DIY Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

DIY Christmas Decorations

These DIY Christmas Decorations were lots of fun to make with the kids and also a gorgeous keepsake for years to come. They enjoyed putting their own unique details on each ornament and poking holes in the top with a straw.

We used a microwave playdough recipe from Kidspot. So much quicker and easier than stirring on the stove. We didn’t add food colouring before we cooked it as I split the batch into 7 pieces to make 7 different colours.

Ingredients

  • food colouring
  • 500ml (2 cups) water
  • 60ml (1 tbsp) oil
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups plain flour

Method

1. Make the playdough as per the Kidspot directions on their website.

2. Split up batch into as many colours as you want. Put on gloves and add some food colouring to each portion over the sink. It makes a mess!

3. Roll out the colours and use cookie or playdough cutters to make the base shape. Then add contrasting colours to make different patterns. Poke a hole in the top of each decoration with a straw.

4. Place the decorations on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

5. Put in the oven on very low (120 degrees, without the fan) If the oven is too hot and the fan is on they will puff up and become hollow. The slower and lower temp the better. Ours took about 3 hours.

6. Remove from oven when they lift off the baking paper without sticking to the paper, allow to cool and thread with some string or cotton.

Teacher Types

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I recently ran a competition with my friend Lauren, a talented blogger over at Teacher Types. She is a fellow teacher and in her spare time blogs about the world of parenting and raising toddlers. She has a wealth of knowledge and ideas when it comes to raising little people. Need a craft idea? She’s got one. Stuck with what to read for a bed time story? She has a list. Need entertaining ideas when out to dinner? Check out her busy bags!

Below I have added three of my favourite blog posts of Lauren’s. Make sure you check out her website as there is so much more than I have shown you here.

Rainbows – A Very Special Post

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20 Ideas for Busy Bags

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Raising Bookworms

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Car Painting

Car Painting

Car Painting

The kids bored with their matchbox cars or have forgotten that they are sitting there, all lonely in a box somewhere? Grab a few, along with some plates, paint and paper! This is such a simple, yet fun activity to do with toddlers! Give each car a different colour paint and watch your toddler roll the car through the paint and then onto some paper. Look at the different patterns that the different wheels make. Find some other items that you could dip in paint and paint with . Maybe some plastic animals, bottle tops, kitchen utensils , gum nuts, or if all else fails, your fingers :) Have fun!

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Zip Lock Bag Painting 7 Ways

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Zip Lock Bag Painting 7 Ways

Welcome Lauren! A gorgeous friend of mine who is also a teacher :) She has written a post for my page on a fun and CLEAN activity to do with the little people in your lives. Do yourself a favour and check out her page at Teacher Types. She has so many fun and creative ideas and activities for kids.

Hello there! I’m Lauren – mother, teacher, blogger of ‘teacher types’ and good friend of Sarah’s. It’s great to be here today to share some fun arty ideas that can be enjoyed at any age (well 0-6 at least). Sometimes I feel that I really want to get the paints out with my little 20 month old – but could do without the mess once in a while! Zip lock bag painting is really popular, and you’ll probably see this idea pop up on Pinterest every now and then – so I’m going to try and give you some different ideas appropriate for each age 0-6.

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Under 1 – Simply squish the bag and play! Or tape to the floor while bubs is enjoying tummy time. Be careful of little teeth that may pierce the bag (try double bagging if this is the case).

1 – Tape to a window or glass door to encourage standing and swirling the paint around in the zip lock bag (it didn’t stay taped up for long with my little one – but you may have more luck).

2 – Begin to discuss and teach various colours while your little one is playing (tape it to a table to keep it in place). You could also put a piece of paper cut to size inside the zip lock bag to keep their finished art work.

3 – Add detergent and a little bit of water to create a bubble painting!

4 – Talk about primary colour mixing. Set out three different zip lock bags; one with red/yellow, one with blue/red and one with yellow/blue.

5 – Use fingers to write letters and numbers.

6 – Use a cotton bud to write simple sight words or spelling words. (Tip: use a smaller amount of paint for the writing activities so that you can see the letters more clearly).

Zip lock bag painting is a wonderful sensory experience. Sometimes little people don’t like certain textures on their hands, and the zip lock bag is a great way they can enjoy it while staying clean (yay for us parents too!)

Thanks again Sarah for featuring me on your blog. My little miss had a great time ‘helping’ me with the photographs for this post!

Lauren :)

Banksia Craft

Banksia Men Craft

Banksia Craft

My boys came across these banksia pods at an outlet on the east coast of NSW, in a beautiful place called Tabourie Lake. They immediately took me back to the days of May Gibbs and her Banksia Men. My 4 year old filled up his bucket hat with a heap of them and we took them back to our house and discussed what we could make.

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Some banksia craft ideas included a family, a rock concert, a mobile, robots, rocket ships and banksia insects. The insects won and after a trip to a $2 store armed with some goggly eyes, pipe cleaners and pva glue, we were set.

Master 4 wanted to do it all himself which was great. He cut the pipe cleaners, squeezed in the glue and added bits and pieces to the holes.

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They took a fair while to dry and it was important not to touch them while they were drying as the legs or eyes would fall out.

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Once they were ready to be played with, the boys spent a morning taking turns hiding them in the bushes outside, camouflaging them in the bushes while the other had to find them (glitter pipe cleaners were totally camouflaged!!) ;)

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Lots of fun and most legs are still intact!