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STEAM Craft - How to make a Lava Lamp

STEAM Craft - How to make a Lava Lamp


Lava Lamps

Watch gases come to life in liquid and mimic the amazing lava lamps we all love! This experiment is like creating your very own safe and fun chemistry lab and can be completed at home or in the classroom... with adult supervision of course!

What you will need:

Step One - Add colour to your jar

Put a few drops of coloured liquid watercolour in the bottom of your glass jar. Fill your jar a third of the way with water and then sprinkle in some glitter.

Step Two - Add the oil

Top up your jar with oil, filling it almost the whole way.

Step Three - Make the Lava! 

Get ready... Once you drop in the effervescent tablet, the fun will begin! Carefully drop the tablet into the jar – once it hits the coloured water, it will create a gas, pushing the water up through the oil and resembling a lava lamp!

 
 
 
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Calling All Paw Patrol Fans - We Have Some Great News!

Calling All Paw Patrol Fans - We Have Some Great News!

Our friends at Identity Direct have a NEW Personalised PAW Patrol Storybook that puts your child right in the adventure as they help Ryder and the pups save Christmas!

Imagine the look on your little ones face when they wake up Christmas morning to see that they are staring in their very own adventure with Paw Patrol!

They’ve also just released a new range of personalised PAW Patrol products featuring Skye and Everest. Little ones will love seeing their names on their very own products.

 

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10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

We love December, not only is it Christmas but our Cheeky Elf On The Shelf Gary comes to visit. I love seeing the looks on the kids faces every morning after seeing what Gary has gotten up to in the middle of the night < secretly hubby and I love it more!

The internet is full of awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas and these are some of our favourites!

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Even Elf's can sing, love this set up of the VOICE from Picklehead Soup. voice

This Elf doesn't appear to be as flexible as the rest in twister, from She Knows. twister

This Elf was up to no good even the army got called in, from Jennifer Saintz Photography. captured

Poor Cookie Monster that is just cruel, from Homes in Alaska. cookies

Lego to the rescue, lets stop Elfs mischief, from Picklehead Soup. lego

This Elf is a bit naughty doodling on a family photo, from She Knows naughty

Toilet paper the Christmas tree hope this Elf cleans up the mess, from Efficient Skills. toilet-paper

Nothing like a good game of connect for with La loopsy, from Lil Blue Boo. four

This Elf is all tangled up in the Christmas Lights, from Sweet shoppe designs.

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Rudolf Noses for everyone, from A mommys adventures. noses

Do you have an Elf on the shelf ideas to share with us? We would love to hear from you!  

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14 Kids Craft Ideas You Can Make With Balloons!

14 Kids Craft Ideas You Can Make With Balloons!

A party isn’t a party without balloons, but what do you do with those leftover balloons stashed in the cupboard? The perfect solution is to let kids use them to make fun balloon crafts. Each of these activities will keep the kids entertained for hours, plus they are all simple ideas using items you probably already have at home.

Wacky Sacks — Balloons filled with play dough from Somewhat Simple

Fill balloons with play dough, then squeeze, mould and throw. wacky sacks

Confetti Balloon Bowl from DIY Ready

Cover half of the balloon in glue and confetti, then pop the balloon and you are left with a colourful bowl. This also works well with assorted colourful buttons. balloon bowl

Water balloon painting from Meri Cherry

Paint water balloons, then give the water balloons a bath in a tub of water and start all over again. This is a great outside activity for those times kids feel like making a mess. water balloon painitng

Make your own balloon car from Cool Progeny

Make a car and watch how it moves when powered by the attached balloon. A balloon powered car is such a simple concept but still so much fun. ballon car

Balloon puppies from The Craft Train

Make These cute puppies with balloons, a texta, some crepe paper and ribbon. Kids love walking these puppies around the house.

