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Father’s Day Crafts for Children!

Father’s Day is this Sunday so this week I have been doing some Father’s Day crafts ready for the weekend! With the three year old we did some modelling with some air dry clay.

I got my three year old nanny charge to mould the air dry clay into a small coaster for his daddy for his cups of coffee. You may need to help your child with this. I gave my three year old a pen to poke some holes around the edge as decoration but you could use their fingerprints instead. I helped him poke some letters that said ‘we’ and ‘daddy’. We left a space in the middle between the letters to print his thumb prints to make a heart shape.

We let the coaster dry out in the utility room which is the hottest room in the house. The drying out only took overnight for us but it can take a couple of days. Some people like to put their air dry clay into the oven to speed up the process. The oven method is OK but it can be risky. You don’t want your model to dry out too much and crack or bubble.

Once dried out you will need some paint. We used black and tangerine as they are their daddy’s favourite colours! We used a little bit of red to paint the heart.

My six year old nanny charge painted a canvas for his daddy. My six year old nanny charge has been learning about Africa at school so he painted a picture of Africa. When he had finished he painted ‘I love daddy’ to make it extra special.

The three year also came home with a Father’s Day card and gift from nursery today too. The gift he made was his hand print. Either made from salt dough or air dry clay again! The handprint was moulded round to make a bowl. How cute is that?

I hope you all enjoy Father’s Day this Sunday and I hope you try out some of these craft ideas. I have planned a Father’s Day/birthday BBQ for the family and my other half. So in total we have 17 people coming over to our new house!

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Junk Modelling: How to Make a Star Wars Lightsaber

Yesterday the three year old and I decided to do some junk modelling. The three year old being a Star Wars fan I suggested that we could make a lightsaber!

You only need a few items which is even better. Plus you can raid your recycling box.

How to make a Star Wars Lightsaber

We used:

  • Two toilet roll tubes
  • One wrapping paper tube
  • Sellotape – however I suggest using masking tape
  • Red paint
  • Black paint

 

Step 1

First you need to tape the tubes together to resemble a sword – this is going to be Kylo Ren’s lightsaber! We used sellotape but I recommend using masking tape instead. This is because when it comes to painting the lightsaber the paint wont look as good over sellotape. It would look much better if you used masking tape in my opinion.

Step 2

Second you need to paint the lightsaber! We used red and black paint. Although it dried more of a browny colour. I let the three year old to mix up the three primary colours himself to make the colour black. He loved mixing up the colours to make a new one!

Step 3 

Third you need to let the lightsaber dry and then play with your masterpiece! If you wanted to you could also design some buttons to your lightsaber to make it look a bit more realistic. You could do this by either painting some on or by making some.

At the weekend the three year old dressed up and used his lightsaber for a fancy dress competition – he didn’t win but he enjoyed dressing up and showing off his lightsaber 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Enjoy making Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and maybe even other lightsaber designs.

If you didn’t want to make a lightsaber though, there are plenty more things you could make still. Junk modelling offers room for imagination!

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Monster Plate Craft Kit for Children

For Christmas my three year old nanny charge got various craft box activities which we have slowly been getting through. This Monster Plate Craft Kit by PlayWrite was one of them. I hunted around the internet and finally found them if you wanted to try it yourself. You can find them here. I find craft kits are great as the children I nanny love being crafty.

Monster Plate Craft kit

The box comes with some paper plates, shaped foam stickers and some paint with a paintbrush. It was a nice simple activity that the three year old really enjoyed.

I helped him pop out the foam pieces but I let him place the foam on the plates himself. He carefully examined the paper plate pictures on the front of the box to copy – which I found impressive as he hasn’t done this before. He managed to get the foam stickers in pretty much the same positions as shown on the box. With the painting, I just made the outline of the monster face for him and he painted the rest of the face.

Once your child has finished you could always use a hole puncher to add a couple of holes to each side of the plate. You could insert a piece of elastic through the holes and tie together to make a monster mask!

