Paper plate crab!

We love making things from paper plates as they are so versatile and hold endless craft opportunities! One of my favourite things to make with the little ones are paper plate crabs. They look so cute and the paper plate works really well with this craft. My kids love making these simple little crabs and I think they are a lovely craft to make now the sun is starting to shine a little more!

To make your crab you will need – paper plate, paint, felt pens and coloured paper.

Start by painting your paper plate. My daughter chose orange for her paper plate crab.

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Leave the paper plate to dry. Cut out two circles from coloured paper and draw on the eyes with a felt pen.

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Next fold a strip of paper (to make a concertina effect), then glue it to the back of one of the eyes. This will make the eyes pop out, giving a 3d effect! Repeat with the other eye.

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Once the paper plate is dry stick the eyes on with glue and draw the crab’s mouth on with a pen. Next cut out some legs and pincers from coloured paper then glue onto your crab!

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My little ones love their paper plate crabs and they are a wonderful simple activity to do. The kids even took theirs outside and played in the sunshine with them! For more animal craft ideas please take a peek here!

 

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Cute printed chicks!

Today the weather has been awful (again)! Why is it that every time the little ones break up for school the rain begins to pour?! My hopes for doing an outdoor Easter egg hunt are diminishing by the minute! These little printed chicks really brighten up your rainy days and add a little bit of Spring sunshine to your home!

To make your printed chicks you will need – yellow paint, orange paint, glue, paper, googly eyes and a potato.

1-Begin by dipping your potato into the yellow paint and printing onto a piece of plain paper. Then dip your finger into the orange paint and print down next to the potato print to make your chicks wings.

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2- Make your chicks legs with fingerprints and then leave to dry.

3 – Once the paint is dry, add googly eyes and a painted beak to finish your chick.

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A super simple Easter craft which the kids will love! They have certainly brightened up our home today!

Have a wonderful Easter!

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Proud of her little chick prints!

Paper plate chicks!

Today my daughter decided to make an Easter themed craft for her Dad to say Happy Easter. She didn’t want to do another Easter card so decided to make a paper plate chick. She made this craft in school a couple of years ago and she has revisited it lots of times since. I think she loves how simple and cute the chick looks! This craft is super easy and doesn’t require many materials so is very cheap to make!

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To make your chick you will need – paper plate, yellow paint, orange card (or paper coloured if you have none), googly eyes, glue, paper and orange paint.

1 -Begin by painting your paper plate yellow. This will form your chicks body. Next paint your hands orange and print down onto a piece of plain paper.

2 – Whilst these are drying make a beak by cutting out a triangle on a folded piece of orange card so that it opens like a beak. We used paper which my daughter coloured in orange as we have ran out of orange card!

3 – When your paper plate and hand prints are dry cut out your hand prints and glue them on either side of your paper plate. (I stick onto the back of the plate so that it looks neater). Next stick on some googly eyes and your beak.

4 – Make your chicks legs by cutting out two strips from your orange card (or coloured paper) and fold them to form a concertina effect. Attach to the back of the plate using glue or sticky tape.

A wonderful, simple craft to make over the Easter weekend! I hope you all have a lovely Easter!

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Happy Easter everyone!

Easter egg decorating!

I wanted to share a picture of the decorated eggs my little ones made for their school Easter competition. They love decorating their hard boiled eggs and thinking about what they would like to turn their eggs into each year! Last year they made these gorgeous eggs!

This year my 8 year old daughter wanted to make the Easter bunny again (she is completely rabbit obsessed so any excuse is a good one!), and my 5 year old son wanted to make the Gruffalo. We hard boiled some eggs and let them cool completely before painting them. (We use acrylic paints as I find they hold better and tend not to slip off and drip as much as other paints). Once the base paint was dry they added extra details using felt tips. Ears and horns were made using paper and then glued on, and they used googly eyes for a more 3D effect! My daughter also stuck a cotton wool tail on her bunny! The holders were made with strips of coloured card stapled together.

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The kids loved their finished eggs and they now have pride of place in the centre of our table. I think they did a wonderful job and my daughters egg came second place in her school competition and my sons placed third! They were both super proud!

A fantastic activity to try over the Easter holidays!

Fingerprint Lambs!

I love Spring! It makes me feel all warm inside and super excited for the warm, sunny weather! It feels like this last Winter has been a really long one so I am incredibly glad that the days are already getting a little longer.

One of the things that you can’t escape living here in Wales are sheep – which invariably bring gorgeous lambs each Spring! The cutest, sweetest little animals. I cannot help but think of Spring time when you see them bouncing around the fields here! I thought to mark the first day of Spring it would be a nice idea to do a lamb themed craft with the kids. (This craft is also a brilliant activity for Easter time).

To make your fingerprint lambs you will need – paint (your colour choice – we used silver), coloured paper, plain paper, glue and felt tip pens.

Begin by finger printing onto plain paper the shape of your lambs body.

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Once you have filled your body shape with prints leave to dry. Cut out shapes from coloured paper (we used pink) to be the four legs, head and tail. Glue them onto your lambs body and add eyes. We used eye stickers but you could use googly eyes or draw them on.

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Finally add a mouth and make a bow from coloured paper to stick onto the lambs neck.

