I find using a drawing prompt a great idea when sometimes children freeze when presented with a blank page. I love challenging the boys to draw their dream pet. it is a great activity that uses their imagination and as it is a dream pet it doesn’t have to be real at all. I recently looked after my best friends five year old and decided to challenge him to draw his dream pet.
If you are anything like me that you do not throw anything way and I have a box full of felt scraps. Felt is such a beautiful material and perfect for making things with as it doesn’t fray. After using some of our felt scraps to make our Kandinsky inspired trees I decided to come up with some other ideas for using scraps of felt.
These yarn wrapped pumpkin lanterns are wonderfully hands-on and messy process art. Not all children enjoy getting this hands-on, it is not something that Maxi my eldest enjoys, but Mini loves the whole sensory experience of making these.
We had so much fun making this Kandinsky inspired tree with some of the felt scraps that I have. This is a super process art for working on scissor skills, especially as felt and circles can be tricky to cut.
If you children are anything like mine then they will LOVE teddy bears and to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day we have a fantastic roundup of teddy bear activities, crafts and foods ideas to suit toddlers, preschoolers and school aged kids
There is something wonderful about lights and lanterns now the dark nights are drawing in and this fab roundup of fantastic Fall DIY lanterns and lights are brought to you in conjunction with Festive Lights.
You can never have enough bookmarks, or I certainly can’t. I use them for my reading books, cookbooks, diary and any books I am using for studying and I have passed this on to my boys so we love these DIY colouring page bookmarks.
Kid made suncatchers are a favorite of mine no matter what season, but they are especially stunning when the low sun shines through them in Autumn (or fall depending on where you are in the world). Plus autumnal colours are so warming and delightful to work with.
I LOVE it when something inspires my whole family to get creative and making personalised head torches with Energizer at Camp Bestival did just that. Yes, even MadDad had fun creating his own space themed head torch.
Have you seen Pete’s Dragon with the children yet? It is one of the summer’s must-see films from Disney and I have a fabulous selection of Pete’s Dragon colouring and activity pages for you to download.
How cute are these Polymer Clay Monsters? Polymer clay is a fantastic crafting material and one that both of my boys enjoy using at 10 and 11 and as a Mum I love that I can bake the clay in my oven at home and then we have a lasting creation. So when we were asked by Slumberdown to create a #MiteyCreation it was what the boys wanted to use.
Do you love sunflowers? I have a great sunflower colouring page for you here. With the heatwave we are currently having it feels like summer is finally here after what has been a long wet winter and spring in the UK. I for one am looking forward to seeing sunflowers.
Pokemon is one of the things that has spanned the generations when it comes to childhood. If you were a kid in the 80’s then I bet you loved Pokemon and wanted a Pokemon Themed Party. With the new Pokemon Go app, Pokemon fever has hit, so you might be looking for DIY Pokemon party ideas.
Have you or your children seen The Angry Bird movie yet? I haven’t, but the Husbeast took the boys and they LOVED it. So much so we put together this fab collection of Angry Bird Crafts and activities perfect for kids.
Do you kids love Stick Man? When my boys were younger they obsessed over Julia Donaldson books and I loved them too. We have an abiding love for Stickman and his Stick Family too. We are big fans of books and activities that encourage exploration and love the collaboration between Stick Man and the Forestry Commission with the Stick Man Trail.
I am a big fan of anything that gets the creative juices flowing for kids and that is why I am working with Foresters Friendly Society this summer with a competition encouraging parents to get creative with their children to produce a drawing or painting showing how they would spend £5000 in their #LittleSpenders Competition.
As you might know, I am a huge fan of colouring in for adults. I find it relaxing and helps me switch off from the intensity of everyday life. I have been working with the wonderful Tasha from Tasha Goddard Illustrates since the beginning of my journey into adult colouring and I am delighted to be sharing with you a free Happy Weekend colouring page, but even more exciting some amazing greetings cards by Cardooo which are illustrated by Tasha.
Simple crafts are often the best and I love doing things that are easily replicated and fun for kids to make and these washi decorated toilet roll bracelets are the perfect kids craft. I can never get enough of toilet roll crafts, such a versatile everyday material and something that we would throw away.
This simple cotton pad and q-tip Calla lily craft is a great kids craft is brought to you by Flowers for Everyone. I am a big fan of flowers and love to have them in my house and this week the boys bought me a bunch of Calla lilies for the office, which inspired these stunning everlasting flower craft. Most people will have everything they need to make these in their home already.
I absolutely adore this simple Father’s Day card that has been designed for you by my fab 11 year old Maxi. It is perfect for adding a little colour to as he has or for you to colour in completely and I am sure that any Dad would love being wished a Hap-pea Father’s Day. This card was inspired by the fact that MadDad is currently growing peas in the garden.