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Simple Mother’s Day Crafts 

Call me crazy, but I actually prefer homemade gifts on Mother’s Day. I think it shows heart: the effort and thought that goes into a craft or hand-made card means so much more. That being said, a beautiful bunch of blooms would never go amiss!

Beautiful Blooms

So I know I’ve just said that I love the real deal, but we loved making these egg carton flowers. The end result was really vibrant and fun!

You will need:

  • Egg carton
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue gun or craft glue
  • Acrylics
  • Chenille sticks 

Start off by cutting up the egg carton using a craft knife. If you’re doing this with kids, it definitely needs supervision or an adult to complete this part for them.

Once each egg compartment is separated, you can begin to use scissors for the shape of your flowers:

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Then you can start to paint up your flowers. We used non-toxic acrylic paint. This process took a few days, mainly because Harrison was completing the project after school.Once the initial coat is dry, you can start to decorate:

Leave the paint to dry fully before attaching the chenille sticks as ‘stems.’ If you don’t already have one, I seriously recommend buying a low temperature glue gun. Ours only cost $12 and it’s been a bit of a crafting revelation!

Once the glue is dry, you can start to arrange the flowers. We put ours in a recycled jar, with washi tape as decoration. For more recycled crafts, click here

Candle Holder

This is a fairly quick and just a little bit messy! It’s easy enough for toddlers to try under supervision too.

You will need:

  • A clean glass jar (coffee jars work well)
  • Tissue paper 
  • Mod podge glue 
  • Baby wipes 
  • Foam dabber or glue paster

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Start off by cutting the tissue paper. Whilst we initially thought that a heart shaped hole punch would look beautiful, it actually didn’t work on the tissue paper!

Next spread the mod podge glue over the jar, leaving space a few cm from the top. Then start to apply the tissue paper . Keep repeating this process until you have a layered effect.

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Once you are happy with the design, you can add a final layer of mod podge to seal in the design. You’ll need to go quite gently with the glue brush here, otherwise there’s the risk of tearing all that hard work!

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Tissue Paper Blooms
I’ve seen some incredible creations on Pinterest, but these are made by my seven year old. Even better is the fact they’re still going strong months after we first made them!

You will need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Chenille sticks 
  • Scissors 

Start of by layering 3-4 sheets of tissue paper. You can choose to use the same colour or different shades. Then ‘concertina’ the paper, before tying a chenille stick around the middle like this:

Next you can choose to round off the edges of the flowers, or snip the ends to create carnation type flowers. Then you can fluff out the flowers and use sticky tape to join the ends.

The end result can be displayed in a vase ready for Mother’s Day!

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This Ladybird ‘How it Works: The Mum’ book is hilarious!

You can also try a similar craft using doilies and chenille sticks. You can find out more here 
Handprints on Calico

Calico is a wonderful, durable fabric that is inexpensive to buy. I decided that I wanted a collaborative​ art work for my Mother’s Day present so we’re turning this fabric from Riot Art and Craft into a giant wall hanging.

You will need:

  • Calico Fabric (or even a bedsheet!)
  • Non-toxic acrylic paint
  • Hands of various sizes!
  • Wooden branch
  • Colourful yarn or wool

The craft itself is pretty self explanatory: simply coat hands in paint and then stamp onto the calico!

For the next part, fold the top of the calico over the tree branch/ wooden pole and use a glue gun to secure the top of the fabric to the underside. Finally, attach yarn to either end of the branch – you could even choose to plait the yarn or thread beads for extra decoration! (More photos to come when our project is finished)

Magnetic Flower Pegs

Simple to make, but again may I recommend having a glue gun handy for this one!

You will need:

  • Felt
  • Wooden pegs
  • Glue gun
  • Magnetic tape

First cut out the felt into the shape of flowers – this is a great way to practise fine motor skills!

Next, use the glue gun to attach the flowers to the wooden pegs. Once dry, you can place the magnetic tape on the back. We are going to use ours to display photos and notes on the fridge.

