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Posted by burntmuffin on 13th May 2010

Jigsaw puzzles

Miss S has discovered she likes jigsaw puzzles.

We were loaned a set of 2 train puzzles – an alphabet and a number train – and she decided that she would work on that on the kitchen floor while I cooked dinner one day. It was terrific – she completed the puzzle in 2 hours (meaning I had 2 WHOLE hours to cook in peace without someone hanging off one leg and wanting attention). And she didn’t need my help – except to show her how to put the first pieces together and look at the picture on the box as a reference point.

Now here lies the problem. Having completed the puzzle, we tidied up after she showed Mr K what she accomplished when he got home from work. A couple of days later, I asked if she wanted to play with it again. She said, “But I’ve already done it”.

So, I made her some “new” puzzles from some stuff we have in our house.

The 3 puzzles

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Posted by burntmuffin on 12th March 2010


Here’s a great idea (it was Mr K’s).

Cut out a big piece of paper and get your child to lie on top of it while you trace around his/her body. Give him/her a bunch of crayons and this will keep them occupied for ages! It’s also great to do when they have friends come over to play and they want to do some crafts. (Gives you a bit of a break as they are busy colouring in) :) .

Posted by burntmuffin on 2nd March 2010

Herb window box

When we got the heat pump installed, the installer made the heat pump box into a “house” for my daughter. It’s a very simple house with one window and a door. She has never tired of playing in it.

A while back, Mr K decided it was time we decorated the “house”, so he proceeded to cover it with crayon art – with the little one lending a hand.

Today, we made a new sign for the door – corrugated cardboard flower shapes with button centers stuck onto a piece of black paper.

New sign

As we were finishing this, I thought we should make a window box too (I had a cardboard flower leftover).

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Posted by burntmuffin on 24th February 2010


This is another paper activity that is a favourite with my daughter – paper lady bugs.

Yellow ladybugs

For 1 Ladybug:

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Posted by burntmuffin on 24th February 2010


We made linked paper dolls a while ago, and my daughter has never tired of them. In fact, she asks to make them again and again very often. She calls them “Girls”. These “Girls” won us a craft book from the huggies craft ideas competition. It’s an old classic, but it is so much fun. I think I had more fun than she did. :)

Paper Doll Chain


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Posted by burntmuffin on 10th February 2010

A portable stove/oven

With all her new cooking gear and felt food, my little “chef” has taken over the living room floor.

Can a frying pan box become part of the play processĀ as well as a storage solution?


Start of the transformation process

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Posted by burntmuffin on 7th February 2010

Cardboard House(s)

My little girl wanted to do some craft.

I was out of ideas, and theĀ Usborne Books has been returned to the library.

Then, she told me she wanted to make a house.

A house? I thought about the options:

  1. We could build a house with blocks, but technically speaking, that is “play” not crafts.
  2. We could make a house with the cushions and the chairs, but that is “play”, too.

Hmmm… if I had a tissue box, but we seldom use tissues in this household.

Some rummaging around the house later, I emerged with a handful of colourful A4 sized corrugated card.

Corrugated Card

Surely one can fashion a house out of this.

Here are the steps I took:

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Posted by burntmuffin on 25th January 2010

Usborne Craft Books

I love craft. But when it comes to things to make with a two-year-old, my brain draws a blank.

Thankfully, our local library has books like these for loan.

Usborne Craft Books

Bit hard to see in the picture, the books are:

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