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Taste safe yogurt paint

Painting had been proven to be extremely beneficial for kids. Painting is relaxing, encourages a child to express themselves creatively, and helps a child communicate their emotions through the use of colour. It is also great fun.
Painting also :
  • develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Aids in mobility skills as fingers grip the paint brush to moves it across the canvas.
  • develops creativity
  • assists in decision making and planning ahead
  • is therapeutic

Painting with Hamish

knowing these benefits I introduced Hamish to paints as early as 5 months old. I was however very concerned about using commercial paint as I wasn’t sure a handful of paint in a baby’s mouth was the best idea in the parenting books, so I used a paint-safe yogurt paint.

How to make yogurt paint

You will need:
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • Add a drop or 2 of food colouring.

Method

Mix a little food colouring to your yogurt and well together. Present to your child as a finger paint, sensory activity, or with brushes and rollers.

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Inspired by the daffodil fairies We make Flower fairy pictures

Today’s craft use up the last petals of the now dying roses I was given. I couldn’t throw them away as they were so pretty so Hamish made flower fairies.

I drew the outline of a boy and a girl fairy and he decorated them using the parts of the flowers.
This also gave us the perfect opportunity to break open the flower and discuss the parts that make up flowers and the function of each.
They came out so much prettier than I had first imagined. We then pressed them along with our dried flowers to preserve.
To make your own you will need: 
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Flower petals
Method : 
Start by drawing your fairy outline. I drew a boy and a girl.
Next let your child break apart the petals and place them on a plate, ready to glue onto the picture
Using strong glue, glue the flower petals on as clothing.
Leave to dry
Posted in Crafts, Education, preschool

Activity- An introduction to Symmetrical objects for preschoolers

Teaching your child about symmetry doesn’t need to be a daunting prospect.

I made this fun game for Hamish to help him understand the concept of symmetrical objects using a few hand drawn cards and a small mirror.

How to make your symmetrical game

To make your own you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Small mirror

To make your own:

Cut your cardboard into several smaller cards.

Onto these cards draw half of an object that is symmetrical. Items like faces, flowers,bodies, animals, house, kite, etc work best.

How to play

Showing symmetry

Once your cards are drawn, show your child how to hold the card right next to the mirror and explain that the mirror will reflect the image, completing the other half of the symmetrical object.

Extended activities

Let them explore on their own with the cards and you can extend this activity by having your child point out other symmetrical objects in the home for you to draw.

You can also introduce a few asymmetrical objects to help to differentiate to your child how to telling an object is symmetrical or asymmetrical .

Using your cards containing both symmetrical and asymmetrical objects, let your child try each card and classify the objects accordingly.

Posted in Brands we love, Crafts

Use the bath bomb mould kit and add a little home made luxury to your bath

We were sent this absolutely stunning Bath bomb kit from bath bomb moulds

Hamish and I chose bubble gum flavour and 2 colours but when we mixed it up he decided he only wanted orange.

The kit comes with all the ingredients, 1 scents and 2 colours that you choose.
There is also an easy to use mould to get that perfect round shape and detailed instructions to follow.

Making our mould

We first placed all the dry ingredients and colour into a container and after melting the coconut oil we added the oil and liquids.

Lastly we spritzed with witch hazel ( which wasn’t as hard as I’d first imagined when reading that the witch hazel will activate the bath bomb)

After getting the right consistancy ( that of wet beach sand) Hamish and I placed the mixture into the mould and made our first bath bomb from the kit.

It was so easy to form the bombs with a mould and I may just be addicted because I’ve already popped onto the website to see what other moulds I can buy 🤦‍♀️

This was such an easy kit to use and the quality is really good.

The kit makes 6 bath bombs we made 4 and a half because Hanish thought it was a sensory tray and loved the feel of the powered mixture between his fingers. Bonus is my dining room floor now smells of bubblegum 🤣

This would make such a great teen birthday gift, party idea or bath suprise for the crafter like me who loves to indulge in bathroom luxuries.

Posted in craft reciepe, Crafts, Fine motor activities, preschool

Painting marshmallows with milk paint

Painting marshmallows is a fabulous activity to keep the kids busy.

You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Fork or kebab stick
  • Milk
  • Small containers to hold colouring
  • Paint brushes
  • Food colouring

Method:

Pour a little milk into a container and add a few drops of food colouring.

Do this for each colour you are going to use.

Attach a marshmallow onto a fork or kebab stick so your child can hold the marshmallow nicely while painting.

Let them use a paintbrush to decorate their marshmallows with the milk paint.

The white marshmallows are best to paint on as the colours are more vivid.

Instead of using a paint brush you could also let your child paint using ear buds.

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Fairies in a jar

I first shared this cute little craft way back in 2012 on my newly started Fun mamma SA Facebook page.

