Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Holiday Craft Ideas









Well, it's pre school/ school holiday time again which can only mean one thing* CRAFT! Yes, it's time to spend some time at the kitchen table with your kids, lest they spend the entire two weeks torturing one another and consequently you too (i've been there before)!

Let them get grubby and spill paint on the floor. Make sure you've got large sheets of paper, pipe cleaners, glitter and cornflour at hand (because all manner of crafty excellence can be produced with that fine powdery goodness).

For us, the best crafting sessions come when vague guidelines are set and 'finished products' are unimportant. In addition to the traditional craft supplies we like to utilise the contents of the recycling draw!

Below is a list of crafty goodness.

Corn Flour Painting/ Pasting: Cornflour has to be THE BEST pantry item around when it comes to crafting. With it you can make paint, paste and the glorious goop that is oobleck (see below).

Oobleck: Oh mercy, Kids of any age will adore this stuff. But be warned, it's one for the outdoors....

Peg People: Gather some scraps of fabric, some googly eyes and a wooden peg and watch a family grow!

Fabric Painting: The options are endless with this one. Customise pillow slips, clothing or make a wall hanging.

Painting a Masterpiece: Some simple tips on getting great art out of our toddlers.

Fimo Creatures: Such a great one for the older kids or for the young ones with a parents help. Make a keepsake or a gift for a treasured friend. Or you know mum, make some earrings, beads or a necklace (jewellery 'findings' can be bought at lincraft).

Play Dough Sets: I love putting together little play dough kits for my kids. Black play dough for the road with 'workers' and trucks. Blue play dough with ocean creatures and so on.

Dangling Succulent Garden: One for the older kids.

Fish Biscuits: If your kids are into Octanauts, you really must make some fish biscuits.

Counting Cookies: A little bit of kitchen learning? This is a fun one and delicious to boot. Plus, look at my baby Zeph, what a juicy boy he was!


The Infinite Possibilities: Once you've crafted like crazy, take a look at all the endless masterpiece possibilities!


I hope you get some crafting done these holidays and manage to neglect the house work as much as I plan to!

xo em


*okay.... maybe it means a filthy house too.

13 comments:

  1. Hun! Typo - Cornflour has to be the best PANTY item. Love it. Not to worry I asked my readers to follow me via BOG Lovin! x

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    1. ahahah thank you SO much. YOu know, I once described my striped shirt as a striped SHIT- i didn't correct that one though, too awesome!

      I'm off to follow your BOG ;)

      xo em

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    2. Link to the post about your striped shit please! xo

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  2. Oh I was trying to come up with a cornflower in you panty gag.....

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  3. after almost a year of living at the house we are in, my boys finally made a fort in the bush.... my Miss G dappled in some painting this afternoon - oh how I do miss that pre-school messy crafting age though! xx

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  4. Painting isn't allowed indoors, but we do the other stuff. Being on the holidays - I'm ready!

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  5. You put me to shame - 2 kids and a new born - you're amazing! X

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  6. this is all manners of awesome - can't wait till i can do this in my home :)

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  7. I love, love, love that shirt - where did you get it?

    http://traineemama.blogspot.com

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    1. It's by Paul and Paula- best clothing ever!!

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  8. I think I will have to try number cookies with my son, so cute! Your header is gorgeous today too :)

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  9. Great suggestions! We love easel painting round here!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em