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 🙂

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!

How to make a fabulous den!

Okido magazine always has some fabulous activities in. This month their magazine is all about architecture.

M and Z had loads of fun creating this den made out of newspaper. First they made 25 long tubes from large newspapers.

We the attached them together, first creating an equilateral triangle and then adding tubes to make a row of nine triangles. We attached them together using a stapler, although later we had to reinforce it with sellotape.

We then has to attach the bottom point on one end of the row to the bottom point on the other end of the row, this created the 3 dimensional structure. We added more tube to complete the first section of the structure with a pentagon on the ground and a pentagon on the second layer, this was rather tricky and this was where the sellotape reinforcements came in.

We then made the star shape with the remaining 5 tubes. And attached these to the structure to make the roof.Processed with VSCO with s1 presetNow the den was complete and M and Z spend the next hour inside it looking at Okido magazines!Processed with VSCO with s1 presetThis den is rather little! I wonder whether it could be made bigger. I’m thinking another row of triangles?! I’ll get designing and make a mini one before attempting to make a big one. I’ll let you know how I get on!

We’ve previously made a rocket out of cardboard, which could constitute as a den, you can check out the pictures here. Also we’ve made an outdoor den from sticks, you can check this out here.

Have you made any dens? What was your most successful?

How to make a Golden Goblet

After choosing this book by Judy Balchin at our local library M looked through it and choose to make a golden goblet.

We started by constructing the shape of the goblet. We cut a plastic bottle in half, discarding the bottom half. We used masking tape to attach a cardboard circle to the top of the bottle. We then turned it upside down, this gave us the shape.

We ripped up a lot of newspaper into tiny pieces and added mixture of PVA glue and water. We let it soak for about 30 minutes and then squeezed out the excess water. We then used this paper mâché to cover the goblet.

When the paper mâché had dried M used an acrylic gold paint to cover the inside and outside of the goblet.

When this had dried it was time to stick on the glass beads. We initially tried sticking these on with glue dots, but they kept falling off. We then used a combination of Evo Stik and super glue which seemed to work well.

Having written down the process it seems very straight forward and I’m not really sure why it took months to complete this project. Waiting between each stage meant that the process couldn’t be completed all in one day and many weeks lapsed between each stage!

M was very pleased with the final outcome. Now it’s time to get finishing some of those other projects we have lying around the house!

What projects have you undertaken with or without children that lasted way too long? I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂

Lacing the ABC’s

Today I am posting a guest post from Jessica over at education.com

“Lacing is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination, which will help later with writing. Turn it into a fun art project, by stringing up some ABCs!

What You Need:

  • 26 colored foam sheets (you can get this at any craft store, but in a pinch you can use cardboard)
  • Safety scissors
  • Lots of shoe strings (or yarn lengths, taped at the ends)
  • Hole puncher
  • Pencil
  • Lined paper

What You Do:

  1. Make the letters. Take out the first foam sheets and ask your child to use the pencil to write the letter “A” on it. Continue, using one piece of craft foam for each letter of the alphabet. As she finishes each letter, look over her work and if you see any letters written incorrectly, coach her on how to write them, using lined paper. Once she’s gotten the hang of it, you can flip over the foam and write the letter correctly on the other side. When all the letters are written she should carefully cut them out using her safety scissors.
  2. Connect the dots. Have your child draw dots along the strokes of each letter, as if she were making a “connect the dots” alphabet. Then, punch a hole in each dot, using the hole puncher. Be careful not to punch too close to the edges of the letters.
  3. Ready to lace! Help your child string each letter using the shoelaces or yarn—and don’t forget to do it in the direction she’d write. For example, for the letter A, start at the top middle, where the letter comes to a point, and lace down the left side. Then go up the back of the foam and begin at the top again so you can lace down the right side. Then string through the middle, moving left to right.

As she’s working, remember to talk to your expert lacer about the sounds each letter makes. Brainstorm words that begin with the letter she’s working one, such as A= apple, or B=bear. And don’t forget to have some fun!”

This is a fun activity that can be adapted to suit your child. We took the idea and had some fun creating some shapes and doing our own threading.

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂

 

5 Wild Activities for the Summer

1. Shake a tree and see what comes out!!

We took part in this activity as part of the RSPB WILD CHALLENGE.

It’s quite simple and a lot of fun. Find a sheet, put it under a small tree, or a tree with low hanging branches and shake. Look on the sheet and see what comes out. Use this resource to identify what you have found!

2. Paint some stones

Find some lovely smooth stones out in the wild. Use acrylic paint or/posca paint pens to decorate your stones. Finish them off with an acrylic varnish, especially if they will be living in the garden.

3. Pond or River dipping

You need a net and a tray for this activity. First of all put some pond/river water in your tray then use your net and see what you can find. Tip any finds into your water and have a good look. Also check out this great resource for identifying what you have found.

4. Decorate a stick

There’s so many activities you can do with sticks. We got some wool, ribbon and beads to decorate ours. Later in the day it had turned into a bow, the arrows were imaginary!

5. Get out the play dough and make a herby garden

You can either make your own, check out the link, or use shop bought. Find a herb garden and do some chopping. We enjoyed rosemary, mint, sage, blackcurrant sage, oregano and chives. Use all those herbs to make a lovely smelling garden.

What are your favourite Wild Activities?

 

 

DIY Fairy Wands

My daughter loves fairy things so when she found this book at our local library she was delighted. We had a lovely mummy daughter day last month and she choose to make fairy things.

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First on her list was a fairy wand.

We got an old cereal packet and drew round a star shaped biscuit cutter. Little Missy wanted to make a wand for her brother too so we needed four stars.

She then painted the stars. We glued (using PVA glue) two stars together with a wooden kebab stick and about six ribbons in the middle. We left them to dry for about an hour using pegs to secure them in place.

Little Missy then had fun with the glitter and other sparkly bits and more PVA glue.

Once they were dry they were actually really strong and lots of fun.

Next on this list were fairy wings…these took a bit longer to make and are in need of reinforcements!!!

Thanks for reading

Sarah 😀

Look I made some Chalk!

Little Missy was recently given a chalk making kit. The little ones got straight to it and made some fabulous looking chalks. Check out our instragram feed to see them.

I then thought how about using what we have around the house to make some super chunky chalks.img_0572We collected together some toilet rolls, plaster of paris, plastic tubs. plastic spoons, gel food colouring, masking tape and paper.

We put a couple of small pieces of paper over the end of the toilet rolls and secured it with masking tape. We made up some plaster of paris mixture and added some gel food colouring. We used guesswork for the amount of water and the amount of plaster of paris, alternatively if you hate guesswork then use two parts plaster of paris to every one part water. After a good mix little man poured the mixture into the toilet rolls.

Processed with VSCO with s1 presetWe waited for a couple of days for the mixture to completely dry, it may not need this long. We then peeled off the cardboard tubes and here revealed were our super chunky chalks. 🙂

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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  🙂