Yarn Monsters These Yarn Monsters were an utter delight to make and I have laughed all the way through writing this blog post at the photographs I have been editing. This is such an enjoyable craft from start to finish and my girls just adore playing with these little critters. Yarn (various colours), 30cm pipe cleaners (I love cotton pipe cleaners as they not only look good buy are easier to glue things on to but you can use any kind), eyes (stickers or googly), scissors and a wee bit of PVA glue (white glue).
DIY Stamped Nature Shirts - Fireflies and Mud Pies If you’ve been a reader of Fireflies and Mud Pies for a while, you know one of my passions is getting kids outside to play. Outdoor play positively influences a child’s health by improving their mood and physical fitness, developing their immune system, and enhancing their creativity, leadership skills, and imagination. Additionally, children who spend time outdoors are more likely to become environmental stewards, demonstrating a higher level of respect and appreciation for their environment and the people, creatures, and plants that live within it. Time outdoors needn’t be intense. 50 of the BEST DIY Gift Ideas Don't miss a thing! Sign up to receive The Idea Room posts in your email inbox! Subscribers will also receive special free printables once a month!...
Sensory Nature Scavenger Hunt This week our homeschool co-op had a brilliant time exploring one of our local nature reserves and doing a Sensory Nature Scavenger Hunt! It was a warm enough morning for bare feet and full body sensory fun! Typically, scavenger hunts focus on sight and maybe touch. I took it that step further to include auditory (sound), olfactory (smell), and different tactile senses (i.e. weight perception). The scavenger hunt items and the natural world around them provided enough inspiration alone and piqued a lot of interest in the kids.
Ruffles and Pink are for Girls - CAP's Crochet & Crafts A good friend is having a baby girl in September so I wanted to make her a special, girly blanket. I looked at many patterns and projects and finally decided to create a blanket using the Snapdragon Stitch. This is the "recipe" I used to create this blanket. J Hook Approx. 1200 yards worsted weight yarn, I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease. This is approx. 6.2 skeins or about 22 oz.; 3.89 skeins pink, 2.29 skeins white and 1/2 skein stone. First Sewing Basket for Kids Make a first sewing basket for kids using simple, age appropriate materials that encourage open-ended creativity, fine motor skills and plenty of independent fun! My girls have been asking to do some sewing recently, so we collected some simple, easy to use materials together and made a first sewing basket for them to have and use.They are really excited to have something of their very own and to do it next to me while I am doing my crochet. It struck me how much a basket of these materials is really just a fantastic open-ended play resource, with a focus on fine motor skills and development of co-ordination. It’s a heuristic play basket for slightly older children! I wanted the contents to be tactile, easy to use and child-appropriate, ensuring that they will have success each time they begin a new project and leaving room for different combinations of materials and open-ended creativity.
St. Patricks Day Gifts You guys…I am obsessed with these bottles (recycled Starbucks Frappucino). So I apologize in advance for this project. But I just could not help myself! I realized that I hardly have any St. Patrick’s Day Gifts or décor ideas on The Idea Room. TWO ingredient Clay We’ve had plenty of fun experimenting with household products to make things such as our Soft as a Cloud Playdough – using only 2 ingredients, Homemade Modelling Clay, DIY Foam Paint, Homemade Face Paint and much more! This is another fun, inexpensive recipe that you can make from household ingredients! It’s really soft & easy to mould & it air dries! All you need is 1 cup of Elmer’s Glue 1 cup of cornflour