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Fun reward chart

21 Mar

I saw this brilliant idea for a reward chart on the inspiring Red Ted Art website. She used rabbits in houses but I decided to go with a train. The idea is that the train engine and carriages need to be filled with stars and they are awarded for doing something good. When all the train is full a small treat is given.

I liked the simplicity of this idea and think that just 5 stars is all a young child needs to work towards. If they are expected to work towards something for a month or even a week then they will quickly loose interest.

I decided to make mine from felt but I have to admit I got a little bored towards the end so the stars where quickly constructed from scraps of paper. I had originally had grand ideas about making animals to sit in the train but I think the stars are ok. My daughter helped to sponge paint the background which I think helped to give her some ownership over this. The stars are hiden behind the large cloud and can then be placed one at a time in the pockets of the train.


Texture photo album

13 Mar

I’ve been wanting to make my son some kind of texture activity for a while. I’ve seen texture boards, books and cards on Pinterest but I decided to combine mine with a family photo album. When my daughter was a baby I made her a photo album of special faces and she still loves looking through it.

For this craft I just used items I had around the house. Even the book itself was something I had bought a number of years ago but never got around to using. I selected my photos of family and friends and stuck them in. Then I chose a variety of items all with different textures to surround the photos. I used my glue gun to secure them into place. The items I used include pom poms, buttons, bubble wrap, wool, pipe cleaners, sandpaper, velcro, foam stickers, corrugated card and scouring pad. I finished it off by attaching riddons on to the rings. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and both the monsters are enjoying looking through it.


21 Feb

I adore miniature things and I love gardening, so what could be better than a mini garden?! I actually made one of these a few years ago and called it my moss garden as I didn’t know they had a proper name. But I’ve recently pinned quite a few (check out my garden boards on pinterest) so thought I’d have another go. The last one survived a few months then went a bit brown and looked very sorry for itself.

The jar I used isn’t ideal as you can’t actually see through it very clearly but it had been unused in the cupboard for a long time and it was all I had. I added some small stones at the bottom but I think I should have also added sand for extra drainage.

I then went exploring in the garden. Most of the finds are bits of moss from the top of plant pots and some from the top of the greenhouse. I managed to find the tiny tree like fern growing amongst the moss.

The gnome that now lives in it was a kinder toy that I got many many years ago and have saved. Standing up he’s a gnome and led down he’s a crocodile – brilliant!

Fairy tree house

16 Feb

As soon as I saw this tree house template on Pinterest I fell in love with it and wanted to make it. This link contains detailed instructions on how to make it along with templates to print out.

I had great fun making it and have now reluctantly let my two year old loose on it! Initially a lone playmobil man was the only occupant but then we had a real cold snap and some flower fairies moved in as they got too cold out in the garden.



It has had a few modifications and upgrades over the last few days. Flowers were added to the entrance, bunting was strung and as requested by The Limpet, a swing is now hanging on the top floor.


A child’s own gallery

12 Feb

Now that my daughter is creating her own artworks we have dedicated a couple of kitchen cupboards to her best pieces. The kitchen gallery seems to be getting bigger and bigger so I decided to also make a dedicated space in her own room.

I currently really love bunting (who doesnt?!) so I thought I’d make some bunting which could double as hanging space for her pictures. I unfortunately can’t sow so made it from scrapbook paper. I added the letters and did little zigzags around each letter to give it a sown effect. Behind the bottom row of letters I have stuck on pegs so that her pictures can be easily displayed and quickly changed over.