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Balloon print spider craft for kids by I Hearty Crafty Things

Use balloons to paint circles, then turn the circles into spiders. Kids could also use their imagination to turn the balloon painting into any creature they like. balloon spiders

Balloon Rocket by Paging Fun Mums

Draw a rocket onto your balloon, then watch it fly on a piece of string. balloon rockets

DIY water balloon flip flops by About a Mom

Give ordinary flip flops a new life with a packet of colourful water balloons attached to the shoe straps. balloon flip flops

Balloon bracelets by Kids Activities Blog

Use balloons of any size along with a piece of thin elastic to create a colourful bracelet. These look especially great when made with narrow balloons. balloon bracelet1

Frozen Dinosaur Eggs by Paging Fun Mums

These dinosaur eggs looks like so much fun. Stuff a small toy dinosaur into a balloon, fill with water and food colouring if you want coloured eggs, an freeze. Then pull the balloon of the frozen egg, give the kids a hammer (and safety glasses) and let them smash their way through the egg to retrieve the dinosaur. dinosaur eggs

Balloon Yo-Yo by Tinkerlab

Fill a balloon with uncooked rice, small seeds or beans, attach some rubber bands and you have a balloon yo-yo that will keep kids occupied for hours. tinker lab

DIY pool noodle pom pom shooter by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

These pom pom shooters make a great rainy day activity. Put a pom pom inside, pull back the balloon end and a pom pom comes flying out. pool noodle

Paper mache globe by One Charming Party

What kids doesn’t love paper mache? Make this globe by sticking strips of newspaper dipped in glue to a blown up balloon. Then pop the balloon, paint the globe blue and stick on the continents. globe paper mache

Do you have any other craft ideas that you can make with a balloon? We would love you to share in the comments below X

    

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8 Free Colouring In Printables, Kids Will Love!

8 Free Colouring In Printables, Kids Will Love!

Why buy your kids colouring in books when there are amazing free colouring in printables available online?

Never buy a colouring in book again, just print off these gorgeous free colouring in printables as you need them, and the kids will be busy for hours. These colouring printables also make great artwork to hang in kid’s bedrooms, that they will be proud to say they made themselves. If your children get bored with using pencils, try using other materials such as textas, crayons, paint, as well as sticking on sequins, colourful pom poms, googly eyes and anything else you have handy.

Ocean and seas animals colouring pages from Easy Peasy and Fun

These 10 sea animal colouring printables are adorable, including a turtle, an octopus, a jellyfish, a shark, a dolphin, a starfish, a clownfish, a tropical fish, a whale and a seahorse. Each printable also features the name of the ocean animal, perfect for younger kids learning letter recognition. kids colouring pages

Colour by letters from Kids Activities Blog

These fun printables are just like a colour by numbers activity, but instead kids use the colours that correspond with each letter to complete the picture. This is a great way to make learning letters fun. There are 5 printables, using the letters A, B, C, D and E. kids coluring pages 2

Christmas colouring pages from Crazy Little Projects

These 4 free Christmas colouring printables are perfect for helping kids get in the Christmas spirit. There are penguins, Santa, Christmas trees and snowmen to colour in. These will look perfect displayed by the Christmas tree. kids colouring pages 3  

Colouring in calendar printable from Itsy Bitsy Fun

This free printable includes a different colouring in page for each month of the year. Once kids have coloured the pages, these calendars would make the perfect gift for relatives. There are calendars to suit both the northern and southern hemispheres. colouring pages 4

 Owl colouring printables from 1Plus1Plus1Equals1

This free owl themed printable pack is full of owls to colour in, as well as a few owl colouring in based activities, including coulour to match and colour by number. This great set will appeal to slightly older kids. colouring pages 5

 Bugs and butterflies colouring page from Dabbles and Babbles

This bugs and butterflies colouring printable will keep any bug mad child busy. The bugs and butterflies look amazing when coloured with bright colours. colouring pages 6

 Dinosaur colouring pages from Learning 2 Walk

These 6 simple free dinosaur colouring pages are perfect for younger kids, and look great when coloured with pencils or paints. colouring pages 7

 Free Eric Carle printabels from Gymboree

What kid doesn’t love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? It’s a favourite in most houses, and kids will love these Eric Carl themed colouring in printables and activities. Printables include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear colouring sheets, as well as connect the dots, mazes, memory games and create a world cut outs. colouring in page 8

Simply print out the pages and watch the kids be entertained for hours < in an ideal world haha.

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15 Princess crafts kids will love!

15 Princess crafts kids will love!

Kids love princesses, and who can blame them. There is something magical about dressing up and all that sparkle and glitter. These 15 princess craft ideas are perfect for all princess fans, both boys and girls.

