With Summer coming to a close our nature table and most of our back packs are overflowing with beach finds and treasures from the shore, finding things to do with them apart from colour or display stretches my kids imagination and mine sometimes so I am delighted to introduce you to Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major a new book which is full of crafts using beach finds or treasures or inspired by the sea.
Seaside Tinkered Treasures contains 35 projects from my kids favourite sand castle flags to the perfect summer party addition miniature pin wheels made using
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In my classroom I loved having a calendar where my class could put the day of the week, date, season and the weather that day and have been looking around for one for home to use with my kids nothing seemed to do what I wanted so I decided to get creative and made our own Calendar for the home.
What you need to make your own calendar
Baking Tray Magnetic Paper Paper Pens Ruler Glue
Optional but makes it looks great – Printer and a copy of 3 – 5 playful preschool which includes 4 pages of
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I love making birthday cakes for my kids – I’m not great at it but I like how they can be tailored to their interests at the time and the themes for their parties. This year T had a Fairy Tea Party so along with the Butterfly Fairy Cakes that she and I made together I baked and decorated a Fairy Home Birthday Cake for her main birthday cake. Looking really effective it was relatively easy to make so I wanted to share a quick how to with you so you could recreate if you wanted to.
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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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Time for another coffee morning cake recipe for me – perfect for sharing with friends when you have a play date organised these Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins are quick to make and can be served warm. These aren’t overly sweet and of course you can adapt the recipe for just 1 or 2 types of chocolate chip if you so wish.
Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
Makes 12 Muffins
10 oz Self Raising Flour – check here on how to make it if Self Raising flour is not available in your area. 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 oz unsalted
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Twice a month I get together with me friends and we have a coffee morning with cake (“real cake”) we take turns and bake a new cake or desert each time. I’m trying different recipes and have been making cinnamon pull apart bread.
Ingredients for Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
2 full cups and 1 cup almost full of all purpose (plain) flour 1/4 cup of sugar 1 packet dried fast acting yeast (aprox 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of dried fast acting yeast) 4 oz of butter 2/3 cups of milk (I used semi skimmed) 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla
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Keeping our art and craft supplies organised is one of my goals for this year and we have got off to a good start with a simple upcycle to make a portable Art Caddy that can be stored easily and come out when the kids are ready to use it.
Upcycled Art Caddy for Children’s Crafts
With homework, crafts and art being done regularly at home (more so than in the summer months) I needed somewhere that we could store basic supplies that are needed everyday as we have a dinning table that is used for everything and it needs
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One of the great joys of Christmas is bringing out the same items year after year and remembering memories. Here’s an easy no-sew sack to make for your kids that can be brought out year after year and I promise you very little artistic ability is needed (in fact if you can draw around a plate and cut with scissors you will be fine).
Go over to iVillage for full instructions on how to create the Easy No-Sew Sack for Santa Tweet
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