Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them. I am never sure about which camp I am in. I love spending time with the children but do worry about the cost of summer activities. I relish not having to get up each morning and giving up the school routine, but I don’t like hearing the words “I’m Bored” That is why I came up with the bored jar (about four years ago).
I have fond memories of making boats as a child. I remember designing them, creating them and testing them out on the boating lake near where we lived. I want to my children to have fond memories too with these fun and creative boat crafts for kids.
I have such fond memories of Noddy and friends. In fact, I think it was my first introduction into the fantastic world of Enid Blyton. I remember my Grandad reading me the stories and telling me that he read the stories to my Dad when he was a little boy. It is hard to believe that Noddy was originally published between 1949 and 1963.
Grab your scissors, grab your glue! We have 20 fabulous and simple Disney inspired crafts for you to make. If your kids adore Disney movies like mine do, they’re going to love these. We have a huge selection of Disney Inspired crafts today from Frozen, Planes, Nemo and more!
Buttons make a great craft material and these 20 adorable button crafts for kids are a great way of recycling them. There is something magical about Buttons. I remember spending hours when I was young with my Mum’s button tin. I used to sort them and play with them and just love looking at them, wondering where they had come from. Lots of them wee her mums before her.
I love watercolour glue resist and we have joined in with a fantastic tea of kid and art bloggers to bring you an amazing resource. The complete under the sea watercolour glue resists Roundup. Yes, Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas many with free printables to make it even easier.
We have been long time fans of glue resist art here in the Mad House and this octopus watercolour glue resist art project is great fun for kids of all ages. I have tailored this towards tweens by using a hot glue gun with back glue. We like using glue guns for art projects as they dry super fast and are perfect for impatient people like me!
My boys are just fascinated with all things to do with the Sea. They love nothing better than visiting aquariums and these fab octopus colouring pages for kids were inspired by our families love of the sea. I have left them super simple, so they are perfect for children to use as templates or to embellish as they chose. Plus keep an eye out for a fab art project using them.
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.
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.
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.