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Kiddie Crafting Sites

Occupying little people during school holidays can be a challenge. Before cabin fever sets in, look to these sites for children’s craft. Each brims with canny ideas to entertain children without breaking the bank, or stepping into the rain. Chase away the rainy day blues and embrace your inner Blue Peter.

NANNY ANITA
mybaba.com/nanny-anita


Every harassed parent could do with a Norland Nanny taking charge at home. Nanny Anita is the resident super nanny of Leonora Bamford, founder of My Baba. Dubbed a modern day Mary Poppins, Anita writes a weekly column for My Baba featuring weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. DIY birdseed feeder, make your own worry dolls, DIY lava lamp, sand tray writing, make an origami banger... Anita can show you how.

BABYCCINO KIDS
babyccinokids.com


Pop the kettle on and logon to Babyccino, the family lifestyle site popular across the globe. Every shot is a Pinterest dream, every craft idea a covetable inspiration and every tip worthy of a tweet. Apologies for the gushing but Babyccino Kids is a minefield of child-friendly ideas. Recent craft tutorials include making peg dolls with hair, snowflakes, pinecone bird feeder, wooden warriors and a blanket of love.

MARTHA STEWART
www.marthastewart.com


Let’s not dither around. Martha Stewart is the go-to for creative types, old and young. Martha turns almost anything into a craft project. Her children craft’s section showcases a gallery of arty projects, DIY crafts, party decorations, Easter crafts and DIY décor. We rather like her rainy-day craft supersize colouring page, woodland animal Easter eggs and tips on how to make a children’s craft room.

MR PRINTABLES
mrprintables.com


And here’s one I made earlier… There is a certain joy in simple art activities for children hence this entry. Mr Printables is a site filled with original printable designs available for free download and arty tutorials. Special mention goes to their flapping bird paper toy, paper ice creams and arctic animals DIY paper fans.

HANDMADE CHARLOTTE
www.handmadecharlotte.com


Mother-of-five Rachel Faucett is the author-designer behind the popular blog Handmade Charlotte that has over 600,000 visitors a month. Such are her glossy pictures and inspiring ideas, Rachel was among the top 20 most influential Pinterest users chosen by Business Insider. Rachel also designs for brands like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn. DIY snow globe anyone?

February 2017