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My son and daughter made quite a few of these cute lambs! They really enjoyed this simple activity and are already planning on turning some into Easter cards for family and friends. A very simple but effective idea for Spring time and Easter!

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Easter card – cheep cheep!

I cannot believe that Easter is only a week away! How quickly the time seems to pass these days!

Easter provides some fantastic craft opportunities and I love Easter as it feels like Spring has truly arrived at long last! Already the air is getting a little warmer, grass is greener, flowers are starting to bloom and we have lambs frolicking in every nearby field (much to my kids delight)!

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This little cutie was leaping about in the field next to Grandmas house when we visited yesterday!

Whilst my 2 year old nephew was with me yesterday I decided to make an Easter card with him for his mummy. As he is still quite young I thought a printing craft would be cute and relatively easy for him to do with just a little guidance. I chose to make an Easter chick card as both my kids have enjoyed making these in the past and they are lovely to look back on as the little ones grow!

To make your Easter chick card you will need – card in your colour choice, orange paint, yellow paint, googly eyes, glue, scissors, orange crayon, paint brushes, a potato and paper.

Begin by printing the chicks body shape onto paper using a potato half and yellow paint (I cut a handle into the potato half to help my nephew hold the potato).

Next paint your two hands with orange paint and print down onto another piece of paper. These will be your chicks wings!

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Once your chicks body and wings are dry, cut them out and stick them onto a piece of folded card like this –

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Next glue down some googly eyes!

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Then add a beak and feet. We coloured in some paper with orange crayon as we have ran out of orange card! We cut out two triangles for feet and a triangle cut on the fold of a piece of paper so that it opens to look like a beak.

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My nephew also added a feather to make him look extra cute!

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My sister loved her home made card from my nephew and he loved making it! I think chick looks super cute! A wonderful activity which uses a variety of different art techniques for your little ones to try!

Please take a look at my Easter craft category page for more Easter fun ideas.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

A beautiful Mothers Day!

Firstly, apologies for not posting in a while! We were all struck down with what can only be described as a truly vile bug! It zapped all energy levels as well as making me feel awfully ill so I was pretty useless for several days. We are all feeling much better and I can finally write again! (Hooray)!

I hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day? I think it is a lovely way to say thank you to our Mums for being so wonderful and for always being there. It is nice to show our mums how appreciated they are. A few of my friends have lost their mums and they are always at the forefront of my mind on special days and celebrations. I think our Mothers day celebrations remind us of how important our mums are!

One of my favourite things about Mothering Sunday is receiving lovely home made treats from my little ones. The sheer joy on their faces when they hand you their little treasures makes my heart melt! So thoughtful and kind. I received a beautiful bunch of flowers from my two little ones (thanks Daddy!) and some gorgeous home made cards. We all spent the day together at home as we were too poorly for anything else! Nevertheless it was a lovely family day – my favourite type of day!

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Mothers Day Cards – Pom Pom printing!

One of our favourite ways to print is pom pom printing! It is such a fun, cute way of printing and is brilliant for forming lovely circular patterns. I thought it would be a nice idea to use pom pom printing to make some Mothers Day cards this year. They would also make fantastic greetings cards for other special  occasions.

To make your pom pom print Mothers Day cards you will need – card, pom poms, paints, paper and glue.

Begin by deciding what shape / picture you would like to use for your card. We chose a butterfly and a heart shape. Draw it onto your paper and cut it out.

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Then dip your pom pom into a paint colour of your choice and begin printing down. My daughter chose to print down two alternating colours around the butterflies edge, then swapped to two different colours on the inside. If your little one is struggling to hold the pom pom, clip a laundry peg onto it to act as a handle, which will make it far easier for little hands to grasp.

Once the paint was dry, my daughter added some googly eyes and drew on a face!

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We then mounted the butterfly onto the front of a piece of folded card.

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My daughter also made a card using a heart shape which also looked very cute!

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A cute, simple way to make a greetings card and a lovely way to use pom pom printing! If you would like ideas on other painting methods please check out my painting ideas page!

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I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!

Hand print Mothers Day Card!

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to try and post some ideas for Mothers Day cards and crafts. We have done quite a few different things over the years for my sister from her children, so I have lots of cute ideas for the kids to try! These ideas could also be adapted and used for extra special birthday cards!

One of our favourite Mothers Day card ideas is to use a hand print and finger prints to form a pretty flower. I first did this a few years ago and it is currently a very popular choice in schools and daycare settings, as it is super simple so even young kids and babies can do it with a little supervision.

To make your hand print card you will need – folded piece of card in your colour choice (we used orange), paint in different colours including green and yellow, and pretty paper / cellophane for the pot.

1 – Begin by painting your hand green, but leaving the fingertips and thumb tip. Paint the tips in yellow.

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2 – Print down onto the front of your folded piece of card.

3 – Use your finger to print down petal shapes around each yellow circle print. You can use the same colour or different colours. These will be the petals of your flowers!

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4 – Add a flower pot to the bottom of your plant using glue. We used a square cut from cellophane for ours.

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5 – Now leave to dry, add a greeting inside and ta – da –  one beautiful Mothers Day card ready to go to a very deserving lady!

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A lovely simple card which Mum will love!