Decorating T-Shirts Silhouette​ Style​

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These Silhouette Style T-Shirts are super easy to decorate and are super effective. Z absolutely loved making hers and really enjoys wearing it.

To make a Silhouette Style T-Shirt you will need (click on the items for recommended materials):

A plain t-shirt

Fabric Paints

Different shaped stickers

Paint Brushes

An iron

A piece of cardboard

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First, place a piece of card between the front and the back of your t-shirt.  This will stop any paint getting onto the back of the t-shirt. Next, stick your stickers on the front of your t-shirt.

 

Using the fabric paint, paint around the edges of the stickers, don’t worry if you paint over the stickers. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.

img_6520Now for the fun part. Peel off all the stickers and enjoy seeing your new creation take shape. Turn your t-shirt inside out and iron for 5 minutes (this is to seal in the fabric paint so it doesn’t come off in the wash. Do check the instructions on your fabric paints as they may differ to mine.)

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Now enjoy wearing your t-shirt 🙂

Chromatography Experiment

In really simple terms Chromatography is a method of separating a mixture of chemicals. M and Z were interested to see what colours were in the ink of different coloured pens. They drew dots of different coloured ink on blotting paper about an inch from the bottom of the paper.

Next, they placed the blotting paper in a jar with about a cm of water in. The paper soaked up the ink and the colours separated.

We initially tried this experiment with Sharpie’s (permanent markers), these inks didn’t separate easily so we tried regular felt tips and achieved better results.

The purple, brown and grey felt tips pens produced interesting results. Have a go and see what colours you see…

In this photograph, you can see the difference between using sharpies and using regular felt tip pens.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

How to make a Toy Peg Chair

Check out this beautiful toy chair made of pegs. It was given to the children by their Granny who had had it for many years. How cute is it?!

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M asked to make one so we set about dismantling a load of pegs (15 to be precise) and began the process of copying, gluing and sticking. We used PVA glue to stick the pegs together.

We looked at the front and back of the chair and re-created each section. We made the area to sit on and then attached each section together.  I’ve called this post a ‘How to’ but really I’m asking you to do what we did and copy what you see and attempt to put together a chair.

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img_6707We made this chair over a couple of weeks. We had to let each small part dry before adding on to it or joining the parts together.

So if you’ve got patience and fancy giving this project a go take a good look at the photographs! I’d love to hear about it if you give this project a try 🙂

Maybe next time we will design a table!

How to make a Snow Globe

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Have you ever wondered how to make your own snow globe? Me neither!! Until… M had been desperate to make one so. We found out how to make one in this book Mummy & Me Craft in our local library, its full of fabulous craft activities, more of which we have and will be attempting in the future! To make a snow globe you will need a glass jar, a small plastic toy,  small stones, glycerine, felt. sellotape, superglue, aluminium foil, card and paper.

The LO’s made a background for their snow globes using the card and paper. They then wrapped sellotape around their background to ensure no water would reach the card and make it soggy. This worked well enough, some water did get through but the background stayed intact.

I glued the stones with superglue one on top of the other and onto the lid of the jar (the stones had to be the perfect fit!). I then superglued the plastic toy (pig) on to the stone. To ensure they were safely fixed I turned it over. The stones were put in place to give the toy some extra height in the jar.

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I mixed a teaspoon of glycerine into some water, this would make the water a thicker consistency and make the snow flakes fall slower. Z put small cut up pieces of aluminium foil into her jar and filled it up with the water and glycerine solution, leaving some space at the top of the jar for the stones and pig to fit.

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I put some superglue around the rim of the jar and then screwed the lid in place. We finished the snow globe off by sticking some felt around the lid of the jar. I used a hot glue gun for this though other types of glue would probably work. The children were happy with the end result. Here is Z’s.

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Thanks for reading! Have fun if you attempt this, I’d love to see your creations 🙂 Share with me on social media!

Ice Excavation Activity

img_6134.jpgMy children absolutely loved this activity. Although it needed a little pre-planning (which they were part of), this activity kept them busy for nearly an hour.

Collect (or get your children to) lots of small plastic toys. Put them into a large bowl and fill with water (leave about an inch at the top for the water to expand)! Put the bowl in the freezer.

The next day get a washing up bowl and upturn large frozen bowl into it. Give the children spoons and a squeezy bottle of warm water and let them get excavating!!

img_6139It took about an hour, and lots of warm water, to free all the plastic toys from the ice. img_6135What fun!! Thanks for reading!

How to make a water volcano 🌋

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Being able to do this activity is all about having the right size and shaped containers. Having said that, our small jar was far from perfect, right size but the shape was a little off! A small jar with a narrower neck or a very small bottle would have been more effective.

