The summer holidays are nearly over and another school year will soon be starting. For one half of us this means starting school for the very first time. For the other, it’s into year one with a child who suddenly seems very grown up, after a summer that suddenly seems to have vanished. So we thought we’d do a little round up of our favourite back to school makes from the web (like we did last year!):
We’re sharing another project from our Big Book of 100 Activities today, and this one is a really simple idea for something that is fun to make, fun to play with and reusable. Triple boom. Kids can draw and cut out their own stamps then use them with ink pads to make their own pictures.
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.
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.
We love a good craft challenge. So when Hobbycraft sent us this giant box of craft goodies for kids and asked us to come up with something we emptied the contents onto the table, made a cup of tea and stared at it for a while waiting for inspiration to hit.
We’ve been crafting together for many years now so our tastes seem to have a merged into one! Once we began pulling out bits of craft materials they all seemed to fit together into this rather glam mermaid.
The kids’ nursery were asking for help with their jungle-themed summer fete. I jumped at the chance to get stuck into helping with the craft tent. Only problem was I’m not the greatest at super quick, super cheap craft projects with a jungle theme. I was a little stumped to be honest. I came up with a paper plate parrot and this cute wooden spoon lion puppet.
Oh. My. Days. We recently discovered the easiest and most addictive way to marble. Shaving foam and food colouring and BAM you’ve got yourself a full marbling kit. For free! We love it and kids love it because it involves mess! And we even made a little vid to show you how:
You SEE?! Once you start marbling you won’t be able to stop!
These fairy wings are so easy! We LOVE a bit of sticky back plastic (AKA contact paper. Whatever TF that means). We use it a lot with our kids, along with double sided tape, because it allows kids to create a messy make without any glue or sticky yukky bits going all over everywhere. Mess-free-mess is our favourite kind of mess. You can make all sorts – suncatchers (and here) are a favourite of ours but as an alternative we made some fairy wings that you can actually wear. Mine wore hers all day, then had a massive meltdown in the evening because I wouldn’t let her wear them to bed. SO angelic.
Here’s a really simple but fascinating kids activity which will keep your kids entertained longer than an episode of Peppa Pig! Dropping coloured water into oil makes a cool lava lamp style effect, without the lava… or the lamp. We show you how to do it in our latest video!
Laura & Tia xx
Rainbow Dough. Doesn’t that just sound amazing?? Rainbow. Dough. Well, it is actually pretty awesome. Fluffy, colourful, squishy and soft. This stuff is awesome. It takes about 10 minutes to make and only requires 3 ingredients. We made a little video tutorial to show you how to make it – take a little looksie and let us know if you like it.
We got a whiff of sunshine and warmer weather yesterday after a totally grey May so far, so after dinner we did a little outdoor crafting in the sun. Harper is a hoarder of leaves, stones, flowers – basically anything she can stuff in her pockets/bag when we’re out. So after going through all her coat pockets we had a nice collection of natural bits and bobs. We threw in some paint and experimented using natural finds as ‘paintbrushes’.
This stuff, if you haven’t already discovered it, is wonderful for kiddies to make a mess with. Plus it’s cheap and really quick to make which is good for us! So what the oobleck is this stuff? Well, it’s goo. Goo made from cornflour, that has the weirdest consistency ever. The name comes from Dr. Seuss who wrote a book, “Bartholomew & The Oobleck” about a substance that acts like a liquid, but when you apply pressure, it turns to a solid.
Now Harper is 4, she has decided she is a grown up and a fully independent individual. Every time I ask her to do something she thinks about it and then says, “I have a plan…” before launching into her alternative version of how we should do things. She’s also incredibly reluctant to craft or to practice her handwriting at the moment… possibly because she can tell how keen I am for her to do those things.
If you’re throwing an Easter Party for your kids and are looking for some quick and easy ideas then you need to watch this video! We’ve had a few bunny-themed parties so we thought we’d share our ideas for party games, decor, activities and Easter food. See below for related links to tutorials and ideas.
Hobbycraft asked us to come up with some ideas for easy DIY Easter Bonnets that kids can make so we thought we’d share with you what we came up with. Unfortunately we didn’t get to keep any of the makes, which would have been useful for Amelie’s Easter Bonnet day at school which I’ve only just found out about! For the full tutorials go to Hobbycraft’s blog – they’ve got lots of other bonnets on their site too.