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10 Things To Do On Rainy Days

We had the hottest Summer this year than we’ve had for a long time. Just about everyone loved it. I didn’t. I’m not a Summer lover and have to say I was glad when Autumn arrived!
Autumn, however, brings with it rainy days and if we don’t have some ideas to keep everyone occupied, we all end up watching too much TV.

Here are some things we enjoy to do when it’s rainy outside.

Activities For Rainy Days

  1. Family Board Game Day – KayCee collects Monopoly games so we have plenty of different kinds to choose from.
  2. Design A Family Board Game – KayCee and Ella had great fun making a Very Hungry Caterpillar board game when they were younger. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day and at the end, you can all play the game together.
  3. Make Your Own Moon Sand – I’ve never tried this, but I really want to. I think I’d have as much fun playing with this as Ella would!
  4. Baking – A rainy day activity list wouldn’t be complete without baking of some sort, whether it be cakes or cookies.
  5. Rock Painting – We did this last year and everyone enjoyed it, including me. We still haven’t varnished our rocks yet so we’ve not been able to put them in the garden. We’ll have to do it soon because they’re too nice to be stuck in a box!
  6. Indoor Treasure Hunt – Ella and her friends often make treasure hunts for each other. They choose a prize and hide it then write a series of clues for the other one to follow. You can also get loads of printables from Google if you wanted to create one for your children but didn’t want to write all the clues yourself.
  7. Washable Stained Glass Window Painting – The lady who writes this blog put the tape on the outside but obviously, that won’t work if it’s raining. This can be done indoors as long as you protect the floor under your window.
  8. Make Gloop – Cornflour, water and some food colouring can keep children entertained for hours with homemade gloop.
  9. Make Some Story Sacks – Ella loved bringing home a story sack when she started nursery. I’d never heard of them before, but thought they were a brilliant idea.
    You can make them for all ages and stages of development.
  10. Get Outside & Play In The Rain – When I was a child my friend and I used to go outside in bare feet and squelch our toes in the mud when it rained hard! We loved it when the rain was pounding so hard it bounced when it hit the floor!
    A rainy walk in the woods can be great fun for all the family 🙂
Ella loves rainy days
We got caught in a downpour on the way home from school. Everyone else was running, we were taking our time and enjoying the feel of the rain on our skin 🙂

 

What kind of things do you like doing on rainy days?

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Top 5 Craft Ideas For The Family

DIY craft ideas are a wonderful way for the families to bond well and enjoy some fun time together. Whether it is about making voguish decorations for celebrating Christmas, renovating your kid’s room or learning a new fix, craft projects pack in a lot of thrills and excitement for kids and parents alike. Use the following interesting project ideas to engage your spouse and young ones in a fantastic art session where you will enjoy unleashing your creative potential and aesthetic prowess.

Fun Snowman From Plastic Cups

Have fun building a snowman with only plastic cups. This DIY activity is even more fun than creating customized family photo albums through Mixbook.com/Photo-Books or planning a road trip to one of the exotic beaches in the Caribbean. You do not really need snow to make your own personalized artful snowman. It is an easy-to-do craft project, which only requires inexpensive plastic cups. You will need some glue, a stapler, coloured paper, and some clear plastic cups. Use these materials and a little bit of your creative prowess to create splendid snowman decor with your loved ones.

plstic cup snowman
Image Source & Tutorial

Peppermint Christmas Ornament Candies

Did you know that peppermint could actually be used for making your own customized peppermint candies? These candies will have just the perfect flavoring to spice up your noshing or binge eating sessions. Use some nice candy brand and peppermint for this amazing DIY activity to create sweets that you can use as birthday embellishments, Halloween giveaways, or party decor.

