NurtureStore http://nurturestore.co.uk kids activities, art and craft, play dough recipes and more Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Easy Christmas cards for children to make http://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-christmas-cards-children-make http://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-christmas-cards-children-make#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:10:04 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=22061 Here’s a selection of easy Christmas cards for children to make, featuring a range of interesting art techniques.

Easy Christmas cards for children to make

From our archive of Christmas crafts and activities, here’s a selection of nice and simple Christmas crafts for kids. Click through on each link to see the details of . . . → Read More: Easy Christmas cards for children to make

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Here’s a selection of easy Christmas cards for children to make, featuring a range of interesting art techniques.

easy homemade Christmas cards for children to make - simple Christmas crafts

Easy Christmas cards for children to make

From our archive of Christmas crafts and activities, here’s a selection of nice and simple Christmas crafts for kids. Click through on each link to see the details of how to make them all.

1. Mono printing Christmas cards

2. Turn your child’s art into Christmas cards

3 . Wax crayon watercolour painting cards

4. Cookie cutter printing with Christmas scented paint

5. Christmas tree art designs

6. Potato printing Christmas trees

7. Simple snowmen Christmas cards

More Christmas crafts and activities

For more simple and fun festive ideas, dive into our archive of Christmas crafts and activities.

Christmas activities for kids

 

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Turn your child’s art into Christmas cards http://nurturestore.co.uk/turn-your-childs-art-into-christmas-cards http://nurturestore.co.uk/turn-your-childs-art-into-christmas-cards#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:09:30 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=22063 Here’s an really easy way to turn your’ child’s art into Christmas cards.  It may be simple but the cards look gorgeous and make a wonderful keepsake.

Turning your child’s art into a Christmas card – or any-time-of-year card – is a lovely way to share their creativity with someone else they love.

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Here’s an really easy way to turn your’ child’s art into Christmas cards.  It may be simple but the cards look gorgeous and make a wonderful keepsake.

Turning your child’s art into a Christmas card – or any-time-of-year card – is a lovely way to share their creativity with someone else they love.

This art card idea makes a great alternative to more ‘craft’-style cards, especially if you prefer child-led art rather than follow-the-steps creations.

turn your child's art into a Christmas card

Turn your child’s art into Christmas cards

If your family is anything like ours you’ll have a constant, overflowing supply of child’s art. My daughters’ love to paint, draw, stick, colour…. which of course means we have lots and lots of their art collecting on walls, doors, fridges, everywhere. As much as I love their art work, sometimes we need to bid some a fond farewell (only to make room for more, newer pieces!).

If you somehow don’t happen to have an archive of their art to use, then of course they could paint a masterpiece especially for the cards.

child's art christmas card

Whichever way you source your starting art, turning it into a lovely card couldn’t be easier.

Take a piece of card and fold it in half. Your child can then pick a section of their art to turn into a picture of a present to go on the front.

Cut out a square or rectangle from their picture to make the present, and stick it onto the front of the greetings card with glue.

Cut up some ribbon and glue that on to, crossing it over the painted present and adding a bow on top. You can show your child how to take a pair of scissors or a ruler and pull it along the length of ribbon to make it twist into pretty curls.

homemade christmas card using child's art

Add some lovely writing on the front to finish the card and you’ve got a gorgeous keepsake card which captures a piece of your child’s art and a snapshot of their handwriting at this age.

christmas card from child's art

More child-made Christmas card ideas

Click through for a lovely selection of easy Christmas cards for children to make.

easy homemade Christmas cards for children to make - simple Christmas crafts

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Mono printing Christmas cards http://nurturestore.co.uk/mono-printing-christmas-cards http://nurturestore.co.uk/mono-printing-christmas-cards#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:09:02 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=22052 Here’s a simple version of mono printing which makes super stylish Christmas cards and gift tags.

Mono printing Christmas cards

We used pizza bases to make our mono prints. Use a pencil to draw on a design. You’ll notice that your design pushes down into the pizza base as you draw. You can make . . . → Read More: Mono printing Christmas cards

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Here’s a simple version of mono printing which makes super stylish Christmas cards and gift tags.

diy block printing christmas card craft - great for homemade gift tags

Mono printing Christmas cards

We used pizza bases to make our mono prints. Use a pencil to draw on a design. You’ll notice that your design pushes down into the pizza base as you draw. You can make Christmas trees and presents, draw abstract patterns or write a word. Remember to write any words backwards though!
diy mono printing

Then use a paintbrush or brayer to apply paint over your design. We used acrylic paint. Brush lightly over the surface so that you don’t get any paint down into the grooves of your design.

printing christmas cards

Take your card and place it over your design. Keep it very still and use a clean brayer or your finger to rub all over. This is how the paint will transfer on to your card.

homemade mono prints

Carefully peel your card off the base to reveal your mono print design.

mono printing with kids

You can make large versions of your design to use as a mono printed Christmas card….

mono printed christmas card craftor make small versions and use them as gift tags.

mono print gift tags

More child-made Christmas card ideas

Click through for a lovely selection of easy Christmas cards for children to make.

easy homemade Christmas cards for children to make - simple Christmas crafts

 

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Advent activities :: Play Planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/advent-activities-play-planner http://nurturestore.co.uk/advent-activities-play-planner#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:35:05 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=22016

Exploring Great Artists :: new download

New this week:  I just wanted to let you know that all three volumes of our Exploring Great Artists series are now available in one special-price bundle. You can download all three volumes together for the discount price of $25, which gives you a $5 saving. I’ve had such lovely . . . → Read More: Advent activities :: Play Planner

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Exploring Great Artists :: new download

New this week:  I just wanted to let you know that all three volumes of our Exploring Great Artists series are now available in one special-price bundle. You can download all three volumes together for the discount price of $25, which gives you a $5 saving. I’ve had such lovely feedback from readers who are using these art activities with their children, so I’m happy to offer this package which I hope will enable more of you to make use of these great resources. Click through to take a look at all the artists included in the Exploring Great Artists series here.

