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Craft/ Parenting

Town Planning for Kids

The boys love learning new things and are absorbing information like sponges.

I’m a town planner by profession, so I thought they were finally old enough to learn the basics of Town Planning – the main types of residential dwellings:

  • Single storey house
  • Two storey house
  • Duplex (dual occupancy) – 2 dwellings on 1 lot
  • Townhouse (multi dwelling housing) – 3 or more dwellings on 1 lot with each dwelling having access from the ground floor
  • Apartment building (residential flat building) – 3 or more dwellings (I say to the boys – lots and lots of units in 1 big building)

I used basic shapes – rectangles (buildings, doors), squares (windows), triangles (roof) to make up the buildings with A4 and A5 coloured paper from Kmart.

I cut out the shapes and the boys helped me to stick them onto the wall with sticky tape. For older kids could cut out the shapes themselves.

It’s a great way to count, use basic shapes, and learn the different types of houses as we live in an area with lots of different types of housing which the boys can see as real life examples.

Christmas/ Craft/ Twins

Christmas Paddlepop Stick Ornaments

I LOVE craft and I LOVE Christmas! It’s exciting that the boys are at an age where they can enjoy craft! The boys really enjoyed making these and it was the first time they used PVA glue to stick things on!

This is an easy Christmas ornament which I have been giving as presents to my friends and family. The size of the loop is a perfect size for the boys to be able to place the ornaments easily and proudly onto the tree themselves. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

YOU NEED:

  • Paddlepop sticks (coloured or plain)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • String (cut into the length of a paddlepop stick)
  • Scissors (to cut the string ^^)
  • PVA glue (for the kids to use)
  • Buttons, wooden shapes and pom poms to decorate

ASSEMBLY:

Adults/older kids

  1. Stick together 3 x paddlepop sticks with a hot glue gun to form a triangle shape.
  2. Loop the string together and stick on both ends of the string to one of the corners of the triangle.

Kids

  1. Use a paddlepop stick to dip into PVA glue and spread onto the paddlepop stick triangle.
  2. Decorate with buttons, wooden shapes and pom poms.

Note: I found the pom poms a little harder to stick on, so I had to restick a few with the hot glue gun.

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Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Homemade Recycled Paper

This is a great way to reuse the magazines, newspapers and junk mail lying around your house!

This is an easy way with stuff you have at home – ‘proper’ equipment for paper making includes a wire mesh with frame to get a thinner, regular shaped piece of paper.


The paper has a cardboard consistency (it will be too brittle if it is too thin), however you can make it as thick as you want for crafts or other projects you can think of!

You can use this sooo many ways! Here are a few examples:

  • Gift tags
  • Food labels for a table setting
  • Arts and craftΒ 
  • Table setting place cards
  • Christmas ornaments
The texture is quite rustic and rough so to write/draw on it use paint, fabric paint, coloured textas, or permanent marker works well (pencils/pens may be harder to draw on). You can also be crafty and stick things on with glue!!
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160 grams paper = 1 x Coles Magazine (Sorry Curtis!!)
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Cut up paper into smaller pieces and remove any staples.
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Add paper and water into bowl.Β 
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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 5. Scrape down. Repeat 3 times or until desired consistency.
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Place into moulds and press down, or lined baking tray and roll flat with a rolling pin.
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Pat down with paper towels to absorb excess water.
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Either leave to dry in the sun/in front of the heater for a few days, or bake in oven at 70 degrees for 2 – 3 hours or until hard and dry.
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Leave to cool before cutting/drawing/painting etc.
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Table name place cardsΒ 
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Arts and Craft
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Food Labels for a Table Setting

Homemade Recycled Paper

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 160 grams paper
  • 500 grams water

Instructions

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METHOD (Thermomix):

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Cut up paper into smaller pieces and remove any staples.

3

Add paper and water into bowl.

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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 5. Scrape down. Repeat 3 times or until desired consistency.

5

Place into moulds and press down, or lined baking tray and roll flat with a rolling pin.

6

Pat down with paper towels to absorb excess water.

7

Either leave to dry in the sun/in front of the heater for a few days, or bake in oven at 70 degrees for 2 - 3 hours or until hard and dry.

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Leave to cool before cutting/drawing/painting etc.

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METHOD (Blender):

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Cut up paper into smaller pieces and remove any staples.

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Add paper and water into bowl (depending on the size of the blender you may need to do it in batches).

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Blend until desired consistency.

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Place into moulds and press down, or lined baking tray and roll flat with a rolling pin.

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Pat down with paper towels to absorb excess water.

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Either leave to dry in the sun/in front of the heater for a few days, or bake in oven at 70 degrees for 2 - 3 hours or until hard and dry.

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Leave to cool before cutting/drawing/painting etc.

Notes

Note: add more water if you want a 'finer' consistency or if your blades are resisting. The above measurements are for a more 'rustic' consistency, however more water = more drying time and you will need to squeeze out additional excess water before putting in moulds/tray + patting dry with a paper towel.