Thursday, 6 December 2012

no limits



We've been having more fun with paper, more fun playing and more fun making stuff!!

There really are no limits to what you can create with your kids and you need no budget, just the crap around your house!

For example witness the joy of the simple hole punch:


When it was my daughter's birthday we had a ladybird theme and I decided that morning to make a quick 'pin the dots on the ladybird' game. One big sheet of paper, some coloured paper circles, a bit of blutack and it's all good. We've actually kept this up - the kids like making patterns with the dots and it's great for talking about colours and numbers with the little one.


My kids love helping me out occasionally when we've exhausted the paper options  - here's my little girl winding a bobbin (that's the foot pedal on the desk), must point out that despite taking a picture I was of course supervising this task! Check out her serious concentration :)


Over the weekend we spent some time making Christmas decorations, for us and for my son's teachers. I was worried how much they would want to do but except for the actual sewing, they did it all! 
I cut a cardboard tree shape and drew round the template on fabric to make the front of the trees, then I gave them some Sharpies and let them do whatever they wanted. 



He mostly liked zig zag tinsel and she liked baubles. I'm really proud of them because, once I quickly sewed them and turned them, they sat really nicely and stuffed them! Admittedly my daughter really liked sticking her arms in the bag of stuffing but those little hands made quick work of it. Once they were in bed I sewed up the openings and added some buttons.




It was a learning experience for me too - their creativity and patience was a big surprise.


And if all else fails, you can always have fun making silly faces!



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23 comments:

  1. Your children are so sweet! And we never stop learning, do we?!

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  2. Aw, the wee scones! Love the trees, too - the kids touches are perfect!

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  3. I think you need the world's best mum award Lu. Such fantastic ideas - I think I'll steal all of them ;o)

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  4. They take after you in creativity, patience and ability to pull funny faces! ; p

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  5. Sweet post! I love crafting with my kids too, but now that the oldest is almost 7 and the youngest is turning 2, it is hard to do things everyone can or wants to do. My oldest can sew on my machine indepently, and the youngest will climb up in my chair and refuse to get out. She wants to sew so badly! Love the Christmas trees. Your kids made some cute ones!

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  6. You are such a fab mum Lu. Your 2.9 kids are very lucky!

    The trees are soooo gorgeous. What a great idea. x

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  7. Adorable daughter! And what a fun mama you are! Love the trees!

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  8. Great pics. Creative stuff seems to get kids every time. My niece would spend ages making stuff with me when she was little. She would tell everyone I lived in the craft house and the minute she'd see me she'd say: Can we do some Making? But be warned it gets exhausting when they want to do it 24/7!

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  9. Good for you Lucy. Kids love that sort of thing. They will be so proud to give them ; )

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  10. Who knew that hole punches could be so entertaining?! And those ornaments are adorable!

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  11. Those are adorable tree ornaments! I love how you get your kids involved with being crafty. Great ideas!

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  12. Love the Christmas trees that your kids made! So special.

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  13. Love it! I really should take a leaf out of your book and do more crafts with my kids!

    The Christmas trees are so sweet!!

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  14. Aw, bless. You are such a fab mum. I'm sending my two round to play. Don't worry, they will happily take on the supervising role of your two.

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  15. Love the demented ladybird and the mad trees!

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  16. They are so cute! Love the tree decorations!

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  17. I love how creative you are with your children - I need to take a leaf out of your book :-)

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  18. I love the tree ornaments!! What a great idea!! I may have to steal that from you! My 7 year old may even be able to sew a few buttons on hers! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. I love the tree ornaments. Cool idea, thank you! And I love that you include yourself in your kids craft. I need to do this more. I give them lots of craft time, but I tend to set them up and then stay outta the way!

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  20. I just love all the creative ideas you have to keep your kids entertained!

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  21. Love your ideas for gifts... and nurturing creativity!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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