Fairy Gym Bag

Since it’s not long until school is back in session I’ve had rush of orders for the personalised gym bags. I keep forgetting to take pictures of them but am pleased that for this gorgeous flower fairy print bag I’ve just completed that I got some snaps:

I’m almost caught up on present orders and so the bags are now on a 4-5 day waiting list (so still plenty of time for back to school in September). Get your orders in now before I’m so backed-up I have to place a hold on orders!

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Gym / P.E. Bag’s Personalisation and Custom Information

School’s out for summer but before you know it the kids will be back-to-school. Why not send them back in style with these simply adorable personalised and custom-made bespoke swag bag style P.E. / Gym  Back to School Drawstring Bags. Each bag measures approx 14″ long by 12″ wide, perfect for you child’s gym shoes, shorts and sports shirt. You choose from a selection of beautiful and lively fabrics for the main bag, let us know your child’s initials (max 3 characters) and we’ll custom handmade letter patches for the front of the bag in your chosen color of quality cotton. Choose your own colour of Rayon twisted cord and silky habutae lining and your bag is complete!

With around six and a half thousand different combinations to choose from each bag will be completely unique and special for your child.

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Choose from the following combinations:

Step One: The Main Bag

a) Mini Beasts Print from the Signature Collection by Kari Pearson

Mini Beasts from the Signature Collection by Kari Pearson

b) Pink Floral Cotton Print Fabric

c) I Love You Zoo by Kari Pearson and Quilting Treasures

I Love You Zoo by Kari Pearson and Quilting Treasures

d) White Cotton with Clown Multi-Coloured Polka Dots in Red, Blue, Green and Yellow (it’s recommended that you pick white as the colour for the lining with this choice as to prevent an unsightly show through)

e) Thomas the Tank Print

Thomas the Tank Print

f) Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

g) Creepy Crawlies from the Signature Collection by Kari Pearson

Creepy Crawlies by Kari Pearson

h) Large White Polka Dots on Red

Large White Polka Dots on Red

i) Red Gingham

Red Gingham

j) Pink Gingham

Pink Gingham

k) Black Gingham

Black Gingham

l) Sky Blue Gingham

Sky Blue Gingham

m) Yellow Gingham

Yellow Gingham

n) Green Gingham

Green Gingham

o) Purple Gingham

Purple Gingham

p) Fuchsia Garden by Kari Pearson

Fushia Garden by Kari Pearson

q) China Cups

China Cups

r)

Flower Fairies

s)

Ladybug Polka Dots

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Step Two: The Lettering

Choose from: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black, White and Pink (all in quality quilting cotton)

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Step Three: The Lining

Choose from: White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Lilac, Black and Pink (all in 100% polyester silky habutae)

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Step Four: The Cord

Choose from: White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Black (all in Rayon Twisted Cord)

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When you submit your order please remember to tell us which initials you would like on your bag(s)

To make life easier you can always copy and paste the form below into your order message box and complete your details:

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Additional Custom Information for Order of Gym / P.E. Bag

I Would Like the Main Bag in this Fabric:

I Would Like the Lettering in this Color:

I Would Like the Lining in this Color:

I would Like the Cord in this Color:

The Initials I Would Like Are:

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You will be contacted with confirmation of these details before any work is commenced.

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DIY: Make Your Own Mini with Scraps

I’d like to take this opportunity to share this adorable mini album tutorial from Dear Lizzy with you all. Enjoy!

(Original post blogged Here)

diy: make your own mini with scraps

One of the pretty elements of my Dear Lizzy spring line is the fabric paper. Here’s a cool way to use those scraps and some simple embellishments to make a mini album.

Use your score blade to score the 4″x12″ fabric paper spine every 1″.

Remove the adhesive backing and adhere the creases together.
Attach 4″x4″ pieces of paper to the fabric tabs. (Some scrapbook adhesive work if not try fabritac or hot glue.)
Hold the ribbon where you want it then
use a 4″x3″ piece of adhesive backed fabric paper as the outside spine cover which also holds the ribbon in place.
Add your photos with layered flowers, tulle, glitter buttons and glitter brads and attach to each page. Rotate where you place them so the book can sit more closed.
I used pictures and journaled about my little q-bear. This quick mini makes a great gift too!

