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Daily Creativity: Leaf Collages

| October 28, 2013 | 8 Comments
Daily Creativity: Leaf Collages

The “daily creativity” Posts are all about simple activities to inspire and nurture your kids to get arty. They are about exploration and having a go. About the kids just having fun and discovering things for themselves. Hopefully giving them a “tool kit” of experiences to draw back on, as their art exploration develops. The […]

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Edible Sparklers

| October 25, 2013 | 11 Comments
Edible Sparklers

We have been meaning to make edible sparklers for like FOREVER. They are great for as a bonfire night activity or for New Year’s Eve or for the 4th of July. Any celebration involving fireworks, and your edible sparkler is the obvious treat for kids to make!! There  all sorts of different types too – […]

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Hands-On Holiday

| October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Hands-On Holiday

I would love to take the opportunity to introduce fellow Mom, blogger and parenting guru Modern Parents Messy Kids and her new ebook Hands-On Holiday. This is a fabulous ebook to see you  through from Fall to Thanks Giving to Christmas. Click here to view more details Here is why you may enjoy the ebook: […]

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Leaf Lanterns

| October 23, 2013 | 31 Comments
Leaf Lanterns

We first made these Leaf Lanterns about three years ago at German Toddler Group – one of the other carers with tons of group crafting experience showed us how to make them. And I totally fell in love! Especially as they were SO easy to make and even the little ones could enjoy joining in. […]

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Nature Crafts: Bat Pencil Topper

| October 20, 2013 | 2 Comments
Nature Crafts: Bat Pencil Topper

Here is another VERY quick “Nature Craft” for you – we made a little Bat Pencil topper out of conkers last week. We have tons more Nature Crafts for you, as well as Conker Snakes, Conker Spiders and Conker Horses! Oooh and yes, more Conker Pencil Toppers from a couple of years ago, as well […]

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Leaf Crafts for All Year

| October 16, 2013 | 12 Comments
Leaf Crafts for All Year

Leaves… glorious leaves. They are such a wonderful indicator of the Seasons – and in terms of leaves, the most glorious season is of course Autumn with all the beautiful Autumn colours. I love the reds and oranges and yellows. Beautiful. So we love doing leaf crafts too, celebrating wonderful nature all around us! As […]

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Autumn Crafts: Horse Chesnut Spiders (Kastanienspinne)

| October 14, 2013 | 16 Comments
Autumn Crafts: Horse Chesnut Spiders (Kastanienspinne)

We visited friends over the weekend and went to their local park: and found 100s of horse chesnuts or conkers as the Brits would call them. Where we live, we have found a good amount – say 5 or so at a time… but in our friends park: 100s! How could we resist. With bulging […]

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Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls

The Day of the Dead in early November (usually the 1st (for children) and 2nd of November (for adults)) is a tradition first started in Mexico, but now often celebrated in other Spanish speaking countries. It is the day to celebrate loved ones who have gone by, to remember them, talk about them – think […]

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Autumn Crafts: Horse Chestnut Snake (Kastanienschlange)

| October 8, 2013 | 13 Comments
Autumn Crafts: Horse Chestnut Snake (Kastanienschlange)

More Autumn Crafts for you – this is a real blast from the past for us: Conker Snakes… or Horse Chestnut Snakes or Kastanienschlangen… whatever you call these, they are another classic Autumn craft to do with kids. We love crafting with nature at this time of year. Going out and collecting conkers, acorns, leaves […]

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Day of the Dead Crafts/ Dia De Los Muertos

| October 3, 2013 | 8 Comments
Day of the Dead Crafts/ Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos My kids have recently been quite fascinated by “death” (sorry, I think it is their age) and try and be as honest as possible with them. We thought that looking at Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) crafts could help them talk some more about it. I personally always […]

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Four Seasons Crafts: Autumn Nature Tree

| October 2, 2013 | 10 Comments
Four Seasons Crafts: Autumn Nature Tree

  We love this time of year! If you haven’t noticed yet we have gone Autumn Craft Mad!!! There are sooo many beautiful shapes and textures and colours out there at the moment: from Horse Chestnuts (aka conkers) to pine cones to the wonderful colours of Autumn Leaves. I mean just take a look at […]

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Nature Crafts: Angel

| September 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
Nature Crafts: Angel

I made this little Acorn Angel a couple of weeks ago, as part of an Autumn Nature Crafts session with the kids. The idea of crafting with nature, is that you collect everything you can find and then when you get home, see “if you can see shapes” in them. Does something remind you of […]

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How to Play Conkers (Horse Chestnuts)

| September 25, 2013 | 4 Comments
How to Play Conkers (Horse Chestnuts)

  Playing Conkers (or Horse Chestnuts to the rest of the world) is a VERY British “school boy” game to play. I always imaging, boys in shorts (yes in Autumn), with scraped knees playing this games with the humble Horse Chestnut. But of course ANYONE can play conkers and I did too as a child. […]

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Acorn Crafts – Nature Crafts for Autumn

| September 25, 2013 | 16 Comments
Acorn Crafts – Nature Crafts for Autumn

I have been going on about Nature Crafts for Autumn for the last couple of weeks now… I simply adore getting the kids to craft with acorns and chestnuts and pine cones. They get to hunt for them in the park and bring them home for some lovely textured crafting. At the same time, they […]

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