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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mother's Day Collage Sticky Heart Card

My girl's have always loved creating cards for family and friends for birthdays or special occasions. The great part about this is that our family members, myself and grandma included, love anything handmade, so handmade cards or pictures can also make the best presents. The girl's favourite type of card to make, other than a standard drawing, is a sticky card where we decorate a sticky shape on the front of a card. We've made so many over the years and this one is the collage sticky heart card they made their grandma for Mother's Day.


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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- Paper
- Scissors
- Sequins {optional}
- Confetti {optional}
- Stickers {any design}
- Crayons or pens





You can use any colour combination of materials you like for the collage sticky heart card. We used mainly green items as the girls were making this card for their grandma and her favourite colour is green. You can also use any embellishments you like to decorate the card. We raided our craft stash and the girls picked out some heart and flower sticker sheets, green heart confetti and some green, purple, silver and orange sequins to go with the green tissue paper. I set up all the collage items in a dip tray so it's easy for them to see everything and pick which pieces they want to use.

HOW TO MAKE A STICKY HEART CARD


1. Fold a piece of paper in half so it makes a card.
2. Draw a heart shape on the front of the card.
3. Use scissors to cut out the heart shape.
4. Stick contact paper to the back of the heart cut out {so the heart at the front of the card is sticky}.
5. Decorate the sticky heart with scrunched up tissue paper, stickers, confetti and sequins of your choice.



I left the design completely up to the girls and they added bits and pieces onto the heart wherever they wanted. The beauty of a sticky card is that because of the clear contact paper there's no glue required so once the actual card is made, kids can decorate it with very little help. I tore the tissue paper into strips and the girls scrunched it up into little balls themselves before sticking it on. Decorating the card is a great fine motor work out for kids as they scrunch the tissue paper, stick it on and when they pick up the sequins or peel off the stickers. All of those actions help with developing pincer grip and hand strengthening which are skills needed for writing at school.



The girls simply wrote Gma on the front of our card, which is what they call grandma. However if you want to write a special mother's day saying on the front you could try any of the following. Of course you can substitute them all for grandma as well.

  • I Love You To Pieces
  • Happy Mother's Day
  • Mum You're The Best
  • I Love You Mum

The girls have also made red and pink sticky heart cards for valentines day. The beauty about this card is that every single one will always be unique even if you make the same shape. They can also be made in different shapes, for example a flower or star.








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Monday, April 20, 2020

Earth Day Paper Plate Craft

Earth Day is an annual event held on April 22nd around the world. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and this years theme is climate action. Earth Day is typically celebrated by showing support for the environment which people can do in many different ways. Community groups often come together to facilitate a volunteer clean up day and support environmental charities. Due to the current world situation community get togethers are not possible, but Earth Day is going digital with many online events being hosted throughout the day at earthday.org

Of course it's still easy for families to individually celebrate Earth Day at home. Some hands on ways to celebrate Earth Day include planting a tree or some vegetable seeds, recycling, creating a compost bin in the backyard, setting up a worm farm, or by making a homemade bird feeder, butterfly feeder, or bug hotel. We're a pretty environmentally friendly family and have done a few of these activities already, as well as some environmental small world play, so when my girls asked to do some craft over the weekend I thought it was the perfect time to do some Earth Day crafting.

I came up with this idea by following my girls interests and using craft items we already had around the house. The girls both love painting and we have an abundance of paper plates, so I decided to combine the two and create an Earth Day Paper Plate Craft that we could all do together. It's a great visual reminder for them that we all have the ability to change the world and we're all responsible for making sure it's looked after. It was also a great process art craft with lots of fine motor practice which could easily be replicated in a classroom setting.


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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- Wooden pegs
- Cotton balls or pom poms
- Green & blue paint
- Skin colour paper
- Paintbrush
- Clear glue
- Scissors
- Pencil



The items needed for this craft are readily available at craft stores, dollar stores, or online from my Amazon store. You can also easily substitute items based on what you already have available at home, for example by using a glue stick instead of clear glue, or use a cut up sponge to paint if you don't have access to any cotton balls or pom poms. I would recommend using washable paint as it's easy to clean up if things get messy. Also a splash mat or old newspaper on the table and an art smock may be beneficial if working with younger children who may get a little too artistic.


