids to admire their gorgeous Autumn leaf painting masterpiece!

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Autumn Leaf Painting
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Craft Ideas for Kids - Toilet Roll Cats

Toilet Roll Cats

Paper toilet rolls are just awesome. We have used the humble loo roll in so many of our crafts and always find something new to make. Today we’ve created a family of paper toilet roll cats! Miss O is cat mad in every possible way and adores this cute little family of cats .

Here’s a list of the materials we used to make our family of cats:

  • Paper Toilet or Kitchen Rolls
  • Reeves ready made Acrylic Paints (affiliate)
  • Self Adhesive Googly Eyes (affiliate)
  • Sequins (affiliate)
  • Plastic string (recycled Christmas décor)
  • Pipe Cleaners (affiliate)
  • Clear and Black Sticky Tape
  • PVA Glue

Step 1 – Toilet Roll Cats

Gently push the tops down into the roll to create the ‘cats’ ears and paint.

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Step 2

Add the googly eyes and two little pink triangles to emphasise the cats ears.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Toilet Roll Cats

Step 3

Cut the plastic string down to a suitable length to create whiskers and secure using a minimal amount of clear sticky tape.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Toilet Roll Cats

Step 4

Glue a sequin directly onto the sticky tape to create the cats nose and paint/draw a mouth.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Toilet Roll Cats

Step 5

Piece a hole into the back of the cat and thread a pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner around your finger to create a tail and cut to length.

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The paper toilet roll should now be a super adorable little cat! Try adding stickers or more paint to create tabby cat markings, a bib or little feet. Olivia has suggested we make a rainbow cat, which to me sounds like a great idea!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Toilet Roll Cats

Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf Stamping

Leaf Stamping

When I stumbled across this Leaf Stamping craft on Pinterest (Crafty By Photo), I had to try it out straight away and I am so pleased that I did. I love everything about leaf stamping. It’s simplicity, it’s effectiveness. The intricacies and essence of the leaf is captured beautifully and I can foresee leaf stamping becoming our craft of choice for home made gifts and cards. From Olivia’s perspective, she loved the hammering aspect of leaf stamping, which is a great fine motor activity. Once I had explained how to use the hammer and where to position her hands; under supervision, she was well away!

Materials required for Leaf Stamping:

Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf StampingAcid free good quality paper A hammer Kitchen Roll A wooden chopping board A range of leaves

Step 1

Position the paper on top of the wooden board and select a leaf. Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf Stamping

Step 2

Cover the leaf with a piece of kitchen roll and begin to gently tap the leaf surface area with the hammer. Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf StampingCraft Ideas for Kids - Leaf Stamping

Step 3

Concentrate the tapping onto one area of the leaf until moisture begins to seep through the kitchen roll. Once this occurs, move onto another area until the leaf is complete. Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf Stamping

Step 4

Carefully peel the kitchen roll and leaf off the paper, to reveal your gorgeous print. A pair of tweezers might be useful to remove the leaf, however our fingers worked pretty well. Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf Stamping I am really looking forward to more leaf stamping once Autumn fully kicks in. We experimented with different shades of green and red leaves, with stunning results. Can you imagine how this picture could look with yellow and orange mixed in? Craft Ideas for Kids - Leaf Stamping

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect

Not So Pinterest Perfect: Our Top 10

As a blogger of children’s crafts, it’s easy to get swept up in the, what I call ‘Pinterest Perfect’; the beautifully presented craft images, all neatly painted and perfectly constructed, with not a smudge or scribble to be seen. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest PerfectComing up with the Pinterest Perfect isn’t so easy and as it happens, my little lovely doesn’t care for it much.

She’s four and as far as she’s concerned, it’s all about the process.

Every time she picks up a paintbrush or pen, does some sticking or makes something wacky she is creating  something that is magical. A something that comes straight out of her imagination and reflects her interpretation of the world around her.

With the freedom to experiment and explore different materials, textures and concepts, I have seen her creativity grow and development.

This is what kids craft is about and the reason I started blogging for Craft Ideas for Kids.

So, for this post I am sharing a collection of our favourite not so Pinterest Perfect crafts; crafts  that are heaps of fun and are creative MASTERPIECES! (with smudges and scribbles included).

