Get Crafty with These Oddbods-Inspired Accessories for School is a collaborative post with Oddbods in celebration of their fab back to school contest. I love crafting with children and I also love stationery, so I have developed some fun accessories that you can make with your kids to get ready for school.
Rock painting has become a massive craft trend over the years, if you haven’t heard of it you must have been living under a rock! I love it as you can make something beautiful and then leave it for other people to find or gift them as paperweights or even place them in the garden. Sometimes our children just need some inspiration so I have gathered together some simple rock painting ideas for kids along with some fabulous art materials to make it even easier. We have something for beginners to experts here.
We wote the event and date on one side and then they boys drew an image to represent the time on the other. This is Maxi’s airplane. We used Glotto Metallic Pens, which we received from YellowMoon. They are brilliant on the stones and really stand out. We are keeping our stones in a kilner jar, one for each of the boys and I hope to have two full jars at the end of the holidays, so I can varnish them and place them in the garden.
Simple January activities for Primary aged children is a great resource for the month with ideas of simple activities to do with kids aged 4-10. With a delayed start to schooling in parts of England and some other parts of the UK, I thought it would be a good idea to gather together some simple to pull together activities for the first couple of weeks of January or any other time.
How to make a foldable cardboard box car with free printables is a paid collaboration with Halfords #ImaginationStation. One of my best ever gifts was a bike and this is the same for lots of children, but also kids LOVE cardboard boxes. So why not reuse the cardboard box that comes with your child’s bike from Halfords and make a brilliant cardboard car, even better this car folds flat for storage.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This Iron on Umbrella DIY is a quick project and a great way to put a happy slant on a rainy day. I have always been a fan of personalised items and love how easy and quick it is to make my own customised umbrella using iron on vinyl with the Cricut Maker and The Cricut EasyPress 2.
These Halloween Crafts are perfect for getting into the seasonal spirit with kids of all ages. I really do not need any excuse to craft, but if you are looking for one it can not have escaped your attention that it is nearly Halloween. For me it is a great reason to get making and baking with the boys and we start to decorate the Mad House with all our homemade decorations from early October! If you are looking for inspiration, then I have this super roundup for you of our Halloween crafts for kids. These are the Halloween things that we have made over the years, so there will be more »
Ghosts in a Jar Halloween Craft is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Fancy catching some ghosts for your Halloween decoration, well we have you covered and these are really special ghost catching jars that stop them dematerialising. Yes, ghosts can go through walls, but these jars are magical and keep them captured and out of mischief!
Thankfully Kodak came to the rescue with their fantastic free jubilee printables. So I have been printing like a demon on my new Office Hero 6.1 printer that they gave me. I have made the boys fantastically simple crowns for their jubilee day tomorrow, printed out cake toppers for mini bunting for my Jubilee layer cake and more impressive that that I have actually use their bunting and flag printables to make the boys t-shirts for tomorrows red, white and blue day using Dylons image maker, which transfers pictures on to fabric!
We have a fantastic art gallery near us called Arts Bank (yep it used to be a bank and now it is a gallery). It is somewhere both me and the boys love to go. They have five floors of artwork and also a fab cafe on the ground floor. We visited again recently and I was inspired by some patchwork that we saw to make Fabric Patchwork pots (we gave them to my MIL for Mothers Day, so I didn’t want to spoil the surprise as she reads my blog)!. I am also on the lookout in the charit
When I saw this on Kelly’s blog and Pinterest feed, I just knew that I had to have a go at making some for the new Craft room/study or Crudy as it has beecome known by the boys!
I derided to use some of the scrap book paper that I had used on my journal calender and make one for each of the desks (mine and the boys).
Maggie over at RedTed Art set a challnge to do an art project based on a story from Fly Thomas Cook’s travel stories. We read both of the stories with the boys and asked them what they thought we should make and they decided that they wanted to do something about water, as this is what they assocaite holidays with.
So we decided to do a sea scape. The boys used bubble wrap to make the sea and then cut out and decorated fish to stick on to it. I drew the fish shapes on the paper and they cut them out themselves.
We have decorated the kitchen this week and I have also rearranged the art corner, with the introduction of the boys small table in to the kitchen are and the addition of some great storage from Ikea for the pens etc. We have painted the kitchen Willow (a soft soothing green) after MadDad decided that the green I had chosen was too green! The table is from Ikea and I painted the top with blue chalk board paint ages ago and the boys love to use chalk on it. It works really well, as it means the boys can come in to the kitchen and do art or puzzles etc whilst more »
I dont know about your children, but my two are now obsessed with volannco’s thanks to the icelandic one. We caught them making thier own volancic ash cloud with dust and mud from the pavement and then water on Friday evening and decided that we would have a go a making our own active volcano. Materials Bicarbinate of soda Vinigar Bottles Hot water Food colouring Funnel Salt dough is optional, mine wanted their bottles to look like mountains! Method Fill the bottles 2 thirds full with hot water and add a drop of washing up liquid and food colouring (to make your lava authentic!). Add two table spoons of bicard to more »
I decided to take part in Sew Scrumptious‘ flower swap, my first real swap and I was very excited to get Kelly at A place of my own. I love the idea of a swap, it gives you chance to stalk their blog for all the right reasons and put something nice together, that doesn’t have to cost the earth, but has meaning and tend to be based on a theme. I received my parcel from Kelly on Wednesday, but decided to leave it until the evening before opening, as I know my children, they would want to do it all for me and as much as I love them, well I more »