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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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  • Coombemill Love these and the edible eyes! #MMBC 23 Oct
  • Lisa G. Adorable! 23 Oct
  • Anne I love it when my kids concentrate on doing a craft and talk and help each other. Your pumpkin wreath is amazing, I love your... 23 Oct
  • Louisa Your wreath looks brilliant. I think it was a good idea to buy your pumpkins and leave all the creativity to the decorating. I wish... 23 Oct
  • Helena Loving these cauldrons. We've got some tissue paper so we may have a go too. #mmbc 20 Oct
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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

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Craft activity for 6 to 9 year old

Winter turns to spring

I love this time of year. Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are noticeably getting longer. Everything is beginning to spring. Lambs in the fields. Snowdrops in the hedgerow. More light. Still muddy, but slowly, everything becomes easier. Today marks the mid point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Winter turns to spring Continue reading

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Celebrating the season with cake

Adding flowers to sprouting cakesSo. I had three activities lined up to celebrate the halfway point of Winter. Hardly surprising that it was the edible one that caught the children’s imagination. The one we’ve done before.

collecting the eggs

Youngest even rushed out to the hen house to collect the eggs we needed.

digging out sprouting cakes

There was talk of finding a little spade to dig out the hole at the top of the cake, ready to plant the sprouting shoots. That would be sweet. Maybe next year.

making imbolc candlemas cakes

We used my favourite chocolate tray bake recipe and divided it between the muffin cases. I added chocolate chips to act as pretend stones in the cakes. We debated how to make roots. Something to add next year.

Sprout cake cut in half

We used a pack of Renshaw icing to create the shoots beginning to burst through the soil. As a sign of the new life. The icing is the real reason the children love this activity. Not only can they have fun modelling it, but sooner or later, they will eat it. A sweet treat.

candlemas imbolc cakes craftTo make a change, we added a small bit of blue to some of the new growth. To give the impression of maybe hyacinth flowers readying to bloom.

A simple activity to celebrate the season, but it always goes down well. We’ve spotted the snowdrops in bloom along the lane, as we walk to school. This activity gave us a chance to discuss how nature was starting to wake up. Although some still slumbers.

choosing a sprouting cake

Almost forgot, this one is for you.

Happy Imbolc. Blessings for all. Looking to Candlemas tomorrow and more craft activities. If I can persuade anyone to join in……

 

 

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Colourful Rainy Day Crafts

rainy day craft activities

There are two choices for how to entertain the children on a rainy day at this time of year. Either throw on the waterproof gear, go out and enjoy it, or break open the craft materials.

Here are ten of our favourite colourful rainy day craft activities to do with the children:fabric pompom rainbow garland2

1. Make a fabric pom pom rainbow bunting. We used coloured netting, but any strips of fabric should do.

A tshirt

2. Paint a tshirt. Could use an old tshirt or a pre washed new one. We used bottle tops and fabric paint to create a colourful letter on tshirts.

smiling dragonfly craft w

3. Make a mini-beast. We love dragonflies. Used a peg and felt tips to make our own version, which to this day, still live on the fridge, thanks to the magnets attached.

children decorated birthday cake

4. Make a graffiti cake. Break out the icing pens and gels. You provide the cake and they provide the enthusiasm.

toilet roll tube magnetic marble run

5. Gather up toilet roll tubes, paints, marbles and magnets to make a magnetic marble run. The more colourful the paint, the better. Hours of fun making and playing.

painted foot

6. Paint feet or hands and make colourful prints. We made cards ready to send on birthdays.

handful of painted acorn craft 2

7. Make a cardboard maze and paint some colourful characters to race around it. Ours are made from acorns, but it could be stones or anything that is small enough and round.

blow fish

8. Have a fish race. Just need paper, felt tips, string and a straw.

Origami mouse 18

9. Make an army of origami mice. Colourful paper and patience essential.

snail race wrestling

10. Make a circular snail racing board. As colourful as you like, although avoid textured surfaces as snails don’t like travelling over them. Easy to find snails on a rainy day. Just remember to return them from where ever you found them.

Hope you found something to brighten up a rainy day. Who knows. It may even scare away the rain clouds. No promises.

 

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