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Jellyfish craft for children

15 Aug

On a recent trip to the beach we were lucky enough to spot some amazing jellyfish. Unfortunately most of them had been washed up on the shore dead but it did mean that we got to have a good look at them!

We’ve been talking about jellyfish quite a bit since then. The children were amazed to find out that jellyfish have been around since before the days of dinosaurs. The Lion’s Mane jellyfish measures 6 feet across and has tentacles that measure 100 feet! Jellyfish are the favourite meal of sea turtles and the chinese consider Jellyfish a delicacy.

Jellyfish can still sting if they are dead so if you do find one washed up on the shore it is best not to touch it.

We decided to make some Jellyfish this week. It is a lovely easy little craft and I think they look quite realistic too!

What you need:

Clear plastic A4 sleeves

Glitter glue

Some ribbon or string

Sequins if you want to add a little more sparkle!

How to make:

Cut your plastic sleeve into a bell shape and then open it up.

Decorate what will be the inside of the Jellyfish. (When it is dry you will fold the other plastic sleeve over the top to seal everything inside)

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Stick your ribbon or string along the bottom of the Jellyfish and then leave the glue etc to dry.

When dry seal around the edge of the plastic using sellotape and display proudly on your wall or window!

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Handmade soaps for Christmas

4 Dec

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This is an easy peasy homemade gift that children can make! My 6 and 3 year old loved making these and they will make lovely gifts for grandparents. You DO need to be careful which bits you let the children do as you are using hot soap but mine were happy to watch me do the actual pouring bit and it was their job to shout STOP when the soap got to the top of the mould.

You will need:

  • Melt and Pour soap – I bought 500g and we still have some left to make more. You can buy it online, I couldn’t find it in any local shops. We bought ours  from Bee Beautiful. They have a good selection and even have an organic option.
  • Chocolate moulds
  • Dried Flowers or glitter. We already had some dried flowers that we pressed in the summer but I understand not everyone is going to have these to hand! Glitter will work just as well.

Method:

Place your dried flowers (very small ones work best) into the bottom of your chocolate moulds.

Place around 100g of soap into a pyrex jug and pop them into the microwave for around 20 seconds at a time.  Watch the soap carefully and stir it occasionally.  You want the soap to be a nice melted liquid but you don’t want it to get to the point where it is bubbling. Ours took about 40 seconds but obviously it will depend on how much soap you are using and also on the power of your microwave.

When the soap has melted, pour it into your chocolate moulds (on top of the flowers or glitter)

Place your moulds into the fridge for about 30 minutes until they are set.

Remove them from the moulds. They pop out really easily.

We took this a step further and made our own little gift boxes to put these in. You can find lots of free printable templates on google. There are loads on the Don’t Eat the Paste website. Once you have found the design you want to use you can draw around this template onto white card giving your little one a blank canvas to draw on.

Lily came up with a lovely design on this box and we then attached a lovely Russian Doll gift tag which came free with a crafty magazine.

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This is such a simple crafty gift and we loved doing this! Have you made any handmade gifts for Christmas? Do add a comment and a link, we would love to see them.

Glittery pine cones

30 Nov

I love these glittery pine cones. SO simple for little ones to decorate. We used some little tubes of gltter glue that we had left over from other craft projects. Surprisingly it was a pretty clean activity, I think we would have made a lot more mess had we just used glue and normal glitter!

We dried our pine cones in the oven before using them. It gets rid of all the sap and bugs and means they are less likely to rot. We put them on a baking tray at 160 degrees for about 20 minutes. Don’t they look sweet? They are going to look great on our twig tree with  our other homemade decorations.

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The Very Hungry Cress Eating Caterpillar

7 Oct

Don’t these look great? These are very easy to make and you can find all the instructions in the wonderful book Garden Crafts for Children. We have made many things from this book but I think this is my favourite, it is so simple yet very effective. The children had so much fun making them and we are going to make some Three Cheese and Cress Muffins with our crop!

All you need to do is paint some egg cartons, fill them with half an egg-shell and then fill the egg shells with cotton wool. We dyed the egg shells pink which makes the caterpillars look even more colourful. Lily loved watching them turn pink as they sat in our bowl of water and food colouring. Just sprinkle the cress seeds onto the top of the cotton wool and keep them watered until they grow. We used pipe cleaners for the legs and stuck on a little smiley face.

