Children’s Crafts for the Holidays

When it comes to children’s toys I spend a lot of time trying to work out what toy won’t end up abandoned by the end of Christmas Day. I find that a big winner with children are arts and crafts. It would seem that although children have many options when it comes to toys the Blue Peter ‘you can make this at home’ idea is still as popular as ever. Arts and Crafts not only make good Christmas Presents they are also great to occupy the little ones during all holiday times.

I still have an aversion to paint especially with a 3 and 5 year olds at home, but I have to say as long as you keep a watchful eye something which has the potential to be fraught can change into something enjoyable for all of you. Metallic and glitter paints are especially effective at creating sparkle that children love. I always have a good supply of coloured tissue paper at home as I find this a great way of making pretty pictures. It can keep the little darlings busy for ages sticking little pieces of tissue paper on a picture with beautiful results. A bumper pack of tissue paper doesn’t cost much and will last for ages, just add print stick or PVA glue. I find creating a picture keeps their interest the most as it provides a goal to work towards which they seem to enjoy.

Feather’s, buttons, stickers and coloured lollipops make excellent decorations especially when creating borders for a picture.

Coloured card and coloured paper create beautiful backgrounds and are useful for pre-cutting shapes. Although I tend to avoid the craft multipacks (there are only so many googly eyes you need) if they are cheap they are worth buying as they provide lots to play with although don’t give them the all the pack at once! Try and order on line as cheaply as possible, don’t leave it to the last minute and pay too much. If you have left it late the pound shops can have enough of a range to get you started.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Collage-Craft-Super-Value-bought/dp/B00W3O3CCO/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1467320289&sr=8-11&keywords=craft+packs

Amazon Arts and Crafts Pack

Amazon Arts and Crafts Pack

 

If you need inspiration, there are wealth of online resources to search through. I would suggest you choose the theme and then look for a design. A picture related to a book is great way of sparking a child’s interest beyond the book itself. For a young child this giant peach would be a practical way of bringing a book such as ‘James and the Gaint Peach’ to life.

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/giant-peach-craft

 

For an old child models are a great idea. This model aquarium will be lots of fun to make and you can find images of octopuses, jelly fish or sea horses to put in.

Children's Craft Project - Aquarium

Children’s Craft Project – Aquarium

 

There are vast amounts of inspirational craft projects online.  Why don’t you make one and post it – the children will be thrilled whether it is Christmas or any holiday time.

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Just spotted a lovely simple Christmas food idea

Always looking for ways to get the children to eat more fruit, so loved this great idea when I spotted it on Twitter.  It would also be good fun to make these with the children.

If you don’t eat these straight away the banana will start to go brown. You can slow this down by disolving  a vitamin c tablet in water and dipping the banana in this.

If you have any similar food ideas please get in touch by leaving a comment below.

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Adult Colouring Book Ideas for Christmas

2015 has seen an explosion of interest in colouring books for grown ups, well why should the children have all the fun. They are a great way to relax at the end of the day. There is no doubt about how relaxing they can be and some say they take you back to your own childhood.  Most of these colouring books are under £10, so you can give the book and a nice set of colouring pens or pencils without breaking the bank. It’s a gift I think a lot of people will really enjoy receiving this Christmas.

My top adult colouring books for Christmas 2015

Below I’ve got a simple list of some of the best adult colouring books this Christmas:

Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom – A Colouring Book Adventure

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Harry Potter Colouring Book

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Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book

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Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure

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Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

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Anti-Stress Colouring: doodle & dream: A beautiful, inspiring & calming adult colouring book

If you give someone a colouring book then it’s probably best to give them a nice set of colouring pencils:

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Want to make your own Christmas Cards?

If you have often thought about making your own Christmas cards but have put it off because you can’t find the time or don’t know where to start this may be a blog for you.  So many new hobbies start with buying all the kit you need related to the new hobby only to find 6 months down the line the kit hasn’t made it’s way out of the original packaging.  So how do you avoid this?  I think it is really important not to try and take on too much.  Set yourself a reasonable target such as making cards for close family members only.  You have over three months to complete your cards and if you only spend evening a week card making you should have enough cards to achieve your goal.  A new hobby should be exciting and fun, not a chore.
To make a start you need some guidance.  I found an excellent guide on the createandcraft.tv website.  It starts by taking you through card shapes and then what you might use to decorate your cards.  This looks like a good place to start.  It does, of course, have links to purchase supplies so it would probably be sensible to set a budget so that you don’t get carried away and end up with lots of large crafting packs that you don’t know what to you do with.

There are of course many card creating books available which again with be worth a look at either through your library or a bookshop.  Why not buy a slightly used version from Amazon with this  Card Making Book if want to save your money for glittery Christmas tree embellishments.
If you prefer the High Street for your purchasing you have got the best of both worlds with hobby craft.  Not only have they got an easy to use website with a big range of all things sparkly to chose from, but you can also put into one of their shops for browse.  If you are still stuck for inspiration head to their projects page and look for all the Christmasy things you could make.  I particularly like the ‘Let is Snow’ Christmas Card which has just the right amount of sparking to bring out your creative Christmas side. http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/let-it-snow-christmas-card/

 

Sparkly Christmas Card

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