Stop That Sniggering

OK, confession time…. I suck at craft! I know that’s hard to believe as I’m always posting about amazing crafts to do with the kids. But, have you every noticed I very rarely show you pictures of my attempts? The problem is I love looking at people’s crafting output in the same way other people fawn over Rightmove. I can picture myself completing the said craft and feeling that immense satisfaction as my children look at me in awe.

In reality our crafting attempts generally start with me realising I don’t have modelling clay, double sided sticky tape, googly eyes or any of the other “What you will need” items listed. This is shortly followed by a motivational “it’s ok kids with can improvise”, which of course means bodge it. Our output rarely looks like it should, or even stay as one structure for longer than 30 seconds but who cares? The kids don’t that’s for sure. They just love making stuff and when the finished masterpiece is unveiled we have a great time watching Craig guess what it is!

The point is, craft has become too complicated, too intimidating, too…. well bloody hard! We’ve forgotten it’s just about kids using their imagination and learning how to use scissors, and tape, and that you should never touch cotton wool with glue on your fingers….. that’s a real life lesson!

So here is it. This is our attempt at a fairy garden, complete with waterfall, lillypads, owl and dead flowers.
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Mission Impossible, Kids Style

We saw this while looking through some of the Montessori blogs out there. The idea of a laser obstacle course came from Amiguitos Montessori School
It’s a great idea and a easy way to spend a couple of hours when it’s raining!

Laser obstacle course

Yesssss Pleasssssse

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Finger snake puppets…. whats not to like?

These simple, free printables are from Mr Printables

The Easter Bunny Just Got Green Fingers

This is a sweet Easter idea from Jane Blog.

Buy the Magic Jelly Beans

Firstly buy the “Magic Jelly Beans”

Plant them in the garden with the children
Plant them in the garden with the children

In the morning take them to see what grew over night!

In the morning take them to see what grew over night!

Sewing Printables For Little Fingers

Daisy has been trying cross stitch lately, something which has been safely locked in my distant memory banks since the 80′s!

So, when Katie found these lovely sewing printables I thought they were perfect!

Cross stitch's big sister

Cross stitch’s big sister

 

You can print them from Handmade Charlotte and have a thoroughly Period drama moment with you little ones

 

 

One for the birds

Still a bit nippy out there guys…..brrrr. This is a simple craft project to while away a saturday morning until it warms up!

Calling all twitchers

Calling all twitchers

The idea is from Tonya Staab’s blog. It is a bit fiddly gluing together the sticks at the bottom but the kids can manage building the sides on their own.

Of course the fat boy pigeons will destroy it in minutes but you’ll feel at one with nature for a short time…..

 

Mother’s Day Pressie? Yes please!

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Hunky Dory Home

OK, so Playfuel is supposed to be about cool stuff for kids, but as mothers day is approaching I thought there was a small window of opportunity to pop something in for me….. *shhhhh*

Toowit tawoo….

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This gorgeous clock definitely deserves an owl whistle! And the web site Lula Bird is beautifully designed too. One to watch for sure….

Helmets with attitude

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Scandinavianminimal

We are on a bit of a bike craze in our house at the moment following the purchase of a tag along bike. Holding out high hopes for it!

So these helmets are perfectly timed. In fact they might even tempt Harper to wear one on his scooter…. Save me a few grey hairs!

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Although Daisy might look slightly menacing in this one!

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Playmat farm rug

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Kiddyriffic

Come on….. There is surely no better kids rug than this! Slightly expensive perhaps at £155, but when you think a decent playmat will set you back £100 I think it’s worth it.

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