This week we decided to make a house -warming card for the girls’ aunt and uncle – a great way to play with maths and make some shape pictures! My daughter loved this activity and was so pleased to make something to give as a gift. And all the while she was happily creating her picture, she was learning all sorts of important maths and literacy skills, without even realising it. Here’s how we made our shape picture…
This flower craft for kids comes in four designs, making a beautiful mixed bouquet. It’s made from simple craft supplies, is easy to make, and lovey to give as a gift of have as a decoration to celebrate spring. Here’s how to make each type of flower.
Flower craft for kids [Read more…]
Mothers Day 2013 is on Sunday March 10th in the UK and Sunday May 13th in the US. Are you planning some making, baking or crafting for it?
I love homemade gifts at any time of the year, but I think there’s something extra special about a child-made mothers day craft. Here are ten of our favourite ideas that you might like to try this year. There’s a mix of ideas to suit all ages of children, including ideas for cards, homemade gifts and things you can bake (my favourite of all!) As well as producing something lovely to give to mum, each idea also has a new technique or creative idea for the children to try out – so they’re learning something new too.
Top 10 crafts for Mothers Day 2013
Oh my, oh my! This is one of my all time favourite recipes because it’s so delicious and also so super easy kids can try it (almost) by themselves. I’ve written before about what kids learn while baking and this recipe is a good one to get them started. They can read the recipe, weigh and measure the ingredients and learn lots of kitchen skills as they cook. There’s no baking involved, just some melting, so with supervision they can join in every step.
We call it Loopy Cake, a name inherited from a family friend who gave us the original recipe. Perhaps because once people have tasted it and discovered how yummy it is, they will drive you loopy pestering you to make some more. I have a vague memory of my mum making us all wait until there were enough broken biscuit crumbs in the bottom of our cookie jar before she would make it – but surely she wasn’t really that mean?
Most people I know call it Rocky Road – and everyone I know loves it. Here’s how to make it.
Rocky road recipe [Read more…]
Here’s an idea for DIY art caddy. Colourful and practical and made from left-over materials it’s proving a great way to store art materials and have them easily available for the children to use when they want to create.
Make your own art caddy [Read more…]
Have you heard the research that the best art for babies is bold black and white images? The contrasting pictures are believed to help a baby focus their vision and develop their still fuzzy eyesight. There are lots of black and white art for babies available in books and as posters but why not make your own? Creating some baby art is a lovely way for siblings (or in our case cousins) to give a gift to a new baby in the family.
The School Gardening Club have been busy this week working on a Mothers day craft, which is 18th March for those of us in the UK. Giving flowers is always popular and if you decorate a flower pot to present it in, even better. Here’s how the children made their pots.