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Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler – Adult Colouring

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.

Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler - Adult Colouring

Over 150 Low cost and no cost summer activities 11

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).


How to make a ToadStool House – #NoddyChallenge 9

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.

How to make a ToadStool House

20 Adorable Button Crafts for Kids 2

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.


Octopus watercolour glue resist art

Octopus watercolour glue resist art 8

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!


Octopus Colouring Pages for Kids 2

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.

Octopus Colouring Pages for Kids

DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners

DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners 12

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.


12 of the Best DIY Fidget Spinners on the web for kids 16

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.

The best DIY fidget spinners on the web for children to make

Free Printable Mother's Day Cards to Colour

Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards to Colour 8

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.


20 Fun and Adorable Spring Crafts for Kids 11

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.


Bleeding Tissue Paper Canvas Art 16

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.

Bleeding Tissue Paper Canvas Art



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