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A Mum of two lively boys, balancing family fun, a career and a little writing and editing on the side.
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When it's raining outside, it's usually time for creative fun inside
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Mosaics are a fun way to create images or patterns
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Do you ever wonder what to do with all the toddler paintings you have? Cut them up and stick to car...
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Create a 3D effect with this simple bottle cap fish card
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Here's a simple glue and stick project to make a frog
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Collage is an easy way for young kids to create their own cards
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My kids went to a pirate party at the weekend and they had some great crafts to do at the start ...
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These stick puppets are quick and easy to make and have kept my two young boys happily playing for m...
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Add a little dazzle and sparkle to your fridge with some glitter peg magnets
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You don't actually need a credit card to carry out this fun painting activity, any old plastic store...
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Pinch pots are a great introduction into modelling
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It's almost Easter and if you're looking for a seasonal craft that's really quick to prepare and...
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Potato printing is great for kids who want to create a picture but tend to just cover the paper with...
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After a great fun activity using , we were left with some interesting looking cardboard tubes an...
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If you like the idea of messy play but can't quite bring yourself to deal with the mess, then this i...
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If you're tired of the regular paint and brush then have a go at pom pom painting
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Potato printing is a classic craft activity for pre-schoolers and this is a great way to add an East...
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My son made this fork print flower card for Mother's Day
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My son made this very cute little Easter chick and it makes a lovely decoration
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Puffy paint is cheap and easy to make with only 3 ingredients and as well as free style creation...
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Light up your kids artwork with this simple lantern
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Make your own puffy paint with just three store room basics
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Developing fine motor skills is important for young kids and it can be fun too
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If you have kids who like instant results when cooking then a simple microwave mug cake is the i...
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Try a different painting technique that can be a little messy but should stay contained within...
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There's something very appealing about gloopy glue and colours
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Here's a fun little experiment that my four year old has really enjoyed
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I had my nephew and niece visiting for the weekend and the weather was cold and wet so we needed...
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Create your own window box to brighten up a room or use to add decoration to a cardboard box pla...
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At Christmas we were given a big box of Quality Street chocolates, each wrapped in brightly colo...
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This is a simple watercolour card that can be done in a few minutes
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You can start creative activities early with your kids and you really don't need lots of expensive m...
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Handprints are one of the most personal ways that kids can customise just about anything, to cre...
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This is a super easy craft for young kids and a quick one for those who don't sit still for long...
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Even a gift tag can become a gift in itself with these candy cane tags
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Customise a plain tea towel and create a lovely gift for someone special
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Most children love to glue and stick things
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Modelling with left over packaging before it goes for recycling is a fun way for kids to use the...
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With a little glue and some beads you can make a melting snowman to decorate your Christmas tree
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A quick and easy way to create a Christmas card which is as unique as a fingerprint
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This is a fun Christmas craft with great appeal
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This is a fun and creative craft that doubles up to make your own spinning top toy
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On a recent visit to the awe inspiring , my 4 year old was impressed by a display of small stain...
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Kids love to bake and this is a super easy, all in one bowl recipe which makes it simple to set up a...
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I was experimenting with different painting techniques with my two year old and he loved dabbing...
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My youngest son is really into monsters at the moment
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Halloween is a perfect holiday for a party and there are so many fun foods you can create with y...
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Add some festive flair to a simple brown paper bag by adding a paper snowflake
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This is an easy no bake treat
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Make some cookies an extra special gift with this simple gift basket created from a paper plate
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If you don't have a pumpkin to carve for Halloween, you could always try making this glowing lan...
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Before you start into learning and writing letters with your kids, it's great to practise with pen c...
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This hedgehog collage comes to life with the addition of crinkly Autumn leaves
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A fun little science experiment that doesn't require complicated equipment
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Ice cubes are great for sensory play and these little ghosts with their funny eyes are lots of fun
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Bursting with hearts that seem to flutter from the card, this is a simple and quick card
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This is a simple Humpty Dumpty craft for preschoolers but one that they'll be proud of showing off
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Conkers (or horse chestnuts if you're not British), are great to go hunting for on an Autumn walk
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My son wanted to turn his younger brother into a butterfly (at least it wasn't a frog) and so a magi...
