Category Archives: 4-6 Year Olds

In The Gap Clothing

In The Gap Clothing
In The Gap Clothing

I got this awesome shirt from In The Gap Clothing for my son and I love it! Local is surely lekker and to top that, this is a growing family business to watch!

Wearing Christian clothing is not everyone’s cup of tea but for some people it can be a great opportunity to share their faith and answer questions around the clothing they wear. It can be a whole ministry field on your way to work or at the shops. I think its awesome!

About In the Gap:

“Well,  it all started with a dream. When my husband awoke one morning with several designs still in his mind, he realized that the dream of printing Christian t-shirts was from God. More than a year later (in God’s perfect time) the opportunity came to start our Christian Clothing Company and countless details fell into place within a matter of weeks. We were amazed at our King, knowing that this step and the timing was from Him.

In the Gap Clothing is situated in Mossel Bay, South Africa, and we seek to design and distribute quality Christian clothing aimed at promoting Kingdom life.”

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They have some pretty cool pillow cases, wall stickers and shirts & hoodies so hop over and have a look!

Follow their BLOG for insightful posts on relevant Christianity topics or browse around their ONLINE SHOP for awesome Faith clothing. Also follow their FACEBOOK page.

 

 

Fun Morning Schedule for Primary School Kids

Fun Morning Schedule for Primary School Kids
Fun Morning Schedule for Primary School Kids

Getting smaller kids ready for school in the morning can be a daunting task, especially if its something new to the mother and child. Here’s a fun way to keep schedule of what to do in just a few quick steps. These are all activities a small kid should be able to do by themselves. They simply finish the task and drop the flash card in the “Done” holder.

The chores are written down in one word for small kids so they can familiarise themselves with the words associated to the actions.
Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

The activities I listed are:

  • Make bed
  • Feed the dog
  • Eat breakfast
  • Brush teeth
  • Get dressed
  • Brush hair
  • Grab lunch box
  • Grab backpack

What you’ll need:

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Step 1:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Cut the rim of the container that the “Done” chores will go into so that it will be flush with the project board.

Step 2:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Use the Blits Stik Gel to attach a piece of project board to the container. Write “Done” on the container with Colour ‘n Paint twisters.

Step 3:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Create your own listed schedule in simple picture cards with project board, using Clear Glue Adhesive and round off the details with Wax Twisters and Colour ‘n Paint Twisters.

Step 4:

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Paste the rough part of the velcro at the back of each flash card using Clear Glue. You can keep both sides together but make sure you paste it in the middle of the card so that all the velcro will align neatly when pasted to the board.

Step 5:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Now put glue on the soft side of the velcro and align all the cards to once again make sure the velcro will be in line when the cards are removed.

Step 6:
Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Fix the container to the project board using Blits Stik Gel and Bob’s your uncle… easy as that! This is so easy you can do it with your primary school kid. Have fun!

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids


 

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DIY Christmas series for last minute Christmas decorating with kids!

DIY Christmas series for last minute Christmas decorating with kids!
DIY Christmas series for last minute Christmas decorating with kids!

Still having Christmas with other family or friends? Heres a full list of my DIY Christmas series. These are mostly made with found objects around the house and easy to do with kids.

Enjoy!

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Back to School Countdown Calendar!

Back to School Countdown Calendar!
Back to School Countdown Calendar!

The first day of school is one of the most memorable events in a kid’s life and counting down to the day will make it so much more fun! I have had the wonderful privilege to make this awesome Back to School countdown calendar with Bostik smart adhesives. Although this is a sponsored post, Bostik has been my favorite choice of adhesives since I was a child so you can just imagine how excited I was to work on this project.

In South Africa, the new school year starts on the 13th of January 2016 so I filled 10 boxes with back to school stationery that will each be opened in turn from 10 days before school starts.

On the day before school the last one, which is the school building, is opened where they will find the last of the stationery needed for school. This is an exciting way to help first graders know when school starts and that way every new piece of stationery will be received with joy!