HOW TO CREATE AN EARTH DAY PAPER PLATE CRAFT WITH KIDS


1. Paint the Earth by dabbing blue and green paint over the entire paper plate. We googled images of Earth so we had a starting point, but realistically if the paper plate has blue and green it's going to look close enough to the Earth. You may have to do a second coat of paint if your paper plate has a wax coating. Using the pegs and pom poms helps to naturally develop pincer grip by grasping the top of the peg to paint.

2. While the paper plate is drying trace around your hands on the skin coloured paper with a pencil. If it's a bit wobbly once you take your hands off the paper just go over it again with the pencil and smooth out the edges. My 6yr old traced her own hand prints and did mine and then I smoothed out the edges.



3. Cut out the hands with scissors. This is great scissors practice for kids and it doesn't matter if they don't follow the lines perfectly as the hand prints will be glued onto the plate with the pencil side down. Once the hand prints are cut out flip them over and place them on top of the plate until you are happy with their position. They should go on the side towards the bottom to make it look like you're holding the world in your hands.

4. Paint some glue onto the hands on the side with the pencil. We found the easiest way to do this was to pour liquid glue into a container and use a paintbrush to evenly spread the glue over the paper.

5. Glue down the fingers onto the front of the paper plate then flip it over and glue the bottom of the hands to the back of the plate. When you do this you will find the the hands are squared off where they fold over, but don't worry that will be fixed when they're dry.

6. Finally, once the hands have fully dried, trim the straight sections to make them curved along the edge of the plate. Now your masterpiece is complete and ready to be displayed.


Our finished paper plate Earth's are being proudly displayed on our art wall in the loungeroom along with all our other April art. I really love how the hand prints are a great way to remember how little the kids hands are, I think we'll redo this activity every year so we can see how much they've grown. 

MORE EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES TO TRY






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Friday, April 17, 2020

How to make a DIY Recycled Bird Feeder

Want to attract more birds to your garden? Don't worry you don't need to go and buy a fancy bird house or bird bath, you can attract them with something as simple as a toilet paper roll or a milk bottle. You can make an easy DIY bird feeder from recyclables with an empty milk bottle and a few items from around the house by following the steps below.

We've been spending so much time at home lately and the girls have become really interested in the wildlife that visits our yard. They love watching the birds, bees, dragonflies, ladybirds and butterflies that visit our garden. A few weeks ago we made our own DIY butterfly feeder to attract more butterflies and they've been so excited checking it all the time, so we decided to make our own DIY bird feeder from things we had around the house too.

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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED



We use a 3ltr milk bottle every week in our house so instead of recycling one I washed it out and let it dry to use for our bird feeder. If you don't have an empty milk bottle you could use an empty juice bottle, cordial bottle or a cardboard milk or juice carton. I used a long lacing string to tie ours up to hang because I couldn't find our jute string at the time, however any string would work. Everything we needed to make our bird feeder I found at home for free, however if you need to buy anything it's all relatively cheap to source from a stationary shop, hardware store or even most supermarkets.




HOW TO MAKE A DIY BIRD FEEDER USING A MILK BOTTLE


1. Gather all of your items together in the one spot. Fill a small bowl with birdseed so it's easier to fill the bird feeder once it's constructed.



2. Use a sharpie to mark out the area to cut out so the birds can access the feeder. We marked out both of the larger sides of the milk bottle approximately 1.5cm from the side and bottom edges and continued a small way past the handle height to allow room for birds to fit into the feeder.



3. Cut into the pen outline with a stanley knife and use scissors to continue cutting out the shape. If you're confident enough using a stanley knife you can use it to cut out the entire section. Once both sides are cut out you should have a relatively open milk bottle with plenty of access for small birds.



4. Tape around the edges where you've cut so they're not sharp and won't harm birds if they touch the edge. We did this with plain clear sticky tape, but you could use washi tape for a decorative touch.

5. Use a hole punch to punch a hole on either side of the bottle. Thread the wooden screwer through to make a perch for birds to land on. Tape it in place if the hole is bigger than the thickness of the scewer, so it doesn't slide out.

