Kids Crafts – Bug Boxes and Masquerade Masks

I love crafting with the kids! As mentioned Little man who is 12 and has Aspergers Syndrome and he isn’t overly keen on the whole crafting thing.But younger sister Alice-Sara and the Toddler can’t seem to get enough of it!

We are very lucky to be Baker Ross Ltd Reviewers and love the fun stuff they send us. Last week we shared some really fun activities, including… Scratch art bug magnets, British butterfly decorations and decorated foam pencil cases (click here for post)! This week its all about glitzy Carnival Masquerade mask kits (perfect for the upcoming festival season) & cute foam bug boxes.

The children really enjoyed decorating the masks. We were sent a set comprising of 2 kits. Each contained, pre-cut foam mask, feathers, sequins, glitzy self adhesive decorations and a wooden stick for supporting your mask in place as you hold it to your eyes.

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The only thing we needed was some glue to stick the feathers and sequins, plus some tape for holding the stick in place.

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Given Alice-Sara is 10, she required no help whatsoever. I helped the toddler correctly place the glitzy foam around the eyes but basically let him go wild and freestyle the rest.

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Foam is a difficult material when it comes to sticking things to it with glue and many ordinary glues just don’t cut it. We’ve been using Baker Ross Ltd Tacky Glue for a while now and this seems to work perfectly. Also it should be noted that the same applies when it comes to taping down your stick in place, so good strong tape works best!

These were so much fun to make. Follow the examples on each instruction sheet inserted in each kit or let the creativity within come flooding out by letting the little ones freestyle their own design. I love the way these turned out.

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The Bug Box Kits are very cute and simple to make. We were given a set comprising of 4 kits, each containing, a small box, large foam shape, smaller self adhesive foam pieces and instruction sheet. You will again require some glue or double sided tape to stick your finished bug to the lid of your box. Once again we used the tacky glue and found this worked just fine.

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Alice constructed a bumble bee box and with my help the toddler worked on the lady bird box (the two bug designs in this kit).

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Harley just needed some assistance to remove the backing paper from the self adhesive shapes and guidance on where to place them. He decided he wanted to play with his finished ladybird for a while before finally securing him to the lid of the box, which was fine with me. 🙂

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Alice found these very simple and made hers really quickly. She said that they were a little two easy, meaning the whole crafting experience was over relatively quickly. Nonetheless, she did love the end result all the same.

I think all the craft, activity sets from Baker Ross ltd would make great additions to a party bag or even used as party activities instead of games. Kits are also perfect for rainy day play, creative activities for nurseries or even pre-schools. They are fun and creative and help kids master fine motor tasks while realising inner creative flare.

Reference section

Bug Box Kit (4 pack) £3.96
Carnival Masquerade mask kits (2 pack) £2.50
Baker Ross Ltd Website

Kids Crafts – Crafting With Baker Ross Ltd

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I love Baker Ross, they are one of my favourite online craft stores, especially when I’m purchasing craft bits for the kids.

As reviewers for Baker Ross we have been sent some fantastic craft kids for the kids to review that proved the perfect activity for a cold afternoon.

I decided to pull out the box of goodies today while the older children were at school and the toddler (Harley age 3) was in desperate need of entertaining (saving from boredom).

The first activity I want to share is that of the fabulous Bug Scratch Art Magnets.

Within the set you get an assortment of reasonably large bug shapes (12 in total), 12 scratch tools, 12 self adhesive magnet strips, instruction sheet.

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Firstly the scratch tools provided are wooden and are not overly sharp, so I was happy for the 3 year old to engage in this activity with my supervision.

There were all sorts of bug shapes from butterflies to spiders and Beatles. The technique is simple just scratch your shapes with your tool and the colour comes through. There are different colours on different areas of each shape meaning as you scratch an array of different colours show through, making each bug colourful and unique.

The next step is to apply the self adhesive magnetic strips to the back of your magnets and then simply stick them on the fridge or a magnetic notice board.

I love that kids can be really creative with their designs, yet there is no mess, paint brushes in need of cleaning, pen lids need finding… Nothing! Simply scratch on your designs and that’s it.

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The toddler had the most fun, he found the whole process fascinating. Its kinda like magic to a 3 year old.

I love his groovy bugs almost as much as I love the concentration on his cute little face.

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We were also sent a number of different packs of self adhesive foam shapes, flowers, dinosaurs, butterflies, and Harley’s favourite… Galaxy foam sticker shapes. This was as well as the huge tub of self adhesive foam letters.

As well as making some really funky 3D pictures and cards that I’m planning on showcasing in a later post, we also used these to decorate some foam pencil cases we were sent (these pencil cases come in a pack of 4 in an assortment of colours).

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A very simple craft idea, especially for a 3 year old. I peeled back the backing paper on the letters and one by one he stuck them in a row on the case in the order that they were given to him. This meant that we were left with his name across the pencil case.

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Harley decided he wanted to use the space foam stickers to decorate his pencil case. He was able to peel away the backing paper but as this took him a while and he started to get bored of doing so I sat and removed the backing from all the shapes that he wanted. I was then able to leave him to his own devices. He had lots of fun creating a space inspired pencil case that I think looks super!

