handy hints – artwork displays

I have had a pile of kids artworks sitting in our foyer awaiting framing and hanging forever. This week I finally acknowledged I will never find the time for that, so have resorted to this fab quick fix washi tape solution.

artworks

I’m loving it and think it suits our casual little home perfectly. What do you think?

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water colour painting (with a twist)

I’m sorry I’ve been a tad quiet over the past couple of weeks.  Internet hassles have made it trickier than usual to post fab ideas here.  So, now I need to make it up to you!

Let’s start with this gorgeous little project using water colours and lemon juice.  As you will see below, lemon juice has a terribly fabulous effect if you leave it on a watercolor painting. Give it a few minutes to soak, dab away with a tissue, and some crazy shapes are left as a result. You can find all the details over at the ‘art projects for kids’ blog.

blog watercolour lemon

 

Happy painting peeps! x

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.

bird house collage
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.

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.