Kids Activities: Water & Oil Experiment

kids activity: water and oil experiment

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

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Mini Makers: Natural Paintbrushes

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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’.

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Mini Makers: Easy Peasy Easter Chick Cards

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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.

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Easter Party Ideas

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.

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Easter Bonnets

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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.

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Mini Makers: Lollipop Pairs

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This week’s Instagram challenge on our @get.creative.with account is using Paint Charts/Paint Chips within a craft project. As Harper’s really into playing the game pairs at the moment, we made up our own lollipop version using paint charts. Sorry to Homebase in Brighton for clearing you out of samples!

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Super Speedy Play Dough

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Happy Friday! Our latest kids craft video is up on our YouTube channel and it’s super speedy no-cook play dough. It only takes about ten minutes to make! You can use this recipe as a base to make dough in different colours and scents.

If there are any crafts you’d like to see as a video tutorial we’d love to know!

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Mini Makers: Paper Plate Desk Tidy

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Happy Monday Folks! We do love a craft project that encourages kids to tidy up! This paper plate desk tidy uses decorated plates and can be used to store all Littles ones pens, trinkets and general bits and bobs.

If you like our video then head over to our YouTube channel for more kids crafts and parenting videos. We’re fairly new to making videos but have been trying to channel our inner Blue Peter presenters to improve. If there’s anything you’d like to see us make or talk about then we’d love to know. Otherwise we’ll end up waffling about Custard Creams, Take That and Made In Chelsea!

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Mini Makers: Pipe Cleaner Necklaces

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We went to a birthday party recently that had a bouncy castle and a craft table – so it was basically the kids’ party of dreams! I headed straight over to the craft table whilst the kids went for a bounce, and there was a four-year-old girl busily making a creation out of pipe cleaners and feathers. Turns out she was making a necklace, which I thought was the cleverest idea I’d ever heard! When we got home later, Harper and I had a go at making them ourselves. We even added a velcro fastening to our necklaces so they can easily be removed… so I didn’t totally steal a small girl’s idea, honest!

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Mini Makers: Paper Plate Animals

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I made some paper plate animals with Amelie at the weekend. Normally, when I have a craft in mind for her, I set her up with all the stuff she needs, show her what to do, then use it as an excuse to go and do something else. This time I thought I’d not do that. I’m a bit of a distracted mum sometimes – I try not to be – but my mind wanders and before I know it I’ve agreed to a trip to the zoo at bedtime dressed as Alex the Lion.

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Mini Makers: Glitter Thank You Cards

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We’re still at the stage with Harper where we have to remind her to say “please” and “thank you” from time to time. So after receiving a lovely bunch of Christmas gifts, we wanted to make sure we got our thank you cards out without delay. Because Harper loves glitter, and because she had enjoyed making some glittery Christmas tree decorations, we decided to have one more go using the sparkly stuff for this really simple craft project.

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Mini Makers: 3 Quick Christmas Makes

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Yes, we do look ridiculous. It’s the one look we can pull off. But it’s nearly Christmas and we’re all getting super excited. If you’re looking for festive ways to entertain the kiddies then we’ve got three really simple makes that will keep them entertained till the Big Day.

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Mini Makers: Stained Glass Christmas Tree Decorations

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This Christmas the streets around where we live are doing an advent calendar-style window display where, each day, the houses in an allocated street put up a festive window display. Lovely, right? When I got the leaflet through our door I had a little wave of panic of how to fill our bay window without myself and my husband doing the mannequin challenge in santa hats til December 25th.

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10 Awesome Halloween Kids Crafts

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OoooOOoooh. With Halloween just around the corner we’ve been searching for spooky things to make and bake with our little pumpkins during half term (like, vaguely spooky. Not your scary clown type of spooky, we’re total wimps). We thought we’d share our favourites with you to try:

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Mini Makers: Shrinkie Keyrings

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We absolutely LOVE shrink plastic, as you may have seen if you have flicked through our crafts. As it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays, we thought we would show you how to make these cute shrink plastic key rings with your kids. They’re a great quick craft if you’re in need of an activity to fill the time before school starts again.

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