Cupcake case turtle

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This is such a super cute and simple craft and totally inspired by the wonderful Crafty Morning!

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We needed:

  • A cupcake case
  • Green paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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First we cut two strips of green paper about 10cms by 2cms for the legs, a tail and a head shape.

We then glued the strips together to form a cross shape and glued the googly eyes on to the head.

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Then we glued the cross to the under side of the cupcake case.

Next we glued on the tail and the head.

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Any hey presto! Our turtle was created (told you it was simple!!!!)

If you enjoyed this turtle craft why not check out our Bird Crafts and Paper Plate Snake.

 

 

Paper plate dinosaur

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We are a big dinosaur loving family so this paper plate dinosaur was very popular! And not too difficult to do.

We needed:

  • Paper plate
  • Loo roll tube
  • Card
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Crayons

First I cut the loo roll tube in half and then cut two slits in each. The slits were about 1cm deep and positioned opposite each other.

Next I cut out a head and neck out of the card, and a tail.

We coloured in the plate, head, tail and legs with crayons but you could paint them instead if you have a little more time! And we added googly eyes.

Next we folded the plate in half and glued the neck and tail to one of the inside sides.

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Then we glued the plate together.

We slotted the plate into the loo roll legs.

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And our dinosaur was born!

Top tips:

  • Why not cut out different shaped heads/tails and add spikes to create different types of dinosaurs?
  • If you like our dinosaur paper plate craft why not check out our  Paper Plate Snake or Paper Plate Spider

 

Ribbon wands

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My husband wanted some chop sticks for a project he was working on and ended up with a bag of 100 pairs. So we tasked ourselves with coming up with ways to use them. This is our first attempt, a ribbon wand! And this was totally inspired by Somewhat Simple.

We needed:

  • Chop stick (you could use another type of stick or dowel)
  • Ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Tape

First we chose our ribbons and cut them to roughly the same length.

Then we took the first ribbon and folded it in half to create a loop at one end.

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We then placed the chop stick on the ribbon and threaded the ribbon through the loop to catch the chop stick.

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We repeated this with all of our ribbons.

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Finally we stuck a piece of tape at the top of the ribbons and at the bottom to stop them sliding off.

We then did some dancing and singing while waving our wand followed by some wizard work! Definitely a craft that can be used for lots of play which is fab. Wand waving is also great for those motor skills!

Top tips:

  • Try cutting your ribbons to a longer length then we did. Ours we a little short as I didn’t take into consideration folding them in half.
  • If you wanted to you could use a hot glue gun to secure each ribbon in place rather then the tape we used.
  • Why not try adding some bells so you get sounds as well as colour when you cast your spells!

Paper plate snake

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This is a good old favourite that I remember making as a kid and loving! It’s very straight forward and you probably have all of the materials already at home.

We needed:

  • Crayons/pencils
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Glue

First we coloured in the plate.

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Then we cut it into a spiral.

Next we drew on some eyes and stuck on a tongue.

Finally we cut a piece of string, put a hole in the snake’s head, pushed the string through and tied a knot at the back.

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And hey presto we had ourselves a snake!

As I always say a bit of arts and crafts is wonderful for motor skills, creativity, imagination, relaxation and so much more!

Top tips:

  • When we got into the centre of the plate with our cutting we rounded off the end of the spiral to make it more head shape. We also cut a point at the very start of the spiral to look like a tail.

 

Funny Faces

 

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At the office Christmas party we had some photo props on the table (you know the short that are cardboard shapes with sticks on them). They were going to be thrown away at the end of the night so with my crafting head on I saved them for a little art project!

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We needed:

  • Roll of paper (we use rolls of lining paper from the local DIY shop for these sorts of projects)
  • Plate or large round object
  • Crayons/pencils
  • Glue
  • Photo props

First we drew around the plate on our paper and added some eyes.

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Next we tried the photo props on the faces in lots of different combinations (this was very amusing!).

One we were happy with the different looks we stuck them down with glue.

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This is such as simple activity and good use of something that would otherwise be in the bin! I did this activity with my 2 year old so it was a great opportunity to talk about faces like where mouths go and what colour eyes people might have. You can sneak in a discussion about diversity, beauty and even recycling if you want to!

Top tips:

  • I didn’t quite leave enough room at the top of the paper for the hat props!

 

 

Loo Roll Spiders

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(Toddlers and Preschool)

Halloween firmly cemented our households love of all things spiders! (Even I am coming around to the idea!) So we decided to give loo roll spider painting a go.

You will need:

  • Loo rolls
  • Black paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Plates

First of all we cut strips into the loo rolls and bent them back to create the spider’s 8 legs.

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Then we squirted black paint onto a plate and spread it around.

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Next we dipped the loo rolls in the paint and stamped them onto the paper.

Once the paint was dry we glued on some googly eyes.

I am always harping on about it but arts and crafts are truly wonderful for children (and adults too!). They are relaxing, inspiring and allow self expression. They are also fab for developing motor skills and hand eye coordination. Plus they are super fun which is alway a bonus!

Top tips:

  • Black paint does not alway come out of clothes very well even when it is washable paint (as we found out when we washed the little man’s white vest!!)
  • The more googly eyes the better – fun fact: spiders typically have 8 eyes.

 

Check out our firework painting post for more loo roll painting fun.

Apple Crumble

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(All Ages)

One of our favourite activities in autumn is blackberry picking and making lot of yummy treats with them. Apple and blackberry crumble is definitely our default pudding and something all the family can help to make.

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 900g cooking apples
  • 400g blackberries
  • 175g light brown sugar

Topping

  • 225g plain flour
  • 175g butter
  • 55g light brown sugar
  • 125g oats
  • cinnamon (optional)

First we washed the blackberries we picked and patted them dry with kitchen towel.

Next we peeled and cored the apples.

We then cut up the apples by using the slice side of the cheese grater.

Next we put the fruit in the oven proof dish and mixed it up.

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Then we sprinkled on the sugar.

In a bowl we rubbed together the flour and butter until it resembled fine breadcrumbs.

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Next we mixed in the oats and the sugar (you can add cinnamon at this stage if you want to).

 

Then we tipped the topping onto the fruit.

Finally we cooked it in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 40 minutes.

Cooking is a basic life skill and it is never too early to start teaching children about food. It is also very social, relaxing and rewarding. Literacy and numeracy skills can also be developed through cooking and baking. Reading recipes and packets helps reading and measuring ingredients helps with numbers.

Top tips:

  • Preparing the apples may be too difficult or dangerous for younger children so you might want to prepare these in advance. To stop them from going brown squirt some lemon juice over them.