Getting ready for Easter

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Our little tyke was still under a year old last Easter, so it passed us by as a bit of a non-event. This year, he is nearly two and is all the more aware to take part in the festivities. The build up to Easter has already involved lots of themed craft activities at nursery and at home, which he has really enjoyed and he has produced some very cute pictures!

I have never really decorated the home for Easter before, but I wanted to pick some little novelties to make it look a little more fun for the little man –

 

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Light up rabbit from Tiger
  1. Light up rabbit from Tiger. I went into Tiger in Birmingham recently and found a good selection of affordable Easter decorations, including this little rabbit. It is battery operated and changes to different colours at the flick of a switch.

 

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Bunny bunting from Tiger

 

2. Coloured rabbit bunting from Tiger. This little paper garland features cute cut-out bunnies in spring pastel colours. This will bring a bit of joy to the lounge, draped over our large mirror.

 

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Easter stickers from Tiger

 

3. Easter stickers from Tiger. I just couldn’t resist when I found these little cuties! Our little boy loves stickers and this will make crafting really fun.

4. Little chick toy from Waitrose.

5. Little lamb and chick toys from Morrisons.

This is how it all looks together………

 

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Our finished Easter display!

 

We also enjoyed making Easter cards to give out to relatives. The little tyke painted the white cards first with pink and yellow paint. Once dried, the little man went crazy with those stickers! He absolutely loved making them and I had great fun too. What do you think? Beats Hallmark any day!

 

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Easter cards made by the little tyke

I know I haven’t been great at posting recently, there have been lots of things on my mind lately and I have been a little stressed. But Easter is about new beginnings and I want to put some of those worries behind me now. Easier said than done, but I will try!

I hope you all have a lovely time with friends and loved ones!

Happy Easter and ta ta for now xxx

 

 

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The little tykes Christmas Eve Box

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Starting with Knagglig crate from Ikea

I think I mentioned a while back in a previous post, how I had purchased a basic flat pack crate from Ikea (Knagglig) as I had the idea to use it for a Christmas Eve Box. I had wondered, where did this trend come from? On trying to research it on the internet I didn’t find a conclusive answer but many different countries and cultures celebrate Christmas on the 24th by opening presents and it seems that we have started to pick up some of these habits here. The idea is to have a small activity box for children to open on Christmas Eve, to get them into the spirit of the festivities early. Boxes are usually filled with small items, such as chocolates, pyjamas, letters from Santa, Christmas dvds and books. I really wouldn’t want to go overboard with the box gifts, as I would not like to detract from the magic of opening gifts on Christmas day from Santa. So keep small.

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Crate painted in a chalk grey with woodcut lettering applied

The flat pack crate was really quick and easy to make up. Please be aware that the box is actually quite small, so it might not be suitable to fit any large gifts. I painted it all over in a plain grey colour with a chalk effect matt finish, but red would have been equally effective. I found the woodcut lettering on Amazon and I think it makes the box look a little bit more fancy.

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The Christmas Bear lift-the-flap book

For Christmas Eve we need a special bedtime story to read to the little tyke. Knowing how much he loves The Tickle Book, we found ‘The Christmas Bear‘ from the same author and thought it would be perfect.

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Little Christmas Elf from Waitrose

Next up, we needed a little festive cuddly and found this lovely little elf from Waitrose. As you  can see, his hands also stick together with velcro. I believe you can also purchase a bigger version.

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George pig Christmas pyjamas and slipper socks

I bought the Christmas pyjamas from Sainsbury’s a little while back, they look so cosy! Now I am not sure how I am going to use these, as the little tyke has one leg and foot in plaster. I think we will have to dress him in some shorts with the top and put on one sock:(

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Christmas Eve Box end
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Christmas Eve Box front

I used some stencils and white paint for the lettering and the snowflakes. What you see above is not quite the finished article, as his last name was added to the box after the photo was taken. I really enjoyed this project and am very pleased with the results! I am determined to make the little tykes Christmas magical despite his fractured leg!

So what do you think? Like or loathe this new tradition? Are any of you thinking of putting something together for your children on Christmas Eve?

I am off work now until after Christmas as I am looking after the brave little soldier. I will keep you all posted on how we get on, entertaining him is proving difficult at the moment!

