Spending time outdoors with your child is beneficial to both you and them. If you have a garden with trees or a nearby woodland, then I recommend building a den. Dens make perfect birdwatching hides for those who are keen on spotting our feathered friends. They provide shelters and basecamps for woodland walks or picnics in the woods. Building Dens offers a range of advantages to children of all ages.
A passion for music is something that everybody should have. There is such a vast array of musical styles out there that there is sure to be something for everybody. When you are a parent, you should introduce your child to the world of music. If, at first, it seems as though your little one does not like music at all, you should keep at it. Over time, they will start to adore particular songs […]
Ideas for celebrating St Patrick's Day with kids St Patrick's Day can be lots of fun for your toddler. Make the most of the rainbow, pot of gold and shamrock images to create some festive decorations and cakes. Saint Patrick's Day Lá Fhéile Pádraig is an annual holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick ( AD 387–493), the most commonly recognized of the Patron Saints of Ireland. Originally a Christian holiday, it became an […]
This festive season my children were invited to a Kids Christmas party at their cousins. Ages ranged from 6 month old twins to my almost 9 year old daughter. Ages 2,4 and 6 were covered by the 4 boys between. That's 6 boys and one girl! Christmas Party Ideas My cousin arranged the event, I just had to show up and help out. Bonus! These are some of the lovely Christmas party ideas we enjoyed […]
The adventures of Jingle, Our Christmas Elf Day 19: Jingle obviously decided we had not decorated our home enough for his liking. We found him in the kitchen sitting in a cupcake tower stand and he had left a pile of paper shapes ready to be assembled into a paper chain. He had very thoughtfully made sure the colours of the papers were in keeping with the colours we had chosen for our decor this […]
Make your own Wreath Get a circular wreath shape. There are ones made from florists foam, willow sticks, polystyrene, and plastic. All you need to make sure of is that it can have wires poked into it. I have also used old tights-the leg bits-filled with empty carrier bags before and shaped into a circle. Great for decorating if you are not going to need to poke anything into it for attaching . It works […]
The Adventures of Jingle , Our Christmas Elf Day 12 Today Jingle was found sitting on the windowsill in the kitchen inside a sleigh ornament. He had put Christmas hat chair covers onto the 5 chairs and left 3 super shiny Christmas party hats and a pack of Christmas stickers on the table. He invited us to decorate and personalise our party hats using the stickers. It was a lovely start to the morning and […]
Each of my children has their own collection of decorations for the Christmas tree. Every year they are allowed to choose a new one from the shops to add to their collection. They get to hang their own decorations on the tree and one day, when they leave our family home and move into their own homes, they will have a box full of decorations from their childhood to put onto their first tree. This […]
13 Fantastic Face Paint ideas Gallery Does your child like having their face painted? Mine do. So much so that whenever we go to any festivals and fairs we end up standing for ages in the queue waiting for our turn to get painted. This annoyed me, as did the price tag at times that I decided to invest in a few packs of good quality face paint to keep at home. Now we paint […]
Pumpkin Bats are easy to make. Follow the instructions below for a fun and simple activity. These super cute and scary bats are perfect for a rainy autumn day. Easily made from small pumpkins and craft foam, they will look great on your Halloween display.
At this time of year it is great fun to be indoors doing arts, crafts and baking. This post pulls together all the harvest/ autumn/Halloween inspired activities from this site in one easy collection! Although it says 31 days of crafts and activities, there are a lot more as some posts have loads of ideas in them too! I hope you enjoy this time of the year as much as I do and that you'll […]
This craft project is one your kids will quickly get enthusiastic about. Almost anything can be shaped. Once your dough shapes are dry, they can be painted and used as great table decorations or even for hanging on trees or branches. It is cheap and uses ingredients you most probably already have in your food cupboard. Make up a batch and let the kids have fun…and what's great is that unlike play dough, you'll have […]
Do you find it too difficult to carve a pumpkin? Here are some kid-friendly ways to decorate your pumpkin without using a knife. These ideas use paper scraps, paint, glue and other crafty bits and bobs. You can even use those cheaper, less than perfect looking pumpkins for these as you are going to cover them anyway.