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect1. We live by the sea and every time we visit the beach, we return with pockets full of shells and pebbles. Sometimes my pockets seem fuller than the kids!

Painting shells is an easy and calming activity for children (and adults), making pretty decorations for plant pots, tables or as accessories to other crafts.

 


 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect2. We love recycling everyday materials to make a good collage.

A simple activity that allows crafty kids to practice cutting, think about shapes and explore texture.

All sorts of materials could be used. Get outside and collage with leaves, raid the magazine rack, cut up some old clothes or use a combination of all three.

 


3. Pages from Olivia’s daddy day book. Such a lucky daddy!

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect4. A true artist; getting creative during breakfast. Here Olivia is experimenting with glue and watercolour.

As a time saver and to have different activities to hand, I will often prepare various crafts at the beginning of each week so when a creative moment presents itself, we’re ready.

In this instance, I simply dribbled some PVA glue over watercolour paper. Once dry, it’s ready for painting. Olivia enjoys using the paint to “reveal secret images”.

 


 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect5. Leave a toilet roll out, with glue and some pens and this four year old creates a climbing frame for ants.

Such a novel idea – I love the way her mind works!

Craft doesn’t need to be structured or organised, sometimes all you need to do is give your crafty kids the tools and see what happens….

 


 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect6. Lentils, beans and pasta add a sensory element to an ordinary sticking activity.

Here’s Olivia is making “fireworks!” Next I would like us to attempt self portraits or a mosaic.

 

 


 

 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect7. Painting within the lines is a great activity for developing fine motor skills.

This abstract wonder has been made using black glue (paint and glue mixed). Once dry it creates an interesting border. I must admit, I’m looking forward to exploring this painting technique further.

 


 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfect8. When it comes to messy play, shaving cream, food colouring and paint is a winning combination.

Olivia is applying the food colouring using a syringe, as you can see, she is really concentrating!

She’s making a pizza, can’t you tell?

 


 

 

9. I.AM.A.ROBOT.

Olivia is a little robot obsessed. She loves to make robots. PlaCraft Ideas for Kids - Not So Pinterest Perfecty robots. Build robots and even “speak” robot.

As you can see, Crafty Dad raided the recycling bin to create this Robotic spectacular.

A simple construction that made Olivia’s day!

 

 


 

10. We are ‘painting an idea, not an ideal’!

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Woodland Secrets

Woodland Secrets

Create your own Flap Picture or Story Board

This Woodland Secrets craft is inspired by one of our favourite books ‘Secrets of The Apple Tree: A Shine A Light Book‘ by Carron Brown and Alyssa Nassner, we have created our very own secret woodland scene.

Using our free 2-page hand drawn colouring in printables, your crafty kiddies can make their own Woodland Secrets flap picture or story board.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Secrets of the Apple TreeBeautifully written and illustrated, ‘Secrets of The Apple Tree‘ is a simply gorgeous book.

An apple tree is not just an apple tree; it’s a home to nesting birds, sleepy squirrels, creepy crawlies and croaky toads.

It’s a book of exploration and discovery, introducing the joy of nature and encouraging young readers to look a little closer.

With the aid of a torch, children can see the various creatures who call the apple tree their home.

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My daughters adore this book. It’s fun and interactive, with ample learning opportunities.

Secrets of The Apple Tree‘ has captured the imaginations of my children and they love nothing more than venturing outside to discover for themselves the secrets that nature has to offer.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Woodland Secrets 3Our Woodland Secrets scene has its own secrets and our craft begins with colouring in the free printables.

We talked about the different animals that might be found living in or near a tree; helping us to shape our woodland scene and decide upon what will be included.

Olivia chose a squirrel, toad, worm, moth, spider, bird and a little “buzzy bee”.

With a picture in our heads, we set to work creating our cardboard cut outs: A tree, grassy bank and leaves. Using PVA glue, we positioned and stuck the cut outs onto some blue background card.

Having chosen our animals, we cut out various flaps, large enough to hide our animals. With each flap, we folded a 1cm width strip in both directions – this is where the glue will be applied.

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Next, we cut our “secret” animals and stuck them onto our woodland scene.

