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Friday, March 16th 2007, 7:59am

Ideas for things to do with children

This website has lots of ideas for crafty things to do with children
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
There is also a link to local craft classes in your local area.

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Friday, March 16th 2007, 8:40am

I will make a start this weekend :D

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Friday, March 16th 2007, 9:15am

We always had an easter egg hunt where we followed maps and clues. The egg were always hidden under a metre of snow. So much fun.
It took us hours to find our egg. I still whish that I had a map to follow but DP is not really into treasure hunts...

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Saturday, March 17th 2007, 8:24pm

We always boiled some eggs till they were hard and then painted them with poster paints....SOOOOOO much fun

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Saturday, March 17th 2007, 8:45pm

My nana and grandpa used to do treasure hunts for us. The clues were little sketches of places in the house and when you got there there was the next clue, sometimes some sweeties too. One year my Easter eggs were in the washing machine! Can't wait to do that one.

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Saturday, March 17th 2007, 8:47pm

mrsJ, you could always do one for me! I promise, I would not mind! :P

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Sunday, March 18th 2007, 8:13am

Only if you're very good!

This looks quite good
http://www.elc.co.uk/toy-40406

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Sunday, March 18th 2007, 8:55am

Mrs Jasper, that reminds me of a party ds went to. Instead of sketches my friend had taken photos of different places or things in the house!

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Sunday, March 18th 2007, 9:03am

Ooh thats a good idea too. This is making me wish her life away and want to do treasure hunts now!

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Sunday, March 18th 2007, 9:30am

By the way the year 3 SAT paper for literacy is based around a treasure hunt so anyone with that age children might like to do a few!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 2:20pm

I'm running out of ideas for craft activities to do with Plum. I've got a good kit box - paints, crayons, pencils, lots of differnet kinds of paint, fabric, jumble of all sorts, plus collected leaves etc. Can anyone give me some fresh ideas?

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 2:23pm

Start making christmas tree decorations?? :D

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 2:26pm

Can she not knit yet? :]

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 2:34pm

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Originally posted by Missy
Start making christmas tree decorations?? :D


do you know, I hadn't even thought of that, d'oh!

Course she can Mrs J - she's currently working on a Christmas present for Mooch :P

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 2:47pm

What about salt dough? Or even baking biscuits, I got some nice biccie cutters in different shapes from Tesco for my niece. You could get those icing pens too and get it all over your kitchen. Sorry Mr Rivka!

Paper chains for Christmas are easier and less messy!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 2:57pm

Me likey linkies!

Got a good selection of biscuit cutters. done gingerbread men / stars etc Plum was chief flour sifter, blimey was that a fun day!

Paper chains a good idea!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:00pm

How old was she when you started all this? I am itching to get going with finger paints but Mooch doesn't seem interested in the fact that you can make marks on paper with crayons etc... I can't wait for her feet to reach the pedal on the sewing machine!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:38pm

We did try her with finger paints and crayons etc when she was about one but she wasn't all that fussed. Probably about 14 months when she got COMPLETELY OBSESSED with chalk and we've gone from there.

Its an absolutel hoot watching her draw. She does these huge swooshing patterns and then sticks her tongue out and carefully makes really deliberate marks at various points on the page. And then she scours the page for blank spaces, pats them and seems to deliberate whether or not they need a little extra, sometimes yes, sometimes no. Then she tosses the page over her shoulder and grabs anohter and starts again. At the end of the session we have to put all the pictures on the fridge or wall and she beams and claps. Its lovely!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:41pm

We regularly have to rearrange the fridge to fit on the latest art work!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:43pm

I don't know if I mentioned this in person or on here...you may think it's a crap idea either way!! My two youngest god-children's house was full of pictures...so I took photos of every single one of them and made an album out of the pictures for their mum.

You can't possibly keep every bit of macaroni covered paper or you'll have to move house, but this way you get to keep the memories

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:44pm

good idea!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:45pm

Ooooohhhhhh........ thats a very good idea!! At the moment, we have a box we put them in when their ''rotation'' is finished, but then the boxes go in the loft. At least this way, we can always look at them!!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:46pm

Thats lovely Eeyore, did she cry?

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:48pm

She cried lots :)

We made the album too and put hand prints on the front of it and the dates...it's now one of five, as we do a new one every year together which the little ones love.

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:50pm

Thats a really lovely tradition to have, you sound like a great godmum!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 7:10pm

We only drew on A4 paper in school (incl preschool) and collected them in a folder and in the end of the year we made a cover with the year and name and "bound" it with some yarn like a book...

Works wonders!

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 7:33pm

L thats a brilliant idea!! :D

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 8:34pm

Ahh thats a lovely idea

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 11:16pm

That's a really lovely idea. Wish E's all god parents got involved in her life like that. I was just wondering what to do with her 5 halloween and 4 bonfire/firework pictures I've accumlated over the last couple of weeks, plus 2 leaf collages from last weekend and now I think I know!

She's suddenly got into clay modelling/painting (reckons she's making snake pots like mister maker did the other day - anyone seen mister maker? He's making my life a misery I can tell you that much.....................!) Anyhoo, any idea what to do with 2 snake pots, a tower, a bird (I think?!) and 3, yes 3, pencil holders (lumps of painted clay with small hole in the top which can just about hold a pencil/biro! Any thoughts. Anyone?!?!

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Monday, November 12th 2007, 3:17pm

Oh I LOVE Mr Maker! I was wondering if there would be a Mr Maker book or DVD out for Christmas, anybody know?

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Monday, November 12th 2007, 4:02pm

Jodie, maybe use them as christmas presents for family?? I'd love something like that, very personal :))

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Monday, November 12th 2007, 4:04pm

I think thats a good idea Missy, you'd just have to select the correct recipients, people who will really appreciate their true value! perhaps you could attach a fancy label saying "an early work by future Turner Prize winner"

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Monday, November 12th 2007, 4:13pm

LOL!! Oh yes! Well I'm sure not all would appreciate the sentimental value!! :P

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Monday, November 12th 2007, 11:33pm

We palmed off 2 snake pots and a pencil holder on Sunday to my parents and sister! Pencil holder now pride of place on desk in study, one snake pot holding earrings on my Mum's dressing table and the other being taken to my sister's office for paper clips!

One collage used as birthday care for my Grandad on Saturday!

Re. Mr Maker DVD - we've recorded loads of episodes on Sky+ and then DH has put them onto a disc. We've done the same with Peppa Pig, Night Garden, Brum and Higgledy House - all her favourites safely stored for emergency use!

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