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Butterfly Fairy Cake Recipe

Butterfly Fairy Cakes

We recently hosted a Fairy Tea Party for T’s 3rd birthday and one of the treats that we served were some Butterfly Fairy Cakes that T and I made together, they are really easy to make and very pretty.

Butterfly Fairy Cakes Ingredients

Makes 12 Butterfly Fairy Cakes

4oz Margarine 4oz Golder Caster Sugar 4oz Self Raising Flour 2 eggs 2 teaspoons Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ready to roll fondant icing Food Colouring Paste

Butterfly Fairy Cakes Method

Line a cupcake tin with some colourful cupcake cases (we use fairy cake cases the smaller size not muffin

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Egg Shell Collage

Dyed Egg Shell Collage

Collages are great for children to express their art with different media – today’s collage we’ve used dyed egg shells to create a textured collage that gives you an opportunity to talk about colours with your preschooler as you work together. To find out how to dye egg shells check out our previous post they are really easy and the colours are vibrant and fun.

Materials for Egg Shell Collage

Dyed Egg Shells Paper Glue – School Glue (PVA glue) Bowls

Creating Egg Shell Collages

I left this as a creative process art project for T (3 years old)

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Egg Carton Ladybirds

Egg Carton Ladybirds for preschoolers to make

With all the baking we have been doing recently we’ve been collecting egg cartons so as well as repeating our Five Little Speckled Frog Craft from two years ago with T we’ve also started some new egg carton crafts and activities – first off we’ve made some egg carton ladybirds.

Materials Needed for Egg Carton Ladybirds

Egg Carton Paint Pipe Cleaners Black Marker Goggley Eyes Scissors

How to make Egg Carton Ladybirds

Start off by cutting out the cups of the egg cup – I find that I have to do this for the kids because of the

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Gardening with Kids – Starting off seeds

Gardening with kids -starting seeds

With last week seeing the official start of Spring our gardening and growing season has moved into full spring and we’re starting off some seeds. When T turned 3 earlier this month as a present she wanted her own gardening gear to help us out so we put together a fabulous gardening set which I will share with you early next month and is perfect for gardening at home with preschoolers and kindergarten aged children.

Starting off seeds outside this early in the year is a little risky so we either use our windowsills or as we are very

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Frogs counting Game

Simple and Fun Frog Counting Game for Preschoolers

Counting to 10 and learning to count out objects are very different skills – counting to 10 is a language skill learned by repetition, counting out objects – so linking the language the notion that it’s a value is harder for kids to grasp. T loves to count – she goes from 1 to 18 and then skips and changes numbers around however counting out objects we tend to go 1, 2, 3 and then all the way upto 10 no matter how many or few objects we have.

Linking a little learning and some fun games is the

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Ordering with Dinosaurs

Ordering and sequencing with dinosaurs

Ordering and sequencing are one of the areas of maths that preschoolers and kindergarten children are taught – doing hands on activities helps them understand the concepts and language involved in sequencing and ordering objects.

We have quite a collection of dinosaurs at home ranging from large models to small pocket sized for play so taking them and organising them from biggest to smallest and smallest to biggest helped introduce some maths terminology as well as work on sequencing and ordering.

I set out our dinosaurs in a pile and sat down with J and T separately as

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Spring Daffodil Picture

Spring Daffodil Picture

Spring has arrived in the UK a couple of weeks earlier than normal and it’s inspiring our creativity this week. So we’ve created a 3-dimensional Daffodil Picture for our Art wall. As well as producing a some seasonal art work it’s been great cutting practice for T.

Materials for a Spring Daffodil Picture

Yellow, green and orange Paper Large Sheet of White Paper Scissors Glue

How to create a Spring Daffodil Picture

We started off by cutting strips from the green paper – cutting in a straight line is a good starting point for cutting skills you could

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Confetti Rainbow Picture

Confetti Rainbow Picture

With Spring rapidly approaching we have sunshine and showers which means lots of rainbows to see so inspired by the Confetti Collage post by Picklebum which I featured on our Arts and Crafts for Kids on Tuesday Tots this week we have been hole punching gluing and crafting a Rainbow Picture.

Materials for Confetti Rainbow Picture

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet Paper Hole Punch 7 Cups or Bowls Glue Kitchen Paper Black Marker Blue Construction Card

How to make the Confetti Rainbow Picture

I started off by cutting up the sheets of paper into individual

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Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

Create Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils with Kids

Dinosaurs are one of those themes that seem to inspire children around the world and my two are no different. So having a dinosaur themed day at home we set about making some Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils using a simple recipe, some toys and painting to make them look like rocks.

Quick Salt Dough Recipe

1/2 Cup of Salt 1/2 Cup of water 1 Cup all purpose (plain Flour)

Mix the above ingredients together and knead to a smooth dough and leave in a cool place for around 15 minutes as it will then be easier to roll and

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