Father’s Day stick puppet craft

Father’s Day stick puppet craft

You will need:

  • White paper
  • A printer
  • Colouring pens/pencils/markers
  • Scissors
  • Lolly sticks
  • Glue

1. Download our free template here: bit.ly/fathersdaytemplate, once downloaded, print it.

2. Colour in the template with pens, pencils or markers, in any colours you like, see if you can use every colour you have!

3. Carefully cut out the template.

4. Put some glue on the back of the template, place the lolly stick on the bottom part so it sticks out, like feet, and then carefully glue on the front part of the template.

Happy Father’s Day!

We’d love to see what designs the children at your setting came up with! Share photos with us on Facebook or email us at marketing@parenta.com

Beep Beep! Emergency services car craft

Beep Beep! Emergency services car craft

You will need:

  • Coloured craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Pick which emergency services cars you’d like to make
  2. Cut out the different shapes and sizes that will make up your chosen cars, body, wheels, etc.
  3. Glue the shapes together on a piece of paper
  4. You are done!
Easter activities – keeping kids busy

Easter activities – keeping kids busy

by Laura Anne Sutcliffe

The Easter holidays mean some much needed down time in our house and the first significant holiday since Christmas, half term, always goes so quickly! As a teacher, I know I am fortunate to have time off with my children but I try and keep things as low cost as possible. The holidays can be a really expensive time otherwise, so I am always on the lookout for activities we can do together that don’t cost the Earth.

My children love doing crafts and other structured activities at home. Our dining table sees a lot of action and although I also like to give them time to just play (I’m a firm believer in not over stimulating kids and in the power of being bored), it’s nice to plan some themed activities to do together. It might be the teacher in me…

Crafts are always a great start. You can keep the children entertained for the cost of some basic craft supplies (I always keep in white card, paint, PVA glue and a variety of stickers, as well as saving cardboard boxes and so on).

We try and keep our crafts seasonal, and use it as an opportunity to discuss the changes of the seasons as well as significant festivals. So what better than some daffodil bunting? We used a daffodil template. I searched for the outline on Google, printed it and drew round it on sturdy white card. We then painted them yellow, allowing them to dry. Then we painted the middles of egg boxes with yellow and orange paint.

Once dry we attached the egg box middles to the centre of the painted daffodil shapes and then glued them to string to make bunting.

Easter Egg bunting would also work well – cut Easter egg shapes out of card and decorate with sequins, felt tips and glitter, then attach to string.

Easter-themed play dough

I make my own play dough using the recipe on www.imaginationtree.co.uk. In a sealed box it lasts up to 6 months. Add some pastel colours, some Easter-themed cutters and resources (similar items can be found in the likes of Home Bargains, Poundland and B&M) and let the children explore and create their own play.

Cress egg heads

A bit of planting is always a nice spring activity and these should be fun using empty egg shells and cotton wool or kitchen towels. I think the kids will enjoy adding faces to the eggs and watching their hair grow! Cress grows pretty quickly too so the patience level isn’t too long.

Use some eggs in some Easter baking (see below) but be careful to crack the eggs near the top. Let the shells dry and decorate using marker pens. Then add damp cotton wool inside, and sprinkle on some cress seeds.

Water every 2—3 days until your cress hair grows!

Easter baking

We made Easter biscuits using a simple shortbread recipe.

I bought some writing icing and also some decorations from the baking aisle at my local supermarket. The children extended this activity to make labels to give to friends and family.

Of course Easter nests are a must at Easter – melt chocolate in a bowl either in the microwave or over a saucepan of hot water (be careful not to let the water into the chocolate or it will split). Stir in some puffed cereal and spoon into cake cases. Allow to set and add some miniature chocolate eggs.

Explore outside

We are also planning to get outside to do a spring nature trail – a quick search on the internet will find a spring scavenger hunt to print out to give your walk a purpose, looking for signs of spring,

And of course an Easter egg hunt at our local park – find your local one here: www.easteregghuntsandeasterevents.org

I hope some of these activities have inspired you. Follow our adventures on Instagram to see how we get on.



Easter-themed potato stamps

Easter-themed potato stamps

You will need:

  • Potatoes
  • Paint of various colours
  • A plate
  • Paint brushes (if using)
  • Paper
  • Knives/cutting tools (for the adults)

1. An adult will need to cut the potatoes in half and then create different Easter ‘egg’ designs on the potato.

2. Pour paint onto the plate. You can use separate plates for different colours or mix it all on one plate.

3. If you’re using paint brushes, dip them in paint and then gently put it on the potato design. If you are not, simply dip your potato in your chosen paint colour.

