Easy Christmas Trees 0
We had a 4 year old friend visiting the other day so we decided to have some easy creative fun. And I do mean EASY and FUN! I don't enjoy cleaning or making the kids do exactly what the instructions say. It has to be fun for all of us, or it doesn't happen!
To have a good time we needed a little bit of preparation:
- Placemats to protect the table.
- Lots of fun colourful glitter glue, buttons and paper.
I put the confetti and small bits into a paint palette to reduce the risk of spilling it everywhere......unfortunately we still managed to get it all over the floor. We ended up having a race to see who could pick up most!
I cut some green paper into tree shapes and let the kids decorate it any way they wanted.
I was surprised that they didn't go for the Santa or HO HO foil confetti that I had - instead they went straight for the packet of mixed buttons that I had picked up at Spotlight.
The glue was the FAVOURITE thing by far!
Some of the finished trees. The kids made 3 each in about an hour of creating (and cleaning up!)
Mum had a bit of a play too!
Here are some of pieces of art mixed in with birthday cards. Lucas took this photo with his brand new camera.
Might have to teach him that the camera needs to be still when he presses that button down.
- Vroom Vroom
Lucas turns 4 - with cars. 0
This week we have been very busy with preparations for our little boy turning into a big boy! When Mum asked what sort of party he wanted he always replied CARS! When he was asked what he wanted it was Automoblox or 'something with wheels'.
So our little boy....Sorry....BIG boy turned 4 with a car themed party.
CAR THEMED ACTIVITIES
It was a lovely day to be outside and kids love to run around so we had a few heats of the 'Car and spoon' races.
Just give the kids a wooden spoon with a car instead of an egg and call out, Ready, Set, GO!
(A little trick is to lie the car on its side.)
Then we had a little drink (the adults not the kids) and a run around (the kids not the adults).
The next activity involved getting dizzy and seeing where the cars ended up during the 'Pin the car in the Garage' game.
Early strategy meeting!
Let's get pinning!
The Boys seemed to have a little more sense that the cars go into the Garage.
We used the little red car and his friends as the cars that needed to be parked.
The Garage was an old Polystyrene box that we had, you could easily use a piece of cardboard. Mum painted it one morning while Lucas was painting a few masterpieces.
CAR THEMED FOOD
We decorated some drinking cups with cars to add to the festive feel. The words on the side say GO GO FUEL! The image is below if you would like to use it. We attached it to the cups with clear packing tape.
An easy way to turn fairy bread into Car fairy bread is to cut the fairy bread using biscuit cutters. We also made ANOTHER load of biscuits using all the biscuit cutter shapes. Those biscuit look a little plain don't they?
The next activity was to decorate our biscuits.
We put some icing into snap lock bags, poked a hole in a corner and then the kids got creative.
Gingerbread men the 'Lucas way' (Trains, cars, aeroplanes and more!) 1
Usually it's 'Mummy can you play cars with me?' but this afternoon it was 'Mummy can we make biscuits!'
I had mentioned to Lucas earlier in the day that we should try out the new Transport Biscuit cutters that we are now selling. ( Available HERE ) We are making biscuits for his birthday in a few weeks, so I thought we should do a practice run.
Here is the fun we had in pictures.
Step 1 - Wash your hand (no photo!)
Step 2 - We had to open the package and look at the lovely shapes.
Step 3 - Gather all the ingredients.
Step 4 - Make a mess!
Step 5 - Yummy cooked biscuits.
Step 6 - decorate (yeah Mum did these ones.)
EVERYTHING HAS A PLACE. 0
Boxes Boxes Boxes! I am mad for shoe boxes!
Seriously! I can't throw away a shoe box - ever! It took my breath away when my Mum bought shoes the other day and told the lovely lady 'I don't need the box'. What? Umm...hang on....what? What do you mean 'you don't need it'? It's a nice black and white one. It has a separate lid! Are you crazy woman?
So of course I end up with a stack of shoe boxes and no idea what to do with them. (What a dilemma!)
Since having a little car crazy boy ( AKA Lucas ) my shoeboxes have been put to use! One shoe box was used very early on as our Lightning McQueen 'home' for all the CARS toys. We had some Lightning McQueen contact that I used to decorate the shoe box. And now when we are looking for Guido we know to look in this box.
Then the other day we were bored. Lucas wanted to play and I was really over driving cars around in circles, round and round and round. 'Let's race again Mummy!' So we went to the trusty computer and printed out some free printables. You know - the sort from Kidspot.com.au or huggies.com.au.
We decided to colour in Planes, and of course, Dinosaurs! Hang on....what? Not cars? You guessed it - Mummy had a hand in making that decision! While searching through the images I came up with an idea which would 1) keep us busy 2) use my shoe boxes and 3) tidy up the toys!
Can you see where this is going? We printed out a plane and a dinosaur and enjoyed some time together colouring them in.
That night I laminated the pictures and the next day Lucas helped me to tape each picture to the top of a shoebox. It really was that simple.
Now we have a home for our planes (and rockets) and one for our dinosaurs (we have 4 now!). When they are being put away they are 'going home for the night'.
On another quiet day I cut a rectangle in one of my beloved boxes and now it is our post box.
We are lucky enough to have friends and family who send Lucas postcards and we keep them in the box and play postman with them. It's also a great place to keep our special product information forms too. Like the card that lists all the Automoblox cars that you can get. It's a very important piece of literature for Lucas, he spends hours looking and telling me which ones he has and which ones he needs. He is determined to have everything on that card. (Good Luck with that kid.)
When you have toys that need to be put away we think it is easier to teach the kids to put the toys away when they know where they go! This is a simple storage solution that helps teach kids to put their things away and might even save you from stepping on cars that have been left all over the floor. (that has never happened to me....well not today!
P.S. - If you still have Nappy boxes they work just as well! And they are perfect for bigger toys and they even have handles. We have one for books and one for our coloring-in things
Let the Destruction begin! (and end) 1
This week the house next to us was pulled down.
It was a dream come true for Lucas who, of course, loves trucks and diggers. Even the adults found it hard to drag themselves away.
I took some photos of the event because it was stunning to see just how big the digger was and how fast the house came down. Also I wanted Lucas to be able to look back at the photos to remember this time in his life.
Here are some of the better pics.
We got home just in time to see the Digger coming down the street on the back of a huge truck.
The 30 TONNE digger in action!
While the big truck was taking the rubbish to the transfer station we talked to the driver and got to play with the 'BIG TOY'.
And when it was all over a few days later...everything was ALL GONE!
That's enough now Mum!
- Helle Warming
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