The great thing about this kit is that you don’t need to follow the example designs if your child doesn’t want to. Your child could use to paint their monster different colours and decorate it how they wish to.

The product is aimed for children aged 3 to 5 years old. I hope your children enjoy it as much as my nanny charge did!

If you have enjoyed this post please take a look at some of my other posts. You may enjoy our Mother’s day crafts or our very own Star Wars lightsaber! If none of these then are are plenty more craft activities, recipes so feel free to explore!

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Easy Peasy Card Making Activity

You don’t need many items for an easy peasy card making activity. As long as you have the basics then you are all sorted. You only need decorations, glue, card and that’s it.

On Monday after school the kids were tired. I could tell they needed a quiet activity to get on with. So I set up the table with some PVA glue, sequins, stickers, pens and paper. I suggested they could make some cards or a picture. I said they could decorate it however they wished.

Time to do some card making!

They decided to make some cards for their granny and I happily sat there chatting to them with a cup of tea. They drew some lovely pictures of themselves and their granny and wrote some lovely messages inside.

I find it useful and much easier to clean up by putting the decorations into separate bowls. It will make it easy for the kids to see and pick what decorations they wish to use. Plus I always like to use a separate table mat to make sure the tablecloth underneath doesn’t get dirty.

After a little while their little brother came along and joined in with us too!

 

If you have enjoyed our easy peasy craft activity why don’t you take a look at our monster plate craft activity.

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20 Ideas to do with your Children When it Rains

When it rains we all know as parents, grandparents, nannies, childminders or other childcare professionals it can be a pain when to rains. Being stuck inside all day can send you all a bit crazy! So I have put together a little list of rainy day activities for you all 🙂

Don’t threat though. There are still PLENTY of things you could do to stay entertained.

See below for 20 rainy day activities

  1. You could just brave it and play out in the rain! Stick your welly boots on and your rain macs and go and explore outside! Make a mud cake, go on a bear hunt, search for creepy crawlies and splash in those puddles! However, this could not be for all of you out there. Which is fine because there are still plenty more ideas.
  2. Junk modelling! Get your recycling box out, some sellotape and your craft box and encourage your child to build something! A space rocket, a car, binoculars, a fairy wand. Anything!
  3. Painting – if you haven’t got any of your own paint in the house, you can make you own. You use half a cup of flour, half a cup of salt and half  cup of water. Divide the mixture up into pots, bowls or even sandwich bags and add a little bit of water colour or food colouring. If you don’t want to get paint everywhere or you have a child who doesn’t like getting dirty try out this Mess Free Painting Activity.
  4. Play with play dough. Make your own play dough – or use ready made play dough. You can use play dough cutters. You could even get out some candles, your pretend tea set and make some play dough food!
  5. Baking – bake some cookies or a cake. Baking is one of our favourites, it’s fun and it encourages the kids to practice weighing out ingredients and practice their numbers. Take a look at some of my previous blogs to find some various baking activities such as Banana muffinsJam TartsGingerbread men or Cake trains.
  6. Make your own homemade bird feeder – we made these last week and it was so much fun! The birds are loving them too.
  7. Cooking – Similar as above and I encourage my nanny children to help cook or bake even when it’s not raining. Encourage your child to help prepare and cook dinner. A good way to promote healthy eating and your child’s cooking skills.
  8. Build a fort. Grab some blankets, cushions and snacks!
  9. Make your own puppets. You could sew your own or you could use some old socks. We all know we have a couple of random socks with a lost mate. Once your puppets are finished you could put on your own puppet show.
  10. You could make you own candles. I have made them with my nanny children before and they loved it. It made a wonderful Mother’s Day gift too.
  11. Watch a film together – perhaps a good old Disney film?
  12. Good old fashioned colouring. My nanny children (the twins) love a good colouring in book
  13. Put on a show. I have introduced ‘shows’ with my nanny children. We dress up using the fancy dress clothes, wigs, jewellery and turn off the lights and grab some torches. They hide behind the curtains and I shine the torches on them as they come out to sing, dance or act out their favourite stories.
  14. Pretend play – my favourite would have to be pretend food. Such as playing shops, pretend cooking, playing restaurants or even having a tea party!
  15. Play a board game. My nanny children’s favourite ones are ‘guess who‘, ‘pop to the shops‘ and of course the legendary ‘hungry, hungry hippos‘! 
  16. Another easy one – gloop play. Gloop is so easy to make and you only need two ingredients. Water and cornflour. But if you want to add colour just pop some food colouring in. I suppose paint could work too for colour. Pop two cups of cornflour into a bowl and one cup of water. Mix together – get your child to help! It’s messy, but so much fun. Plus a great sensory activity.
  17. Water/sand play. Get your kitchen bits out too, jugs, measuring jugs, measuring spoons, cups and different sized containers. A great activity as meets your child’s learning needs in so many ways!
  18. Make your own sensory bottles – click the link to view how to make them.
  19. Make music. Whether you use your own musical instruments, you take out the pots and pans from your kitchen or you could always make your own – such as your own rainmaker or guitar.
  20. Make your own jewellery. You may have some old beads and some string lying around the house to use. Or you could hand dye some penne pasta or macaroni and thread that onto some string.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and if you want more ideas let me know!

