DIY Nature Wings

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Join us and create some DIY Nature Wings with your Little Feet. We have created some Autumn ones, but you can do this craft again and again throughout each season using nature from each one. That way you can collect wings for every season and occasion.

It is likely the only thing that a lot of people will need to buy for this craft is contact paper. Contact paper is so versatile for crafting and we use it fairly regularly. It is a transparent sticky back sheet that is generally used for covering books. It is a bit like laminating - sandwiching something between two sheets of paper to preserve it. Whereas lamination requires a special device to melt it together, contact paper just requires smoothing with hands.

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Cardboard wise, we do a lot of our shopping online due to living in the countryside. As a result we receive so many boxes in the post that I am regularly recycling them for one craft of another. For this particular one, we flattened a box and tore off two sides to create the wings.

One evening before we went foraging for nature I drew out some wings on the cardboard and cut them out. I then traced the contact paper and that that out too so that everything was ready for the craft to be done immediately. I have learnt from past experiences, Little Feet are not good at waiting and things will just spiral into bickering if everything is not already done. I find that no one ends up enjoying it in the end. So where I can I try and have things pre-ordered and ready for craft time. This doesn’t always happen i might add! Life does get in the way a lot of the time!

After we had been pout foraging for pretty leaves and such, I peeled off one side of contact paper and stuck it down on one side of the wings, sticky side up and away they stuck. We are so chuffed with the way they turned out and both girls have put them on many times since we made them. A must for any dressing up box!

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What you will need:

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  • Cardboard

  • Scissors/craft knife and mat

  • Contact paper

  • Pen

  • Nature - leaves, feathers, flowers etc (they need to be as 2D as possible so no pinecones)

  • Ribbon

Instructions:

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  1. Go into nature with a bag or bucket and fill it up as much as you can with flowers, autumn leaves, feathers, anything that is as two-dimensional as you can find.

  2. On your cardboard draw out a set of wings and cut them out with your scissors or craft knife.

  3. Then in the middle of them cut for small circles for a space to thread the ribbon through to tie them onto your Little Feet.

  4. Cut out the wings, leaving a good sized border around them.

  5. Trace out the wings onto contact paper. Cut two lots of wings as you will need each side of the wing to have one.

  6. Take the back paper bit off the contact paper on two of then and stick then over the wing holes. Turn it over so that the contact paper is now on the back of the wings and the sticky side is facing up through the wings.

  7. Now you can let your Little Feet enjoy designing their Nature Wings. Place out all the items you foraged and allow them to fill up the sticky contact paper with nature.

  8. When they have finished, take off the other sides of the contact paper and stick them down, for the nature bits they have stuck down and the rim of the wings. This will secure all their decorations down and keep them from falling off.

  9. Thread your ribbon through each side of circlular holes and make an arm hole loop for each side so your Little Feet can just slip their arms through to wear.

  10. And there you have it, Nature Wings that you can keep for the entire season.

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This craft does take a little preparation from the Big Feet perspective. This is something I would suggest your prepare the night before you want to do the activity. The drawing of the wings, cutting out and measuring out the contact paper for each side of the wing takes approximately about 30 minutes. Though this preparation may be off putting initially, I do encourage you to do it before hand, especially if you have Littler Feet as we all know their impatience knows no bounds. From a personal point of view this impatience just rubs me up the wrong way and as a result we all end up being grouchy.

What we love about this craft is the nature of being able to keep it, hang it up with the rest of their dressing up clothes and reuse it again and again throughout Autumn.

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We recently went to a place called Studfold Adventure Trail in North Yorkshire and they have the most amazing fairy woodland, with little fairy houses scattered around. So we are loving the fairies at the moment basically.

If we had to join this craft with a book, all this talk of fairies has taken me back to my childhood and to quiet moments of reading Cecily Mary Barker’s Flower Fairy books. Her illustrations are so enchanting, they have always left such vivid mark on my memory. In fact I am pretty determined to buy a set for Little Feet A for Christmas. She adores her Peter Rabbit series and these are the same sort of size. Perfect for Little Hands.

Just to give you a lasting image and poem from her, ‘Flower Fairies of Autumn’ book:

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Cool dewy morning

Blue sky at noon,

White mist at evening,

And large yellow moon;


Blackberries juicy

For staining of lips;

And scarlett, O scarlett

The Wild Rose Hips!


Gay as gipsy

All Autumn long,

Here on the hedge-top

This is my song.

The Song of Rose Hip Fairy ,

Flower Fairies of Autumn

Cecily Mary Barker

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Honeycomb Bubblewrap

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Getting talking about bees with your Little Feet by doing art!

Getting a conversation going about bees and their importance can be so simple. I started to talk about hives and honey bees with Little Feet A (4 years old). We talked about how some bees make honey in honeycombs in their hives. I asked is she knew what shapes made up a honeycomb. She didn't so we looked up the shape and it's name and then looked at pictures of hives and the bees honeycomb. I then asked if she was interested in creating honeycomb with bubblewrap and here we are. In the space of five minutes she learnt a new shape, some biology about bees, and learnt a new way to recreate a pattern in nature with man made objects. 

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What you will need:

  • White paper
  • Yellow and Orange paint
  • A paint roller
  • Bubble wrap 
  • A black pen 

 

Instructions:

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  1. Lay out your paper and place your bubble wrap, bubbles facing upward next to the paper. 
  2. Squirt paint all over the bubblewrap. 
  3. Allow Little Feet to roll the paint over the whole of the bubblewrap.
  4. Carefully lift the paint covered wrap and place it, bubbles down onto the white paper. 
  5. Apply gentle pressure all over the back of the bubble wrap, pressing the paint into the paper. 
  6. Peel the bubblewrap away and see your honeycomb print emerging! 
  7. Once dry, Little Feet A drew some bees inside the hive. This is optional! 
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Little Feet A's bees. The two large ones are Queen bees. With crowns on their heads...obviously. It's no wonder that she finds bee's so scary! I'd be terrified of them too if I thought about them like this! But there you have it. Honeybees in their hive. Send us pictures of yours! 

