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Christmas craft activity for children

How to trace and transfer an image

tracing a pictureWe’ve started making Christmas cards. Youngest wanted to draw a dachshund wearing a Christmas hat. First few attempts frustrated him, so he asked if I’d print one out for him. No. Try tracing and transferring it.

This was new to him. I explained that when I was his age, we didn’t have printers or scanners. This was one way we could copy an image. A look of amazement from him. A moment of feeling old for me.

Sigh. Continue reading

..making a list and checking it twice..

Christmas homemade and homegrown wreath

Last day of term. Getting the last urgent items off my desk. Checking I’ve everything in place for all the craft activities we have in store. Double checking events we don’t want to miss. It’s a day of lists. Ticking off and adding new items.

winter solstice children craft activities

If we were to be snowed in (sigh. unlikely), the freezer is full and store cupboard ready. The wood pile is stacked. I have craft activities for every day, so no need to be bored. Winter solstice and Christmas are covered.

winter craft activities

A new piano carol book has arrived, so I am expecting lots of homemade music. Books. Seasonal reading at the ready. Baking, sewing, making…. Outdoor activities too, although I know the first week they’ll just want to be home.


I know this girl is looking forward to them being around. She enjoys their dashing around and busy natures. Little hands are always full of treats too, according to her. (hmm)

So the list is growing, but items are being ticked off. Roll on end of school. I’m ready. (almost)

Check back as we’ll be sharing our seasonal craft activities over the week. Lots, I hope.


Forgot to mention that the wreath at top is the willow wreath I made a few weeks ago. Now decorated entirely with nature from our garden – pine cones, acorn caps and holly. Even the willow base is from our tree. Something rather satisfying about the idea that we grew it all.


Making Bath Bombs with Children

bath bomb moulds

Yesterday, I spent a lovely morning with a classroom of 4-5 year olds. I admit that does sound like a recipe for a headache, but it really wasn’t. They were so calm and peaceful. By the time I left at lunchtime, I felt less stressed than I had started the day. We were making bath bombs. My second Christmas crafting session with school.

A couple of years ago, I posted instructions on how to make bath bombs with children here, but as time has passed, I have made a few alterations to the way I do it. Time for a little update, I think.

bath bomb fun Continue reading

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