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!
This fab pocket money photo frame for Fathers’ Day craft is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family. Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six!
Last year we visited the poppy installation at the Tower of London, which really got the boys interested in Poppies and their significance. Also Maxi has been studying the first world war in topic this term, so poppy crafts for remembrance have been at the forefront of our mind.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t you just love how children see the world differently to us adults. This summer activity was inspired by my childrens love of water and by a walk on the beach watching the surfers with them. This is a great activity where you can make a mini surfboard with your child and their sprinkle of imagination will provide them with hours of fun. Even better they are made with something you would normally throw out. Read on to find out how to make a toy surfboard or windsurf board that floats!
We are minions mad here. We have loved the cheeky adorable minions since the first time we encountered them! Today we have a fab free minions colouring book printable to share with you. perfect for after you have seen The Minions Movie! We also have a fab round up of Minion crafts and activities to share.
Mini is an avid reader. He devours books in no time and also reads before bed, so we decided to have a go at making some of our own bookmarks. We have seen the corner monster bookmarks everywhere and we wanted to try something different, so we decided to make Monster Big Nosed Bookmarks, inspired by the “Wot no” Kilroy drawings I used to doodle as a youth!
It seems that so many people love adult pages and I am not alone in my love of them. I recently took a flight for business and rather than reading I sat colouring in for the journey, lost in my own little world. The flight attendants said they are seeing more and more people colouring on planes.
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.
We love cooking in The Mad House. I really enjoy teaching the boys new recipes and sharing with them recipes that have been passed down through the family. I want to make sure that I leave them with a legacy of lots of delicious family recipes. I was delighted when Newcastle Building Society set us a ‘Customise Your Life’ challenge of customising your cookbooks with your top 10 family recipes as it spurred me on.
This is a super simple science and craft activity to do with the kids. We always have lot of lolly sticks (popsicle sticks) left to use, so we decided to have a go at making a lolly stick catapult. These were so simple to make, but we have had hours of fun seeing who can get mini marshmallows into a target!
I have a long term love of suncatchers. I adore the way they catch the light and brighten up windows. It doesn’t have to be ultra sunshiney, hey even brighten up dark dismal windows too. The boys also love making them and gifting them to people too, so they are a win win make here!