My kids are messy. I can spend a day tidying, then within 5 minutes of them being in the house they’ve brought half their toys down and spread them across the floor then abandoned them 5 minutes after that. Because they hate me. So I stack them all up in little piles on the stairs to go back to their rooms whenever anyone is going upstairs (you’ll regularly hear my shout “TAKE your pile!!!!!” as they pound up for more crap). I thought I’d make some cute little baskets for them, so instead of taking a pile they can take their baskets back. And they look much nicer than piles of toys. It was a great concept. Except for one flaw. They now use these baskets to bring down even more toys than they could carry before. FFS.
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:
KAPOW. This costume is super super easy. You can whip it up in 20 minutes flat and all you need is a bin liner, some felt, elastic and a couple of pipe cleaners. Our little ones were so enthralled with it that they flapped around the garden for a whole hour pretending to save the world. See our video tutorial for how to make it below. If you like it, please give us a little like on You Tube and share the love!
We’ve been a bit quiet on the baking front recently because Laura tried to give up refined sugar (it lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes exactly #fail) and Tia is having major house renovations which has left her without a kitchen… and bathroom and living room… for a while. We’ve still been pinning things we’d like to make and since we have the kids around a bit due to the holiday we’ve got a few bakes to do with them so we thought we’d share them with you. Here are our top picks of things to whip up in the kitchen with the kiddiwinks:
If you have any scraps of leather lying around this is a really simple and quick DIY to make a lovely set of feather keyrings. Just find yourself a simple feather silhouette image online and widen the stem so that it’s big enough for your eyelet.
You will need:
- scraps of gold & brown leather (about 15cm x 5cm)
- 1cm gold eyelets
- leather punch, or regular hole punch
- masking tape
1. Begin by drawing out a couple of feathers on paper. You can use the template I made for mine. Make sure that the stem of the feather (stem? stick? you know what I mean!) is wider than your eyelet. Cut the template out roughly, then cut the leather so that it is just a little bigger than the feather.
In my obsessive middle-of-the-night pinning (pinterest is the only thing that keeps me awake whilst breast-feeding at 3am!) I’ve recently seen several pins featuring Pie Pops. Oh yes! Move over cake – PIE is now in lolly form. These little chocolatey hearts are perfect for Valentines – they’re super easy and only have three ingredients…if you use ready roll pastry. Okay, that may be cheating, but I have two kids. Its all about speed.
There’s a big pinwheel obsession going on in our household right now. Whilst playing around making paper wheels in the garden, I realised it would be just as easy to make a felt version that would make an awesome hairclip (/brooch/hairband/hatpin/keyring..?). This is a great one if you only have a short space of time and requires very little equipment. I didn’t have a hairclip base so I ripped an ugly one apart. Very satisfying!