Craft Ideas

Paper Plate LionOur 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.

Hd, January 6, 2015

Origami SwansI 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

Each origami swan can be created in 9 folds of…

Hd, December 7, 2014

Felt Christmas Tree – 10 Days of Kid Made OrnamentsFelt 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.

Hd, December 3, 2014

Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake OrnamentsI 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.

Hd, November 14, 2014

Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving TurkeysI have to admit, our Retro Pipe Cleaner Thanksgiving Turkeys caused a little controversy in my house.

Hd, November 7, 2014

Foam Animal FacesFoam is one of my favourite craft materials. Children love its squidgy soft texture, which also makes it a versatile base for many crafts.

Hd, November 3, 2014

Decorating Pumpkins Using Natural MaterialsGuest 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.

Hd, October 17, 2014

Funky Yarn HangersLittle 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.

Hd, October 12, 2014

Toilet Roll CatsPaper 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 .

Hd, September 2, 2014

Leaf StampingWhen 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.

Hd, August 30, 2014

Not So Pinterest Perfect: Our Top 10As 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.

Hd, August 29, 2014

Woodland SecretsCreate 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.

Hd, August 20, 2014

Circle Print ArtWho 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.

Hd, August 17, 2014

Weather ChartLike 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.

Hd, August 10, 2014

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.

Hd, August 3, 2014

Handprint SuncatcherAs 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.

Hd, July 25, 2014

Stationery BoxUpcycled Stationery Box

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

Hd, July 24, 2014

Wacky Racers

What you need to make Wacky Racers:
Toilet Rolls
Foam or card
Stickers (optional)
Small Bottle Tops
Googly Eyes (optional)
A Coloured Marker Pen
A Lolly Stick
Wacky Racers
We had so much fun with this craft, which very quickly evolved into our very ow…

Hd, July 5, 2014

Inspiration HopperThis is the Craft Ideas Inspiration Hopper where other bloggers post their latest craft ideas to inspire others!

The craft ideas can be anything from messy play…

Hd, June 30, 2014

Paper Mache Spaceship

What you need to make the Paper Mache Spaceship:
An old plastic bottle
An egg carton
Foam, Card or Paper
Stickers/Sequins to decorate
News paper
Flour and Water Glue

Paper Mache Recipe: Flour and Water Glue

Boil 5 cups of water in a saucepan

In a bowl, mix ¼ …

Hd, June 25, 2014

Incy Wincy Spider

What you need:
A paper plate
A pom-pom
Googly eyes
4 long pipe cleaners
1 pipe cleaner cut off to match the colour of the pom-pom (about 3cm in length)
Knitting needle

Paint the paper plate in a colour of your crafty kids choice.

Hd, June 22, 2014

Dream Catcher

What you need:
A paper plate
A hole punch or a knitting needle
Sequins or Stickers to decorate

Olivia really enjoyed making her own dream catcher, finding it challenging and rewarding.

Hd, June 22, 2014

Crafty DadHello, I am the crafty dad!

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!

One of my proudest creations was the cardboard box train we made.

Hd, June 21, 2014

Wibbly Wobbly Jellyfish

Wibbly Wobbly Jellyfish

What you need:
A paper plate
Scrap materials – fabric/ribbon/string
Googly Eyes
Knitting needle or Hole punch

Upon spotting a pile of paper plates, Olivia requested to paint one (right before dinner of course).

Hd, June 17, 2014

Toilet Roll Fish

A friend for Olive and Luka the octopuses…

What you need:
A Toilet Roll
Googly Eyes

Start by painting the toilet roll. Once dry, flatten it down and cut a curve into the top of the roll to make the appearance of a head.

Hd, June 15, 2014

Toilet Roll Octopus – The Impromptu Craft

Introducing Luka and Olive the Octopuses!

What you need:
A toilet Roll
Some Paint
Googly eyes
Black Marker Pen

Luka and Olive were born from a simple request to paint a toilet roll during one of my daughters playdates.

Hd, June 11, 2014

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