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.
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.
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.
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.
knock knock knock Do you wanna build a snowman?! After “is it dinner time?” this is the most popular question in my household. After seeing this fantastic giant fuzzy felt creation by the talented Crafted by Jen (this lady is my craft crush!) it gave me the idea to create a festive fuzzy felt activity, and scratch Harper’s itch to build a snowman (you have all seen Frozen, right?). This project is simple to make and a good use of odd scraps of felt and trimmings.
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:
I just thought I’d share these little popsicle fairies we made last week because they were fun to make and to be honest, they kept the kids entertained for a good hour and that’s worth sharing in the summer holidays – it meant I could mow the lawn! I hid them in the garden (like, really well) for them to go on a little fairy hunt.
Sorry in advance for our inability to remain cool throughout this post. BUT we are just too excited…we can’t contain it. We spent all of last year working on some really big projects behind the scenes of the blog and we’re finally able to tell you about them. We’ve been writing three kids crafts books. Our first two books (our books! Squeeal!) are officially published and available now to pre-order (available to buy from March). Our third one is out later in the year.
We made a batch of these pizza faces when we were struggling to come up with something to feed the kids on one of our weekly meet ups. They’re easy, healthy and good for entertaining tots. We got the girls to help with the faces and they loved it. If you need to you can also conceal vegetables by grating them to make ‘hair’ or blending them into the sauce. You could of course use real pizza bases, but this is great for a speedy alternative when food stocks are running low!
We’ve been going to a local art class, Story Carousel, for a few months now, and have really been enjoying the different bundle of art we come home with every week – from puppets and masks to musical instruments and story props. The very talented Lorna, who runs Story Carousel, is brilliant at coming up with creative projects week-in, week-out, and is always on hand to grab Grayson when he’s crawling into the giant sensory bin, which is handy when Harper and I are covered in glue, glitter and paint. We asked her to come up with an easy project to do with kids, which would make a brilliant Christmas gift idea. Over to Lorna with how to make a printed picture with your little ones.
Arrrrrrrr! Coming up with costumes for parties can be tricky. We were invited to a pirate party at the weekend and instead of buying a costume I decided to make a few pirate accessories to transform my Little Button into a little scallywag. After grabbing a white top and black leggings from her wardrobe I added a length of stripy fabric around her middle, and made a felt parrot, cardboard telescope and duct tape pirate boots. For my Littlest Button I made some fabric parrot wings. Who’s a pretty boy then!
Our tutorial for Brighton Mums this month is this quick and easy Christmas present idea for your little one or their chums. This cinnamon scented play dough is simple to make and can be packaged up with festive cookie cutters.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoons cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
- Food colouring
- Ground cinnamon
Begin by mixing all the ingredients together in a pan over a low heat, making sure you stir continuously. The dough will start off as a soupy slush and begin to thicken. Keep cooking until it clumps in the centre then remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
We were lucky to be sent this lovely range of children’s books. Button Books are design-led children’s tales which combine beautiful illustrations, bright colours and pop-out origami creatures.
The Safari Set, The Jungle Crew and The Polar Pack by Madeleine Rogers teach children all about the animals that live in these habitats. The stylised page are filled with bold, colourful geometric designs and their surroundings.
My Little Button is at an age where wooden puzzles have suddenly become fascinating to her. Her Grandpa and I simultaneously came up with a craft project idea based on her new-found love, to create a customised ‘peek-a-boo’ family puzzle. Grandpa did the hard work of constructing the puzzle, and I added the decoration – so the instructions below are a team effort!
Before the summer is out I wanted to try making something with sunography paper. This is paper that is bleached in the sun and leaves a print of what you placed on top. I decided to rope my Little Button and her Grandpa in for this craft project and turn the results into a ‘back to school’-style notebook that would remind me of summer.