For this volcano, you will need a large glass jar, a smaller glass bottle, wire, red food colouring and hot and cold water. Tie some wire around the small glass bottle so that it can be picked up without having to hold the glass.

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Pour cold water into the large glass jar so it’s about 2/3 full. Fill the small glass jar with hot water and add a teaspoon red food colouring. Z went a bit over the top with the food colouring as she poured it in!

img_6094Carefully place the small jar into the large jar and watch the water volcano erupt. This happens super quickly so you (or the children) may want to do this a few times. This volcano shows how cold and warm water mix. The hot water expands, taking up more space. It is, therefore, lighter than cold water and rises to the surface.

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We found this activity in My First Science Book it’s full of 23 really simple, doable science experiments that can easily be done at home. Well worth getting for any young science enthusiasts.

Have you done any volcano experiments? I’d love to hear about them. Please comment below.

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂

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How to make a simple bird bath!

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This weekend is RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch and it’s time to prepare.

M loves birds, especially robins and swans. It’s highly unlikely a swan will pop by our garden this weekend, though we may well spot ‘Peck’ our resident robin.

We bought M this Robin Bird Feeder for Christmas. It’s designed specifically for robins who don’t usually visit hanging feeders, they prefer a flat surface to eat from rather than a pole to perch onto. This feeder has a tray they can sit on which makes it perfect for robins.

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We’ve been very impressed with this feeder. The small umbrella roof means the food stays nice and dry. This has proved true even in heavy rain and strong winds. The robins have come, which when something actually does what it says on the tin, it gets my vote. Though maybe that was because of the robin bird seed and insect mix, well whatever the case, the combination worked. You can find out the link to where we got the robin bird feeder from here and the bird food here.

As part of our bird feeding station (sounds grand but at present is just two bird feeders hanging from a buddleia plant) M wanted to make sure the birds had something to drink. We followed instructions from the RSPB’s activity ‘Build a bird bath’.

First M found 3 bricks and placed them on the ground in a triangle. He rested a large plant pot saucer (about 30cm diameter) on the bricks.

He placed some stones, and half a terracotta plant pot in the saucer and filled it up with rainwater.

M is really pleased with the result and now we just need to sit back and watch.

The RSPB run a wild challenge. In their words, “It’s a challenge for you to connect with the natural world in brave new ways – to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal.”

The birdbath activity is one of their ‘Helping Nature’ activities. Children complete activities to receive their bronze, silver and gold awards. Well worth doing if you have nature-loving children. Now I just need to get organised and sign my two up!

Having our bird feeding station is going to be a great way to see if M is ready to have his own pet! Can he make sure the birds always have food and clean water?!!

Do you/your children have a pet? Who looks after it?

Walking Water – Mixing Primary Colours

Don’t you just love vibrant colours? We did this experiment to show how water can move and to learn about primary and secondary colours. It’s so simple and really fun to watch. All you need is 9 glass jars, some kitchen paper, water and food colouring.

Fill up six of your jars with water, put red food colouring in two, blue in two and yellow in two. Fold up 3 pieces of kitchen paper and follow the diagram below.

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Water was absorbed by the kitchen paper and travelled into the empty jar. Here the two primary colours mixed making a secondary colour. We liked the green and orange but weren’t so impressed with the purple! Maybe our blue was too strong?!

From start to end this probably took a couple of hours. We were able to get on with other things and keep coming back to see what was happening. I think that M and Z will be asking to do this one again!

Have you done any experiments that your children ask to repeat? I’m always on the look out for engaging science.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah 🙂

Win a 2018 Wall Planner – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Exciting times 2018 is here. What has the new year got in store for you? Have you made any resolutions? I love the new year. I find it’s a time for a fresh start and new ideas and also for hope. It’s a time for decluttering and organising. My favourite season, Spring, is just around the corner and the nights are slowly, very slowly getting lighter. Bring it on!

This is the second Wall Planner we’ve released for 2018. My lovely husband (aka leothexplorer) has created this kitchen wall planner to keep your 2018 on track. I really have benefited from being able to see our whole year at a glance. I know know exactly what we are doing each day. It has kept me from double booking and getting confused (this can easily happen!!). I love having something cheery to look at.

We are running a giveaway, you could win this inspiring planner to help make your super busy life more organised. For your chance to win please click on the link below.

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Closing date will be midnight on Saturday 13th January 2018.

We are selling these A2 Wall Planners in our Etsy shop, if you use the code BLOG2018 you can get a massive 25% off. These would make a family planner, a great blogging organiser even a meal planner.

Sarah x