Growing Activities and Crafts

Growing Activities and Crafts

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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

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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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How to dye egg shells for art

How to dye egg shells

Textured Art is fabulous for kids to create with and as Easter approaches I thought we would make some dyed egg shells to create some textured art pictures with for some Egg and Easter themed fun. So here’s how to dye egg shells for art.

Materials needed to dye egg shells

Egg Shells Food Colouring Zip Lock Bags Vinegar Kitchen Paper Baking Tray or other flat container

How to dye the egg shells

Start off by placing the egg shells into ziplock bags – we had 15 eggs in total that my friends and I had saved for

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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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Weather crafts and activities

Weather Crafts and Activities for Kids

Early Spring can be so changeable – one day it’s cold enough for snow the next short sleeves and a walk on the beach or the pool is a good idea so doing some weather crafts and activities is a good idea. Here’s some simple weather crafts and activities to do with your tots.

First off from Stir the Wonder is a wind exploration table – with so many windy days here in the UK this is a fantastic idea especially at this time of the year.

Another wind themed post this time a craft to create a wind

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Coffee Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting – Recipe

Coffee Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Sometimes a little indulgence is good and one of my favourites cakes to indulge in is Coffee Cake, I’ve been experimenting with the frosting that I use on the top and settled on this Mocha Buttercream as being my favourite at the moment so wanted to share with you.

Coffee Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

6oz Self Raising Flour 4oz Butter or Margarine 6oz Golden Caster Sugar 1tbsp Instant Coffee Powder 2 large eggs

For the Frosting

1tsp Instant Coffee Powder 1tsp Cocoa powder 3oz unsalted butter 6oz Icing Sugar

Coffee Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting Method

Preheat

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Sensory play with dough

Sensory Play with Dough

Sensory Play helps children learn about their environment and also as a child becomes older can help them learn other subjects by catering for their different learning styles. This weeks features from last weeks Tuesday Tots are all about sensory play with dough – with a mix of play dough, cloud dough and other types these are easy to get hold of of create at home and perfect for play and fun.

Starting for with some Fairy Garden small world play with homemade gold play dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Edible dough is great with young children –

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