We love glue resist art projects, one of our favorites was the watercolor leaf garland we made last Autumn and this year we decided to try a variation using black paper for our glue resist pumpkins.
We love decorating for Halloween and this super simple clay ghost tealight is a fun craft activity perfect for kids to make.
We LOVE making pom poms. They are great for working on fine motor skills and for using up bits of yarn. We are not so keen on spiders in real life, but what do you get when you cross pom poms, pipe cleaners and spiders? A not so scary pom pom spider of course!
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.
Pinecones are just amazing. Autumn has such beautiful bounty and one of our favorite crafts of the past was our pinecone owls and when we got them out recently Mini commented that pinecones look a little like hedgehogs, which is what inspired our pinecone hedgehogs.
As you know I am a big fan of adult colouring pages. I find colouring in a real release and they keep my hands busy whilst I am sitting and ensure that I can really shut off.
We love crafting and creating here in the Mad House and sticks are something that I always find at the front door – oh yes, currently there is a large stick, which I have been informed is Mini’s Gandalf stick and needs to remain there! So we love stick crafts.
We are big fans of yarn crafts and weaving here. I have tried and failed at knitting and crochet in the past, so love crafts that are achievable for everyone and this paper plate weaving is a super craft.
I love making things with stuff we might throw away. We have been collecting cardboard tubes or loo rolls for ages to make this super cute cardboard tube village.
We love experiences. I adore making memories with my family, things that we can talk about over the years to come and this fabulous overnight stay at Whipsnade is certainly one of those fab experiences.
I love crafts and activities that really bring things to life and this super simple balloon hovercraft does just that. I love that you can transform a balloon and a CD in to a hovercraft.
We are still on the Minion craze here in the Mad House and anyone that know me and the boys will attest to the fact that we always have sticks and stones at the doorway, so we decided to decorate some stones as Minions. We are totally loving Minion crafts at the moment.
We are going through a real phase of yarn craft at the moment. It is a great way of improving fine motor skills and using up scraps of wool. Cup weaving is a great fun craft and perfect for using paper cups.
One of the things that I love about the adult colouring craze is that it really helps me relax, but more than that I love that it is something that we can do as a family. So I am delighted to be able to share with you my first free mummy and me colouring pages.
My boys are football (soccer) mad. They would play morning noon and night it they got the chance, but the British summer time doesn’t always play weather wise. So I made this shoebox table football/foosball table game for the boys to play. We do have a larger one, but it is in our friend’s garage as we just don’t have the space in the house!
Have you seen Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. If not you HAVE to go and see it. We loved it. It was a huge hit with us all in The Mad House and I have NOT been paid to say that! As soon as I saw it I could see so many crafts and activities to link to it. I love that it explores emotions and it inspired me to make these Inside Out stress balls.
We are big fan of travel printables. Especially as I have one child that gets travel sick if on electronics too long whilst travelling. We also love letting the train take the strain when we are travelling too.
Sticks, when is a stick not a stick? Well a stick can be and often is everything in this house. You can find a pile of sticks at the front door as my boys pick up sticks wherever we go and this “treasure” is part of childhood and I love it! But I also love doing something with these sticks and we decided to practice some fine motor skills and make some yarn wrapped sticks.
This year has been a really great year for family movies, what with Minions, Paddington and now Dreamworks Home. Both my boys adored Home when they saw it at the cinema with MadDad and are delighted that DreamWorks Animation’s HOME is out now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. As a mum I love it when movies are released with some great activity and colouring pages and we have some fab free Dreamworks Home colouring pages to share with you.