Princess lace crowns by Catch My Party

These lace crowns are so pretty. Any little princess fan would have so much fun making and wearing them. lace crown

DIY Magic Wand by Heartmade Blog

Not only do these sequin covered magic wands look very cute, but they also have a small pocket for a secret hidden message. princess wands

Glitter vinyl tube bracelets by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Fill PVC vinyl tubing with glitter and you have these very princess like glitter tube bracelets. You could make one in every colour. bracelets

DIY Princess hair brush by By Dawn Nicole

Turn an ordinary hair brush into a brush fit for a princess by adding rhinestones. hair brush

Pipe Cleaner Tiara by education.com

Turn a few pipe cleaners into this sparkly tiara that’s easy enough for kids to make with a small amount of adult help. princess crown

Princess playdough by No Time For Flash Cards

Add some glitter to playdough and you have princess playdough! Team the playdough with a crown shaped cookie cutter and some beads and you have a great princess themed activity. princess play dough

Glitter heart recycled crayons by No Time For Flash Cards

These frozen inspired glitter heart crayons are so much fun to make. Find some broken frozen coloured crayons and melt them with some glitter. Let cool and you have glitter crayons. frozen

Princess putty by The Gunny Sack

This glittery slime is made from glitter glue and borax. Somehow slime feels so much more fun when glitter is added. princess putty

Paper plate crown by Meaningful Mama

Turn a paper plate into this paper plate crown fit for royalty. Let kids get creative with decorating the crowns; they could use crayons, textas, paint, glitter and sequins. princess paper plate hat

Cinderella Butterfly Pumpkin by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Kids will need a fair bit of help with this princess craft, but its too pretty no to include and would make a great activity to make together. The finished product will be well worth it. princess pumpkin

Sparkly Princess Castle Craft by Toddler Approved

Depending on the age of your child, cut out shapes for them or let them do it themselves, then let them stick the shapes onto paper to make a princess castle, and decorate it with all things sparkly. castle

Princess Bags by A Girl and a Glue Gun

Turn ordinary plain coloured dollar store bags into these princess inspired bags with some tulle and embellishments. You could have fun coming up with colour combinations to match each of the Disney Princesses. princess bags

Glitter Party Cups by Nest of Posies

Whether you are holding a princess themed birthday party or just because, little princesses will love drinking out of these sparkly glitter coated cups.

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Popsicle Stick Princess Craft by Toddler Approved

Little princesses will have a great time creating their very own possible stick princesses. paddle pop princess

Glitter Star Wand by Confetti Pop

These glitter start wands are extremely easy to make, and you can get creative by using all sorts or ribbons and trims.

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Do you have any princess crafts you would like to share? We would love to hear from you, send us an email or leave a comment. x

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Cowabunga Dude Check Out These 12 Ninja Turtle Crafts - Narley!

Cowabunga Dude Check Out These 12 Ninja Turtle Crafts - Narley!

Isnt it amazing that we grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and now kids today love it just as much? If you have a little Ninja Turtles fan they are sure to love these 12 Ninja Turtles crafts. There are Christmas tree ornaments, puppets, sewer slime and costumes to make, guaranteed to keep the kids busy for hours at a time.

Ninja Turtle Ornaments by The Crafting Chicks

Turn simple green Christmas tree baubles into these Ninja Turtle ornaments with just some ribbon and googly eyes. Ninja Turtle crafts 1 - The Crafting Chicks1

TMNT Turtle Puppets by One Artsy Mama

These turtle puppets are such a simple craft for younger Ninja Turtle fans, using Styrofoam balls painted green, then decorated with felt and googly eyes. Ninja Turtle crafts 2 - One Artsy Mama1

Ninja Turtle Paper Plate Kids Craft by I Heart Arts n Crafts

Take an ordinary paper plate and turn it into this Ninja Turtle. You could also punch out some holes for eyes and attach some elastic to create a Ninja Turtle mask. Ninja Turtle crafts 3 - I Heart Arts n Crafts1

Toilet Paper Roll Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Crafts by Courtney

Don’t throw away old toilet paper rolls; instead turn them into these toilet paper roll Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a fun, simple craft for those times you need to keep the kids busy. Ninja Turtles crafts 4 - Crafts by Courtney1

DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle treat bags by Simplistically Living

If your child is having a Ninja Turtle themed birthday party then these treat bags are a must do. They are so simple yet look surprisingly effective, kids will love them. Ninja Turtle Crafts 5 - Simplistically Living1

