We had such fun on our woodland walk today. The girls relished having so much space to run in. They gathered lots of natural materials on their treasure hunt: leaves, seeds, fircones, moss. They used them to make some nests and also to make some jewellery too. We brought some small lengths of wool with us and use them to tie together some jewels – favourite leaves the girls chose from their treasures. We tied the brooches on to their coats and they pretended to be forest fairies off to a party in their finest clothes.
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I was looking for inspiration yesterday as I had some Love Heart sweets for my girls and was wondering how to use them as a Valentine gift. I had some great suggestions from friends on my Facebook page and on Twitter. I knew my girls would definintely want to eat the sweets, so rather than stick them onto anything I decided to make some Valentine baskets to put them in. This idea reminded me of a bag I’d made as a child. Here’s my interpretation. I hope you like it – and hope my girls do too.
You will need: two circles of red card, some tissue paper, scissors, ribbon, stapler, something to decorate you heart: I used a decorative hole puncher and some heart stickers
Step One: Decorate the two card circles on one side only. This gives your child an opportunity to be creative and use their own ideas.
Step Two: Fold each circle in half.
Step Three: Fit the folded circles together to form a heart shape. Staple the two together – one staple at the base and one staple on each side at the top where the circles intersect.
Step Four: Add a ribbon handle (stapled on) and some tissuepaper inside. (A little glue or stickytape helps the tissuepaper stay inside the bag)
Pop some goodies inside and the basket is ready to give to the one you love.
I’ve also make these lollypop flowers inspired by a lovely idea over at The Mad House.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
happily shared with the Virtual Valentine’s Day Party
I wanted to say ‘Hi’ to visitors over from Kind Over Matter, where I have a guest post today.
Welcome to nurturestore!
I love the philosphy of Kind Over Matter so it was a treat to share an idea with them. If you’ve come for a visit then you might like to see some more Valentine ideas. Or if you enjoyed the Tic Tac Toe idea you might like some of these activities which also work on thinking and maths skills.
And if you’re a regular nurturestore reader then you might like to go and visit Kind Over Matter, a blog which features lots of handmade crafts and focuses on ‘ kind acts, inspirational art & kind projects’. And you can find out how I transformed these materials into a ‘Hearts and Kisses’ noughts and crosses / tic tac toe game.
These paper lanterns are a great way for young children to practise their scissor skills and perfect for decorating the house in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 19th 2015. Red is the traditional celebration colour in China but as the lanterns look so good you might like to make some in your child’s favourite colour and string them up to decorate their bedroom too.
To make one you will need: 2 sheets of paper, scissors, sticky tape or glue (and pens/pencils if you want to add any embellishments)
Following the above pictures clockwise from top left:
Step 1: Fold one sheet of paper in half lengthways
Step 2: Cut lines along the FOLDED length of the paper, but not all the way to the unfolded edge or you’ll just end up with ribbons. I drew lines on the paper for my daughter to follow. She’s just getting the hang of scissors so this was a great craft to let her make something with the scissors which she could pretty much manage all by herself.
Step 3: Open out the paper
Step 4: Add any drawing you like to decorate you lantern.
Step 5: Roll up the lantern and stick the ends together with sticky tape (you could use glue, but you know my daughter won’t wait for it to dry!).
Step 6: Cut a thin strip of paper from the other sheet and stick it on to make the handle. Then string them up to decorate your room
This is a very simple idea to include even the youngest child in the Valentine fun.
When I saw this heart shaped ‘Love Pasta’ I knew I had to have some! (Guess what we’re having for dinner on 14th?) And I’d also been thinking about how to include a baby I know in the Valentine celebrations as she’s too young for any chocolate treats or to get involved in the other crafts we’re doing. One thing she is fantastic at however is making noise! She’s really enjoying finding her own voice and also trying out what sounds she can make by banging toys around, which gave me the idea of making her a musical shaker with a sprinkle of hearts inside.
It’s pretty much the easiest thing to make:
Take a clean, empty drinks bottle.
Fill with something to make noise when baby shakes it. I used the Love Pasta, but you could use dry kidney or borlotti beans (which keeps with the colour scheme) or rice or whatever else you might have in your storecupboard.
Add something to catch baby’s eye. I used some heart shaped foil confetti and some swirls of red shiny ribbon.
Fix the lid on tightly. I applied superglue around the rim of the bottle and them screwed the lid on top. I added a ribbon around the neck of the bottle, but if you’re concerned about baby chewing this you can leave it off.
Hand the bottle over to baby and let them shake away to their hearts content.
This post is happily shared with the Virtual Valentine’s Day Party