Here’s this week’s Play Planner

Monday’s child is…

playing Christmas listening games
Fun Christmas listening games for children - part of the Christmas sensory play series

Tuesday’s child is…

making a homemade Advent calendar
homemade advent calendars

Wednesday’s child is…

filling their Advent calendar with Christmas jokes (add some fun reading!)
Christmas jokes for kids

Thursday’s child is…

playing sorting games
sorting games

Friday’s child is…

having a pre-Christmas bedroom tidy!
Organization tips :: how to keep a child's bedroom tidy

Saturday’s child is…

making their mark in a peppermint writing tray (see how to set up at Blog Me Mom)
Peppermint-sensory-writing-activity

Sunday’s child is…

playing indoor water games (see all the ideas at BabyCentre)
indoor water play activities

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Christmas listening games http://nurturestore.co.uk/christmas-listening-games http://nurturestore.co.uk/christmas-listening-games#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:00:06 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21980 This week’s Christmas sensory play ideas are exploring our sense of hearing. Here are some fun, festive listening games you can play with your child.

Christmas listening games

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This week’s Christmas sensory play ideas are exploring our sense of hearing. Here are some fun, festive listening games you can play with your child.

Fun Christmas listening games for children - part of the Christmas sensory play series

Christmas listening games

Both my daughters love making noise. But it’s also important to encourage children to develop their hearing skills, so they can listen very carefully – and not only so they will always listen to you!

:: a good sense of hearing is important in learning language, to pick up vocabulary and pronunciation

:: listening games help children learn how to focus in on something, and to concentrate

:: listening games can also encourage team work, turn taking and fair play

:: activities that focus on sounds can be calming and soothing

How to make Jingle Bell Boxes

Our Christmas listening games use little parcels of sound. They’re easy to make and there’s a selection of play ideas and games that you can use them for, to suit children of different ages and stages.

To play the games, you’ll need a few small gift boxes. You can buy a set from the store but there’s also a super site called Template Maker which will design a printable template for just about any shaped gift box you want. Click through, type in the size of the box you want – I used a 6cm square for this set – and then you can print a pdf template of your box. I used mine to trace round onto thick card, but even easier would be to put the card in your printer and print the template directly on to the card.

diy gift box template

You’ll need some sounds to go inside your boxes. Think about what you have that will make an interesting noise as it rattles around in the box. You could use dried rice, pasta, corn, chickpeas, fir cones, wooden rings, large buttons, Lego pieces, cotton reels….and of course some jingle bells.

You’ll need to make sure the items you’re using are suitable for your child, especially if you have a younger child: use items that are big enough not to pose a choking hazard, secure the items safely (you could sew them inside a little fabric pouch) or make sure you fasten up all the sides of the boxes with glue or tape. In any case, you’ll need to supervise all the time your child is playing with the boxes.

listening activities for preschool

Place a different sound inside each gift box, fasten the box securely, and add a little bow to make your seasonal-sounding Christmas presents.

Jingle bell sensory play ideas and listening games

How to play Christmas listening games

There are lots of different ways to play, exploring your sense of hearing

:: Set the boxes out on a discovery table or in a treasure basket and invite your child to come and explore. What can they hear inside each box? Can they guess what’s inside? This is a lovely activity for babies and toddlers.

:: Hide the gift boxes around the room and go on a sound hunt to find them.

:: Add in some numbers and play a ‘Where are the Jingle Bells?’ guessing game. Take three boxes, all of the same colour if possible, including one with the jingle bells in. Count your boxes and place number cards next to them: 1, 2, 3. Take a guess: which number box are the jingle bells in? Take turns with your child to mix the boxes up and guess where the bells are hiding.

Christmas listening games for preschool

:: Play ‘Pass the Parcel’. Sit a group of children in a circle and give one of them the gift box with the jingle bells in. Play some Christmas music and pass the jingle bell box around the ring from child to child as the music plays. Stop the music and catch one child holding the jingle bell box. They can win a treat, take a challenge, answer a quiz question, or be ‘out’ of the game, whichever way you’d like to play. Turn the music on again, and play the game some more.

Christmas sensory play activities

:: Play the ‘Where’s the Noise?’ game. This is a good game to work on careful listening skills, sensing the direction of a noise, following instructions and taking turns to be quiet:

Sit a group of children in a circle. Pick one child to be the guesser. Have this child close their eyes (perhaps covering their eyes with a mask or blindfold), and then give one of the other children the jingle bell gift box.

Everyone in the circle sings the first few lines of ‘Jingle Bells’ and at the end the child holding the gift box gives it a little shake, so everyone can hear the bells. Can the guesser work out which child has the gift box?

Everyone else will need to practise being very quiet, and the guesser will need to listen very carefully to hear which direction the jingle bells are coming from. You might need to give clues to help them narrow down which child has the bells. Once they work it out, someone else takes a turn to have the bells, and someone else gets to guess.

Christmas sensory play activities

More Christmas sensory play activities

This activity is part of a season-long sensory play series brought to you by me, Christie, Kate, Ana, Kristina and Meri.

You can see all the ideas for exploring your sense of sight here. This week we also have a fab selection of hearing activities:

Christie at Childhood 101 has a sound obstacle course.

Kate at Picklebums has a listen and draw game with a great free printable.

Ana at Babble Dabble Do has Christmas bell door hangings.

Meri at Meri Cherry has candy cane noise makers.

Kristina at Toddler Approved has a presents sound matching game.

Visit all the links for lots of sensory inspiration and join in with the play!

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