Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Spring Plants

I love using Pinterest to find activities from great Blogs.  Especially when I find a couple of different ones I like and mix them together into one activity.  This one used the basic idea of a Bouquet of flowers and some free flower printables by First Grade Bloomabilities.  We also used our own twist by printing the flowers onto photo paper as we did in our Drawing on Photo Paper.
I printed out a couple of sheets of small flowers onto photo paper and then got M to colour them in.
Once they were coloured and cut out we move onto making the plant. 
We took an A3 piece of thick paper and put glue along the long side and then folded it over.  Don't press down the folded side you want it to stay rounded.
Then you want to cut strips from the rounded side towards the side you glued together.  Don't go all the way.

Once you have cut strips all the way along roll the paper along the glued edge into a tube.  Then fluff out the leaves.
You can then stick on your flowers.
This idea was originally a bouquet of flowers.  We decided to stick a strip of brown paper around the bottom on the stems to make a pot turning it into a plant.

Afterwards we also decided to make another one and stick on daffodils for more of a spring look or you could draw your own flowers.

Here is my Spring Activities board where I've saved lots more spring activities that look fun to have a go at.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cross Stitch for Kids

During the rare occasions I get to do something for myself while M is home I normally do a craft of some kind or a Jigsaw.  The only problem is that If I am doing a craft M often wants to have a go at the same time.  One of my favourite crafts is cross stitch.  I get this out for just a short time without to much mess to clear up.  For a long time M has been wanting to have a go at this as well.  I had plenty of spare material but I work with very small holes.  I'd thought of plastic canvas but couldn't find any in our local shops.  Recently I was browsing a fabric store.  They had normal fabric Aida but with bigger holes.  I still had my doubts so I bought the smallest length of fabric possible.  I got my sewing out today and straight away M was next to me wanting a go.  Ok I thought here goes nothing.

We browsed Pinterest for something simple he could have a go at.  Everything he was interested in was way to hard.  So I suggested trying an M, but no he wanted to do his whole name.
In the cupboard I had a pad of paper with squares on.  So we designed a very simple Matthew that he could do in cross stitch.  Each coloured square meant a cross had to be stitched in that square on the fabric.
He decided he wanted to do each letter in a different colour.  So he got my boxes of threads out and chose his first colour.  I thought this would be something that would frustrate him and end in him getting annoyed with it.  But no he did really well and had soon completed his name.  We had a frame that held the fabric which made things a lot easier.
Half way though the M he decided he was an expert and up to my standard.  This made us both laugh.
While sewing his name he decided to make it into a book mark.  So next he is going to sew a pattern around it and then we will mount it onto some felt.
Here is a very basic alphabet if anyone wants to have a go.
I've saved some ideas of simple pictures in my Pinterest folder Kids Cross Stitch
You can also use Perler or Hama bead patterns as long as they are done on a square base (not round) Perler Bead Patterns

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Drawing on Photo Paper


While browsing Pinterest the other day I found a lovely picture that I thought would be fun to have a go at.  With the bright vibrant colours I wondered what it would look like on glossy photo paper.
Being shinny paper I thought I would have a go with permanent markers.  I started off drawing some circles for the middle and lines going out from them.  Gradually I filled the gaps with various patterns and started to colour them in.  The pens worked really well and didn't smudge.  The paper and pens together gave a really nice shinny finish.
Seeing how well the permanent markers worked, I tried normal felt tips.  To my surprise these worked just as well, which was good as we had a wider range of colours.  Now I knew this worked I thought I would get M to have a go when he needed some quiet time.  Ok he was tired so after a while lost interest and just wanted the tele but he loved working out new patterns to use.
I loved the pictures but as mine were then just going to sit around I wondered what else I could do with them.  I decided to get a piece of black paper and cut shapes out. 
This was then placed over the original picture to see what effect it gave. 
I liked this but thought something was missing.  I decided to try outlining the shames with a white pencil.  I thought this just finished them off.

  My Pinterest boards that may be of interest.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Puffy Paint Colouring in

A while ago we had a go at puffy shaving cream snowmen.  This worked really well and M wanted to try other types of puffy paint.
So I browsed Pinterest for puffy paint ideas.  Teaching Mama had a recipe for Home Made Puffy Paint, that I thought we would try out.  It only used basic supplies that I already had in.  Today I decided I would try it out while M was at school to iron out any wrinkles with it.  I also decided it would be fun to try colouring in a picture using it.  As it is December I printed off some Christmas pictures but you could use any pictures you fancy.
I didn't have any black food colouring so I decided to colour these bits in with pen.  Then I got going with the bottles of puffy paint.  I had empty hair dye bottles handy. I'd been wanting to try it for a while so had them saved up.