6. Hang the bird feeder with your choice of string. We poked 3 holes into the top of the milk bottle so it would hang straight because we were hanging it over a pipe out the front in our garden. How you hang it will depend on where you want to hang it. You can hang it off a tree branch, tie it to a fence, or hang it to a pergola beam or gutter. Wherever you hang it make sure it's up off the ground and away from any pets so that birds will feel safe coming to land on it.



7. Fill the bird feeder with seed in the base of the milk bottle up to the scewer.







We set up our bird feeder out the front above our garden, because birds frequently sit on our garage roof near there, and it's easy for the girls to look out the front window and see it without going out and disturbing them. It's only been up for a day so far and while we haven't caught any birds on it yet, there are a fair few empty seed husks inside the milk bottle so I think we've had some sneaky visitors already.


OTHER FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS


- 30+ Free Activities to do Outside
- Make DIY Chalk Paint
- Make a DIY Butterfly Feeder




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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

DIY Chalk Paint

Are you always finding broken bits of chalk laying around? Chalk and crayons are notorious for breaking apart as kids use them, and just like broken crayons, chalk can be repurposed. Don't throw out all the little bits and pieces, collect them up and make some DIY 2 ingredient chalk paint.

Like a lot of other families lately, we've been spending a lot of time stuck at home. However, it's good for the soul to get outside and escape the four walls of the house, so we decided to chalk paint our front pathway. Making the chalk paint itself is just as much fun as painting with it, so it's like two activities in one. It not only brightened my kids day, it also brought some joy to our neighbours as well.

Friday, April 10, 2020

How to Play with a Grimms Rainbow: Over 50 Play Ideas

Without a doubt one of the most popular wooden toys available is the Grimms large rainbow. But why is it so popular? Should you buy one? Who are Grimms? How do you play with a Grimms rainbow? Don't worry, by the end of this post I'll answer all your questions and you'll know everything you need to know to determine if you need a Grimms rainbow at your place {or school/daycare}, including over 50 ways to play with a large Grimms rainbow.
Grimms large wooden rainbow

WHAT IS A GRIMMS RAINBOW?


Grimms Spiel & Holtz Design {more commonly known as Grimms} is a world renowned family owned German toy manufacturer. They've been designing, manufacturing and selling wooden toys since 1978 and they're now stocked in boutique toy stores all over the world. Grimm's specialise in open ended Montessori and Waldorf inspired toys made from sustainably sourced wood.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

30 Bunny Crafts for kids: DIY Cards, Paper Crafts & Sewing Projects

It's almost Easter so that means it's the perfect time to make all the bunny crafts! If you need some inspiration, I've put together 30 bunny crafts for kids including diy cards, paper crafts, painting and drawing sheets plus sewing projects. You don't need to be a crafty mum or kindy teacher in order to do these crafts, they all have step by step instructions and some also come with free printable templates.
bunny craft ideas for kids
Monday, April 6, 2020

How to make a DIY Glitter Calm Down Sensory Bottle

Sensory play sometimes gets a bad wrap or people immediately close themselves off to the idea because they associate it with mess. Sensory play doesn't necessarily mean mess. Sensory bottles are a great way for kids to engage in sensory play without making any mess. I've made lots of sensory bottles with dry ingredients like rice, beans, pasta and couscous, however even I avoided making water based ones for years {because I was paranoid they would leak}. However, now that we've made one, I wish I had tried it years ago.

Water based sensory bottles are a great way for kids of all ages {and adults} to help deal with anxiety, feel less stressed and less overwhelmed. They're also great to use to calm down before bed and as a screen free quiet time activity. They also provide a great incentive for tummy time for babies and are great for eye tracking as they watch the movement inside the bottle.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

30 Games, Activities and Crafts to try with Plastic Easter Eggs

Plastic Eggs are everywhere in the lead up to Easter. Craft stores, dollar stores, even the supermarkets are full of shiny, brightly coloured plastic eggs. They're a great alternative to chocolate Easter eggs for an Easter egg hunt and you can hide small objects inside for an instant surprise egg

As soon as Easter is over they quickly disappear from the shelves, however unlike chocolate Easter eggs, these ones don't get eaten; so what do you do with them all for the rest of the year? I'm generally anti plastic items for play, but plastic Easter eggs are one of my exceptions, because they're actually a really great open ended learning resource. Instead of throwing them out or hiding them away in a box for a year, try some of these 30 fun crafts, games and learning activities that can be done with plastic eggs all year round.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

How to make a DIY Butterfly Feeder

My girls are obsessed with butterflies, they get so excited when one comes into our yard. They much prefer butterfly watching to bird watching. Unfortunately we have quite a small backyard and no plants so most of the butterflies that come in our yard are simply passing through looking for flowers.

