How To Clean Block Crayons

Am I the only one that loves block crayons but hates how dirty they get?

Ours had gotten so speckled with the other colours, they just didn’t work the same. We would use the yellow and we would end up getting little streaks of green, brown, black and… you get the idea!

Anyway this is just a quick post to share how to clean them as I was honestly worried that we would have to buy a new set they were so dirty! I didn’t think they could be saved – if that’s what you’re thinking then don’t worry because it’s easy to get them good as new!

All you’ll need is some kind of oil and an old cloth of some kind (I used a flannel and sunflower oil).

Simply put the oil on the cloth and wipe the crayons and they’ll be good as new again. It’s really that simple!

And just look how pretty the flannel went!

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Blossom Trees

Last week we made the most of the sunshine. On rainier days we have been doing some craft to celebrate the spring. On our spring time walks last week we noticed beautiful blossom on the trees so we thought it would be the peferct inspiration for today’s craft activity.

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All you will need is some brown wool, pink tissue paper, glue and a piece of paper/card.

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This is a simple and inexpensive craft that will keep the little ones occupied on a rainy day. We would love to see your artwork so please do share over on our Facebook page.

Earth Day 2016

Wishing you all a wonderful Earth Day. We wanted to share some of our crafts that we did earlier on.

We started our day by making handprint Earths. On one side of the Earth the girls placed their handprints and on the other side they drew a picture about ways to protect the planet.

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We briefly touched on the Earth’s layers. You can print this worksheet from Twinkl.

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We also made coffee filter Earths. The girls loved how magical this activity was – we will definitely be using coffee filters for future crafts.

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These lovely decorations look so beautiful on a window. They will brighten up any home for Earth Day.

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We will be spending the end of our day with board games, books and popcorn.

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Homemade glitter crayons

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This morning we have been sorting through our craft box to see what we can use up before we invite new craft supplies into our home. We came across some old crayons that haven’t been used in over a year. Some were broken, but mainly they were just unused.

So I decided, rather than throw them away – why not reuse them? I grabbed the crayons and a tub of glitter, then Ava helped me make some fab new crayons!

They are so easy to make!

YOU WILL NEED:
Old crayons
Cupcake tin (or if you’re really creative, you could use a silicon one with fancy shapes)
Glitter

TO MAKE:
1. Preheat your oven to 130 degrees Celsius.
2. Peel all the paper off of your crayons.
3. Break your crayons into small pieces.
4. Put the pieces into the cupcake tin.
5. Sprinkle some glitter over the crayons.
6. Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
7. Leave them to cool in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, once cool they will pop out easily just by turning the tray upside down.

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It’s amazing how wonderful they look! They also make beautiful colours when put onto paper. Ava really enjoyed drawing with them.

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Let us know how you got on with them and I’m happy to add links below to your blog!

Water graffiti

Just a quick post as I haven’t posted in ages.

This is a great activity for babies and young children as it’s mess free. No need for aprons. All you need is a paintbrush, a jar of water and a hot summers day!

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Have fun!

Simple play dough recipe

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Here’s a simple recipe for home made play dough.

You will need:

250g plain flour

50g table salt

140ml water

2 tbsp. almond oil (or any other unscented oil)

Food colouring

To make:

  1. Mix the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Mix up the water, oil and food colouring into a jug and  then add to bowl.
  3. Gather dough and knead until consistency of play dough, this can take up to 10 minutes. You can add more flour or water if you need to.
  4. Finally, go and have fun squeezing this irresistible play dough!

Preschool fun!

One of my daughter’s favourite things to play with is play dough! I used to buy tubs and tubs of the stuff.

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Now, we make it together. I find she looks after our homemade stuff over the tubs that I have bought for her in the past. I personally love play dough! I find it keeps Ava calm, we also have some lovely alphabet and number cutters that I picked up from a local cake decorating shop so it can be very educational for preschoolers too. Try and make it yourself and let your imagination run wild! Here is my recipe for ‘twilight play dough’

TWILIGHT PLAY DOUGH

Homemade play dough infused with lavender. Perfect to help small children relax before bed or before an afternoon nap! Oh, and obviously lots of fun to play with too – even for grown ups!

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You will need:

250g plain flour

50g table salt

140ml water

2 tbsp. almond oil (or any other unscented oil)

5 drops of lavender oil

Purple food colouring

Sprinkle of lilac glitter

To make:

  1. Mix the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Mix up the water, oils and food colouring into a jug and  then add to bowl.
  3. Gather dough and knead until consistency of play dough, this can take up to 10 minutes. You can add more flour or water if you need to.
  4. Add the glitter, knead until evenly dispersed.
  5. Finally, go and have fun squeezing this irresistible play dough!

You can add different colours and essential oils depending on your preference. Yellow and lemon is a fab combination!