Nature faces!

My daughter was off school sick the other day with a pretty nasty head cold. We decided to go out in the garden in the afternoon to get a little fresh air as she was starting to feel a little better. Whilst sitting there she decided she wanted to make a ‘nature face’.

Nature faces are a lovely simple activity to do outdoors. They are adapted from our nature pictures, and are a firm family favourite. They always produce individual unique results and you can make them as serious or silly as you like! All you need is a piece of paper and a pen…..everything else is found from Mother Nature!

Start by drawing a head and neck onto a piece of paper. Next go exploring to see what you can use for hair and facial features. Adult guidance will be needed to make sure everything is safe to pick up (and to stop anything being eaten)!

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My daughter used grass and daisies for her nature girl’s hair, dandelion flowers for the eyes and mouth, and a leaf for the nose!

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We had great fun making different faces and it certainly cheered up a poorly little girl for a while! You can use glue to stick the face down if you want to, or simply wipe everything off and make a new face!

I hope you all have a lovely Saturday!

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Cling film painting!

We love using different materials to paint with and the activity I am sharing with you today is one of our favourite ones! It is super simple and uses things you are most likely to already have in your home. I carried out this activity with children aged 8, 6, 5 and 2 years and they all loved it! (Adult guidance will be needed).

To make cling film paintings you will need – cling film, paints and paper.

Begin by squirting out small dots of different coloured paint onto a piece of paper. My kids love this  – just be careful you don’t squeeze too much paint out!

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Next get a piece of cling film (big enough to cover your paint) and place it on top of your paper. Then use your hands to push down the paint on top of the cling film. This is a fantastic sensory activity without the mess. The kids get to feel the paint squelching without getting messy! Brilliant for kids who don’t like feeling wet / paint / mess on their hands!

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I love this activity as you get a different result each time. It is very unique! The kids choose which way to push and squelch the paint on their paper! Once you are happy carefully peel off the cling film – this may need some adult help.

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I always find the kids love this bit the most! The surprise on their faces when they see their art work always makes me smile!

You can make some stencils to use with your paintings too. We cut out some shapes from card, stuck them onto the paper using blu-tack, squirted the paint around them then carefully remove the stencil. My daughter especially liked using the heart shape.

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The kids also made name prints by cutting out the letters of their names and printing around them. These looked fabulous and I am going to buy canvases for them to do these again, and make art work for their bedrooms!

We had an afternoon full of cling film painting, they asked to do so many we ended up with enough to wallpaper my hallway! Here is a ‘small’ selection of part of our afternoons artwork! We hope you like them!

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This activity was loved by all the kids, showing that it really does appeal to lots of different ages. I made quite a few paintings myself and it is so therapeutic. I could have sat and printed all afternoon! Give this activity a go – I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

 

 

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!

 

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!

Paper cup chick Easter basket!

I wanted to share with you an Easter craft I did earlier today as I think it is super sweet and very cute! There are lots of ideas for simple Easter baskets on Pinterest so taking some inspiration we made some using  paper cups. I used a patterned paper cup to make it look extra special but this craft would work well with any coloured or even white cups.

To make your paper cup basket you will need – paper cup, tissue paper -shredded, yellow card, orange card, coloured card, glue, googly eyes and feathers.

1 – Begin by cutting out a circle from card. This will be your chicks head. Next glue on googly eyes and a beak. Make the beak by cutting out a triangle from a folded piece of orange card – cut on the fold so that the beak opens. Next glue down the chicks head onto the front of your paper cup.

2 – Decorate the cup with feathers and attach a handle using a strip of card.

3 – Once the cup is dry put shredded tissue paper inside. Add some chocolate eggs for a sweet surprise if you wish!

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I love how simple this Easter craft is and it looks super cute! The kids loved making them and filling their baskets afterwards with the chocolate! A fantastic activity to do over the Easter holidays with the little ones.

You can adapt this craft to have whatever decoration you like on the front. You could make a lamb or an Easter egg and use sequins / glitter etc to decorate. The possibilities are vast!

For more Easter ideas please take a peek at my Easter page!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

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!