fab christmas idea #16

You have all heard me raaaave about fab blog BabyMac (you have even met her here before) … well, she has just knocked our little socks off with this fabulous idea to zshoooj up your Christmas table, or any other table for that matter.

Check it out peeps … and whilst you are there, take a peek at her new online magazine Beverley.  It’s free and it’s fabulous. You can thank me later.

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craft express – leaf art

Collect leaves and or flowers of all shapes and sizes.  Dry for a few days between the pages of a heavy book or in a flower press.  If you don’t have time for the drying process, green leaves will also work however may not sit quite as flat on the page.

Play around with the shapes of the leaves until you find a design that works.  Glue leaves into place and add details such as eyes, arms or legs.  For older kids you can also introduce the writing element to this activity.

And here is the not-so-express version … just in case you want to fill in the afternoon.  How fabulous do these look?  Love.

diy nature scavenger hunt game

I have lots of clever clogs friends.  One of them is Jo.  She throws the best kids parties with games, craft, themed food and activities she has researched for months.

She’s probably done 99% of the craft activities I have listed on here along with a bazillion she has found on pinterest.  She is a doer.

So when we arranged to meet at the park for a play date this week it should not have been any great surprise that she rocked up with a homemade scavenger hunt game for the kids. 

Between us we had eight boys (aged from 2 to 9) and one little girl aged 3.  We all played.  We all loved it.

To play you need a list of goodies to find for each player.  Super Jo personalised ours for each child, (of course!) but this is optional.  You can make the lists the same for everyone, or tailor make them to be more age appropriate or even include images rather than words for pre-schoolers.  Toddlers will need adult supervision and assistance.

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To collect the listed items we used brown paper lunch bags but a basket, backpack or any other kind of bag would be fine.

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Allocate a certain amount of time, half an hour is great, for everyone to collect as many items on the list as possible.   Everyone then gathers around to show off their treasures. The winner is the one with the most treasures in their bag. 

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This game is soooo simple and so much fun.  We LOVE that it gets the kids outdoors but it can be modified for indoor play in case of rain.  Happy days.