Thursday, 21 May 2015

Free Printable Disney Princess Paper Craft

Free Printable Disney Princess Paper Craft

Miss 4 and I have been busy this week doing paper craft. We discovered free printable Disney princess paper craft on Pinterest and started crafting.

I had a vision of the two of us doing this craft activity together but it turns out that these patterns are quite difficult, so we switched to Miss 4 cutting out the skirts and me doing the rest. The dolls look great and for vigorous preschooler play I recommend printing on card stock and reinforcing with sticky tape. Because Miss 4 is all about equal opportunity, we also made a Buzz Lightyear, which is the "father" in her games.

Visit the Disney website to find the printables, although I find the site a little hard to navigate, so here is a list of some of the highlights:

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Madeit Blog Editor

This week I am a Blog Editor at Madeit.

The Madeit Blog features a collection of eight items curated by a Madeit Seller. I love a colour theme and selected some gorgeous black and white finds.

Very sophisticated.

Black and White Handmade Gifts

Zipper pouch by One Busy Sloth eye candies for practical souls
Onesie by OneString beautiful things, handmade
Wall décor by Chatterbox City bringing you and your children quality fun handmade items
Coasters by Studio Astratta home decor to add colour and style to your home
Planter set by Urban Decor a range of concrete urban décor pieces and typography prints to compliment the authentic industrial décor and vintage style
Magnets $12.50 by Badge Bliss badges, magnets and more
Plate by The China Hutch hand painted porcelain with a difference
Overalls by Ted and Toot quality children's clothing, bags and hats

Check out the full selection.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Hallway

Secret Agent Laser Obstacle Hallway

Pinterest is an incredible resource full of activities, crafts, tutorials, recipes... but I find that I often pin a great idea and then forget to actually go back an do it in "real life". I found a DIY laser maze the other day and it was too good not to try out.

This is a really simple, cheap and quick activity to set up. Just grab some rolls of crepe streamers (my mother-in-law had donated me a whole pile) and some masking tape or painters tape. Tape the streamers high and low, adjust for difficulty depending on the child (Master 1 was a bit too fond of the bulldozer approach), and let them navigate the maze. Take a leaf from Big Bang Theory and sing Khachaturian's Sabre Dance just to add some drama. This is seriously fun and super easy to pack up too!

Nailed any Pinterest finds lately?

Find some more ideas for toddler and preschooler play.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Project 30 Houses

Project 30 Houses


For the month of April, I took part in an art challenge with Cassie Jene and Curly Jo on Instagram. As part of Project 30 Houses, I drew a 5 cm square house each day. The drawings will be compiled into a colouring book, the profits of which will raise funds on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Australia to help build and repair homes for deserving communities. See my first and second and third weeks of entries and all the doodles on #Project30Houses.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Pressed Flowers

Pressed Flowers

Despite all the time that I spend these days blogging, social media-ing and otherwise involved in technology, I'm actually fairly old school at heart, with chickens in the front garden and organic produce in the back (yep, that's my bunnykins collection in the background of this photo). So recently I've been teaching Miss 4 to press flowers.

Pressed flowers keep their colour intact as they dry, which makes pressing them a great way to preserve them for later activties. Miss 4 collects flowers and leaves when we are out walking and once we are home, it's quick and easy to press them. We have a wooden flower press, so we place each flower between sheets of paper (the blotter) and then put this paper between sheets of cardboard. We then put the piles of flowers in cardboard between two pieces of wood and blot them together. After a few weeks the flowers are completely dry and flat and ready for craft. Remember that they are very delicate.

If you don't have a flower press, you can achieve the same thing by placing your flowers between sheets of paper (the blotter) and then putting the paper inside a heavy book, like and dictionary or encyclopedia. Pile more books on top or slide into a full bookcase. After a few weeks, the dried flowers will be ready.

What old school fun do you get up to with your kids?

Find some more preschooler art ideas.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Project 30 Houses

Project 30 Houses

Over the last three weeks, I have been taking part in Project 30 Houses, coordinated by Cassie Jene and Curly Jo on Instagram. I draw a 5 cm square house each day to a prompt and at the end of April, these drawings will be compiled into a colouring book, the profits of which will raise funds on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Australia to help build and repair homes for deserving communities. See my first and second weeks of entries and all the doodles on #Project30Houses.