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.


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


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



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.




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.




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…


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.


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.



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

200ml PVA glue

1-2tsp Contact lens solution

1tsp bicarbonate of soda 



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



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



2. Add contact lens solution



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



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



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



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



Bedtime story


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!