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Mothers Day Crafts

Hiya everyone, Mother’s Day is almost here!

This week I have been busy with my nanny children making some Mother’s Day crafts.

With my first nanny family we baked some shortbread cookies and I had the trio decorate a banner saying ‘Happy Mother’s day’. I then got them to pose with it so I could take a picture. Then I went to get the nicest picture developed (organising three children who are five years old and under in a photo is harder than it looks!) I then bought a pretty frame to put the photo inside. Mum loved it and keeps it on her desk in her office.

With my second nanny family (the boys) we bought a decopatch box to decorate with some decopatch tissue paper! The box would be a little jewellery box. We also made some jewellery for her new jewellery box made from air dry clay. See below what items we used and click the links to view more!

 

We also made a heart shaped necklace by using air dry clay. We used a cookie cutter to get the shape and used metallic purple paint too. If your choose to use metallic paint just be aware it can stain clothes so just be careful. You can use any type of paint though. If you see closely I got the boys to put their thumb print in the shape of the heart too, how sweet!

We also decided to make the same as the heart necklace but just make it into a keyring instead!

I hope you have enjoyed all of our Mother’s Day Crafts and that your Mum has a lovely Mother’s Day!

If you didn’t read my previous post about what the children made for mothers day last year for Mother’s Day then take a look here… Candle Making.

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How to make Sensory Bottles

Yesterday one of the twins was off school sick but as she started to feel better we decided to get crafty. We made some jewellery, did some colouring and we made some sensory bottles. We made two different kinds, one made with vegetable oil and the other just water.

For the ocean sensory bottle you need:

Method to make ocean sensory bottles:

  1. Fill the bottle 1/3 approximately with water
  2. Add several drops of food colouring – we used blue
  3. Cover then shake to mix the food colouring and water together
  4. Top the rest up with oil (we put a little too much oil in and not enough water though!)
  5. Seal the lid back on – we used sellotape to seal the lid shut but you may want to superglue it.

 

For the normal bottles you need:

Method:

  1. Fill the bottle with water
  2. Add drops of food colouring and/or glitter glue/glitter paint (any colour)
  3. Cover then shake to mix the food colouring/glitter and water together
  4. Add extra glitter for more shine!
  5. Seal the lid back on – we used sellotape to seal the lid on again but you may want to superglue it

 

 

 

Sensory bottles are great for babies and young children. You could even add them to a treasure basket. To find out what a treasure basket is go to my previous treasure basket blog here Treasure Baskets – Heuristic Play. Another reason why sensory bottles are great is they can work quite well calming down children who are angry or upset. They are also sometimes used with children who have special education needs.

Have fun!

