We love anything handmade here in the Mad House. I think that there is nothing better than a kid made gift or a homemade card. Kids love getting involved and being creative and as a parent, there is nothing better than receiving something made by your child and Father’s Day is no exception. So get a little create with these fabulous, but achievable handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas
This simple toilet roll microphone is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. We are so excited for the release of the SING on Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd May, we have been getting prepared by making our own toilet roll microphone so we can sing along.
We are deep in the middle of the fidget spinner craze here and both of my boys have a number of different fidget spinners. However, this post has been totally inspired by Sarah from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls DIY LEGO Fidget Spinner. The boys came home from school and spend 20 minutes on the Ipad whilst I prepared some snacks and then the next three hours engineering their own DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners.
I am a football Mum. In fact, Maxi has been playing football for a team at the local football club since he was five years old. Over the years I have seen a massive transformation in grass roots football and now at our Football Club there are as many girls teams as there are boys and this makes me ever so happy and proud to be working with SSE to publicise how they are the energy behind women’s football.
You might think that fidget toys are a new phenomenon, but the really are not. It is just that they are currently being brought into the mainstream. We were first introduced to them by Mini’s occupational therapist a few years back and we now have quite a selection, so I thought I would share with you what we have, how and why they work for us.
Have your kids joined the fidget spinner or fidget toy craze yet? If they have then they will love this post with great DIY fidget spinners for you to make. I have long had a love for fidget toys, especially as Mini is on the spectrum and they are really great at helping keep him calm and also help hm concentrate better. So I have no issue with the new craze for all things fidget. In fact, we have found them a sanity saver in the Mad House.
This craft was born out of necessity as I couldn’t find the little Bluetooth speaker we have for our phones. So instead we went low tech and created a DIY phone amplifier and stand from a toilet roll and a couple of paper cups.
Craft sticks, popsicle sticks, lollipop sticks, tongue depressors. Whatever you call them they are a fabulous, versatile and inexpensive craft and art material. There are so many things you can do with them and to inspire you we have a super round up of craft stick crafts and activities.
Chicken Parmesan or Parmos as they are known are a local meal hailing from Teesside and the boys love them, but they are not that healthy, so we decided to have a go at making our own at home. Well, I tasked the boys to have a go at making them.
here really is nothing I like better than a homemade Mother’s Day card, but as my boys are getting older they are less likely to get out the glue and just make me a card, so I have teamed up with the talented LeslieAnn to bring you two delightful free printable Mother’s Day cards to colour.
It really feels as though Spring might have sprung here and this plastic bottle wind spiral mobile is perfect for hanging out in the garden and watching spin as the wind catches it. I love that it is a cross between process art and a craft and it is a great activity for preschoolers through to tweens.
We love working with craft sticks, lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks (whatever name they go by). They are a fab craft material and so versatile. This craft stick wall hanging is a super fun collaborative art project or perfect for making over a period of time.
This Blow art paper plate lion is so much fun to make and if great for a large group of children and so easy to do. Plus how doesn’t like blowing paint to see where it goes. Originally we were going to make our lions on paper, but then Mini had the great idea of using paper plates and they worked even better. As they have a slight upturned edge the children really have to blow hard to get the paint to the edges if they start in the centre and if the start at the edge they learn that the paint will blow to the centre much easier, so it more »
Can you feel Spring in the air yet? I think I can and I have started thinking about Spring crafts for kids and we have a fabulous selection of crafts that kids will love here. I love Spring, the garden is filled with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter and the days are getting longer fast. I LOVE spring because it means more outdoor time, butterflies, birds, bugs, flowers and spring showers.
I have to admit, I am a sucker for rainbow crafts and activities. I am not a muted palate girl at all and the colours of the rainbow really do sing out to me. So I have gathered together some of my favourite rainbow crafts and activities for kids of all ages to share with you.
I never really appreciated my Mum or understood the significance of Mother’s Day until I was a mother myself. It isn’t about spending lots of money, in fact, I would rather nothing be spent. It is about being appreciated. Which is why I adore these free Mother’s Day printables.
Sometimes all you want is the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Crispy on the outside and all chewy on the inside. These white chocolate chip cookies never fail to hit their mark and they are simple to make and perfect for cooking with kids. So we are delighted to be teaming up with We Bake and sharing our recipe for the best white chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten as part of their Half Term Bake Brighter Days community challenge.
This craft stick process art activity is a super fun activity for kids and a great way to use up craft sticks, lolly sticks or popsicle sticks. We have a big bag full of these fab craft materials in three different shapes and sizes and I love the way the boys decided to use them.
We are big fans of bleeding tissue paper art here. We have even done it in the past and let rain create the art, which was great fun. This beautiful bleeding tissue paper canvas art was created with confetti circles and is fun process art activity for kids of all ages. Plus you are left with a fab piece of art to display.
Do your kids love LEGO. Mine do and they are really excited about the LEGO Batman movie. We were sent four fantastic LEGO books and I love that it has really got them interested in crafting and making with a LEGO Batman twist.