Easy Year of the Pig Crafts and Activities

year of the pig activities

It’s that time of year again – Chinese New Year – and there are so many possibilities! Chinese New Year is the perfect excuse to a) eat lovely food and b) get super crafty and inspire young minds – so what are you waiting for! Let’s get started! We’ve lots of easy crafts and resources that anyone can do – from age 3 and beyond. Best of all they require hardy any preparation and are either free or super cheap. Though for some of the Year of the Pig resources you will need a Mrs Mactivity Premium subscription, though at only £9.97 for 12 months, with access to ALL of our boutique resources, it’s a total bargain. Where to begin? Chinese New year paper plate puppet craft This one is so popular already and totally unique to Mrs Mactivity! Make your very own puppet craft for Chinese New Year using…    read more 

Very Simple Chinese New Year Activity Ideas!

Chinese new year activity ideas

Chinese New Year is one of my favourite festivals for lots of different reasons. First of all it comes just after Christmas when everything seems a bit gloomy, with not much to look forward to. It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and family, cook something a bit different and celebrate (again!). It’s also something quite easy to introduce to children – even if they are unfamiliar with Chinese culture. There are so many interesting things you can do that involve fun learning opportunities. This one is easy and fun for all the family. Use our Chinese New Year Mindfulness Colouring sheets to really relax and chat whilst spending time together.  As it’s year of the dog this year, younger children will find this especially fun. Make a Chinese willow plate! For this you will need to buy some paper plates from your local supermarket and either use…    read more 

24 Days of No Mess Christmas Activity Ideas

24 days of no mess Christmas Crafts

Advent is almost here, and with it the chance to do lots of fun festive crafts to get ready for Christmas! With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 24 days of no mess Christmas craft and activity ideas suitable for both home and school, that anyone can do! With the cold weather outside, spend some quality time together preparing your own Christmas crafts and decorations to make your home or Christmas display look absolutely splendid without getting glitter everywhere. Most of these ideas are low prep and low cost or free, with items you already have at home. Easy peasy and fun Christmas ideas for each day of Advent – or whenever you like! Day 1 Make your own Advent Calendar with our super easy template! Make a kindness calendar, or draw pictures behind each window. Day 2 Make an elf cupcake liner craft from The Gingerbread House….    read more 

15+ Mother’s Day Activity Ideas

Mother's Day activity ideas

This time of year is great for seasonal and celebration activities and Mother’s Day is one of our favourites.  There are lots of Mother’s Day crafts and activities that kids love and that mum appreciates, and we’ve come up with our favourite Mother’s Day activity ideas that anyone can do. These ideas are simple, easy and full of fun. If you are familiar with Mrs Mactivity, you will know that we hand draw all of our resources, and they are all totally unique to us. No stock images here! We pride ourselves on creating very high quality printables, crafts and activities that are super high quality, whilst at an affordable price. Anyway, let’s get started! Make a Mother’s Day Plate Bouquet Craft – paper plate is optional! This is a super easy craft that also looks super impressive! Just requires a bit of cutting precision and glue. Make a Mother’s Day…    read more 

St Patrick’s Day Activities

St Patrick's Day Activity pack

As you know, we love fun and creative crafts here at Mrs Mactivity, and St Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate! We’ve got lots of fun St Patrick’s Day ideas, crafts and resources for all ages, that anyone can do. If you’re after some St Patrick’s Day worksheets, these might not be for you – but we are always open to suggestions and if there’s anything you need, please email hello@mrsmactivity.co.uk and we will do what we can to help. Anyway, onto St Patrick’s Day activities! St Patrick’s Day Activities Super easy St Patrick’s Day bookmarks – there are 40 designs of these in total and you can print in either black and white or colour. Something for everyone and a great St Patrick’s day activity for children to take home. Make your own St Patrick’s Day puppet show! Make St Patrick’s day playdough with Mimi Rose and…    read more 

Half Term Activity Ideas for Kids

Half Term Activity Ideas

It’s half term – and that means the kids are off school, and you might be looking for ways to entertain the kids that don’t cost the earth, and preferably have some educational value too. Don’t worry, we’ve already thought of that! We’ve got some ideas that will keep the kids entertained for hours, and even provide an opportunity to spend some quality time together – should you so wish. Half Term Activity Ideas Craft craft CRAFT! Kids love it, it’s fun, cheap, doesn’t involve getting muddy (though getting muddy is fun sometimes!) and adults can join in too! Spend quality time together, make memories! Or think about saving the world, colour in, dot to dot – so many options! We made this 20 Ways for Kids to Save the World checklist with our friends at Frugal Family blog, and it’s gone down a treat! Encourage your kids to think…    read more 

