DIY Striped Frames

DIY Striped Frames - hand made by kids

Hand made gifts from kids is one of my favourite treats. Since becoming a parent I’ve always looked forward to getting those hand-made-with-love covered-in-glue-and-tape-and-paint-and-glitter type gifts that I remember making at school. I also love making them with Pebble and it’s one of our favourite ways to spend time together.

DIY Striped Frames - hand made by kids

Somehow though, Father’s Day crept up on me this year. Here in Australia it’s always the first weekend in September. Every year. So you think I’d be all organised and on top of it, right? Um, not so much. So it was that Pebble and I were having a very enjoyable and slightly manic painting session on the Friday before Father’s Day. She had an absolute ball and these striped frames turned out just gorgeous. Here’s how we made them. All three of them (for Grandad, Grandad and the Number 1 man himself, Daddy).

DIY Striped Frames – hand made by kids

You will need:

  • wooden picture frames – we bought ours from the local cheap shop for a couple of dollars each
  • paint – we used these colourful no-drip paints given to us by Micador and some poster paints from our supply
  • masking tape
  • paint brushes
  • a bucket of water and a cloth, for quick clean ups
  • old newspapers

DIY Striped Frames - hand made by kids

How to make your DIY Striped Frames

  • Spread out some newspaper in your art space. We had a beautiful almost-Spring day, so we worked outside.
  • Use the masking tape to create a striped pattern on your frames.
  • Stand back and let the kid go nuts with the paint.
  • Leave the frames to dry COMPLETELY. This is where I had to employ the help of  my hair dryer – like I said, we were a bit last minute! No time to waste!
  • Peel off the tape and admire your gorgeous frames.

DIY Striped Frames - hand made by kids

Now all you need is something to put in them! Pebble drew these super cute portraits of Grandad, Grandad and Daddy. My favourite part is the “kisses” on their shoulders. See those ‘x’ marks?

Dislaimer: Micador sent us some paints to try. Thanks Micador! I’m under no obligation to use the paints or write about them and was not compensated in any way.

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Messy Play (and how to keep clean!)

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15 Fun Ideas for Messy Play #sponsored

Do your kids like messy play? You know, making mud pies, squishing gloop, painting with their feet, building sand castles, squelching foam? Messy play is a fun, open ended activity that allows children’s creativity to go wild. It is also cheap and easy to set up. And did I mention FUN? Pebble and I have had LOTS of laughs getting messy. Here are a few ideas that you might like to try:

Phew! That’s a lot of mess :) It’s safe to say that my laundry basket gets pretty full with messy, gloopy, gooey clothes. I’m no laundry princess – I like to chuck it all in, press a couple of buttons and have it come out clean.

Cold Power asked if I’d like to try out their Cold Power Sensitive Touch to get our mess all cleaned up. I was keen to give it a go for a couple of reasons – first of all, it’s safe for sensitive skin, and our Pebble is a delicate little flower. I always have to be careful of the product that I use with her, she gets rashy, bumpy, itchy skin very easily. Cold Power Sensitive Touch also gives clothes a squeaky clean while saving energy costs because it washes in cold water. It worked great in my front loader, but you can also get it for top loaders, both in liquid or powder form. We tried the liquid and it made everything fresh and clean, even after messy play.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get messy! You can always get clean again and it’s well worth the fun.

15 Fun Ideas for Messy Play - and how to get clean again

Cold Power Sensitive Touch Giveaway

If you’d like some help to get clean, Cold Power are giving away two packs of Cold Power Sensitive Touch (RRP $14.99). Just leave a comment telling me what your child’s favourite messy play is. Don’t forget to tell me if you have a top loader or front loader, so we can send you the right stuff. Entries close at midnight AEST on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Sorry but this one is for Aussie readers only.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cold Power and Digital Parents Collective. Cold Power Sensitive Touch provided complimentary samples for this post, however the opinions and content expressed within are completely my own. 

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17 Ways to Play, Create and Learn with Tempera Paint

 17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera PaintI was looking through our photos over the weekend and came across these pics of Pebble have a great time in the summer sunshine, exploring with tempura paints. I had grabbed a few bits and pieces from our art cupboard and our kitchen, then Pebble spent a lovely afternoon scooping, sprinkling, squeezing and spraying.

It was lots of fun and made me want to look for more things to do with our tempera paint stash. I found sixteen more super fun ways to play, create and learn with this colourful powder. Read on to find out more about how Pebble played and more fun ideas.

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What we used:

  • tempera powder paints
  • kitchen sieve
  • spoons
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • paper
  • water tub

The way we played:

  • sprinkling paint over paper and it with spraying water
  • sprinkling paint into a water tub and mixing it
  • spraying water onto the slide and seeing it evaporate
  • floating paper in the water tub, sprinkling it with paint and spraying it with more water.

The stuff we learned:

  • squeezing (fine motor)
  • colour mixing
  • cause and effect
  • evaporation

16 MORE ways to play, create and learn with tempera paints:

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15 Ways to Play and Learn with Balloons

15 Ways to Play and Learn with Balloons

Balloons are a very handy play and learning tool to have in the house. If you have a bag of balloons there is so much playing, creating and learning to be done. Try some of these awesome ideas.

  1. Blow up balloons, throw streamers around the room, put on some music and play pretend parties (pictured). You could even write out invites and make a pretend birthday cake with play dough.
  2. Make a cute squeezy ball for sensory play (Laughing Kids Learn).
  3. Science fun with this DIY Water Fountain (Learn with Play at Home)
  4. Science play and sensory fun with balloons and water (Teach Preschool)
  5. A super simple balloon game to encourage eye tracking (Lessons Learnt Journal)
  6. Create a balloon surprise birthday countdown (Imagination Tree)
  7. Water balloon maths! (No Time for Flash Cards)
  8. Make Bouncy balloon paintings (Picklebums)
  9. Make and play balloon rockets (A Little Learning for Two)
  10. Outdoor fun with balloon sprinklers (Adventures at Home with Mum)
  11. Floating fish craft (At Home with Ali)
  12. Back yard water park with a water balloon pool (Learning 4 Kids)
  13. Balloon kite (Paint on the Ceiling)
  14. DIY Walking Balloon Pet (Green Owl Art)
  15. Water balloon sight words (Royal Baloo)
  16. Fine motor fishing fun (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)


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Zip Lock Bag Painting

I have been trying to squeeze in a few fun art and play ideas with Pebble, but time is limited lately with little Rocky taking up so much of my time and attention. This weekend we tried ziplock painting after I saw it pop up on my Facebook feed thanks to Passionate About Play and Fun for the Kids. I haven’t done this for years, not since my early childhood training days. It was the perfect thing to set up for independent play – although I will admit to playing along side Pebble and having just as much fun as she was!

Zip Lock Bag Painting

Zip Lock Bag Painting

You will need:

  • medium zip lock bags
  • strong, wide tape
  • paint (I used this paint given to us by Micador)
  • white paper (optional)
  1. Place some blobs of paint into the zip lock bag. Seal the bag.
  2. Use the tape stick the bag to a table. I stuck our bags on top of white paper to make it easier to see the colours.
  3. Play!

This is a great mess-free sensory experience which is great fun for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. Stick it on the floor and babies can get in there and squish the colours around. Toddlers, preschoolers and school age children can blend colours and create pictures, patterns, letters, shapes, letters and numbers.

This post is not sponsored. I was given some Micador products to try and have chosen to share the fun that we have had with them.

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