How to Make a Puppet with Kids: 6 Easy Ways to Make Puppet Crafts with Things from Around the House

Children have a natural ability to create and explore their imagination. This is why puppets are an excellent tool for children to play with. With these easy steps you can make puppets with kids in no time. Children will be able to use their creativity while exploring the world around them, and soon they will be off telling their own stories using their new sock puppet or shadow theatre. 

Puppets are always a great way to make learning come alive. They can be used in the classroom, during birthday parties, or just for fun. You don’t need much to create your own puppets, either. Here are some easy ways to make them with your kids at home. 

Puppet crafts for kids. Six fun and easy ways to make puppets

If you’re looking for new ways to spend time with your child, this blog post will show you how to get involved in some puppet play together! Before you know it, you will have made your very own easy diy puppet theatre ready for a puppet show performance. 

How to Make Puppets with Kids: 6 Easy Ways

We will show you six fun puppetry ideas and easy crafts from recycled materials using basic supplies from around the house, so gather up your craft supplies and let’s get started!

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My Little Pony A New Generation Movie Review

My Little Pony A New Generation is out on Netflix on September 24th, but we were lucky enough to attend the UK premiere and watch the movie a little early so that we can share our review with you. 

Once upon a time, ponies, pegasi and unicorns all lived in harmony, but those days are no more. When a happy-go-lucky unicorn wanders into Maretown, Earth Pony “Sunny” and her new friends set out on an adventure to restore magic and friendship to all of Equestria!

In this new My Little Pony movie, join a new generation of ponies as they set out on an adventure to prove that friendship is for every pony, and our sparkle is brightest when we shine together!

my little pony a new generation on Netflix poster

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Crystalina Fairy Dolls Review

Crystalina fairy dolls are a new brand of light-up fairy dolls that are themed around the powers and magic of Crystals.

We were sent the Turquoise (Healing) and Amethyst (Wisdom) dolls and N (age 4) was so excited to play with them. You can also collect the Crystalina dolls Rose Quartz (Love) and Aventurine (Luck)

Crystalina amethyst and turquoise

I was instantly attracted to the concept too, as I have been learning more about the meanings of crystals in spirituality. These dolls are a great concept that can be shared together for mother and daughter play and bonding.

The Crystalina Fairy Dolls combine the empowering energy of crystals with LED lights, bringing bring together the fun of role play with collectable dolls

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What to expect when travelling first class on a train

It’s easy to get disillusioned with rail travel, especially if you’re a commuter who needs to head to and from a busy place at rush hour. Your experience of travelling by train might consist of trying to keep yourself balanced while standing inches from other passengers, or maybe even sharing a ride with other people’s luggage! But it doesn’t have to be this way. You know that just a few carriages in front of yours is a world of peace, space and comfort. It seems like bliss when you have your head in a fellow-commuter’s armpit, but what do you actually get for the extra money when you travel first class? 

Peace and quiet

If you’ve ever wandered into a first-class carriage by accident, you’ll have noticed how peaceful it is. It’s one of the key reasons people choose to travel first class. And if this is what you’re looking for, you’ll find you’re surrounded by like-minded folk. People in these carriages generally want to sleep, admire the view or work. Therefore, the only distraction you might have is from being given your courtesy coffee.

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Felt Hedgehog Sewing Craft for Kids

Hedgehogs are one of the cutest little woodland animals, and with their distinctive shape they make an ideal creature for children’s crafts.

My daughter loves these small, cute and cuddly animals so we decided to make this simple hedgehog craft together. With the sewing element, this craft is also a really good way to work on fine motor skills and give little hands and fingers a bit of a challenge.

Hedgehog craft for kids felt sewing with free printable template to use

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Disney Book of Maps: A Guide To The Magical Worlds of Disney & Pixar

Maps are an incredible way to explore the world. When you look at a map, it’s like you’re travelling for miles and miles without ever leaving your living room or bedroom.

There is something so magical about exploring lands via detailed maps, and when combined with the magic of Disney & Pixar, this is an amazing combination.

Disney book of maps a guide to the magical worlds of Disney and Pixar

We were sent the Disney Book of Maps from Lost Universe, the UK-based retailer that’s all about supplying super-fans with the coolest pop culture merch around. They have a wide range of products from brands including Disney, Star-Wars, Harry Potter, Pokemon and more.

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How to Be Your Best Self for Your Child

Becoming a mom puts you under a lot of pressure and stress. Just because you love being a mom doesn’t mean that it is going to be a walk in the park. There are going to be bad days, good days, and all sorts of different colors in between. There are going to be times when you think you may never catch your breath, and there are going to be days that seem like nothing is going on at all. Because there are so many ups and downs to parenting, it helps to constantly place yourself in the center of the wheel. That’s the best way to put it. Imagine life is a wheel. No matter how many bumps the wheel hits in the road, if you are in the center you will remain unaffected. Although it’s not going to be easy, here are some ways you can remain centered and consistently bring your best self to your child everyday. 

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19 Autumn Crafts and Activities for Kids to Bring the Spirit of Fall into your Home

Fall is here and these September days are really starting to feel Autumnal especially with the kids all back at school. So this week I’m featuring everything Autumn!

Autumn is a time of wonder and excitement at the end of summer. Yes it’s time for Pumpkin spice latte and sweater weather, but it’s also a time for crafting and creating.

The crisp fall air is inviting us to make a batch of homemade apple cider. The leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees in piles on the ground. The lack of sunlight in the afternoons is a reminder that it’s time to get cozy inside with a good book.

We have so many fun autumn crafts for kids to share with you. These kids fall crafts are easy to put together, and a great way to spend quality time with kids of all ages.

There are so many fall crafts and activities that kids of all ages can enjoy. From coloring pages to pumpkin patch crafts, there’s something for everyone. So grab your children and pick up some materials, because this fall you’re going to have a blast!

Autumn crafts and activities for kids

Fall & Autumn Crafts for Kids

Here are our featured autumn crafts for children this week! Click through the link with each one for the full instructions. 

We have put together a great selection of easy Autumn activities for you and your family, from crafts, to science, to nature hunts and more. These ideas will be perfect for preschoolers, or to keep kids entertained after school.

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Hape Monster Math Scale Review

The Monster Math Scale from Hape is a fun and educational wooden toy, teaching young children the basics of math and gravity, as they work out how many weights the monster can hold in each arm.

This toy is an ideal hands on way to get to grips with early mathematical and numeracy concepts, through play and experimentation.

Hape Monster Math Scale

The scale is made from good quality wooden and plastic materials and feels really well made and durable. The funny monster has a scale on each arm, and you get 9 larger weights and 11 smaller weights, which children can use to balance and experiment with.

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How to Get Ahead with Your Family’s Christmas Planning

Going ahead with your family Christmas planning right now might seem a little premature. But there are lots of reasons why you should think about doing so. When you get ahead of the curve, you make it a lot easier for yourself later on as the big day gets closer.

Finding ways to prepare in advance will mean you can enjoy the holiday season more as well. So read on to find out more about doing that. In this blog post, we will share 5 easy ways to plan ahead for Christmas so that as the day comes closer, you’re free to relax and soak in the season with your loved ones. 

How to get ahead with christmas planning for your family

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