TMNT Seashells by There’s Just One Mommy

Next time you visit the beach collect some seashells and turn them into these Ninja Turtle seashells with nothing but a black texta for the outlines and some paints. nija turtles see shells

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles egg carton figures by Sugar Aunts

Use an egg carton to make Ninja Turtle action figures. You just need an egg carton, some paint and googly eyes to get started. Ninja Turtle Crafts - Sugar Aunts1

Ninja Turtles sewer slime by Little Bins for Little Hand

These sewer slime eggs are a two in one activity, first make the Ninja Turtle eggs, then make the sewer slime to go in them. The slime will keep kids occupied for hours. nija turtle sewew slime

DIY Ninja Turtle balloons by Christine Trevino

If you have some green balloons around the house give these Ninja Turtle balloons a try. They are perfect for birthday parties or just because. Ninja Turtle Crafts - Christine Trevino1

Recycled plastic bottle Ninja Turtle bowling by DIY Inspired

This looks like so much fun! Recycle old plastic bottles by turning them into green Ninja Turtle bowling pins, then keep the kids busy with endless games of bowling. Ninja Turtle Crafts - DIY Inspired1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume by Betty Crocker

Kids can make their very own Ninja Turtle costume, complete with face mask and turtle shell. It also makes a great party activity for Ninja Turtle themed birthday parties. nija turtle costume

Handprint Ninja Turtle crafts by Crafty Morning

Use washable paint to paint green handprints onto paper, then turn the handprints into Ninja Turtles. Handprint paintings are always nice to keep. You can look back and see just how much your children’s hand have grown. Ninja Turtle Craft - Little Bins for Little Hands1

Do you have any Ninja Turtle crafts you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!

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20 Homemade Art Supplies For Kids!

20 Homemade Art Supplies For Kids!

There is no need to buy art supplies when you can just as easily make your own using items you already have at home. Homemade art supplies will save you money, and the bonus is you know exactly what’s in them.

3. Homemade glitter glue from Paging Fun Mums

Who knew it was possible to make your own glitter glue? This recipe makes 6 cups; enough to have a lot of fun with. home mase art supplies

2. Homemade kids paint from Happy Money Saver

It doesn’t get any easier to make your own paint than this recipe. All you need is 3 ingredients to get started. home made paint 2

3. Homemade water colour paints from All Parenting

Store bought water colour paints always say they are non toxic, but you never really know what’s in them. Make your own instead and you will always know exactly what’s on the ingredients list. water paints

4. DIY chalk from Babble Dabble Do

It’s incredibly easy t make your own chalk, it’s basically plaster mixed with water and paint. Easy! chalk 1

5. Natural homemade glue from Sustainable Echo

This glue is really easy to make, works just as good as shop bought glue, and will keep for a while in the fridge. glue

6. Homemade glitter from Growing a jeweled rose

Making your own glitter is so much cheaper than buying it from the store. All you need is some salt and food colouring. glitter

7. Homemade chalk paint from Nurture Store

You only need 2 ingredients to make this chalk paint, and once it dries you can easily brush it away with your fingers or a cloth. chalk paint

8. 3 Ingredient DIY foam paint from Dabbles and Babbles

Mix together some shaving cream glue and food colouring and you have foam paint. foam paint

9. Make your own kinetic sand by Gimme Freebies

Make your own kinetic sand for a fraction of the cost of the store bought version. There is even instructions for coloured kinetic sand. kinetic sand

10. Seriously easy homemade face paint from Popsugar

Rather than buy expensive face paint you can easily make your own. You can create an entire set using different colours, and even add a little shimmer for glitter face paint.

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9 Activities To Develop Kids Scissor Skills!

9 Activities To Develop Kids Scissor Skills!

Learning how to use scissors correctly is such an important skill. The activities below are great ways for kids to practice their scissor skills, and they are so much fun that kids don’t even realise they are learning.

1. Snipping Sammy Scissors from Laly Mom

Use a cardboard roll, such as a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll, and use scissors to turn it into Sammy Scissors. Kids will love giving him a haircut. develop - scissor - skills - 1

2. Flower scissor skills craft from Sugar Aunts

These bright flowers are made by using scissors to snip the edges of cupcake liners. Kids can practice their scissor skills by trying to cut along the lines, and then stopping at the fold of the liner. develop - scissor - skills - 2

3. Slime ribbons scissors activity from Homegrown Friends

To set up this super fun activity, first make some homemade slime, then place a rack over the table. Put the slime on top of the rack, and watch as the slime starts to fall through the holes, creating slime ribbons. Kids can then practice their scissor skills by snipping the slime ribbons as they fall.

