We were really lucky recently to receive a box full of cute collage items for making Xmas decorations from a dear friend. In it were a few boxes of plain Xmas balls, lots of glue and glitter and a pile of brightly coloured napkins. A couple of years ago we had decoupaged plain coasters with Xmas serviettes and they were pretty cute, plus have lasted really well, so we thought we would have a go doing it with these balls. The kids had a fab time in the process!
We’ve had a couple of messy weeks with nasty strep infections and a few of us down with tonsillitis…so yesterday we decided to handmake a few Xmas presents. I had seen a gorgeous poured cherry blossom painting on Facebook and wondered if it was something the children could have a go at. I found a youtube clip showing the process: if you are interested, this is the link here. Otherwise these photos should show you how to do it if you are interested. For those in NZ, I got my supplies from Warehouse Stationery.
Despite being a terrible artist and having a strong dislike for getting my hands dirty…I absolutely love doing messy play with my children. There is just something about the look of pure joy on their wee faces as they experiment with different textures and mediums. And all three daughters come at painting from different perspectives, and the psychologist (in training) in me loves watching their wee personalities manifested in their play.
Here in Christchurch, New Zealand we have been blessed with a really warm Spring so far…which has got me and the kids a bit excited about planting veges out in the garden. Honestly, it’s a bit early but I’m feeling pretty confident! We started growing veges from seed way back in mid to late winter so we’ve got a few things really ready to plant out as they are outgrowing their pots!
My Miss 3 is my most difficult child in terms of allergy, only being able to eat about 12 foods. So I worry about her more than a Mum should have to. But I’m finding that she really enjoys helping me in the garden and it’s a fantastic learning curve for her (yesterday she found out you can’t ‘grow’ spaghetti hahahaha), even if she can’t eat 99% of what we grow. I think a lot of Mums I know think gardening is a lot harder than it actually is and shy away from it…so while I’m no professional gardener, I’m going to show you how easy it is to make a kid-friendly garden 🙂