Cup of toast creates

Introducing guest blogger Jo…

A bit about me:

Hi, I’m Jo. Cup of Toast is my family and lifestyle blog where I write about life in general, share my recipes, things to do with children and send virtual picture postcards. Please drop by and say hi!

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In our family we love to have fun together getting creative. There’s nothing better on a lazy weekend day than putting our craft or gardening boxes into action. Here are a few of our favourite things to do. I hope that they give you some inspiration!

1. Bug hotels.

My boys adore making these, and I am confident that all of ours are fully booked. It’s definitely a very enjoyable way to pass the time in our house. Find a shady spot for them in your garden with some privacy (under a bush or by a shady wall is ideal) and I’m certain yours will be full too.

2. Plants.

We always love a planting session. Quick and easy and it’s great to revisit the plants regularly to see them growing. Wild flowers (for the bees) and tomatoes (for us) are especially popular in our house, as are growing bean plants in a jam jar (place a dampened piece of kitchen towel around the inside of the jar and slide the bean in-between the two to watch it sprout).

3. Scrapbooks.

The ideas of things to make with scrapbooks seem virtually endless. Use them to create a story, with visual aids or words depending on the child. Or stick special momentoes from days out in them. Perhaps you could start a journal with older children. You could have a page a day, a page a week, or a page a month. Maybe favourite pictures could call a scrapbook their home, or it could be fashioned into a user guide of the galaxy. Perhaps a photo album! The list seems endless.

4. Clay modelling

Air dry modelling clay is easily accessible and so much fun. We have made pots, appliances (a particular favourite of our eldest), dinosaurs, cars and much more. Most clay takes around 24 to 48 hours to dry out which gives you a chance to revisit it a day or two later and paint it or add some glitter, stickers or whatever catches the eye of your little one.

5. The recycle challenge

I get a great deal of enjoyment seeing what this activity brings. Get together a pile of clean dry recycling, for example boxes, plastic bottles, foil, pots, paper. Ask your little ones to make something. We’ve had sandwich shops, vehicles, castles, puppet theatres, dens and more. Once you’re done, if you don’t want to keep the creations, your children will love to help sort the recycling back into appropriate piles ready to go in your kerbside collection or on a tip run.

6. Baking

No creations list would be complete without something edible on it! Our favourite recipe is for rock cakes. Simple and easy to make, plus you can add to it with alternative dried fruit or, for an extra special treat, some pieces of dark chocolate. In fact rock cakes were such a standard rainy afternoon activity after our second son was born that when the arrival of our third son was imminent our eldest said he couldn’t arrive yet, we hadn’t made any rock cakes!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and our ideas 😊

Thanks so much for this post Jo and we will definitely be checking out those yummy looking rock cakes!!

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