I am a sucker for making art as a family and love things that we can display seasonally, just take a look at our family art christmas tree to see what I mean. This family fingerprint heart art canvas is so simple to make and is perfect for making together as a family. How to make a fingerprint heart canvas
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!
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.
Your kids will love making music with this simple DIY Popsicle Stick Harmonica. They are so easy to make. 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.
Super easy DIY monster bookmarks. We share a step by step tutorial to make colourful big nose monster bookmarks for your readers. 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 Big Nose Monster 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.
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.