Discover new ways to get crafty at Childcare Expo London

Mrs Mactivity childcare expo london

This is a guest post from the fabulous team at Childcare Expo – sign up for your free tickets for Childcare Expo London today!  Childcare Expo London returns on the 1st & 2nd March with a series of free interactive workshops throughout the two days to inspire early years and primary education professionals. Taking place at Olympia London, the event will host a number of hands-on workshops designed to provide visitors with practical new ideas to try out in their settings and schools, covering everything from sensory play to mindfulness and yoga. Returning to the show for the second time with sessions on both days, educational resources provider, Mrs Mactivity will provide two fun workshops looking at creative ways to bring science into your setting or classroom (such as how to use a paper plate to demonstrate the lifecycle of a butterfly), as well as easy Easter crafts and activities. Special…    read more 

4 VERY Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts and Card Ideas

Valentine's Cards and crafts for kids

As a parent it can be difficult to come up with easy ideas for crafting – even though your kids really enjoy it and get a lot out of it. For me, I’m wary of setting up complex crafting activities when I know that setting up and clearing away often takes longer than completing the craft itself! So I’ve come up with some very easy no fuss Valentine’s crafts and card ideas that can easily and quickly be done in any home or setting. Pipe Cleaner Hearts An absolutely zero fuss craft that is also great for fine motor skills. I bought these pipe cleaners in pound land and intend to use them for lots of different crafts. We practised bending them round into the desired heart shape until we got it spot on. Once you’ve got the shape right, you can attach string or twine to create hanging ornaments,…    read more 

Christmas Card Ideas for Kids

Christmas card crafts for kids

It’s that time of year when teachers, childminders, parents and in fact anyone who works with children is looking for the perfect Christmas craft cards for kids. We’ve put together some of the best ideas on the internet to save you the bother! An ornament and a card in one! Super glittery idea here – Christmas card with little detachable tree decoration from Daisies and Pie. I love the textures on this handprint reindeer card from Emmy’s Mummy. Make this gorgeous handmade 3D card from Blissful Domestication. This mono print Christmas tree card is super simple but super beautiful! From Blue Bear Wood REALLY love this cute but effective and EASY handmade Christmas card craft from Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs. Another gift and card in one with this easy washi tape bauble card from The Gingerbread House. Super simple idea – just print and do! Christmas card templates from Mrs…    read more 

World Nursery Rhyme Week Craft Ideas!

world nursery rhyme week resources

WOO! Not long now until World Nursery Rhyme Week, and we are delighted to announce that we are the proud resource providers – it’s going to be amazing! Over 2.5 million children have taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week since its launch in 2013. Open to parents, Early Years practitioners and anybody who works with children under the age of 7, participation and resources are provided free. It takes place between the 19th and the 23rd November 2018, and we have put together a series of crafts to go with the nursery rhymes in World Nursery Rhyme Week – they are super easy and require things you will either already have, or can buy extremely cheaply. The nursery rhymes are as follows:- Monday 19th November – “Five Currant Buns” Tuesday 20th November – “Humpty Dumpty” Wednesday 21st November – “A Sailor Went to Sea” Thursday 22nd November – “I’m a Little Teapot”…    read more 

Remembrance Day Crafts and Activity Ideas

Remembrance day friendship bracelet

This Remembrance Day we’ve got some really inspiring and poignant crafts, worksheets, activities and resources to help children understand the meaning behind this important day. These resources are suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 as they can be adapted to fit the needs of your children or class. Remembrance Day Information PowerPoint Use our Remembrance Day Information PowerPoint either for class assembly or as a way of prompting discussion with your class. The PowerPoint is fully editable so if the wording is too tricky or too easy, you can quickly adapt it to meet the needs of your class. The PowerPoint explains the meaning behind Remembrance Day, why we wear poppies and some basic information about World War One. Remembrance Day Poppy Wreath Bouquet Paper Craft Fancy a no mess craft for Remembrance Day? This Remembrance Day Poppy Wreath Bouquet is very easy and just requires cutting, folding and sticking….    read more 

Bonfire Night Arts and Crafts Ideas!

bonfire night arts and crafts ideas

Bonfire Night is a great time of year for inspiring children to do super fun arts and crafts – it’s the last BIG thing before Christmas apart from Remembrance Day here in the UK, though Thanksgiving is a great cultural event to bring into your practice too! Today, we’re going to show you some super easy Bonfire night arts and crafts ideas – some of them with absolutely no mess at all, that you can either do with your child at home or in your classroom or setting. Cardboard Tube Firework Printing This cardboard tube firework painting is great for toddlers and preschoolers, it’s so easy and you can really glam it up by using biodegradable glitter and a variety of paints! We put our paint on a paper plate as it contained the paint really nicely and is exactly the right size for the cardboard tube. You can cut…    read more 