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To complete our “Woodland Secrets” we stuck on the concealing flaps.

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Olivia loved every part of the process involved in making her own “woodland secrets” picture. She enthusiastically retold the information she had learnt from the ‘Secrets of the Apple Tree’, explaining that a toad enjoys a wet and soggy environment and that a squirrel hibernates, which quickly digressed into her own make believe woodland story.

The free printables could be used in a number of ways:

  • a simple colouring in and animal identification exercise
  • to create a “secret flap” picture
  • as the basis of a story board

However this craft is adapted, I hope your crafty kids enjoy looking at nature a little closer.

Click on the image below to download your free 2 page Woodland Secrets Colouring In Printable:

Craft Ideas for Kids - Woodland Secrets Free Printable

 
Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally.

 

Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print Art

Circle Print Art

Who knew that such magic could be made from old bottle tops and toilet rolls? The perfect preschool craft to explore shape, colour and texture, creating a spectacular piece of art in the process!

It all started with a piece of lego. Olivia noticed the circles on top, held it up and said “lets paint with this mum!”.

Following Olivia’s lead, a mini scavenger hunt around the house ensued looking for “circles”.

Circle Print Art Essentials

Our “circle” objects included:Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print Art

Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtToilet rolls
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtBottle Tops
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtA Potato Masher
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtA Pom-Pom
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtMore Lego
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtBubble Wrap
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtRolling Pin
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtCotton Wool
Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print ArtScrunched up Netting

We had so much fun looking for circles and I loved how Olivia seemed to look at items with new eyes; weighing up their printing potential and thinking ‘outside the box’. For very young children, this is a great way to introduce shapes.

We soon set to work combining our circles with neon paint and black card.

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Olivia completely immersed herself into printing; exploring the range of tools, variety in textures and shapes, carefully layering the prints and colours.

Once Olivia had finished applying the bright colours, we allowed the painting to dry before adding a layer of white large circles.

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I encouraged Olivia to overlap the circles to create some “interesting shapes”, filling some with colour using a paintbrush and her printing tools – A nice little hand control exercise by painting within the lines.

Circle Print Art is a simple concept using everyday items and a little imagination to create something very special and super funky!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Circle Print Art

Craft Ideas for Kids - Food Colouring and salt art

Food Colouring Salt Art

My daughter loves Julia Donaldson’s book ‘The Singing Mermaid’ and I knew when I stumbled across this craft on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, that I had found the perfect medium for an underwater back drop.

You will need:

  • Food Colouring or Watercolours
  • Card
  • Rock Salt
  • Thick Paintbrush

We like to get experimental with our crafts and when I gave Olivia the choice of watercolours or food colouring, she opted for food colouring to simply see what happens…

Step 1

Add water to the food colouring. Having experimented with the water to food colouring ratio, we preferred ours to be a little thicker. I would recommend adding a small amount first and gradually increasing until you find a suitable consistency.

Using a thick paintbrush, begin spreading the food colouring paint over the card.

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Step 2

Sprinkle a generous amount of rock salt over the card whilst the paint is still wet.

Olivia loved watching the salt absorb the food colouring and noticed the colours deepen in shade and spread.

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Step 3

Leave the painting overnight or until completely dry and then brush off the salt.

Your crafty kid should now be left with some fabulous textured paper!

We used our paper to create an underwater scene featuring Olivia’s favourite fictional mermaid – The Singing Mermaid, finishing off with plenty of sparkles!

What will your crafty kid do with theirs?
 

 

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Craft Ideas forKids - Weather Chart

Weather Chart

Like weather, this craft has many elements to it:

  • It’s highly interactive, provoking great weather related discussion.
  • Helps develop observational skills.
  • Encourages creative thinking by considering how the different elements should be represented on the chart.
  • The sticking, cutting, painting and drawing is great for developing fine motor skills.
  • The use of different textures stimulate the senses.
  • It’s fun, really really fun.

The weather chart has taken pride of place in Olivia’s play area. Each and every morning she will eagerly check the weather and move the arrows to the appropriate symbols.

Sometimes the weather chart works its way into her imaginative play and we’ll be struck by a sudden gust of wind or storm.

However Olivia chooses to use the weather chart, she had fun creating it and has even more fun using it!

