calling all loo rolls …

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.

courtesy of
kiflieslevendula.blogspot.com

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.

courtesy of bedifferentactnormal.com

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.

a little time out

Whether you subscribe to “time out” as a disciplinary measure or not, we think you will like this fab little stool.  It could also work a treat for brushing teeth (and heaven knows I am ALWAYS thinking up new ideas to encourage mine to brush teeth for the appropriate amount of time).

image courtesy of thefancy.com

 

to infinity and beyond!

The school holidays are almost upon us here so we are stockpiling crafty ideas to counter any winter holiday cabin fever.  One of the first ideas on the list is this awesome jetpack made from old plastic bottles.  This tutorial (courtesy of the amazing doodle craft blog) uses soft drink bottles but you could easily adapt it to use milk containers.

 May the force be with you. x

over the rainbow …

Got an old bookshelf needing some ‘refreshment’? I am loving this fabulous rainbow number.  Puts a smile on my face just looking at it.

Looks amazing here displaying dinnerware in a kitchen/dining area but I can also see it looking divine in a baby’s or kid’s room, showing off books and other favourite stuff.

And whilst we are on the subject of rainbows, we just HAD to share this little beauty.  Sure to take the grey out of your next rainy day …

image courtesy of gwennypenny.com

Gotta get me one of those mats.

 

button it kid

image courtesy of spearmintbaby.com

This is a project you can do on your own or have the little poppets help you out (provided they are past the “put-everything-in-your-mouth” phase).

Simply draw the letter of choice then glue a random selection of buttons over the top.  Frame in a white box frame or whatever frame takes your fancy and you have a terribly fabulous original artwork.  They look especially fab above a cot or bed.

 

for lego lovers (and their mamas)

Mama of three boys = serious lego collection.

Take into account we also boast a substantial “vintage” collection that my in-laws saved from my hubby’s childhood (that’s another story) and I am always looking for clever clogs ideas that use these timeless coloured blocks in any way other than the norm.

Here are my three favourites;

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Lego Key Chain Board Thingy
This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.  Simply attach a piece of lego to your key ring and a lego board to your wall and you’ll never need to scream “where are my keys” again.
(Image courtesy of pinterest)

Lego Maths
If your little one is not that interested in Maths, this is a great way to get their attention.  The dog wont eat their homework ever again …
(Image courtesy of thesixkents.wordpress.com)

Lego Play Table
We have done this using a cheapie bedside table (ours is IKEA but I have also seen them at other department stores for under $20).  Glue lego board onto the table to assist little ones to play at a suitable height, and (here is the best bit) keep the lego contained in one area. We have storage tubs under the table. Suitable for duplo through to lego.

(Images courtesy of skiptomylou.org and meetthedubiens.blogspot.com)

spray that again sam

After two days of rain our little crew is starting to bounce of the walls with pent up energy so I think we’re going to need a bit of this “quiet spray” at bedtime.  You can whip up your own version with a couple of drops of lavender in a spray bottle of water.  Works a treat to help the little darlings (and even mama) relax.

photo courtesy of mrskarensclass.blogspot.com

Another great idea is the Monster Spray – terribly handy if your little ones have nasties hiding under their bed or in their wardrobe.

photo courtesy of theboysstore.com

What other sprays would you find handy at your place?

 

 

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every 12th punch wins a prize! huh?

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If you are a regular coffee drinker who loves getting your 10th cup free, I’m betting you will love these terribly fabulous DIY Printable Chore Cards by My Sweet Swirls on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mysweetswirls).

Do your chores, get a punch (so to speak). Get 12 punches, get a surprise (which might be a big bubble bath, a book, favourite dinner, a toy – whatever ‘currency’ works for your kid).

They also have them for toddlers who stay in bed at bedtime or naptime! Now THAT’s good thinkin’ … I’ve just purchased some for my boys so stay tuned for an update.

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post (none of mine are!) – just sharing fab stuff I have found.