Category Archives: Craft

Salt Dough Creations

Ever since our shop bought play dough dried up, I have been promising my 4 year old that we would make our very own. That was about 3 months ago and with the last days of the summer holidays upon us, it was time to tick this activity off the list.

We had to settle for salt dough as our local supermarket didn’t stock cream of tartar. So 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water (thanks to my sister-in-law for the recipe!) and some food colouring later and the children were ready to create.

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Pom Poms

Ava has been paying a keen interest in the accessories that the older ballerinas have and she decided that she would like some pom poms of her own. Rather than head down to the local toy shop and purchase the latest in pom pom fashion, we decided that this was the perfect little craft project.

Materials used included; 2x yoghurt pots, 2x bamboo skewers, 2x straws, play dough (to stick the straws to the yoghurt pots), coloured paper cut into strips and sellotape (to fix the coloured strips to the yoghurt pots). Simple, effective and oodles of fun (if you are 4!).

 

Pom Poms          Pom Poms

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Happy Easter!

Maybe I’m a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to Easter but there is no Easter bunny delivery in this household. Yes the kids get Easter eggs (not from us I hasten to add; that’s what grandparents are for!) but I have not even tried to pretend that there is an Easter bunny and the usually inquisitive 4 year old hasn’t asked any awkward questions. I am prepared to keep the magic of Santa Claus alive for a little while longer so it’s not all bar humbug in this household.

Anyway, in the lead up to the holidays, the kids have been busy with some Easter craft activities. Ava’s Easter bonnet was thanks to a lazy Sunday at our friends recently. It’s creation was inspired by the following You Tube video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFwCkoai5T8 It took a lot of self discipline on my part not to try and direct its creation. I would say less is more but try telling that to a 4 year old!

Easter Bonnet

Benjamin’s Easter chick was made at Toddler group . Our toddler group craft team are a very talented bunch!

And no Easter would be complete without a couple of home decorated Easter eggs. I found the following website invaluable for reminding me how to blow out the eggs – http://www.wikihow.com/Blow-Out-Eggs A plaster is a must when piercing the holes on the eggs!

Easter crafts

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Who says you can’t buy a boy flowers for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day

Okay so I cheated a little but I think the ‘boy’ in question was quite impressed with this little Valentine’s offering. Unfortunately for him and as politely reminded by his 4 year old daughter this morning, ‘no touching the chocolate until Easter, as we have given up chocolate for Lent’!

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Sewing, a necessary life skill?

The last time I picked up a sewing needle was probably at Textile class at secondary school and back then when I most certainly was not having children, EVER, saw it as a bit of a doss lesson where I sat back in my chair and waited for the bell to ring. While other more accomplished classmates were whipping up dresses and skirts, I was attempting a tea cosy which was always destined to gather dust in the loft.

I now realise of course that I should have paid a little more attention in class. One careless exit from the car seat, by one over eager little lady, resulting in one small, but very obvious hole, in her pink ballerina tutu. I suspect that ballet classes may not go beyond this year and so my desire to be thrifty, won out against my lack of desire to sew.

Sewing needles and thread are such objects of rarity in this house, that I actually had to delve into my loft to find the tools require to fix the hole. Tools retrieved and to my astonishment I managed to not only thread the needle but remember to tie a knot in the thread so that it wouldn’t simply pass through the material and made a repair of sorts. Here are the results:

Spurred on by my sewing success, when a last minute shop for a tacky Christmas jumper resulted in an epic fail, I removed an image of Santa from my son’s toddler group Christmas party bag and sewed it onto an old red jumper:

Christmas jumper

This year I may, and I emphasise the word MAY, open the box containing Andy’s Nana’s old sewing machine which has been sat in my lounge for over 2 years….small steps.

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