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Play Dough Shapes

Play Dough Shapes

Play Dough is a great tool for encouraging both play and learning. This play dough shapes activity uses play dough and lolly sticks, allowing fine motor skill to be used whilst allowing your child to get creative, making lots of different shapes. There are also some great extension activities to this activity. What resources will I need to make Play Dough Shapes? Lolly Sticks (approx 10-20) Play Dough  How do I make a Play Dough shape? Role up balls of play dough 'the glue'.  Use the lolly sticks as the sides to your shape (see picture below).  Push them into /…
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Cardboard Tube Monsters

Cardboard Tube Monsters

How cute are these little Cardboard Tube Monsters? See monsters don’t need to be scary! What do I need to make a Cardboard Tube Monster? A cardboard tube. Coloured child friendly paints and a paint brush. Googly Eyes. Pipe Cleaners and / or Pom Poms. Coloured paper or card. Sellotape. How do I make a Cardboard Tube Monster? Paint the cardboard tube the colour that you would like your monster to be. Let the tube dry.Once dry, stick your googley eyes onto the the top 1/3 of the cardboard tube using PVA - you might want to use between 1-5…
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Pom Pom Counting

Pom Pom Counting

Using objects for counting can make the learning process a more visual and hands on activity versus just using a pen and paper. This Pom Pom Counting activity is bright, colourful and interactive. What do I need? Pom Poms - about 6010 cup cake casesChild friendly tweezers (optional) A pen How do I do the activity? On the insides of the cupcake cases write the following numbers - one number per cake case - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. (See photo above).Line the cup cake cases up in order. Put the pom poms in…
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Easter Salt Dough Decorations

Easter Salt Dough Decorations

Easter Salt Dough Decorations always look great on an Easter Tree and certainly add the homemade feel to your Easter decorating. Alternatively, why not gift Easter Salt Dough Decorations to friends and family.  What do you need to make the salt dough?  Simply mix – 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of plain flour into a bowl, adding the water a bit at a time to the dry ingredients, then mix and squish them together until you end up with a ball of dough. You will also need Easter shaped cookie cutters - we used…
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Woolly Sheep Craft

Woolly Sheep Craft

This woolly sheep craft is fun to make, a little messy but very cute! The sheep is a great craft for Easter, spring or if you would like to make a farm animal. What do I need to make a woolly sheep? Cardboard Cotton Wool PVA Glue 2 x Wooden Pegs Scissors Black and Pink Felt Tip Pens How do I make a woolly sheep? Draw the outline of a sheep on the card - include an ear, head and body (see picture). Cut out your sheep shape. Peg the two wooden pegs to the sheep to make the legs (see picture).  Now cover the sheep…
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Cress Egg Head People

Cress Egg Head People

Cress Egg Head People are great fun to make and also give a daily activity as you need to nurture the cress to make sure it is watered and therefore grows. You will need: Eggs for the empty half egg shellsCotton woolCress seedsWaterPensCardboard TubesPaints How do I make the Egg Cress Head People?  Break an egg in two, empty and keep the egg shells for the heads. Fill the half egg shells with cotton wool and dampen with water. Sprinkle cress seeds onto the damp cotton wool. Put the filled egg shells in little pots facing upwards, place on a window sill and…
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Cardboard Peg Rabbits

Cardboard Peg Rabbits

These cardboard peg rabbits can be used as a Easter craft, Easter decoration or an Easter card. They are simple to make and each one can be different. My eldest decided to make rainbow rabbits whilst I opted for more traditional Easter colours on my creations!  What do I need to make Cardboard Peg Rabbits? Cardboard - we used corrigated cardPaints  Wooden Pegs Pom Poms PVA Glue How do I make the Cardboard Peg Rabbits? Draw around a cup, plate or bowl on to the cardboard. The cut out the disks - draw as many circles as you would like rabbits.  Then paint the…
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Handprint Carrots

Handprint Carrots

These handprint carrots are a quick craft and look really effective, plus you don't need many resources. Why not stick your Handprint Carrot onto a piece of folded card to make into an Easter Card. What do I need? Green and Orange card or paper Orange pen PencilScissors Glue How do I make Handprint Carrots? Draw around your child's hand using a pencil on the green card. Cut out the handprint (an adult should do this part). Draw and cut out a carrot shape on the orange card (an adult should do this part).Then draw some curved orange lines from…
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Make a Ladybird Headband

Make a Ladybird Headband

This ladybird headband is good fun to make. You could use face paints to paint your child's face red with black spots and add red or black clothes, allowing you to create a ladybird outfit quite easily. Alternatively, they could just wear the ladybird headband. Here is how to make a ladybird headband:  What do I need to make the Ladybird Headband?  Black Card Red Card or PaperWhite Card or Paper 2 x Red Pipe Cleaners 2 x Black Pom Poms ScissorsA Stapler PVA Glue Sticky Tape How do I make a ladybird headband? Get the two pipe cleaners and put a blob of PVA glue…
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Paper Daffodils

Paper Daffodils

Paper Daffodils are lovely to make during the Spring and they are straight forward to make. You could use them as a gift for Mother’s Day, Birthdays or St David’s Day or you could add them to a card for any celebration. What do I need to make a Paper Daffodil? Yellow card Lolly sticks Green pens or green paintYellow or white cup cake casesA Glue Stick Sticky TapeScissorsPencil Rubber How do I make a Paper Daffodil? Prepare your lolly stick by colouring it in green - either by colouring it with a pen or by painting it green. Let the lolly stick…
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