Kids Craft: Beaded Wands

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Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is the craft du jour in our houses. It’s so satisfying to watch those fine motor skills getting a workout and it keep Grayson sat still for longer than 3 minutes (which is a record!).

The girls make a lot of bracelets using beads and pipe cleaners and now they stepped it up a notch with beaded wands.

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Kids Craft: Monster Game

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Over on our Get Creative With Instagram account we’re honoured to have craft guru The Imagination Tree as our new judge.

If you’ve not heard of Imagination Tree (where have you been?!), Anna is a mum of 4 and early years teacher so she knows what she’s talking about. Her site is absolutely crammed full of brilliant ideas and resources for crafting and learning for kids.

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Super Quick Firework Craft

Ah we love Fireworks night we do! Following on from Laura’s (amazeballs) salad spinner art, we thought we would share another (slightly less amazeballs) firework craft to do with your kiddies: Glow-in-the-dark-firework-straw-type-paintings. With glitter. Catchy, eh? The kids loved it though, and that’s the main thing right. See our little vlog above – the first time we’ve ever done videos without each other. Terrifying.

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Paper Headdresses

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Do you like our feathery headdresses? We made them for Hobbycraft as part of the You Magazine makes we did, and we quite liked how they turned out. Paper-cutting is good for the soul – I’ve not done a lot of it, and I don’t think I have the patience to sit for hours and cut away at a picture (I’d get half way through, get cocky, speed up a bit and f~~k the whole thing up). But these feather headdresses are a nice gentle introduction and a lovely way to pass the time on a sunday afternoon with a movie in the background.

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Kids Crafts: Fireworks Spinner

We’ve binned the pumpkins and eaten the remains of the trick of treats sweets so it’s time to  switch our brains to fireworks night.

We recently got a salad spinner so instead of spinning kale and cabbage we put it to excellent use by filling it with paint and glitter to create these Catherine Wheel Spinners.

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3 Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

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So we had a grand idea last week that it would be great to make a video of three really quick pumpkin ideas for kids, that don’t involve having to dig all it’s guts out. We’d not made any of these before pressing record so some were treats and some were definitely trick(y) and left us a little hot and bothered. And a bit sweaty. See our little video below for the ideas we tried and tested!

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3 Quick Halloween Kids Crafts

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We’ve teamed up with Hobbycraft to come up with three quick Halloween crafts to keep you busy around Fright Night using their Giant Box of Halloween Crafts. This box is a bit like magic as there are SO many bits and bobs to get crafting with. We made Frankenstein Pom Pom Shooter, a Spider Toss Game and spooky puppets. If you fancy making them yourself, the tutorials are over on the Hobbycraft Blog now!

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10 Halloween Crafts for kids

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With Halloween and half term around the corner, we thought we would share with you our favourite spooky crafts for children from the internet. Pinterest is drowning in Halloween crafts, so we’ve trawled right through and found the best ones out there. Er, as well as a few favourites from our site, of course. Here’s our round up of the top ten Halloween crafts for kids:

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Halloween Kids Craft: Easy Spider Pumpkins 2 Ways

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Ok, so my pumpkin carving skills are r-u-b-b-i-s-h! I can just about manage eyes and a wonky mouth but that’s my lot. So instead of slaving over digging out a pumpkin with Harper I decided to try a very easy carve and a no carve version. Harper has been doing Incy Wincy Spider at school so we went with a (not so scary) spider theme.

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How to Make Slime!

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How have been crafting/blogging for four years and never made slime! It is the best kids craft we’ve ever made, full STOP. It’s really easy to make with food colouring, PVA and contact lens solution. Which sounds odd, doesn’t it. Here’s our little how-to video, or read on for the step by step tutorial.

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Back to School Craft Round up

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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!):

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Mini Makers: DIY Stamping Kit

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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.

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Mini Makers: Picture Bead Crown Hairclip

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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.

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Squirty Chalk Paint

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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.

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Mini Makers: Paper Cup Mermaid

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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.

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