Saturday morning at the drive in!

7 Jul

With the weather like it is we thought we would have a day at home! After a huge delivery of nappies this week we had plenty of cardboard boxes to keep the children amused…

We’ve been talking about America lately so decided we would go to a drive-in movie! This caused a great deal of excitement and they had lots of fun with their cars even after the film had finished.

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Snacks delivered by waitress Mummy

Garden Crafts for Children. Our favourite craft book ever!

28 Jun

Garden Crafts for Children by Dawn Issac

I have read many, many craft books. I usually order new ones from the library when they come out and most of the time I am disappointed by how repetitive they are. They always seem to include the same ideas and I’ve even seen the same photos!

So, it was with a HUGE amount of excitement that I came across Garden Crafts for Childrenby Dawn Issac.

The ideas in this book are original and exciting, the photos are excellent and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The book contains 35 different projects and the chapters include simple crafts, growing projects and container gardening.  I love that the crafts are all garden themed so that children can be encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and develop a love of nature. I can honestly say that this is the best craft book that I’ve come across. If you enjoy creating things with your children then you should definitely have this on your book shelf!

We’ve been trying out many of the projects in this book.  I loved the idea of growing seeds in clear containers so that you can see how the root system develops. The instructions for this are really clear and we loved how it turned out! I did have a bit of a problem with condensation when I took the photo but hopefully you get the general idea!

Another idea that I really loved was planting up the children’s wellies! We always seem to have a few pairs that no longer fit and sometimes they are just too cute not to keep! The children loved being able to fill their wellies with soil!

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Other projects that we have tried include the Dinosaur Garden and the Cress Cards. Next on our list is the gorgeous ‘Cress Caterpillar’ made from empty egg cartons. I think this book is going to keep us busy for a long time! You can purchase Garden Crafts for Childrenon Amazon for £10.49.

Homemade, last minute Father’s Day gifts

14 Jun

We don’t really go in for commercial shop-bought gifts on Father’s Day. Lily and Thomas love making  gifts themselves so the tradition has just kind of stayed with us.  Here are some of the cards and gifts that we have been making for Father’s Day, along with a few other ideas that we didn’t quite get around to making but would love to try next year!

Hand print poem

We actually made this at playgroup earlier in the week. What toddler doesn’t love covering their hands in paint?! You can google ‘poems for Dad’ and find loads or perhaps your little one would like to make up their own?

Handprint poem for Daddy.

Another easy activity for pre-schoolers is to decorate a plant pot.  You can either fill it with a lovely plant or for something a little different you could fill it with some packets of sweets or chocolates and then cover the pot with a saucer and wrap in a ribbon.

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Here is a great idea for a card that you can grow! This idea came from Garden Crafts for Children and can be adapted with different pictures or even text on the front of the card.

The card looks really sweet don’t you think?

Instructions for cress card:

Take a sheet of card and fold in half.

On the front of the card draw your cut out design, in the image we have used a heart shape.  You definitely need an adult to cut out the shape.

Stick another piece of card inside your card and staple this so that is sits behind your heart shape.

Make up a ‘glue’ using a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of flour. Add a few drops of water at a time until you get a nice smooth paste.

Apply the glue to your cut out shape (so you are putting the glue onto your backing card)

Sprinkle your seeds onto the ‘glue’ and leave to dry.

When you write your Father’s Day message, you might want to add something like “You can grow these seeds. Just place in a tray and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost. Water regularly and watch them grow”

You could use many types of seed for this. We chose cress because they grow so quickly and we love cress in our sandwiches!

DAD Picture Frame

We love this DAD picture frame. You can get a template for this on Martha Stewart’s site here. We adjusted it slightly by sticking the template onto a larger backing card. This meant we had room to write a message on it. Lily is going to sign her name and put the year on the bottom.  You could attach a little hoop on the back with ribbon so that it can be hung on the wall.

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Just because I love you book

‘Just because I love you’ book

We are DEFINITELY going to be making one of these! They are so adorable and you can find all the instructions over on the Me and My Shadow blog

Gift Vouchers

You can make your own vouchers for Daddy or use a template like this one. You could give a gift voucher for all sorts of things, from breakfast in bed to an hour reading the paper without disruption! Pop your vouchers inside your card for a wonderful surprise on Father’s Day!

What have you been making this week?  Do share your posts here….