For a brief few days pumpkins during October, jack-o'-lanterns will flicker across many countries, the happy result of wicked imaginations, fun-filled family afternoons, and lots of elbow grease. If your family is raring to carve a pumpkin this year, we've got the scoop on how to do it right.
St George's Day is a time to celebrate the patron saint of England. It's a super excuse to enjoy or learn about some of England's customs and traditions, and also to think about knights, castles, and dragons!
As a mother of 3 children, I occasionally get to hear these two highly irritating words: ” I'm Bored!” I detest it so much that it is now banned in our house and we have a poster up on the fridge with a few ideas. Growing up, I was told, that being bored was a sign of a boring person. I decided that I was not having boring people in my home! With young children, […]
The practise of decorating eggshells is quite ancient, with decorated, engraved ostrich eggs found in Africa which are 60,000 years old. Easter eggs, which are also called Paschal eggs, are eggs that are sometimes decorated. These eggs are usually used as gifts at Easter. The oldest known traditions include dyeing and painting chicken eggs. We have found 3 fun and simple activities for you to do with your child.
Creating a sensory tub for different themes is a fabulous way to get your little one interested and learning about different special days, colours, textures, sizes, shapes and theme related objects. Try to keep it simple, focusing on what the children are currently interested in – fitting things inside other things and filling and emptying. Ideas of things to add to your Easter sensory tub Use any size tray or container to […]
The skies are bluer, the breeze is warmer, the flowers are blooming and cute, cuddly baby creatures are being born. Along with all these marvelous changes to our environment, it means that once again, our children have a break from school. And so, us parents find the arduous task of keeping them meaningfully occupied. But don't panic, put a relaxed spring in your step by looking no further than our BizzyBabes and Yummy Mummy pages. To […]
It can't get simpler than this. A paper heart for any occasion from Valentines Day to just a everyday show of love, this love heart is sure to please the recipient. Age group: 9months + How to make love hearts What you need: Paper or card (coloured or plain) Tissue/crepe paper (tear and scrunch or roll into balls) glue (PVA is good) glitter What you do: Cut out a paper or card heart shape. Cover […]
Do you have a stash of leftover bits from wrapping paper? Don't like to throw them out but have no idea what to do with them? In this article I have some fabulous ideas to help you make use of leftover scraps of paper after Christmas. I also added a little tip for making your own wrapping paper-or rather, getting your children to make it! Here are some crafty, practical and environmentally conscious ideas for […]
Are you tired of the usual carrot left for the reindeer? Tired of answering the “Do the reindeer come inside to eat the carrots?” question. The “why do we only leave one or two carrots when there are so many reindeer?” Well this is how my family feed the reindeer. A few quick and easy store cupboard items and you'll have magical, sparkly reindeer food.
Cold, wet and rainy days usually mean we head for cover and warmth indoors, but snow is a different story. Snow , for the most part, is greeted with excitement and anticipation. With winter well on it's way, I thought I'd jot down a few ideas to keep you and your little ones occupied and entertained through the snowy days ahead. This article includes activities to do indoors and out when the snow is about.
This is a great way for you to help your child to celebrate themselves. Children enjoy making and creating things about themselves. Children usually have a sense of pride in what they do and love showing that off. Here's a way for your child to record all that is special (or not) about themselves in an All About Me poster. With a few simple materials you can create a lovely visual reminder for your child […]
We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake. “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man”, “Pat-a-cake”, “patty-cake” or “pattycake” is one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English Nursery Rhymes.
Autumn is a lovely transitional time of year when the fresh colours of summer give way to all things red, orange, golden and brown. I adore how the landscape changes and how the leaves glow in the sunlight. Decorating for autumn (or Fall for those readers in the US) can give your home a warm and cosy feeling just as the nights draw in and the weather chills. It is also the time when we […]
Here is a good seaside activity to do using coloured sand to make an original artwork. Sand Painting is a fun and easy way to create something really worth treasuring. Have a look at the instructions below and I'll bet you'll be heading down to the beach for some sand really soon!
