30 Jun 2015

Baking and Crafting with Mini-Beasts..

We've enjoyed doing all sorts of activities at home this week, which were related to 'mini-beasts' (or bugs!).

Following a little research, me and Harry got all our crafting gear outside and got a whole load of 'making and doing' done!


We started off by making a Sticky Spider's Web

We got a hula-hoop and used masking tape to form a web. Following a short discussion on what spiders eat, we used little black pom poms as flies getting stuck in the web. Slightly gross, but it was fun!


I came across this fab cake mould in Asda last week, which I knew would be perfect for making Bug Cakes!

We mixed together a standard cake mix of 65g butter, 65g caster sugar, 1 egg and 65g self raising flour. 

I thought it would be fun to add a bit of colour, so we made a blue mix, a green mix and a red mix. The colours aren't that bright as I didn't want to go mad on the artificial colour and be left with a mad child for the rest of the day!



Et voila! Aren't they ace!! 

We were so pleased how they turned out! I suppose we could have also done a bit of decorating with writing icing, but it was lunch time by then.....


Our next activity was doing a bit of painting and glueing to make a Hungry Caterpillar. Harry is playing a strawberry in his end of pre-school play this coming Friday so I thought he would like to make something related to that story.

For the caterpillar we just used paper plates, paint, stick on eyes, black pipe cleaners and some images of fruit, which we stuck on with glue.

Pretty impressive huh! I did help with the painting around the edges!


We completed our activities with some bees (two wingless), and a lonely ladybird

The bees were just made from yellow card, stick on eyes and black paint/tissue paper. The ladybird was a painted egg cup with eyes


I hope you liked our bakes and crafts! 

Be sure to check out Katy's and Amy's mini-beast fun!


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27 comments:

  1. So much fun! I love the pictures, they really show what you got up to well! Lotsof inspiration here, thankyou x

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    1. Thank you Claire! It was great fun doing all these activities :) x

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  2. What a busy week of crafting!! That's a very impressive caterpillar :)
    Nicola

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    1. Thanks ;) Harry was really pleased! :) x

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  3. Wow! What a great range of activities. You have had a busy few days. I love the spider's web. Like the link to the baking activity too! Thanks for sharing #KidsCorner

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    1. Thank you! We enjoyed doing the spider's web and sticking all the flies to it! :) x

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  4. That hula hoop with the masking tape and black pom poms for flies is awesome! Such a neat, educational and clever idea! So much fun too :) Love that baking mould too and the results look delicious!

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    1. The cakes were good!! I was so pleased how detailed they turned out! :) x

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  5. I love all these activity ideas, especially the cakes! I bet they had fun learning about bugs as much as they enjoyed doing these activities. #minicreations

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    1. I loved the cakes too. Think these were my favourite! :) x

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  6. Love the sticky spiders web!

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  7. I love that cake mold! great activities too.

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  8. What great craft activities and those cakes looked scrummy! :-) #sharewithme

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  9. Wow what fab ideas and they look SO much fun. I am not very craft but I do love anything that involves making the children happy and getting them involved. Jess x #kidscorner

    www.mummyofboygirltwins.com

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    1. We did have a lot of fun doing these, especially me ;) x

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  10. Oh I love this and what a great time you had with the bug making too. So fun for kids. I need to do more of this kind of stuff with my two. I am always saying that because I am not crafting but would love to be more hands on in this way. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  11. Great ideas. I love those bug cakes and that hungry caterpillar is fab. Looks like a lot of fun was had. #MiniCreations

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  12. Oh wow these crafts are BRILLIANT! Totally stealing these for my kiddies if that's OK!! I especially love the spider's web - may need to go and buy a hula hoop though... thanks for this inspiring post, Becky x #ToddlersAndTeens

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    1. Yes, of course! A good excuse to go a buy a hula hoop! :) x

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  13. Wow, these are all fab activities, My son is going through a stage of being terrified of spiders so perhaps the web craft would help hm overcome that. Thanks for sharing :) xx

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    1. Definitely, that's a good idea! :) x

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  14. Popping back, thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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  15. a great choice of mini beast activities, i love the sticky spider web, shall remember that one :)

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  16. Those bug cakes are just PERFECT! Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

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  17. Oh wow I love the cake mould. My eldest still loves making cakes even though he is a teenager. My little one hasn't made cakes yet so I might try and get this mould, i think he would love it. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlersAndTeens

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  18. Ah wow you got so busy I love your ideas great post thanks for linking up to #kidscorner

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  19. Grace says - Wow!!!! You guys have been super busy and I love the spider's web best - gross, but totally AWESOME!!!!
    The Mother says - Thank you so much for linking to #minicreations. We're really sorry it's taken so long for us to comment - we're normally tonnes better!!! It's just been a manic couple of weeks :)

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