creative kids – bird houses

School holidays have arrived here so, chances are, you are also in the middle of them or they are just around the corner.  Over the next two weeks I’ll be posting some fab activities to keep the little darlings occupied and their big imaginations stimulated.

Let’s start with paper birdhouses.  Girls and boys all love a birdhouse so this activity should keep everyone in YOUR house happy.

birdsnest imageTo create these little beauties you’ll need to transfer this template onto heavy paper or cardboard then simply follow the guidelines to folding and glue.

BIRDNEST_TEMPLATE(Images courtesy of karmuca y cuquino)

If that’s all too hard for you, we have these fantastic ‘Design Your Own Wooden Bird House‘ kits in store.  From one of our favourite brands Seedling, New Zealand, the kits come blank with a set of paints and paintbrush ready for your little ones to create their own magic.

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Whether your bird house ends up on a bedroom wall or hanging from a tree in the backyard, this activity is sure to be a winner.

creative kids – easter craft

Oh so many lovely Easter eggie ideas!  I must admit I haven’t dyed eggs for many, many years so it’s time to get into it with my boys this year.  Before we do all the pretty stuff, let’s check in with Martha Stewart for some boiling and dyeing basics.

muffin tray is a cool way to dye them without a whole lotta mess.  It also means you can use a great range of colours all at once.  Once dyed you can simply decorate them with a Sharpie.

eggs colouring collage

Now for the really fun stuff!

We are loving the latest looks in dyed eggs with these cool messages (a fun idea for lunch boxes too) and fab dipped white eggs (note: white eggs are a bit tricky to find in Australia).

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Black & white – these would be fun at any time of the year.  I am especially loving the blackboard eggs – you simply need to add two coats of blackboard paint to your eggs then decorate with chalk or chalk pen however you like!

eggs black & white

String eggs – Did you ever make an Easter Egg basket out of sugar water, string and a balloon back in primary school? Well now you can pass on the craft to your kiddies.  Check out the tutorial here.

eggs stringPaper collage eggs – this is an easy peasy (express) craft idea for littler ones however you could easily adapt it and add more detail for older kids.  Check out the tutorial here.

eggs collage

And finally, these little guys are a simple way to decorate eggs for those of us who just don’t have time to whip up the designs above.eggs moustache no sourceThese fab ideas should get things started for you!  We’ll have more ideas over the coming weeks.  Enjoy! x

craft express – salt painting

I just discovered salt painting!

craft express salt painting

All you (the kids!) need to do is make a glue design on paper (dark paper works best), coat with salt, then gently paint the salt with water/food colour on a paintbrush and watch it spread.

Kids will love the process AND the end result.

share the love

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so we have gathered some LOVE-ly crafty ideas to share with your little ones.

Simply click on the image for the tutorial (and credits).

Start with this simple yet terribly fabulous robot card …

heart robot

You could send it to your beloved in this hand made cute-as-ever felt envelope

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Let the whole street (or world) know of your love with this gorgeous paper heart wreath hung on your front door …

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This heart and hand tree is an old favourite of ours and is great for pre-schoolers.

heart tree

And I just adore this decoration for above the bed. I think this could look amazing above a “grown ups” bed too!

heart bedhead

We have loads more old favourite ideas to show your love here.

However you choose to show and celebrate your love, you enjoy it.