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Holiday Capsules

It's the summer holidays and beaches everywhere are scattered with people enjoying the sun, sea, sand and shingle. The sea has been beautifully cool in this hot summer we have been having. We have spent a few days at and near the beach, enjoying everything it has to offer.

If you are planning on spending all day at the beach then it is a good idea to have some ideas up your sleeve in case your Little Feet start to get itchy feet and to keep the play flowing. You won't need much in the way of ideas but a lovely holiday activity is to create a 'Holiday Capsule'. It is a great way to collect physical memories of your time away or visit somewhere. All you need is a container of some sort to collect some items from where you have been. We took with us a glass jar from I think The Works, which was the bargain price of £1.

We liked the idea of being able to see what was inside without having to open it. Alternatively, I love the idea of having a treasure box that can be squirrelled away and opened. In Little Feet A's bedside table the top drawer has become her 'treasure drawer'. Honestly I try and not open it as I despair at what she has in it. It's normally totally random, like hundreds of sheets of paper that have drawings on, a bouncy ball, feathers, sticks, special stones, pens, one shoe... you name it.

As we have been away at the coast, our Holiday Capsule is based around what we found at the seashore.

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The premise of 'Holiday Capsules' is simple, you just put in some things from where ever you have gone to visit. Being at the beach we collected sand, seaweed, shingle, rocks and shells. Little Feet B really enjoyed filling the pot up and it was a nice little 10 minute distraction. Plus searching for shells became an ongoing activity throughout the afternoon. 

What you need: 

  • A container; glass jar or even a small shoe box will do
  • Items from wherever you are visiting

Instructions:

  1. Remember to take your container no your holiday or day trip. If you do forget it, it's no biggie as you can just put them in a bag and transfer them when you get home. 

  2. Collect items from your trip. It can be anything from ticket receipts, polaroid images, sand, feathers, grass, stones, napkins and so on. Collect as much or as little as you wish. 
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Fabric Painting

Fabric painting. It’s what it says on the tin! Literally painting fabric. Think touch and texture. Think colour and movement. It is a different sensation then painting on paper. Watch your Little Feet run their fingers over the different fabrics, and rub them on their faces. Watch as they paint them and see how each paint stroke looks different on each piece of fabric.

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God Save The Tea

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The hotly anticipated day has arrived. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, otherwise known as Prince Harry is getting hitched. To none other then Suits own Meghan Markle. The last Prince is officially off the market. Well... until Prince George and Prince Louis are ready for the taking. Jokes! Sort of, you know I have two daughters and, you know, I want the best for them. Sorry, I'll stop. Im actually not one of those mothers. Thank goodness, how exhausted they must be all the time. More exhausted then the normal mother. All that match making sounds draining. I mean have you watched Fiddler on the roof?! Anyway, I digress. 

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I haven't really been caught up in the hype this time round, but Little Feet A has been gearing up for it through her days at nursery this week. They started the week making crowns and then flags. It was then topped off at the end of the week in their best party dresses and ate scones with cream and jam - as is only right. One teacher in her class was even in a ball gown with a tiara. The British, we do nothing by halves and most of us THRIVE off the eccentricism of it all. That is what we are know for right? That, the Queen and Tea. Ah, Tea, we've finally come full circle. 

To celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding we have done some TEA PAINTING! It's only fitting really. I read on Instagram that every day in Britain

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get drunk a day. A DAY. I have to say, that I do not doubt it for a second. We are a nation that  uses Tea in any situation. If we are happy, sad, want a chat, need a wind down, want to celebrate (though Prosecco is preferred lets be honest), if it's cold, if we are in shock (with the addition of a spoonful of honey), if it's hot, if we're bored or even just thirsty. Well, you get the idea. 

Other nations find it perplexing and continually baffling. I suppose it would be if you weren't indoctrinated at a young age. I remember getting to my teenage years and being asked if I would like tea at family gatherings. I vividly remember saying yes and having the thought process that i knew I needed to get used to drinking it if I were to survive living in this country (I spent most my childhood years overseas). In fact, when I had my own Little Feet I was shocked to find out that a large portion of mothers actually put it into bottles for the toddlers to drink. Im STILL horrified by this. Neither of my Little Feet were/are particularly good sleepers so the thought of voluntarily giving them caffeine makes me want to put salt in my eyeballs. Sorry, I've digressed again. So Tea painting. It was just the next logical step. 

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What you will need:

  • White card (thicker to hold the water)
  • Warm water
  • Herbal Tea; lemon (for yellow), blackberry (for blue), raspberry/cherry (for red) and so on. 

Method:

  1. Fill a couple of mugs with warm water and put a herbal tea of your choosing into each mug. Wait a few minutes by swirling the teabag and giving a chance for the tea leaves to infuse into the water. 
  2. Once you are satisfied with the colours start painting.
DISCLAIMER: We added a little blue food colouring to our 'Night time' tea bag as it needed some help to make this particular artwork pop. 

DISCLAIMER: We added a little blue food colouring to our 'Night time' tea bag as it needed some help to make this particular artwork pop. 

So from our family to yours we hope you have a very regal day, enjoying a day in the sun and unless you were lucky enough to have an invite, watching it on the telly!