Peppermint candy Christmas ornaments - craft ideas
Image Source & Tutorial

Stylish Candy Sleighs

Your kids will absolutely adore this amazing DIY craft featuring vibrant candy sleighs, which you can easily use as Thanksgiving souvenirs or New Year decor accessories. While you might find these cute little candy sleighs with colourful ribbons tied around a bit hard to build, they are actually easy to design. Just use a handful of kit kat or Hershey’s chocolate bars and a few multicoloured decorative ribbons to create your own handy sleighs. Apt for a Christmas giveaway as well, these will need candy canes, some glue, and a few candies.

candy cane sleighs
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Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

Are you thinking of getting a bit creative this winter season? How about some cool handprint ornaments made right out of salt dough? You will need some flour, water, and salt. Put them together in a bowl, make cute shapes and decorate them using good quality acrylic paint. Think of nice colourful patterns to paint on your salt dough accessories. Do not forget to cover them up with a sealant. It will allow you to use these as decor items for a long term.

salt dough handprint Christmas ornaments from Olive Juice Mama
Image Source & Tutorial

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

You may like eating Cinnamon doughnuts but know that you can create marvellous decorative cinnamon accessories with only these four ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, and water. Your kids are sure to have a great time making these fancy ornaments that require no cooking. This kid-friendly craft project keeps you engaged for hours of creative play while you think of artistic patterns and shapes for these cinnamon embellishments. You will enjoy the fragrance once these ornaments are done. You can show this decorative artwork to your friends and relatives and I am sure they will definitely appreciate your creative flair.

cinnamon dough tree ornaments
Tutorial

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday, June 17th. Ant prefers homemade Father’s Day gifts so I’ve picked out a few ideas from Pinterest that the children can make for him.
If you’d like more ideas, I have lots of pins on my Dad Gifts Pinterest board.

Father’s Day Card

First up we have a fun Father’s Day card. It’s from HomeSchoolPreSchool.net

KayCee and Ella love making their own cards and there are loads of ideas on Pinterest.

homemade Father's Day gifts - Dad, You're the Coolest card

Check out HomeSchoolPreSchool’s Pinterest boards.

Nuts About You, Dad

Ant loves all kinds of nuts so this would be a great gift for him. If you can’t find a big tub of nuts like this one, you could buy a cheap Kilner jar and fill it with his favourite nuts.
The tutorial and a link to the printable label can be found on Don’t Waste The Crumbs

homemade Father's Day gifts - We're Nuts About You, Dad

Here’s Don’t Waste The Crumbs Pinterest profile

Lolly Stick Pen Holder

We have different coloured lolly sticks that we got from The Works so we wouldn’t need to paint them. It’s quicker but less fun for the children!
Ella would love making this because she likes being able to use the hot glue gun!

Lolly stick pen holder

You can find the tutorial for this craft on Mama Of Many Blessings.

My Dad Rocks – Paperweight

KayCee and Ella love rock painting. This is an easy one for little ones to do.

We did loads of rock painting last summer. We planned on putting them around the garden. Unfortunately, we never got around to coating them with varnish so they’re still in a box somewhere.
I really must get that sorted because they’re too nice to be hidden away in a box!

homemade Father's Day gifts - My Dad Rocks paperweight

Visit Our Family World for the tutorial

We Love You To Pieces

Finally, we have a cute little bottle filled with Reece’s Pieces. Mind you, if the children made for this Ant, I don’t think he’d see many of them…..Reece’s Pieces are my favourite!

homemade Father's Day gifts - Reece's pieces in a bottle - We love you to pieces

You’ll find the printable labels at Nothing But Country

I hope you have fun making a gift with your children, however, if you just don’t have time to make a gift this year, I’ve seen some great gifts at places like Argos and B&M.
Before buying from Argos I always check online for promotions and discount codes. Usually, you can save up to 25% or £50 off.

Emoji Golf Balls

These very colourful and fun Emoji golf balls! are only £9.99

Emoji golf balls Argos

Nikon D3400 Camera

For something a little more extravagant, you can currently* get £50 off a Nikon camera using the following code:

DSLR50

Nikon DSLR

 

I have a Nikon Coolpix camera at the moment. I would LOVE this camera and it’s going on my ‘when we win the lottery wishlist’!

 

Whether you get homemade Father’s Day gifts or something picked especially for you from the shops by your precious little people, I hope all the fathers out there have a wonderful day 🙂

For more Father’s Day ideas, check out a post by Me, Him, The Dog & A Baby

* Correct at time of publication

This is a collaborative post

 

Diamond Painting – Another New Hobby

I stumbled across diamond painting on eBay while looking for some cross stitch kits. I’d never heard of it before and wasn’t exactly sure what it meant when diamond painting cross stitch!