You will need:
A large canvas
Paint
Card
Cotton Wool
PVA glue
Split pins
A Variety of Extra Materials (tree bark, glitter, sweet wrappers, bottle tops etc)
Scissors
Pencil

Step 1

Divide the canvas into four sections. Within each section, pencil in a different weather symbol of your crafty kids choice.

For Olivia’s weather chart, she decided to create symbols for a sunny, windy, cloudy and rainy/snowy day.

Paint the background a variety of “sky” colours – Olivia loved mixing colours to create different shades!

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Step 2

Using a combination of glitter paper and old sweet wrappers, Olivia created a “sunny day” weather chart symbol.

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Step 3

Olivia stuck cotton wool onto her cloud to create a “cloudy” weather chart symbol.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Weather Chart

Step 4

Following our chat about rain, Olivia told me that the “rainy” cloud had to be dark blue with only a few dots of “cloud” (cotton wool) as the cloud is heavy with rain.

Olivia decided to mix the blue paint with glue (I have to admit, I raised an eyebrow at first!). The result is this fabulous deep blue colour; sticky enough for glitter and cotton wool.

The snows flakes were made out of paper circles with diamond and triangle shapes cut out of them. You will notice that the “snowy” cloud is dense with cotton wool.
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Step 5

To add texture to our weather chart, we stripped bark from old twigs and stuck them onto the painted tree.

The leaves and black wavy lines complete the “windy day” symbol.

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Step 6

English weather can be varied and it’s not unusual for all the elements to be thrown into one day. For this reason, we used multiple arrows. The large arrow is reserved for the main element.

Secured with a split pin, the arrows are ready for use.

I hope your crafty kid enjoys making and using their weather chart as much as Olivia.

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Craft Ideas for Kids - Communication Jar

Communication Jar

Craft Ideas for Kids - Communication JarBeing four is a lot of fun. Language, social and motor skills are rapidly developing and the world around them is beginning to make more sense. Emotions at this time are often BIG; recognising emotions within themselves and in others.

Managing those emotions can be a tricky business. Thinking about my daughter, I pondered over the thought “how can I help her to express herself?”

In a ‘eureka’ moment, I came up with the Communication Jar.

The idea behind the communication jar is a simple one: to provide a creative outlet for those big emotions.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Communication JarWe started by talking about feelings. I suggested drawing some circles and filling them in with the different feelings she experiences.

Olivia came up with:

  • Happy
  • Excited
  • “I have an Idea!”
  • Mad
  • Sad and Grumpy
  • “I don’t understand”
  • “I love you”

I asked Olivia to think about the feelings we had drawn and to consider what colour they should be. We then colour coded the emotions.

This exercise helped Olivia to identify the emotions she feels and together we decided to call this our ‘feelings chart‘.

Next we raided our supply of old jars and Olivia chose one for each us (Olivia, Mum and Dad).

Decorating our jars was a lot of fun and we used all of our favourite materials: Glitter, sequins, beads, string, ribbon, buttons and tissue paper.

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Creating three unique jars (one for Olivia, one for mummy and one for daddy) Can you guess who’s is whose?

Craft Ideas for Kids - Communication Jar

To begin using the Communication Jar we found a little home for the jars and feeling chart, supplying lots of paper and pens.

Referring to the chart, Olivia would draw a face, scribble an emotion colour or come up with something entirely new.

Once she had finished and posted her note, the recipient would be informed with a very loud and excited “Muuummmm ( or Daaaad) you have mail!”.

The communication jar has worked wonders in our home. First and foremost, it’s fun. Olivia loves receiving little messages and loves sending them.

When emotions are running high, it helps to defuse and bring calm to a situation.

It has helped Olivia to manage her emotions by enabling her to pin point exactly what she feels and why. It has also promoted openness, which naturally leads to discussion.

With time, I’m sure that as Olivia’s penmanship, letter recognition and formation develops, the
the messages may evolve into more detailed pictures or written words and sentences – making the Communication Jar a great learning tool.

The communication jar is also a fun and an exciting way to exchange notes of encouragement. I like to tell Olivia that I have appreciated her help or that I have noticed that she’s been very kind and thoughtful. Daddy likes to send Olivia funny jokes and silly faces.