4. Once you’re happy with the colours, press the potato on a piece of paper making sure you touch all the sides.

5. Gently pull the potato from the paper and you’re done!

Note: If you don’t like to touch wet things, you can always use gloves! This way you will keep your hands clean, but having a little messy play is always good!


Enjoy and Happy Easter!

Mother’s Day sensory bottle craft

Mother’s Day sensory bottle craft

You will need:

  • A clear plastic bottle with lid
  • Fresh or artificial flowers
  • Coloured insulating tape (yellow, green, blue)
  • Clear sticky tape
  • Extra bits to add inside the bottle (we have used: glitter, pompoms, gems)

1. Remove the stems from the flowers and pop them in the bottle.

2. Add all the extra bits you want to include, such as glitter and gems.

3. Fill the bottle with water and secure the lid.

4. Decorate the bottle with insulating tape. You can add grass on the bottom or the sky with clouds on top.

Be as creative as you want! Shake the bottle and have fun!

Chinese New Year – year of the pig craft ideas

Chinese New Year – year of the pig craft ideas

The Chinese New Year starts on 5th February and lasts until January 24th, 2020. This year it will be the “Year of the Earth Pig” and the pig is the 12th sign in the Chinese zodiac. Legend has it that all the animals were invited to a party, but the pig overslept and turned up late, so had to settle for 12th place!

Unlike the 12 astrological zodiac signs which change every month, the Chinese zodiac signs only come around once every 12 years, so the next year of the pig will not be until 2031.

In China, the pig is not thought to be a smart animal since it likes to eat and sleep a lot, but on the positive side, it also does not harm others and has a happy disposition. The pig is thought to bring luck and affluence and is regarded as a good omen, signifying wealth.

To help you celebrate Chinese New Year in your setting, we have devised 5 craft ideas to bring some happiness and affluence to you and your children.


This is a fun, sensory craft which uses natural homemade play dough.


  1. Mix the following ingredients together:
    1 cup of flour
    ¼ cup of salt
  2. In a separate jug, mix the following together:
    ½ cup of water
    3 to 5 drops of natural food colouring – pink is good for pigs!
  3. Gradually add the coloured water to the flour and salt, mixing it carefully until it is not sticky

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  1. Draw and cut out 2 circles of paper, making one slightly larger than the other
  2. Draw and cut out 2 triangles
  3. Draw and cut out 4 rectangles
  4. Assemble the pieces together to form the pig
  5. Fold over the ears
  6. Draw on eyes and a nose
  7. Add a curly tail using a pipe-cleaner or string

Once you have made your pigs and lanterns, string them together to form a mobile to decorate your setting. You could also add some cardboard gold coins to the mobile to signify wealth.


Chinese lanterns are synonymous with Chinese celebrations so why not combine the year of the pig theme with these easy-to-make favourites?


  1. Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half, along the long edge
  2. Draw straight lines from the fold about 2/3 of the way up the paper
  3. Cut carefully along the straight lines
  4. Unfold the paper and roll it to form a cylinder, sticking the edges together
  5. Attach ribbons or strips of paper to the bottom edge of the cylinder and squash gently to form the lantern shape
  6. Add a strip of paper to the top to hang



This fun and simple craft which starts with a paper plate. You can use pink plates or simply paint some white ones using colours of your choice.

  1. Use one paper plate for the base of the mask
  2. Carefully draw on and cut out some eye holes
  3. Cut out a smaller circle and 2 triangles from a second paper plate to form the nose and ears
  4. Stick these onto the first plate to add the nose/eye details
  5. Attach a string or elastic to the sides of the plate to tie the mask to the face

6. Once you have all created a mask, why not have some fun making pig noises and running around the farmyard! You could make it an active play game by playing ‘catch the tail of the pig!’


Chinese writing is a great way to introduce children to different cultures, languages and ways of communicating. Practicing Chinese writing can also help encourage mark-making and fine motor skills and is perfect for a painting session.
Choose from some common phrases below and create a display to celebrate their work.

Create your own picture of a pig using the things you have collected. You can create a wild art gallery in the park or your garden but remember to take some photographs of your creations to display in your setting later.

A variation of this is to collect the elements from outside and bring them back to create the artwork in your setting. You could give each child a piece of paper or paper plate to create their design.


This is a great way to combine some outdoor play time with marking the Chinese New Year. All you need to do is dress up in warm clothes and go outside into the park or your garden space to look for items to make some wild art.
Some good things to look out for include:

  • Twigs
  • Leaves in different colours
  • Pine cones
  • Acorn shells
  • Seed pods
  • Flower petals
  • Moss
  • Mud
  • Grasses
  • Feathers
  • Wool (caught on a fence)
  • Stones and pebbles

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