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Sugru- My New Favourite Fixit Mouldable Glue

Sugru- My New Favourite Fixit Mouldable Glue
Sugru- My New Favourite Fixit Mouldable Glue

“You can fix it Mommy, because you’re Fixit.” Ive been named after one of my son’s favourite Transformers characters because I mostly manage to fix his broken toys. I have many different kinds of glues for different kinds of fixes close at hand as some of my DIY Mommy-must-haves. Sometimes however, I have to disappoint him with the news that a particular break can in fact, not even be fixed by his Fixit Mommy. That’s until I got this new awesome tester in the mail.  Read the rest of this entry

Quick & Easy Sensory Clay (microwave) & Printable colour chart!

Quick & Easy Sensory Clay (microwave) & Printable colour chart!
Quick & Easy Sensory Clay (microwave) & Printable colour chart!

I like this rough grainy clay as its good for sensory development for small toddlers and the shape of your characters stay in place much better when it has something rough to hold on to.

This recipe is so easy your kids can make it! I made this batch twice to make sure it doesn’t clump when making one big batch but maybe it will work for you? Let me know! 

You will need:

Sensory clay, rough textured clay, toddler activities, free colour chart printable.

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Microwave

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coarse salt 
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Food coloring

Step 1:

Sensory clay, rough textured clay, toddler activities, free colour chart printable.

Mix all the ingredients except the food coloring. 

Step 2:

Sensory clay, rough textured clay, toddler activities, free colour chart printable.

Separate the batch in two if you want more colors. 

Add the food coloring and put in microwave for 30seconds. If its not firm and still stick to your hands, put it back into the microwave for another 30secs. If it still sticks, add a little flour and repeat.

I ended up with 5 colors because I made the batch twice and then took a little of the blue and a little of the purple and added yellow to get that awesome stone grey colour. 

Enjoy! 


Having trouble figuring out the colours? Here’s a free printable colour chart!

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:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

 

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:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

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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Kids Activities Calendar with Bostik

Kids Activities Calendar with Bostik
Kids Activities Calendar with Bostik

Here’s a fun way of showing your Primary School kids what’s on the extra curricular calendar for the week. When they are still so small they are excited about what they are doing when, so this is a nice way for them to be aware of what happens what day. The time labels are there for the older ones who have an idea of time but mostly it helps for mom to also know whats going on!

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

 

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

What you’ll need:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Step 1:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Create your activity pieces with Bostik Crazy Clay and allow it to dry for about 6 hours. This clay is really easy to work with and dries into a nice spongy piece. I created activity pieces for swimming, hockey, maths classes, reading classes, tennis, piano lessons, art classes and birthday parties. 

Step 2:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Cut rectangles of about 5,5 x 4,5cm for the non-repetitive activities that only happens that week out of the lid of an ice cream container. Cut half of them in three for the time labels. Round off the edges with Bostik Crazy Clay or Bostik Glitter Glue. I did the non-repetitive labels with Crazy Clay and the time labels with glitter glue. Leave to dry.

Step 3:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Spray an ample amount of Bostik Art & Craft sprayable adhesive on the project boards and firmly press the felt to the board, smoothing it out to ensure there are no wrinkles. Turn the boards around and cut the squares out in line with the edges of the boards. Apply Bostik Clear Glue on the excess edges one by one before you close the tabs otherwise the glue may dry into the fabric too quickly and dry out too soon. 

Step 4:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

If you use an A3 project board and measure the width in Landscape it should be around 60cm. That gives you 7cm per day of the week with one extra for the activity pieces, so draw lines with Bostik Glitter Glue 7cm apart, leaving one bigger space at the end for the extra pieces you won’t use for the week. Leave to dry.

Step 5:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Cut the rough part of the velcro in small squares, press the backside firmly on a glue dot, pull it from the film and stick it to the backs of all the activity pieces and labels.

Step 6:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

I just love Bostik Sew Simple… I hardly use a needle anymore (oops). Apply it abundantly on both sides of the covered project boards, smooth out with your finger or a piece of cardboard and allow to dry for 10 minutes. Press firmly together and set aside to dry.

Step 7:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Finally write the days of the week with Glitter Glue at the top and there you go, time well spent for organizing your kids’ extra curricular activities.

Use a piece of Bostik Prestik to put the eraser marker on the wall next to the activity board for the blank labels used for the non-repetitive activities. Have fun!


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DIY Washing Powder & Dishwasher pods

DIY Washing Powder & Dishwasher pods
DIY Washing Powder & Dishwasher pods

When my son got a bad case of eczema as a baby I started making this washing powder thats all natural chemical-, irritant- and bad-stuff free. Not only did his eczema go away, I also saved lots of money on washing powder and dishwasher pods.

