Make it Monday

Snowdrop Snowdrop

The start of spring is my favourite time of year and although it is still so very cold outside at the moment, the first snowdrops remind us that it won't be long until the warmer weather is here. Today has been all about the snowdrop song - one of the blessings of parenting Steiner educated children is seasonality of their songs - the gentle rhythm following the ebb and flow of the year. Snowdrop Snowdrop little drops of snow What do you do when the cold wind blows I hang my little head and say cold wind cold wind go ...
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Seamless Joins

One of my New Year goals had been to make time for some grown up craft so for today's Make it Monday I'd like to share my new crochet discovery: seamless joins. I'm part way through making the retro spot blanket for my littlest one and those annoying bobbles when joining have been annoying me. See it there in the picture above? It's only tiny I know but it still bugs me. So today while youngest one flopped on the sofa feeling poorly, I flicked through the Moogly blog until I found this YouTube video. Perfect! I've only had time ...
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Simple Crayon Craft Christmas Present

Rainbow coloured crayons recycled from broken crayons made by my 10 year old for our toddler as a Christmas present. They are very simple to make and look amazing too. You need: Collection of old, broken crayons Cupcake moulds or small, oven proof containers Oven Method Remove the paper from the crayons and break into 1-2 cm pieces. There is no need to be exact. Divide your broken crayons amongst the cupcake cases. I think random works best. Put the tray in a hot oven for about 10 mins. You want the wax to melt but not mix too much ...
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Make it Monday – Cornflower Slime

Cornflower and water mixed together has amazing properties, you can slice it and pour it! It is reusable because it dries into a powder again and, the water evaporates from it pretty quickly meaning you can vacuum away any mess! I usually start this off on a tray and give my child a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of cornflower, a small jug of water and a spoon for stirring ...
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Make it Monday – Minibeast Jigsaw

This is a downloadable print off from Nature Detectives. There are 2 different sheets to print out, then you can swap bodies, head and legs; create a minibeast family; make up names...... We had loads of fun with these taking it in turns to choose a part and making the silliest creatures we could think of, we also made a few of our own legs, heads and bodies to add in. We printed ours off in black and white and coloured it in, but the idea is so simple that you could simply cut out squares of paper, or even use post ...
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Make it Monday – making paper beads and necklaces

Today, let's look at more more ideas of things to do at home with children: paper beads and stringing beads into necklaces, garlands or bracelets. Material: - Paper. You can buy fancy colour paper for this activity but reclaimed paper will work just as well. Take a look at your recycling bin to put aside brightly coloured paper. Larger or thicker paper will be better for small children. - Glue stick. We tried glue stick and PVA glue. Both work but the stick was easier. - Scissors or a paper guillotine. Watch your fingers, guillotines are incredibly sharp. Put it ...
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Make it Monday – free colouring sheets: babies & baby slings

Prepare the next generation of babywearers! Children love colouring pictures, and familiar pictures in particular. These images of mums carrying babies in their baby slings will appeal to them. Award-winning British artist Susan Cook of Picture Dreams, has produced these beautiful drawings of babies for your little ones to colour-in. You can download the A4 version as a jpg (right click on the large image and choose print) or as as pdf. If you don't have a printer, email us your address and we'll be happy to pop some in the post for you. Can be reproduced only for personal ...
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Make it Monday – Making your own baby wipes

Just like cloth nappies, switching to reusable baby wipes can save you a lot of money, especially the early months. Reusable baby wipes are just as easy to use as flushable baby wipes. You can use water to clean your baby's bottom or make your own natural cleaning solution. Once your baby's nappy is changed, you can pop the wipes in your laundry. They are made especially to wash and dry easily. If you decide to make your own baby wipes, the first thing will be to choose a suitable fabric. The fabric should be ultra soft so that it ...
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Make it Monday – Growing food from kitchen scraps

This is from the fantastic site - citygirlfarming.com which has loads of ideas for growing food in small spaces. I've grown the tops of carrots (just pop them in a saucer of water), accidentally sprouted potato's and tried and failed to grow avocado's before but this blog has some new ideas! They are so easy to do with children, and the small seeds are so fast to grow too! If you do grow any please send us your photos to lisa@naturalnursery.co.uk There's all sorts of growing experiments you can do with your kids just by using food from your kitchen ...
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Make it Monday – Juice Carton Recycling

Despite dilligently sorting tins, bottles, paper and cardboard and composting any food that is leftover from leftovers, my little family still manages to produce lots of rubbish for my big black bin. My challenge to myself - and anyone else who cares to take it up, is to find something else to do with things I normally throw away and this week I have chosen - milk and juice cartons. Normally, I squash them down so they take up less space in the bin but it would be great to find something else to do with them rather than bin ...
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Make it Monday – Indoor rainy fun

Spring! It has been raining solidly all day and we are bored bored bored! So here is the recipe for a fantastic fun indoor picnic. Ingredients: a tablecloth or sheet old newspaper and magazines picnic food - sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer at least one small child How we did it Spread out the cloth in your desired picnic area Set the scene with newspaper trees Move some house plants nearer the cloth Cut out large daisies from magazines and scatter on the floor near the cloth Spread out your picnic feast Invite a few teddies and sing the ...
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Make it Monday – Penny’s Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

I'm getting more carrots than I really need in my veg box at the moment and this recipe from Penny's Recipes is a brilliant way to use them up! Penny says "I first baked this cake when I was having a meeting at my house. I thought I would test it out on those attending – they are people who will always be honest about my cooking!! I was surprised that one person immediately identified it as a carrot cake before tasting – as it is not a typical one. The verdict was fabulous, so I do urge you to ...
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Make it Monday – Recycled Plastic Bag Crafts

Want to know what to do with those plastic bags that you seem to accumulate?  Well, this blog has all the answers. http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/138/1/Recycled-plastic-bag-crafts.html It says "According to some estimates, Between 500 billion and a trillion plastic grocery bags are used globally each year. The WorldWatch Institute states it takes 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags - so that comes to a staggering 4,300,000 gallons or 16,277,270 litres of oil to make a trillion bags."I love the idea of making a bag out of bags and I've crocheted a few of these in the past.  What I ...
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Fluffy Friday – Win a £15 Natural Nursery Gift Voucher with your craft ideas! (ends 5th April 2012)

Most mums I know have days when they are stuck for ideas for something to do with small children. The Natural Nursery Blog is coming to the rescue but it needs your help! Make it Mondays are for blog posts that feature easy, cheap, eco friendly and fun things to make and do with or for small children. We have quite a few planned already, keep an eye out every Monday for recipes, ideas for reusing drinks cartons and plastic bags, instructions for making your own wet wipes and brilliant wet weather ideas just in case summer is a wash ...
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Introducing Make it Mondays!

Every Monday on the Natural Nursery Blog there will be a new idea for something to do, from rainy day play to recipes, colouring sheets to download, instructions for making your own baby wipes and loads of other cheap and easy seasonal ideas. We are starting off on Monday 12th March 2012 with some great ideas for clever and easy things to make out of old plastic bags. We'd love to hear your ideas for anything you would like to see on the Make it Monday slot, I'd like to keep it eco friendly, easy to do, easy to involve ...
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