Card (depending on what size you would like your reef depends on the amount of card you use. We advise 2-3 pieces)
Green Paint (different shades if desired)
Double sided sticky tape (or glue)
Paint your hand green! but be warned… this can tickle!
Once your hand is painted, make your hand prints on the card. (The more you can fit the better! You may need 2 pieces of card depending on how big you would like your reef.) Try using different shades of green on different hand prints.
Place to the side and allow to dry (this could take between 15- 30 minutes to dry).
With your 3rd piece of card (or second) cut it out into a large circle, and cut out a center like so:
Once your hand prints have dried cut them out individually.
Then begin to over lap them on top of the green circle using your double sided sticky tape (or glue). This should already begin to look like a reef!
Now to add the final touches!
With your red paint get a small amount on your finger and print three dots in the shape of a triangle. You can do this several times around your reef.
Now for the last part!
Get your ribbon (or string) and tape it (or glue it) to the back of your reef either in the shape of a loop or in the shape of a bow.
Hang it up and you have a beautiful creative handmade reef!
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Create your own gingerbread man that you can take anywhere with you! Using clay to create your fun friend. Hang them on the tree, for everyone to see. Enjoy exploring the clay’s smell and texture whilst making your creation.
When it comes to our children I will always insist that they make their Christmas cards to give to our extended family – until they reach their teens anyway and then it’s up to them 🙂
Receiving any sort of present is just wonderful, but the ones I love the most are the homemade ones. I know just how busy people are and to receive something that they have taken time out of their hectic lives to make just for me makes me love and appreciate it so much more.
So Izzy…..time we got those ‘tooties’ out and made our first lot of Christmas cards!!
What You’ll Need
Card – whatever colour you like
Paint – we used brown Crayola washable
Sponge & Dish
Wiggly eyes x 2
Red collage item – sequin, pom pom, gemstone etc – using a red felt tip would also work just as well
PVA glue or glue stick
Black or brown marker pen
We used our ‘tried and tested’ method of how to prepare paint for handprints or footprints. You can of course simply use a paintbrush to get the paint onto a child’s hand or foot, but by using a sponge you just seem to get a more even coverage, create less mess and even use less paint – plus who doesn’t like squidging their feet into a painty sponge 🙂
We had pre-folded our card into an A5 size and placed them on the counter ready to be printed on – make sure you have a wet cloth handy to wipe painty baby feet afterwards otherwise you may end up covered in it!
So this week marked the start of our Christmas themed sessions in all of our Creation Station classes. It’s surprising how quickly you can start getting excited about the holidays – especially when it’s still November! Once all the fireworks have finished for Bonfire night and you start seeing all the Christmas light’s being switched on in the town centres it’s hard not to get all wrapped up in the lovely festivities.
I decided that we should get a head start on our gift making this year as doing most things with two small children (or any children!) just seems to take so much longer….
What You’ll Need
Wooden lolly sticks – we used lovely multi-coloured ones like THESE
Glue gun – super glue, pva or double-sided tape would also work just as well
Felt tips – we used Crayola washable
Collage – sequins, buttons etc
PVA glue & spreader
These decorations are so simple to make that I think we will be doing a few extra ones for our extended family – I’d better get glueing!
I decided to prep our decoration whilst Boo was napping – less chance of him wanting to ‘help’ with the hot glue gun!
Boo does love his felt tip pens and the more time we spend working on his drawing skills the less time he spends trying to bash them into the paper – my fault – I bought him a set of stamper pens so now he thinks that all pens work that way 😦
After he had finished doodling on the Christmas tree we got the lovely sparkly sequins out. Boo can be very particular about where he wants collage placed on his pictures so there was no way I was getting in on this activity.
“Sticky Stick Mummy!”
Eventually I was allowed to be chief gluer but definitely still no sequin time for Mummy.
All we have to do now is wait until it’s dry and then add some thread at the top!
Time to hide it away until the real Christmas tree comes out next week!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 20 minutes
Be sure to keep any hot glue guns, super glue etc out of the reach of inquisitive little hands
Encourage safe scissor use – especially if you are letting your little one have a go!