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Baby, you’re a firework…

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I am such a seasonal crafty person. I never realised until now, but I love craft activities over Autumn and Winter but I just don’t feel as creative in the warmer months. I think that we go out more in the warmer months and I just don’t feel as inspired. This time of year the darker nights and events (Halloween, bonfire night, Xmas) really inspire me.

I wanted a quick, easy and fun firework night related craft – since my older Daughter has gone back to school we haven’t had as much time to do craft etc, and I wanted to have the chance to get into the mood for watching the real thing at my sisters ๐Ÿ™‚

What you will need:
– black card or paper (not totally essential but makes more effective fireworks).
– cotton buds.
– paint (we used a selection of colours, but whatever you have. The more watery paints work best.
– glitter.

I just added a few different things on the table so that we could use whatever we wanted – you can add whatever you want to aid the creative process ๐Ÿ™‚

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What to do:
– Put a blob of a chosen colour where you want the centre of the firework.
– Put a circle of another colour around it.
– Use a cotton bud, and start In the centre, moving outwards. Make lines outwards around the firework.
– I then added another colour on top and blended it in with the cotton bud.
– sprinkle with glitter. Who doesn’t love glitter?!

How it went:

It was fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I let Rosie join in too, but she wasn’t all that keen (she’s only 18 months though). She ate some paint and put a little bit on paper:

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Amelia though really enjoys craft and painting anyway, and it was nice to have everything out and ready for her coming home from school. She concentrates really well, and after I showed her how I did it, she made some lovely pictures. She has got a good imagination / creative side. Here is her picture:

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As you can see, it’s different to the one I made, but I was really impressed with the end result.

We have a good supply of paint / glitter and craft things, and it was nice to get them out to play. Mind you, I will warn you that the cleaning up afterwards is not nearly as fun!

Xxx

Messy Play – Pastry

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The Activity

Using pastry dough (uncooked) as a messy / sensory play material (a bit like play dough).ย We made cakes and decorated them with sprinkles and spaghetti.

What we did

Sometimes I find that the best ideas for playing comes from children. I like to see what they seem interested in, and use whatever we have to hand to play. I am often surprised by how creative and resourceful children really are. Where I just saw pastry, they saw something they could really play with. Where I see things from a boring grown up world, children still see new and different possibilities.

When I was making the pastry, Amelia’s cousin who was here to play seemed really interested in using it, so I gave her some. She rolled it out to make a pancake, andย their play evolved from there. Because Grace was doing it, Amelia wanted to as well, so I quickly made up a small batch of short crust pastry, split it into two and gave them half each at the table. I then gave them a rolling pin,ย a few utensils, some hard spaghetti, some sprinkles in a bowl and some cake signs.

It’s a bit like play dough, and both girls enjoyed it and played with it for about an hour. They made cakes, and used the pumpkins as ovens for them, and decorated them.

My Thoughts

This is suchย a simple and easy thing to do. I was so impressed with pastry as a play material, and I know that it is a material that I will be using again and in different ways. It’s cheap,ย  wasn’t too messy on the mess scale, and was really enjoyed by both girls.

xxx

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Witches potions…

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The Activity

We used the water tray to make witches potions. We used food colouring, sprinkles, spaghetti (my new play essential!) grass and flowers. Whatever we could find to make our scary potion.

How it went

This was a great activity to do at this time of year. We did this on Halloween day – the sun was out and it was lovely to do something halloweeney (yep, I made that word up!)ย And it’s simple, it can be done In a bowl, a bucket – anything. And anything can be added.

Both of my girls loved it – Rosie was soaked through by the end, but enjoys playing with water at any time. Amelia enjoyed adding things to the water.

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A bonus was that I got to just sit and watch – I love that they are starting to play or do the same activity together, without me having to be referee. I love watching my beautiful girls full stop – I do find it one of the lovely things in life.

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Overall, I would say that any kind of water play is a good activity, especially making the most of these precious few days before the weather changes again, and we end up with icy cold, sleet, rain, wind and maybe snow. Plenty of film afternoons, snuggles and lazy afternoons are coming, so on this day it was lovely to get out in the fresh air while we could ๐Ÿ™‚

If anyone has any other ideas for water fun ideas I always love to hear them ๐Ÿ™‚

Xxx

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Halloween small world play

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It’s half term. I love the school holidays – a time to have whole days with my little ones ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to do a few different activities this week. I started with Halloween small world play.

I googled it first but didn’t come up with much, and so in the end I made it up! I used what we had – lentils for a floor,a few Halloween trinkets from last year, small pasta for a path and happy land figures.

Amelia loved it. She knew straight away that it was ‘Halloween world’ and I told her she could play however she wanted with it. She informed that that she is going to play with it all day.

I made a separate bowl of sensory materials for Rosie – tinsel, pasta, a couple of happyland figures and different tubs. However, she had enough quickly, so we moved to the floor. She enjoyed it then. And Amelia wanted to move to the floor with us, so they shared the small world tray (Rosie loved throwing everything everywhere!)

Overall, it was a lovely hour to spend playing with something different – both girls really enjoyed it. I’ve added some more photos below of my girls playing.

