Category Archives: Crafting with Children

B.M.W.B #44 Little Things

It was Monday afternoon and I was aware I really had nothing to talk about this week and so I thanked my internet accountability team (that’s you, you are my unpaid staff!) and we made chalk paint.

I found this on pinterest (surprise, surprise!)

equal measures of cornflour and water – I used 1/3 of a cup of each and mix.

I poured them into teeny muffin tins and let the boys colour their own

Then we went and painted with them on the driveway.

Dinner was baking in the oven and the sun was shining.

It didn’t take all afternoon but it was restful and focussed and we chatted and listened to Bounce as he sang with delight.

The liquid changes to a chalky powder as it dries and it lasts for ages (especially when you can only find super fine brushes!!)

Having dinner organised in the middle of the day and an attitude that the afternoon is for the boys with me made Monday afternoon beautiful. (and with a 5am start it could have been otherwise!!)

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. 

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

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B.M.W.B # 40 – Taking the Lead

So much of parenting is about adjusting and re-adjusting the limits and letting little ones take more of a lead.

A couple of weeks ago we did some awesome crayon art – Bounce was very upset that the art was hung on the family art wall instead of in his room because he did it. So I promised more crayon art in the holidays. I do love the holidays we are planning to try a few crafty things this holidays!

This time I gave them smaller canvases and freer reign. I still maintained a firm grip on the hot glue gun but they selected it all and then we went for launch.

One of the things I can really struggle with as a mama is the control thing. I let me boys dress themselves and when it comes time to cover books at the beginning of the year I let Flip make most of the choices – these things are both easy and difficult for me – easy because it takes the hassle and drama out of forcing ‘good clothes’ or nicely cut out sensible pictures but hard because you send a stack of books to school with badly cut out weird choices on them – for me these are small sacrifices my pride has to make in order to allow my boys age appropriate choices. Choices that make them think about what they like and trust that they can do it.

Do you find giving your children more decision-making opportunities easy or difficult?

Also I find so much of the time I find mama’s doing great things with their kids – I wondered if you would be keen for me to do a couple of link-ups where people can put in posts of ways they have been more intentional about parenting or cool and simple activities that have allowed them to intentionally invest time with their kids – would you be keen to read these kind of posts from other people too?

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other. 

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

B.M.W.B#38 – For All the Family

I’m sure many of you will have seen the crayon-art craze sweeping the internets.

Not content to do it just the way other’s have (and due to the fact we have white walls) I decided to go for a black canvas.

I did all the lining up and gluing while the boys were in bed then on Sunday afternoon we all, even The Atlas, turned our hand at crayon melting. We used the hairdryer for a while then swapped to my heat embossing gun (still in the packet 2 years on – ahem!) which was much faster. The hairdryer did work – even the teeny one we have.

 

 

After we finished it we signed the sides and let the boys choose which way up to hang the picture – taking after their mama wanting to be different perhaps??

It was so fun to spring an unexpected art activity on them. Afterwards Flip suggested some ‘octopus’ so we delayed dinner for 10minutes and played together outside.

It made a slightly crazy, ‘everyone in different directions’ day so special for all of us.

I do love doing special things with my boys.

Cost – Black Canvas $13.99 and crayons cheapie ones box of 64 $4.49 all from The Warehouse. Crayons attached with a hot glue gun but my friend Cat did hers with double-sided tape.

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other. 

B.M.W.B #28 – Collage

As part of the school holidays and in an effort to do more art, which we have neglected for a while! I bought some fancy paper packs to use for collage. (Buy 1 get one free from the scrapbooking range at The Warehouse)

We had recently had The Little Yellow Leaf book out of the library and the boys and I had been captivated by the collage illustrations as well as the lovely story.

The boys worked so hard on their art. I think the special paper had a bit to do with it too. Ma was there to join us as well. I encouraged them to plan their picture before they started. I really enjoyed making mine too.

Do you ever purchase special art/craft equipment for the holidays? I do quite like the opportunity to sit and make something special together. My work isn’t perfect but then that’s the point really isn’t it? None of us are perfect but we build our skills through doing.

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.  
Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

B.M.W.B #21 – Stitching and Learning From My Boys

Sometimes I think my blog must be a little confusing – sure I could probably gain a stronger following if I just focussed on one of the things I blog about – parenting, clothing, crafting, sewing, food, my faith journey – but the point for me is that this is my journey. It is my voice, and random and ‘squiggly’ as it may seem this is reflective of the person that I am.

I go a million miles an hour, when I am not being lazy(which I am quite often)! I think other people can feel a bit like I needn’t try so hard or put in so much effort and I am learning to hear that not as a ‘rejection’, or as a ‘tone yourself down please’, or even as a ‘you’re embarrassing because you try-too-hard’ but just to hear it as ‘we love you as you are’. I LOVE heaps of things and I ADORE loads of people. I like being alive and I like doing, talking, making, performing, entertaining, achieving. I could definitely do a bit more reflective thinking, my house could be a lot cleaner and tidier,  I could certainly be a better listener….. but this is my journey and I find it fascinating that people choose to read my journey and come along for the ride…whatever part of that ride you like.

