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Celery Stalk Rose Prints

Celery Stalk Rose Prints

02/05/2014

Celery Stalk Rose Prints This is a lovely idea I saw on Maureen Cracknell's Homemade site. It's a cute thing to do next time you have a recipe which needs a whole head of celery in one go and therefore you cut off the stump rather than peeling individual stalks, or you can do the same with a head of crunchy lettuce. So next time you have one of those recipes, get your paints out and let your kids make some pretty art or some greetings cards. The original is h...

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement for Thanksgiving Table

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement for Thanksgiving Table

15/11/2013

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement for Thanksgiving Table If you're using fresh pumpkin to roast to make your pumpkin pie, rather than shop bought puree, you'll need to do something with that shell, and Halloween has gone by now... What about turning it into a vase for a flower arrangement for a table centrepiece for your family meal? Children can copy the instructions in this clear step-by-step guide on Spoonful, once an adult has hollowed the shell out to get the flesh for dinner. Th...

Mini Nature Journal Printable

Mini Nature Journal Printable

13/08/2013

Mini Nature Journal Printable This is a printable PDF which folds together to create your own mini journal.   It is well thought out - giving sections where children can record, draw or glue items, but keeping the categories really broad like "I saw a big...." or "I found a beautiful..." This means all children can take part regardless of how big or small their local wildlife access is, and it allows children to use their imagination in what they pick, rathe...

Cherry Blossom Art

Cherry Blossom Art

26/06/2013

Cherry Blossom Art This great idea from AlphaMom is a really effective and easy way to create a beautiful effect, first paint on the branch with dark paint then dip the bottom of your pop bottle in the pink paint and print away! The instructions are clear and easy to follow with pictures of each stage of the process. You can find the instructions here. ...

Farm Animal Bowling Set

Farm Animal Bowling Set

16/05/2013

Farm Animal Bowling Set We found this on the chickabug blog, there are a collection of ideas for a Wild West themed party, but we particularly liked this one! Cut out shapes of farm animals, and by sticking them on bottles, you have a bowling set. You can then fill them up with water or sand to make them slightly harder to knock over. You can find this plus several other fun ideas here. ...

Clothes Peg Butterflies

Clothes Peg Butterflies

30/04/2013

Clothes Peg Butterflies This is a fun activity for children to do on a rainy day, or whilst sat outside in the sun looking at butterflies for inspiration. We found this on the oneperfectday blog, they could be placed around the garden, a gift, or part of a mini-beast project. It's easy enough for children to do most of the decorations themselves, though some smaller children may want help with tricky cutting or sticking. You can fin...

Plant In A Pocket Wallhanging

Plant In A Pocket Wallhanging

25/01/2013

Plant In A Pocket Wallhanging This useful bit of kit helps children to find out about how a plant is constructed. The eight different parts of the plant can be moved about and the eight labels have to be matched up. Great basic piece of kit for covering plant science. You can buy it from Early Years Resources. ...

Garden Memory Game

Garden Memory Game

17/11/2012

Garden Memory Game This simple but effective game on the BBC Gardening Guides website can be done at any time of year just using different garden objects. The same game could also be played using your own fruit and veggies you may have grown in the garden. We like this because the simplicity of the game enables you to change how hard or easy you make it, depending on the kids' ages. Also, if you have two or more kids it allows everyone to feel successful even if they remem...

Make lovely lavender bags

Make lovely lavender bags

29/06/2012

Make a lovely lavender bag This is such a simple idea and perfect if you want to make the most of the lavender in your garden. We found it over on the RHS website, which has lots of activity ideas for families and children. Simply collect the lavender at the end of summer, leave it to dry out and then make your lavender bags. They are ideal gifts and, with just a little help, can be easily made by the kids. You can find the in...

What A Plant Needs Song and Video

What A Plant Needs Song and Video

10/06/2011

What A Plant Needs - song and video We found this fun video and short song on youtube by Harry Kindergarten. It is a fun whiteboard video which tells children that plants need water, soil, space, light and air to grow. ...

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