zondag 20 oktober 2019

DIY felt kite

Not only children enjoy doing crafts, as their nanny I highly enjoy this as well :-) I made this sweet little kite for the young children I work with, and they love it. If your children are older, they can easily make a kite themselves! 

Use two rhombus shapes of felt and sew them together. Use a different colour for the back if you like or let your kids choose any colour of their liking. I have used a blanket stitch (watch this tutorial), but it's not necessary. Before you stitch up the two parts, make sure you place a tail. In this case you can hide it between the two parts.
To personalize the kite, you can glue or sew a figure on the rhombus. I have chosen for a sweet smiley cloud and just attached it with some glue. If you prefer sewing, it's important to do this on a single rhombus and attached the other one after you are finished. 

Feel free to use my kite pattern below (see the link).

PDF kite

Depending on the age of the kids, you can decide to make a "real" kite instead of my little felt one. Follow the steps of the Westfield tutorial and your design kite is ready to fly. 

There are lots of books you can read together with the children that suit the theme. Look for an overview on Growing Book By Book. Or what about singing this five little kites song together? 

zondag 6 oktober 2019

Chestnut spider web & spider

Do you know what I like the most about autumn? All the materials you can collect in nature and use for crafts with your kids. 

What about making a spider and his web? Go outside to look for chestnuts and pick a rainy day to make this autumn craft. 

There are several ways to make a spider. Be creative with the materials that are available. I got inspired by RedTedArt. With just a pair of googly eyes and pipe cleaners, your kid can create his own spider. As you know spiders have 8 legs. Unfortunately our legs were a bit big, so we could only make four. Therefor we decided our spider has to live with just 4 legs :-) Would you fancy to make a spider web as well? You can find a description on the same website!

As addition to the activity you can educate your kids about spiders by telling stories, looking for webs in the woods or your own backyard. 

I drew a spider for my nanny kids and wrote the word "spin" (spider in Dutch) above it. He looks a bit grumpy, but he was not able to catch a fly in his web today ;-)

zondag 1 september 2019

Painted shell necklace

Going out to the beach and searching seashells is a perfect outdoor activity for kids. We cleaned the seashells in water and dried them in the sun. When dry, we stored the shells in a glass bowl to have them available for one of our craft projects.

One of my 16-month-old nanny kids, made a necklace as a gift for her godfather. You need some non-toxic paint, a cotton swab, a string and a marker.

I let the toddler paint the shell with a cotton swab. Let the shell dry and loop some string to the seashell hole. We were lucky to find a shell with a little hole. If you are not, use a small rotary tool (adults only) before you start with the craft activity. 

Don't forget to write the name of the child or a sweet message on the back and wrap it in gift paper. 

Wearing a necklace for children is not safe, but it's a really nice present for an adult! On the photo below my older nanny kid is showing to result of her little sister's craft work. 

zaterdag 17 augustus 2019

Anatomy activity

My nanny kids are very curious about what's inside their bodies. You can find a lot of interesting anatomy books, learning aids or crafts on the internet. Take a look at natural beach living for an overview and inspiration.Visiting a museum about the human body is also great to do!

We love to make 3D crafts and used the idea from hello, wonderful. Instead of using a paid printable, you can use this free resource from simple everyday mom. If you are looking for more free printable life-size human body organs, check out the website adventure in a book (see our example below). 

Have you ever heard about an apron showing most of the vital organs? Take a look at what children really want. This apron will raise awareness of the human body, it's a fun way to learn and perfect for doctor role play games. Next patient please ;-)

zondag 4 augustus 2019

DIY sun visors

Looking for a nice and quick summer craft? What about making sun visors with children? Follow the easy steps from CBC parents and turn your humble plate into a sun visor! 

Let your child pick the items to decorate the plate with. The only two things you really need are a paper plate and an elastic. Did you know that even babies can make their own sun visor? Use non-toxic crayons and you are ready to go!

donderdag 18 juli 2019

Baby rocks

Zijn ze niet onwijs schattig deze baby rocks van Handmade Charlotte? Ga eerst samen buiten stenen verzamelen en maak er vervolgens heel eenvoudig baby's van. In plaats van een veiligheidsspeld kun je de stoffen luier vastzetten met naald en draad of gebruik een stukje zelfklevende foam. De baby rocks zijn niet alleen leuk om zelf mee te spelen, maar eveneens een ideaal kraamcadeautje voor een broer of zus. Je kunt de baby natuurlijk ook bewaren voor het kerststalletje ;-)

zondag 30 juni 2019

Kinderportemonnee knutselen

Hoe leuk is het voor kinderen om hun eigen portemonnee te hebben en zelf te mogen betalen bij het boodschappen doen? Mijn nanny kindjes vinden het fantastisch en het portemonneetje is zelfs meegegaan naar Frankrijk op vakantie. Een ijsje kopen wordt dan natuurlijk nog leuker :-)
Je kunt een stoffen portemonnee maken of kopen en deze kleuren met textielstiften zoals het voorbeeld hieronder van Lobbes

Je kunt echter ook heel eenvoudig van een pak drinken of yoghurt een portemonnee knutselen zoals wij gedaan hebben. 

Bekijk het onderstaande filmpje voor een duidelijke uitleg.