Kids Crafts – A Crown To Get You Noticed

Ok, so Alice’s school will be awarded a very large check of money today! Why? Because her school have taken first place in this years spelling bee table… In our language, it simply means that her school boasts some of the best spellers in the country.

To help to share the schools success the local paper will run a piece accompanied by some images of some of the pupils. In order to get selected as one of the chosen pupils to be photographed, children including my daughter, were asked to make a crown, the type that would get them noticed. Well, my daughter being the girl who never shies away from a camera, got on the job right away.

Armed with a box of bits and bobs, she got to work. Given we had to be somewhere yesterday evening meant she didn’t actually have all that long to design and create her “large” noticeable hat! But in all fairness this little lady is pretty capable of doing some fantastically creative projects in a tiny space of time.

So… Here it is! Her flower, butterfly, and of course… Bumble bee crown.

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She used all sorts of materials to create her crown, from tissue paper to sequins, glitter to foam, card and decorative tape. A mountain of flowers that were so delicately sprinkled with glitter, then laid lightly around the crown. She even made a bumble bee eye mask to match her large hat! Alice may now have walked the walk to school with a head full of bumble bees but she did so in style.

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She is a real inspiration my amazing Alice-Sara! Even if her oversized bumble bee crown doesn’t get her in the local rag, it gets her in my top spot list, as she always does, time and time again!

Well, thanks for checking out the crown of bumble bees! We hope Alice-Sara has inspired your little ones to get creative with buzzing bumble bees.

Great Kids Crafts For Fathers Day

Homemade cards are more personal than that of the shop brought kind! That’s why my little ones have been busy making Father’s Day cards ready for daddy’s special day.

For the younger ones a template is a great idea and Baker Ross have provided us with these fantastic template cards that just require kids to draw in the missing parts and then fill them with colour.

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Kids love drawing faces (well my toddler does) its one of the first things most learn to draw. On these cards your child can draw in any type of facial expression they desire! They can even match the features (hair, eye colour etc) to that of their own daddy. Whether it be grumpy or smiley, the end results are just brilliant. You can even turn the card over to design the back of dads head… How cool is that!

Harley age 3 had so much fun working on these that we went through the entire pack in just one day. Ok, Alice also had a go and if truth be told… So did I!

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Here’s the results….

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Whats more you can even add other art materials to give your cards a certain edge. Kids can use goggly eyes or how about adding glitter to dads tie, or string for his hair? The possibilities are endless!

Card templates are available from Baker Ross Ltd (8 pack £1.99)

Kids Christmas Crafts – Hanging Paper Plates

Here we have a really simple Christmas craft activity for crafty kids.

Both my 9 year old daughter and the toddler who is 3 next month, were keen to get creative with paint and paper plates.

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After a bit of a think Alice-Sara came up with the idea of making some hanging window or ceiling decorations.

What the children used…

Large Paper Plates
Selection of paints
Ribbon
Little glitter
Sticky Gems.

How too make your own.

The method was really very simple take a big paper plate & fold it in half. No snip a little hole around 3 cms from the edge. Then cut out some more shapes, diamonds or stars… Whatever you fancy!

Now unfold your plate which should now reveal a beautiful pattern.

Its now time to get creative with some paints. Add some glitter too if desired (it is Christmas after all)! Once complete leave to dry.

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Once dry add some sticky gems to decorate and thread some Christmassy ribbon through the hole.

Tie the ribbon at the end and then hang from window pane or ceiling.

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Its as easy as that!

You can add anything you like to your plates. Maybe some feathers, bows or lollypop sticks…. Be as creative as you like.

Remember the plates will spin and twist around so you may want to cover both sides of your plate in your Christmassy designs.

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Well done Alice and Harley Mummy loves your Christmassy Decs

Kids Halloween Crafts – Making Treat Bags

This is the perfect activity to get kids in the mood for Halloween.

These treat or even party bags are extremely simply to make. Kids can follow the step by step guide below or use the ideas to create their own designs.

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Step 1: For this particular treat bag you will need to work with a black paper bag. Take your bag and lay it flat on some newspaper.

Step 2: Take some orange foam or card (we used sparkly card) and cut out 3 pumpkin shapes.

Step 3: Take some white foam or card (we used sparkly white card). Cut out the shape of a couple of ghost (you can draw this with a pencil first). You will also need to cut out the shape of a grave stone and a circle for the moon.

Step 4: Arrange your shapes to create a scene like that of the one above. Only when you are happy with it use glue dots to stick it in place.

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Step 5: take some large googly eyes and stick them in place on your middle size pumpkin.

Step 6: With a permanent black marker start adding some detail to your ghost and add a cross to your headstone.

Step 7: Use the black marker to add the eyes to your remaining 2 pumpkins, not forgetting to give them all a mouth each.

Step 8: Cut some cloud shapes from a piece of white foam. Stick these to your bag so that they slightly overlap and cover the bottom of your moon. Use sticky tabs as to create a slightly 3D effect.

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Step 9: Use the black maker to add detail to your foam clouds like the flying bats we’ve added to ours.

Step 10: Take some black sparkly gem boarder and cut into two strips.

Step 11: Add one of the boarder strips along the top of your treat bag and the other along the bottom.

Then your done… Just fill with treats for trick or treaters.

The very cool thing about this treat bag is the wiggly eyes! They look very spooky as they jiggly about in all directions.

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We have lots more kids crafty Halloween projects on the way. These include Halloween bookmarks for party bags, candy buckets and spooky masks. So, Make sure you check back soon.