Last week we had the most fun making a new addition to my son’s dressing up collection. At four he is totally superhero obsessed and while Batman is his favourite he did for this decide that he would be ‘Batman-Captain America’! This Captain America shield DIY is super simple and is a great craft that you can make together with your kids.
paper plate crafts
At the beginning of autumn we made a paper plate wreath which we decorated with real leaves which we really enjoyed doing. To celebrate Christmas, or more importantly, the fact that I’ve got a stack of paper plates, I thought we could try to make a paper plate Christmas wreath. I’ve seen some really cool Christmas wreaths on Pinterest but understandably a lot of those seem beyond the skills of a three year old! So being inspired by the holly on our walk to playgroup I thought we would make a little holly wreath.
I’m really excited today to be taking part in All Done Monkey’s 31 days of ABC linky. I have to admit that I’ve spent the last week being super nervous about it! As well as the normal ‘what shall we make’ panic with both kids ill there’s been not much crafting going on and lots of Peppa Pig and Calpol instead. We lovemaking sea crafts for kids so thankfully at the last minute I thought of doing an Orca paper plate craft and very thankfully the boy agreed that he’d like to try it!
Every time I think that’s it for Halloween crafting this year something else comes up that we want to make! I suppose I shouldn’t be that surprised that with a Batman obsessed toddler that a request for paper plate bats happened (‘lets make bats mummy!’ ‘Err… yep I think I can work that one out!’) These were so much fun to do, we did them sat next to each other, both working on the task and we were both really happy with how they turned out.
With summer coming (and ending!) a bit too early round here this year we’ve been finding lots of ripe blackberries cropping up at the sides or roads and in the loacl woods. I thought it would be fun to try some blackberry crafts as I really wanted to try something with my son that would give us the chance to try out a few new textures, creating our own blackberry wreath seemed the perfect way to do this!
You will need:
A paper plate (cut out the middle bit to make a wreath shape)
Paint (any but you need something blacky / purple for the blackberries)
How to make your blackberry wreath:
Me and The Toddler had lots of fun out hunting in our garden for leaves to paint while his sister was having a nap, I guess it feels a bit naughty to a kid as its not paper?! He then painted the leaves red while we had a little chat about how the colours of leaves change during the seasons.
Some of the bubble wrap we used for printing onto paper, the bubbly effect makes it look like the bumps on a blackberry. We also had a bit of a chat about all the foraging we’ve done so far, I’m very pro taking kids foraging especially as it’s saving me a small fortune on soft fruit at the moment!
We also painted some of the bubble wrap a slightly different colour so we could have textured blackberries too.
I cut out the two different kinds of blackberries for him (wobbly lines on the paper, triangles on the bubble wrap as anything cleverer than that was way beyond me) and then he stuck them and the leaves onto the paper plate to make his blackberry wreath!
I’m loving all the autumn crafts that are filling my Pinterest feed at the moment, have you made anything yet?!