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4. Dot and cut scissor skills from Powerful Mothering

This fun activity involves kids first painting dots and drawing lines on blank pieces of paper, which can then be used as a guide for cutting. develop - scissor - skills - 4

5. Watermelon scissor skills and paper plate craft from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Cut a plain paper plate in half, get the kids to colour it green, then they can cut up pink pieces of paper for the inside. This is a great way for kids to practice their cutting skills without any guides.

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6. What is hiding in the grass cutting activity from School Time Snippets

Print out a picture (it can be anything you like) and attach a sheet of green paper cut into vertical strips, glued at the bottom. Children can then cut the grass with a pair of scissors to find what is hiding in the grass. develop - scissor - skills - 6

7. Spring tulip name puzzle from How Wee Learn

To make this name puzzle, just draw a tulip, or any flower you prefer, onto a piece of paper, and divide it into as many sections as you need for your child’s name by drawing a mixture of zig zag and straight lines. Your child can then practice their scissor skills by cutting along the lines. If your child is old enough you could even get them to draw their own flower.

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8. Paper bag jellyfish craft fro No Time For Flash Cards

Turn brown paper bags into these cute jellyfish. Kids can paint the paper bags, then use scissors to cut the tentacles. develop - scissor - skills - 7

9. Improving scissor skills with play dough from Sugar Aunts

This activity is so simple, involving only scissors and play dough, but it’s a huge hit with kids. If your child needs guides to help them know where to cut, roll the play dough into a snake like shape and use the blades of the scissors to press lines into the play dough. Kids can then cut along the lines.

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Check out our kids craft posts here:

Kids Homemade Art Supplies

Ninja Turtle Crafts

Princess crafts

 

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10 Of The Best Free Educational Websites For kids!

10 Of The Best Free Educational Websites For kids!

Kids learn to use computers from such a young age these days. While we might have use a computer once per week at school, for kids in school now using a computer is an everyday thing. It’s not all bad though, there are some fantastic resources that can be found on the internet, and best of all they are free.

These websites make kids feel as though they are playing, yet they are actually learning at the same time. These are the best free educational websites for kids voted by us.

1. National Geographic Kids

The National Geographic Kids website is packed full with fun online games and activities that help kids explore from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. The best educational websites for kids 1

2. Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis is a great educational website that answers all of the interesting questions about the world. Every day a new Wonder of the Day answer is posted, including answers such as: Why are flamingos pink, what would you pack for a trip to outer space and why do people get headaches from certain scents. The best educational websites for kids 2

3. Scholastic

The Scholastic website contains enough games, stories, printables and videos to keep kids entertained, and learning something new, for ours. The best educational websites for kids 3

4. Funbrain

This free website contains so much fun, there is a good chance kids won’t even realise they are learning. There are math games, reading games and even games for parents and kids to play together. The best educational websites for kids 4

4. Random House Kids

This website includes activities, books, games and videos featuring your children’s favourite Random house characters, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Disney Frozen and Horton Hears a Who. The best educational websites for kids 5

5. ABCYa

The games on this website are categorized by grade, which makes it easy to find age appropriate activities. The games help kids practice counting, graphing, patterns and more. Kids love this free website. The best educational websites for kids 6

6. Highlights Kids

This fun kids’ website includes games, art activities, stories to read, crafts, recipes, science experiments and more. The best educational websites for kids 7

7. NASA Kids’ Club

This website is perfect for any little astronauts. It’s suitable for kids of all ages, and includes games, videos and printable puzzles and colouring sheets, all of which are space themed. The best educational websites for kids 8

8. Disney Junior

This well laid out website is perfect for younger, Disney character obsessed children, and it’s on of our favourites. It contains games, videos and printable activities, all of which are Disney character themed. This site will keep the kids busy, and learning, for hours at a time. The best educational websites for kids 9

9. Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids allows kids to choose an area off interest, such as dinosaurs, science, animals, earth, space, food or health, and explore it with educational games, videos and activities. There are also articles that answer some of life big questions in easy to follow formats.

