I am currently crushing on the work of Roxy Marj on Etsy. As she puts it herself she designed things for children that adults want to steal! Click through to see two of my favourite design finds from her store - and you'll see what I mean!
Bring everyone's favourite fairytale to life with this cuter than cute Princess and The Pea Play Set. Storytelling is an important skill for children, it helps them to flex their creative skills as well as develop language! Using themed play sets can help children to bring a story to life and invent their own alternative endings! Click through for the step by step craft tutorial
How to make Felt Kite Hair Accessories for the summer - plus links to all my craft writings on Disney Interactive Spoonful and KidsActivitiesBlog this month, including handmade dolls, paper plate crafts, art for the littles, cereal box crafts, fruit and vegetable crafts, creative activities for 2yr olds and much much more
For this project, I am delighted to be partnering with Outspiration to take crafting outdoors for a change and try two options for decorating some plain store bought wooden birdhouses. Pretty birdies deserve pretty houses right! Before trying the painting option I had to first get a desire to decorate the first birdhouse with my pyrography set out of my system. Into the wood I etched an inspirational message for the birdies and on the sides some gorgeous flowers. For the painted option I went with signature MollyMoo polkadots. You can never have enough polka dots in your life!
It's birdie time! Meet our exotic summer flock with spectacular plumages - pom pom and bead birdies to add a pop of colour to bedroom doors or playrooms. The twittering gals are so simple to make with cardboard circles or store bought pom pom makers. Aren't they darling!! :)
Two of my favorite things in the world, Molly's drawings and cardboard, have come together for this simple activity. There is nothing I love more than to see Molly sprawled across the floor doodling away with paper and pencils in hand. Usually she draws in miniature, with ooodles of delicious detail, but last weekend she very uniquely created full page boy and girl characters, the perfect characters for kid made puppets. This guy she named "tom" :)
Make delicate and elegant papier mache bowls from simple egg carton pulp! I've been wanting to make papier mache pulp from egg cartons for so so long, and waited until I had enough of those delicious purple Cadbury egg cartons to give it a try. So over the long Easter weekend I made good on my plan and started experimenting. Read on and take a peak at the step by step photo tutorial and start saving your egg cartons now!
In a lightbulb moment the other day I decided to make matchbox beds for Molly's Lego Minifigures - she had been nagging me for a while to do something to help out the little guys and matchboxes were the perfect size. So with a little Lego paper quilt and felt sheet I had Lego matchbox beds made in the blink of an eye.... no muss, no fuss :)
A last minute post before the arrival of the Easter Bunny this weekend. I made up a little A6/postcard size notelet for Mr Bunny to leave with Molly's egg and it was so cute I decided to share it for you to use too if you would like
This paper flower pinwheel will add a touch of spring to any room or whimsy to your garden. Such a simple "no-muss-no-fuss" papercraft it would be perfect for kid-made birthday pressie, a mother's day keepsake or teacher appreciate gift!
Make the cutest little pocket bunnies with just wine corks, felt scraps and a black marker - a quick no-muss-no-fuss craft to keep little hands busy for the Easter Holidays. I thought of these little guys when I was tossing and turning at 4am this morning - I just had to make and get them out of my system! They're now in the hands of Miss Molly, adventuring on Easter Island :)
This month I have added an exciting new freelance writing gig to my schedule. In additional to writing for Disney Interactive's Spoonful site and Melissa & Doug you will now also find me on the Kids Activities Blog - an unbelievable rich resource for parents, choc full ideas for children of all ages. I'm humbled by the invitation to join the super talented team there and am excited for what's to come in the weeks and months ahead
My Simple Kids Crafts pinterest board is a must follow board for mums, teachers and playgroups looking for craft and activity inspiration for the little ones. This is where I and 24 pretty awesome guest contributors keep all those simple and accessible crafts for children to have fun exploring at home and at school. Over 670 pins, and counting, of fun ideas for you and your kiddos. Make sure you're following
As you can see my love affair with natural cardboard continues!! I took a rare day away from the office today to spend at home crafting in silence. I LOVE having those rare few hours to myself... not having to talk, not having to listen. Out of the silence a little cardboard lamb was born - who said sheep can't be square :)