Easy Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

Halloween party food ideas

Everyone loves Halloween in our house, it’s a great opportunity to get friends together and for the kids to have fun too. We’ve put together some Halloween recipe ideas, Halloween games and Halloween crafts that are super easy to do and best of all, kids and adults love! Halloween Party Food Ideas Try our toffee apple recipe to make a perfect Halloween treat. Make a pumpkin face crudite bowl using carrots, cucumber, grapes and rice cake! Remember to chop those grapes in half length ways for little ones. Make your very own spooky Halloween mummy fingers – this is definitely a big hit with adults too – they are simply delicious! Halloween Party Games and Activities for Kids pin the nose on the pumpkin. a “chocolate eye” and spoon race. hide then find the “chocolate eyes”. apple bobbing pumpkin stomp (literally bursting orange balloons). pumpkin carving competition (try our pumpkin…    read more 

How to Carve a Pumpkin with our Pumpkin Stencil Printable

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

The clue’s in the title, but today we are going to show you how to carve a pumpkin with our pumpkin stencil printable! I’ve always been keen to improve my pumpkin carving skills, but never really managed to get the hang of it. Not being a hugely arty person, or maybe it’s just my hand control, my pumpkins always end up looking pretty mangled and not at all how my children expect them to look! So this year I decided we should make some pumpkin stencil printables for Mrs Mactivity, in the hope that this will a) help other people and b) help me! If you want to download our Pumpkin carving stencils, they are available here. What you need:- a large pumpkin pins – drawing pins are fine washable pen some sort of cutting tool – you can use pumpkin carving tools something to scoop the seeds out with –…    read more 

Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

easy halloween crafts for kids

Halloween is a great time of year to get super artsy and crafty, and we’ve got lots of boo-tiful ideas to help your kids get creative over half term break, or if you’re still at school, something spooky and fun for the last few days of half term! Pumpkin Carving Stencil Tutorial Halloween Cardboard Tube Craft Halloween Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft Halloween Paper Cone People Halloween Friendship Bracelets Halloween Paper Chains Halloween Colouring Pages Halloween Paper Plate craft Not a member of Mrs Mactivity yet? Join today!  

Halloween Cardboard Tube Goodie Holder

Halloween cardboard tube craft

It’s time for another Halloween craft – and today we are making a Halloween Cardboard Tube Goodie Holder. I really like the idea of making crafts that are useful and can be utilised in some way as it creates purpose and meaning. Some of the crafts I’ve made with my children in the past have been lovely – but they often ask “what do we DO with it”, so with this in mind, perhaps useful crafts are the way forward! We’ve already made a Halloween Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft, and today we are using a cardboard tube to create something even cuter! What you need:- glue cardboard tube googly eyes ribbon or string crepe paper or orange paint stapler and staples goodies! How to make a Halloween Cardboard Tube Craft Assemble your bits and bobs. You basically just need something to cover your cardboard tube, this could be crepe paper…    read more 

Halloween Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft

How to make a halloween pumpkin paper plate craft

It’s Halloween time – and that means it’s craft time! For some reason, my favourite thing about Halloween is that it’s also pumpkin season. For me, pumpkins encapsulate everything that’s good about Autumn – harvest time, soups, warmth, nourishment – so many things! So this cute Halloween pumpkin paper plate craft is the perfect way to celebrate both harvest time and Halloween – whilst also providing a really cute bag to collect all your goodies in when Treat or Treatin’. Here’s what you need! two paper plates glue orange crepe paper – if you don’t have any you can use orange paint and do a few coats. something to make the eyes and teeth – we used felt but you could just use black card. black ribbon for the handle, or you can just use normal string. staples and a stapler. How to make a Halloween Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft…    read more 

How to Make a Playdough Currant Bun!

five currant buns playdough recipe

Here at Mrs Mactivity, we’re delighted to be a huge part of the World Nursery Rhyme Week 2018 celebrations along with event sponsor and our friends Music Bugs! In this blog post, we show you how to make some really cool playdough currant buns to help you take part in the rhyme “Five Currant Buns” – this is a really wonderful sensory activity that we know children love, and that develops language skills, fine motor skills, maths skills and more! Just to say that these buns are NOT for eating – so it might be worth reinforcing that with your children 🙂 What you need 300g plain flour 2 tablespoon cream of tartar 100g salt 1 spoonful of a spice such as cinnamon. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (and optional glycerine for extra shine) 2 teabags + boiling water a cup of currants/raisins red gel food colouring (take care not to…    read more 

10 Ideas for Unicorn Paper Crafts!

Today Mrs Mactivity has been super busy, as word is spreading about our unique unicorn paper craft idea, everyone seems to want in on the act! But what do you do with your unicorn craft once it’s made? We’ve got some ideas, but first here’s how you make it! Download from our new unicorn resources category! Print out, then cut around the lines as directed. Fold where shown, glue, then colour in – we prefer baby pink and baby blue colours, but it’s up to you! If you’re not sure, we’ve done some instructions via video as well – great to show to kids! When you’re done – here’s how to use it! Use as a cute gift idea, write a message inside to use instead of buying a card! Role play! There are two designs, print off a few copies to personalise, ask your children to use the unicorn…    read more 

