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1 Minute Easter Chick

1 minute Easter chick


You will need:

2 pompoms, big one for the body and smaller one for the head
2 Googly eyes, small
Craft foam
PVA Glue

Glue the 2 pompoms together. Stick 2 googly eyes to the head. Cut a small triangle from craft foam; this is the beak. Glue this in place under the eyes.

It really is as simple as that! You could try using different things to add wings (I couldn’t find anything that looked right!), or make different animals.. the possibilities are endless 🙂

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Sticky Window Craft

It has been a beautiful sunny day here today and has really felt like spring is finally arriving!

This morning, with the sun streaming through the patio doors, it was the perfect opportunity to do some sticky window craft. I was sent a link to this idea a few days ago by a friend who recommended Kara’s Classroom to me and I immediately knew we’d be giving it a go!

Sticky windows involve cutting a piece of sticky back plastic and taping it to a window with the sticky side facing outwards. I cut some tissue paper squares of several colours and added some craft gems and felt shapes. Jasmine had a go first but was soon joined by Thomas. Ben hasn’t been feeling great again today but he did a little bit.

The kids really enjoyed doing this so I think it is an activity we’ll definitely be doing again.

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Paper Snake

Following on from yesterdays Chinese New Year crafts, today we made paper snakes.Paper Snake

Take 2 pieces of coloured paper or card and cut out strips approximately 2.5/3cm thick. Tape the strips together to make 2 long strips of each colour.

Lay the pieces out in an L shape and tape the end together.

Accordion fold the paper until you have 4 or 5 inches of unfolded paper left.

Trim one colour off and tape it so the accordion won’t unravel.

On another piece of card/paper cut out a heart shape. Using glue or tape, stick this to the back of the long strip to make your snake’s head.

Stick eyes and a tongue on to your snake’s head. We used googly eyes and a tongue cut out of card, and then drew a mouth on with black pen.

I also stuck 2 lolly sticks  on to the finished snakes so the kids could use them as puppets, and Jasmine drew eyelashes on hers because it is a girl snake!

Boys snakes Jasmine's snake

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Chinese New Year Crafts

Gung Xi Fa Cai to everyone 🙂

Today is Chinese New Year and 2013 is the year of the Snake.

This afternoons craft session was all inspired by this celebration.

We started off making Tangram pictures. A Tangram is a Chinese geometric puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces that can be arranged to make various other shapes. I printed out the colour Tangram and several picture silhouettes for us to have a go at from Activity Village. Jasmine and Thomas had a good go at these and, with help, managed to complete the pictures. We made a swan, a rocket, a rabbit, a dog and a boat.Tangram PicturesThen they both made up their own picture using the shapes. Well actually Jasmine made her own picture, Thomas told me what he wanted to make and then mostly let me do it! Jasmine’s (on the right) is a giraffe and Thomas’ is a spaceship

Tangram Pictures 2After the Tangram pictures we made very simple snake sock puppets. I got 3 old socks, cut out a tongue for each and stuck it on with glue stick. We then used googly eyes to complete the puppets. These have been very well played with this afternoon!Snake Sock PuppetFinally we made Chinese Paper Lanterns. I love making these and do them every year with the kids.

Take a piece of coloured card (I use A4 size) and mark out lines, approximately 2cm apart going across the width of the card. Fold the card in half, then unfold and score the marked lines carefully, leaving 3cm uncut top and bottom. Decorate, then add a handle to hang up your Chinese Lantern.Chinese Lanterns


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Instant Chocolate Mug Cake

Love chocolate cake? Have a microwave and a few basic baking ingredients? Then this is for you! Plus, it contains no egg.. so there are no worries about not cooking it for long enough!

I have wanted to try the recipe out ever since I saw it on a Home Educating Group on Facebook a few months ago. Now all the chocolate has gone from Christmas I finally got round to it a few days ago. I can confirm it is delicious!


3 tbsp plain flour
1.5 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp bicarb of soda
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla essence or other flavour (I used orange flavouring as I didn’t have any vanilla in the cupboard!)
optional spoonful of choc chips/nutella etc

In a mug (or small bowl) mix the flour, cocoa, sugar and bicarb. Add the vegetable oil, milk and flavouring and mix well until creamy with no lumps. If adding choc chips, sprinkle them on top. If using nutella or similar push it under the mix until it is fully submerged.

Bake in the microwave. I cooked it for 2.5 minutes on full power (800W) but you’ll probably need to use trial and error to get the time right!

Eat and enjoy .. perfect for a cold winter’s evening 🙂


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Doodle Placemats

A week or so ago I was doodling with pencil and paper trying to catch the kids attention to do some drawing (they were running round like loons and I fancied doing a quieter activity!). I did manage to engage them and this is what we did:

Doodle Placemats

We “took a line for a walk” around the paper and then coloured in our doodle, trying to make sure we didn’t get the same colour in adjacent gaps. Well, that was the plan anyway and that was what me and Thomas did. Jasmine coloured in a “story” involving the sea, some sand, a forest and a big muddy puddle!!!

Today I have finally got round to laminating them ready to use for dinner as our previous home made placemats (involving cutting and sticking from CBeebies magazines) are getting far to worn!

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