Valentine's Day is often considered a more adult celebration. But it need not be. Have some lovey dovey fun making hearts, homemade heart shaped cookies or sweets and decorating the table with reds, pinks and whites.
The kiddies will love making these in all sizes and shapes. They smell really great and look gorgeous on your tree…and if anyone is really starving after Christmas lunch, they can attack your tree! Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments What you need: 1 cup Applesauce puree 1 oz (30g) Ground Cinnamon 1 oz (30g) Ground Cloves 1 oz (30g) Ground Nutmeg 1 oz (30g) Ground Ginger Icing Sugar or glitter for decoration Cookie cutters in Christmas shapes […]
I's only Twelve days until Christmas. Here are 12 fun things to do with your children. One for each day from now til Christmas Eve. Let the Christmas countdown begin! Pick and choose the order you'd like to do these activities…have fun and may your Christmas be a blessed one. Click on the crafts below to see how to make them… Here's a cute and easy way to get your littlest ones involved in making […]
Now that the rain keeps falling, I thought you may like to learn some fun and funny poems about rain with your toddler RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY Mother Goose Rain, rain, go away, Come again some other day, Little Johnny wants to play. Rain, rain, go to Spain, Never show your face again I'm waiting for a rainbow I'm waiting for a rainbow I'm waiting for the sun. I'm waiting for the rain to stop. […]
Children do not often get many opportunities to use scissors; either because we forget about them or because we are too scared to let them have a go. However, cutting is an essential skill. Children need to practice often to hone their ability and what's more , they love it. How to improve Scissor Skills Age group: 3 years+ What you need: Scrap paper, store catalogues, phone books or old magazines Child sized safety scissors. What […]
Kids love things that are slimy and ooze. Here is a safe and easy recipe for perfect slimy goo. Age Group: 2+ years Slime Recipe What you need: Cornstarch water food colouring What to do: Help your child measure a one to one ratio of water to cornstarch. Let her stir it to make the slime. Add a dash of food colouring for fun. If your child is really small, make the slime and just […]
Make this cute little hooty owl branch to decorate your Harvest table or just to liven up your home this Autumn. What you need: Pine Cone(s) Worn, smooth wood or branch (make sure it can sit evenly on a table top as it will form the base) Felt (preferably brown and orange) googly eyes feathers in natural colours Craft Glue (PVA works well) Scissors What to do: Lay the base wood or branch so it […]
Autumn is a fantastic time to make leaf rubbings and this craft is a lovely way to use them. Create a whole group of magical fairies using this technique! Autumn Leaf Fairy You will need: Crayons Paper Skin-tone or white card Leaves Glue stick Pens What to do: Put the leaves under the paper, with the veins facing up, and, holding them still, rub over the paper with the side of your crayon so a […]
Hedgehogs are adorable. Out in the countryside where we live, hedgehogs are a normal part of our world. There are even miniature signs warning motorists to slow down for hedgehogs crossing the roads and our community page on social media posts messages asking residents to leave water and dry cat food out for them. We thought it would be fun to celebrate this little creature through crafts. In this activity, you will be making a […]
Children love collecting little things on outings. From shells and stones to feathers and leaves, and all the treasures need a place to be kept safe. This simple box made using leftover boxes, some self adhesive plastic and embellishments is perfect for collecting those holiday treasures. Age group: 2+ years Simple Treasure box What you need: An empty box with a flip top lid. Such as those used for washing powder tablets or pizza or […]
This fun and cute creation is guaranteed to get your budding artist inspired. Using discarded clothing and a simple notebook, you can make a wonderful and educational tool for your toddler. This portable sketch pad is perfect for taking along in the car on road trips, in the plane to pass some time and to restaurants to occupy the kids while they wait for their food. Age group: 3+ years Portable Sketch pad What you need: Old […]
Beans are fun to plant and watch grow, are yummy to eat and even make great art materials. Try this quick and easy art activity using a variety of different types of beans and lentils. Age group: 3years+ Bean Art What you need: An assortment of dried beans and lentils Cardboard or stiff paper (the stiffer the better as the beans can be heavy) Glue (PVA is best) Marker pens/ Felt tips What to do: […]
Going away on holiday? Before you leave, get out the paints and get messy. Make these lovely postcards to send to friends and family far and near. Postcards Age group: 1 year+ What you need: Large piece of plain card (or cheat and buy ready cut plain postcards) paints sponges, brushes or fingers scissors or paper trimmer What to do: Have your toddler decorate the entire sheet of cardboard with patterns created through sponging, fingers […]
With this simple Pasta and Rice Paint recipe you can make all kinds of different colours of pasta and rice to make many different craft projects. Coloured pasta and rice can add so much texture to children's art and they will love the opportunity to use a different material for creating their masterpieces. Colour Rice and Pasta What you need… • Rice and/or pasta • Zipper bag(s) • Water • Food colouring in the colours […]
Simply talking, singing, playing sound and word games, reading, writing and drawing with your child are easy ways to build a firm literacy foundation. Your usual everyday activities, like going to the shop or library, as well as those special treats –like museum or zoo trips – all provide opportunities to develop literacy.