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Again this is the perfect activity for kids. No messy glue to contend with, just a load of paper peelings that are easily brushed into a paper waste bin in seconds.

Lastly we made the British Butterfly Decorations, another foam activity kit.

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These are great but a bit complicated for a 3 year old as you need to follow the visual instruction for each of your 6 butterflies. However Alice loved this one and now home from school she has taken them off with her to her bedroom to complete.

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When doing this with the toddler he just wanted to stick the foam pieces everywhere and anywhere. In the end I positioned each piece and he stuck it down. The next step is to thread the ribbon through the hole and then simply hang to display.

Again no glue, scissors or paints required… Another non messy activity.

Reference…

Bug Scratch Art Magnets (12 Pack)£2.99
British Butterfly Decoration Kit (6 Pack) £3.96
Foam Pencil Cases (4 Pack) £3.96
Self Adhesive Foam Letters Value Tub £6.99
Galaxy Foam Stickers £2.99 per pack

We are extremely lucky to be reviewers for Baker Ross and we love receiving a box full of materials every few months. Although we are provide with the materials free of charge for the purpose of review, all opinions are honest and that of my own.

A Postcard From Santa

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My Daughter Alice-Sara Is one creative little lady. At age 9 she loves to engage herself in arts and crafts, So, is always on the lookout for any creative competitions.

When we discovered the latest competition from TravelSupermarket.com Alice just couldn’t contain her excitement as she sat down to jog down a couple of ideas for her creation.

Once she had decided what she wanted to do she raided the craft cupboard for her desired materials and got to work.

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However, This was no easy task! Her masterpiece needed to be created over the space of a couple of days due to all the different materials she chose to use. These both requiring a mixture of acrylic paints and gloopy glue as well as added addition of Decopatch meant there was many drying periods to the timetable.

This was a collage of various materials that together formed a great picture of Santa enjoying his well earned Holidays in sunny Hawaii.

When asked about her design she gave some unsuspecting information such as Santas enjoying his holiday with his new girlfriend who just happens to be a mermaid lol.

I’m really proud of her creation as I always am. My creative daughter never fails to make a statement, has a wonderful imagination and is a dab hand with a paint brush.

I’ve uploaded a video of Alice working on her creation. The video explains her idea and she talks us through some of the stages of her creation.

She used many different materials to create a 3D effect made up of numerous textures. some being tissue paper, Self adhesive foam, embellishments, cotton pads, card and glitter. She also layered tissue paper with both Decopatch glossy glue and Metallic Turquoise acrylic paint that she mixed with ultra fine blue glitter.This was appiled using a sponging technique to give added texture to her dark blue tissue paper sea.

I love how she made Santa almost completely from Self adhesive foam. She very cleverly created his famous white beard with a cotton pad, gave him wiggly eyes and added flower embellishments to create a traditional Hawaiian necklace.

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Her imagination was on top form as she also created a funky surf board with glittered patterned card to replace his traditional sleigh. Hand drawn Dolphins were cut from foam to create his Reindeer replacements. She then added some brightly coloured string to help the dolphins pull santa along the coastline.

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Other great ideas included the addition of real yellow sand to great her Hawaiian Beachfront and cotton pad clouds that she slightly pulled apart and glued upon her Metallic blue painted sky that again she added a few dashes of glitter too.

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Her Mermaid who is Santa’s special friend (seriously the video explains) was again hand drew onto card, cut out and stuck to some Self adhesive foam rocks… Of course she glittered her tale to give it that girly touch.

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So there you have it… Our entry into the Postcard from Santa competition hosted by TravelSupermarket.com

As the rules state I must nominate 5 others to take part even though they only have a day to create… Sorry (busy week)

I nominate Mummybird
Tiredmummyoftwo
Mummyvswork
This mummy loves
Kneesupmotherbrown

Check out TravelSupermarket for some fabulous holiday days if you fancy a break like Santas.

Mod Podge Christmas decorations

This is a really simple idea for making decorations for your tree.

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You will need

Some glittery flower embellishments in bright colours (these are currently in PoundLand)

White foam glittery flowers (PoundLand)

Selection of ribbon

Glue dots

Gold simmer mod podge (Hobbycraft)

Tacky glue (Baker Ross Ltd)

Small glue brush

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This is so simple its scary. Just layer your bright flowers on top of one another, starting with the biggest first. Use glue dots to secure your embellishments in place.

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Once you have stuck down your second flower, take a white foam embellishment and stick on top of the second flower.

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Now take one of your smaller flower embellishments in the same colour as the first one you used and stick this to the white foam embellishment, only this time use the tacky glue.

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Now turn the layered flower over to reveal its non glittery side.

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Selected your ribbon and cut down to size (this depends how you want them to hang, I prefer them short rather than long). Now loop the ribbon securing both ends to the centre of the flower with some glue dots.

