Tag Archives: minicreations

Making clothes peg dolls

With all the lovely weather we’ve been having this summer, we’ve spent very little time indoors doing crafts.  Last week we had a couple of rainy days though, and used it as an opportunity to make some clothes peg dolls.

Three dolls made from clothes pegs, pipe cleaners and scraps of wool and fabric

These little dolls are simple to make – although my girls needed a little assistance with a few of them steps.… Read more

Spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers

The flowers are starting to appear in our garden and our crafts lately have been all about spring flowers too – creating a flower crown, making flowery pictures and creating our own mini garden as part of our spring crafts sessions.  Here’s our latest mini creations:

Spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

Paper plate spring flower crown

This pretty spring flower crown is easy to make – although little ones may need an adult to do the first part for them.… Read more

5 types of baby, toddler and preschooler paintings - Little Hearts, Big Love

5 types of baby, toddler and preschooler paintings

I love watching my children paint. The way they freely express themselves – there is no self-consciousness, no worrying over whether their painting is “good” or “true to life” – just the innocent and carefree joy of getting messy and making a beautiful picture. They paint from the heart, paint for the love of painting and are proud of what they create.… Read more

Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers

We’ve been focusing on sea-themed crafts over the past week, creating a variety of fish and other sea creatures out of paper plates, plastic cups and bottles and toilet roll tubes. Most of these have been quite easy to make, although one or two have required a little more extra adult help, and both my girls have been having a great time with painting, sticking and gluing.… Read more

Ziplock bag painting

I love painting with my girls but sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind for dealing with the mess that it generates. Ziplock bag painting seemed to be the perfect way to let the girls enjoy having fun with paints and not have any mess to clear up afterwards – plus I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about Sophie trying to eat the paint either!… Read more

Face painting with felt-tip pens

Tuesday morning toddler group is one of my favourites – time to sit with a cup of tea and a piece of cake, catching up with some mummy friends while my children run around and play in a safe environment. Some weeks we have a lady there doing hand massage and manicures for the mums and this week was one of them.… Read more

Paper Plate Aquarium

Paper plates are a key item in our craft box – they are so useful as a paint palette whenever Jessica is doing painting or as the basis of a craft project. This week we’ve been making a paper plate aquarium.

Paper Plate Aquarium - Little Hearts, Big Love

To make the aquarium, you will need:

  • A blue paper plate (we used a white one that we had painted blue)
  • Puffed rice cereal
  • Fish shapes cut from coloured card
  • Green tissue paper strips
  • PVA glue

Paper Plate Aquarium - Little Hearts, Big Love

Jessica started by spreading glue across the bottom half of the plate and then sprinkling puffed rice cereal all over the glue and shaking off the excess.… Read more

Lolly-stick animals

Our latest mini creations project has been making different animals using coloured lolly-sticks, coloured card, foam shapes and googly eyes.

Lolly-stick animals - Little Hearts, Big Love

Spending time indoors invariably leads to Jessica wanting to do some “making” and Sophie’s afternoon nap is the perfect time to have some one-to-one time with my big girl and do some crafting together.… Read more

Sophie’s first painting

After taking a few tips from Jocelyn at the Reading Residence on painting with toddlers, I decided to cover the table with lining paper, line Sophie’s high chair with a bin bag and have a painting session at the table with both my beautiful girls. Apart from one time of painting Sophie’s hand to get some handprints, this was Sophie’s first time with paper and paints.… Read more