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Colourful stick puppets for everyday fun
This month we made some super cute and colourful stick puppets to celebrate carnival but it is also for everyday fun. (A few weeks ago we made a new puppet theatre using an old shoe box. We have made several puppet show frames over the years, they never get old to play with.) Everything we ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Valentine's Day Loveheart Crowns
This is quite possibly one of the easiest crafts we've ever done -- and with such a cute result in the end! This past weekend, the girls and I made loveheart crowns for Valentine's Day. All you need is some wool felt and ribbon, and that's it! You simply cut out felt hearts in your ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Dried Orange and Lavender Star Garland
If you are like me, you keep seeing gorgeous dried orange garland and salt dough garland EVERYWHERE.  We had a lazy Saturday to ourselves last weekend and I thought it might be the perfect day to try out this slow, but fun activity.  Thankfully I had a few oranges on hand and lots of dried ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
A slow and simple Christmas (and craft to make with little ones)
For me and for many, 2020 has been a year of 'Slow and Simple'. Our lifestyles and livelihoods were forced to slow down, to adapt or at the very least relocate to our living rooms. And many of us have had to scale back on things and to keep things simple so as to get ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Make and gift a festive simmer pot
Have you ever thought about how powerful the olfactory memory is? Many times, different smells take me back to a particular moment in time -- often a childhood memory. Spices have always been around our house.  African food needs quite a bit of it! The smell of delicately balanced ginger and cloves will always remind ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Pretty Paper Roll Snowflakes -- a wonderful way to recycle!
There is something special about staying warm indoors when it is cold outside. Although for little ones, an extended period of time in doors can be difficult. I have found that for my daughter, anything involving glue and glitter makes her quite happy! Thanks to quarantine we have lots and lots of paper rolls so ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Pretty paper flowers to decorate gifts or your house -- here's a simple DIY
I've recently been making these pretty paper flowers which are super easy to fold together, and perfect to use for gift wrapping or to decorate the house (I used them for our activity advent calendar this year). There's really not much to it -- the only things you need are: paper (preferably not too thick -- ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Toy box treasure hunt - a simple game for colour and counting practice
I thought up the toy box treasure hunt as a fun game for my daughter to play making use of things we already have at home. It’s made simply and quickly with colouring pens, cardboard, scrap paper and a glue stick (and of course your child’s toy box). Happily we have found further benefits of ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Cardboard spa set - make your own for endless fun
I made this cardboard spa set to play with my daughter recently and shared it on Instagram. I received such a wonderful response that I thought I would bring it here to the blog should you too wish to make one for play with your little people! It didn’t take long to make at all, I ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make a translucent confetti lantern
Have you ever made a lantern? Well, that is exactly what we did this week:  a simple translucent luminary craft using what we had on our craft shelf. It can easily be done in three (3) simplified steps: decorate, cut, and assemble. For us, November is a great month to work on making luminaries, especially if ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Infinite creative possibilities with Conkers
Even writing about this seems to simple and easy, but I want to plant the seed and let it grow. Conkers are fun to collect as the Autumn winds blow and the leaves fall. They are shiny, they are very soothing to hold. And they live inside of these tennis ball green husks covered in ...
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HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Perforated Pumpkin Luminaries - A Fun Halloween Cardboard Craft
This year I did not have the energy to go collect a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and carve it with a toddler, so we tried something new!  We "carved", painted and decorated cardboard pumpkins and made them into perforated pumpkin luminaries.  This method is 'less mess and no stress', using materials you already have on ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
A clay and fall leaves wall hanging for autumn
Can you believe we are already one third done with this year's autumn season! But there is still time to make more decorations if like me you enjoy this time a year. After seeing all the beautiful fall leaves wall hanging all over Instagram, we had to make one of our own. This is actually ...
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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Oversized Kirigami Spider Webs -- a quick DIY Halloween decoration (and game too)!
Growing up, I loved Halloween so much! And I hope my children say the same same day. This year I have decided to start Halloween a bit earlier in the month, and to make up for all the things we can't do -- school Halloween discos and trick-or-treating, I have focussed on the things we ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sustainable halloween costumes - dressing up capsule tips!
Are you in the mood for dressing up for halloween? Even if your area is in lockdown and trick or treating isn’t really advised, it can be fun to have a dressing up party this time of year nonetheless!  Sustainability and dressing up By now we are all more or less aware of the true ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Felted chestnut hulls: a soapy autumn craft!
Making wet felted autumn treasures is a fun little craft, it's seasonal and requires soap, and who doesn't want to stimulate hand washing these days?! We love making Lara's felted acorns and decided it was time to add some wet felted chestnut hulls to our collection too! The wool for the hull is felted around ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Nature Soup - A DIY game for little ones learning to count
My daughter loves to cook and can count to 20, but she is just now learning how to count out items.  Often when we prepare a recipe at home, I will help her measure and count out ingredients.  I made this game for her after seeing a similar mainstream game and thought that it might ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own insect hotel using a tin can and help insects survive the winter months
Let's make our own insect hotel craft! Our gardens, river banks, prairies and forests are busy with a new set of activities. Bugs are looking for a new home... The leaves are slowly starting to change colours. Then they begin to fall and the air becomes crisper in autumn. Soon we will see less insects ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Autumn Equinox -- a day of balance (and fifteen favourite fall activities)
I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer... until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World -- make your own!
Oh to be a little fairy or butterfly. And oh to be one years old again! These butterfly or flower fairy wings (you choose!) are the sweetest little gift that my children made for their baby sister's first birthday. Being resourceful is always a good idea, but especially useful during lockdown, and for a first ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sorting colours with caps and corks - a fun DIY game for littles!
Lily and I made this colour sorter using caps and corks yesterday afternoon. It was so simple to do, but kept her so entertained (whilst being educational) that I had to share it here. It’s my first post for a while, having been making the most of what has felt like one of the longest ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own paint palette - for all ages
I made this paint palette this morning for a friend’s son, but wanted to share it with you here as I think it's great craft for a range of ages! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love making toys for my little ones out of scraps. I love creating ways that ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Puzzles using empty packets- make your own
These packet puzzles combine my love for recycled art (making things out of scraps), and my daughter’s love of puzzles. Like so many of us, lockdown has at times had us climbing walls for things to do, make and play. One of the many saviours has been puzzles. Each day we have dedicated time to ...
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