Its easy and really cost effective if you buy the ingredients in bulk.

Washing Powder

Spread 2kg bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) in a thin layer over baking trays. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 1hour. Bicarb is fluffy and shiny but when it is ready it will be dull and grainy. The chemical process actually now makes it washing soda and the weight will have reduced to about 1,5 kg.

Mix the washing soda with 2kg Bicarb and 1kg Epson Salts. You may want to divide that beforehand into two bowls to be able to mix it if you don’t have one very large bowl. You can add an additional few drops of essential oil and mix it through… I prefer lemongrass.

Store in an air tight container until needed.

For softener I use half a cup of Vinegar in a large load. Its not as soft as store bought conventional softener but it does the trick and I am willing to sacrifice as much for the environment!

 

Dishwasher Pods

From the Washing Powder recipe above, take 2 cups and add enough lemon juice to make it sticky and clumping. Fill ice cube trays (not so much that it won’t fit into the pod holder) and push down with gloves or cover with cling wrap because as it can very abrasive and drying on your hands. Leave in the sun for a day or two to dry out… It is ready when you can pop it out of the tray without it breaking.

You can use a tablespoon or two of  the powder as it is as well or add a little citric acid to make it fizz.

Use salt as normal and Vinegar as rinsing aid.


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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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DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

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.

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

Step 2:

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

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornamentDIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

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!

DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornamentDIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

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.
DIY Christmas, Christmas Tree ornament

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 #4: Button Bulbs

DIY Christmas #4: Button Bulbs
DIY Christmas #4: Button Bulbs

 

Oh how I love these bulbs… Buttons, buttons and more buttons! This one is more for older kids if you want to do it neatly with a glue gun as the buttons are too heavy for glues that don’t dry as quick but younger kids can probably do something similar with craft glue and something other than buttons.

You will need:

  • Polystyrene balls (purchased at CNA, PNA and Crazy Store in South Africa)
  • Glue Gun
  • Lots of buttons (Also purchased at Craft stores. I bought mine at CNA)
  • Scissors
  • Rope, ribbon or lace

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Step 1:

Now before you get all excited about all the buttons and start glueing like me, take a scissor and make a hole for the rope. I added the photos from a previous post cause with this one I accidentally got ahead of myself.

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Step 2:

Squirt a little glue inside and quickly insert the rope.

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Make sure there’s enough glue to hold, squirt a little on top if neccessary.

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

Step 3:

Now you can glue your heart out… its best to glue the button instead of the polystyrene ball as the glue can melt the ball and its better for exact placing of the buttons. 

DIY Christmas, Button BulbsDIY Christmas, Button Bulbs

When done, it will look something like this… the best of all is that each ball will look different!

DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs
DIY Christmas, Button Bulbs


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DIY Christmas #1: Flower Bulb

DIY Christmas #1: Flower Bulb
DIY Christmas #1: Flower Bulb

 

Ive been busy with creating DIY Christmas ornaments and will be sharing them in the following month. Here is my first attempt at a globe made from recycled materials. It may cost you if you don’t have the tools but if you do, its very cheap. I made my own version, but saw the original post HERE. Read the rest of this entry

Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!

Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!
Bouncy Frozen Glitter Slime!

 

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

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

What you’ll need:

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

 

  • 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

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

Pour glue mix into borax

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

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!

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

TIP!

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

Frozen, Glitter Slime, Crafts

Frozen Boys & Girls FREE Printable Party Invites!

Frozen Boys & Girls FREE Printable Party Invites!
Frozen Boys & Girls FREE Printable Party Invites!

Finally its time for some FREE Party Printables! This week its Frozen. I found that boys also love Frozen but really struggle to find Printables so I designed one specially for them. Click on the link below to download, open in Word or any other editing programme and insert your own info. Alternatively you can also print it out and write it by hand.  Read the rest of this entry

Crafty Kids Competition!

Crafty Kids Competition!
Crafty Kids Competition!

 

Hey Moms of Crafty Kids, here’s a great competition for 4-13 year olds to show their Craftiness! One awesome Kid from each category will win a R250 voucher from takealot.com. If a US reader wins, they will win a $20 voucher from Amazon.com.

The two categories are:

  • 4-8 Years
  • 9-13 Years

The instructions:

Kids, make a creation of your own with found objects like recycled materials and whatever Crafty stuff you can find at home, like paper plates, toilet rolls, yoghurt containers, tin foil… use your imagination but REMEMBER… Read the rest of this entry