My first attempt the father Christmas, I just did on the paper straight from the printer.  When I put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to puff up the paper curled up.

Next I tried a Christmas tree.  But before painting it I stuck it to a piece of cereal box.  This worked much better.  I also lowered the power on the microwave and I think the paint puffed better.
I also didn't have any white, so fell back on the shaving foam paint for Santa.  I love this paint.  Another time I'm going to try colouring this.  This paint also works well with glitter.  But don't use glitter in the puffy paint that goes in the microwave.

Now ready for when M wants a go with the paints.

When M came home from school he was excited and wanted to get started.  I decided that after lunch was a better idea.  It was the last day of school so he had no home work and was soon into creating Puffy Pain masterpieces.


Pinterest Board Recipes for kids crafts
                Colouring pages

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy Luminaries for kids.

Recently (on Pinterest) I saw this great idea for making a Faux Stained Glass Mosaic Luminary.  This was done using glass paints, But I thought maybe there was an easier cheaper way to do the same thing as it was for kids to do.

I decided to experiment with permanent markers to see what they would do.  I didn't even know if they would stick to the glass or just rub off.  So I tried them out on a spare glass jar to see what would happen.  It was worth trying them out first.  I found out that one of my black markers stayed a lot darker than the other and that the darker colours showed up better.
I was pleased when the idea seemed to work.  Recently I was in a second hand shop and spotted a couple of nice shaped jars that I thought would be great for this craft.  I had also picked up some battery operated night light candles so M can even have it in his room.
You could just draw a picture or pattern straight onto the jar, but I decided to draw a pattern in black first and then colour it in.
Now I just need to wait for it to get dark so I can see what it looks like with the candle in.
M then got carried away decorating anything glass in our recycling box.

 It was his teachers birthday the next day so he decided to add stick on ribbons and turn one into a birthday present.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Make your own advent calendar

When M was younger I started making him an advent calendar.  This now seems to have become a tradition.  It is only the end of October and he has been asking about this years one.  That got me thinking about what I could make this year.  Since last year I've started using Pinterest a lot for inspiration.  It is so easy to use.  Just type in the subject you want to search for and lots of great pictures will be found for you.  In the past we have made a train and a Christmas tree.

This year I've decided to go a bit more grown up.  Not sure if this choice is more for me or for M, but I'm looking forward to having a go at making it.

When I made the first advent calendar I went to a craft shop and bought the boxes. Ok they were nice and plain so easy to work with, but cost me a fortune.  This year I went to the local supermarket and bought 24 boxes of matches.  So if anyone has an idea what to do with hundreds of matches let me know.
As I'm making this and not M I've decided to work leaving the matches in the boxes for now.  Thought  this might keep things a bit sturdier while I'm sticking everything together.  First of all you need to stick your boxes together in piles of 3.
Again to help keep things sturdy I decided to glue a piece of cereal box onto the side of the boxes.
Ok so far so good.  Now I just need to look around the shops for some nice Christmas paper to decorate them with.
I've now found some nice glittery wrapping paper so I can get on with the Advent calendar.  I cut out two squares of thicker cardboard to use as the base and top.  Then I covered the sides of the match boxes and top with our wrapping paper.  The base I decided to cover with white felt to make it a bit snowy.

Once I had all the boxes, top and base covered I stacked glued and stacked them up.

At this stage I then tipped out all the matches and added split pins for the handles.  This was easier when I made a whole first.  I used a safety pin and then enlarged it a bit before putting the pin in.
Now it is all constructed comes the fun of decorating it.  I had some lovely snowflake stickers so decided to use these.  I thought as I was making this for a child and not myself I should add a bit of colour.  I put the stickers onto light blue card and then cut them out before sticking them on.

Finally I added numbers to the draws.  I decided to jumble the numbers up so that M will have to look for the number each day.

Nearer the time I'll put a joke and a small sweet in each draw.
I just need to find lots of ideas now to do with match.  All ideas welcome.