You know how you get stickers that you can scratch and sniff? Well here is my version of fun and smelly homemade paints! Well technically it's not homemade paints, but altered paints since you use existing paints but turn them into smelly versions. That sounds odd, but what I mean is that you can make the painting session one that stimulates your child's sense of smell by adding powdered drinks to the coloured paints to […]
For many parents, the idea of six weeks of summer holidays is terrifying. How will you keep your children amused and happy? What can you do to make sure they are entertained and busy? Here are a few simple holiday activity ideas to get you started! Holiday Activity A: Aquariums, Art Gallery, Activity centres, Acting workshops/classes, Animal farms B: The Beach, Baking, Bowling, Ballooning, Badmington, Boat rides, Balloon games C: Camping, Climbing centres, Children's centres […]
Every office needs a funky and functional desk tidy. Make this for your home office or as a gift for your desk at work. using a few readily available supplies, this project is sure to delight whoever is on the receiving end… Age group: 2 years + What you need: A thick piece of cardboard Paints (in as many or few colours as you want) PVA Glue Plate (to use as a template for the […]
Developing your child's Imagination and therefore their Imaginative play ability is easier than you think. Young children should be provided with opportunities to explore and share their ideas, feelings and thoughts through a variety of activities. Below are some age appropriate activities to help you stimulate your baby or toddler's imagination.
What better way is there to get your little ones thinking about our planet than by filling a week with activities about it. We have put together some practical ideas to help you teach your toddlers about looking after the environment. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment and is held on April 22 each year. It is similar to World Environment Day. Earth Day falls during spring in […]
Nursery Rhymes series: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at Humpty Dumpty.
This activity is really simple and lots of fun. It can provide a platform for teaching your child about insects and other creepy crawlies, as well as exploring shapes in nature. It is also a great way to get your little ones imagination going when you introduce imaginary bugs.
Nursery Rhymes Series Part 3: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at the three most common rhymes about sheep: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Little Bo Peep.
It's always fun to make butterflies as a craft activity. In this post I will be sharing a few ideas of different ways to make butterflies with your small children. These cute and unusual butterflies are great fun to make and use a variety of different techniques. Get your little one exploring natural materials and shapes as well as using paint, glue and paper.
St. Patrick’s Day remembers the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This public holiday has grown into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special Irish foods, merry music, dancing displays, drinking and a lot of green decorations. In this article you'll discover 3 shamrock themed crafts, and 3 recipes for St Patrick's Day themed food to enjoy. Make the most of the rainbow, pot of gold and shamrock images to create […]
Rainbows are a great way to teach colours, to reinforce the story of Noah's ark , to learn about weather or to enjoy around St Patrick's Day. Here are some rainbow foods for you and your pre schooler to make together.
Nursery Rhymes series Part 1: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Using hand prints are a fun, and easy way to get your little actively involved in creating a satisfying decoration. This activity is easy to do with only a few or with lots of children and can be done with any age group. The result is a fun and effective Christmas tree which looks great as part of your festive decorations. Christmas tree using hand prints Age group: 6 months+ What you need: A lot […]
It's getting to that time when you are starting to think about getting your Christmas tree and decorating it. We like to get our toddlers involved in making decorations and it is usually it's the simple ideas that are the best. It's that's true with these homemade glittery ornaments. Use cookie cutters to make paper cutouts, then cover in glitter to make pretty hanging ornaments for the Christmas tree.
