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The Rainbow Trail

The Rainbow Trail

    A little project we have been working on recently is to give something back to our local community. I have been using all sorts of inspirational quotes as captions on our Instagram page and I also recently designed a rainbow t shirt for Arlo. You might have also read some of our scavenger hunt activities which have been going down a treat during lockdown –… Read More »The Rainbow Trail

    Paper craft birds

    Paper craft birds

      These lovely little birds were made out of spare scrap book paper – we usually make these as a Christmas craft but as we have a lot of time to spare then we thought we’d try these one rainy day. You will need: Cardboard Scrap booking paper (double sided pattern) Craft paper Scissors Bird template Pencil First things first begin by creating your bird stencil… Read More »Paper craft birds

      DIY Bird feeder craft

      DIY Bird feeder craft

        This was a really simple Sunday afternoon activity, as part of our bird themed activities it only seemed right to make something to hang in our garden for the little robin who visits every day. You will need: Cardboard Peanut butter Bird seed Hole punch Twine I chose to use our wooden shapes as stencils to draw around and then cut out – but you… Read More »DIY Bird feeder craft

        Toilet Roll Airplane Craft

        Toilet Roll Airplane Craft

          Our little spitfires were made during our busy VE Day celebrations, using toilet rolls and a bit of scrap cardboard. You will need: One loo roll Cardboard Paper fastener Masking tape Scissors or scalpel Paint First things first you need to cut your wing, propellor and fail shapes out of some scrap card. I used a template to do this. Then score some horizontal lines… Read More »Toilet Roll Airplane Craft

          Re - Useable (not paper) chains

          Re – Useable (not paper) chains

            Paper chains are the perfect decoration for any occasion but they never last long, especially outdoors. So here’s a new way to make them. You will need: A4 Felt sheets Velcro dots Scissors Marker Ruler This really is as simple as it sounds. Lay the felt landscape and use the ruler to draw lines about an inch apart and then cut your felt in to… Read More »Re – Useable (not paper) chains

            Experimental Rainbows

              I decided to try out a little science experiment with Arlo after seeing the idea float around Pinterest and this captured his attention for an hour – a parenting win! You will need: Food colouring Bicarbonate of soda Vinegar Baking tray Pipettes To prepare all you need to do is add a few drops of colouring to each section of the baking tray and then… Read More »Experimental Rainbows

              Salt Dough Solar System

              Salt Dough Solar System

                Go big or go home is how the saying goes…. so when I decided to whip up some salt dough for Arlo we had to make the entire solar system. It’s not quite as challenging or daunting as you might imagine – all the pieces are circular shaped! We love salt dough and to make sure our pieces get to have a decent display time… Read More »Salt Dough Solar System

                Floral Sun Catchers

                  We are still playing with collected flowers from our daily exercise (and also from the garden). Arlo loves the colours and the smell and is starting to recognise specific flowers and learn their names. For this activity you will need: Laminator Laminated flowers Scissors Collected flowers Hole punch Scissors Circular template We collected flowers for this in our own garden one evening – grandad has… Read More »Floral Sun Catchers

                  Frozen flowers

                    During our flower themed scavenger hunt we collected some beautiful flowers, and so we have been putting them to good use. For this activity you will need: Small collection of flowers Ice cube tray Tupperware container Calpol syringe Paint brush Tooth brush Cup of warm water All you need to do is place a flower or two in each compartment with water and freeze overnight.… Read More »Frozen flowers

                    Glueing and sticking

                    Glueing and sticking

                      You will need: Tissue paper Safety scissors PVA glue Printable colouring sheets (from twinkl) Glue spreaders (Our plastic bowls and plates are from Ikea, all other items available in home bargains) First of all – a huge thank you to Twinkl because they have provided free access to a wealth of resources for parents. For this activity Arlo was around when I was setting up… Read More »Glueing and sticking