Supplies:
Posted by elizabeth kartchner at Wednesday, July 07, 2010
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Pacaderm Parade

My daughter is always getting the days of the week mixed up so I’ve knocked up this cute little pin-board hanger to help her get to grips with it.

I chose to use elephants cos they’re pretty neat but naturally you can use anything. Also, the dry-wipe aspect of this chart can be used for a multitude of things such as re-useable sticker keepers for example, so feel free to take the basic idea and run with it!

What You Need:

  • 2 Sheets of coloured card
  • White Paper
  • Felt-Tip Pens
  • Elephant (or other) Cut-Out Template
  • Days of the Week List (see below)
  • Laminator
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Sticky Back Velcro
  • White Board Pen

How to Make the Chart:

  • Cut out 7 Elephants (or whatever you are using) and get your kids to colour them in

(Feel free to use this template from Little Birdie Secret – Click the image to open in a new window for a printable version.)

  • Add a day of the week to each one and laminate them, trimming the excess afterwards.

(Click the image to open a printable template you can cut out in a new window)

  • Then write on a piece of A4 card along the top; “Today is…”
  • Use one of your elephants to measure the size of the gap and underneath you can write “What Shall We Do?” – or something to that extent.

  • Laminate this sheet
  • Laminate another sheet of card that’s been cut in half (this is the piece you will “park” your spare elephants.

  • Using a hole punch and your string attach a hanging hook to the top and attach the two pieces of card together at the bottom.

Pop your sticky back velcro patches on the back of your elephants and the other sides one on the top sheet where the present day elephant will be fastened and six on the bottom piece of card for the rest.

Each day you can discuss with your child what day it is and try to identify the correct corresponding elephant which will then be stuck to the main piece of the card. You can then use a white board pen to write that day’s activities and plans. As the sheet is laminated you can wipe this clean for the next day.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Crafty Cards

Clowning Around: Part Two: Making The Dress

With my patterns measured, drawn up, cut out and ready I ran straight out and got my fabrics. I found the most perfect multi-coloured spotty on white cotton print fabric for the main dress, a couple of funky big red buttons and some beautiful silky bright red for the trim. I already had a couple of fat quarters in yellow and blue lying around that I knew would work. For a full breakdown of all the materials needed for this project please see below to navigate all the parts of this tutorial.

I started by cutting out the panels for the main body of the dress (front, sides x4 and back), I pinned these together leaving one side open and sewed.

I pinned in my zipper along the side starting at the waist just before the skirt flares out and finishing about an inch below the armpit hole.

I stitched it in place and finished the rest of the main body: tops of arms, side panel around zip and trimmed excess thread.

At this point I got my daughter back on her chair and tried it on for size, it’s best to make any necessary adjustments at this stage.

Fortunately in this case it was a perfect fit and so we continue…

Next step is to add the sleeves of which two pieces have been cut out suing my pattern.

To achieve a poofy sleeve effect, I pinned each sleeve like this:

  • Points 1 and 4 at the base of the armpit opening.
  • The dotted line between points 1 and 4 left open for the sleeve opening
  • I folded points 2 and 3 over to fin the centre point and pinned this to the top part of the armpit opening
  • what I had left was an excess of material from the sleeve in relation to the pieces left on the opening I was pinning to: this allowed me enough excess to fold over the sleeve piece to create a gathered effect.

Take your time with the pinning of this piece until you have it just right, it may be subject to some re-adjustment until it’s gathered equally on both sides. It’s not an exact science and doesn’t have to be perfect however so don’t fret too much.

Once you are happy with your pinned piece stitch together remembering to leave the opening at the bottom.

Repeat with the other sleeve.

I now have the basic dress complete, it’s time to add trimmings.

Firstly I added a yellow strip of fabric to trim the sleeves.

Here’s how:

I cut out strips from my yellow fat quarter 1.5″ wide(since I was cutting from a fat quarter my strips were 22″ long – I found that one strip of this length was enough for a dress the size I am doing).

(The blue piece of fabric you can see on this picture is a piece I’ve cut in preparation for the breast panel – the yellow strip will be added to this aswell as the sleeves so you may aswell do them both at the same time)

What I need to do with these yellow strips of fabric is create a long piece that’s like bias tape (of course you are welcome to just skip this step and simply buy bias tape but I’m all about saving money and doing what you can yourself from what you already have).

Using an iron, iron the strip in half lengthways:

You can now use this centre line to fold each side into

Iron out the first centre line you created using a spritz of water if needed and you have your bias tape effect

Pin a hemline around the sleeve openings

attach your yellow strip as pictured

and sew…

You should have enough left over to attach to your breast panel piece which you can pin and stitch like so

Now my yellow trimming has been dealt with I am going to add some red silky ruffles around the neckline, sleeves and skirt.

To achieve this rather than using yards and yards of ribbon instead  bought one meter of a red mock silk fabric and cut out 3″ wide strips using a cardboard template I’d made.

I then pinned the strips together in half lengthways (not sure of exactly how many strips I would need, I simply made them as I went along)

To add the red ruffles to the neckline, I first pinned the hem all the way around (note how I’ve marked the centre point at the front so I can attach the fold of the ruffles in opposing directions from this point).

I began attaching my red fabric using folds at around every 2″ to create this pretty gathered and ruffled effect.

before stitching this trimming I popped in the breast panel like this

Using red thread I stitched all the way around to attach the trim and the breast panel.

It’s all coming together rather nicely now isn’t it!

I did the same with the sleeves, attaching the red ruffle to the yellow strips

and again all along the bottom of the skirt

Adding a New Red Strip to the Ruffled Trim: My long strips were not quite long enough to go all the way round the neckline or skirting on one go so there were instances where I had to add a new strip as  went along.

To do this I simply pinned and stitched my next strip along the inside

and incorporated the area where the stitching could be seen into one of the folds in the ruffle.

After another quick fitting I tweaked the edges of the breast panel which  discovered to be a tough baggy.

and the dress component of this costume is finished!

Isn’t it pretty!

I’ll add the buttons to it before the final photo shoot.

Now we really need to go for it with the accessories which will really “clown-it-up” – more parts of this tutorial can be navigated below.

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Clowning Around: Part One: The Pattern

Clowning Around: Part Two: Making The Dress

Clowing Around: Part Three: The Underskirt

Clowning Around: Part Four: Knitted Leg-Warmers

Clowning Around: Part Five: Knitted Armbands

Clowning Around: Part Six: Bow Tie

Clowning Around: Part Seven: Hair Ribbons

Clowning Around: Part Eight: Baton with Swirly Ribbons

Clowning Around: Part Nine: Full Materials Needed Breakdown

Clowning Around: Part Ten: Final Full Outfit Images

Clowning Around: Part Eleven: The Carnival Parade Goes Live!

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Clowning Around: Part One: The Dress Pattern

How exciting, my 3-year-old daughter is going to be on a carnival float with her dance troop. They want all the little kiddies in circus themed outfits so I’ve decided to make her a pretty little clown outfit based on this quick sketch:

To post the entire tutorial on one go would prove to be too lengthy so I’ll separate it into parts. This is part one:

Making the Pattern:

I stood her on a chair and asked her to hold her arms parallel to the floor while I did a few quick measurements. (She’s tall like her Dad so she measures larger than the standard length for a 3-year-old).

I measured down her back and front, around her waist and what drop of the skirt I’d like from her waist downwards making notes of these measurements as I went along.

The Fiber Gypsy has a great little online chart with standard children’s measurements here which you may find useful.

Then I quickly sketched out the basic shape of each of the dress panels like this:

The aim is a 1950’s style fitted dress with a poofy skirt and sleeves – it’ll be the fabrics and embellishments I choose that make it “clowny”.

Then I sellotaped pieces of A4 paper together and began measuring out my pattern (course if you have paper larger than A4 sellotape wouldn’t be necessary)

There is no allowance for hems on the patterns I have made here so when cutting out fabric I shall allow around 1/4 – 1/2″ all around for my hemlines. If you prefer your pattern to include hem allowance you’ll have to consider this when drawing them out.

If you prefer, dressmakers tracing, pattern and carbon paper is available to buy at most good haberdashery shops. Personally I don’t see the need for such a simple project but for more complicated projects paper like this would be very handy indeed.

This is probably the most basic pattern in the history of all mankind but I really don’t see the point of over complicating things if there’s no need.

Boring Measurements Info:

This is all based on exactly what you see above – measured for my daughter and will of course be subject to your own adjustments, hopefully these measurements should give you a general idea of where to go.

Front Panel:

  • Across Waist: 5.5″
  • Down Chest: 6″
  • Skirt Drop: 10″

(The angle of the skirt was drawn by sight to give a rough taper)

You will need to cut out one of these pieces.

Side Panels:

  • Armhole Depth: 5″
  • Across waist: 3″
  • Down Sides: 6″
  • Skirt Drop: 10″

(The curve of the armhole was drawn by hand)

You will need to cut out 4 of these – 2 on one side and a further two using the pattern reversed.

Breast Panel:

  • 1.75″ Wide
  • 7.5″ Long at Longest Point
  • 6.5″ Long at Shortest Point

(The curve at either side was drawn by hand and the piece folded in half when cutting out for symmetry.)

You need to cut out one of these pieces.

Back Panel:

  • Across Waist: 5.5″
  • Down Back: 9″ (with a slight curve drawn towards the middle of the back)
  • Skirt Drop: 10″

You will need to cut out one of these pieces.

Sleeves:

Use the side panel pattern piece to draw the curve of the sleeve sides, cut straight along the bottom and a domed curve across the top

  • Across the Bottom: 11″
  • Width (from widest part): 7 1/4″

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Now I have my pattern cut and ready I’m off to buy some fabric!

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Clowning Around: Part One: The Pattern

Clowning Around: Part Two: Making The Dress

Clowning Around: Part Three: The Underskirt

Clowning Around: Part Four: Knitted Leg-Warmers

Clowning Around: Part Five: Knitted Armbands

Clowning Around: Part Six: Bow Tie

Clowning Around: Part Seven: Hair Ribbons

Clowning Around: Part Eight: Baton with Swirly Ribbons

Clowning Around: Part Nine: Full Materials Needed Breakdown

Clowning Around: Part Ten: Final Full Outfit Images

Clowning Around: Part Eleven: The Carnival Parade Goes Live!

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Crafts for Kids: Crafty Cards

Why not introduce your kids to the art of card craft early with this cheap and alternative way of creating really special and unique cards for your family and friends for birthdays, christmas, weddings etc…

The school year is almost over so today my daughter and I made this Thank You card for her teacher.

What You Need:

  • Gluestick
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Card
  • Coloured Paper
  • Envelope
  • Cut-Outs from Greetings Cards (See below for details)

Optional:

  • Sequins
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Tissue paper
  • Felt Tip Pens
  • Whatever you like!

Every time we have an event that means we get lots of cards in our house when we are finished with them instead of throwing them away or putting them in a sentimental keepsake box and forget about them we cut out pieces from them. Text that reads “Happy Birthday” for example, pictures of butterflies, flowers, boarders etc etc etc (from the inside and the back of the card too!) All these pieces go into a special box and when it’s someones birthday or whatever we can have a good rummage through and decide which pieces to use to make a card ourselves. (We also use these as gift tags on presents – it’s something my Mother and I used to do when I was a child and I still enjoy deciding which part of the card would make the nicest cut out as much as I did then.)

Card craft supplies kind of have the same kind of thing only you have to fork out your hard-earned for these pieces – and although they look much more professional our method is not only free but recycled and when people know your kids have helped make the cards they are generally much more forgiving.

How to Build Your Card:

Firstly measure the envelope that you are using and ensure your folded piece of card is just a little bit smaller than this.

Use a piece of card cut to size and fold in half – we used card that is coloured on one side and white on the inside.

Using a piece of coloured paper, we cut another piece to fold in half that is even smaller than the card itself to add as the insert. (This is where you will write your greeting message.)

Once glued in place we added a message to the inside just like a bought card would have from our card cut outs box.

The front of the card is really up to you, use the pieces of card cut outs (see how we used a piece of pink spotty card as a background and added pieces on top of that). Embellish the card as you like, just make sure it’s not too bulky that it won’t fit into your envelope.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Fabric Envelopes

Clear Out Time

Pictures from Our Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea Party!

I managed to take some pictures before the food was demolished by my family. Here’s some snaps that may bring a little inspiration your way if you are planning a tea party of your own…

I put my paper lanterns next to the mirror to make it seem as though there were more of them.

I added hand-written parcel tags to food items with “Eat me” written on.

I filled jars with sweets topped with gingham and ribbon and filled bottles with colourful water and added “Drink Me” tags.

Homemade lemonade is always a family favourite on a summer’s day at my house.

… and of course no tea party is complete without strawberries and doilies 😛

I find that a sliced baguette topped with ham, tomato and cucumber slices go down better than soggy old sandwiches.

I found some fab playing card coasters on eBay which are perfect for the Alice in Wonderland theme!

Teacups and saucers make great decorations if you have enough spare to dot around.

A very merry unbirthday to everyone!

Make Your Own: Alice in Wonderland Costume

To celebrate my daughters and mothers birthdays next weekend we’re having an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party. I needed an Alice dress for my almost 4-year-old quick!

I cut a lot of corners to make this so it’s quick and simple, and I am proud to say that it cost me nothing at all as I was able to use materials entirely from my salvage box.

Here’s how I made the dress:

Fabric Used:

  • Blue Fabric (I used an old ankle length skirt of mine – if I had purchased fabric I probably would have bought a slightly lighter blue but as far as a 4-year-old is concerned blue is blue so it’s all good.)
  • White Fabric (This was one of Daddy’s old work shirts)
  • Elastic (Taken from my older son’s boxer shorts – washed first of course)

I used one of my daughters school pinafore dresses as a template, roughly drawing around the top section to create my basic shape.

From my material I cut two of these pieces and unsure if I would have enough material left over for sleeves I hemmed the necklines and sleeve openings.

To allow enough room to get the dress over her head I created this easy peasy tie-up opening with a short length of white ribbon. Here’s how:

  • Cut a slit along the back.
  • Add another small cut to create a “T” shape slit
  • Pin a length of ribbon along each edge leaving enough at the tops to tie the garment shut when worn.
  • Add a small piece of ribbon along the bottom the keep the edges neat.
  • Sew on the ribbon as pictured.

Pin the two pieces together and sew along the sides and the gap between the neck and sleeve openings. Apologies for the image that shows the piece being pinned in preparation for this step, anyone that owns felines will understand that at some point in any project your cat will decide to do something along these lines.

Ok poser, just one more picture then you’re off so I can finish this dress…

From the biggest piece of full fabric I’d salvaged from my old skirt I cut myself a rectangle, pinned along one edges and hemmed. If you have more material than me you can use much more for a fuller, gathered effect. For a really dramatic poofed out look you could also whip up an underskirt from white netting if you have any lying around.

Sew along what will become the back of the skirt to form a large loop with your rectangle.

Pin and sew to the top part of the dress, neaten any edges, trim any loose threads and turn out.

Front

Back

For the apron I used one of Daddy’s old work heavy cotton shirts.

I cut two sections as pictured above and hemmed where the pieces have been pinned.

Since this was a salvage mission there wasn’t enough fabric to make a continuous sash to form the apron tie so I did the following:

  • Cut myself a selection of strips from the shirt all roughly the same width
  • Pressed each strip in half
  • Folded the strip out and then folded each edge into the centre and pressed again to form a strip of fabric that resembles bias tape
  • Inside the fold I slipped a length of iron on hemming tape (I could have stitched these pieces together but the tape acts a little like interfacing once cooled and creates a stiff feel to the apron tie for a more dramatic bow at the back.)
  • … and ironed it inside.

I stitched the strips together to form a generous length of material (saving a piece for the neck)

attaching the strip to the two apron pieces by sewing as shown by the pinned area.

attached the neck piece…

and we have an Alice dress with apron. As it turns out I didn’t have enough material left for sleeves, you can always add some if you prefer. Instead I popped on one of my daughters school blouses under the dress.

Of course no Alice costume is complete without an Alice Band…

It took me about 10 minutes if that to knock up this quicky one:

  • Fold over a rectangle of fabric, stitch together, turn out and press so that the hem falls along the middle of the back.
  • Do this again with another piece but not as wide.
  • Thread your elastic through this smaller piece.
  • Stitch the fabric and elastic together keeping the elastic pulled tight so that you create a gathered effect on the fabric once the tension is released.
  • Gather together the top piece and stitch the two pieces together.

Here’s my daughter wearing the dress (which, even if I do say myself, she was delighted with)…

All together now… “Not pink, Not green, Not aquamarine, We’re painting the roses red!”

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Fairy Toadstools

Ladybugs

Fairy Toadstools

We’re having an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party!

Here’s the first of several crafty bits and bobs we’ve been working on to create the perfect setting.

Fairy Toadstools…

These are really basic but for our purposes, but have proven to be really effective and when you’re not so super focused on perfection the kids can get stuck in and really feel they have contributed to the finished pieces.

What You Need:

  • A selection of plastic bowls of different sizes
  • Measuring spoon
  • Spatula
  • Plain Flour
  • Cold Water
  • Table Salt
  • Strong Card
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White Paper
  • Poster Paints
  • Glue Stick

1) Measure out the flour and water in equal parts, add a good sprinkle of salt and stir well. (Check the consistency, it should resemble wallpaper paste. You can add more flour or water until you have achieved this.) Put to one side.

2) Create your toadstool “stalks” by rolling card into tubes and securing with tape. Your display will work best if these are each slightly different in width and height.

Messy Warning!

3) Coat strips of newspaper in the glue mix and layer over the bowls and tubes with this paper mache mix until they are entirely covered. Smoothing down as you go.

4) Finish off with a layer or two of white paper so that when you come to paint them you won’t have any ugly newspaper print showing through.

It’s best to leave these for several hours to dry – we waited 24 hours before painting them.

5) Once FULLY dried, gently remove the bowls from the inside by bending them away from the paper mache. You’ll be left with some relatively sturdy paper mache bowls which can then be painted.

(In our case, the bowls were too sturdy to get out without tearing the paper mache so we opted to leave them in there and bought some more from the supermarket on our next visit. In retrospect we could have used balloons and popped them once the paper mache had dried and then cut to the desired shape.)

6) Paint your paper mache domes red, we went for two coats.

7) Once the paint has fully dried, glue on white circles for spots and pop a dome onto of each stalk.

8) Use as a whimsical table centrepiece or a decorate piece in your magical fairy woodland.

Suggestion: Paint a zig zag cut piece of card green to create strips of “grass” to accompany your toadstools.

Suggestion: If you have the time and inclination a much more profession piece can be formed using chicken wire as a mould rather than card and bowls. You would also be able to create a toadstool in a single piece this way too.

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Flying Fish!

Versatile and fun fish to help your child with number recognition.

What You Need:

  • Colourful Card
  • Pencil
  • Felt Tip Pens
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Optional:

  • Paperclips
  • Small Magnet
  • Laminator

Create your own fish template to draw around or use the ones below (click on each image to open a new printable version)

Cut out 10 fish, using the felt tip pens write numbers 1 to 10 on them. Include the corresponding amount of spots if you like.

Get your kids to colour them in.

Suggestion: Sequins and other such bits and pieces glued on would look great on these aswell.

If you have a laminator to make the fish more durable you could laminate them – it also creates a nice shiny finish. It’s not necessary if you cannot get hold of one however.

Punch a hole in the top of each fish.

Once the fish are made you can attach a paper clip to each one and using a small magnet tied to a piece of string play number fishing games.

You can use the fish in conjunction with rhymes to help your child with number recognition:

One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
Once I  caught a fish alive.
Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten,
Then I threw it back again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right!

For my daughter’s bedroom, I strung the fish together to create this fun and lively fishy bunting.

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We’d love to see your own fishy creations, send photos of your finished pieces to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

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