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Toddler-friendly Valentine craft

A while ago I pinned a pretty picture of wool hearts. I wanted to try them with my son but the metal heart (made from floral wire) was too fiddly for him to hold and wrap at the same time.

Instead we tried using some chunky heart-shaped cookie cutters which were much easier for him to hold.

toddler playing with a ball of wool

I covered the outside of the cookie cutter in double-sided sticky tape, then he had fun wrapping each one with red wool.

wool wrapped cookie cutter hearts

When he had finished I tied a knot in the wool at the top of each cutter, leaving a small amount to hang them with.

three wool wrapped hearts

A simple craft with instant results, perfect for my impatient 3 year old.

red wool wrapped heart in window


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Playing with time

My son is really enjoying being a part of his new nursery. I’m enjoying the routine (and a 3 hour break from my son every day, what’s not to love?) and he’s learning more than I could have imagined.

This term has been all about nursery rhymes and he came home with a booklet for me which listed all the nursery rhymes they would be learning and some home learning suggestions. I was more than happy to receive the suggestions as, despite my Pinterest addiction, I do occasionally run short on ideas. He’s a busy little soul who’s constantly asking to make things.

His current favourite nursery rhyme is Hickory Dickory Dock so today we rustled up our own version. I found a great printable online and we set to work with a shoe box. My job was to cut out the clock face, mouse and arrows. Then he got busy with the glue stick and created his own clock. He was really happy and even sang the nursery rhyme as he got to work.

hickory dickory dock craft

At the grand old age of 3 he’s already got his own watch. He loves telling the time and I’m sure it won’t be long before he gets an upgrade from his Disney Cars watch. The Watch Hut have some beautiful watches so I’ll be keeping my eye out for something special.

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Chinese New Year tea light holder

We’ve been thinking about Chinese New Year lately. 2014 is all about the Chinese New Year of the Horse but animal crafts don’t seem to be our speciality, so far. Instead we opted for some simple Chinese New Year tea light holders.

We collected some old (clean!) glass jars from the recycling bin, a bottle of PVA glue, paint brush and red tissue paper which I cut into small squares. I had to google why red is associated with Chinese New Year, apparently the colour red, which corresponds with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy.

Then my son got to work, first covering a jar with a liberal amount of glue, and covering it in the red tissue paper. We made a couple as this is a really quick craft activity.

easy Chinese New Year tea light holder

We left them to dry for an hour before he added some colourful stars. Then I popped in a tea light and we sat back to admire the warm glow.


Chinese new year tea light

There are some lovely crafts for Chinese New Year. If you’re looking for some inspiration why not take a look at these: dragons from toilet rolls, firecracker decorations, a Chinese fan, dragons for a puppet show,  more dragon shadow puppets, or candy cane horses.


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