Dragons are big in our house these days! My boys love the Dragon Master books, Dragon City game, and all things dragon! So we were really happy to see that this months Bostik craft blogger theme was dragons. I decided to make a dragon themed shield with them, using cardboard and a few other recycled materials, so that they could play with it after we finished crafting. This was really easy to make, and I think it came out great!
This Secret Castle Trinket Box craft is extracted from The Princess Craft Book by Laura Minter and Tia Williams published by GMC
Every princess needs somewhere to store precious things, and this one is extra special because it has hidden compartments to deter unwanted intruders. The top tier lifts up to store larger items, while the drawbridge opens to reveal a secret space for hiding precious jewels (shhh!). Little ones can get their royal hands messy by using papier-mâché and paint. Pop a mini polymer-clay princess into one of the turrets to watch over all of your favorite keepsakes.
Recycle your fabric scraps into a beautiful Spring Flower Collage.
I would love to say that I am a sewer, but to be honest I am more of a “wannabe sewer”. I have the sewing machine, the extensive sewing kit, a stack of books and magazines on the subject and a pile of half completed projects (oh and lots of bunting, bunting is very easy to make). Plus lots of fabric off cuts that are too small be used to turn into anything useful.
Creating a collage with your kids is the perfect way to use up any fabric scraps that you may have and this is exactly what we did with a few of mine. I set the kids on crafting a giant flower together whilst I watched on and day dreamed about my next attempt at a sewing project (Easter bunting?).
This Dragon Cape tutorial is extracted from The Knight Craft Book by Laura Minter and Tia Williams, published by GMC
For those days when your little knight is feeling fearsome, this cape will transform him into a dragon in no time. The costume is really easy to whip up—even if you have hardly any experience with a sewing machine. The garment is not fitted, so the measurements don’t need to be exact. The great thing is that once you’ve made one, you could easily adapt the cape to make another costume, such as a shark with a fin, or a lion with a fluffy mane.
Get ready for the bright Spring days ahead with our Bubble Wrap Baby Chicks craft from our contributor Nicola from CraftyKidsAtHome.com
Like In the Playroom, we are big fans of using bubble wrap in our activities over at Crafty Kids at Home. It is definitely our favourite junk material to breath new life into, after it’s safely brought our online shopping home to us. Have you used it before in your activities?
With Spring around the corner, here’s an easy and cute Spring craft for kids to make. They can customise it and decorate however they would like to personalise their own Spring chick however they like!
I’m delighted to have been invited by the lovely Anna to write a guest post for In the Playroom, one of my favourite crafting and lifestyle blogs
As you’ll all know Anna is a fantastic crafter and it’s safe to say that she understands the pleasure that can be gained from creating something beautiful and unique from scratch. Many of Anna’s projects are primarily aimed at children so I thought I would take this opportunity to encourage mums to discover what crafting can hold for us adults.
I’m also a mum, to two year-old cheeky chappie Oliver, and there’s nothing that I love more than having a crafty afternoon with him when I’m not working. However, it is also nice (and necessary!) to find time for yourself and I’m here to tell you that crafting can be a brilliant escape from the never-ending eat, sleep, change nappy routine! Not only will time put aside for yourself provide a mental break, if it is spent creating something then the satisfaction of doing so can both stimulate and refresh even the most tired of baby brains!
But where to begin? If you’ve never crafted before (beyond children’s paint pots and the likes) then it can be easy to be a little overwhelmed by the craft projects showcased on various websites.
Here are my five top tips for getting your creative juices flowing:
With Dr Seuss’ birthday coming up on March 2nd, and World Book Day coming up on March 3rd this year, it’s the perfect time for some Dr Seuss crafts! My kids love The Cat in the Hat, if yours do too then try this simple Thing 1 and Thing 2 handprint craft inspired by these characters from the book.
Easy Dr Seuss Thing 1 (or) Thing 2 Handprint Craft
Threading with beads is great fine motor practice for little hands, and with Valentines Day approaching, what better use for your beaded pipe cleaners than to turn them into heart ornaments! Pipe cleaners are great for this type of ornament as they are so flexible and easy to shape, so you could make lots of different versions of this craft for any season of the year – pipe cleaner beaded candy cane ornaments are also really popular at Christmas!
Paint samples are such a trendy commodity in the craft world right now! The stores generally
have them free and as long as you do not clear the shelves, they are happy to let you take them! Using a few differently colour paint samples, you can easily create this simple flower craft with kids.
These are great for Spring time, and you could adapt this idea to make cards too – these paint sample flowers would work perfectly for the front of a Mother’s Day card.
Summer is here, and that means outdoor fun and lots of time spent in the garden. If you’re looking for ways to entertain your kids this summer, these awesome backyard ideas should give you some inspiration for a fun and frugal summer that memories are made of. Cool features to add to your backyard this […]
Big Little Tent Festival was created last year during lockdown, since we aren’t able to be out there exploring just now, Caravan Club came up with this idea to allow families to have fun and continue the excitement of camping at home. The festival aims to bring the great outdoors to you – in the […]
Sink or float is one of the most popular classic science experiments for kids. It’s so easy to set up, and a great way to introduce them to basic experiments at home. This fun twist on the classic experiment uses surprise eggs to add another element of fun to the activity. This sink or float […]
Every child is different, and with these varied personalities and interests you will need different toys to best keep your child occupied and entertained. Recently, I was having this discussion with one of my mum groups about which toys are most used by our 4 year olds these days and it was really interesting to […]
Kaleidoscope Have fun making this Kaleidoscope craft with the kids. This simple kaleidoscope works best when it is held up to the light. Move the tube around to see the pretty colours, glitter and sequins dance around. What is a Kaleidoscope? A kaleidoscope (/kəˈlaɪdəskoʊp/) is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted […]
We have all been stuck indoors for a while so it is always good to have some ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained during lockdown. We still have only a few months to go until things go back to normal – hopefully – so read on to get some inspiration. Anna and […]
It’s fantastic to see World Book Day grow year on year, teaching children about the joys of reading in a fun and playful way and getting them to engage with characters and literature is an amazing idea and it’s fantastic it has become so successful here in the UK. Truly highlighting the joys of reading […]