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You will need:

Step1:

Gather all the school stationery and supplies and find boxes and holders around the house that the items will fit into. Common boxes like toothpaste boxes, cookie boxes and Bostik Crazy Clay boxes are ideal. The Crazy clay box works well for a homework book and notebook for instance, which is bigger but thinner and don’t fit anything you usually find in a food cupboard.

Step 2:

Arrange the boxes on a project board to resemble a school building. You can even just do a big school bus containing all the boxes, or something else school related… be creative!

Step 3:

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Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Place the stationary into the boxes and tape it with Bostik Super Clear Tape so that the opened box tabs wont make the box towers tumble.

Step 3:

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Cover the boxes with colorful project boards. Bostik Glue Stick works well for the smaller parts like windows and wheels. It leaves no bubbles and dries quickly.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik Art and Craft Sprayable Adhesive works amazing on the larger surfaces. Simply cut the project board to size, spray the surface and stick. I am amazed at how well this glue works and how quick it sticks even though the instructions are to wait a few minutes before you stick it. Definitely one of my new favorite adhesives!

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For the round roofs I cut out a circle, made a cut to the centre of the circle and twisted it into a cone before I stuck the edges together. Bostik Clear Adhesive has always been my ultimate favourite… it works great for quickly sticking ends together without having to hold it while waiting for it to dry.

Step 4:

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This was the most fun of this whole project! I made numbers for the boxes, with the Bostik Crazy Clay, to count down from ten days to school to the last day (I used Bostik Blits Stik Super Glue Gel to stick them to the boxes) and then I was going to make school children for the school grounds but ended up making minions to match the lunch box and juice bottle set. Crazy Clay turned out to be absolutely crazy to work with!

Moulding and smoothing out bumps is child’s play compared to other clays and if you like what you made, you only have to leave it out to dry and you end up with a soft, yet firm spongy figurine that can also bounce! How’s that!!

The left overs can easily be stored in tact by keeping it in the airtight containers it comes in. I really, really like this clay a lot and I think we will be having loads more Crazy clay fun from now on.

Step 5:

This step is all about the finishing touches.

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I used Bostik Colour ‘n Paint Twisters to add detail to the windows, pathway and grass like the picture above.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik Rainbow Glitter Glue rounded off the edges of the grass well and made beautiful shiny apples on the tree and lit up the school bus in the picture above by using silver glitter glue for the details on the wheels.

Step 6:

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Lastly I used Bostik Prestik to stick the roofs to the cylinder containers and also to secure all the boxes to the A3 Project board. You don’t want to stick everything with a glue that won’t allow you to disassemble the boxes in order to get the stationery out as your kids will probably want to put the boxes back together after opening them to keep the display in tact for a keepsake.

Well that’s it folks, have fun! This will be a first day of school to remember….

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

 


 

This post is sponsored by Bostik smart adhesives.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

 

DIY Christmas #5: Christmas tree ornament

DIY Christmas #5: Christmas tree ornament
DIY Christmas #5: Christmas tree ornament

 

This fun project is easy to do with toddlers if you are not too focused on having it perfect.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plates (preferably 2 small and two large ones)
  • Green Paint
  • 2 x Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Glitter, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, sequence etc. to decorate your tree with.

 

Step 1:

Let your toddler paint the back of the paper plates. This is what mine looked like after they were done. I kept their original lines and just finished the unfinished open spaces.

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Step 2:

Cut about 1/6 piece out of your plates and glue the sides together to form a cone.

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Step 3:

Put a little glue in a container and give your your toddler a little glue brush (I just used popsicle sticks) to decorate the cones as they wish. Glue blobs and stripes with glitter sprinkled over works well.

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

Remember, just take out the amounts you allow them to use or they will use everything you give them or at least get all of it full of glitter. This is a messy project so make sure to use newspaper underneath and make peace with the fact that it WILL be messy!

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This also works well without the decorating if you want to do more formal ones!

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

Step 4:

Cut one toilet paper roll in four quarters and glue them on the tops of the cones and to the bottoms of the ones that go on them. You may have to cut a little here or there to make it look even. Use the second toilet paper roll as the trunk of the tree.
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If you didn’t interfere too much, it will look something like this: Enjoy!

