Salt dough starfish craft

Salt dough starfish craft

World Ocean Day takes place on 8th June and to celebrate, we have made some colourful salt dough starfish which we hope you will also enjoy making with the children!

You will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • Toothpick
  • Bowl
  • Baking paper
  • Baking pan

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, water, and salt and mix until combined. Knead the dough until it feels nice and soft.
    2. Split the dough into small balls.
    3. To create the starfish put your dough on the baking paper and start working on the arms, by gently pulling five pieces of dough away from the centre. Once you create the arms, gently press the whole dough so it looks more like a star fish.
    4. You can now poke the starfish gently with a toothpick to create little holes or add little bumps with extra dough to make them look more realistic.
    5. Once the starfish has been created you have a choice of leaving it for a for few days to air dry, or you can bake it in the oven at 160 degrees for around 1 hour or until the dough is hard to the touch.
    6. Once the starfish cools down, you can paint it, or leave it the natural way!

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development craft

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development craft

21st May is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

To celebrate the cultural diversity across the world, we have created this super craft! You and the children can create as many little ‘dolls’ as you like and it’s a great way to introduce children to this topic. We hope you have fun!

You will need:

  • Coloured craft paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen roll; cut in half
  • Gems, stickers etc.
  • Googly eyes

Instructions:

1. Think of which cultures you’d like to include and research their outfits – this is another great way for children to learn about different cultures!

2. Once you know what you’d like to create, cut out pieces of coloured paper to match your design.

3. Leave one-quarter of the length of the kitchen roll for the face and start dressing it up in your chosen outfit. Carefully pick up a piece of coloured paper, put some glue on it and stick it to the kitchen roll, starting from the bottom making your way up.

4. Now glue on the hair (or a hat) and stick on some googly eyes.

5. You can now add some gems and stickers to make it extra sparkly!

6. Done!

Mother Earth terrarium

Mother Earth terrarium

This craft was created to celebrate Mother Earth Day on the 22nd of April. We always encourage the children to spend as much time outside as possible, and this craft is perfect for that! Children can spend hours trying to find the best looking moss and wild plants. And they might even get lucky and find some amazing earth creatures! Just remember to teach children to be respectful and only take what they need

You will need:

You will need:

  • Plants – we used a shop bought plant, but you can use any plants you’d like. If you have enough time, you could get a cutting of an English Ivy and keep it in water until it sprouts roots. Another fantastic activity to do with the children!
  • Moss
  • Gravel
  • Stones
  • Compost
  • Plastic fishbowl – you could also use glass jars

Instructions:

Instructions:

  1. Start with filling the bowl with gravel, followed by compost.
  2. Pick a spot in your bowl where you would like your plants to grow, then carefully insert the plant in that spot.
  3. Use some more compost to secure the plant in place, then add moss on top of the compost.
  4. Add stones, or any decorative pieces you like. If children want, they can put one of their tiny toys in there. Imagine a T-Rex standing under the plants!
  5. You have now finished! Don’t forget to water it from time to time!

Delicious chocolate cupcake recipe

Delicious chocolate cupcake recipe

You will need:

For the cupcakes:

  • Warm water (a few tablespoons
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 175g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the icing:

  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • A few tablespoons of milk
  • 250g icing sugar

You will also need:

  • Cupcake cases
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Decorations
  • Baking tin

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place cupcake cases on a baking or muffin tin.
  3. Put cocoa powder into a bowl and mix it with water to create a thick paste, then add all the remaining ingredients and mix them together.
  4. Divide cupcake mixture equally between the cases and bake them for 12-15 minutes until risen.
  5. Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack while you prepare the buttercream icing.
  6. Melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Stir in the cocoa powder and mix, then gradually add the icing sugar and milk, constantly stirring to create a beautiful and glossy buttercream.
  7. Add the buttercream icing on top of your cupcakes and decorate to your liking.
  8. You are done – enjoy your cupcakes!

This is a delicious yet simple cupcake recipe, perfect for baking for fundraising events or just for fun. Our little chef is 5-years-old and very proud of his yummy chocolate cupcakes!

Mother’s Day tissue paper flowers

Mother’s Day tissue paper flowers

You will need:

  • Colourful tissue paper (we used different colours for the petals, but you’ll also need a green one for the stem)
  • Sticky tape
  • Child-friendly scissors
  • Pipe cleaners

Instructions:

  1. Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around each other, then cut in half.
  2. Pick up the desired tissue paper and cut about 2-inch high full-length pieces of the paper.
  3. Fold the paper into a square and cut the top part into a crescent shape, making it looks like a petal, then cut them up into individual pieces.
  4. Pick up the pipe cleaner and start adding petals to one end of it. Halfway through attaching them, use sticky tape to secure them to the pipe cleaner. It can be quite fiddly, so it takes some patience to get it to work, but it’ll be worth it in the end!
  5. Once you use all your petals, use some more sticky tape to secure them to the pipe cleaner stem.
  6. Cut out a thin strip of green tissue paper and attach it to the bottom part of the petals to hide any imperfections and secure it with a tiny piece of tape.
  7. Take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Use the cut piece to create leaves. Wrap it around the ‘stem’ and using your fingers, create a leaf shape.
  8. You have now created a beautiful tissue paper flower for Mother’s Day!
Rainbow packed lunch idea!

Rainbow packed lunch idea!

You will need:

  • Lunch box
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Yellow pepper
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cheese slices
  • Healthy snack bar (we used Nakd blueberry muffin)
  1. Wash your fruit and vegetables and cut them up to your liking.
  2. Arrange your fruit and vegetables in the lunch box starting from the lightest to the darkest.
  3. Use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape in your bread and cheese. Butter the bread and arrange a sandwich.
  4. Cut up your healthy snack bar or leave it whole.
  5. You are finished!

You can let the little ones help with cutting up the ingredients, using child-friendly implements. It’s a fantastic way to not only practice their fine motor skills but to encourage them to eat their fruit and veg too! We hope your children will love it as much as we did!

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