When it comes to my usual crochet I like bright colours and tend to keep to circles and squares. But with my friend’s birthday I enjoyed doing something out of my “crochet comfort zone” and reached for calmer natural colours (which she prefers) and I used this pattern to make a heart shaped decoration. At least I intended to make a heart shape decoration, which turned out to NOT be a very defined “heart” I also managed to struggle along the way and improvised a lot and got quite stressed as my time was running out… But overall the colour and shape change was quite refreshing and since then I’ve been itching to use calmer colours again.
Children are so good at being happy and enjoying life to the fullest. Jonah (my 4 year old son) has been very excited about Easter. After his birthday, at the beginning of March, he asked if we could “make Easter in our house”…and we have done A LOT of Easter and Spring activities since then-
Easter buntings have been up for over two weeks now, and the boys already have enjoyed three Easter egg hunts -no sweets included so in theory you can have as many Easter egg hunts as you want (???). I filled a few plastic eggs with some stickers, Easter shaped erasers and a few little toys from their toy box- like bouncy balls and small animals that they haven’t play with for a while – and they loved it. I think it’s the searching for eggs that they love the most and of course the count down to the real Easter egg hunt- with chocolate!
They also enjoyed the real Easter story, which I focused on FORGIVENESS. Even though at Jonah’s nursery they talked a lot about Jesus dying on the cross, I don’t think he can quite understand that (or maybe I do not want him to understand what death is… just yet)- so I just focus on Easter being a reminder of Jesus going to Heaven and forgiving our sins. With two little boys in the house there are plenty of opportunities to exercise forgiveness! Noah (age 2) understands as much as he does, but I can see that Jonah really learnt something- and he is more likely to accept Noah’s apology with a smile:).
As I mentioned here before, for various reasons we don’t eat carbs- so Wednesday brought even more excitement when Daddy suggested making hot cross buns!
My children have definitely enjoyed Easter preparation and are super excited about the next four days, we planned a few outings, where they will be able to run around and enjoy nature. But today I realised that all that time, their excitement have been contagious, I have been feeling down about things more recently and they definitely brought rays of sunshine to my days.
Hope your Easter preparation is busy and filled with lots of lovely things and may You find joy this Easter!
Over a month ago I bough a pack of polystyrene eggs, (the same size as normal eggs) to make some Easter decorations. For days I was searching my head for ideas- pinterest and everywhere else for inspiration but couldn’t come up with anything that I really liked… And finally on Friday morning – a week before Easter- I got it. Keep it simple- use PVA and water mixture and pieces of tissue paper. Then I spent over an hour trying to locate polystyrene eggs, searching every craft box and every cupboard- they just VANISHED. How very annoying! Even more so that I already told my boys we could make an Easter egg craft together.
After a quick-ish trip to the craft store we came back with tiny polystyrene eggs-because that was all they had a week before Easter! Huh. Still. Nothing is a problem. At least we had something to decorate:)
This is what we did:
We picked the colours of tissue paper we wanted to use (light blue, yellow and bright green) and cut them into pieces.
(we hoped that some of the hearts would show through as a pattern- on finished eggs…and in places they are clear but next time I would use plain tissue paper)
In a jar I mixed some PVA glue with tap water in 1:1 ratio – stirring well to combine. Then we used cheap paint brushes to apply glue mixture onto polystyrene egg and covered with pieces of tissue paper.
Coating generously with glue mixture we covered each egg with two-three layers of tissue paper. Making sure the last layer was also covered in glue (the glue mixture turns clear when dry).
We finished of with a piece of ribbon and a pin.
So far we only have blue eggs, but hopefully in the next two days we will be able to add yellow and green eggs and decorate our house.
..it was a day of construction…
Jonah woke up in the morning and found a wrapping paper tube. He immediately put it into use constructing tunnels for tiny cars and skateboards. It was great to watch his little imagination at work.
…it was a day of lots of cups of green tea and crochet…
..trying out new watercolour paints (they are so brilliant and mess free)..
…and sharing some lovely creative time..
and we even had some snow!
The boys have been more tear’y the last two days, so a relaxed day was what we needed… well, what I needed:)
Patterned tapes and washi tapes are brilliant! They make simple, mess-free, quick to prepare craft that children LOVE.
My little boys are too little to cut their own tape, so I pre cut a lot of different length pieces and stuck them around the table (or sticking them around a plastic tray works too). It made it easier for them to choose what they want and to create whatever they feel like, from shapes- to cars, houses or even just sticking lots of pieces on top of each other.
Jonah likes to finish his pictures with felt tips…
Yup, this time it’s a typical boy-kinda-art.
On Christmas Eve we introduced our boys to “the Snowman and the Snowdog”- it’s a lovely story with beautiful pictures and great music and my boys loved it straight away. We bought the soundtrack from the film and Jonah loves to talk about what goes on in the film as we listen to the songs. That’s how I got the idea for this craft…
On the tray I set up black colour paper, some self adhesive googly eyes, white chalk, pva glue, cotton wool and tiny silver stars AND I played The Snowman and the Snowdog music in the background.
Later on I gave them a piece of green foam to make a hat…
…and the focus shifted to the joy of using scissors and learning to cut…
Noah decided to make the blue glue spreader part of his work..
Ahhh…it will be sad to put “The Snowman and the Snowdog” DVD away in our Christmas box…but we ll all have something to look forward to in 11 months:)
I tend to keep my children’s arts and crafts to the earlier part of the day, when minds are fresh and bodies are full of energy… Though today I thought I’d try a little after nursery art for a bit of relaxed time while waiting for dinner.
I set out two of the same trays with paper, pencil crayons and a few things like magazine snippets, cotton wool, glue, stickers and, glitter…and this is what happened:
Clearly they weren’t influenced by the colours blue and green… and here is their finished work:
and by Noah.