5 posts categorized "Childrens arts and crafts"


Jakobs space

Just a quick one today as we're having a bit of a crazy busy week.

I wanted to share Jakobs place where he paints. We used to use our dining room table but it's in use at the moment for other reasons, so we use the coffee table. The chair is mine from when I was a toddler so very old and worn! Anyway it's his favourite place, and before I go to universitiy I set him up there with his paints and he loves it :)



Syringe painting :)

Ok so today was fun! Got on the train to university, and just as I got off of the train I found out there was a bomb scare at our campus and we got a text saying 'all lectures are cancelled today'. So turned round and went straight back home, shame it wasted my whole morning and train fares for nothing though.

I had lots of lovely ideas about what we could do as a family as I had the day free and it was a beautiful sunny day, including picnics in the park, going to a farm, going out for lunch etc, but no. Jakob was adamant he wanted to stay inside and paint.

I've always tried to encourage art and creativity so I feel horrible saying this but I feel it has bitten me on the bum! Every day Jakob wants to paint. Every. Single. Day. I don't think I'm creative enough to keep thinking of news ways to make painting interesting enough.


Yesterday my friend who has a small baby gave me some syringes, she was given them by her midwife for antenatal expressing colostrum and expressing in the first couple of days, but now her milk is in full force and she has a great supply and has a lot of syringes she was going to chuck away. We are known as the ones who will take anyones junk to save them throwing it away - we find uses for literally anything. So I took the syringes off her hands and put them in the bathroom thinking 'I wonder what I'll ever need these for' - maybe if I need to give Joshua or the pets medication and they wont take it or something?

But today when Jakob wanted to paint I had a brainwave and got a couple of them out and sucked paint into them for him to paint with. He loved it.


I thought it might make the painting a little less messy but apparently not. Within 10 minutes he had rubbed it all over himself. Why does he like to rub things all over himself???

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Cutting and pasting

Sometimes I spend most of my days off trying to tidy and clean, and then I ask myself why? I end up shouting at the boys when they are being creative because its messing up what I had tidied. I'd prefer them to have fun and learn and grow in mess than get annoyed at them after I'd cleaned up! Hmm.

Today we spent all morning tidying, and I found last years calender that I had never used! Whoops. I cut out all the dog pictures from it and made a puzzle for Jakob with wooden lolly sticks.

I positioned one of the lolly sticks on the back of the picture I had cut out from the calendar and drew lines so I knew where to cut


Jakob couldn't do much at this point because I wanted it to turn out fairly neat, lol! But he helped me pour out the glue and brush the glue onto the back of the paper


This is what we ended up with

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After this Jakob tried to cut some out, and I cut some out for him. He glued them onto some card with PVA glue and then cut it all up. A good example of how its not the finished product that matters but the process. Jakob loved it, spent a while doing it, concentrating hard, improving his dexterity and in the end it was unsalvagable mess, lol.


Then I got out some paint sample cards that are free at DIY stores. I always collect loads when we go out for crafting ideas with Jakob. Anyway I gave him a few and he sat trying to cut them straight along the lines, and then at right angles.


He then decided to open the gloss modge podge and rub it all over his hands, the table, paper, his grimms rainbow (:()

Joshua has spent the afternoon trying to suck PVA glue out of the tube (you'll be glad to know I kept the lid on so that he couldnt! I know I'm laid back, but I'm not that laid back!)

Jakob also asked for a chocolate muffin but instead of eating it rubbed it all over himself and the floor, Joshua then ate most of it.

Jakob is currently trying to cut wooden lolly sticks.


Feeling the lurrrve

So it's valentines day! I got a card from Ian, a card from the boys and a giant box of Guilian seashell chocolates (anyone who knows me will know this is an amazing present for me, YUM!)

Jakob wanted to do some painting, and since it was valentines we decided to do what they did here.

I got out a quiche dish and filled it with shaving foam, tried to flatten the top of the foam as best as possible.


Got a few pots of different coloured paints mixed with a little water (as we dont have watercolours!) We dont have paint pots either so used empty yoghurt pots.


and whilst I cut out heart shapes from pink card, Jakob drizzled bits of paint on top of the shaving foam with a spoon and a paintbrush.


He then dipped the hearts onto the shaving foam, and I scraped it off the top of the hearts with bits of toilet roll tubes etc as quickly as I could (he was doing them quicker than I could scrape off the foam!)


A couple turned out really pretty but not nearly as good as the ones from the original link, maybe due to the paints? The rest ended up with not much paint at all! But Jakob had fun.


Then I put both boys in the bath with the rest of the shaving foam and paint and let them go wild. I had to fill and empty it a couple of times due to the mess but they really loved it! We found out that the dish of shaving cream floats


And also found out that shaving cream on its own floats in clumps, but the paint seeps into the water. Joshua wasnt too impressed with a bath full of shaving foam


We were going to see our friends later so Jakob wanted to take one of the hearts, he chose one and then I mounted it onto card to make a card out of it. You cant see it well from the pictures but there was some metallic paint mixed in with the standard pants and the heart had a beautiful silver metallic sheen to it

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Christmas Cards

This year we are leaving it very late to make Christmas cards, considering a lot of our family are the other side of the word and it's 11 days until Christmas!

Actually a lot of people don't even send cards anymore, prefering to donate to a charity or send something electronically. For us cards are one of the best bits of Christmas! I have kept all my birthday and Christmas cards for as long as I can remember, and can look back at cards written by family members that are no longer with us. Christmas cards mean something to me, they are usually chosen carefully with a personal message inside. Since when does an email suffice?!

Nowadays Christmas cards are even more important to me since we do them with the littlies. This year we decided to do Christmas tree cards - and they haven't turned out great (note the perfectionist in me) they are beautiful because they are made my son.

I got the idea from another blog somewhere. I don't really follow blogs, more stumble upon them when looking for inspiration. I wish I could remember this blog to link back because her Christmas tree card post inspired me, and they turned out a LOT better than ours!


So we cut a Christmas tree shape out of a piece of card which was roughly the same size as the front of our blank Christmas cards. Paperclipped the stencil on to the front of the card. Mixed up some green paint with a dash of other colours for interest - red etc and then let him go to town on the cards. Some ended up as big green blobs because he loved putting the brush under the side of the stencil but it was fun watching him work out why some turned out looking like Christmas trees and some turned out like green blobs!




He then got bored of the stencil method so I got one of his triangle shaped blocks and we 'stamped' the trees out instead of using the stencil. Quite nice to have a different design on some of the cards!




Once they were dried we got some PVA glue and dipped fingers and the end of a pen that had run out into it, dapped at the 'trees' and then poured glitter on them. Jakob LOVED this. Well, he loved the glitter! He was rubbing it all over himself with glee, so I ended up pouring it onto most of the cards!





We have leftover glitter. Quite a bit actually, all colours mixed together from pouring over the trees. I have an idea what we're going to do with the glitter :)

ETA: After adding pictures I realised I forgot to take any pictures of the finished product! Well I will definitely do that, and will upload one when I get a chance! I will also link back to that blog if and when I find it!

ETA Again: pictures currently deleted, will be added again later x

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