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Take flight as a bird with these beautiful petal wings
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Inspired by reading a Mr Tickle book, where Mr Tickle has long stretchy arms, perfect for tickling, ...
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My two boys have their birthdays just 10 days apart so we choose the weekend in the middle and h...
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After weeks of glorious sunshine, the effect of hurricane Bertha dissipating over the Atlantic l...
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You don't need any skill and only a little time to customise a birthday cake with sprinkles
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A hot summer is never guaranteed in England but when you get it, you make the most of it
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I did lots of research on how to make a car birthday cake for my son's birthday but most of them inv...
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I always have grand ideas for kid's birthday parties but being a busy working mum, it's gets closer ...
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Perfect for a car theme birthday party and a good way to include some healthier party food, these sa...
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These chocolate brownies are squidgy, gooey and delicious
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My boys and I had a great time at the today
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This is a bit of a cheat, creating a wow birthday cake with only the fun decoration part to do and n...
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My boys love playing with their little cars so much that we decided to use them a little more creati...
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This is a great activity for young kids to learn about colours and older kids will also enjoy de...
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A craft activity that results in a fun game is a double win for me as a busy mummy
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%%Make your own sandart pictures%% I'm always on the look out for something different and unu...
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This activity is all about the process and creation and less about the end result
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Create a striking piece of abstract art with a few simple materials
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This salt tray is an easy and cheap activity to set up and a fun way to introduce young kids to ...
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We often think of chalk only in terms of using on a chalkboard, however there are other creative pro...
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Most kids use their chalk dry on a chalkboard or to scribble on the sidewalk
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I've just returned from a lovely family holiday by the beach
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The paintings my youngest son creates are usually big swirls of paint so we decided to try somet...
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Instead of buying little stamps, you can make your own from a cork
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This is a great sensory activity for a hot summer's day or even bath time
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Creating a theme for a kids birthday party can be easy with just a few decorations and games to play...
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This afternoon my son had fun standing on his step at the sink playing with water and bubbles
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My son loves the song "jelly on a plate, jelly on a plate, wibble wobble, wibble wobble, jelly on a ...
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When it comes to kids and mess, something so simple can be so much fun
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What better way to make eating fun than to involve kids in the creation and try something a little d...
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An unusual card that's personalised by the shape of your kid's hands
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Not all young children like having a mask on their face
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Wrapping the wool to make a cute little lamb is great for developing fine motor skills and you creat...
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This is a cute little card that could be used for any occasion
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Turn an empty plastic milk carton into a colourful patchwork elephant
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Cloud dough is usually made with flour and baby oil
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Ice cubes float on water because they are lighter
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Little bubble blowers aren't always the easiest for little ones to use, but bubbles are so much ...
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Small, plain white wall tiles can be picked up cheaply from hardware stores and can be transformed w...
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This is an easy recipe that even young children can get involved it
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Spare buttons can be used as inspiration for many crafts
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My son gets really excited when we try new painting techniques
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Banana milkshakes are a fun activity with little mess and a delicious result
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These hearts are easy to create and kids can use them to make great cards for loved ones
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Transform some simple paper hearts into a Valentine decoration with this easy paper craft tutorial
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Simple, speedy and sparkly, your little ones can whip a card in no time with just a little glitter a...
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This is one of the most fun and messy painting activities I've tried out with my son
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Give a glue and stick craft a little extra dimension by creating a pocket and padding with tissue
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Whether it's Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day or just because you love someone, these...
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Tiny tots painting is all about the experience and less about the end result
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These handprints could be used to decorate a card for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day or just for so...
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Most cards have their decoration on the outside
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Making friendship bracelets were all the rage when I was a young teenager
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Every so often when we get the paints out, my son declares that he want's to make something very...
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Salt dough is versatile and easy to make into many creations
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A simple science project for older kids or just a fun game for younger ones
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Washi tape is essentially just sticky tape but with a pattern on the outside
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Pick Up Sticks is a game I loved as a child and it has all kinds of names all over the world
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These gift tags make a cute way to add a little something different to a gift tag
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This is the perfect Christmas baking activity to do with kids of all ages
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In the run up to Christmas there is often the need for some simple costumes
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It's always a good idea to have a few super simple crafty ideas that can be set up in seconds and ar...
