Kids Crafts – What We Made For National Recycling Week

With it being national recycling week we were set a challenge, to make something for this little cutie…

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The Canimals (currently showing on CiTV) are all about turning something ordinary into something extra-ordinary and we (meaning myself and the toddler) took this into account while doing a little brainstorming. Well, eventually the toddler decided on making a play zone for his canimal with an empty cardboard box.

Harley loves playing with his car mat and this is where the idea came from. The only materials required were that of the cardboard box that we opened out and some child friendly poster paints… Oh and our canimal of course!

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Having painted on a bendy white road under the instructions of my three year old, he then got to work turning our canimal play zone into a brightly coloured adventure zone.

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Given it was a warm evening the activity was done in the garden where Harley had loads of room to express his creative flair.

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He had great fun painting on a river, grass bank and loads of pretty colourful flowers.

The whether was nice so his masterpiece took little time to dry. This was great news as it meant his cute little canimal could enjoy their purpose built play zone in no time at all.

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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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Elen Rivas Joins Ben and Holly from the Little Kingdom to support Jeans for Genes Day 2012

ELEN RIVAS LAUNCHES JEANS FOR GENES DAY
NURSERY SCHOOL CAMPAIGN WITH
BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM

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Celebrity mum, Elen Rivas joins her friends Ben and Holly from hit pre-school series, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and children from Peques 1 Nursery in Fulham to kick start a nursery school campaign for this year’s Jeans for Genes Day. To help raise money for the charity, exclusive Ben and Holly zip pulls will go on sale in the UK. Elen will also be judging a nationwide competition with participating nurseries to find the best denim dress and denim trousers designed by pre-schoolers for cartoon characters Ben and Holly.

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The exclusive zip pulls come in four designs featuring popular children’s TV characters Ben Elf, Princess Holly, Nanny Plum and Gaston the Ladybird from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom which airs daily on Channel 5’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr. The range is now on sale at the official online store, the Jeans for genes day web shop and will be available from selected UK retailers. All proceeds generated from the sale of the zip pulls will go direct to Genetic Disorders UK, the charity that brings you Jeans for Genes Day.

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Jeans for Genes Day takes place on Friday 5th October and the charity’s target for this year is £2.5 million. A beautifully simple idea, on Jeans for Genes Day people leave their suits and uniforms at home and wear their jeans to work or school in return for a donation. Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK which aims to raise money to provide vital care and support for individuals and families with genetic disorders. In 2012, 23 charities will benefit from the funds raised.

For more information on Jeans for Genes Day or to request a free fundraising pack please visit www.jeansforgenesday.org or call Freephone 0800 980 4800. To find out more about Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, please go the little kingdom website

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