This will only take a sec! Grab your roll of aluminium foil, let the kids unroll a loooooong strip, shape it to accommodate a stream of water, add kids and some small boats, animals or cars and off you go! Easy peasy.
This project is fun to make and will get hours and hours of use no matter the weather. Kids can let their imaginations run wild and include whatever they like in their own special town.
All you need is a BIG cardboard box, or a couple of smaller boxes secured together.
As an added bonus, it keeps really little ones contained whilst they happily play. Everyone’s a winner!
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Wallpaper has well and truly made its comeback. I’ve actually never stopped loving it since being surrounded by blue, lime green and yellow retro flowers in our family room in the seventies.
I’d love to feature some in our little home, particularly in the kids’ rooms. Here are some of my favourites I have collected for “someday” …
And last, but not least, my all time favourite that I have coveted since I first laid eyes on it several years ago – love, love, love.
Courtesy of projectnursery.com
AND, I am loving these shelves. Think I could do a whole wall of them.
If you like things a little fancier, you’ll love these boxed vintage cars – not so great for playing but a beautiful way to display a special few.
Right then. I’m off to clear a path through the car park that is my lounge room floor, and maybe whip up one of these creations.
PS: If your little one is car crazy, then you’ll probably like some of this stuff from our little store …
We told you some time ago to save your loo rolls … all in preparation for the LRCE (loo roll craft extravaganza)!
Here are our favourite easy, peasy ideas to do with littlies through to primary school.
To make these little speedsters you’ll need paint or textas/crayons, safety scissors and split pins to attach the wheels. Stay tuned for a post about making a race track in the next few days!
To make these crazy monsters you’ll need paint or textas and any fancy bits you have available. Think pipe cleaners, mini pom poms, glitter.
Here’s our middle sized dude with his loo roll octopus (and pipe cleaner jellyfish but that’s another story). For this you’ll need paint or textas/pencils, googly eyes (about $2 a pack from Woollies of craft stores).
For the owls (courtesy of elhadadepapel.blogspot.com) you’ll just need paint, a black marker pen and your imagination. The bats (courtesy of krokotak.com) need much the same, along with some coloured paper to be folded fan like and attached as wings.
And last but lnot least, blast into outer space with these cool rocket ships.
These rocket ships make a great room decoration when completed. All you’ll need is paint, some sticky dots and stars (just cut some out if you dont have stickers) and ribbon or strips of paper.
If you have a loo roll specialty we’d love to see it! You know we love to share.
The Festival of Seven has begun.
Our biggest little guy turns the BIG 7 tomorrow so we celebrated with a little Slot Car Party with a couple of his buddies on the weekend.
After a last minute call out for advice on how to best make a road on a cake, I ‘borrowed’ some black fondant from a friend and got to work on it. OK, I know it’s no masterpiece and I think it’s safe to say the road looked more like the half fixed tarmac that Lightning McQueen cobbled together to get out of Radiator Springs in the first movie, rather than a smooth as silk race track.
Nevertheless, my gorgeous 6 year old was terribly impressed and grateful. He also now knows how to make “grass” from shredded coconut and green food colouring – a fundamental life skill.
I’m a serious pinterest addict so of course that was the first place I headed to find further inspiration. I came across these fab free printables from vinnie pearce blog (sooo love a free printable) and used them for labelling food and drinks.
All in all this party was a big hit with the little fellas, was relatively stress free for mama and didn’t cost a fortune. Everyone’s a winner.
Growing up in Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle) a trip to the “local” drive in was a bit of a hike but most definitely a very special occasion. My two sisters and I loved the fancy little speaker outside dad’s driver window, buying popcorn from the kiosk and being able to snuggle under our blankets to watch Herbie the Love Bug.
Drive-ins are few and far between these days but how is this for a fab recreation of one? Makes the perfect setting for a ‘movie night’ party for the kids. Here, a trampoline covered with a large white sheet makes for a fab screen and the little personalised cars all lined up in a row are just too cute for words. You could take things a step further and ask guests to decorate or personalise their own car as part of the entertainment.
Either way, this party idea gets the triple thumbs up from my three little guys.
As you can imagine we have quite the collection of toy cars around here. Not to sound irresponsible (OK, well maybe a bit), our littlest one has been playing with matchbox cars with his big brothers since he was one, or maybe even younger. Our first born would not have been allowed anywhere near a “not suitable for children under three” toy until he actually hit the magic age of three. Anyhoo, I digress.
Anyone who has stepped on a matchbox car or piece of Lego in the middle of the night knows that can be a terribly painful experience. Storage is key. Hence, we just had to share one of our all time favourite storage ideas for cars – the IKEA magnetic knife holder on the wall. Handy, easy and looks terribly fabulous.
Do you have any handy little storage ideas for your kid’s toys?