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A super simple craft for little fingers that will help develop fine motor skills
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Once dried, these orange slices make a lovely decoration for Christmas
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A traditional orange pomander will involve various spices and several weeks to dry
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If you're out on a country walk with your kids, why not add some fun by looking for pine cones
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These handprint snowmen are simple to make and so perfect for making a good number of personalised C...
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Making your own wrapping paper for presents will ensure your gift looks extra special and personalis...
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My son had a great time going to the local plant nursery today to choose a real Christmas tree
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Paper plates are a must have staple in my kid's craft box
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I'm always on the look out for different painting, printing or stamping techniques to add a litt...
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My three year old loves to bake but his attention can wander
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Watercolour paper has a lovely texture and the paints are easy to use and simple to wash up afte...
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A totally mess free craft, pipe cleaners are perfect for turning into bracelets
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I love crafts that I can do with my three year old son that can then be played with afterwards
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Your kids will have more than a spoonful of fun creating and customising their own little spoon peop...
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This is a simple Halloween craft for pre school children
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Any little boy or girl will love making and playing with this shiny robot
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A great paper plate craft which involves painting, cutting and sticking to create an arching cat...
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A simple paper plate is ideal for painting as a pumpkin and you can go one step further and make it ...
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Try something a little different by creating this melted Hama bead bowl
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If you're looking for a quick and mess free Halloween craft for young kids then this little paper gh...
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Hama beads are tiny little plastic beads that you melt to create all kinds of creations
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This is such a simple fun food craft for Halloween and healthy too
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Here's how to make a very quick, healthy and fun snack for kids
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Anything that involves noise is a hit with my pre school son and the louder the better
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This is a sweet alternative to a regular birthday card
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If your kids are anything like mine, they need a snack after nursery or school to keep them goin...
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Making games from recycled materials means you have fun creating and then playing without breaking t...
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This cute little pig is very wiggly and and great for creating little imaginary games
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Making hand and foot prints with paint is often one of the first creative activities parents do ...
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My son had a great time making this castle and King from recycled plastic at one of 's kids activity...
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Babies learn by exploring the world around them
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Music can lift the soul and make everyone happy
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This is an easy alternative to using a traditional paintbrush
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Create your own 3D paper ocean
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Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes
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I'm always looking for interesting techniques and textures for my toddler to experiment with whe...
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Simple to make, these paper Chinese lanterns look great
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Introducing a straw and paint together made me slightly nervous as my toddler is not always the ...
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These fabulous flapjacks are easy to make with young children as you can throw everything in a bowl ...
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Creativity and learning about the world around you isn't just for toddlers
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This is something fun that you can make for your child but it's even better if they can get invo...
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My toddler's face lights up whenever bubbles are involved
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Toddlers love to glue and stick
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Printing and stamping is a fun way to make unusual patterns
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Growing flowers or vegetables from seeds is a good way to introduce children to gardening
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This is definitely a creative activity to be done outside
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My son is going to a birthday party and the present we have bought is a book about a fish called...
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On a sunny day it's lovely to sit outside at a park and make a daisy chain
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Whether you have bought or made a gift for someone special, you can go one step further by creating ...
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It's easy and cheap to create this sensory experience for pre school children and you'll be surp...
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Be the King or Queen of the castle with this simple crown made from a paper plate
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Dressing up and making costumes is lots of fun
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Developing fine motor skills in pre school children is an essential foundation for many other sk...
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Lino cutting and printing dates back to the early 1900's when artists in Germany used the techni...
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Coconut ice is incredibly sweet and a delicious little treat
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This is a fun painting activity that involves getting out and about as well as fun at home
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Paper plates are cheap, versatile and great to make into lots of crafts
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What could be better on a hot summer's day than a beautiful fan to gently keep you cool
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Crafts that can also be a toy are a double bonus
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This is a simple papercraft to make a hot air balloon
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These are a simple and yummy treat
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All the rage in the 70s, tie dye is still a great way to create some interesting designs and mak...
