My husband’s family are farmers. Dairy Farmers, but the start of Spring is always heralded by the arrival of Spring Lambs. 2015 marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep too. So I have 35 Spring Lamb and Sheep crafts to share with you. We have a super selection of sheep and lamb crafts to marks the beginning of Spring, so lets get crafting. There are some for kids, some for adults and some for you to do as a family (my favorites). I love sheep crafts a lot and if you have any that I haven’t featured then please do add them to the linky at the bottom more »
My kids love recycled art projects, they are a great way of using up our household recycling and repurposing it into something amazing and it seems like we are not the only ones. At last weeks Fabulously Frugal Linky we had some amazing recycled art projects and activities linked up. Recycled Art Projects
We love salt dough. It is a brilliant art and craft material and we love creating with it. It is not just a kids craft material and to demonstrate that we wanted to share with you our heart shaped salt dough jewellery which is the perfect craft for preschoolers through to teens. We used our go to salt dough recipe and the salt dough jewellery was made with half the recipe. How to make Salt Dough Jewellery
I believe very strongly that children should be taught the importance of thank you cards, not just to keep up the tradition, but as a lesson in thankfulness and taking some time and effort to sit and think about the person who gave them the gift. I find one of the best ways to do this is making homemade thank you cards with the boys and using the time to talk about why we are grateful for gifts we are given. We pulled this collection of homemade thank you cards together for everyone who would like some inspiration for cards that kids can actually make themselves.
We have made corn flour dough before, but using salt, however, I was keen to find a different recipe with more of a smooth texture that was a bit more malleable for the boys to use. We have tried Nurturestore’s 2 ingredient white dough and love it, but we also tried the following white clay recipe and the boys decided that this is their favorite go to salt dough replacement. How to make white clay:
Is there anything better than receiving a homemade card……. yes, a homemade gift and I love receiving gift a child has made. Over the years the boys have made lots of gifts, in fact it is something that we have become know for. We make the Grandparents and family gifts and also their teachers get a kid made gift at Christmas too. 5 kid made gifts that you would like to receive!
eBay asked me what Inspired me at this time of the year? Well I didn’t have to think all that long to know that it was doing art and crafts with the kids. The fact the evenings are darker, so they are not out playing gives us the opportunity to get creative together. Plus I love this time of year for all the inspiration to craft and make together. We love to make homemade gifts, cards, art and food. It is part of who we are and I feel that it is important for boys to be exposed to creativity, which is why we have a six pm limit on screen more »
Do you remember making your own scratch paper when you were younger? Well I certainly do and it is great fun to make with your kids and perfect for Firework pictures too. Whilst we were making the fireworks we talked about how dangerous they are close up, but how colourful and beautiful they are. I love how the boys made a completely different picture from the same starting point. How to make your own scratch paper
With the darker nights and the clocks due to go back, we love brightening up The Mad House and one way we do that is with Jam Jar/Mason Jar Lanterns or tealight holder. These Halloween lanterns are really easy to make Look great too, so I have teamed up with Betta Living to show you how you can reuse any old jars that you have. What you need to make Jam Jar or Mason Jar Halloween Lanterns
We use a lot of technology in the Mad House and one thing that we have been trying to do more lately is less reliance on screens, so having the ability to print activities, colouring pages and papercrafts without even turning on the computer or tablet is amazing. For the last three months we have been using the Canon Pixma MG7150 for our printing requirements and one of the benefits of this printer is its LED screen and ability to print directly from the printer using a series of child friendly menus without even turning on the PC. The amazing thing is that this piece of technology has actually reduced the boys more »
The Autumn sun is a lot lower in the sky and now is the perfect time to make some wonderful Autumn/Fall leaf sun catchers. The boys and I have such fun making these sun catchers and they are really effective and look beautiful when the sun shines through them singing the colours on to walls. Materials Cardstock – we used black leaf template Coloured Cellophane (this is one of the reasons we save sweet wrappers) glue
Inspired by Fun at Home with Kids fall watercolour resist leaves we decided to get our new glue gun out and make an Autumn/Fall watercolour resist leaf garland. We were sent two glue guns (one low melt, which is perfect for crafts and younger children and one high melt from Glue Guns Direct). We decided to try the coloured glue to make the outlines. Materials required: Card Glue gun Watercolour paint brushes Cord
It’s such a wonderful thing that more and more people are taking the time to craft eco-friendly pet toys with their kids. Considering the crazy costs involved with buying pet toys, people generally have no option other than to create their own eco-friendly pet toys. The prices of nearly everything have skyrocketed over the past few years and in all honesty, many great pet parents simply cannot afford to spend the same hundreds of dollars a year they have in the past. It makes sense for people to experiment with crafting eco-friendly pet toys with kids. Every parent wants to find new and innovative ways to spend quality time with their more »
Now I know that now everyone is as relaxed as I am when it comes to kids painting and the mess it can create. But the summer is a great time to try and lower your worry factor and get painting outdoors. The key to being more relaxed is preparation, so get a big bowl of soapy water and a towel ready for cleanups. I have even been known to take the hosepipe to the boys to clean them up or bath them in the paddling pool. We are big fans of the large rolls of paper that you can get from Ikea.