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

 

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!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Paper Plate Monsters

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 - 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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