To try and encourage more butterflies into our yard and to get them to stay for longer I decided to make our own butterfly feeder. Butterflies are attracted to bright flowers and nectar so I did a bit of research and then came up with a simple butterfly feeder using items from around the house. Making the butterfly feeder with the girls was a fun activity within itself and since then it's provided hours of entertainment and excitement as they check it for butterflies.


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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- Water
- Scissors
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Rocks {optional}
- Pyrex jug {optional}
- Banana or orange pieces {optional}
- Shallow basket or wicker plate holder
- 1.5m thick ribbon, bakers twine or jute string
- Plastic lid or plant saucer
- Flowers from the garden




To make a butterfly feeder the main thing you will need is a flat basket or plate so that you have an area to put the butterfly food on, which is what attracts them. I made ours a hanging butterfly feeder because we have cats so I used a wicker plate holder as the base with a plastic bucket lid inside to hold the butterfly food. If you don't have any other animals in your yard you could make the butterfly feeder without any string and leave it on a table or in the garden, in that case you could just use a plant saucer or a shallow bowl. 

HOW TO MAKE A HANGING BUTTERFLY FEEDER


1. Collect all the items you will need. To make our butterfly feeder I simply repurposed items we already had around the house that I could transform into the idea I had in my head. We have a heap of wicker plate holders that I inherited from my grandma and I've been pondering what to do with them for a while, turns out they're perfect for a hanging butterfly feeder. I didn't have any shallow lightweight bowls so I used a plastic lid from a fairy floss bucket. I couldn't find our twine so I searched the Christmas stash and found some silver elastic ribbon.



2. Cut the string in half to make two even pieces. Thread a piece of string through the wicker basket on either side. Make sure the two pieces coming out are even in length so the basket will hang flat.



3. Make the sugar water mixture. Boil some water in a jug then combine water and sugar in a pyrex jug and stir until all the sure is dissolved. You will need to use a 9:1 ratio of water to sugar. We used 9 tablespoons of boiled water and one tablespoon of caster sugar. You can use any sugar you like, but caster sugar dissolves a lot quicker because it's so fine. Once the sugar is dissolved put it in the fridge to cool. 



If you don't have a pyrex jug you can measure out the water and sugar and boil it in a saucepan on the stove top. Stir the sugar as it boils until it is completely dissolved. Transfer the water mixture into the fridge to cool.

4. While the water is cooling collect some flowers from the garden to use in your butterfly feeder. You can use any flowers, however pink and purple ones are meant to attract butterflies better than other colours. We cut some flowers from our neighbours yard, you could also collect some on a nature walk or from a park.



5. Layer all the items inside to butterfly feeder. Put your plastic lid or saucer inside the wicker plate holder and place the flowers on top to get an idea of where to place them. If you're hanging the basket it's easier to compile it all once the basket is already hung, but I did this to have an idea of how I wanted to set it all out.



6. Hang your butterfly feeder outside on a post or in a tree. We initially hung ours under our pergola in the backyard and later moved it to the front of the house. Make sure the basket is hanging flat before you add all the items into it.

7. Assemble the butterfly feeder. Carefully pour the water mixture into the butterfly feeder {you will only need a small amount if your lid/saucer is shallow}. Any left over mixture can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Layer the flowers into the sugar water so the stems are in the water and the flowers are overhanging the edge of the basket. You can also add some rocks to balance the weight if needed and some pieces of banana or orange into the mixture. Butterflies are attracted to nectar so the bright flowers and sugar water + sugary fruit will attract them to land on the feeder. *You will need to change the flowers every few days as they wilt and top up the water mixture as needed.




Our butterfly feeder has been set up for over a week now and the girls love checking it to see if there's any butterflies on it. There have been all different coloured butterflies stopping by {of course they always fly away before I get a photo}. We initially set up our butterfly feeder in the backyard, but we've now hung it in our front garden so all the neighbours can enjoy watching the butterflies as well.



MORE FUN IDEAS TO TRY OUTDOORS


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