Archives for the month of: April, 2011

Royal Wedding tomorrow, so we made flags at playgroup. They are made out of my old wedding invites, the card we used for the Valentine party and white paper. Pretty straightforward, but interesting to make, most of the flags did not much resemble mine!

The other picture is my daughter with the princess hat she made at school, the school had a street party in the playground in the afternoon and did activities like maypole dancing, biscuit decorating and hat making in the morning. The shape of the hats surprised me, it is a long time since I’ve seen a conical princess hat. Life was much simpler when I believed that all princesses wore hats like that.

I wonder if my daughter will be disappointed by the reality of tomorrow’s princess making.


Had a week off last week planting trees at school, back to normal this week.

We had a mini Easter party at toddlers and my contribution was Easter Baskets. The children loved this- I think it was the combination of paint and glue- heaven for small children, not so good for the plastic tablecloth that has been washed and is hanging on my line as I type.

These are the Easter Baskets, one is mine, one is my six year old daughter’s and one is my three year old son’s. See if you can work out which is which.

Also this week my daughter has found an old exam paper in her box of scrap paper. Here is her answer to the last question, hope you can read it.

Not a bad answer….

Why am I more upset about the death of my daughter’s goldfish than she is? I think it is a feeling of failure on my part, I should be able to keep a goldfish alive longer than 4 days… Well anyway last week (even before Gabriella the short lived came into our lives) I finally found a happy solution to one of my rubbish crafting dilemmas.

Muller Corner pots look like they should be great for my kind of crafting, but suffer from two major flaws.

1) They are plastic so if you want to paint them you have to mix paint with PVA – fine if you are doing one or two models but too expensive to do if you have 20 plus children at a cash-strapped toddler group.

2) They are not as strong as you think they are. Puppets are the immediate thing people (usually)  think of to make out of these pots but after a few squishes the big triangle will break from the little one.

But I didn’t really discover these flaws until I had 24 or so yoghurt pots piled up in the kitchen. It took me a while and several failed ideas before I finally decided what I was going to do with the pots. Dinosaurs (the ones with spikes on their backs), boats and sails, mountains and cars were all dismissed as impractical, then after some cheeky comments from my sister the fish idea began to take shape.

Attempt 1, stuck on cardboard and painted with PVA and paint mix.

Attempt 2. Joined with masking tape covered with silver foli and sweet wrappers

Attempt 3 A mix of both previous attempts

Attempt 4 Sweet wrappers stuck onto cardboard, happy smile

And then, finally…………

Two half pots stuck together, decorated with sweet wrappers, tissue paper and happy smile


And it even uses up the supermarket shoe coat hangers I have had sitting in my kitchen for 2 years.

I am ridiculously pleased with these, you may have noticed that by the amount of detail I have put into this post.  I haven’t taken them to toddlers yet as I now have to stick 30 or 40 pairs of yogurt pots together as they take a while to stick properly. Look out for their appearance in a few weeks time.

Yes I do have a lot of free time.

Craft at toddlers this week was Sheep made out of cotton wool. One of the mums like them so much she said she might even do this with her class when she went back to work!!!!

Or maybe she was just being polite.

I have also had time to make chocolate cake this week. I had help cleaning the bowl and mixer.

See you soon.