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Heart Crafts for Kids

Heart Crafts for Kids


Heart Crafts for Kids. Valentines Crafts.


We have had the pleasure to be the judge over on #kidscrafts101 hosted by Red Ted Art and Incredibusy on Instagram. Every day you have the chance to add the crafts you have been up to by simply adding the hashtag #kidscrafts101 to your posts. 
I enjoy having a look through the photographs anyway. I love seeing what other people have been up to. It's great for finding some new ideas to try. 

This week we choose the theme Hearts. I thought it was the perfect theme for the upcoming Valentines Day. 
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Amy Louise
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Transport Activities for Kids

Transport Activities for Kids



I have worked with children for a long time and have observed many hours of play. There are so many children who spend a great deal of time playing with cars, trains, bikes - pretty much anything with wheels.
No matter what resources we put out some children are reluctant to move away from the toys they love playing with the most. Today we are looking at how we can bring other variations to Transport Play.


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Amy Louise
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Love you to Pieces Suncatcher Card

Love you to Pieces Suncatcher Card




Make a super cute 'love you to pieces card' with your children for somebody special. Whether you make it for a Birthday, Valentines, a celebration/occasion or simply just because.... I'm sure it will be received well!

Did you see the beautiful heart suncatchers we made? So pretty!! It was actually the suncatchers that inspired me to do this craft with my daughter - who is always asking to make cards! I have seen the craft floating around so we decided to put our own spin on it!

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Amy Louise
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Snowman Stamping

Snowman Stamping


Snowman Crafts for Preschoolers. Snowman Stamping. Winter Crafts for Kids.


Today I am sharing with you a very simple but effective craft! You will need some toilet roll holders! If you're anything like me you will have already have a couple tucked away (just in case an opportunity to use them arises).
We had our first down pour of snow here in the UK, West Midlands last week! 
Sadly it wasn't quite deep enough to make a big Daddy Snowman that my 4 year old requested, but we managed to scoop enough snow up to have a little snowball fight! It was so much fun!

It's given us the taste and we want more!! I want the School Closures... the hot chocolate drinking under warm blankets after we've been outside playing in it! We haven't had a decent amount of snow in a good few years now. There is still time.... but until then we have been doing some fun Snowman Crafts. 

We created a Melted Snowman Family, A Snowman Handprint Keepsake and a cute Snowman card and today we are sharing with a you a snowman collage made using empty toilet rolls!!
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Amy Louise
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Open Ended Resources for Imaginative Play

Open Ended Resources for Imaginative Play


Open Ended Resources for Imaginative Play. Loose Parts Play.

I am always busy searching through sites such as Etsy, Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. From house design, to party planning and of course how to have more fun playing!!
I love to encourage Imaginative Play where possible. I spend longer looking through ideas than I probably realise. Yet it brings a positive impact to my little family as I am able to provide stimulating activities for them.

I have shared a post previously on Loose Parts Play and I still love all the colours and resources used there to this day!
It was on a bedtime search through Instagram where I came across a beautiful page, full of wonderful ideas that really captivated me.
It is a pleasure to welcome Tiny Creations today.....


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Amy Louise
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The Life of a Stay at Home Mom

The Life of a Stay at Home Mom



Being a stay at home Mom is a very rewarding role. There are so many perks. I am very thankful that I am able to raise my children and be so hands on during their Early Years. 
You see, with me being a stay at home Mom this means sacrifices. It means that my other half works long hours. It means I have more hours doing it alone. We miss each other. By the time the children are put to bed and we have had a quick tidy up..... we are ready for bed ourselves.

After long days we can get short with one another and the same little phrases get said that really get my back up!! It's not meant, but at the time it slips out and BAM - you're in that dog house!!

At our Mommy meet ups we often talk about the 'disagreements' we have in our households and make light hearted jokes about them. It appears the arguments you feel only you have.... are not only just you at all.....
This is for all the busy Mommy's and Daddy's who are working their butts off day in, day out. 
You are not alone and you are doing a FAB job!!!!! 
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Amy Louise
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Melted Snowman Painting Craft

Melted Snowman Painting Craft



Its the season for snow! We are keeping everything crossed that we will have a decent fall of snow this year! I would love to take my 4 year old sledging, have snowball fights, make snow angels and of course build a snowman! How exciting!

We have been doing some Snowman crafts. Did you see the Snowman Keepsake we made last year? You guys loved it and I have really enjoyed lots of you sending me your versions of the craft in!! We work hard to inspire! When we see photos that you have gone off with your children to enjoy what we have posted it really does mean a lot to us! Keep them coming!! We made a card version of the craft too!!

Back to today's craft. A very simple snowman craft that is perfect for any age - especially toddlers and preschoolers!! There is no right or wrong way to do it and the messier the project gets the better it looks!!

We have seen various versions of this floating around on Pinterest but we decided to add our own little spin on it!

You will need:
Coloured paper (something bold for contrast)
White Paint
Paint Brush
Googly Eyes
Snowman Parts (Carrot Nose, Hat etc)
Scissors
Glue



Some of you may wish to have the snowman parts pre-cut before starting this activity. Others may wish to leave this for the children to do independently. You know your children. You know what they would enjoy best. Go with what you feel. I cut them out but left the paper I used with the scissors available on the table so if Little N wanted to she could have made her own too.

She sat down at the table and we compared the sizes of what I had cut out. I made a variety so she could make choices. She decided to make a melted snowman family with a Daddy, Mommy and a baby! - CUTE!

She set about by making white painting splodges over the paper. A big one for Daddy, a medium sized one for Mommy and a smaller one for baby. Her mathematical language during this activity was super! What a fun way to promote talking about size - the children are that busy creating, they're not paying attention to you being sneaky and checking their understanding! 



Once the splodges were made she randomly added the snowman parts to the white blobs. Really simple and she found it rather amusing!



It also got us talking about melting. She was asking lots of questions about what happens when a Snowman melts. I am keen to start doing some ice activities again with her so she can experience this first hand. I can't wait to do the Preschool Salt and Ice Experiment again - it was so beautiful!


If you decide to give this Melted Snowman Painting Craft a go - take photos! Send them to us to add to this post! It's always great to see how other people get on with crafts.



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