Inspiration often strikes when we have a billion tonnes of recycling to use up! After so many trips to IKEA recently, we have a serious surplus of cardboard. Whilst we always recycle, it seemed like a shame for these huge canvases to be immediately consigned to the yellow bin.
With another baby on the way, I’m not as up for massive messy projects (literally really, since I can no longer hoist myself off of the floor!) so we made use of the dining room table to make ourselves a zoo. This project was inspired byDiscovery Table Week 8: Zoo! Continue reading We built a zoo…
This is the penultimate week in our discovery table series and I couldn’t finish without featuring another of our favourite books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle! We have LOVED sharing the tables on the blog each week but with a new baby on the way, these posts will finish after 10 weeks. Not to worry though, as we will be keeping them going in real life – just keep an eye out on our Instagram and Facebook pages! Continue reading Discovery Table Week 9: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Do you remember all the way back to December when we did Craftmas? Well this is kinda the same and kinda different because now it’s all about Easter and springtime fun! There’s an awesome crew of kick-ass craft ladies involved again, you can find links to the Instagram feed at the end of this post. Continue reading Hopfest: Easter Week Egg-stravaganza!
Big balloon, big balloon Bigger than the sun and moon. Flying high In the sky Fly, fly and fly and fly!
I’m pretty sure that all parents know the Peppa Pig song, right? If not, I promise that as soon as you listen to it, it’ll be stuck in your head for an eternity! It was well and truly on rotation after a trip to the Canberra Balloon Festival, which takes place every March.
After an early start on Canberra Day, we decided to get our craft on. The original idea was to do a paper mache hot air balloon, but after failing to find a single balloon in the house, we went for option B instead.
You will need:
Paper lanterns -ideally in white, but we just used what we had!
Paint brushes and sponges
Disposable coffee cups
Sticky tape or pins
Step 1: Set up an invitation to create
With four of us crafting, I set up the large dining room table with an assortment of paints and brushes.
Step 2: Get busy with the paint!
The beauty of this craft is that you can get a range of age groups involved. We had Zoey (2) crafting side by side with her Nana. The key is to make sure you are using non-toxic paints!
Harrison went for a blue and red ‘Japanese’ theme (he loves his Japanese lessons at school) whilst I created random splodges with a sponge.
Step 3 – Leave to dry
Our balloons took most of the day to dry. Afterwards, we punched holes into the tops of disposable coffee cups then attached chenille sticks so that they hung from the lanterns:
Finally – display your craft!
This is the kind of craft that could potentially take up a lot of room in the house, so we made it part of our new play space instead. Because the lanterns are so light, we were able to use white thread attached with sellotape.
Confession here: I’m not very musical! HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that I don’t encourage the children to explore and experiment with music because music is just brilliant for both creativity and self expression. The musical discovery table was inspired by recent musical purchases whilst on a coastal trip.
So what’s on the table this week?
This is the first time we’ve based a table on new purchases. Remember, the main reason we started this series was to make use of what we already had and to make sure that we were rotating toys often.
A saucepan and wooden spoon:
A basket of musical goodies:
A selection of musical instruments:
Whilst we’re heading towards the end of our 10 week Discovery Table series, you can check out older posts here: