Tag Archives: Activity idea

1st September 2014

5 x DIY Wrapping Paper Ideas For Kids

Run out of wrapping paper? Try  one of the ingenious and adorable ideas below…

Links to the blogs and websites that came up with the ideas are below each photo (I wish I could claim the ideas myself, but was too busy browsing the card and gift wrap section of our local department store). In Dubai, where wrapping paper generally costs more than the gift inside, these ideas are going to come in even more useful.

1. Colour Me

What you need: White paper, a set of colouring crayons, sticky tape, and the words ‘Colour Me’ (if you are really stuck, you could just pick the crayons in your child’s set that look the newest and include just two or three).


Found on the Greek blog www.misswebbie.gr

2. Potato Prints

What you need: White paper, watercolour paints, and a potato – I love the idea of turning a craft activity with the kids into something useful.


Found on the blog http://innerchildfun.com

3. Photo Paper

What you need: Brown paper, printed photo, and string. This idea would be great for a grandparent’s gift – choose a picture of the kids (raid the photo frames if you are really stuck and replace them with new prints) and slide it quickly under the string to secure.


Idea found on Etsy.com

4. Road wrap

What you need: Brown paper, black paper, white chalk/pen/tippex, a toy car, and glue/strong tape. This is probably my favourite idea for little boys. Toy cars can be purchased for next to nothing in pound shops and charity shops (or invest in something snazzier as part of the gift). It’s so simple and so effective – and if your house is like mine, there are gazillions of the cars lying around that Stanley wouldn’t miss, so I could prepare it in a last minute panic too.


Found on the Greek blog www.misswebbie.gr

5. Paint splatter

What you need: White paper, watercolour paints, and optional string and bow. This idea is so simple that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. We are always throwing away sheets of  paper boasting colourful messes of paint – so from now on, I’m going to keep them in a stash to wrap up gifts for Stanley and Wilfred’s friends. It looks surprisingly good when you add string and a bow too.


Found on Pinterest

Let me know if you try any out!

17th May 2014

Five-minute Playdoh Recipe

I have my friend Katie to thank for this post. I teamed up with her in March to organise a joint second birthday party for our boys (Rafferty and Stanley) – and given the task of sorting out the party bags, I started to research contents online. I had already filled my online basket with the usual tat (bubbles, bouncy balls, stickers etc) when Katie suggested we did something a bit different.

Her idea was to get together and make playdoh with the boys, then divide it into equal portions, fill  pots, and give it away in the party bags. It was cheap, fun, and unique – and took us less than 5 minutes to make each batch (we made two batches so were at the stove for 10 minutes while the boys played). I have to admit that our arms were aching after all that stirring so we took it in turns (Katie was far more efficient on this front that me – biceps need a serious workout), but otherwise it was really easy and fun to do. And strangely satisfying when it all came together too!

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Here’s the recipe:


1 cup water

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

2 tbsp cream of tartar

Food colouring


1. Pour the water, vegetable oil, flour, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring to a saucepan. Stir the mixture lightly together to combine. The play-doh will end up being the colour the mixture is now, so add some more food colouring if you want it brighter. You might also like to add some glitter for sparkle or essential oils for scent (we added lavender oil to calm our little ones as they played – or so the theory goes!)

2. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. It should be ready after about 4-5 minutes. During the first minute, the mixture will combine and look lovely and smooth During the second minute, you will start to see chunks (keep stirring to stop the chunks sticking to the side and burning). During the third minute, it will start to look like a lumpy mess (it’s meant to look like this – keep stirring!) During the fourth minute the dough will start to form into a ball. It’ll be ready when it’s not sticky and pulls away cleanly from the saucepan. Test it by pressing with your fingers (but be careful – it’s hot!)

3. Remove the dough from the saucepan and place on a plate to cool down.

4. Once cool, knead the dough.

5. Wrap in cling film or place in sealed containers

We used clear plastic pots (the best place to look is ebay.co.uk where I found a huge choice – search ‘round plastic containers). We also created pretty lids with tissue paper and ribbon (cut jnto squares, laid over the top of the pot, then secured with ribbon in a bow) and created ‘Playdoh’ stickers by hand.


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So that’s that – playdoh in five minutes! Let me know how you get on!