As my boys’ get older encouraging them to be creative is becoming harder and hard but they both loved making these DIY etched wooden heart keyrings perhaps it had something to do with the fact that they were using a burning tool! I am warning you this is so addictive we now want to etch everything that is wooden! So hold on to your hats folks as this is a great craft for older kids and adults alike.
Just look at these beautiful and easy cactus-inspired projects. Is the cactus (or cacti) trend over yet? Is it a 2017 thing? I hope not as I am totally loving them at the moment and think that they are here to stay. Partly as they are the only plants that I do not kill and also as there are some fabulous crafts around.
If you are a long-term reader then you will know that I have a real passion for clay crafts with kids. These DIY festive clay and cork trees are a really simple make and you do not need any special tools to make these. In fact, all you need is a rolling pin, knife and cardboard, which makes then perfect for making with kids or for your first clay project.
I love Christmas and if I can combine Christmas and being creative then even better. I totally adore these fabulous free printable Christmas gift tags to colour and personalise. They are fab to colour in on the dark nights leading up to the festive season and you can add your own stamp to them. These were coloured in by my best friends nine-year-old. Hasn’t he done an amazing job?
You do not have to be American to celebrate Thanksgiving and being thankful is something that I feel is important to everyone. I love these beautiful I am thankful colouring sheets. They are brilliant to print off and use as table mats, but also have enough white space for you to fill with what you are thankful for. I am Thankful Colouring Sheets Being thankful is a great life lesson for people of all ages and one of the things that I have always done with the boys is ending the day with three things we are grateful for. It means that we go to sleep with the positives in our mind more »
I am a HUGE fan of building blocks for children. There are so many benefits for children to playing with blocks and wooden blocks are so tactile and a fabulous long-term investment for any parent or educational establishment. As a parent, it can sometimes be really hard to see the benefit of such a simple play tool and we often want to buy specific toys, however, as you will see the benefits of wooden blocks is huge within play-based learning.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!