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Parent Gift Guide

When I first starting working as a nanny I struggled for ideas of what to get the parents for their birthday or Christmas. Whether it was a gift from the children or a gift from myself. So I thought I would put together a little parent gift guide to give other nannies some ideas or even parents to struggle thinking of gift ideas for their significant other from the children.

Parent gift guide for Christmas

  • As always homemade cards are always a nice gift
  • Every year I like to make a personalised photo calendar for the following year filled with pictures of the boys I had taken that year. It’s really special and sometimes a surprise if they haven’t seen particular photos. I usually use Visaprint. I have always found them really good and they often have promotional offers on.
  • This Christmas just gone I made my bosses a hamper. They weren’t expecting it and they loved it. I added in some wine for mum, some ale and cider for dad, various cheeses, crackers, cheesy biscuits and some wild boar pate.
  • Baked goods – gingerbread men, peppermint creams

 

Parent gift guide for birthdays

  • Last year I got a photo of the boys holding a chalk board with ‘We love Daddy’ written on it. I got the photo printed and bought a lovely photo frame to put it in. Dad loved it!
  • Homemade birthday card from the children
  • Homemade candles for mum! You can buy all the bits from Hobbycraft or online. See my previous blog on homemade candles and you see a step by step on how to make them and all the ingredients needed.
  • Homemade jewellery. I plan on getting the boys to make a homemade necklace for mum on Mother’s Day this year. I found this really cute necklace online at  http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/heart-thumbprint-charm-necklaces/

 

  • Flowers! My mum boss loves flowers. Every week she gets herself new ones so flowers are generally a good shout
  • A homemade coupon for a night of free babysitting!
  • Baked goods, why not try baking a birthday cake?

If you have enjoyed this post why don’t you take a look at my nanny gift guide?

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Sensory Play – Mess Free Painting Activity

Take a look at this amazing mess free painting activity. Plus you wont even get messy. Sounds amazing right?

All you need is for the mess free painting activity:

  • Cling film
  • Sellotape
  • paint

This is such a quick and fun activity to set up and mess free!

To set up:

  1. Roll out your cling film over a table and then cut to size. Then you will need to sellotape the cling film to the table.
  2. Once the cling film is sellotaped to the table, squirt some paint on top of the cling film. The more colours the better!
  3. Next get some more cling film roll it out over on top so it covers the paint. Cut the cling film to size and sellotape again on top of the paint. Make sure you seal all of the paint in and there are no holes for it to leak!

Encourage your children to mix the colours together!

When you are finished mixing and exploring the different colours all you need to do is peel the sellotape off and throw it away. All of the paint will stay inside of the cling film so no mess is made! Sounds perfect right?

This activity is very fun to play with. It could be a good activity idea if your child doesn’t like getting dirty.

If you like this post why don’t you take a look at some of my other posts such as our monster plate craft activity or our halloween decorations?

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Valentines Day Cards – Children’s Crafts

It’s Valentines Day tomorrow so it’s time to start making some Valentines Day cards! My 3 year old nanny child made three. One for his parents, one for his brother and one for his little girlfriend! (Ok, not his girlfriend but they are like best friends!)

Valentines Day Cards – We used:

Step by step:

  1. Bend the red foil card in half to resemble a card.
  2. Cut the white card down to size to fit on top of the red card.
  3. Using a pencil draw a love heart on the white card (or get your child to draw one.)
  4. Get your child to finger paint! Using red and white pain inside the heart. Set aside to let dry.
  5. Inside the card write something special and encourage your child to sign their name or draw some kisses.
  6. Glue the white card with the love heart on top of the red card.
  7. You have a Valentines Day card!

These cards turned out to look very cute! The 3 year old really enjoyed making these and his little girlfriend enjoyed receiving her card! They are perfect for little children to make as they aren’t too difficult.

If you have enjoyed this craft activity why don’t you look at some of my other blogs? You may enjoy making a Star Wars Lightsaber or getting stuck into some deco art!