We love crafts that can be made from recyclables and this rainbow rainmaker is a great cardboard tube craft, plus is a great home made musical instrument. There are lots of ways to adapt this project depending on the age of your kids, however, we decided to use some of my massive stash of washi tape and make our rainmaker a rainbow of colours. Traditionally rainmakers or rainsticks are believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and were played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rain is not something we need more of in the UK, but without rain, you would never get rainbows. Rainbow rainmaker or rainstick – more »
I love finding ways to engage my boys with art and as they are getting older I am finding it harder and harder to make it about the process and not the outcome. However, this melted crayon art is all about the process and I had so much fun watching Maxi (10) create these amazing melted crayon art canvases.
Looking for Easter crafts, activities and food for kids? Well, look no further I have The Mad House’s complete resource of them all in one place for you here. As I do more I will make sure that they are added, so make sure you pin or bookmark this page. I love learning, creating, making and baking seasonally and you these Easter Crafts and activities are perfect for introducing kids to Easter.
I have always loved playhouses and encouraging the kids to play outside no matter what the weather. What with the weather in the UK being inclement, to say the least, a playhouse is a great investment for any family. When it comes to playhouses the cooler the better, so here in conjunction with What Shed we bring you our coolest playhouses for kids.
I am a huge fan of random acts of kindness and always being kinder than you need to be. it was a lesson my dad taught me well and one I hope to be able to pass on to my children. Each Christmas we carry out Advent Acts of Kindness and last summer we did a summer kindness project, but we needed something closer to home and this is where our acts of kindness for siblings come in. We created an Acts of Kindness Jar
My boys love playing outside and during the summer, I have no issues getting them outside playing with their friends. In fact, I know that they will be either playing football (soccer) for my US readers or cricket most afternoons after school. It is much harder to encourage them outside in the cold or wet weather now they are older. But just look at these 10 amazing wet weather play ideas brought to you in conjunction with WhatShed.
I am all for living smarter. Anything that can save me time, money or allow me to make my life easier is a winner for me. For me, smart living means making the most of my time, money and home, allowing me to have a more meaningful life. Yes, that might sound deep, but in reality, it is just about living wisely and understanding my priorities.
One of my big things for 2016 is trying to be as energy efficient as possible. It bugs me when we spend money that we don’t need to. This puts money in the energy companies pockets when it could be in mine! This is one of the reasons that I am delighted to be part of the Institute of Inertia. We have been currently looking at working our way through the Mad House and updating inefficient products and we have recently been considering blinds.