The homework rescue mission and the 3D jungle

Libby arrived home from school on Friday with homework as usual. The only slight departure from the norm was that the homework was due in on Monday. We had an incredibly busy weekend planned, and of course the homework involved craft – she had to make a jungle. And I had no craft supplies. A lucky coincidence Just as I decided to make Libby rip a piece of paper out of a pad and draw her jungle, the postman arrived. In a strange twist of fate that made me think I should buy a lottery ticket, he brought us a box of…

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10 easy crafts for young children

With half term upon us, it’s great to have a few craft activities to turn to when the children need entertaining. I’ve done a few craft projects this year and I’ve also seen some amazing crafts from other bloggers. So I thought I’d share 10 of my favourites. These are all really simple crafts for young children. None of them take any specialist equipment and children can really get involved. 1. Paper plate birds Jenny from The Gingerbread House has been making paper plate birds with her little ones. This is a super easy craft that involves folding a paper plate…

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Spaceship toddler craft

With Libby off school poorly the past few days, I’ve been looking for things to do that weren’t too energetic. Luckily our Bostik blogger craft box for the month arrived just in the nick of time. The theme this month was space and both girls wanted to make a spaceship. This is the perfect craft for children to do themselves. It’s also ideal for two children to work together, because the spaceship is made in two separate parts. What you’ll need An open-bottomed cardboard cone An empty kitchen roll Paint Stickers or other decorations Bostik white PVA glu Glu dots Newspaper Old…

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My parenting confession

I like to think that all parents do something they’re not proud of. Well okay, I’ve got quite a few. I shout. And not just because I want to get my point across, it’s usually because I’ve lost it. I lie. Nothing serious but Father Christmas definitely won’t be coming if they’re naughty in August. The children still think I can phone their ballet and swimming teacher on the palm of my hand. But none of those are my parenting confession. So here it is. Don’t hate me. I throw away my children’s artwork. My parenting confession – I throw…

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Upcycling an old photo frame to create a masterpiece

Like all children, my two love nothing more than getting the craft things out and creating a ‘masterpiece’. They are happy to sit and cut, stick and colour for hours on end. Churning out page after page of quickly scribbled drawings or carelessly stuck mosaics. As far as they are concerned, I should treasure every page. But let’s face it, it’s just not practical. A few years ago, my sister made the girls a lovely picture. She simply bought a frame from a charity shop and bought a lovely piece of wrapping paper to go in it. This has been…

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