We also made fingerprint gift bags using pre-made calico bags from Kmart.

 

I hope you have found some ideas you like for a Mother’s Day craft session! Please also see previous posts on Fingerprint Hearts and our Heart Mobile for more ideas. Also check in regularly with our Instagram feed which is updated daily, Comment below if you have more ideas for us to try!

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May the Fourth Be With You! 

If you’re reading this on May 4th, Happy Star Wars Day! We simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate, especially since the seven year old is Star Wars crazy – so much so that I went completely overboard with his party theme last year!

Anyway, for those embracing the day with full abandon, here are 5 Star Wars activities to try with the kids.

1. Sith Slime 

Wicked fun and easy to make, this quick activity with a science element is perfect for a post- school activity.

All you need is:

  • 250g cornflour
  • 60ml shampoo
  • Purple or black food colouring
  • Glitter or stars
  • Star Wars characters
  • A plastic container or tray.

Method:

1. Measure out 250g cornflour

2. Add 60ml of shampoo and mix together

3. Slowly add some water

4. Mix again, lift the spoon out of the bowl to check. You will want it to be runny.

5. Finally add droplets of food colouring.

The science bit: 

The molecules of the starch react when mixed with water to give the slime its viscosity. So when you (gently) lift the slime, it will be runny like liquid. However, if you press the slime more firmly, it should feel solid.

Essentially, the experiment assists with learning around solids and liquids. Depending on the age of your child, you can introduce this scientific vocabulary to them.

2. Ice Escape! 

Getting fully involved with the latest experiment

Ok so remember with Darth Vader freezes Luke Skywalker in Carbonite? This experiment is losely based on that.

We froze several of our Lego Star Wars characters in an ice-cube tray (alas our Luke was nowhere to be seen!) and left overnight.

We then set about planning our experiment. We wanted to find out which Star Wars character could escape the quickest.

We placed them in 4 locations around the house and garden (heater, fridge, outside and window) then made predictions.

We monitored the characters over 10 minute intervals to find out their progress. Which location do you think proved the quickest for escape?

If you wanted to, you could get your child to put the final results into an ‘er’ sentence. For example, “The warmer the location, the quicker the escape.”

We placed the characters in small plastic containers around the house

3. Design your own spaceship

Make life easier with a Lego activity!

If you have more Lego than you know what to do with like us, challenge the kids to build a Star Wars spaceship.

We first did this activity at Harrison’s 7th birthday party and even made prizes for the winners. This is fantastic if you have some Master Builders in your midst. What’s more, it’s so simple – even if you’ve totally forgotten about Star Wars day, it’s an easy one to quickly set up.

4. Star Wars Small World 

We used red lentils for Jakku

This sensory experience is great for a range of ages- even Zoey joined in on this one!

Which planet you choose will determine the base of the sensory tray. We used flour, water and cornflour for the snowy habitat of Hoth. A few weeks later, we repurposed our ‘Red Centre’ small world to become Jakku.

To make this more educational, you could ask a range of questions:

Which countries/ habitats are the Star Wars planets similar too? 

Which Earth animals do you think could survive here? 

Alternatively, just let the kids play. Small world activities are brilliant for language development!

Flour, cornflour and water was used to form Hoth.

5. Read a Book!

So many Star Wars books to read!

There’s a plethora of Star Wars books out there – trust me, I think we have them all! From the brilliant Jedi Academy series to Lego Star Wars encylopedias, there’s certainly going to be something that will appeal.
On a more serious note, it was the DK Star Wars books that first got Harrison really passionate about reading. Tapping into interests is just so important in the early years and we embraced his enthusiasm wholeheartedly. In the first instance we read to him but now he has moved on to the more advanced Jedi Academy.

I hope you will try some of the activities I’ve suggested. Please comment below if you do, or share any alternatives you may have! Below are some photographs from our Star Wars party last year: 

The incredible BB8 cake!
Jedi Academy
Guess who?
Bubble wands make great lightsabers