These fun DIY Harry Potter wands were my sons idea, we’re currently reading the first of the novels and when he saw what I’d bought while shopping for craft supplies he was determined that this is what we were going to make! This easy Harry Potter craft was suitable for both kids (3 and 6) with only a little bit of help but does require a tiny bit of patience – I’ll share the less patient version with you too though as I know that can be a struggle with the younger ones!
Autumn is the perfect time to stay inside and hide from the weather but sometimes I know we get a bit bored of doing the same old stuff. My kids both adore playing with play dough (as do I if I’m honest) so I thought I’d share some fall and autumn play dough ideas to help give us all a bit of inspiration for the days when the weather is a little bit less than awesome.
If there’s one thing you know as a parent about the kids going back to school it’s that it’s expensive. Even if by some miracle your kids school shoes still fit and look half decent there’s always something you didn’t realise you were going to have to pay for – we’ve had three different school uniforms for my son in three years so believe me I feel your pain. In way by trying to even out the expenditure I thought it would be good to share some free back to school printables. There’s practical things like morning plans, cute stuff like lunchbox notes and fun things like cake wrappers too so there should be something here for everyone!
Like most things kid related my kids are the total opposite when it comes to what they will drink. My daughter will literally only drink water which while it’s a bit frustrating at times, is great because I know it’s good for her. My son? Juice, smoothies, squash, milkshakes…anything but water really. I was genuinely really happy to be asked to work with Highland Spring because it gave me a bit of a challenge, could I get my son to join his sister and get more water in his diet? But being the mum I am I also had to give the kids a bit of a challenge too so I set them up a simple DIY garden obstacle course, perfect for when the sun makes an appearance!
When we moved house earlier this year one of my favourite things about it was the apple tree in the garden. Over the last few months we’ve watched the blossom turn into tiny apples and then watched them grow and grow. It’s been a good lesson in patience for all of us and I still have no idea if they’ll be nice or – ugh – crab apples but I really love that tree. When we were sat down ready to make this apple craft I asked the kids what colour apples were. ‘Green!’ ‘Red!’ ‘Look at the ones outside….’ Real apples are often a bit of a mixture and so our cotton wool painted apples are too.