What To Make With Pinecones: Preschool Activities

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What To Make With Pinecones

Project #25: What to make with pinecones Meet Mr Pine Cone Gnome, the perfect preschool activity Time: 20 minutes maximum Difficulty: Hardest part is finding the pine cone!   Down by the river, there is a row of tall pine trees. I went down there looking for some pine cones but there wasn’t a single one. (I’m thinking that there may…

Sorting activity for children: thread pegs

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Do your children like to sew? Letting children into my thread box is kind of like asking for a cotton thread whirlwind. No matter how careful they are, my threads end up everywhere, tangled and knotted. Then I saw this magnificent idea one day. Simply wind a small amount of coloured thread around a wooden peg and thread the end…

Rainy day Activity Fun: Cookie cutters and playdough

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Ned and I found a set of brand new cookie cutters, plastic ones from about the 70′s, in one of our local op shops. He spent almost a whole day playing with the cookie cutters and his rainbow playdough . It wasn’t just cutting out the shapes. No sir. Once he had made his rainbow set of cars, he spent…

Using coloured matchsticks to make simple pictures

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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’…

Rice activities for children: Rice Table truck and car play

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Ned loves his sandpit.  He really loves his sandpit. But on wet days, when he can’t get outside to play, he often tries to find creative substitutes from my pantry.  Flour works. Check.  Breadcrumbs work. Check. But to be honest, I can’t clean up another flour adventure ever again!     I have been thinking about something else that he…

How to personalise your own socks with rainbow colours

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You will need some fabric markers or crayons. The Pentel Fabric Fun crayons were great. You can use a pencil sharpener to transform the blunt sticks into points for writing too. (Don’t bother with the crayola brand- they are rubbish on socks. Actually, rubbish-full stop. These are the first crayola product I wouldn’t buy again) And a blank pair of…

How to make Wishing Stone painted magnets

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Here is an idea using those clear wishing stones you find in all good cheap shops. Turn them over and paint the flat side. (When you turn them right side up, the image you paint will be magnified) This is a little tricky. We kind of have to paint ‘backwards’ First thing that you paint will become the ‘topmost’ layer…

How to make oven bake clay jewelry like brooches, badges and medallions

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How to make oven bake clay jewelry like these brooches In most craft shops, it is possible to find something called Sculpty Clay, or Fimo.  (I remember Fimo from when I was a child.  My mum loved to wear big chunky necklaces made from this stuff!) It comes in all the colours of the rainbow, and when your creation is…

Decorate a Cupcake activity and a fishing for balloons party game

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Last year, Ned and I went to the 100th Anniversary Fair of our local school. This is the school where my next door neighbour’s daughter goes to, and the same one my younger sisters attended when we first moved to Queensland.   The Spring Fair was held on a Friday, to enable the day to be run almost completely by…