Making T Shirts

I recently acquired some fabric crayons that I wanted to test out. But I didn’t want to spend a fortune on t shirts, if they were going to end up ruined! So imagine my surprise to find these beauties in 99p Stores!

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99p for a plain white t shirt! And they are the type that wash really well. And I am aware that makes me sound like my Mum.

I gave the kids free reign with the crayons, and as usual, George drew fireworks. It doesn’t matter that he is too little to draw properly, he just loves any kind of mark making. To help him along though, I drew around his hands and feet, as a lovely permanent reminder of how small he is/was.

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Hannah drew people as usual. Grandma, Grandad, Nanny, herself and George. I am not thrilled to be left off her list.

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After they had designed their masterpieces, I ironed them, and washed again. They came out perfectly!

Here are the finished articles –

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Cereal Box Garage

I sometimes think my kids are out to get me. If it’s not Lego pieces, it’s small vehicles. Cars, trucks, diggers, nee naw cars. They have an amazing knack of being invisible to the naked eye, so that the kids guffaw when you do a comedy slip on one.

No more! I gathered them all together, and made a cereal box garage. Complete with not so straight parking bays and ramps. Now, what I really covet (yes, me) is a wooden garage from Wooden Toy Shop. This one in particular – http://www.woodentoyshop.co.uk/le-toy-van-le-grand-garage.html but for now, this kept both kids amused!

So this is the collection I needed to house

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I started with two cereal boxes (other cereals are available), and two kitchen roll tubes.

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I cut out one side of the box and painted it black. Then cut the kitchen roll tubes in half, and painted them yellow. The cereal boxes needed two coats of paint, as they are surprisingly shiny. Using the other cereal box, I cut two strips for the ramps and painted them black too. The parking bays were just white stickers cut in to strips.

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Ta da, more cars off the road, and less chance of me breaking my neck!

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Crowns Fit For a Prince

He’s here! The future King of England! I have been on the edge of my seat for the last week, this is more exciting than Christmas! We are thrilled at the possibility of the new prince being called George, and whilst he remains nameless, I can hope!

So as a tribute, and with some help from 99p stores, we made our lovely crowns!

We had some lovely shiny card that was perfect for the occasion. We cut it in half lengthways, and cut some zig zag shapes out.

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Before we stuck them together, we decided to bling them up. 99p stores sells this amazing pack of 100 x self adhesive gem stone stickers. And for that price, I let the kids go wild!

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Suck together with tape, these crowns are fit for a King! Introducing Princess Hannah and Prince George!

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Outdoor Play

The weather is just glorious at the moment, so we have been having lots of fun outdoors!

The kids loved my friends sprinkler, so we made our own. I rigged the hose in to a 2l bottle, and stabbed little holes in. I had to use lots of tape to keep it on, but it was a hoot! My teenage niece and nephew were here too, and they had more fun that the littlies running through it!

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The car wash is always good for at least half an hours peace! I give them a bowl of soapy water, a couple of sponges, and they clean the cosy coupe.

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My two are fascinated by ice. So in the water table, I threw a load of ice. They loved how quickly it melted in the heat. I also froze a couple of little toys on bowls of water. It was great watching them try and dig them out, bashing the ice, and warming the ice up to melt.

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I am not the most artistic person, but I bet if I was, I would make these boats in to mini versions of the QM2. As it was, they were turned in to submarines, so it didn’t matter that they were just a couple of margarine tubs, 2 lolly sticks, and home made flags. But we liked turning them in to passenger ships, seeing how much cargo they could carry before becoming the Titanic.

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We have not long painted the garden fence, so it’s still pretty waterproof. The kids were desperate to help, but I have heard tell that green creosote is hard to get off 2 year olds faces. So they painted the fence with water and a fence brush. I only had one fence brush, so they alternated between that and a tiny paintbrush. Next week, cutting the lawn with nail clippers.

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Chalk on the pavement. Needs no introductions, just wait for the rain to help clean it up.

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This one was not my brightest idea. Roll of paper, bare feet children and tubs of paint. I thought I could make a lovely footprint mural for the wall. What I ended up with was a slight breeze whipping the paper in to a frenzy, pink paint on my sandals and jeans, and having to carry a 3 year old to the kitchen sink. Next time, weight the paper down properly.

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I over complicated this one too. Take one empty 500ml bottle, cut the end off,and secure (clean) sock over it with an elastic band. What I should have done was just dip in bubble solution, and blow. Ta-da the most amazing bubbles. What I actually did was drop food colouring on the sock to make fancy coloured bubbles. Fail. The bubbles barely changed colour, and the colouring dripped all over my toe. I still have 3 blue toenails a week later. Tip – leave the colouring out.

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There’s nothing I like more than reusing stuff. I have a corner of the kitchen dedicated to egg boxes and tin foil scraps, waiting for inspiration. I used a couple of 2l milk containers, with the bottoms cut off, and an empty washing up liquid bowl. 2/3 year olds love nothing more than tipping water from or container to another, then back again. And on and on…

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I have saved the most fun activity for last. WATER BALLOONS! Tricky little beggars to fill, and you only get about 3 minutes of fun. But watching them shriek as they try and soak you is the best fun ever.

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T Shirt Capes

We don’t actually watch any tv programmes about superheroes (does Tommy Zoom count?) so I was surprised when the kids started role playing superheroes. I came across an idea to make these really easy capes, so I snaffled a couple of the husbands old(ish) t shirts.

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I cut the whole of the back off, and also around the neckline. George is still only a littlie, so I decided to cut open the neck line and Velcro back together for safety reasons. This is actually really easy to do, I got stick on Velcro from Asda, and just cut a small piece off.

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The genius part is to cut off the sleeve to make a matching mask. Neither of my two liked having something over their faces, so I used the other sleeves and made matching bandana hats.

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I asked Hannah what symbol she wanted on the back, praying that she didn’t ask for something complicated like Batman! Luckily, it was an easy letter. I cut one out of each, and wonderwebbed it to the back.

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I am keeping this one up my sleeve for a really easy last minute fancy dress idea!