Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Spring Plants

I love using Pinterest to find activities from great Blogs.  Especially when I find a couple of different ones I like and mix them together into one activity.  This one used the basic idea of a Bouquet of flowers and some free flower printables by First Grade Bloomabilities.  We also used our own twist by printing the flowers onto photo paper as we did in our Drawing on Photo Paper.
I printed out a couple of sheets of small flowers onto photo paper and then got M to colour them in.
Once they were coloured and cut out we move onto making the plant. 
We took an A3 piece of thick paper and put glue along the long side and then folded it over.  Don't press down the folded side you want it to stay rounded.
Then you want to cut strips from the rounded side towards the side you glued together.  Don't go all the way.

Once you have cut strips all the way along roll the paper along the glued edge into a tube.  Then fluff out the leaves.
You can then stick on your flowers.
This idea was originally a bouquet of flowers.  We decided to stick a strip of brown paper around the bottom on the stems to make a pot turning it into a plant.

Afterwards we also decided to make another one and stick on daffodils for more of a spring look or you could draw your own flowers.

Here is my Spring Activities board where I've saved lots more spring activities that look fun to have a go at.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cross Stitch for Kids

During the rare occasions I get to do something for myself while M is home I normally do a craft of some kind or a Jigsaw.  The only problem is that If I am doing a craft M often wants to have a go at the same time.  One of my favourite crafts is cross stitch.  I get this out for just a short time without to much mess to clear up.  For a long time M has been wanting to have a go at this as well.  I had plenty of spare material but I work with very small holes.  I'd thought of plastic canvas but couldn't find any in our local shops.  Recently I was browsing a fabric store.  They had normal fabric Aida but with bigger holes.  I still had my doubts so I bought the smallest length of fabric possible.  I got my sewing out today and straight away M was next to me wanting a go.  Ok I thought here goes nothing.

We browsed Pinterest for something simple he could have a go at.  Everything he was interested in was way to hard.  So I suggested trying an M, but no he wanted to do his whole name.
In the cupboard I had a pad of paper with squares on.  So we designed a very simple Matthew that he could do in cross stitch.  Each coloured square meant a cross had to be stitched in that square on the fabric.
He decided he wanted to do each letter in a different colour.  So he got my boxes of threads out and chose his first colour.  I thought this would be something that would frustrate him and end in him getting annoyed with it.  But no he did really well and had soon completed his name.  We had a frame that held the fabric which made things a lot easier.
Half way though the M he decided he was an expert and up to my standard.  This made us both laugh.
While sewing his name he decided to make it into a book mark.  So next he is going to sew a pattern around it and then we will mount it onto some felt.
Here is a very basic alphabet if anyone wants to have a go.
I've saved some ideas of simple pictures in my Pinterest folder Kids Cross Stitch
You can also use Perler or Hama bead patterns as long as they are done on a square base (not round) Perler Bead Patterns