Mar 04

Zoo

Today I had so much fun. I mean, today the girls had so much fun. Lovely baby keeps roaring like a tiger (ever since her first Halloween were we all dressed as tigers….

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^^ Thats what we looked like… it was grrrreat!)

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Anyway so today we made a Zoo. Just using the glue gun and scraps of old wood. It only took about 30 mins and it has entertained both ALL day. Blooming amazing. I particularly love the steps and ever animal in the whole house has been up and down and up… and down…

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Rigor testimg by the youngest did reveal a structural fault with one pillar, unfortunately allowing all the creatures to escape, much to the delight of big sister, but another dot of glue and a roundimg up of animals and we and we were all set.

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All that’s needed is sticks, saw, glue gun. Imagination. Done.

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Feb 20

How to make a Royal robe for four quid.

Sometimes Im not sure who I make stuff for. Today we have been playing princess. Im princess mummy. Dont worry – I’ve not turned my back on feminism- the princess girls have a work shop and get to climb up trees. Anyway – this is the simplest, cheap and super cute robe/cloak.
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The same pattern could obviously do any colour/style.

I bought 1sq yard of purple felt. 1.5mtrs white feather boa. Cut the purple felt into a semi circle for the bottom and a much small semi circle for the neck to fit through at the top.  As large as will fit on the felt. Hem with the boa.
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As its felt there’s no need to do any other hemming (which I love). Add a small tab with velcro on as a fastening.  Obviously if you have older ones you could use anything I just think for little ones velcro is really safe.
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Add a paper crown and your all set! : ) with easter fast approaching you could add an easter crown like this one.
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Feb 12

Spring bulbs

Needlefelted Waldorf spring bulb child. Spring is coming to the nature table…

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Feb 07

World book week

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Well what a busy couple of weeks. We are marching ever closer to spring, days are getting lighter, birds and singing and the snowdrops are up in my garden!

More exciting still was our big trip. Lovely girl, lovely baby and me all headed to big London town for a very lovely bloggers event hosted by the very welcoming Immediate media.

The purpose: to launch a Blossom Magazine’s World Book Day Competition. We spent the day meeting the editors, illustrators, painting fairies and listening to a very interesting Q&A with the beautiful Janey Louise Jones, Author of the Princess Poppy books (A lovely little girl who has great fun, works hard and who, in the words of the author, “doesn’t just aspire to getting married” Horrah!)

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So back to the competition: if you head to your local shop and grab a copy of Blossom- you can get straight to work for the chance for your little one(s) story to be published by Blossom magazine – more than that your budding writers will have their story professionally illustrated! Pretty cool if your a little one me thinks!

For those of you who have not come across it yet- Blossom is a girls magazine packed with aspirational, age appropriate material. Which sincerely makes a refreshing change to the often questionable material floating about on the children’s shelves in supermarkets and toy shops. I guess this post is timely after the recent discussions in parliament; about the ‘pinkifcafion’ of toys hurting our economy:  discouraging girls from maths and science. It has been acknowledged that the fact is if boys play with construction toys, experiment with science kits and solve problems in their play they transition to careers careers using these skills without hesitation. Verses girls whose play has increasingly centered in a vacuous pink hairdressing salons or malls leading girls to a position where they find it challenging to move into science and industry, particularly high paying industries. Leaving this country with a skills gaps and accounting for 80% of the wage gap (because so many women work in lower paying sectors).

So I am pleased to see a magazine focusing on substance inside. Attracting interest through a bright cheerful colour and holding their interest through really engaging content (Lovely girl sat a read the whole mag in the Q&A, I mean sat still. Amazing!)

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I confess I don’t know why it has to be pink. There are so many beautiful colours – I understand producing beautiful magazine to appeal to the feminine but design can be pretty and multi-coloured….

Anyways I am very grateful my house is filled with dinosaurs, gnomes, fairies, cars, ponies in alls shapes and colours. I believe we should just let children be children. Check out let toys be toys for boys and girls for more information on this incredibly interesting area early childhood.

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Jan 26

Tinsel Dragon Free Printable

Hello – here’s a free printable to make your own tinsel dragon. Just print this off – colour, cut out – stick tinsel on for the body, add two lolly sticks/sticks from the woods or whatever is to hand and ta-da a dragon puppet in time for the new year! Just right click and save as or download the pdf dragon_printable

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Jan 17

Craft session Chinese New Year

Storytelling and dragon making this morning at Pill Toy Library Craft Session. Having made thier dragons all the kids all also had musical instruments to scare away Nian at the end!

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We made painted paper plate dragons. As seen on Peaklepie with a slight variation for the younger ones of just decorating the head and parents assembling! (we painted plates last week so we could use the dry ones to cut and decorate this week!)

It was my faithful storytelling mat with Tisel Dragon, some brio blocks and peg people that I used to tell a simplified, non-scarey tale of Nian the demon (I just called him a dragon!)

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I’ll be posting a free printable for my tisel dragon later on… So check back soon!

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Jan 13

Little Mouse – Free Pattern

Phew – here’s the first of what I hope will be many patterns/plans to make the makiedo projects you see here….

So if you would like to make little mouse:

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then here we are:

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I hope you like her – please share and re-post as much as you like – with a link to www.makiedo.com – I would LOVE to see any pictures of finished mice! just find me on facebook: www.facebook.com/MakieDoMummy

Or click here to download a pdf.

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