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament


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DIY Christmas #2: Advent Calendar

DIY Christmas #2: Advent Calendar
DIY Christmas #2: Advent Calendar

 

Christmas is such a special time and I think its a great idea to have a countdown from the first to 24’th of December for kids to know when Christmas comes. That way they won’t have to ask every day and on the 25’th they get their presents.

Every day from the first of December, a number gets poked to see the gifts inside. I suggest adding bible verses for older kids or maybe the story of Jesus (or Santa if you prefer) so every other day they can get an additional paragraph until the story is complete.

The kids had so much fun making this advent calendar. This seems like a lot of steps but its fairly easy!

You will need:

  • Brown Paper
  • 24 Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue gun or strong fast-drying glue
  • Pencil and red, green or black marker
  • Numbers stencil (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Strong piece of card board like from boxes or curtain packaging
  • Small stickers, sweets and gifts that fits into a toilet paper roll. If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll
  • Short piece of string or ribbon

 

Step 1

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Trace the toilet paper roll with a pencil to make 24 circles, leaving enough space in between for adhesion tabs.

Step 2

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Stencil the numbers 1-24 in the middle of the circles

Step 3

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Cut the circle out, about half an inch or less away from the pencil line and cut small little tabs so the paper can go around the circular toilet roll smoothly.

Step4

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Glue and paste.

Step 5

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Glue all the pieces neatly together with a glue gun. Its important to use fast drying glue otherwise it will fall apart before it dries. Remember to do all the numbers backwards from right to left, otherwise you may get your numbers mixed up.

Step 6

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Cut out two identical rectangles for the roof (optional to make it stick over the front edge to give it more depth. The back edge needs to be flush with the wall.) Place them and trace the triangles for the triangular space in between to give strength to the structure.

Step 7

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Now this is a tricky part and you may need an extra set of hands… Once again its much easier with a glue gun (hint hint… glue guns aren’t optional in a crafty house) Hold the two roof sections 90 degrees and glue them together. Glue the back triangle flush and place a toilet roll to measure the distance for the front triangle. Glue baby glue!

Step8

Glue the roof to the toilet paper rolls. This is very tricky and needs strong glue that dries properly to hold.

Step 9

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Paste a little strip of glue to the back of your roof and stick a loop that you can hang it on.

Step 10

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Now you’re ready to insert all the gifts in the rolls. As I said in the “You will need” above, if you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll.

I bought all my gifts at a dollar store and some of the items include finger lasers, stickers, ink stamps, mini bath ducks, candy watches, candy dummies and other sweets.

Step 11

 If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll  If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll

Lastly, cut a piece of cardboard big enough for the back of the house to cover all the openings and glue it tightly to the back.

 

 If you are planning to make one house for multiple kids, remember to buy gifts that you can fit more into one toilet paper rolls. I have two kids so everything had to be small enough to fit two into one toilet paper roll

Viola, your advent calendar is done!  I can suggest sticking it with additional prestik to make sure the weight holds all the gifts.

Remember not to be too worried about how it looks. Another one we made did not come out so perfect (you can see it in the pictures with the gifts above) but I actually loved it.

Enjoy!


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Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!

Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!
Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!

 

This is such a fun and easy project to do with toddlers and its super easy!

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What you’ll need:

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  • 2 bowls and a cup measure
  • Access to warm and cold water
  • Teaspoon and mixing spoon
  • Craft/ office glue (Elmers glue) 
  • Borax
  • Gel food coloring (or any form of coloring) 
  • Glitter (optional)

 

Step 1:

Mix 1/2 cup glue with 1/2 cup water

Add coloring and glitter

Mix well

Step 2:

Mix 1/2 cup cold water with 1/4 cup boiled or warm water

Add 2 tspoons borax 

Mix well

Step: 3

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Pour glue mix into borax

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Start taking all the glue out with your fingers and the glue will magically transform into bouncy frozen glitter slime! You can break it and press it back together again and bounce it around when its settled enough. 

Make sure to store it in a glass container to ensure it doesn’t dry out. It happens within a day if not in a sealed container!

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TIP!

Sell it as an Entrepreneurs project or make it for Christmas gifts!

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