A Mad Science party for 5 year olds

How to make science bunting

When we started thinking about N’s birthday party it was all a bit of a blur.  Unless your child has a particular yearning for one theme, you can come unstuck with all the offers out there.  We joined up with his best friend as their birthdays are only a few weeks apart and they’d be inviting the same people from school and NCT,  and then it was on to party planning. The party theme You’d think 2 boys the same… Continue Reading “A Mad Science party for 5 year olds”

Wet weather activity – pottery painting at The Pottery Place

My heart always falls when the weather is horrendous and I’ve got a day planned to go out with N.  He’d probably not be too bothered about being out in the rain, but I’m not that keen.   So over the break I decided maybe we should give pottery painting a go. Now, of course you can do pottery (or glass) painting at home.  It can be pretty cheap if you just want to decorate a mug, plate, tile and you… Continue Reading “Wet weather activity – pottery painting at The Pottery Place”

No sew nativity costume – make in 10 minutes

no sew 10 minute nativity costumes - Bubbablue and me

In the past (well, last year’s nursery nativity) I’ve just gone and bought a nativity costume because I just don’t have the time to sew, find patterns, spend a fortune on material and then have it end up looking stupid.  But this year N is a villager in his nativity play. In his book bag there was a slip: N – villager.  Needs a long tunic, belt, tea towel and band. Ok, tea towel and band were easy enough.  I… Continue Reading “No sew nativity costume – make in 10 minutes”

Take one cardboard tube and teach vibration

N is obsessed with boxes as you may have seen from various photos on this blog over time.   But he’s got quite partial to junk modelling as well.  I don’t get many drawings home from school, but I get a lot of junk models….mostly just boxes stuck on top of each other. But the other week we had a more interesting play session making the most of some cardboard tubes we had.  It turned into a session on science and… Continue Reading “Take one cardboard tube and teach vibration”

How to pimp your pumpkin the easy way – Sharpie pumpkin art

Creating pumpkin art - Bubbablueandme

I know I’m late with my pumpkin post, but I like to take time to reflect!  And hey, I’m not yet talking Christmas. N was looking forward to having a pumpkin, so I agreed again we would carve one.  We chose a medium sized one this year – much easier to lug around and it was really quick to carve out. Last year, I bought a poundshop carving kit which was rubbish.  Then I used N’s kiddycutter knife which was… Continue Reading “How to pimp your pumpkin the easy way – Sharpie pumpkin art”

Button craft activities for children

button christmas tree decorations

We don’t do much crafting in our house. I used to make greeting cards and jewellery to sell, but then had no time, and now blogging has taken over…note to self, really must sell all the beads I still have floating around the house.  And N usually has better things to do with his time, like play outside, go on the farm, or just generally do other things involving wheels, Lego, books and role play. But this week he’s gone… Continue Reading “Button craft activities for children”

Doodle drawer and preschool artwork

making a hanging picture with pipe cleaners

N’s never really been that keen on art work or doing crafts.  Over the last 6 to 9 months I’ve had more bits of paper brought home with drawings, paintings and scribbles on, but he’d still rather be playing outside. But the last couple of weeks I’ve been surprised at how much N’s wanted to make something.  That’s exactly what he calls it ‘Mummy, can I make something’.  And off he goes to the utility room to steal craft supplies… Continue Reading “Doodle drawer and preschool artwork”

How to paint your own reusable bag

How to and what you need to paint your own canvas reusable bags - Bubbablueandme

While I do have a great stock of (rapidly depleting) carrier bags in the larder, I am pretty good about going out shopping with my reusable bags.  I usually have the canvas bags popped in my handbag, and have them in the car and strewn around the house.  They are really handy if I’m nipping out with N for an appointment and need to take some books or toys out with us, or if I’m doing a bit of a… Continue Reading “How to paint your own reusable bag”

Easy Easter egg decorating ideas

ideas for decorating easter eggs with Sharpies - Bubbablueandme

We don’t really do a big celebration at Easter.  N gets a few eggs from family, and there’s a big family meal.  Then we try and get out somewhere locally if the weather’s good.  We don’t decorate the house either, but last year I decorated eggs for the first time.  This year I’d been planning to try naturally dyed ones again, as well as using lace to dye a pattern, but decided to opt for an easier method, ie Sharpies.… Continue Reading “Easy Easter egg decorating ideas”

How to make personalised photo tile coasters

personalised photo tiles

Last Christmas I was debating what to get my best friend for a present…I’ve exhausted a lot of my brilliant ideas, and the pressure’s on because she’s been really pleased and chuffed with the really thoughtful presents that she’s loved and been totally surprised at.  I had some nice photos of her son and some of the places we’d met up over the year, so thought I’d use those to create a handmade present. Of course time moves on so… Continue Reading “How to make personalised photo tile coasters”