5 Super Easy Easter Craft Ideas!

Easy Easter craft ideas

We know hard difficult it is to come up with fun creative ideas that either a whole class can do, or that you can do at home with your own kids. Being quite an uncreative person myself, I decided to look for some mega easy ideas for Easter craft that absolutely anyone can do! No expertise required whatsoever. Ready to get started?  Just click on the link on each craft to see more detailed instructions. Make an Easter bunny face plate craft. This one is so much fun and is great for sticking on the fridge at home – so much fun! Easter bunny craft stick No experience required – this is so much fun and also works really well as a book mark. Easter bunny cardboard tube craft Cut a kitchen roll in half for this fun craft – children REALLY love this one! You can play with the…    read more 

Easter Cardboard Tube Print Card

Easter cardboard tube print card

Everyone loves a bit of printing – it’s easy, fun and anyone can do it! Preschoolers are especially fond of printing, and if you can do it with things lying round the house, so much the better. Today we’re sharing with you an idea for an Easter craft, that you can do easily with a cardboard tube. We cut a kitchen roll in half for the purposes of today’s craft, and you can make either egg outlines or a bunny shape – the choice is yours! Remember, we’ve also got a beautiful range of ready made Easter resources that you can download and print today! So back to today’s craft, an Easter Cardboard Tube Print Card – here’s what you need:- half a cardboard tube some paint in a ramekin – any colour, but bright, springlike colours work best coloured pencils or felt tips – we used Stib Pencils. cotton…    read more 

Easter Chick Plate Craft

Easter Chick plate craft

Who doesn’t like Easter chicks? They’re cute, yellow and mean that warmer weather is on the way – yay! Today we’re going to show you how to make a really cute and very very easy Easter Chick Plate Craft, this is a really good one for preschoolers as it involves scrunching up crepe paper, which younger ones love! (don’t forget we’ve got loads of ready made Easter resources as well!) Here’s what you need:- crepe paper of various colours a white paper plate yellow card 2 googly eyes something for the nose – we used an orange pipe cleaner, but you could use orange card a feather glue Here’s what you do:- cut a paper plate in half. scrunch up small pieces of crepe paper and anything else you’ve got lying around, e.g. craft jewels, and stick onto the half plate. cut out a circle from yellow card – this…    read more 

Easter Bunny Cardboard Tube Craft

Easter bunny cardboard tube craft

Easter fun for everyone! We’re bringing you a series of blog posts showing you just how EASY crafting can be, and how literally anyone can do it, you just need to have a go! Today we’re showing you how to make this really cute and very easy Easter Bunny Cardboard Tube Craft. Don’t forget we also have a range of ready made Easter resources that you can just download and print as well.) What you need:- A cardboard tube – we used a kitchen roll cut in half. yellow card. glue 2 googly eyes felt tip pen or coloured pencils strips of coloured paper – you can choose what you prefer something for the nose, e.g. a pom pom or something you can stick on like a jewel 1 pipe cleaner of any colour Here’s what you do:- First of all you need to wrap your cardboard tube in card. Cut…    read more 

Easter Bunny Stick Craft

Easter bunny from craft sticks

It’s been a crafty sort of day today! And we’re full of ideas of how to make really cute and very easy Easter crafts for everyone. This one really couldn’t be simpler, and it’s also good for those fine motor skills, picking up the bits and bobs and getting them in the right position. (don’t forget we’ve also got some ready make Easter resources right here!) Here’s what you need:- 2 craft sticks of the same colour, something spring like e.g. pink or yellow. 2 googly eyes 1 orange pipe cleaner for the carrot. 1 pipe cleaner of any colour for the ears and nose. glue. felt tip pen. 1 green pipe cleaner. Here’s what you do:- Assemble the two craft sticks and carefully apply glue down the side, then push them together and hold them firmly until they stick. A glue gun may work best for this. Stick on…    read more 

Easter Bunny Face Plate Craft

Easter bunny paper plate craft idea

Easter is one of my favourite time of years, not least because it gives me an opportunity to get really crafty, and at the same time eat a LOT of chocolate. I used to think that crafts were for only really creative people, or people with lots of time on their hands, but as long as you’ve got some basic materials, it’s actually really easy, and it’s also a good opportunity to spend quality time with your kids, either at home or at school, making memories and actually creating something tangible. Today I’m going to show you how to make a REALLY easy Easter bunny face plate craft. Don’t forget we’ve also got some Easter resources, including crafts, all ready made for you to do with no fuss at all. First of all, get all your materials ready. You will need:- 3 pipe cleaners, whatever colour you prefer but preferably…    read more