Category Archives: My children

Simple and fun crafts with children

So now it’s a school holiday and children are with me all day! It’s nice to go out and let their energy use (otherwise my children would try to jump on the sofa or start fighting). Although, it’s also nice to do something together at home.

Decoupage

With a little help, my 3 & 5 years old daughter had a good fun!

We tried decoupage yesterday. It was surprisingly simple and very satisfying in the end.

What you need:

  • Objects you want to decorate
  • Special Glue — I used Decoupage glue, some people say PVA glue is fine but I haven’t tried with it
  • Decoration paper — We had Decopatch bland paper. It’s very thin and easily fit on any shapes on wet glued surface.

It was really simple. Glue on the object you decorate, place the small paper you want to use. then glue on it again for sealing and vanishing.

My daughters did very well with my help. Their hands were really messy in the end, so let them wash before they touch the furnitures and walls… that’s also important part of this activity!

Christmas tree with little amount of fabrics

This little Christmas tree was made at the children’s arts and craft session in the museum I worked for.

What you need:

  • Lolly stick
  • 2 Star shaped paper
  • 2 square paper for pot
  • Some fabric strips to tie on lolly stick (ideally 8-10. Depend on length of the stick)

Method is simple. Glue the 2 square paper then bind the bottom of stick from both sides. Tie fabric strips. Put star shape paper on top from both sides of sticks at the same time stick the ribbon inside too.

It doesn’t matter if they look a bit strange shape and not perfect in the end. Most important things are how you engaged and had fun!

Encourage children how beautiful their little creations are :)

Sketchbook morning with my daughter

I went out with my 5 years old daughter when her school had no school day.

After we looked around Christmas decorations in our local department store, we sat down in the cafe with cappuccino, babyccino, and small cake to share.

We enjoyed drawing on our sketchbook for a while. It was fun!

Half term Printmaking workshop at old mill

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During the Half Term, I went to visit our local mill, Mill Green Museum with my daughters. There was an printmaking workshop  for  children.

2月の中間休みに、子供向けの版画ワークショップがある事を知り、子供たちと近所の気になっていたミル・グリーン博物館へ行きました。

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The mill has a long history. Originally a water mill was built this place around 1000 years ago. Current mill was built in 17 century, and it is still producing organic whole meal flour.

建物自体は17世紀に建てられたものですが、元々1000年以上前から粉挽き小屋があったそうです。今もここの水車小屋で粉を挽いて小麦粉を生産しています。

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When we went inside, a miller was busy working  and explaining the history of Mill Green to visitors. He also showed us the traditional methods of making flour, and how to control their wooden mill.

中に入ると、白い作業服を着たおじさんが忙しく働いていました。おじさんは丁寧に、この粉挽き小屋の歴史や仕組みを説明してくれました。

 

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It was really interesting to see all the mechanisms of mill. My children saw a water mill for the first time but they knew about it a little bit as they saw it in the film Stick Man.

子供たちは水車を見るのも初めてでした。水車は好きなアニメーションのStick Manにも出てくるので知っていましたが…

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I bought this too. I’m looking forward to making bread with this.  My friend told me that the Mill Green Loaves are sold in the local bakery. I like the idea of local people supporting this small local mill.

ここで売っている小麦です。この地域のパン屋さんは、この粉を作って焼いたパンも販売しています。地元の小規模な生産者が支え合っているのは素敵だなと思います。さて、私も強力粉を買ったのだけれどうまく焼けるかなぁ。

Slime making

This week, we tried making slime for the first time. The recipe is from children’s craft magazine. I realised there are many lovely websites showing how to make slime, so I don’t compete with them but here is just a report from our creative day.

今週、娘たちとスライム作りに挑戦しました。娘のクラフトマガジンに載っていて、ずっと気になっていたのです。いざ始めると思ったより簡単でシンプル。調べると、いろんなサイトにスライムの作り方が紹介されていますので、ここでは我が家の体験記として書いておこうと思います。

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Ingredients are simple (as it’s a basic slime)

200ml PVA glue

1-2tsp Contact lens solution

1tsp bicarbonate of soda 

 

材料はこれだけ!

PVA液体のり(白いクラフト用ののり) 200ml

コンタクトレンズの洗浄液  小さじ1-2

ベーキングソーダ 大さじ1

 

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1. Mix glue and the bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.

のりとベーキングソーダを混ぜます。

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2. Add contact lens solution

コンタクトレンズ洗浄液を入れます。

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3. Mix very well. If it’s still sticky, add little bit more content lens solution.

よく混ぜます。まだベタベタくっつく場合は、コンタクトレンズ洗浄液を足しながら混ぜます。

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4. Many websites recommend to add food coloring, but we just added glitter.

食品の着色料で色付けもできますが、私たちはラメの粉を入れました。

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It’s funny texture and you can even make shapes!

粘土みたいに形も作れます。こねたり、伸ばしたり、何より感触が面白い!

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It’s very simple but my little ones enjoyed a lot with it :)

とにかく、きゃっきゃと大はしゃぎでした。今度は別のバージョンを作ってみたいと思っています。

 

Bedtime story

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I know it’s too late to say Happy New Year but this is my first post in 2019. I drew this in my sketchbook with colour pencils, after my children and my husband went to bed. It’s midnight and snowing outside. Probably I should go to bed soon!

気がつけば2月ですが、今年最初の投稿です。いつものようにスケッチブックに、家族が寝静まった後にこっそり描きました。もう夜中の12時、外は深々と雪が降っています。明日は忙しい金曜日。子供達が5時半にベッドに潜り込んでくるので、私ももうすぐ寝たほうが良さそうです。