There is nothing better than receiving a homemade christmas card, even more so in today’s technological times. My boys run to the door at Christmas time to collect the cards and they get so much joy in opening them. So we love making our own cards and we hope that this years kid made fingerprint wreath Christmas card brings joy to others.
If you have been following our blog for any length of time then you will know that we LOVE recycling glass jars and turning them into tealight holders. I love being able to bring them out each season and use them to decorate our home and the boys love giving them as gifts. Now that Halloween is over and we haven’t yet decorated for Christmas we had a need for something to fill the gap and we came up with a winter snowflake jar luminary.
What child doesn’t love a snow globe? My boys are obsessed with them and no matter where we go they shake them, which leaves me fearful of the dropping them as glass, water and my boys is not a great mixture. Anyway a plastic bowl snow globe is super fun to make and there is no glass involved.
With Halloween getting bigger and bigger each year, bonfire night just creeps up on me. This year I am prepared and have a round up of some super fireworks crafts and treats to get you in the mood. There is something wonderful about coloured art on black paper and beautiful colours against the night sky that makes fireworks so spectacular for both children and adults alike.
Are you feeling all autumnal yet? We certainly are. We picked the last two butternut squash from our garden this week and are enjoying lots of pumpkin soup. We are also still in the mood for pumpkin craft and I had some orange yarn left over from our pumpkin paper plate lacing craft, so we came up with a variation on our Sunflower paper plate weaving, Pumpkin paper plate weaving.
I love decorating seasonally and also with the dark nights, I am a big fan of using light to decorate too. Last year we made some super simple jar lanterns for Halloween and we decided to add to them this year. These Halloween lanterns are really easy to make Look great too and are a fantastic way to reuse any old jars that you may have.
Do you love fireworks? I have such fond memories of the annual firework displays that used to take place on the stray each November 5th when I was growing up. Cold toes, hot chocolate from the flask and sparklers in gloved hands. I remember looking at the sky in awe at the beautiful bright bursts of colour and them making the fact that I was cold so worthwhile. We loved making these zip tie (cable tie) firework sculptures, just look how beautiful they are and they were super fun to make too.
Do you love Autumn? We are lucky in the UK to have four distinct season and I adore how different each one is. I love the low cost and no costs seasonal family activities too so I have decided to do a graphic for our 50 Autumn Activities for Kids.
My boys are sports mad and rugby is no exception. They are really looking forward to the Rugby World Cup. So why not use this sporting event to encourage your kids to do some rugby crafts and activities.
I love Scooby Doo as do the boys. Scooby Doo is one of those programs that makes me laugh and them too! How would you like to win a £150 gift card for Smyths Toys, wouldn’t that be great for Christmas? I actually think that the new Scooby Doo LEGO would make great Christmas gifts.
Welcome back. Don’t you just love the way that children never just see a cardboard box, they see a castle, a spaceship of even in this case a maze. With a sprinkle of imagination there is no limit to what everyday things can become.
I am delighted to be sharing with you an introduction to Nurturestore’s new book Super Sensory Invitations to Play. I have known Cathy pretty much since I started blogging and she is a fabulous educator, creative mama and also a real inspiration. We are sharing with you today just one of the 52 activities in the book – DIY Puffy Paint
There is nothing better than receiving a kids made card and Father’s Day is no exception. I love getting creative with the MiniMads and coming up with ideas for this years card for MadDad. The boys love their father and there is something about watching the Husbeast with his boys that makes me go weak at the knees.
I understand that not everyone wants to do arts and crafts with the kids, but I believe that we all have a creative gene somewhere and that creativity is a muscle and the more we use it, the bigger it gets! Father’s Day is a great time to get a little crafty with the kids and to make it simpler for you I have teamed up with SnapFish to bring you a free printable Father’s Day card for you, in fact I have two for you to choose from.
In our hall we have a basket which is filled with hats and other things depending on the season and this week I took all the winter hats, gloves and scarfs and swapped them for the summer caps and hats and I was left with two odd gloves, that were missing their mates. So I decided to upcycle them and make some glove monsters. And yes, I know that it is June and I am only putting away the winter stuff, but it has been a really odd Spring in the UK this year and we have had hail in May!
This week we have been concentrating on our thoughts, dreams, feelings and goals by planning our resolutions and intentions for the New Year. This is a great activity for all the family. New Year Resolutions for Kids
How do you record your holiday memories? My boys are very fortunate, blogging has brought us so many fabulous experiences as a family and I want to make sure that we are thankful for them and also record them so we can look back at our experiences and adventures.
Inspired by fabulous children’s book Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. So this post is an entry into the #Tots100Seawigs competition in association with jabberworks.co.uk. we decided to make our own newspaper wig, which is our seawig.
Not only did two years classrooms flood, but the library and ICT area also flooded. The dining hall has been turned in to a storage area and the school has been unable to serve warm meals. All this uncertainty has resulted in a very anxious Mini. This partly shows by him being filled with bravado and the other side with issues sleeping.
So in addition to working on stopping him being a reluctant sleeper and doing things to prevent nightmares, we also made a dream catcher together. When I say we, what I mean is I held the tape and chatted to him whist he made his own dream catcher.
We used, some wood from a plant in the garden with tape to make into a circle (ish) and then mini used rope to tie round it. He then strung some pretty beads on to string and attached them.
Whilst he concentrated on making the dreamcatcher we talked about their history and all the things that have been worrying him.
Inspired by the Hairy Bikers, Mini has decided that he wants to make sourdough bread, which means that we need to make a starter. So We have started the process and at the moment we are on day two and MAria (as Mini named her) is currently sat in the airing cupboard.
Mini never does things by half so we received sourdough starters on line and he decided to use one from the BBC (as they often use this site for recipes at school).
He also decided he need to keep on top of what day it was so used our new A4 flexible magnetic chalkboard from First 4 Magnets, which was only £3.49 (they send it to us free) and stuck it on the fridge so he could see it and tick off after he had done what needed to be done each day.
We would love for you to join us in learning how to make sourdough bread, like Helen at The Crazy Kitchen has. If you do, please let us know by leaving a comment and you can follow our progress over on The Mad House facebook page or Instagram.