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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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Cork Printed Flower Tote Bag – Creative Gift for Mums

Cork Printed Tote Bag for Kids to Make for Mothers Day

Sometimes I see activities on other blogs and I love what they have created and instantly think of an adaptation to the craft or activity that solves a problem that I have or I am so inspired I have to do. This happened last week when Jackie from Happy Hooligans linked up her Cork and Button Print Flowers on our Rainy Day Mum Facebook Page I was inspired to create a gift for my Mum with the kids based around the idea with a little variation to it.

Our adaptation is a shopping bag using the cork printing and

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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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Growing Activities and Crafts

Growing Activities and Crafts

With Spring in the air and the clocks gone forward we’re spending more and more time outside and that means growing things so from last weeks Tuesday Tots I’ve selected some fabulous Growing Activities and Crafts perfect for Spring for your tots.

First off from our own archives last week advice on starting off seeds as well as how to make your own cardboard tube seed pots that can be planted out afterwards as they will compost down.

Spark and Pooky are also growing seeds – they too are using cardboard tubes but have combined with another item from

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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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Free Toucan Box for Rainy Day Mum Readers

Free Toucan Box Taster for Rainy Day Mum readers in the UK

Have you heard of Toucan Boxes – they are a complete themed craft kit delivered to your door with a range of different types of boxes and the ability to buy 1 to gift subscriptions covering 12 months there is something for everyone.

We’re really looking forward to getting ours but as a gift to our Rainy Day Mum readers we’re giving any UK residents a taste of these boxes by offering you a free Toucan Box Taster – with a single craft worth £3.95 plus postage and packing.

So how do you get the Toucan Box Taster –

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Tissue Paper Pom Poms

How to make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Simple and easy to make these Tissue Paper Pom Poms are perfect for decorating a room or for a kids party. I made these for our Fairy Tea Party to decorate the room with the rainbow colours of the party.

Materials needed for Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Scissors White Cotton

Quantities of Tissue Paper

For our Tissue Paper Pom Poms I used sheets that were 45cm by 35cm which came in 5 sheets. For the larger balls you need more say 10 sheets as most of the pom poms that we made were half a sheet in size.

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Rainbow – Create and Play

Create and Play with Rainbows and rainbow colours

Spring brings rain and sun and that means rainbows as well as St Patrick’s day so last week lost of Rainbow crafts and play activities appearing on pinterest and linking up to Tuesday Tots last week. We even created our own Confetti Rainbow Picture inspired by the rainbows we keep seeing around.


Start off by producing your own Rainbow – take this Fruit Loop Rainbow picture from Sorting Sprinkles or an Unique Rainbow Art from Buggy and Buddy. Also check out our paper rainbow collage.

Combining music and movement this rainbow musical shaker from My Little 3 and

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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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