I don’t know about you, but I am not in love with wrapping Christmas presents. Wrestling acres of paper and finding the often invisible end of the sticky tape annoys me greatly. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than the look of nicely wrapped presents below the Christmas tree, but because wrapping seems like such a chore, my gifts often lack the wrapped prettiness that I appreciate so much on others’ gifts to me.
This year I have decided to put a little more thought into gift wrapping. I have come up with a theme, nothing too fancy or difficult, because my aim is to not become too flustered with the wrapping but to still love the look of my finished gifts.
I chose textured brown paper for my wrapping this year. At risk of sounding like a bad presenter on Better Homes and Gardens, I am in love with this organic look. I was going to tie each present with some simple brown twine but the boys convinced me to go with ‘fancy’ red and white twine.
To keep things feeling rustic, I found some chalkboard gift tags online and printed these off on card. There are a heap of free printable chalkboard Christmas gift tags online if you wanted to get some for yourself. Take a look here and here for some cute ones. For the adults I used real Chalkboard tags I picked up from a variety store.
So in less time than it has ever taken me before, I wrapped all my Christmas presents. While I am no master wrapper, they look good under the tree because they match….no higgledy piggledy looking display this year!
Do you have a Christmas wrapping theme?
I started my Christmas holidays today and have been craving some Mummy and sons time, so I thought we would do some fun play. As it is terribly overcast and humid here in Brisbane, we opted for some indoor fun in the air-conditioning.
Both my boys love playdough. Recently I saw a recipe for the easiest, softest, most beautifully smelling playdough. It only has 2 ingredients, one of which you would never guess, and takes only a few minutes to make. You must give it a go….
Mix 2 parts cornflour (corn starch) to 1 part hair conditioner.
Knead until it comes together in a soft dough. At this point you can colour it with food dye.
It really is that simple. I picked up a cheap conditioner at the shops that had a lovely smell and pink colour, so I didn’t have to dye the dough myself. Obviously, this isn’t a playdough for little ones who might be tempted to taste their dough creations.
The boys have spent the morning playing with this as well as some free playdough printables I found on the net. I printed and laminated them so they will survive the holiday season.
You can find these playdough mats at Tot Schooling . Another place to look is Busy Little Bugs.
The Playdough puppets are found at the Nuture Store.
What a lovely, simple activity for us to start the Christmas holidays with.
Now that I have been on a bit of a roll creating the Activity Bags for the kids, I had to make some Easter themed ones. You can see some of my other activity Bag posts here and here.
There is an abundance of Easter themed crafting items about at the moment so it was really easy to create these activities. Take a look….
Easter Egg Word Creation. A 3 letter word and picture clue.
Easter Egg Colour Match. Match the top and bottom part of the egg to the picture.
Easter Egg Number Match. Place the correct number and colour of pom poms into the numbered egg.
Easter Egg Colour Match. Place the correct coloured egg yolk into the egg.
Easter Symbol Sequencing. Match the sequence on the cards using the correct symbols.
These fun activities live in an Easter gift bag by the garage so we can grab it when we are heading out.
With Easter holidays starting at the end of this week, I can see these will get a good workout before Easter arrives.
Have a great day.
Yesterday I showed you some of the activity packs I created for my two boys (see here). Today, I promised to reveal some of the other ones….
Colour Spelling. Match the paddle pop colour word to the correct coloured sleeve.
Threading. Using large coloured buttons, pipe cleaners and thread. A great activity to get the little fingers working and to practice colour recognition.
And my boys’ favourite – Fly Swat. I teamed a frog-shaped fly swat with collections of fly covered sight words, numbers and animal pictures. We have come up with lots of ways to play this game. My youngest has used the animal cards and as I called out the animal sounds, he hit the corresponding animal picture. Last night, my eldest had me call out a number and he tried to hit it as fast as he could. So there are 6 activity pack ideas for you. Believe it or not, I have created more Easter themed ones which I will blog about soon. Can you believe it is that time of year again!?
Have a great day.
Previously I have shared some of the activity packs I have made for my littlies (see here and here). They have been a Godsend as not only are they educational, they keep my monkeys entertained at times when I need it the most.
Last week I was out with a friend who showed me some ideas for some new activity bags. They got me so excited that I went out the next day to buy some supplies. Once I started to rat around my local variety store, I was amazed at the inspiration I found sitting on the shelves. I went a little crazy – so unlike me. Ha!
Here are a few of the packs I have made up so far…..
Pattern matching – something Master O is doing a bit of now that he is in Prep. I raided the craft and sewing box to create this one. It is just some coloured wooden stars and velcro. I created some patterns in a Word document for boys to copy and laminated them to make them hardier.
Matchstick Colour Match. A great fine motor and colour match activity for my 2-year-old, made with coloured toothpick containers and craft matchsticks.
But this was the one the boys got most excited over, a set of coloured keys turned into a fishing game. With the addition of numbers on one side and words on the other, I have made 4 skill games in one set – motor skill, coloured recognition, numeral recognition and sight word recall. After fashioning two magnetic fishing rods, both my boys can play the game that suits their ability level.
Last night the boys didn’t even touch a toy or ask to watch their favourite afternoon show, all they wanted to do is give these a test drive. Well worth the effort putting them together!
I have a few more packs on the go at the moment. I will share another 3 easy to create activity packs with you tomorrow.
Last week I showed you a picture of the canvas print I picked up in the clearance section of a local discount store.The plan was to transform it into a simple St Patrick’s Day artwork with the kiddies.
After surfing the internet for a bit of inspiration, we came up with this….
The kids got right into the task with Master O helping to paint the letters and trace the shamrock.
Initially, the plan was to just paint the shamrock, but on drying we found that the paint was cracking. Not wanting to persist painting to have the same problem happen again, we chose to cover the shamrock in buttons. Master C loved picking out the green buttons from my button collection – I couldn’t have dreamt up a better fine motor skills activity!So this piece is now out on show and we are planning on some St Patrick’s Day treats for tomorrow. We have made some hideous green cupcakes for morning tea and have planned a leprechaun treasure hunt with a horde of gold covered chocolate coins. It should be a bit of fun.
Happy St Patrick’s Day.
A while back I gave my pantry a makeover. With the addition of the Thermomix in the kitchen, my pantry underwent a change. There were a lot less cans and processed foods and a whole lot more basic ingredients. I desperately needed more storage containers and I was just not prepared to drop a grand on Tupperware to house it. As I hate to miss-match, the Tupperware I did own, came out of the pantry and went into storage.
Looking at the Tupperware taking up space in my storage cupboard today, I decided I had to make use of it. I went to my most hated storage solution, the kids’ craft tub and decided that Tupperware might just save the day.
The old craft tub was huge and filled with a million bits and pieces. The half empty packets and the buttons and beads laying loose made finding what I needed a challenge.
After a good purge and some help from the littlies to sort, we filled most of my spare Tupperware containers.
If our little collection of craft supplies should exceed our Tupperware collection, I will just pick up the super cheap knock-off version you can get in Kmart.
I love that I regained some space and made good use of the once wasted Tupperware. I think that craft time will be a lot less painful with this storage solution.