How to make a Smallfoot ornament is a paid collaborative post with Warner Brothers. Have you heard of Smallfoot yet? Well, be prepared for all things Smallfoot as it avalanched into UK cinemas on 12th October 2018. It is an animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot, turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. We are all really excited to see it here in The Mad House, even Maxi as he is a big fan of James Cordon.
Make your own Ring Wing Glider is a collaborative post with The Year of Engineering. Anyone that knows me will confirm that I am big fan of encouraging kids to be creative and imaginative and try and get them off screens. This is one of the reasons I love #TheHolidayMakers campaign from the Year of Engineering. They are a series of challenges (one a week) over the summer holidays that parents can do with their children aged seven to sixteen to keep them active and to inspire them about engineering.
These football crafts or soccer crafts for my US readers are perfect for your football-mad kids. For those of you that don’t know, I have two football-mad boys. Maxi is a defender (and a very good one at that) and plays in a team and has since he was five years old. His team is an ace bunch of lads who now play in Division one and finished in the top half, which is great for a team that started out in division four. At the moment with the Euro’s on my house is everything football, when they are not watching it they are playing it. So now is the perfect more »
2 Ingredient Fromage Frais Silly Putty is a paid collaboration for the #FeedTheirPlayfulNature campaign sponsored by Munch Bunch Organic. Mini always has a packed lunch for school and I am always on the lookout for something to add to his lunch box and were delighted to see that Munch Bunch Organic comes in pouches perfect for lunch on the go.
Do you have a little one that likes to put everything in their mouth? Well, these jelly bean watercolours are a great sensory activity that is totally taste safe. Sometimes it can be challenging when you want to do an art activity when you have kids of different ages to find something suitable. Maxi always loved painting and mini did too, however, he always put his hands in and then put them in his mouth. This is a fab solution and also a great way to add some science in for older children as you can talk about how you can make the colours darker by adding more sweets and less more »
This simple daffodil craft for kids is certainly going to brighten up your home or classroom this Spring. I love making flowers with kids as each flower is unique in nature and I love seeing the flowers that children make. Plus I am a sucker for receiving a bunch of homemade flowers. They are the perfect gift.
We love paper craft here in the Mad House. Children enjoy being creative, and they are happy to spend time painting, sticking and cutting coloured paper making fun craft items at home. Paper crafting can be done with just a few stationery pieces that are inexpensive to buy. Try some of these simple ideas next time the weather keeps you and the kids indoors:
I am delighted to be teaming up with Nature’s Path to share with you a fab Easy Monkey Paper Puppet with Templates. Nature’s Path, the organic and gluten-free expert, is bringing its two well-loved kids cereals ‘Envirokidz’, to the UK. Already family favourites in Canada and the US, Leapin’ Lemurs and Choco Chimps are delicious organic and gluten-free breakfast cereals with an environmental heart. Choco Chimps is a delicious combination of fair trade chocolate and organic corn, while Leapin’ Lemurs is a tasty mix of organic corn, chocolate, and peanut butter! The MiniMads have been putting the Envirokidz cereal to the test and LOVE it.
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 »
We had so much fun with last years month of kid-made Christmas cards that we decided to host a month of kid-made Christmas decorations this year. I am delighted to be sharing with you a 30 days of fantastic Christmas decorations all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.
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).