For the last few months I’ve had a situation on my hands that I wasn’t sure how to solve. Harper has had a case of the fibs over washing her hands after using the toilet. It’s been the classic case of fibbing where she swears she washed her hands when I know she hasn’t. So, like all good parents, I needed to think of a way to bribe her – but I’d exhausted the use of stickers and reward charts. Then, like an evil genius, I had a cunning plan to put her toys into soap because she’d want to wash her hands to get them out!
STOP! Hama (bead) Time! We didn’t realise how much we heart Hama/Picture beads until Hobbycraft asked us to come up with a kids project using them. As our kids love dressing up in regal attire, we came up with an everyday mini crown that Queens (and Kings) can pop down the shops in! As with everything we do, it’s fun and simple to make. Be warned… you’ll be making loads of them to match on their royal outfits! Visit the Hobbycraft blog for our tutorial on how to make them.
You may have seen a few weeks ago my post about turning an old maxi dress into a top. There was so much fabric left behind that I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a dress for Amelie, my 5 year old. I figured all I had to lose was my time. And I waste SO much time making crappy projects that don’t work, I’m used to that. One of these days I’ll write a post about all the crap I make that turns out to be so far removed from the vision in my head. That’ll be a fun read for you. But back to the dress. If you have a maxi-dress you no longer need, maybe you should shrink it too! Here’s how I did it.
We had a lovely day meeting up in Stanmer Park this week – it’s such a great place to just flop around on the grass whilst your kids fight over who has the frisbee (luckily we have learned to completely tune them out). If you’re local to Brighton and have kids we’d really recommend Stanmer Park as a place to take kids over the holidays – they have loads of events happening every day. We went to a hip hop class!
As the summer holidays creep on without a huge amount of sun, we’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to entertain our kids. We always head to the craft cupboard, so we thought we’d ask guest blogger Annabelle Short from Wunderlabel to tell us her top 10 ideas for summer crafting with kids. Below are some fab ideas for crafty and not-so-crafty mums!
We’ve not done one of these in a while, primarily because our kids don’t nap anymore. We’re smack in the middle of holidays, with huge book commitments and limited child-free time, hence the reintroduction of short craft projects that can be fitted into nap times (or at least under an hour!). You can swap the artwork inside these Polaroid-style fridge magnets to keep your kitchen looking fresh.
Panda purses and clay biscuits…. not a sentence we’ve ever written before! We did a little crafting for our fave magazine Mollie Makes a little while ago and we’ve just received a copy in the post. It always makes us so happy when we’re featured, we’ve been reading the magazine for years now and it’s a good feeling to be a contributor, albeit a baby one! We made some little clay biscuits for them (click here for the full tutorial).
We’re sharing extracts from our books every month (so you buy them) and this month we’re doing a project from our Big Book of 100 Little Activities – which may just be our favourite one. But don’t tell the others. So we’re sharing a great quick craft for summer holiday boredom-punching-in-the-face fun: our squirty pavement chalk. This is super messy outdoor fun paint that creates wonderfully bright pictures. You can paint onto corrugated card or directly onto paving slabs. It won’t stain the slabs but it does need a little scrub to remove! You can use old sauce bottles or find empty ones online.
Trying hard to think of a way to start this post without sounding like a big dull dudd moaning about the weather. Ummmm. Nope, the weather has been crap and we are moody about it. These pictures aren’t the best, but I am putting them up anyway because they were meant to be sunny lovely! We went to a hot air balloon festival and I had visions of artisicly styled colourful photos and happy picnicky kids. But there were no balloons. Just rain, and wet people, looking for balloons. The face says it all.
We’re five days into the holidays so hands up who’s watched Trolls more than three times already (or is that just us?!). As we’re all a bit gaga about Trolls we made a really simple Poppy troll hair so you can whip it back and forth and be happy!
All you need is pink netting, felt, a plastic hairband, glue and about ten minutes!
As you may know, Laura and I have the teeeeeniest of obsessions with tassels. And pom poms. We put them onto most things we make, knowing that our kids will in all likelihood look back at us and laugh at our dodgy lampshade attire. But still, we aint finished with them yet. And so – all hail MINI tassels! On a necklace! In ten minutes!
I saw these absolutely adorable little cork board bear mirrors on Hellobee.com a few weeks ago and I thought they were so cute, and I wanted them. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own, with hardboard instead of cork for a little colour. Which meant me + a jigsaw + total disregard for safety = probable disaster, and I had a few visions of it going horribly wrong and either sawing off a finger or part of my kitchen worktops (yep, I did it on my kitchen worktop. M-O-R-O-N). But thankfully they turned out pretty okay! I don’t think they’re quite as nice as the cork ones, but Amelie seems to think they’re the best thing ever.
So I’ll be honest, I made this felt medical bag, name badge and hat way back in 2015 for Harper as a Christmas present. When I stayed up late lovingly stitching it, I thought she’d treasure it, as she loved playing doctors at this point. On Christmas Day, she ripped open the wrapping paper, took a millisecond of a look, and tossed it aside for something plastic that made a tune and lit up.
Saturday was London’s Pride parade, so in honour of all things rainbow wonderful, we thought we would make this little polymer clay necklace. Its made from stacked polymer clay and, like everything I ever do, it’s really easy!
You will need:
- Pink, blue, yellow polymer clay (e.g. fimo)
- metal fork/spoon
- tin foil
- cocktail stick
- 80cm pink, yellow and blue embroidery thread
1. Begin by rolling each piec of clay out between two sheets of clingfilm (this will prevent the clay from sticking to our rolling pin/worksurface, keep it nice and clean, allow you to move it about and see the thickness more easily. Boom). Cut small strips of fimo – a piece of pink measuring 40x 5mm, yellow measuring 35 x 5mm, blue measuring 30 x 5mm. Use a cocktail stick to make a large hole in the centre of each.
Hands up who’s nosey like we are and always want to know what other mums have stashed away in their bags? We alway thinks that other mums must have some secret gem of a tantrum tamer in the depths of their rucksacks or a magical wand to entertain everyone effortlessly.
Besides the receipts, rice cake crumbs and a stack of broken pencils we lug around (as well as about 15 lip balms…) we also have some bag essentials that we thought we’d share with you guys! As you never know one of the things might work as a magic wand on your tots!