Ta ta for now my lovelies, just 3 sleeps until Christmas xxx

Handmade Christmas Cards

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Handmade Christmas Cards

I started making handmade Christmas cards with the little tyke back in September, with the intention of just making them for close family members. I mentioned this project a while back on an earlier post – Crafty Time Handprint Cards. Its been a long slog, with breaks in between, but we have pushed ourselves to produce cards for close family, close friends, a couple of work colleagues and the staff members in the little tykes room at nursery. We have had such great fun and I am really pleased with the results. The little tyke is not quite 18 months, so it is best described as a collaborative effort.The cards that you see up above are our latest creations and I am pleased to say, our last efforts for the year.
The reindeer cards were produced with the little tykes handprint in brown paint and he added the red nose by splodging red paint on with a toddler paintbrush. I finished off the detail with glitter pens and crayons.

The green card was created with a bit of freestyling from the little man, using green handprints and marks made with the toddler paintbrush. I simply added some baubles with a glitter colour pen.

The snowflake card was created by holding the snowflake stencil whilst the little man messily painted on top. Again, I added some more detail with the use of a glitter pen in silver.

The Father Christmas cards were my favourite and used the little tykes handprints in white paint with added finger painting for a snowy effect. They look rather cute!

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An earlier effort from September
We have kept a few examples for ourselves to use as keepsakes (such as the one above). I have really enjoyed this project, but it has been a lot of hard work. Have any of you made any crafty creations for greetings cards or gifts this year? I am always keen to hear of some more ideas for next year. I really wanted to try some salt dough decorations but I completely ran out of time! Maybe a project for the Christmas holidays me thinks!

Ta ta for now everybody and nighty night! xxx

Crafty time – Pumpkin greeting cards

The little tyke and myself have really got into the Halloween spirit today by making some lovely Halloween greetings cards. For this project you will need –

  • 1 apple
  • paintbrush
  • orange paint
  • green paint
  • white card
  • crayons
  • glitter pens or markers
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Cut your apple in half

Mummy cut the apple in half for the little tyke and let it dry a little, so the paint will sit better on the surface.

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Put some orange paint in your paint tray

We used Crayola Washable Kids Paint for this project as it is a child friendly option. When the apple had dried, we applied the orange paint to one side of the apple.

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Good layer of orange paint on one side of the apple

Now it was over to the little tyke to start pressing the apple on to the paper. We had to have a few attempts before we got some good results, but the little chap had lots of fun in the process.

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Apple printing was lots of fun!

After the paint had dried I used crayons and glitter pens to add the final details and we had our finished card!

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Halloween greetings card

This was a really quick afternoon craft project and quite fun to do. I suppose there are lots of other details that you could add to the card such as stick on eyes, or maybe use different colour card to make the pumpkin really stand out. Why not give it a try?

If you like this, have a look at my post about making handprint Christmas cards?

Have a nice evening all, ta ta for now xx

Crafty Time – Handprint Cards

I thought I would do something a little bit special for friends and family this Christmas and something fun to do with the little tinker – handprint cards! On hearing that he liked to do some painting play at nursery from time to time, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do more crafty things at home. For this project I needed the following materials –

For our first card we used the highchair and applied brown paint to his little hand, which made him giggle as he found it tickly! Splodge! We pressed his hand into the centre of the card and put it to the side to dry. Once it had dried I could then work on the decoration, adding the body with brown paint and the little round nose with red paint. To finish off I used crayons and the glitter paint. Et voila!

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Snowmen footprint Christmas card

For the next card we layed out the big floor mat in the conservatory and painted his little feet white, lifted him up and pressed down on to the card. Splodge! He’s getting the hang of this! To decorate I used crayons, black felt tip and gold glitter glue. The gold glitter really pops on this colour card.

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Halloween footprint card

This last card is for the little tinkers Grandma who’s birthday is on Halloween. Using some large black card folded, we painted his feet white again and got him to stand on the paper. As you can see it smudged a little but I think it adds to the spooky ghost effect! For the detail I used crayons and glitter glue. The extra footprint was an accident, oops! I am sure Grandma will not mind.

So far I have about three finished Christmas cards and two ready to decorate. I am glad I have started this early as we have a way to go yet!

Ta ta for now! xx