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10. Knowledge Adventure

This website has a huge number of games, which can be chosen by grade, age or subject. The games will help kids grow their skills in math, science, reading and spelling. The best educational websites for kids 11

Do you know any other great educational sites? We would love you to share in comments!

 

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5 KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

5 KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

Science doesn’t have to be boring. Make learning fun with these 11 science experiments you can do at home with the kids. Some of these experiments are so interesting that even adults enjoy getting involved.

Rainbow jar kids’ science experiment from Play Dough to Plato Pouring different types of liquids into a jar teaches kids that certain liquids are heavier than others. The finished product looks pretty too! 1 Magic milk science experiment from Laughing Kids Learn This magic milk is a great introduction to chemical reactions. Start with a layer of milk on a plate and add some drops of food colouring. Then add a drop of dishwashing liquid and watch the colours spread and mix. 2 Make sugar crystals from Learning 4 Kids Chances are you did this experiment as a kid. A little patience is needed with this experiment, but kids love watching the sugar crystals grow up the stick each day. 3 Magnetic force science experiment from Laughing Kids Learn Kids will have so much fun watching these colourful cut up pipe cleaners stick to the magnet through the plastic container. You could also fill the container with other small metal items, and try using different magnets. 4 Lemon volcano from Babble Dabble Do Kids can make their very own volcano using a lemon and some baking soda. As the baking soda touches the lemon it causes a fizzy reaction, you can even add a few drops of food colouring for a colourful volcano. 5

Would you give any of these a go?

 

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7 Creative Uses For Bubble Wrap

7  Creative Uses For Bubble Wrap

Next time you receive a parcel in the mail, don’t throw away that bubble wrap. Not only is it fun to pop, and a little therapeutic, but there are also some fantastic ways kids can get creative with it. Even if you don’t have any bubble wrap laying around, it would be worth buying some just so the kids can get busy with the below arts, crafts and activities.

Bubble wrap stomp painting from Mess for Less Kids will have so much fun with this art activity. Grab a giant sheet of paper and sticky tape the bubble wrap to your child’s feet to make a bubble wrap boot. Then dip a paint brush in some paint, apply it to the bottom of the bubble wrap boots and start stomping. 1 Bubble wrap sheep from Crafty Morning This is such a cute idea to actually incorporate the bubble wrap into the art, rather than just using it as a painting tool. Cut out a piece of bubble wrap to look like the sheep’s body, then paint it white and the sheep’s head, legs and finish off with some googly eyes. 2 Cherry blossom tree bubble wrap print from Glued to my Crafts Blog Cherry blossoms would have to be one of the prettiest trees around. Kids can create their very own cherry blossoms by using this free printable, some pink paint and bubble wrap. 3 Bubble wrap rainy cloud from Red Ted Art These bubble wrap rain clouds would look lovely hung in a child’s bedroom. The cloud is printed using bubble wrap, and the rain drops are made from bubble wrap that has been painted blue. 4 Bubble wrap stamps from My Mommy Style These bubble wrap stamps are so easy; even young kids can make them. All you need is an empty toilet roll, s small piece of bubble wrap and a rubber band or hair tie. Then just dip into pain and stamp onto paper. 5 Bubble wrap roller printing from Art Bar Blog Wrap rolling pins in bubble wrap, fill some paint tray with paint and kids can get painting. This will keep kids busy for hours. 6 Bubble wrap corn sun catchers from Sow Sprout Play Kids will love to proudly display these bubble wrap corn sun catchers on a light filled window. Kids can paint the bubble wrap to look like the inside of corn, then attach it to contact along with the green cardboard husk. You could also let the kids get creative and make sun catchers using different colours and cut into different shapes. 7  

Would you give any of these a go?

 

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6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

Kids seem to have a bit of an obsession with You Tube, but you don’t want them watching any old videos that pop up. There are some great educational You Tube channels offering videos that kids love and also happen to be educational at the same time. We have listed 11 educational You Tube videos that will keep your kids engaged while at the same time teach them a thing or two.