Cross Stitch

YouTube showed me exactly what it was and I was intrigued. I’ve not done any cross stitch for a while and only recently started doing it again. I enjoy it but it sometimes feels like I’ve been working on it forever and not really getting anywhere.
Plus, the tiny chart with all the counting can be a bit stressful. I’m forever losing my place and having to count over and over to make sure I’ve got the right square.

Diamond Painting

Diamond painting has the chart right there on the picture. Basically, you stick tiny plastic, flat-backed rhinestones onto the chart. The canvas has adhesive already applied and the rhinestones are in numbered bags. Using the tool supplied, you pick up a rhinestone and stick it on the right number.

Diamond painting kit. Santa holding an owl - October 1 day 12 pics

Started my diamond painting kit - October 1 day 12 pics

Diamond painting Santa - October 1 day 12 pics

Diamond painting kit - Santa holding an owl

My next one is another Santa picture and I can’t wait to start it!

Santa diamond painting kit

I bought all my kits from the same seller on eBay. They were all less than £3 each with free posting. I did have to wait a couple of weeks to receive them because they came from China but it’s worth the wait.

I have lots more in my basket waiting for me to click the BUY button!!

I still have one of my miniature dollhouse kits to make but I’m taking a rest from them as they’re not as stress-free as the diamond painting!

Autumn Crafts Older Kids

Autumn Crafts

Kaycee and Ella love to spend time crafting so with the nights drawing in I thought they’d like some ideas of things to make for autumn.

Ella especially likes candles so with this in mind, I found a couple of crafts using candles. Last year she made some Halloween luminary jars and gave them to her sister, Kellyann. This year I want her to make some for me but I don’t want Halloween ones!
I love these autumn leaves luminary jars from Create Craft Love and I know Ella will enjoy making them 🙂

Autumn leaf luminary jar - Autumn crafts
This image is a screenshot from Create Craft Love and belongs to the owner of the site.

There isn’t a tutorial for this one because it’s really not needed! The photo is from the Instagram account of a very talented lady who makes art from natural resources.

We did rock painting in the summer holidays and we all enjoyed it very much so I know this craft would be great for us all t have a go at 🙂

rock family candle holder
Photo Source

Glittery Autumn leaves hanging from the fireplace would be a great way to get us ready for all the glitz and glam of Christmas decorations!

glittery Autumn leaves
Screenshot and tutorial from House Of Jade Interiors

Kaycee’s and Ella’s Nanny loves feeding the birds so I thought they could make her some homemade bird feeders. It’ll be a nice surprise for her and the birds will be well fed now the weather is on the turn.

homemade bird feeders
Screenshot and tutorial from Growing Family

There are more Autumn Crafts on my Pinterest account

Miniature Craft Kits – My New Hobby

Miniature Craft Kits

 

A few weeks ago I browsing Facebook when I saw a link to some Box Theatre Kits on Amazon.
I’d never heard of them but I fell in love with them. They’re little tins with miniature scenes inside.
I headed over to Amazon and ordered 3 different designs!
Ant said I should have ordered 1 first to see if I liked doing them but I’m an impulse buyer! While waiting for them to arrive (they came from China so took a while) I saw some more on eBay that were less than half the price they were on Amazon.

I ordered 3 more and kept my fingers crossed that I was going to enjoy doing them!

Thankfully I love doing them, as does Kaycee! Ella wanted to do one so I said we could do one together. She did really well but she hasn’t really got the patience like Kaycee has and she said she’s not interested in doing anymore!

Kaycee did 2 of the kits. She did Forest Rhapsody

Forest Rhapsody miniature craft kits

Forest Rhapsody - miniature craft kits Kaycee making Forest Rhapsody - miniature craft kits

and In A Happy Corner

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Ella and I made Island Adventures

Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit Island Adventure Box Theatre Miniature craft kit

and I made Snow Dream. I was supposed to be making it on my own but Ella wanted to help!

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I have 2 more box theatre kits to do – Countryside Notes and Roam Around In Winter

Box theatre kits

I’ve also ordered some Christmas room dollhouse kits. I can’t wait for those to arrive!

Christmas room craft kits Christmas room craft kits

I’ve been using YouTube videos to help me if I got stuck. My favourite YouTuber for these miniature craft kits is Mimiyuu

Rock Painting & Daisy Made Ice Cream

Daisy Made Ice Cream

I think I can speak for us all when I say we love Daisy Made ice cream. They have different flavours every time we go and it’s always hard to choose 🙂
Daisy Made makes it on to every bucket list we make and it wouldn’t be the summer holidays without a trip there.

