Homemade treasure. An old wooden chest filled with gold paper Dabloons, scrumpled tin foil, dressing up jewellery and bits of gold card. Anchors made from a cereal box covered in bacofoil. Easy and fun!
Real life is better.
How many times I have you heard a parent say that their child played with the cardboard boxes for longer than the toy?
Most toys don’t do enough to keep children occupied yet we fill our homes with them. Ok I know some toys are great 🙂
As a working mum with traditional values I find you can’t go wrong with these ideas:
Making the dough and putting all the toppings on is great fun and keeps children occupied for ages. Let them help wash up too. Not only is cooking fun but it’s also educational.
Keep lots of kitchen items to use for shopping games- empty cereal boxes, sweet tubes, jars and tubs. Nothing sharp. When finished everything can go in the recycling bins.
Give your little one a trowel and something to kneel on and they’ll play for hours. Let them help pull up weeds, sweep,play with empty plant pots and watering cans.
I love making things. We’ve just bought a big bag of loom bands and are happy creating things together. I love crafts using leftover household items like toilet roll binoculars, pen holders from Pringles pots and landscapes using all manner if leftover items.
Egg and spoon races, dancing competitions, who can make the best potato face, hide and seek. Anything can be made in to a competition to create fun for hours.
My little one is a whizz on the ipad but she will spend longer with good old fashioned colouring lens and colouring book. I love those great big felt pictures you can colour in. Colouring books are great for dexterity, colour recognition, colour use and concentration. Tracing paper over a colouring book is also good. Pavement chalks for outdoors. Bath crayons for bath time and paint for old wallpaper. Simple fun costing very little.
I don’t think you have to spend a fortune to have fun.
Children who can a use themselves will be less demanding of attention. And will be less likely to get bored as quickly.
Sometimes movie time with a hot chocolate is a great way for the whole family to relax.
Remember your little one wants to be just like mum or dad so role play games or helping out games will be just up their street.
When your family grows by one or more you become increasingly aware of the amount of household waste that is thrown away every day-particularly when you are in the nappy phase.
I took my daughter to a science museum this weekend where one of the exhibitors were appealing to the public not to throw waste down the toilets. I’ve always disposed of nappies safely but I do sometimes throw a wet wipe down the toilet. I didn’t realise the effect this has on our water supply:
- The wet wipe market is growing at more than 15% a year according to research
- They don’t break up like tissue
- Fat sticks to them and hardens to cause what the industry call ‘Fatbergs’
- Wet wipes will block the system as they aren’t designed to decompose
With this in mind I am going to ditch the wet wipes and go back to good old fashioned soap and water. On cue my little girl has just come running in after washing her hands-so there is life after wet wipes. Are you an eco-mum?
FEED THE BIRDS-TUPPENCE A CAKE
Another idea I stumbled upon is bird cakes using left over cooking oil.
I bought a cheap little kit to do this but you can make the so easily.
It services two purposes-feeding the birds and creating a use for cooking oil which is hard to dispose of.
Get a silicone muffin case
Drape in a piece of string folded in half (So it forms a handing loop at the top)
Fill the case with birdseed
Pour in left over cooking oil
Put in the fridge to set
Another idea for old cooking oil is to put it in a vessel-leave to set and then scoop in to the food waste bin.
HEART OF GLASS
Another lovely idea for re-using glass jars-cover with crystals, tie ribbon round the centre, fill with pebbles or add a tealight. The uses are endless-it’s really easy to create shabby chic jars by using pinking shears to cut hearts out of fabric and glue to the glass-tie a ribbon around the top and glue a button in the centre and you can use the jars for holding cotton buds, make up brushes, toothbrushes-what ever you like.
If you search the internet for homemade gifts you will find lots of ideas for glass jars.
It’s really satisfying making something pretty and a lovely project to do with children.
Hope you enjoyed this blog.
Next time I write I might just be wearing a kaftan
I always try and send thank you cards on behalf of my daughter who’s three because I find it really touching to see how kind my friends and family are to her. The gifts are always so perfect too. These cards are so easy- cut leftover cardboard from toys in to square. Use leftover wrapping paper and wrap the squares as you would a gift. Tie a ribbon round or stick on a bow. Use foam sticky squares or glue to stick present to card. Finish off with a thank you sticker or best wishes sticker. Hey presto- a lovely handmade thoughtful thank you card.
To anyone who gets one from us this year- these cards were extremely difficult to make and took hours 🙂
Show someone you care with a handmade card
Happy New Year