Xxx

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Post Xmas crafts

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We did the simplest craft ever today. But my 4 year old really loved it, and so I thought I would share, as its so cheap and easy and we played for a good hour.

First, I used an empty chocolate box, and Amelia filled it with pom poms from a craft set. That made up the box of chocolates. We planned to trick Craig when he got home from work – offer him a chocolate that is actually a Pom Pom – Amelia got so excited to do this.

Then I put some Pom poms onto sticks to make ‘lollys.’

Then I laid them out as a shop. I was the shop keeper, she was the ‘castamer’ (new word for customer!) – she even found her pink bag with some pennies in it, and we made the craft box the till. She kept coming into the room, buying the chocolates and lollies, paying, then returning them. I added in a little sneaky counting of the pennies too to encourage a bit of learning ๐Ÿ™‚

So simple, but really fun for Amelia, which is what I wanted today.

Oh, and as soon as Craig got home she ‘tricked’ him with the chocolates, she enjoyed that.

It his game can basically be done with anything, and really did make for an enjoyable and peaceful afternoon.
Xxx

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The one where I made gift tags..

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I thought I was being organised – bought presents (not quite all, but I’m doing okay), bought wrapping paper ( a bargain – ยฃ3 for 2 12 meter rolls from wilkos) and I bought pretty ribbon. So what did. Forget? Gift tags. I did look at some, but somehow forgot to pick them up. I do hate spending money on stuff like that.

So once my presents were wrapped I decided I’d make gift tags. And it was easy, took about an hour and I think adds a home made element to the gifts and shows the recipients that I love them as I took the time to make something I could have bought.

Here’s what I did:

1. Step one – cut out a shape from a thick card. I make cards as a hobby so I had thick card and circle cutter. However, old Xmas cards, cardboard or a thinner card would work too. I used a circle shape cutter too, but you could cut them by hand. This would add a lot to the time but could be done.

2. Cut out the same number of circles from some pretty paper. Left over wrapping paper would be good – I bought some cheap paper from Wilkos for making cards in a few days.

3. Stick together. I used double sided tape, but I think glue would work too if that’s what you have.

4. Make a hole, and thread with ribbon or string.

5. Write on them and Sellotape to gifts. Done.

I’m actually really pleased with these tags. The same method can also be used for Xmas tree decorations, but by decorating both sides of a shape. I’m going to try this when I do my Xmas tree decorations too.p, using different shapes.

Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

Xxx

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Little book of cleaning..

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Today I decided to do a project I've had in my mind for a while – to make a cleaning schedule to focus on a room each day, on a two weekly cycle so that each room is done properly once every two week, and just general tidying done in between.

I wasn't sure about how I wanted to make a schedule, so in the end I wrote out a list of jobs for each day in a two week period, a list of 'daily jobs' and an additional jobs section at the end. I have stuck each jobs section on with foam pads so that I can change them if I need to adapt it – particularly the additional jobs section as that will change each week.

My daily jobs is listed as:
– make beds
– open blinds
– toothbrushes away
– wipe shower screen
– wash pots
– wipe sides
– laundry
– general tidy
– tidy toys

Then one rooms each day is listed. An example is:

Monday (front room)
– Hoover
– mop
– polish
– wipe sofa
– de-clutter
– wipe blinds
– wash windows
– febreeze.

I did this list today, and it took me about an hour and half which I thought was about right….hopefully this will reduce eventually as things like windows won't need washing quite so thoroughly every time ๐Ÿ™‚

Will see how this goes, I just wanted to share ๐Ÿ™‚

Xxx

Two birthday cards

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These are two cards that I made for my second cousins 1st birthday. I stuck with stuff I already had, used some leftover papers, and tried to make the colours I used appropriate for a 1 year old. Ones going to be from me, one from my sister. Which do you prefer? I can decide – I like the button flower as that’s something different for me that I haven’t done before, but I kind of think that the overall look of the rabbit card works better.

In other news, my mums operation went well, she’s home now and her card made her cry ( in a good way!) she’s doing well so I feel really relieved.

Xxxxx

Get well soon card

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This is a card I’ve made for mum – she has an operation today and she is going to feel rubbish for a couple of months so I wanted to make her a get well card so she knows how much she means to me. I used the flower image as I felt that it was quite nice for the message I was trying to give. I hope she likes it…we have also bought her a bag of get well things – chocolate, books, magazines and tomato soup lol.

Hope you all like it

Xxx

Engagement card

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This is an engagement card that I made for my sister and her boyfriend, who got engaged two days ago. She has asked me to be bridesmaid, which is a huge honour – me and my sister are like best friends, and I’m so pleased for her and her new fiancรฉ, who is also just like part of the family already.

Anyway, to return to the card, I wanted to make a simple card with a nice central I,age – something clean and tidy. I didn’t have any specific engagement / wedding material so I had to improvise and use what I had. I decided on a paper from my new paper pack, Wellington made by hallmark. I used a flower image, and entwined it so represent the engagement. I really like the result of this card – I could probably have done something lovely with specific stamps for engagements, but without spending any money I feel that this is a card that my sister will like and appreciate.

The writing on the message says ‘just for you with love’.

Hope you like it too ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx