Crafts

An explorer ship made from a margarine tub

Learning through play: Making an explorer ship to help learn about Christopher Columbus

One of the topics that Sophie’s school has suggested for home learning is to learn about Christopher Columbus. Our lesson started with watching a short online video clip about Christopher…

The three houses made from felt/foam and a craft stick; the Three Little Pigs puppets, a Big Bad Wold puppet and Mummy Pig against the background of a brown paper bag decorated to be a background scene

The Three Little Pigs: a story-telling puppet craft

One of Sophie’s Christmas presents last year was a box for “Special Time with Sophie”. Twelve envelopes. One to open each month. Each containing an activity for Sophie and me…

Two snowmen made from white paper covered toilet roll tubes with pipe cleaner and pompom scarves and earmuffs

Toilet roll snowmen – a simple winter craft

We were inspired to make these cute little toilet roll snowmen after spotting some similar ones at the local Christmas tree festival. They’re very simple to make and would be…

The solar oven in the garden with cookie dough inside

#30DaysWild – Making a solar oven

Making a solar oven and using the power of the sun to do some outdoor baking has been on my list of things to try with Sophie for a while.…

Sophie's nature journal with a bouquet of roses

#30dayswild – Making a nature journal

At the start of this year’s #30DaysWild challenge, Sophie made her own nature journal to help her record our wild adventures. Over the next month, we’ll be filling it with…

A rain gauge made from a plastic bottle outside in the garden

Crafting with kids: Making a rain gauge

I love craft activities that can be used as learning opportunities for children. One of the things that Sophie and I have done recently is to make a rain gauge…

Sophie wearing the finished Easter crown

Crafting with kids: a simple Easter crown

I thought I’d shared the last of our craft sessions with Jessica but last week a couple of photos popped up in my Timehop reminding me of the last Easter…

Sophie with her finished cardboard tube lighthouse

Crafting with kids: a simple lighthouse craft

I love sitting down and doing crafts with Sophie. She’s now at the age where she likes to be able to do as much as possible by herself, with only…

Sophie wearing a dinosaur head made from papier-mache

Crafting with kids: Making a dinosaur head from papier-mâché

Sophie has been learning about dinosaurs over the last half-term at school. She’s enjoyed hunting for fossils during outdoor learning sessions, drawing pictures of dinosaurs and learning more about different…

Sophie wearing her finished robot helmet

Crafting with kids: Making a robot helmet

Cardboard boxes are brilliant for imaginative play. They can be turned into so many different things, depending on the size – a car, a boat, a doll’s house. We’ve used…