Make Simple Christmas Tree Decorations with icy pole sticks

Posted under Christmas

10Dec
Make simple Christmas Tree ornaments using icy pole sticks!

Make Simple Christmas Tree Decorations with Icy Pole Sticks Brought to you by Crayola Last week, I visited one of our educators who was making simple Christmas Tree decorations with miniature icy pole sticks (popsicle sticks).  They were so cute, and something the children could easily do. Our educator had seen this craft in her daughter’s preschool room and had…

Festive Fun- Writing on Windows!

Posted under Drawing and Painting

9Dec
writing on windows

Festive Fun! When else are you allowed to write on windows? In conjunction with Crayola.   Last week, I was co-host of our monthly Crafternoon get together. (Madness… it’s been going for 4.5 years now!)   We decided to make it a cooking/baking day, so the girls all made a festive Christmas box with a handle and then filled it…

Five Simple Ways to Overcome Mealtime Challenges

Posted under Mealtimes

7Aug
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Mealtime Challenges Five quick and easy ideas to try! Brought to you by Crayola.   The most difficult part of my day at the moment is the end-of-day rush trying to make a healthy nutritious meal (no, toasted cheese sandwiches for dinner doesn’t quite cut it!), put the dinner on the table, and tidy up afterwards so I’m not left…

Make your own tic tac toe game

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts, Simple sewing

24Aug
kids nature crafts

Project #24.  Make your own tic tac toe game Paint your own Bumble Bee and Ladybird game pieces using stones, and sew up a Leaf Games Board Time: Paint needs a little drying time between coats but this can still be done in half a day. Difficulty: Acrylic Paint Fun. Keep wet towels and newspaper handy.   Here’s a simple nature-inspired…

DIY Toy Butterfly Made Out Of Paper

Posted under Nature and Animal Crafts

6Aug
butterfly crafts

  Project #6:  DIY Toy Butterfly Made Out Of Paper Personalise it by cutting it from painted paper Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy.   I love a good way of using up some of my children’s paintings. (Although you can make a watercolour painting particularly for this craft of course!)  And I love butterfly crafts. So this butterfly made out of paper is…

Teaching painting to children: watercolour fun

Posted under Drawing and Painting

5Aug
teaching painting to children

Project #5:  Teaching Painting to Children Watercolour fun! and Colour Experimentation Time: Unlimited! Difficulty: Easy (While this craft is easy, I know from experience that lots of mamas aren’t a big fan of messy painting.  If you’d like to learn a very helpful way of setting up the activity of teaching painting to children, so that children become self-managing, careful…

Art lesson ideas: printing on fabric

Posted under Drawing and Painting

30Jul
art lesson ideas

 Art lesson ideas: how to stamp on calico fabric using all kinds of ‘stamps’ Last Saturday, it was my friend Cindi and my turn to host our next Crafternoon. I love these crafternoons because they are a gentle push to come up with something new. But this time I didn’t have to think at all. Cindi’s daughter’s class parents had recently…

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…

‘Rainbow’ Drawing and Knotting Activity

Posted under Rainy Day

21Mar

Children love rainbows, don’t they? Why not make a beautiful rainbow to hang in their room? Draw a rainbow shape and ask the child to cut it out. Give them a set of crayons and invite them to colour the rainbow. You might start it off with the red on top. This can also be a wonderful ‘matching’ game, trying…

Seed painting: A how-to tutorial

Posted under Drawing and Painting, Nature and Animal Crafts

30Nov

A few weeks ago, we went to an eco-friendly festival. This was one of the activities on offer. On the table were five or six small dishes filled with acrylic paint, and mixed into the acrylic paint were all kinds of seeds- sunflowers and daisies included.  The children were then given a large sheet of butcher’s paper and invited to…

Outdoor Playground Ideas: music, worm farms, mudpits, and chalk drawing walls

Posted under Outdoors

6Jul

Wow! Can you imagine an outdoor playground with all these things? *a music tree *a teepee     a worm farm (oh, those juicy worms!) a veggie bed a mud pit a bike and car track paint and chalk walls a bamboo screen cubby moveable features and differing terrain. Future planning includes: tube telephones a moveable series of connecting pipes…

Peg doll characters: Milly Molly Mandy and friends by Joyce Lancaster Brisley

Posted under Dolls

24Jun

This is my Milly Molly Mandy inspiration. Oops, she needed a white belt, not a red one! Billy Blunt, Milly Molly Mandy, Little friend Susan. And I’m inspired to make story sets with these dolls. Simple, and easy to carry. This is Little Red Riding Hood (or Red Cap, her traditional name). I first painted her hair, and fringe. Then,…

Magic rainbow ribbon wand DIY tutorial

Posted under Drawing and Painting

18Feb

We’ve been catching rainbows!  Want to join us?? Firstly, take a craft stick and attach a fishing swivel to one end with a screw. (Fishing swivels can be found in boating/camping/fishing stores)   Cut a strip of silk 5cm in width and at least one metre long. Thread a needle with a piece of embroidery thread, and run a gathering…

Peekaboo love heart note card DIY tutorial

Posted under Paper

13Feb

Are you planning on leaving a love note anywhere on Valentine’s Day? Here is a simple way to make a love heart peekaboo card to surprise your favourite loved ones. I’ve just made 36, one for everyone of my Moondew children, and one for my husband and two children too! Shhh, don’t tell! You’ll need a template to help cut…

Make your own outdoor chalk board

Posted under Drawing and Painting

23Nov

Our newest addition to our outside playground is the rock-edged blackboard. I love having a place where children can come and use good quality, vibrant, rainbow-hued chalk to make their own drawing creations. Sometimes, when the hussle and bussle of play is just too much, or they are having a quiet, contemplative type of day, drawing is just the tonic….