Minute Physics This You Tube channel answers many interesting questions in quick 2-3 minute videos, including; Why December has the longest days, Is it better to walk or run in the rain and Why isn’t it faster to fly west. 1 Brainzy Games by Education.com This channel has fun alphabet songs, shape songs and sight word songs. There are even videos sorted by grade, including preschool, kindergarten and first grade. It’s the perfect channel to help kids aged 3 – 7 years practice their math and reading skills. 2 Kids TV 123 This channel has some very popular songs that kids just love, like the Animal Sounds Song and the Phonics Songs. These educational videos suit children, toddlers and babies. 3 Full Time Kid Mya is a young girl who shares educational tricks, cute crafts and songs. Kids love watching videos created by other kids so it’s sure to be a hit. Even parents will enjoy watching these videos. 4 Adventures in Learning These simple yet fun videos will help grow your children’s math, literacy and social emotional skills. 5 The Spangler Effect This channel is great for slightly older kids. The videos are made by a science teacher who finds creative ways to make learning fun. 6

Do you have any educational You Tube channels to share?

 

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7 Clever Storage Solutions For Craft Supplies

7 Clever Storage Solutions For Craft Supplies

Art cart from Suburble This is a genius idea for organizing kids craft supplies, and it can easily be wheeled away out of sight when not in use. 1 Animal topped mason jars from Mason Jar Crafts Love These mason jars are perfect for storing kids craft bits and pieces. 2 Drawer pulls as chalk holders from Dimples and Tangles Use upside down drawer pulls attached to a wall as little chalk holders. Perfect for chalk board walls. 3 Chalkboard art caddy from I Heart Organizing Turn a utensil caddy into a chalkboard art caddy. Every pencil, crayon and texta will have its place. 4 Bucket storage from There Was a Crooked House Hang small buckets on wall hooks to store pencils and other craft supplies. 5 Travel craft box from No Time for Flash Cards Put together a travel craft box, perfect for car travel or days out. 6 Build a craft wall from Cup of Jo Use a peg board to build a craft wall and have everything ready for kids to use, all in the one spot. 7

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7 Creative Ideas For Displaying Your Childs Artwork!

7 Creative Ideas For Displaying Your Childs Artwork!

Is your fridge looking a little cluttered with ever growing amounts of your children’s artwork? There are so many other ways to display your child’s artwork, and nothing will make your child prouder than having their creations displayed creatively around the house for all to see.

Kids art wall from Design Improvised Create a quick and easy kid’s art wall using string and some mini pegs. You can then swap old artwork with new masterpieces as quickly as the kids can create them. 1 DIY gallery wall from The Caterpillar Years Give your kids their very own gallery wall to display their artwork, using empty picture frames. Just like to string art wall, the pictures can easily be changed at any time. 2 Giant cork board from Young House Love Build this giant cork board in your house and your child will always have somewhere to proudly put every painting, drawing or other creation. 3 DIY art books for kids from Artful Parent If you are running out of room to display all of your kid’s artwork, turn the artwork into a DIY art book, that can be looked at time and time again. It would even make a fantastic coffee table book. 4 Display artwork in frames from Infarrantly Creative Use ordinary photo frames to display kid’s artwork, after all nothing will make your kids happier than to see their creations hung as art on the wall. If the artwork doesn’t fit in the frames, which most probably won’t, just use a quality printer to resize the artwork to perfectly fit the frame. 5 Art gallery shelves from Centsational Girl Install some floating shelves and use them to display frames containing your child’s artwork. 6 Display artwork on pants hangers from Honestly Decorate some ordinary pants hangers and use them to hang kids’ artwork on the walls. This is a really quick, easy and non-permanent way to display your child’s artwork. 7

How do you display your children's art work?

 

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Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

I let my children eat sugar to a degree, I believe there is a lot of hidden sugar in everyday food items so I tend to limit the sweets and processed sugar where possible. In saying that I allow my children to eat birthday cake and have the odd sweet bag from a party. Last year combined my children were invited to 32 Birthday parties, and everyone of them gave a sweet bag at the end of the party, after all according to my kids it is the best bit of the party.

This year I decided that I was not going to add any sugar or food  to my Sons birthday party bags, I didn't really want to spend money on junk party toys either, my kids look at them once and then they end up on the car floor on the way home from the party < am I right? 

My son is turning 4 and I was trying to think of things that the kids like playing with at this age, I came up with play dough, it is easy to make and keeps kids entertained. My son is having a Ninja Turtle party so  we thought what better then Ninja turtle play dough, kids will love it and will forget about not having a bag full of sweets!

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