How to make a pom pom with yarn for an apple prop or decoration

Posted under Autumn, Wool and Fleece

27Aug
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How to make a pom pom with yarn Pom Pom apples for an Autumn nature table display I really love the simplicity of a few wrapped branches in baby glass bottles and a tribe of pom pom apples. Such an easy craft but super cute.     (These natural timber mushrooms are pretty handsome also!) Remember pompoms from childhood. Have you…

Make a set of drawing mats for artistic fun at home

Posted under Drawing and Painting

12Feb
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    One of the things I hear most often from parents when we are talking about providing artistic or creative fun activities for our children at home is concern or annoyance at the mess that usually comes too.  While we might have good intentions and really want to support and encourage our children’s artistic prowess, sometimes it all just…

Tap Tap construction game for children

Posted under Rainy Day

8Feb

Have you ever seen this Hammer Nail Tap Tap game? They are sold in sets-  shapes, or animals, or houses or trees.  Each set comes with a number of timber pieces cut into the specific style, pre drilled with a small hole.  There is also a cork board, a container of tiny brass pin nails and a wooden hammer. I store…

Holiday Activity Fun: Rubber duck scooping

Posted under Party

28Dec

Ned played this game at a fete we went to recently. Children were given a big scooping net with a long handle and invited to scoop up a rubber duck. Each duck had a number written on the underside and the number determined the prize you won. I love prizes and so do children, but sometimes the prizes children receive at…

A no-frills cheap Christmas or birthday gift for young children

Posted under Gift giving

22Dec

In this month of Christmas excess, I was reminded that sometimes the most simple of things, in this case a whole bunch of pegs from the peg basket, can be the best gift ever. Playing with pegs! Who’d have thought a pack of pegs could ever be such fodder for children’s creativity? Ned and his little friend spent at least…

Make a felt rope: A how-to tutorial

Posted under Felt and Felting

26Nov

Felt ropes are such fun! Children LOVE to roll them, getting all soapy and sudsy and wet. They also love making necklaces, snakes and bracelets with them or just playing with them too. It’s a great sunny day activity. All you need is some lengths of dry coloured fleece about 50cm long, and a bucket of soapy water. If I’m…

Homemade bubble wands, a how-to tutorial using sticks, wire and ribbon

Posted under Outdoors

4Oct

My friend Simone prepared this lovely idea for her son’s 4th birthday party and I just had to share  (with permission of course) She cut some small branches and some 30cm lengths of wire. The adults were asked to twist the centre of the wire into a circular shape, then use the leftover lengths to attach it to the branch….

Make a Felt ball necklace activity for children

Posted under Party

20Sep

How about felt ball necklace making? A whole lot of felt balls (preprepared by the children or pre bought) were on display in sorted dishes. And by the side of the table sat a basket of seedpods, predrilled with a small hole in the centre. (Some lucky dad must have had this job!) The children chose 5 felt balls in…

How to plant a succulent in a teacup

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Rainy Day

13Sep

Find a lovely teacup and saucer in a charity shop. This is easier said than done as many teacup sets now are priced as though they are antiques. It really is a treasure hunt to find a set for under $2.  Have fun searching! I set up a big bucket of soil and gave the children spoons to scoop the…

How to make a little cloth dolly. Perfect for the dollhouse.

Posted under Dolls

29Aug
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Cut this pattern from a piece of your favourite coloured flannelette. My pattern is approx 10cm in length and 8cm across the arm width. (slightly bigger than onscreen) You’ll need to make two little hands and a head too. Use tricot or a skin coloured cloth. (Rugby knit will work if you can find a decent colour) The material needs…

How to make Rainbow Sand Vases

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Spring

16Aug

The winter wattle is fading, which is a sure sign that Spring is on the way and what better way to celebrate than making a colourful vase to welcome the new blossoms? (The little bumble bees are from the Summer Swap I just received from Catherine in the USA).  Gorgeous, aren’t they!) Firstly, you’ll need about 1/2 bucket of white…

Using coloured matchsticks to make simple pictures

Posted under Rainy Day

31Jul

I found this small bag of coloured matchsticks a few years back in a cheap store. I’ve had them in my cupboard and have never known what to do with them, other than maybe collage… When I found a clear lidded box from an old puzzle, I thought of a use. Perhaps, the matchsticks could be like rainy day ‘blocks’…