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Arts and Crafts

Homemade Salt Dough Decorations

Homemade Salt Dough Decorations

Christmas is a lovely time of year to make something with your child to give as a gift. It doesn't need to cost a fortune after all it's the thought that counts. The memories it creates and the lessons of kindness, giving and sharing help to spread some Christmas spirit. These homemade salt dough decorations are easy to make and can be personalised in colour and design. As a child I always loved and felt proud of giving something to someone that I had made with care and love. This is something I want to teach my little one about. It…
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Halloween Cardboard Tubes

Halloween Cardboard Tubes

Halloween Cardboard Tubes allow you to make fun novelty decorations for the Halloween season. I had a go with my eldest at making a few which included a cat, pumpkin, vampire and monster. Read below to see how to make them.  What do I need to make the Halloween Cardboard Tubes? Cardboard tubes Child friendly paints - I used orange, black, green and purple. PVA Glue SellotapeBlack felt tip pen Googly eyesPipe cleaners (1 x green and 3 x black) 1 x orange pom pom A sheet of Black, white and purple card or paper How to make Halloween Cardboard Tubes Plan what you are going…
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Ghost and Bat Puppets

Ghost and Bat Puppets

Here is a step by step guide to making Ghost and Bat Puppets. The puppets are great for flying around, using the imagination and make a great halloween craft and decorations. What do I need to make Ghost and Bat Puppets? White and black card or thick paperSmall round stickersLolly sticks Black felt tip pen Sellotape How do I make the Ghost and Bat Puppets Draw the outline of different shaped ghosts on to a sheet of white card and bats onto black card (see picture for inspiration)Cut out the shapes. Add the features - for the ghosts add two…
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How to make a toy parachute

How to make a toy parachute

Since lockdown we have been having lots of fun getting creative and crafting. Here is a bit of a STEM activity. We have learnt how to make a toy parachute and have had a great time in the garden throwing the parachute in the air and watching it come back 'down to Earth'! What do I need to make a parachute? 1 square of fabric, cut to 25cm - 30cm each side4 pieces of string / wool, cut to 20cm - 25cm long A plastic toy or wooden, approx the size of the person who is flying the parachutes hand…
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Firework Chalk Drawings

Firework Chalk Drawings

Drawing with chalk is an impactful and easy way to create effective firework pictures. We spent a lovely afternoon producing our firework chalk drawings. What do I need to make firework chalk drawings? Coloured chalk (we used jumbo chalks but smaller ones would also work)Black Paper or cardA pot of cold tap water How do I make firework chalk drawings? Soak the tip of your chalks in water for 2-3 minutes allowing the water to absorb into the drawing end of the chalk. If you're using smaller chalks it might not take as long. Put your black card or paper out ready…
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30 things to do in the garden at home

30 things to do in the garden at home

During lockdown we have been spending a lot of time playing in the garden and have come up with '30 things to do in the garden at home'. We have been so lucky with the weather and I am really hoping it continues, I also feel extremely spoilt and lucky to have a garden for my family to play in, as I appreciate not everyone has this opportunity. Below are 30 things to do in the garden at home, which will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for those days when you are maybe struggling to find some creativity…
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Homemade VE Day 2020 Decoration Ideas

Homemade VE Day 2020 Decoration Ideas

On Friday 8th May 2020 we will be marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Despite us being in lockdown due to the global pandemic, Covid-19 we will still be celebrating Victory in Europe Day and remembering all those who sacrificed their lives for us 75 years ago. We have been busy getting ready for the occasion and have crafted some Homemade VE Day 2020 Decoration Ideas. We will be marking this occasion in our household by having a Homemade Afternoon Tea which we will be sharing virtually with Grandparents. The plan is to decorate the front garden for the…
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