Happy Little Season Box

Processed with VSCO with s1 presetDon’t you just love the seasons? Each one being so different and bringing fresh new wonders. Having young children I find this is easy to appreciate as I see the joy each season brings to them. After all, our daughter has only experienced four Autumns! Crispy leaves and collecting conkers are definite favourites!

This Autumn we have been overjoyed to receive a Happy Little Season Box from Ruth over at read create and love me too. I received this box free of charge, however all views are my own.

The happy little season box is an activity box for children inspired by the season, this autumn’s box was full of crafty stuff some fun added extras (snowdrops to plant & leaf cutters). The happy little season box is so beautifully packaged, its certainly delightful. It fits through your letter box so you don’t have to worry about not being at home when it arrives.

Our children have tried a couple of other craft boxes but they have been very prescriptive and quite uninspiring. I totally love the way the Happy little season box is open ended, it’s inspired by the season which fuels creativity . We have opened it up on a few occasions and our son has decided what to create. It really does stimulate hours of creativity and activity.

Here’s what Penguin got up to. A birthday card for his best mate

A peg doll for his sister

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A painting of connecting trees

Natural play dough leaf cutting fun

There were so many possibilities with this box even Little Missy got to create a birthday card for her Granny.

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All that is left now is to wonder what the winter box will hold! Actually I don’t think we need to wait. Ruth is selling the winter happy little season box over at folksy.

Have you ever received a craft box or an activity box through your door, was it any good? I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below  🙂

DIY Peg Family

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I work well to a deadline. I have so many artist/creative projects that are in my head, desperate to get out. I always feel that time is against me!

An upcoming birthday is the perfect motivator to get me to start and finish this project that I had began preparing for about a year ago!

My preparations began with sourcing these peg people, I think (though it was so long ago!) that I got them from eBay.

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I knew I needed a plan before I just began to paint so I sketched out a peg family and decided on what they would wear, what colours or use and how to do their hair. For this project I created a generic family, it would be easy to personalise a peg family with hair colour and styles and clothing choices, similar to what I did when creating Our Pebble Family.

Using acrylic paint and my new favourite Posca Paint Pens, I got to work.

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The process for, sketching to finishing the painting only took a couple of days.

As I have made them to be played with, rather than just looked at I finished them off with a couple of coats of acrylic varnish.

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I was pleased with the end product, I hope the birthday girl will be 😀

Nature Playdough

We love playing in nature and playing with nature. Our children are always collecting pinecones, sticks, conkers etc… We currently have a boot full of some rather large sticks!

We recently experimented with creating different coloured play dough with natural colours. A friend mentioned that beetroot powder creates a fantastic colour, I managed to get some from Amazon for a decent price.

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We made a brown (cinnamon powder – it smells great), a bright reddy pink (beetroot powder), orange (paprika) and yellow (turmeric)

We used a basic play dough recipe (see below) and added the following amounts for the different colours.

Yellow – 2tbs turmeric
Orange – 2tsp paprika
Reddy pink – 2tbs beetroot powder
Brown – 3tbs cinnamon

Basic Playdough Recipe
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2tbs cream of tartar
1tsp glycerin (this makes playdoh more elasticy – can be omitted)
2tbs oil (we used olive oil – baby oil or vegetable oil will work too)
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Method
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and desired colour in a large bowl. Add oil, glycerin and boiling water, mix with a wooden spoon. Wait for dough to cool a little and then kneed. Your dough is ready for play 😀

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To carry on the nature and sensory themes we included pinecones, different coloured beans and fresh rosemary on the table. We had fun using our imagination and creating!

What’s your favourite play dough? I’m thinking coco, I need to try coco next!

Wild Art

When I was at school studying art I became really interested in the land art by Andy Goldsworthy. He creates really fantastic artwork in nature with nature. Do check out the link. In June we were involved in the #30DaysWild challenge (doing something wild every day for 30 days) and decided to have our own go at some land art.

We love collecting bits and bobs from nature, pine cones, sticks, stones, shells, feathers, conkers etc… So from our box of many things I started to create this heart made. It wasn’t long before the little munchkins became interested and joined in.

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Since the #30DaysWild challenge we have spent some time in the local river building a dam but also attempting some rock balancing (well…more like stone balancing!)