However the Communication Jar is used, I hope it can help and open the doors a creative and fun form of communication.

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Handprint Suncatcher

Handprint Suncatcher

As our first collaborative piece as a family of four, this craft feels rather special and I am very excited to be sharing it with you.

From Olivia’s perspective, the craft contained so much variety (and all of her favourite elements) from sticking, cutting and testing out a new painting method – cue tip painting. By the end, Olivia was really proud of our work and couldn’t top staring at our “pretty family picture”.

I have a feeling that this piece will hold a special place in her heart too.

You will need:

Two sheets of card
Pencil
Scissors
Tissue paper – Various Colours
Paint
Cue Tips (optional), Finger tips will also work!
PVA Glue

Step 1

If you are using four prints for this picture, start with the 2nd largest and position it into the middle of the card and trace around it with a pencil. Using this hand first will make it much easier to a) secure a central position and b) build the picture around it.

Position the 2nd smallest hand within the traced print ensuring that the base of the palm falls slightly below the first hand.

Trace around the 2nd hand..

Position the smallest hand and trace.

Leaving the biggest till last, place the hand on top of the others and draw around it.

You should now be left with what may look like a jumbled image of your family’s prints.

To make the next stage a little easier, I marked the areas for cutting with a C (alternating the hands).

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Step 2

Craft Ideas for Kids - Handprint suncatcherCut out the areas marked ‘C’, not forgetting the smaller less obvious parts of the print.

Step 3

It’s time to decorate!

I gave Olivia two options: Finger prints or cue tips? She opted for something new.

We really enjoyed using the cue tips to create this aboriginal effect and I love how it immediately brings the prints to life.

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Step 4

Once the paint is dry, place the 2nd piece of card behind the picture.

Using the prints as a stencil, draw within the gaps.

Cut out the pencilled areas and then put it aside for later – it will become backing card!

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Step 5

Cut the tissue paper into strips (they need to be long enough to cover the width of the hand prints).

Begin sticking onto the back of the card in any direction that takes your crafty kids fancy until all open spaces are completely covered.

Layering the tissue paper will add to depth and shade.

Leave to dry.
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Step 6

Using PVA glue attach the backing card, ensuring the holes are aligned.

The backing card will reinforce the picture and reduce the transparency of the excess tissue paper, accentuating the overall effect.

Olivia being the flower power child that she is, added some pre-made flowers for extra decoration.

The handprint suncatcher should now be sun ready!

Place against the window and wait for the “ta-da” moment as the sun shines through for the first time.

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Upcycled Stationery Box

Stationery Box

Upcycled Stationery Box

I am always looking for new storage solutions for the odd bits and bobs we seem to accumulate.

And if your household is anything like mine, you will find that pens and paintbrushes have the magical ability to multiply over night and find themselves in all sorts of interesting places (I call this the Olivia effect).

So I decided to reuse some redundant materials we’ve previously used for craft to create this funky little number.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Stationary boxYou will need:

Wrapping paper
Toilet Rolls
A box
Sticky tape
Scissors

Step 1

Measure your toilet roll against the box and draw a line about 1cm above the top of the roll.

Cut the box to size.

Step 2

Pop your toilet rolls into the box, aiming for a snug fit.

This craft can be easily adapted to suit your storage needs by using different materials to create compartments of various sizes (milk cartons, small boxes etc).

Depending on the size of the box, it might be a good idea to use different materials to achieve the best fit.

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Step 3

Remove the rolls and begin wrapping the box as you would a gift.

Secure using small amounts of clear sticky tape.

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Step 4

Re-insert the toilet rolls.

Your box should now be stationery ready!

(For extra decoration, I finished off with a cute ribbon).

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Today I set up a sensory play box, full of spaghetti, ice, stones and various animals. I envisioned hours of imaginative play. On any other day, Olivia would have been keen. However, with a shrug of the shoulders she opted for scribbling shapes in the mud instead.

Her lack of enthusiasm left me scratching my head and I decided to leave her to it.

Moments later, I was summoned (very loudly).
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Craft doesn’t necessarily come naturally to me, but when I get going on a project it inevitably turns into an engineering feat, rather than the quick craft project I’d planned!

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