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When my children were tiny I had a mental list of Ten Minute Tasks, things I could get done in the rare ten minutes when my children were napping or playing on their own. It was small household tasks like tidying the lounge, cleaning the sink or loading the washing machine. If you know me you will know I didn’t often get many free Ten Minutes.

The list has changed now, and the Ten Minute Tasks have become things my 3 year old son can do in the ten minutes before we are due to go out and I am otherwise occupied. His tasks, invented by himself quite often involve water and mud- or on a good day both.

In case you can’t tell his clothes are soaking and very muddy, this all happened in the 15 minute gap between coming home and having to go out again to school.

Other things on my 3 year old’s ten minute task list include: unrolling a toilet roll, creating a course to play Total Wipeout in the lounge and turning a piece of chocolate cake into crumbs.

He also took ten minutes to create this wonderful paper plate ladybird at toddlers today. This idea was taken from a book my (dear) sister gave me for Christmas. The paper plate is cut into 3 pieces and masking taped to a strip of card. It is then painted.

He very carefully painted the antennae and  wings  red with not too much going on the newspaper.

Isn’t it amazing what you can achieve in ten minutes?


Hello all. No post last week as I had one poorly daughter and one even poorlier son (and a slightly poorly husband, but I think he was just keeping them company), so no toddlers and no craft to post about. Luckily both children are back to their normal well selves (which means they just have a bit of a cough and a bit of a cold). Husband still not back to normal, but that’s due to rugby injury so he gets no sympathy.

Anyway back to the craft.  Predictably it was Red Nose Day based this week, and you can probably guess what it was….

I’ll give you chance to think about that and show you what the craft was to be last week – would welcome your thoughts on what you think of it.  The more I look at it the less pleased I am, definitely glad we didn’t do it.

Yes well.  Even I think this is taking making things out of rubbish a bit far – the end result isn’t supposed to look rubbish (although my things often do).  I have thought long and hard and come up with a better way to reuse these plastic containers, look out  for it in a few weeks time.

In the meantime I have been collecting Muller Corner yoghurt pots and haven’t a clue what to turn them into. Any ideas would be appreciated.

That’s it, end of son’s TV watching for now, so end of my typing time. The waiting is over and here is this week’s craft

Paper plate clowns! Did you guess correctly?

I am wondering if the best crafts are the ones where the children’s attempts look just like my  example – or does that just mean my art skills are the same as the children’s???