Image Credit: Pom-pom tutorial Kelly O'Conor, pom-pom creatures & animals from Pinterest
Help your little ones follow fashion blogger Kelly's easy guide to make a bunch of different pom-poms. From there grab some glue and a collection of googly eyes, pipe cleaners, scraps of card and felt or anything else you can think of and let them get creative! I've created a Pinterest board full of ideas from these very on-trend emojis to little critters with feet and googly eyes from bugs to bunnies and monsters to
minions! There are endless possibilities.
Whether your kids make these as gifts or keep them for themselves they will love filling their arm with all these coloured strands. We have two tutorials on the blog, Boatemaa's plaited one with beading or Emma's tutorial for knotted or wrapped braids.
This can be a great way to get kids loving the clothes they wear - let them design them themselves! First of all they need to create a design so let them get to work cutting and sticking, drawing, painting, whatever they like to do best. Then just photograph or scan their design to get a digital version which you can crop and edit to get it looking its best. From there Cassiefairy's tutorial will give you all the instructions you need to transform their design into a top. Just make sure you
takeover for the ironing stage!
Ok I know, I know wreaths are supposed to be Christmassy! But I think this simple design by Cassiefairy can be adapted to any season. Choose bright sunshiney colours to create the perfect decoration to add so cute colour to a barbeque party. You could even knock up some matching bunting to pull the décor together. Cut triangles of fabric with pinking shears and fold bias binding along the top edge, sewing or sticking it down, and voila you're done!
Make a Stock of Homemade Gift Tags and Cards
Not only can card making be a fun way to fill your little ones time but it will come in handy once your back in term time and need to send that last minute birthday or thank you card without out loosing that personal touch. You can busy pre-folded blank cards from craft shops or just DIY your own by halving sheets of card. Then let the kids get to work! Our bloggers have come up with all sorts of ideas to get their creative juices flowing from Liz's cut and stick collage technique to SJP's cross-stitch idea or Emily's cut out designs they're sure to find something. You can even recycle old cards into gift tags too as Liz shows you here.
If your little ones are more on the patient side then Liz's guide to finger knitting might be a great way for them to get a new skill and a new scarf without need to buy any new equipment! If your kids love loom-bands then this is one they could really enjoy, with the added bonus that you won't be using lots of non-biodegradable plastics to make this.
Clip In Hair Braid
As a 90s child these were all the rage in my primary school days! These clip in hair braids are a fab way to add a pop of removable colour to your kids hair letting them explore the wild side of their style! Made using reclaimed fabric and thread they're really easy to make and are perfect if you're heading to any family festivals this summer. Alternatively you can use one of the friendship bracelet ideas to make a thread one instead.
Junk Toy Challenge
Photos by: John Ferguson, Eleanor Farmer & Annie Bungeroth.
The children that Oxfam works with often don't have the luxury of having toys to play with so they reclaim materials from around them to make their own. This summer Oxfam is challenging kids to do just that and share the end result on Twitter with the #junktoychallenge. Find materials that would otherwise be thrown away, empty milk cartoons or cardboard boxes and let them make their own toy to play with. If you share their finished creation before midday on Friday 28th July then they could be in with a chance to win some chocolate and see their toy featured in Oxfam's new
newspaper. Find out more information here.