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Making collages from magazines can be simplified for pre schoolers
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This is a cheap and easy way to decorate your own ceramics without having to buy specialised cer...
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is a classic but there are lots of other fruits and vegetables you can experiment with
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Little party hats add to the atmosphere at any birthday
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Older children will be able to create these coffee filter flowers themselves
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It's a bit tricky to make mini pom poms in the
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Understanding the weather can be made into fun activities
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Tissue paper is inexpensive and can be found in lots of vibrant colours
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Anyone with young children soon learn that the humble toilet roll tube can provide endless fun
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There are so many games you can play with a simple little ball
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These sweetie jars are an easy activity that even young children can assemble
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Run run as fast as you can
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This is a great guessing game for kids of all ages
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This is a simple craft for under 5s to enjoy and the materials cost next to nothing
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These mini pizzas are quick and simple to make
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My toddler loves to paint with brushes, sponges and best of all fingers and hands
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It's always fun to try something different
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This is a simple craft for pre school children and has the added bonus of becoming a toy too
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These napkins rings are simple to make and cost very little
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This is an unusual way to make some unique jewellery
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Here are some links to other sites you might find interesting
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Having a reusable shopping bag is more environmentally friendly than plastic bags
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With their big jolly faces and funny noses, clowns are a great craft to create from a simple pa...
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You can buy magnetic fishing toys for children but it's much more fun to make your own
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This is a lovely sticky activity to decorate eggs for Easter with tissue paper Time: 10 - 15 ...
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This is an unusual way to add some detail to a homemade greeting card
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These fish are easy to make and give your child the chance to paint, glue, stick and even glitte...
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Not only does this chicken look great but you can rock her back and forth and it looks like she'...
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Boiled eggs and soldiers are a favourite teatime treat
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The centrifugal force of a salad spinner is an unusual way to create interesting artwork
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Papier Mâché isn't just about strips of paper but can also be made into a pulp for modelling and...
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is a great way to make impressive stamps and there are lots of things you can make from them
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A bookmark is an easy present to make for someone special who loves to read
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This is one of the activities my toddler has enjoyed most on our crafting adventures
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Painting with marbles is surprisingly not too messy and still lots of fun for pre schoolers
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Papier mâché is easy to do but requires a bit of patience
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This is a great recipe to make with children
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Inspired by the beautiful and delicate looking tissue paper pom poms from I thought these could...
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Toddlers love to paint and you can quickly accumulate a stack of their works of art and not know...
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Once children grow out of pre school crafts, they really like making something for themselves
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One simple way to decorate eggs for Easter is to give them a base colour before jazzing them up...
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This is a simple project for children who are confident and safe with scissors
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Whether you call them an ice lolly, popsicle or ice pop they're an easy treat you can make at ho...
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Wax crayon resist pictures are easy to create and involve two things that little kids love - crayo...
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Finger and hand print painting can be turned into lots of fun pictures
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This is a very simple card that children can make
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Liberally sloshing around paint is fun just by itself but if you're looking for something a litt...
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It's always great to have a recipe that can be made from start to finish by young children with ...
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Finger painting is so much fun and can be turned into fun designs when you tired of thinking of ...
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This is one of the most simple Easter baskets you can create and so perfect as an activity with ...
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This is an unusual alternative to papier mâché and is suited to older children who have more nim...
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These jazzy straws would look great at a birthday party
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Sensory play is great for development of children at all ages and something that babies will lov...
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Growing cress is a great way to introduce young children to planting
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This is a simple craft that can done with little scribblers or older children can create more in...
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Fairy cakes may not be as big, bold and outlandish as their American cousin the cupcake, but the...
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Pom pom Easter chicks are cute, fluffy and make a lovely decoration for Easter
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Pom poms don't just have their place on a woolly hat but can be made into fun things to
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Before you know it, your baby is a toddler and your toddler a teenager
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There's plenty of time for fancy colour coordinated Christmas trees before you have children or ...
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There's something very appealing about pom poms
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My mum always seemed to come up with great ideas to keep my sister and I amused on rainy days wh...
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Salt dough is cheap and easy to make
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It's really easy to be creative with your kids without having to spend a fortune on arts and cra...
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