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!
We love Bonfire night and fireworks and I need little excuse to get the paint out! So we have had a go at pipe cleaner printing and making fireworks on black paper as they look so effective. These Pipe cleaner firework prints are easy to do and look great too.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Both my boys are maths geeks. They have loved numbers and maths since they were small and are great with mental maths. They have also always loved art and crafts, but the older they get (they are nine and ten) they do less art and I want to encourage them. This is where maths and art collide – parabolics.
I am back with Fab to bring you our next instalment in the sprinkles of imagination campaign, where we are producing great projects that help turn everyday objects into something that your children can use for imaginative play. Fab has sent us lots of lolly sticks to make into fun and creative designs, so we decided to have a go at making a lolly stick harmonica or a popsicle stick harmonica (depended on where in the world you are reading from)! These were so simple to make, but we have had hours experimenting with what sounds we can make and the boys with all their friends have made a band!
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!
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.
We decided to celebrate Earth Day this year by making coffee filter stained glass earths. We actually cheated and used some round paper towels we had been sent as we didn’t have any coffee filters, but you get the same result.
Part of our Spring tradition is making an Easter Bonnet for the Kids Easter Party. I used to be one of those parents that wanted it all to be perfect and symmetrical, but over the years I have learnt to sit on my hands and let the boys take over. In my humble opinion my boys Easter Bonnets might not look perfect, but they are kid made.
Have you seen the Paddington Bear movie? We loved it in the Mad House It was the perfect family feel good movie and even the husbeast enjoyed it and we will be happy to purchase it on DVD or Blue Ray when it comes out on 23rd March. It was one of the best family movies we have seen in ages. So to celebrate the release of the movie I wanted to share with you some fabulous PB crafts and activities and also some fab free printables too.
How cute is this bunny garland! I have not hidden my love of pom poms from you and Easter is the perfect time to use pom poms in your crafts. This pompom tailed bunny garland is adorable and so simple to make. If you don’t fancy making pompoms for it, then make it smaller and use cotton wool balls for the fluffy tails!
My husband’s family are farmers. Dairy Farmers, but the start of Spring is always heralded by the arrival of Spring Lambs. 2015 marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep too. So I have 35 Spring Lamb and Sheep crafts to share with you. We have a super selection of sheep and lamb crafts to marks the beginning of Spring, so lets get crafting. There are some for kids, some for adults and some for you to do as a family (my favorites). I love sheep crafts a lot and if you have any that I haven’t featured then please do add them to the linky at the bottom more »
My kids love recycled art projects, they are a great way of using up our household recycling and repurposing it into something amazing and it seems like we are not the only ones. At last weeks Fabulously Frugal Linky we had some amazing recycled art projects and activities linked up. Recycled Art Projects
We love crackers in The Mad House and our homemade crackers and New Years wish crackers such a hit, we decided to make some valentines surprise crackers for the ones we love. How to make Valentines surprise crackers