Friday, 30 November 2012

Let's play! 7 fun activities for 18 month olds and up! - from our house!

 
 
I have been a little uninspired lately to post...but as I was looking through some pictures on my computer, I realised, I have a post for you ...just to break the ice.
(since I haven't been around for two weeks.)
I'll share with you some of our favourite activities that my girls love to do.
They play together,so these are a good fit for children from 18 months old and up.
They are perfect sensory activities with things you have around your house, so no need to go shopping to entertain your kids with these easy and fun activities.
 
 
Sticky Plate
 

 
Cut the bottom of a paper plate  and stick clear contact paper on the back with the sticky part up,and you got a sticky plate.You can stick gems,foam shapes,feathers, drinking straw beads (jut cut the straw in different sizes,you can let your 3 year old to do that part,just remember to be safe)

 
 
Play Doh & Food Art
 
 

 
For this activity you will need play doh (store bought or home made) spaghetti,cereals ,cookie cutters.We also used marbles,they look so pretty and they are easy to push in and take out for my 21 month old. Just lay everything on the table, and let them get creative.
 
 
 
Cardboard tube pom pom slide
 
 
 
You can use any cardboard tubes ,I just saved  my toilet paper and kitchen paper towel tubes.
Use pom poms to slide down the tube in to a plastic container (bowl).
For older kids like my 3 year old, you can make a more elaborate slide and teach them the colours or how to count.
 
 
 
Put a ring around it!
 
 
 
This is so much fun!
The cardboard tube came from a cling film roll.
Cut out the bottom of some paper plates to use as rings. Emma made a hat out of it. That would be a great craft too, paper plate hats!
If the tube keeps falling ,just use some tape to secure it.
 
 
Sorting marbles
 
 

I found these beautiful marbles in a charity shop .
You can use pom poms or big beads,stones ans so one, just what you have around. For sorting containers you can use a cupcake tin, ice trays, cups or small bowls.

Charity shop, garage sales or car boots is the perfect place to find your supplies, trust me.
You just have to think outside the box a little.
 
My husband saw me shove toilet paper roles in a drawer and  gave me that look like...."women have you lost it?"
 
Me: It 's recycling baby,craft supply for the girls!
 
Him: aaaaa,smart!

:)
 



Building with sticks.
 
 

Emma started this one.
We have a prayer pail,  with names written on these sticks for people or places we are praying for ,you can find the tutorial for that  here.
She started playing with them , and made what you see in the pic...I was honestly  thinking : ho helped you?:) but no , there was just me and the girls in the house.:)
All you need are some craft sticks and a floor.
You can practise letters or build a house or a ...fence is it?


Painting



I put this one last on the list, but it is the most used one. They love painting.It can be on a page from a colouring book , some cardboard , wood or a mirror.


It is a bit messy,especially for a 21 month old but they have fun and I don't really mind the clean up or the mess.
So here you go, our go to activities.

I will make a new list as soon as we change things up.

Thanks for reading!
 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Painting on the mirror? yes,it's OK! And a lot of fun too!

 
We've tried something different a few weeks ago.
Painting on a mirror.
My girls love painting on paper,cardboard,wood and we wanted something different. I must say this  was so much fun! You can wipe it clean in a minute and paint again and again and again...
OK you get the point.
They love that part too.
And the paint looks so pretty on it.
 
 
I was looking for these tipe of mirrors ,and my sister in law found them in a bridal shop.
I used blue tack to secure it to the table,just to be safe.
 
 
 
 
I just gave them a mix of paint brushes and sponges, the last time we added some play dough tools ,they loved it.
So I encourage you try different things and think outside the box.
A few days ago Emma found  the tube from the toilet paper and asked if she can paint on it:)
She is already thinking out side the box.:)
 
 
Hannah had a lot of fun too!
 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Easy "Death Star" tutorial-Lego Star Wars birthday party


 I all most forgot to share this to you as I promised.
This is super easy to do.
You can check out the party here.
All you need is:
- a paper lantern,any colour,it doesn't matter because you are going to paint it anyway.
-acrylic paint in black,yellow and silver,I didn't have any so I mixed black with metallic white  to get a metal effect.
- Q-tips
- for the laser dish I used the bottom of a plastic glass ,just find something around your home that will work for this .



Cover the bottom of your lantern with tape and then paint every thing silver.
Let it dry for 30 min or so.
 Glue the laser dish to your lantern using hot glue and paint it silver as well.
 Let it dry a bit and then glue on the Q-tips. I used 5 with the cotton  part cut at one end and the one in the centre I left it as it was. Paint them all a bright yellow colour  or green if you like.


 




This is the paint that I used.
Paint a black line at the middle of your death star with lines going up and down ,just as pictured.
 
 
 
 
 
The wire lines in the  lantern gives  a nice Lego effect.
It was easy to make and done in less then  2 hours.
  
 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Embrace the camera 08/11/2012

 
 
 

If you are new here, here is more about Embrace the camera:

The lovely Emily over at The Anderson Crew had this great idea of turning the camera around on you(me).
I started this blog to record in some way our life, my girls life so that they will know how much they were/are loved and how big of a blessing they are to us, they make us complete...
and usually I am the one behind the camera taken the pictures...but I'm not in them that much...
 
and as sad as it may be ,

one day, we won't be around...
 
                                                do we really just want to be a distant memory?


Pictures are a way to remind our loved ones of what we once were regardless of how we look ,
they will treasure those photos one day!
 It doesn't need to be with a good camera.
It just needs to be you, with your kids, husband,
or someone else who may be near and dear to your heart.

 
So Emily is hosting Embrace the camera every Thursday were you can link up !


                                      Lets make some beautiful memories!



I am not a professional photographer
( I wish I was,but yet again,I wish I was many things... professional cook,designer...I think I have Martha Stewart syndrome),
I don't have a fancy camera...and to be honest ,I don't know much about photography...all the technical stuff. But I know the beauty of it. I love creating and capturing beautiful memories. So with that in mind ,we went to a park to create some fairy looking pictures...because that is the way I wish the world looked...and how it is in my head anyway.
I edit my pictures with Pic Monkey (if you were wondering). So here you go,enjoy the fairy-nes..(is that a word?)

 
 






Wednesday, 7 November 2012

WIWW 7/11/2012

It sure looks like Fall around here! It is beautiful!
Here are a few pictures of what I've been wearing lately...in love with my £1.5 M&S leather skirt that I bought from Car Boot! I'm sad  the Car Boot season is coming to an end this month...I have to wait until April:(..sad very sad...
We went for a photo-shoot in a beautiful park (forest), I will share the pic with you tomorrow, but I'll share here  what I was wearing.
 
 
 
Coat :Papaya
Skirt: M&S (car boot)
Boots : River Island (gift for my birthday)
Purse: from Romania
Tights: Primark
 




 
Trousers: New Look
Boots:River Island
Blazer: Next
I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy
 
Thank you for reading!
 
:)
 
 
 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

A bit of Autumn decor


Welcome to my living room/playroom/dining room :)
It is all cosy and fall ready!
 I hope you enjoy !







 
 
 
 I've dressed up the bookcase as a  Fall Mantel.
 
 
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