Jun 12 2012

Beading With Toddlers

Beading with pipe cleaners

Easy Beading for Toddlers


Toddlers benefit from activities that use their fine motor skills and making bracelets and necklaces is fun. However beading with thin wire or string can be frustrating for 3 and 4 year olds. To make it easier for little hands give your 3 or 4 year old a pipe cleaner and a bowl of beads with large holes and watch them thread their own jewellery.

Another great idea is to thread pasta, again to make it easier for small hands cut a straw into a 1 inch long piece, tie your piece of string through the straw and leave a long end. Use the straw like a needle to push through the pasta to help the threading process.

For more kids craft ideas visit out website www.baby-patch.com

Jen

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Jun 06 2012

Tea Cup Treats

Tea Cup Party Treats

Tea Cup Treats


Delight your friends with these yummy and impressive tea cup treats for your next kids party. They are easy to make, and easy to make them unique depending on what you use. We used round plain biscuits topped with icing, marshmallows, lifesavers as handles stuck on with icing and topped with a chocolate freckle.

The kids and adults loved eating them and I enjoyed making them. Great for any age or gender.

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Jen

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May 14 2012

Dress Up Box Gift for Kids

Kids Dressing Up

Kids Love to Dress Up


Kids of all ages love to dress up. It is never to early to start a dress up box. This is a great gift for a 2 – 6 year old. Purchase a large plastic box and fill it with old clothes, shoes, hats and scarves. You can also buy items like fairy wings, pirate hats, animal masks, funny hats, wigs or doctors clothes. Steer away from giving full costumes to a child such as a super hero suite, as an eclectic mix of items will develop the child’s creativity. Give this gift and watch the child enjoy dressing up in all kids of crazy costumes, over the years items can be added to the box.

For more gift ideas visit baby-patch.com

Jen

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Dec 06 2011

Weaving with Old Cards

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weaving using old cards
Do you have heaps of birthday or christmas cards you do not know what to do with? Why not give them to the kids and get them to practice their weaving skills.  This craft is probably suitable for kids aged 4 and up.
For this weaving we used the front of 2 gift cards (similar sizes).
1. On one card I cut slits about 1.5cm apart, leaving a 1cm boarder uncut on each side.
2. With the second piece of card cut strips long ways.
3. Then thread your long strips through the slits in the first card
Presto your very own weaving!
For more kids craft ideas visit out website www.baby-patch.com
Jen

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Nov 17 2011

Muesli Cookies A Healthy Treat

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This is a great recipe as you can pretty much add what ever ingredients you like (or what ever you have in the pantry).  They are also yummy and not to bad for you and the kids either! And great for the lunch box!

What you need:

  • 2 cups raw muesli
  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of what ever dried fruit or nuts you like.  We like to include dates, cranberries, sultanas, apricot, almonds, desiccated coconut and choc chips.  Chop the dried fruit up so that everything is the size of a sultana.
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 80g light margarine melted
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 egg white

Here is how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 190C.  Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper
  2. Combine museli, flour, sugar, dried fruit in a large bowl. Make a well at the center. Add margarine and eggs, mix in dried ingredients gradually until well combined
  3. Using damp hands roll tablespoons of dough into balls. Place on prepared tray about 4cm apart for spreading. using a fork, flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays, cookies will firm.

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Nov 08 2011

Little Passports – A Great Holiday Gift

If you are looking for a special gift for a child for a birthday or christmas, check this unique idea out!  Little Passports mails monthly packages full of letters, stickers, souvenirs,  photos and more of different countries around the world.  This gift will sure inspire your child to learn about the world and he or she will love receiving their very own mail!

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Sep 03 2011

Make Your Own Parachute

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Make Your Own Parachute
Making your own parachute is a great craft activity for kids and they will then enjoy playing with their creation for hours.  All you need is some tissue paper, raffia or string and a cotton reel.  As you can see from the photo it is relatively easy to make.
  • Fold your tissue paper into 4 to make a rectangle shape approximately 20cm x 8cm.
  • You can decorate your tissue paper in any creative way you like, or leave it plain
  • Make holes in the 4 corners of the tissue paper.
  • Cut 4 lengths of string each approximately 30 cm
  • Tie each length of string to each corner or the tissue paper
  • Thread all 4 pieces of string through the cotton reel and tie in a knot at the base of the cotton reel.
Now go outside, throw your parachute high in the air and watch it float down!
For more fun ideas of craft ideas to make for kids visit our kids craft activities page.
Jen

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Aug 27 2011

Kids Love Lists! Use Them To Improve Behaviour!

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Our morning routine seem to take forever, I was constantly reminding and pushing my 3 and 5 year old to get dressed, make their beds, pack their bags, brush hair and teeth etc etc.  It was like the same job each morning was a new request and the kids took no initiative to just ‘get ready’.  My son came up with the idea of making a list of all the jobs we have to do in the morning to get ready with a box next to it that I have to tick when the job is done.

We came up with 6 jobs – get dressed, make bed, pyjamas away, toys away, brush teeth, brush hair and left a blank box incase we thought of anything else.  The first day we used the list the kids raced around doing each job on the list and excitedly raced to me to let me know the task had been completed and to get their tick.  It was like a miracle! I didn’t have to tell them what to do and we had spare time to play a game before we had to walk to school!  We now use the list every day and our morning routines are fun, easier and quicker.

Here is a copy of our Morning_routine as an example to get you started if you want to do something similar. My kids just enjoy getting a tick for each job, but you could try using a stamp or stickers.

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Jen

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Aug 20 2011

Flower Press Craft For Kids

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Flower Press Craft for Kids

Have you tried pressing flowers with your kids yet?  My daughter and I had a great time picking flowers to press, she enjoyed laying them out between two bits of paper and squashing them within a large book.  We then piled up several books on top of the one containing the flowers and waited…  4 weeks later we got creative and made cards and book marks with the flowers we pressed.

The gift card pictured here was made by gluing petals onto a piece of card board to look like a flower – it was simple, fun and a useful gift tag.  To make the bookmark we stuck the flowers onto a long piece of card board and then covered the whole thing in clear contact.  You can also use the pressed flowers in a collage or picture.  For more craft ideas for kids take a look at our craft for kids section of Baby-Patch.com

Jen

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Aug 11 2011

Wax Resistant Painting For Kids

Wax Resistant Crayon and Paint Picture

If you are looking for a fun and creative activity to do with your toddler give this a go.  You will need crayons, paper and paint.  Get your child to colour the whole piece of paper in different colours of crayons.  Make sure he or she covers the whole piece of paper in colour.  Then get paint, use black if you want a space / night scene or any other colour if you just want to have fun and make a design.  Cover the whole paper again in the paint.  You can then wait for the paint to dry and then scratch off the paint with a blunt pencil or if your toddler can not wait, use a blunt instrument (or your fingers) to take off some of the paint and make a design.  If your child makes a mistake they can repaint the paper and make a new design!  For other creative ideas to do with kids look at Kids craft activities at baby-patch.com

Jen

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