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Select a flower embellishment that is the same size as your first, only ensure its a different colour. Add a glue dot to its non glittery side and lining it with your first large flower. Stick it in place therefore hiding where you have stuck down your ribbon.

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Now do the same as what you did for the other side. Don’t forget that following your second flower the third should be a white foam flower and the last should be the smallest embellishment that is the same colour as that of the first.

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Now all that’s left to do is cover the decoration in Mod Podge.

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Once you have covered one entire side hang and let dry. Once dry (around 30 minutes) turn over and cover the other side in the same way.

Leave for a few hours to ensure the finished decorations have fully dried before hanging from the Christmas tree.

You can have loads of fun mixing up your colours. I know that myself and daughter enjoyed making these together.

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Autumn Collage Toddler Style

We love Baker Ross Ltd and can always be found raving on about their fantastic online store that stocks absolutely everything craft.

The toddler who will be 3 this December and not yet in nursery, is a massive fan of anything arty & crafty. This may have something to do with the extent of crafting activities we do in the home. I can honestly say that from the moment Harley opens his eyes in the mornings his requesting we get out the paints and glitter.

I do really love crafting with the toddler. its a great way to enjoy the time we have together before he does start school. Its also an excellent opportunity to get them involved in fun but educational activities. Harley is my youngest of three children and with no future plans to add to the numbers, I’m really hanging on to these Pre-school years, because as most parents will know… Before you know it they have started school and them early years quickly disappear.

A few days back Harley was in a true crafty mood… So much so, there was no stopping him from his creative activities, not even for a spot of lunch.

He had lots of crafty fun making this fabulous autumn collage.

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For this activity, Harley used…

A large piece of coloured card ( PoundLand)
Section of giant glitter finger and stamping paints 500ml (Baker Ross Ltd)
Selection of coloured self adhesive foam (Baker Ross Ltd) that I cut into a selection of shapes
Some poster paints ( Sainsburys)

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Tools required… Fingers, brushes… Plus lots of imagination.

There really was lots of messy fun when it came to this extra thick tactile glitter finger & stamping paint. These come in large 500ml pots and are available in various colours. They are one of the newest products in the Baker Ross range and at £3.99 per pot, a really great buy.

Harley used both his fingers and a number of different brushes to apply the paint to his collage. This paint drys super fast and due to its thickness it transfers from pot to paper really well. Its really tactile so a great paint for any little sensory seekers.

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Harley also used some standard poster paint before finally enjoying some sticking fun. This was achieved with the foam shapes (that I had cut out for him). These were applied randomly around the collage, with Harley mixing paint and foam as went.

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Lots of sticky, sensory fun.

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Once dried Harley’s Masterpiece was hung on the wall for all to admire.

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Christmas Crafts With Baker Ross Ltd

Its no secret how much I love Baker Ross, a truly wonderful craft supplier who simply have everything for ones crafting needs. Whether its gloppy glue, sequins or 3d paint your after, then you’ll find they have all these and more at their online store.

Baker Ross also supply a huge range of craft kits which are fantastic for kids. Better still they are really reasonably priced. For each season or holiday Baker Ross Ltd bring out some fabulous seasonal craft kits and one we recently tried was the 3D Reindeer and Sleigh Foam Kit that you can buy in packs of 2 for £2.50 or 10 for £11.00.

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What’s really great about this kit is that each one is individually packed so these could be added to party bags or shared between friends etc… The kit itself consists of a number of foam parts that require popping out and slotting together. The googly eyes, reindeer nose and the stars that decorate the sleigh are all self adhesive so no glue is required.

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Everything you need to construct this 3D Reindeer and Sleigh is in the kit. Its simple to construct and Alice-Sara made one easily. These look great dotted around the house as decoration or like the toddler you can sit playing with them for hours.

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Check out the many Pre-prepared craft kits and more over at Baker Ross Ltd online

How Too Make A Spooky Halloween Door Sign

You will need…
2X A4 Foam in choice of colours
1X Strong Card (Any Colour)
1x Door Handle Template (can make 1)
A5 Black Self Adhesive Foam
A5 White Self Adhesive Foam
Sticky Gems Small and Large
Black, White & Red Deco Pen (paint or felt tip is Ok)
Halloween Spider & Bat Sequins
Halloween Ghost Seqin

Tools Needed
Dark Pencil
Bostik Sticki Pen (or other glue stick)
Sharp Scissors

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Halloween Crafts – How To Make A Witches Mask

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Making your own Halloween crafts isn’t just cost efficient but its enjoyable too.

Today I’m sharing my latest make, a funky witches mask made mostly from foam.

To make your own here’s what you’ll need…

1 Sheet of Green Foam
1 A5 Size Piece of Cardboard (could use cereal box etc)
A Black Permanent Marker
A White & Green Deco Pen (or another type of paint pen)
Some Elastic (with stoppers on each end)
Green Pix-Tixx Glitter Pen (or another type)
Scissors
Mask Template (as shown)
Nose Template (as shown)
Pencil

And here’s your easy 13 step guide to making it…

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So, there you have it… Simple and easy and looks pretty fantastic too!

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