Ice cube drawing

I'm always trying to think of fun activities I can do with my 3 year old that don't require a huge amount of preparation, and don't create huge amounts of mess. I love some of the messy play ideas I see on Pinterest, but in reality, there's just no way I'm ever going to be organised enough to spend an hour setting up an activity! (nor would I want to, considering half the time it would only keep her occupied for 5 minutes anyway!) One of my favourite things to play with is ice. I keep a couple of ice cube trays in the freezer at all…

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Painting apples

This week, we painted apples. For no other reason than - we were out walking in a local orchard, my daughter found a few slightly manky apples on the ground, and asked if we could paint them. Who am I to argue with a 3 year old? We don't do painting too often, as it takes so long to set up, protect the dining table, get all the paints ready, etc. We tend to stick to creative activities that cause less mess, like using chalk or paint sticks. But when she's really excited about something, I try not to quash that, so painting it was! This time,…

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Review: Playcolor paint sticks

*This post contains affiliate links* If you haven't yet discovered paint sticks, get some now! They're truly amazing, and so much fun. Paint sticks are basically a thick poster paint, squished into a stick. They're easy to use and don't create any mess, so if you're like me, and the amount of faff puts you off painting too often, paint sticks are perfect for you! No need to wear an apron. No need to protect your table (if your child can use pens and crayons without making too much mess, they'll be able to use paint sticks!). No need to wash any brushes afterwards. It's painting, without…

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How to make handprint paintings

This is a craft that I've been wanting to do with my girls for ages now - handprint paintings! The girls are currently 9 months old and nearly 3 years old, so this seemed like the perfect time to do this sisters' craft. The baby is old enough that she can make paint handprints (with an awful lot of help, of course!), but still young enough that she has cute baby hands, and you can easily see the size difference between the two girls' handprints. Although it looks like this handprint painting was done on one day, we actually did each girl's handprints separately - it seemed…

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How to make Roman mosaic collages with tissue paper

A while back (when we were still allowed to leave the house!), I took my girls to a nearby museum all about the Romans. Of course, with my oldest being aged only 2, they're still too young to really understand who the Romans were, or to have any concept of the fact that they lived thousands of years ago. But it got us out of the house, my husband and I enjoyed looking round the museum, and the girls liked looking at all the broken pots, the models of people enacting Roman scenes, and best of all - the mosaics! With plenty of pretty colours and patterns,…

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How to make stick pictures with foraged sticks

I love going for long walks with my family. My husband comes too, and we bring the dog for a good run around! As well as using our walks as a good way for us all to get a bit of exercise, I love to have some sort of activity to do while we're walking too. It keeps my toddler engaged, and gives us something to talk about - a good distraction so she doesn't notice quite how far we've walked! In the past we've done scavenger hunts, collected wild flowers, talked about all the colours we can see - all sorts of fun activities that don't…

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