Thursday, January 1, 2015

DIY Christmas ornaments

Happy New year everyone! I know Christmas was last week, so I am definitely late with this post, but it can be a great craft with kids on this lazy day....

I was planning to have our Christmas tree set on the floor, unlike past few years, which it spent high on the shelf. That's why I wanted to have some decorations made from paper and plastics, so it wouldn't be easy to break them.




We played again with bottle caps. This is something very simple - just connect two caps using washi tape and then attach some decorative ribbon:


This craft is great because kids can easily make them, eventually they will need some help with binding ribbons, which can be a great fine-motor activity:




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Our mailbox these days is literally cluttered with advertising leaflets, so we turned them into something more appealing. 

With the help of the round cover, we draw circles around nice photos:






We also used one of our old workbooks, with popular cartoon characters:






After it, we made small cones and attached them to each other:







About halfway over, we've inserted a decorative ribbon (I forgot to take photos of this step) and so, cone after cone, we created this beautiful ornament, which really reminds me of those old-fashioned Christmas tree ornaments:


However, we didn't set our tree on the floor, it was on the shelf again, just to be on the safe side. We used these paper ornaments as decorations all over the house, since we made a whole bunch of them. 



What kind of ornaments you had this year? I'd like to see the photos of your tree and Christmas decorations! 

I wish you all a pleasant and a peaceful holiday season with lots of crafts and play!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bottle caps Christmas tree

While lightning the first Advent candle, we have started a new series of activities from our Advent calendar. It's the same one we made ​​two years ago and still serves us well.

Originally I saw the idea with paper plates, but as I don't usually buy paper plates for our birthday parties, I knew that it will not work for us in exactly that way, but I immediately remembered on all those bottle caps we passionately collect. Since the kids don't play with our bottle caps memory game any more, it was time to upcycle them.

The girls really liked this activity, and again we have learned a lot. I gave them a box with caps in various colors and let them choose only those in green colour. Here is when my Older had a great idea of putting a yellow cap on top which would be a star. After it, they were forming the caps by adding one more cap comparing to the previous row, and in that way they could practice their counting skills. I used hot glue for each cap (and fairly well burned my fingers).

We were still practicing with the first, so it didn't turned very neat and fancy:



 But the second one was so much better: 



 Never mind that not all stickers had a Christmas theme, the little hands were having so much fun:






If you need more ideas for Christmas activities, take a look at our "Christmas fun for kids" Pinterest board. We are planning to try out most of the ideas during this year's Advent.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Baloon yo-yo

Yes, the weather is awful these days and we mostly spend our free time in the house, but what can we do? Apart from grumbling how everything is ugly and gray, we can have fun. And that's exactly what we do.

For a last few days we are having fun with this yo-yo made out of a plain balloon:




It was super easy to make them.  We poured some water in the balloon, as much as it was possible, then we inflated them and tied a knot. We've added several rubber bands and the fun started immediately. Girls were so delighted with the new toy that I barely managed to take any photos.

I found a tutorial in which a balloon can be filled with rice or beans, but somehow I do not want to teach kids to play with food, so that's why we decided to fill it with water.

How do you have fun in this rainy weather? Do you make some toys with your kids? Or are you more fond of cartoons, apps and video games?


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to Propwash Junction

Both of my girls really aren't into princesses and all that other girly stuff. Especially the Older, she will always choose a toy car rather than a doll. Since lately she is obsessed with flying, and was pretty much impressed by the both Disney Planes movies, it was really easy to choose a theme for her 5th birthday:









She was thrilled to be included in the preparations: 






The girls were happy and really engaged, they insisted for these muffin baskets to become crowns (ok, we do have to have some girlish stuff after all, but in their special way):







We used popsicle sticks to make these little toy planes:







Because of bad weather we had to change the venue and the celebration was held at our place, so these signs may not be effective as planned:






The gifts for our little guests were coloring pages with the Planes motives and some crayons:





The food also had aeroplane motives: 





The cake was made by my sister. Pretty impressing, ha? She made blue fondant representing sky and white clouds on it and we've put two Dusty figurines on the top of  the cake:






And the party lasted until late in the evening......




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Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 summer fun ideas

Finally we have beautiful weather which comes with a whole range of ideas for great outdoor entertainment and summer fun:





1. A Sea Mermaid

One plastic bottle, a piece of a potato sack (similar to our Merida greeting card ), a few sea shells, some green paper and markers for drawing faces. Quickly and easily we got a mermaid:








2. Beach in a bottle


If after making a mermaid, you stil have some sea shells left, add some sand and make this nice shelf decoration:



3. Pool noodles


We used them for everything but the swimming:






4. Homemade bubbles


The kids really love to blow soap bubbles, however, they quickly spill the liquid, so it is good to know that you can prepare it yourself, from the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.




5. Homemade children paint


This is something my kids particularly like and we've come up with several ways of homemade paint:













After you've prepared some of these homemade colors, let the kids paint on a canvas (actually an old sheet in our case):








7. Boats in various ways


It does not matter if you are far away from the sea, you can still make sea toys. Bucket of water is just enough large for these sweet boats to sail:




8. DIY kite

Great for windy days ... and  in almost no time. See here for a tutorial.




9. Homemade play dough


This always turns out to be a very messy play, so I insist on for this to be an outdoor activity. However, the homemade play dough is much easier to clean up than the store bought one. See here for our recipe.





10. Moon dough

Very similar, but yet so different from play dough. Only two ingredients (again from your kitchen) and a lot of "messy" fun:



I wish all of you to have a great summer, fulfilled with kids fun!

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