Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easy Make Matching Game

We are just back from a lovely family holiday and I made this little matching game before we went so that we could take it with us.

It's small and easy to pack so perfect for travelling and it won't break or tear.

My little one is almost two and became really quite good at turning the cards over and matching them up.

If you want to have a go at making your own, it's really simple....

Firstly decide how big you want the cards to be and cut squares for the front and back.  My cards are approx 8cmx8cm  - this is the finished size, so don't forget to add a seam allowance before you cut them out.

I used gingham as the backing fabric as I thought if it was white like the front the colour panel would show through - making the game too easy!

Then you'll need to cut whatever you want to match up - it might be colours, shapes or patterns.  
Make sure you cut a two of each.

Applique/stitch the colour/shape fabric onto the white piece.

Join the front and back with right sides together (white to gingham), leaving a little gap to turn it all through. 

Trim the seams, turn through and hand stitch the opening closed.

Give the cards a little press and you're ready to play!

If you don't fancy sewing or don't have time, you could also use coloured card or paper or even felt and glue the colour or shape panel on.  To make the game easier, make less cards or harder, make more cards.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Easter Discovery Fun

Here are some ideas to keep you busy over Easter....

Firstly here's a little tub of mess that's a whole lot of fun!

I had a look around the house to see what I could find - Easter decorations, eggs, chicks, feathers and tipped it into the tub.  

The great thing about the plastic eggs (that are meant for egg hunts) is that you can hide things inside them which makes them great fun for cracking open.  I added lentils to cover the base of the tray so when you add some lentils into the eggs, they become great little shakers!

There are lots of textures in this tub so it kept little one amused for quite a while and it's something he's gone back to quite a few times now.

We've also been doing some printing in spring colours - super simple circles!  I used a little tub for him to print with as it was easy for him to hold but you could also use one half of the plastic Easter egg.

And finally we've been talking about yellow and collecting yellow things in our basket.  

Happy Easter everyone!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Little Bag for Colouring Pencils

My little one is getting to the age where he's beginning to show more of an interest in mark making so when we were given these lovely chunky pencils, perfect for little hands, I thought it would be nice to make a little bag to keep them in so they're handy for when we're out and about.

We're off on holiday soon too - on a plane for the first time for him - so they will be great for keeping him occupied on the flight.

I made the bag just a bit longer than the pencils and appliqued pencils on the front just to make the contents easier to identify.  

Perfect for holding them (and a little sharpener) all together safely.

Now to get some lovely colourful drawings from him!

We'll also be taking his reversible fold up play mat which you can find here.