 

Daisy Made ice cream
I had a scoop of Cheeky Monkey (chocolate and banana) and a scoop of pear flavoured ice cream 🙂
Ant posing
Ant posing in his new Cool Daddy t-shirt!

We took Nanny to Daisy Made this week. She’d never been before and she now loves it as much as we do!
We didn’t stay long because the weather turned from lovely sun to chilly wind not long after we got there. The girls like playing crazy golf when we visit but I didn’t fancy standing in the wind for an hour while they played. I don’t play because I don’t really enjoy crazy golf!

Nanny and Ella at Daisy Made

Kaycee at Daisy Made

Rock Painting

While working at the charity shop I came across an unused set of acrylic paints. I didn’t have a use for them when I bought them, I just figured it would be good to have them.

While browsing Pinterest I saw some lovely rock painting designs. I knew Kaycee and Ella would love having a go at rock painting and I was right. We spent a really lovely afternoon together creating lovely rocks for the garden.

We just have to varnish them now so they’ll last for years outside 🙂

Rock Painting

Rock Painting

 

Rock Painting
Kaycee’s minion 🙂

Rock Painting

Rock Painting
My birdie 🙂
Rock Painting
Kaycee’s watermelon and my ice cream
Rock Painting
My mouse
rock painting unicorn
Ella’s unicorn

I think this is going to be one of our rainy day activities. We’ve got loads of rocks in the garden around the pond.
We’re hoping to go to the seaside soon as well so we’ll collect lots more rocks while we’re there 🙂

 

 

We’ve Been Tie-Dying Some T-Shirts

Tie-Dying T-Shirts

 

Ella’s friend came to play and Ella invited her to tie-dye some t-shirts with us. It was one of our summer bucket list items. I’d bought a bright pink and a purple dye from eBay and some packs of t-shirts from Asda. The dyes were just £4 a pack and the t-shirts were £3 for 2.

The girls loved tie-dying. They’ve have asked if I can get some more dye in other colours so they can try different designs. As it was, I had to go to Asda again and get more t-shirts because they wanted to use the dye again!

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tie-dying-t-shirts

 

Let It Snow Scrabble Ornament #24XmasCrafts

Let It Snow Scrabble Ornament

 

I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! For our final #24XmasCraft advent tutorial, we made a Let It Snow tree ornament using Scrabble tiles.

You will need:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • Card or stiff paper with a Christmas design printed on one side (not pictured)
  • Fake snow
  • Ribbon
  • Glue – I found a glue gun worked best

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Draw around the scrabble tiles as in the photo below.

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Cut out the card.

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Stick the Scrabble tiles onto the plain side. I found using a hot glue gun worked best.

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Bend each row apart so you can glue in between the tiles.

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Glue the ribbon to the back. If you want to cover the ribbon, cut another piece of card, the same size as before and glue it to the back, over the ribbon.

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

Put glue on the top of each row and sprinkle the fake snow onto the glue. When the glue is dry, hang on the tree.

Let it snow Scrabble tree ornament

I hope you’ve enjoyed our #24XmasCraft advent tutorials. We had great fun making everything.

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year 🙂

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Paper Plate Angel #24XmasCrafts

Paper Plate Angel

 

Here’s our penultimate Christmas craft tutorial and we’re going to be making paper plate angels. It’s another easy craft for little hands 🙂

Paper plate angel

You will need:

  • A paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Card for the hair and face
  • A silver pipe cleaner
  • Glitter glue
  • Sticky tape

Paper plate angel

Cut a triangle piece out of the plate to make the angel’s body.

Paper plate angel

Cut a circle for the face and a piece of hair out of the card. Draw the features on the face.

Paper plate angel

Stick the face to the hair then stick the face and hair to the body.

Paper plate angel

Stick the body onto the other piece of the plate which will be the wings.

Paper plate angel

Make a halo using the silver pipe cleaner.

Paper plate angel

Stick the halo to the back of the angel using sticky tape.

Paper plate angel

Decorate the angel’s dress and wings with glitter glue and allow to dry.

Paper plate angel

 

Paper plate angel

 

It’s our last #24XmasCrafts tutorial tomorrow and we’ll be making another scrabble Christmas tree ornament.

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

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