How gorgeous is this free Kokeshi colouring sampler from my friend the talented Tasha Goddard? As I get older I really do relish the chance to switch off and unwind and one of my favourite ways is to colour in. Over the last couple of weeks, I have taken my colouring sampler with me when I take the boys swimming and it has really been fun to do.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »