These cold wet weekends can bring the little monster out in any child… its not great for their imaginations. Quite honestly all I want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch films… and eat! But that wouldn’t get anything done.
Here are some crafty ideas to keep the cabin fever at bay.
I think this Velcro Catch Ball by Marie LeBaron is genius. Most kids have those gloves now, their cheap, cheerful and quite often come as part of a hand/ scarf set or in a pack of two. The plastic balls (any sort) and velcro are also easily found.
This is a great way to entertain the kids cheaply for a few hours on a misty murky Saturday afternoon.
Below… Brown paper has sooo many uses. We’re already using it to wrap our gifts this Christmas. Large rolls are available in any good stationers (like the works or WHS smiths) or even the pound shop, pound stretcher etc. Aldi is also selling large rolls of it at the moment.
We’ve done this (see image below) before with sticky tape, however once used it had to be thrown away. Brown paper is great because, once playtime is over, you can just roll it up and save it for next time. Its also great fun to decorate, whether you’re creating the ideal suburban neighbourhood, city car park, race course or grass covered zoo. Kids can take to it with crayons, paint or even stick down bits of paper, magazine and material scraps.
Edible paint… And so simple to make just evaporated milk and food colouring (or failing that just plain milk… wetter though)
I’ve done this before with my kids… a sheet of plastic or a good wipe down surface is a must if you’re doing this… I pull our table away from the wall as well… just in case.
This is a fun Christmassy idea as well, the kiddies can paint popcorn before its strung up and paint some marsh mallows/ biscuits/ shortbread different colours to either leave for Santa or nibble on Christmas day… a nice Christmas eve activity.
Is it time for a relax and recoup? Try an edible face mask… 4 Tbsp of cream, 3 Tbsp of oats, half a cup of cocoa and a quarter of a cup of honey. Chocolate is a strong antioxidant YAY which means this is GOOD FOR YOU. Another good reason to be eating chocolate
The smoother you can get the mix the better… but don’t worry too much about that. Just mix well. Cover your face in it and let it sit for about 30 minutes or so. Wash off afterwards with warm water. It should leave you skin feeling really smooth.
I think these are such a great idea… imagine coming in from the cold to a shot glass or tumbler of hot tomato soup and a melted cheese toastie wedge.
Queue LINK to our tomato soup recipe.
WHOOOP! Maths bean bags… I love the idea. They’re fun, there are a hundred uses for them… but this is my current favourite. What a great way to teach tots their numbers and how to add them.
BELOW: Its not too early to start making and baking Christmas decorations… LINK TO DOUGH RECIPES.
I love these with their Christmassy messages… They’d look even better with some festive paint or glitter on them and a bit of raffia or ribbon through the hole. These would also make great additions to home made Cards (if you can get them fairly flat.)
These cowgirls cookies are great fun to make… and an even nicer gift in this gift giving season. This recipe can EASILY be adapted to make a lovely gift for friends, family members or even teachers.
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Layer the ingredients in like this:
First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Fourth: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: white sugar
Seventh: chopped pecans
Put instructions on the label:
1 slightly beaten eggAdd to mixed dry ingredients…
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
POM POMs…. just because they’re awesome and fun to make…
… They make great bookmarks, slipper toppers, a nice topper for an otherwise boring hat.
K, N and E just enjoy making them and batting them about…little pom poms are lovely on cards. Hmmm wonder what a Christmas tree made of pom poms wwould look like???
This is a very easy craft, but easily do-able with its and bits around the home, I think they make great containers for little toys as well as sweetie jars. They’d make great gifts.
Just keep your old jam jars, Glue your animal on (allow to dry) and paint and allow the paint to dry. Most kids have some old farm/ zoo animals, if not, the pound shop/ pound world is a great source of cheap and cheerful toys you can use. I think the bunnies are sweet though… great for Easter. Some glittery reindeer would be perfect for Christmas.