How to carve the perfect pumpkin

Halloween’s here! Have you been swept up in the hype and visited a pumpkin patch or been to a themed event? Pinterest is full of spectacular ideas for carving amazing looking Jack o’ lanterns. Most of us probably don’t have mad carving skills but it is pretty easy to create a simple design. There is…

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Arts & crafts: Autumn crafts

Crisp mornings, crunchy leaves, conkers, conkers everywhere! It must be Autumn. If your kids are like mine they have probably started collecting conkers and acorns? It’s all well and good having pockets full of treasures but I have asked some of my crafty friends what sort of arty things they get up to in this…

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Arts & Crafts: Painted rocks

You have probably heard of this craze (unless you have been hiding under a rock!) painted rocks have caused a storm on Facebook. Most towns have a local painted rocks page set up. So what is this craze all about? Well, adults and kids have been painting pebbles with various colourful designs, they then hide…

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Keeping kids entertained in the school holidays

We’ve reached that time of year – school’s out for summer! No more school runs to contend with, the possibility of sleeping in is bliss. But what do you do when they mutter those two little words: “I’m bored!”? It can be very hard as parents and carers, whether we like it or not we…

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Arts & crafts: Flower crowns

Summer is well and truly here in the UK, the sun has been shining for weeks, schools are almost out and many families will be looking forward to holidays. It is also festival season – I happen to love a good festival and have put together a very simple guide telling you how to make…

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Arts & Crafts: Marbling

I have always loved the effects created by marbling, I can remember doing it at infant school to go on the front of a scrapbook, I am pretty sure at the time we used inks in water. I have had a go myself at a couple of techniques with my kids. We have tried the…

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