You know how at the end of Christmas, when you've taken down the beautiful Christmas tree that has brightened up your home, everything suddenly looks bare and sad? I always feel that packing away the decorations and taking down the tree is quite a depressing end of the festive season ritual. But what if we simply left it up all year and repurposed it for other celebrations? What if we could use it to observe […]
The 3in1 Harvest basket is an simple, adaptable craft which can be used to make a free-standing decoration for your sideboard, a greetings card, or even a set of place-card holders for your Harvest table.
Fireworks of all kinds are used to celebrate Guy Fawkes and New Year's Eve as well as many other celebration days. They can be designed to burn with coloured flames and sparks including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and silver. Firework displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations. Large public professional displays are fun to attend and take the stress out of organising one […]
I don't know about the area where you live but it seems that at the moment, where I live, every village has an apple or harvest festival scheduled. With many wonderful products to buy, eat and taste. In this activity, try printmaking using apples and other fruits.
If you are keen to do some modelling and to make a decoration which will last a little longer than paper or card crafts, try making salt dough models. This is much like playing with playdough, only you get to keep the final product!
This is a very easy way to make a realistic looking leaf, using a real leaf as the template , a piece of paper and a crayon (or crayons). Read on to find out how to make them and check out the ideas for cute Autumn crafts using your rubbings.
Nursery Rhymes Series Part 1: We have decided to do a series of activity and crafts articles to help you and your toddler make the most of the Nursery Rhymes we all know and love. Here we are looking at two that refer to spiders: Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Muffet.
Get your little ones up and moving with this harvest song sung to the tune of London Bridge. Age group: 1 year + What you need: Gather clean dry leaves (you could use fabric leaves if you prefer) and bring them inside in a large space. Give a few of the children small brooms or plastic rakes What to do: If you have lots of children to participate in the activity, get them into a circle shape and […]
Why not reuse some little glass jars and turn them into these glittering glass painted candle holders! This is really quick and easy for kids to do and they look gorgeous all lit up. Make a few and give them away to family and friends as gifts… Age group: 2 years+ What you need: A small glass jar (jam or babyfood jars work well) no lids needed Craft wire in your choice of colour Glass paint […]
A Rangoli is a bright and colourful design usually made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. This fun activity is from a lovely parent and toddler group my son attends each week. This week the craft and cooking activity were based on the Diwali celebrations which will take place this weekend.
Flowers are such fun to make and children find them really satisfying. Whether you are making them to celebrate the arrival or spring, as gifts for someone special, for a special events or just because you can, I have included a variety of different types and styles in this post. There's even a rather special flowerpot activity to put your creations into or to plant a real bulb or some seeds in.
During October, many people will celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali. This is the celebration of the victory of good over evil; the uplifting of spiritual darkness. Diwali is becoming a well known and popular festival in Britain and non-Indians also join in the festivities. Here are some ideas for those who wish to join in! In Britain, Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali with great enthusiasm and in a similar way to as it is in India. […]
During Autumn and Winter, we spend more time indoors and the days get dark and long. Many festivals and special events are celebrated around this time and candles or lights are often a feature of the celebrations. Here are two simple lamps to make with your toddler.
Your little ones will really enjoy making this lovely drawing pin decorative candle. They are truly absorbed by the process of pushing the pins in, and even your youngest child (supervised of course) can create a really pretty effect.
With the weather getting colder and wetter, we find ourselves looking for indoor ways to keep everyone laughing and having fun. So switch off those televisions and celebrate the harvest with some good clean family fun.
Summer is here and with it comes the school holidays. Children are home and most likely getting bored. So, what do you do for those weeks that are not planned as the annual family holiday? How do you keep them busy and yourself sane? Fear not, you can beat summer boredom.
Summer is the perfect time to get out in the fresh air and have healthy fun with your toddler. In this article will be sharing some ideas to help you burn of that seemingly endless supply of energy as well as to create opportunities for physical development.