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Wood Slice Snowman Ornament

Wood Slice Snowman Ornament


Wood Slice Snowman Ornament


I am so excited to share this craft with you today! You have loved the Salt Dough Snowman Keepsake we created this time last year and it has remained in our top 5 most viewed posts all year long! This is another fabulous craft that has the same beautiful fingerprint snowman design but on a wood slice ornament. So you haven't got the mess of the Salt Dough and children can create their own designs from start to finish!
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Amy Louise
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Stained Glass Christmas Silhouettes

Stained Glass Christmas Silhouettes


Stained Glass Christmas Silhouettes


We've made lots of lovely Sun Catchers over the last year. They add lots of colour to the windows and the possibilities are endless. Today I want to share with you a wonderful stained glass craft, with a Christmas theme of course! I just can't get enough of Christmas crafting!

Using a different technique with this craft follow the step by step guide to create your very own decorations. Remember to print out the free printable Christmas shapes at the bottom of this page to create your templates.

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Amy Louise
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Snowman Crafts, Snacks and Activities

Snowman Crafts, Snacks and Activities


Snowman Crafts, Snacks and Activities


It's the season to build Snowmen - tra la la la laaa la la la la. 
Here in the UK, its got really chilly all of a sudden. I can also now announce - we've had our first sighting of snow here in the Midlands! Yipeeee! Public Transport is cancelled, schools are shut along with attractions and places of worship! 7 inches deep here at the moment which is the deepest we've had in a good 7 years or more. There is something so magical about snowy down pours. We always get so excited! Do you do the snow dance? We used to do this in the hope we would encourage the snow fairies to get a move on for a thick covering during the night so schools would close and we could have all day to play in the snow! Snow dance hasn't been needed today as the snow has been pouring fast all day and continues to do so! We've already had news that we can switch the alarms off tomorrow and enjoy a lazy, snowy morning.

I wanted to share with you a great list of crafts and activities that link to Snowmen/Snow. I'm sure we will be snowman crafting tomorrow!

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Amy Louise
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Snowman Pretzel Rod Snacks

Snowman Pretzel Rod Snacks


Snowman Pretzel Rod Snacks


Well we've had a great few weeks bring you lots of Christmas Tree themed crafts.... 

Which one has been your favourite? I've had lots of lovely messages about them and it's been great seeing photos from Christmas crafts and activities you have been doing too! It does melt my heart when you have been inspired by our crafts. Please keep them coming! Lets just recap the last handful of crafts we've been sharing with you, before I share today's Snowman Snack with you.....


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Today I want to share with you a super cute Snowman snack that children (and the grown ups) will love during the cooler months! Many of us have had snow already. We haven't sadly, but the weather is predicted to take a turn for a cool snap. Whether you have had snow or not, these super cute Snowman Pretzel rods are a great way to fill a hole.

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Amy Louise
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Jack Frost Winter Tuff Tray

Jack Frost Winter Tuff Tray


Jack Frost Winter Tuff Tray


I came across the story Here Comes Jack Frost written by Kazuno Kohara a couple of years ago. I was buying a collection of Winter themed stories from the book people and luckily it was in there. I loved the story because although the tale is simple - it really does ignite the imagination and show how enchanting Winter can be. 

The little boy in the story is feeling lonely. All of his animal friends are hibernating. Out of the blue (see what I did there?!) he stumbles across Jack Frost. A fabulous book to start exploring Winter, Hibernation and even feelings. I guarantee children will wake up excited to find a ground frost after reading this story! If you're feeling brave you could even pop on the dressing gowns and head on outside for a little science experiment! Grab the bubbles and head out in the freezing temperatures and observe the bubbles turning into delicate balls of ice before your eyes!

Anyhow lets get back to today. I am sharing a fabulous Tuff Tray that has been inspired by this wonderful tale. We are very very excited to have the lovely Sue Baxter joining us today for lots of fabulous Wintery Jack Frost Snowflake fun......

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Bubble Wrap Christmas Decorations

Bubble Wrap Christmas Decorations


Bubble Wrap Christmas Decorations

Oh my. The deliveries. The endless deliveries that keep finding their way to my house. Well they don't find their way - they've been ordered. You see this year I have accepted that Christmas shopping with two 16 month old busy toddlers is a no go! My answer is Amazon. I can get done the shopping I need to without leaving my house and dealing with two little humans who refuse to co-operate with me. Instead - I can keep them at home and watch as they terrorise my Christmas Tree and try to balance plastic food out the play kitchen onto our beloved family pet. 

It's the season for cardboard galore! My recycle bin is full the moment it's emptied. So I thought I would use some of it in our crafting! Lets face it the possibilities are endless! On a smaller scale from our Cardboard Palace, we grabbed the cookie cutters and began creating our templates.

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Grinch Wood Slice Craft

Grinch Wood Slice Craft


Grinch Wood Slice Craft

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - US/UK is a much loved movie in most house holds. The book is just as great! In my experience of working with children over the last decade - once you share the delight of this tale with them they are hooked. Just, as adults become too. Today I am sharing with you such a lovely craft that the children would have lots of fun making! Hang them up on the trees in your setting/home or pop them in some clear cellophane bags and gift them.



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Amy Louise
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Christmas Tree Sun Catcher Card

Christmas Tree Sun Catcher Card


Christmas Tree Sun Catcher Card


I want to cast your minds back to January time last year. We shared with you a I love you to pieces sun catcher card that you loved! Using this method we have made a super cute Christmas Tree Sun Catcher Card. Not only is it a lovely card to make it also has the option of removing the sun catcher and popping them on the Christmas Tree/Window, and enjoying them as a decoration. 
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Amy Louise
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Curtain Ring Craft Activity

Curtain Ring Craft Activity


Curtain Ring Craft Activity


Four years ago I brought some curtains. The curtains also included plastic rings to hang them up. I didn't use them but stashed them away, knowing that one day I might be able to use them for a craft. 
Well I have the twins inquisitive nature to thank for today's craft. 
They went quite. Which usually means mischief or danger. So I popped my head around the door and there they were sat with the stash of over 30 curtain hoops, pulling them out one by one. 

I have seen lots of you using curtain rings for learning. I love your imaginative ways so I wanted to think of a way to use them not only for crafting but learning too. 

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Amy Louise
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Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft

Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft


Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft


Our last 2 crafty posts have been related to Christmas Trees. They say things come in threes and this is not an exception. Today we have another super easy Tissue Paper Christmas Tree craft that will suit the youngest of children.

There really is no right or wrong way to decorate these trees. Children can freely add whichever materials they like.

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Scrunched Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft

Scrunched Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft


Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft


If you are on the look out for fun, easy but effective crafts for young children then you are in the right place. Here at Learning and Exploring Through Play - we always strive to bring you fun activities and crafts! Today we have an adorable scrunched up tissue paper Christmas Tree, no doubt using materials you already have at home.

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Amy Louise
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Autumn and Winter Walks

Autumn and Winter Walks


Autumn and Winter Walks


I want to take you back to November 2012. It was a life changer for me as I gave birth to my first child. I thought I knew all I had to come. But I didn't. I had no clue in fact looking back. The midwife visits started just after birth. Checks on Mother and Baby. The first visit I can't remember - the second I can. She was expecting also. We got talking. There was just something about her approach that had me engaged and I instantly took on board and respected what she said. 

"If I have one piece of advice it would be to get up, get dressed and go for a walk each day. It does wonders for your inner self and mental health." 

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