Tuesday, 17 January 2017

DIY candle, lantern and luminary crafts

Brighten up your house with one of these beautiful DIY candle crafts. Use inexpensive household items such as mason jars, juice cartons, cardboard tubes or  paper to make these simple candle crafts. They are all a lot simpler to make than they first look!!!

DIY candle, lantern and luminary crafts.  Simple, inexpensive craft ideas.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Bag Printable

Use our FREE printable to make a super cute rose bag to fill with sweet treats.  Kids will love making and giving out this simple paper craft on Valentines day. The rose design is adorable and the little bag includes a message saying 'You are so sweet'. Make these beautiful gift bags full of sweets for classmates, loved ones or even a teacher. These bags or purses would also be really cute to make for Mothers day, or just because!

Rose Gift Bag- Valentine Free Printable.  A simple paper craft for kids. Valentines day craft or mothers day craft. Simply follow the instructions to make the bag and fill with sweets.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Clay Footprint Bowl Keepsake

Children grow far too quickly, so it is always nice to make a few DIY keepsakes along the way! I totally love todays craft, a clay footprint bowl keepsake! You can treasure how small your babies or toddlers feet are with this cute keepsake, which also doubles up as a beautiful kid made gift for family.  These DIY clay bowls are simple to make and use air dry clay.

DIY clay Footprint Bowl Keepsake instructions.  A perfect DIY kid made gift created from air drying clay. Use prints from babies, toddlers and preschoolers, or even older children to create this cute footprint craft.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Teddy Bear Bread

Teddy bear bread is such a simple but fun snack to make for kids. There is no cooking involved and its simple enough for children to make themselves. What a perfect food idea for a teddy bears picnic or after school snack. 

Teddy bear bread is a fun, no cook snack for kids.  A simple food idea kids can cook themselves. Great for a teddy bears picnic or after school snack. A fun activity for a bear theme and to go with the book 'Time for Sleep' by Denise Fleming.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Puffy Paint Melted Snowman

Making a puffy paint melted snowman is so much fun and perfect for the cold winter weather. Kids will love the sensory experience of this simple snowman craft and it is easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy as you really can't go wrong! Using just two ingredient this puffy paint recipe looks just like snow and it keeps its shape once it has dried. 

Puffy paint melted snowman craft for kids using a 2 ingredient puffy paint recipe. A simple Winter art activity for toddlers and preschoolers as well as older kids.

Snowman Crafts

Do you want to build a snowman? Snowman crafts are perfect for the cold Winter weather that seems to have arrived as we begin the new year. Here are my nine favourite Snowman art and craft ideas for kids (check out these snowman ideas too! I love the DIY snowman mug). I found them using the #kidscrafts101 hashtag on Instagram. Are you on Instagram? I am starting to love it over there, you can find us at @messylittlemonster.

Snowman art and craft ideas for kids. Winter themed topic activities.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Homemade Christmas Gift Bags

I love getting the kids involved in making homemade Christmas gifts.  This year we have decided to go one step further and make homemade christmas gift bags to put them in. These DIY gifts bags are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make and every bags looks unique.
Homemade Christmas gift bags.  A fun DIY kids craft that is simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Works Christmas Shop

Christmas is slowly creeping up on us and I don't know about you, but I don't feel ready yet.  I still have lots of people to buy presents for and things to get organised.  Our Christmas tree is now up though, which is definitely making us feel a little more christmassy and I do love all the excitement in the lead up to the big day. 


The works Christmas shop

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Fairy House Luminaries

Toddlers and preschoolers will love recycling old toilet rolls and cupcake cases to make simple fairy house luminaries.  DIY fairy houses are fun to make and easy enough for kids of all ages to make. The best bit is that this simple recycled craft doubles up as a fun DIY toy. 
DIY toilet roll fairy house luminaries for kids. Simple recycled craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Use this fun DIY toy to create a fairy small world play activity.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A Magical Day at LaplandUK

LaplandUK is truly one of the most magical places I have ever been! From the moment we arrived at the enchanted forest we were emerged in the magic of 'Lapland'. LaplandUK is SO much more than a 'Santa's grotto', it is a quality 3 to 4 hour Christmas experience that is magical for kids and adults alike. What a fantastic start to the Christmas season!
LaplandUK review 2016.