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have you you created any art in nature? I’d love to see it 😀 Or would you love to give it a go?

Sail boat craft

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We made these sail boats as part of the #30DaysWild challenge. They were fun to make and even more fun to watch them sail down the river!

I didn’t think that we would be able to retrieve our boats after we’d put them in the water so I thought it was important to make them out of natural materials. We used some sticks, a biodegradable twine and a leaf for the sail. To make the base of the boat we made an overlapping square with the sticks and tied them together with twine. We then tied on more sticks across the base and another stick pointing upwards for the sail. When we arrived at the river we found a large leaf and tied it to the stick.

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Penguin had great fun watching the boats sail down the river and also enjoyed videoing the experience, I’m just glad his camera is waterproof!!

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Have you had fun playing in the river? Any ideas for fun river play?

Perfect Teacher Gift and Giveaway

It’s nearly the summer holidays for many of you! Woo Hoo!
Lets just hope we actually get some sunshine, all this rain is driving me crazy.

I know it must be soooo tricky to buy your child’s teacher a fabulous gift that they will actually want. If I was a teacher I would be very happy with a shed load of chocolate!!

Leo has designed and illustrated this fabulous academic wall planner which can be for the classroom or home. I personally find wall planners really helpful in organising my life! I think any teacher would find this really useful and it looks good too!


Do you think it would make a good teacher gift?

Would you like one to help organise your own life? Well you can WIN one here. Just comment below and we will pick one person at random.

Closing Date – 30th July 2016

To find the Academic Wall Planner on Etsy please follow this link.

Have a great day

Sarah 🙂

Junk Modelling

I can be such a horder and it can get a little ridiculous!! I mean everything can be useful, right? And we don’t want to just chuck everything on to landfill…surely we are running out of space!

One of the things I horde is JUNK. For precisely this reason. About 4 times a year we get the JUNK out and make stuff! My junk box is a great place to stash those great bits of packaging, smallish boxes, random bits of wood, crazy bits of plastic and old pen lids.

This is Little Missys creation. She has told me it is a princess, an owl and something that catches monsters!

Whatever it is, it was her design. I think it’s fantastic to let little people create for creating sake.

Usually I let Penguin and Little Missy use sellotape to make their junk creations. They absolutely love sellotape. Today we went for a different and more controlled approach. The Glue Gun. I let the little munchkins decide what they wanted where and I did the gluing. The ease and speed of using the glue gun meant their designs were more elaborate than usual. They seemed happy with the results.

Penguin was very pleased with the Super Crasher Trap he designed!

Do your little ones create stuff out of junk? I’d love to hear about their crazy inventions 😀

Plaster of Paris Painting 

So this was an experiment. Basically we have loads of plaster of Paris so I’ve been searching for ideas of how we can use it. We tried pouring plaster of Paris into a balloon and squidge it to create a sculpture, this actually worked better as chalk than a piece of art! 

Then we tried to make some paint. Penguin mixed some food colouring with plaster of Paris a created a lovely thick paste. 


The colours love looked great, though Penguin had abit of a race against time as the plaster if Paris began to dry. 


I love the textures the plaster of Paris made on the canvas.


Initially the colours felt really vibrant although when the paint dried the colours became fainter. I still love the end result, it has a cool fresh feel and it looks great up on the wall. I think Penguin is proud.

Have you got any ideas what I can use the rest of my plaster of Paris for? 

Buttons and Glitter

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After creating some fun buttony glittery birthday cards (click link). Little Missy decided she hadn’t had her fill of glittery fun for the day.

I found an old canvas and pasted some PVA glue on it and let Little Missy sprinkle lots and lots of glitter over it.

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With some help from Granny she continued her masterpiece with buttons, buttons and more glitter. All stuck on with PVA glue. It was lovely to see Little Missy exercising her freedom and creativity, knowing exactly which button she wanted next and exactly how much glitter she wanted.

I love giving my little munchkins a canvas to work on, it feels much more permanent than a flimsy bit of paper and often the end result is a lot more pleasing too.

Little Missy’s art work is now up on the wall in our living room, she is very proud!

Here are a couple more examples of Little Missy’s glittery art work.

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What art materials do you/your children love working with?

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