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Freebie! Bike Workshops This Summer @ Halfords

This Summer - like last - Halfords is holding a free bike workshops to show 7 to 11 year olds the basics of things to check on their bikes. Spaces are limited so click here to book your place I can't find any detailed information on this freebie, but I have tried seven post codes…

Workshop Wednesday: Celebration Badges

Sometimes you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to craft time, and our barrel is pretty low on crafty supplies at the moment. When my toddler asks 'Mummy please can I do crafts', I sometimes have to think on my feet. Today my baby turns one - in the next…

Workshop Wednesday: Mother's Day Meringues

If you're looking for something easy to make for Mothering Sunday, that Dad can do, older kids could do on their own, or you can do for the grannies, then look no further. This Meringue recipe is so easy, my three year old can - and did - do it. Okay, she helped. I had…

Workshop Wednesday: Toddler Valentine's Cards

On  a particularly house bound day this week, we decided to do a bunch of Valentine's cards for grandparents and daddy.  They're just paper crafts, really, but a three year old and paint pretty much equals a good afternoon's fun. To make these three cards, you'll need two pages of card stock, and one painted…

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Workshop Wednesday: Fishing Game

Workshop Wednesday: Fishing Game

First off, I should be honest and say that my daughter didn't make this craft - these misshapen fish are all of my own unimaginative creation. But she didn't care how they looked, she loved the fishing game and her and her friends had loads of fun with it. We went away for a few…

Workshop Wednesday: Make Giant Ice Marbles

One hot and sunny day last summer, someone posted an amazing photo on Facebook from Jolly Learning's page. A row of multi-coloured ice marbles arranged in the snow. Just a little something to cool us all down, but I was smitten with the idea. How cool would it be to make some? It was a…

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Workshop Wednesday: Decal Snowflakes

Workshop Wednesday: Decal Snowflakes

We're all about cheap and cheerful paper crafts at the moment, and still quite low on Christmas decorations or festive spirit, so we decided if it wasn't going to snow, we'd make snow! I bought book cover paper - the stuff with the sticky side on one side - so that we could make wall…

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Workshop Wednesday: Christmas Angels

Workshop Wednesday: Christmas Angels

We're pretty low on Christmas decorations in our holiday accommodations for this year, so I thought we'd make some Christmas angels to decorate the place a little. At first I wanted an angel to top the tree, but as we made them and placed them on a wine bottle to dry, I thought they'd actually make a…

Workshop Wednesday: Home Made Sensory Lighting

What gift do you give someone who doesn't want anything, need anything, or have much room for anything? Well, this Christmas my Grandmother is getting some home made lighting from us, so I thought I'd share the how to with you. You'll need: A canvas Paint & brushes Battery operated string lights - make sure…

Workshop Wednesday: Christmas Pencil Topper Crafts

We're starting to get into the Christmas spirit at home and I'm beginning to think of decorations and occasions and things to do. We have some felt and a few bits and pieces lying around so I decided to make pencil toppers* with my three year old. Materials: Felt or card Scissors Glue Decorations Pens…

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Workshop Wednesday: Pine Cone Animals

Workshop Wednesday: Pine Cone Animals

Well, it's just about time to break out the chestnuts and as I write this, my fingers are aching from being so cold. We had a beautifully sunny day on the weekend, perfect for walking in the forest and collecting pine cones. I must admit that when you leave things in the surprisingly capable hands…

Workshop Wednesday: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

One of my favourite things to do with my toddler is baking. She really loves it, and gets involved with the stirring, mixing and scooping. We have the Dora The Explorer set, so she has real, but child sized, cooking and baking equipment, and it's just a lovely thing for us to do together. One…

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Leaf Men Crafts

Leaf Men Crafts

  One of our favourite pass times is playing in one of the many woodland areas around us in Hampshire and Surrey. The bonus of this - apart from being entirely free - is that we can spend hours in the morning rummaging around, walking, foraging, and playing, regardless of the weather, and then take…

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Egg Box Octopus Crafts

Egg Box Octopus Crafts

It's my little girl's third birthday in just over a month, and we've decided on an ocean themed birthday party. While buying decorations and party bag fillers would be the easy thing to do, I've decided to make craft time productive, and make some table decor or whatever -we-end-up-using-them-for decorations. We started with Egg Box…

Workshop Wednesday: Making Birdseed Feeders

The summer’s at its peak now, and with any luck your garden is brimming with birds. If it’s not, this little bird feeder might be just what you need to attract winged friends into your yard, your window sill or your sidewalk – where ever, really. The internet is choc-full of similar ideas, but this…