After our fun visit to The magic garden at Word of birds in Hout bay today, I thought I’d share it here on the blog as we made one after coming home.

Fairies in a jar!

This cute craft is very sweet at magic themed parties both as an activity or as a take home gift.

The children will love the way the fairies shine.

You will need:

  • 1 jar
  • 1 thin glow stick (cut off both ends and drip onto a disposable plate/tray etc)
  • Glitter

Method

  • Flick glow liquid into jar covering as much surface as possible in tiny dots.
  • Sprinkle glitter in
  • Close lid and shake

Image source unknown

Enjoy a little magic 💞

Posted in Crafts, preschool, Toddlers

Toilet tube crafts – making a bee

I’m a huge fan of reusing and repurposing as much around the house as we can and one of the items we often use in our crafts are the inside of toilet tubes.

They are versatile and inexpensive. With a little paint and some creativity you can create a wonderworld of crafts all year long.

Today we are making ….

A Bee

Bee
Bee craft

You will need:

  • Toilet tube
  • Yellow paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black marker
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Supplies
What you need

Directions

Set some scrap paper down for your child to work on as this can get quite messy, and let them use the yellow paint to paint the whole tube.

Paint
Paint the toilet tube

When the paint is dry use the marker to draw on the details for the bee.

Next draw a set of bee wing outlines on the white paper and have your child cut out the wings.

Glue the wings onto the back of the bee.

Bee
Bee mine 💞

Posted in Brands we love

Busy Bean Christmas bucket review

This review was sponsored by Busy Bean- Kids Art & Craft Supplies and Activities. The opinions are my own.

Bear recieved a Busy Bean – Kids Art & Craft Supplies and Activities Christmas bucket yesterday and I had intended to show you one craft a day but both bear and I can’t resist a good craft project so when there’s a whole bucket of crafts you have to imagine that we going to get stuck right in.

Bear loved the bright Christmas coloured bucket and I love that we can reuse the bucket at the beach, to store craft supplies or as the perfect storage space for his decorations.

I’m also contemplating turning it into the elf’s house but bear won’t let me near the bucket yet 😂🤣

There are 5 crafts in the bucket and only one of the crafts ( the hat) was a little to hard for bear but an older child of about 4/5 years should manage this with a little mamma help.

You get a beaded elf ….which is great for fine motor skills, practicing that threading and sequencing skills. Bear loved this and needed very little help.

Next we made the elf door. Again he managed with me just cutting the one stick and directing him as to where to paste items.

There’s some lovely round Santa belly gift tags that require mom to cut out for little fingers. Older children will manage this without much assistance.

The wreath and candy cane decorations were bears favourite and he loved the tactile feel of the smooth foam and the soft pom poms. We got to practice that sequencing skill again trying to make the candy cane have a pattern. I cut the shapes for bear and he did all the pasting.

Lastly there are 3 stunning little wooly hats, that for some reason I just couldn’t make, so I used the tutorial on the website. Bear lost interest in this really quickly as he is a bit too young for this one so I sat ( happily) making little hats. It’s actually really easy to make but will need mom’s assistance. And in case you wondering why we only have 2 little hats….it’s because bear ran off with the green wool and a piece of toilet roll intended for the craft and dipped them both into his poster paint ….I’m still not sure what he was making 😂🤣

The directions are very easy to follow for each projects and you can find a tutorial for each on the website www.busybeanbuckets.co.za.

I loved that we can file each individually printed craft sheets to reuse again next year.

I absolutly love the Busy Bean products and this little bucket is the perfect Christmas eve gift to keep little fingers busy , for special times with grandparents or to take on holiday.

All items you need, except scissors are included.

Posted in Crafts

Make potato snail trails

Day 6 of the Kids Art Challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries and Dala is snail.

This really got me thinking.

I decided to carve a potato snail for bear and let him make snail trails with paint.

Apparently when you 2 years old snails go broom broom as they trail around

To make your own you will need:-
Potato
Sharp knife
aper
Paint

To make :-

Cut a slice of potato and fashion it into a snail. The potato needs to be thick enough for the snail to stand.

Dip the base of the snail into paint and slide it on the paper to make a trail mark.

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Make a paper dream catcher

The theme for Day 2 of the Kids Art Challenge with Mini Matisse Diaries and Dala was feathers.

So bear and I made some paper coloured feathers and glued them onto a dream catcher.

How to make your own

To make your own dream catcher

You need :-
1 sheet of white paper
1 sheet of brown card
Glue
Scissors
Cotton
Dala Crayons

Method:-

Use your crayons to colour a large sheet of white paper.

Cut this into 4 feathers

Cut the brown card into a circle , removing the inner.

Wind the cotton around the circle.

Glue on the feathers