I like all of it 🙂

This week I have finally done some sewing with my boys, following Juliet’s example recently. I was doing some sewing myself one night just before Flip went to bed and I said I would do some with him one night and he was so keen. Initially I said no because it was 10 minutes until bedtime and then I realised it doesn’t matter we could have 10 lovely minutes together if I just got him some things too. And we did have 10 lovely minutes together (or maybe 12 but that’s what it is about!) and the next day he took it on himself to very carefully show Bounce the way.

They loved it and they really worked in such a focussed way. I love that kids are interested in the things that interest us. They want to be involved and they don’t have the barriers of judgement or fear of getting it wrong. They just get in.

I so want to preserve that self-belief for as long as I can in my boys. That thing that says ‘I haven’t tried it before but I’ll probably enjoy it and I might learn something new”. That’s a skill I need more in me too. Too often I don’t because I might not be good at it immediately or I have already decided it is too hard, requires too much effort or I won’t like it.

What is something you are trying to learn from your children?

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

Super Easy, Super Cute Marshmallow Pops

Okay so just in case you really wanted a DIY here it is:

Last week Flip and I made these gorgeous marshmallow pops

To start with I gave some wooden kebab skewers a quick spray with cooking oil to help the marshmallows not to stick too much

Thread on a marshmallow and very quickly dip in water

Shake off excess water

Dip in jelly crystals (hey I never said they were healthy!) and pop in a jar or similar to allow them to dry

** You do need to shake off the excess water or it makes the jelly crystals wet and lumpy**

We used lemon and raspberry and they had a slightly sherbert/sour taste on the outside which complimented the marshmallow beautifully.

OR – thread the marshmallows and dip in melted chocolate and then in sprinkles (or not) which is one of my all time favourite combos chocolate and marshmallow – oh.so.good

It seems to be a peculiarly kiwi thing – pineapple lumps, pinky bars, perky nanas, marshmallow Easter eggs, mallowpuffs….. I missed them all in the UK.

I love these for a party or just to make an exciting-looking and easy treat.

B.M.W.B #18 Learning

Although I’d like to think of myself as a ‘naturally gifted parent with no help needed’ part of becoming the mama I want to be is intentionally becoming more skillful and thoughtful in how I parent.

 

Last night The Atlas and I started a 6 week ‘Parents Inc’ toolbox course. All my life I’ve held to the fact that I would rather learn from others mistakes than make them myself. This supports that theory for me – learn and take courses before things are tricky.

 

The fun part is that we are hosting so I have the perfect excuse to make recipes I wouldn’t normally. Last night it was Cherry Ripe Mudcake – mmmmmm – narrowly missed eating leftovers for breakfast!

and Flip and I made these little treats as well  – happy to do a how to post if you want one!

I want my boys to feel they have a contribution to make in terms of making people feel valued and welcome in our home and baking is one of those things.

 

We are a family that LOVES having people over and this is no exception and it means my house gets vacuumed at least once in the week!

How do you feel about having people at your place?

 

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other. Thank you so much for those of you who have given me really encouraging feedback recently!

 

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be

B.M.W.B #15 – Junior Masterchef

Not that I’ve seen many episodes but oh the inspiration….

As you’ll be well aware I love baking with my boys but after seeing that programme I decided I also really want to ‘educate’ them about food as we cook/bake together.

Someone was owed a baking session from his ‘Learning to Ride a Bike’ chart

So today we rubbed in the butter and I let them do everything they could handle – whisk, beat, soften butter in the microwave, measure, add and mix and I talked about ‘why’ we do certain things when we bake.

But before you think we’re getting all ‘culinary artist’ on you we did decorate true to our preferred style – colour, sugar, fun (not so much class!).

What activities have you got planned in the holidays?

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Intentional. Achievable: becoming the mama I want to be.

B.M.W.B #8 Crayon and Dye

(A day early again – Wednesday is a special day for Chch so I have moved my posts around a bit – you still love me don’t you!??)

Flip is right into mysteries and clues and being a detective at the moment (I put that down to Paddington Bear, The Famous Five and The Hardy Boys – books he loves)

So I went at the crayon and dye with a secret theme – you draw something in white that can’t be seen ‘but I can see it mama’ (sigh – sort of can’t be seen!) and then you use the dye to bring it to life.

We just used watered down food colouring again. Loving the watered down food colouring!

I also had a great afternoon after school one day when the boys were playing happily together in their room I went in and lay on Flip’s bed and we just chatted about all sorts of things. It did my soul good.

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

B.M.W.B #7 – Salt Resist

A day early this week. (Valentines Day tomorrow folks – last chance to enter my giveaway)

Another ‘art’ project. From one of my wee books.

The aim is to paint with food colouring (which I watered down) and then sprinkle salt over the finished product which makes interesting shapes and designs as it absorbs some of the colour around it. When finished you simply brush the salt off.

The Atlas took Flip and the neighbours to crazy mini-golf on Saturday (for over 5s only) so Bounce and I had a gorgeous milkshake date. He rode there on his balance bike, after our photo shoot!

When we got there, instead of going to the play area he chose a ‘real’ table and we chatted away. I asked him about favourites – ‘colour, car, game, person…’ (until he got sick of waiting for me to finish my drink and we retired to the play area).

Bounce also said to me the other day, ‘Why do penguins have wings?’ (He knows they can’t fly). I waited and said, ‘Why do you think they have wings?’

His reply, ‘So they can pick up snow’.

What have you been doing with your littlies this week?

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achieveable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.