Getting creative during lockdown (With our Designer Fran and family)

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Hello! My name is Fran and I am proudly one of the Designers here at Rachel Ellen Designs! I am also a Mummy to a little Ezra (3) and Step-Mum to Olive (9), since the lockdown began entertaining and educating these two little rascals has become my full time job. And although I can’t say it is easy, we are so grateful to all be healthy, safe and snug in our little home.

Over the last few weeks we have found creative activities to be our savior…getting crafty together has been therapeutic for the whole family as well as interesting and nourishing for the little ones minds (and gets them away from the telly!!). I thought I’d share with you some of the things we have been up to and some links to helpful websites and resources. We would love to hear what you have been up to too… please share your ideas on our social media and let’s stay inspired together!

Tie Dye

We LOVE LOVE LOVED making these tie dye tops and shopping bags! We bought a simple kit online and some plain white tops and bags. The process was sooo much simpler than I expected, the kids loved getting involved with tying the knots and bands into the fabric, applying the dye (Ezra was a bit too young to do this bit), then leaving it to set, washing and drying. As you can see, the end result looks great! 

For some easy tie dye tips take a look here…
https://www.parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/how-to-tie-dye-shirts/

Fake Snow Messy Play

I had no idea that Fake Snow could be so easily made at home and it was a discovery that came at great delight to the little ones! We have played with this snow many times since we made it as it can easily be stored in a container (so isn’t too wasteful like some messy play activities)! Be prepared for a bit of a mess after this activity (it looked like there had been an actual snowstorm in my kitchen) but it is totally worth it! And I can’t deny I loved playing with it too!

Here is a simple recipe and more fake snow ideas…
https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/fake-snow/

Making a volcano (with exploding larva)

There are so many different ways of making your volcano- we used things from our recycling box to make ours! Using an old box as a base (this also stopped the larva from spilling on the floor and making too much mess), then screwed up old paper and plastic bags around a yogurt pot and sticking it all down with masking tape to make the mountain shape. We then enjoyed painting the mountain and decorating around the base with real leaves!

We followed an easy recipe to make the larva splutter and spill over the top of our volcano…it was so much fun and kept us entertained for ages!

Here are a few different ways of creating volcanoes
and doing some simple science with the kids…

https://inspirationlaboratories.com/10-ways-to-make-a-volcano-with-kids/

Baking

We have baked (and eaten) so many cakes and cookies over the last few weeks. Whilst I know that baking with the kids is not a new idea, it has been something that we have loved doing together so much that I had to mention it! We have particularly loved making ginger bread men and rock buns…both of which we have substituted the sugar for Coconut sugar (which is a slightly healthier alternative to refined white sugar…so we can all feel slightly less guilty about eating all our yummy home baked treats!!).

Yummy!

Painting hand and footprints

Again, I know this is not a new idea but Ezra loved doing this activitiy and I loved watching him giggling away as I painted his tiddly toes!! We made our footprint pictures into little animals with googly eyes and snipped out paper beaks! These made great little cards to send the grandparents!

For loads of great footprint ideas take a look at Pinterest…
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/momdot/handprints-and-footprints-crafts/

Making with recycling

We have been keeping aside some of our pieces of useful recycling to use when we are making and crafting! Old tea bag boxes have become one of our faves! By simply covering the box in paper and then adding ears, arms, legs and accessories we were able to make some of Ezra’s favourite characters! He has been so chuffed with the outcome that they proudly sit lined up on his bedroom shelf!

Ezra loves his cute Rachel Ellen Dinosaur writing set and jungle pencil case https://rachelellen.co.uk/stationery/

We would love to hear more about what you and your families have been doing during lockdown… have you been getting crafty? Let us know on our social media pages…

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/rachelellendesigns/

INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/rachelellencard/

TWITTER https://twitter.com/RachelEllenCard

If you would like some great FREE https://rachelellen.co.uk/offers/free-digital-downloads/ downloadable activity and colouring sheets our fab team have put together a selection for you all to enjoy at home!

We also have brilliant discounted bundles of fun products which can still be posted out safely directly to your door!

Check it out here…https://rachelellen.co.uk/seasonal/staying-at-home/

Stay safe and positive everyone…and get crafty!

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