Easter Craft ~ How to make an easter egg box

Easter Craft ~ How To Make A Decorate Easter Egg Box

Easter Craft ~ how to make an Easter egg box

We love crafts in our house and Easter always brings out our creativity!

So when our 7 year old’s school ran a competition for the best decorated Easter egg, you can imagine the making and creating that went on…

…and here’s how she made it.  (I say ‘she’ because apart from boiling the eggs, she pretty much did it all by herself!)

Easter Craft ~ How To Make A Decorate Easter Egg Box

You will need:

A standard empty box

Hard-boiled eggs (it depends how many you’d like to decorate!)

Glue ~ pritt-stick type glue is better than gloopy glue because of handling the egg while decorating it… unless you want to look like a decorated easter egg yourself!

Felt-tips and/or paint ~ depending on whether you like really messy or not!

Paper for drawing pictures to cut out and stick on the eggs

Crafty things ~ anything crafty that you’ve got knocking around

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Get a standard egg box

Easter Craft ~ How To Make A Decorate Easter Egg Box Step 1

Then get the glue

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And some green ‘grass’ for paper

Easter Craft ~ How To Make A Decorated Easter Egg Box Step 3

Stick the ‘grass’ anywhere on the outside of the box (the corners work well)

Easter Craft ~ How To Make A Decorated Easter Egg Box Step 5

Pour some glue inside the egg box and stick some yellow ‘nest’ paper inside

Easter Craft ~ How To Make A Decorated Easter Egg Box Result

And there’s your Easter egg box!  (our daughter won a prize for hers!)

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What do you like to make for Easter crafts?  I’d love to know!  Tell me by commenting below and then tweet me @AllSortsHere.

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How to adapt learning to the changing seasons ~ #BoredomBuster

As the seasons change, it can be quite difficult to get our daughter outside.  The lure of the kitchen table to do seasonal crafts, the lure of the screens, the lure of the snuggles on the sofa!  And why not?  All of these are great ways to spend your time.

But here at VirtuallyAllSorts, we’ve been adapting our learning to the seasons!

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At the present time, our daughter loves role playing (among other things), particularly schools.

Since moving house, we haven’t had the chance to do much to pretty up our garden.  It’s quite a small garden but it has potential.

Potential for exploring, for using imagination, for building insect hotels!

Due to its size, we do have to think outside the box.

It’s all concrete and there’s no room for a swing.  Despite this, we have prettied part of it up successfully by painting a wall all different colours.

When our girl says she wants to play in the garden, she often says she’s bored out there.  So despite the obvious change of seasons, we recently popped her easel outside.  She can think outside of the box and so can we!

It’s perfect for her to role play her schools, as you can see.  All she needed was her coat and she was happy as anything for ages 🙂

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And a happy little girl makes for happy parents!

 

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What do you do to think outside of the box when it comes to space – inside and out?  Have you got any other suggestions for a boredom buster?  I’d love to hear!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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How to make pencil toppers ~ #BoredomBuster activity

When our little girl was given a ‘Go Create’ animal puppets craft activity pack, she couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

The picture on the outside was for puppet but imagination knows no bounds with our daughter and she often thinks outside the box.

She set-to, asking for gloopy glue (eeek!).  When I offered to help with the glue, I was shunned!

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I don’t mind mess, in fact I love when we get the crafting paraphernalia out but ‘gloopy’ glue…  Would pritt stick do? NO, it had to be the messy version.  The one that always dries round the nozzle between sessions, is a nightmare to declog before a new session can start and takes ages to dry!

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Despite my trepidation, I did as I was told and kept out of the way.

The end result were ‘pencil toppers’ and they’re not too shabby!

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So, readers, that is how you come to make pencil toppers! 🙂
What do you think?  Do you fancy having a go yourself?  Have you made anything similar?  I’d love to hear!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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How to use hashtags to promote yourself

A few years ago I was a complete twitter novice.  I mean, I didn’t even see why people used twitter!  Let alone understand how to use hashtags to promote myself…

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My tweets consisted of just text – no hashtags, no ‘direct tweets’… just plain old, boring, useless tweets…

And now?  Well, I’m hash-tagging with the best of them!

I use them to promote my blog posts.

I use them to promote linkys when I’ve linked up.

I use them when searching for linky posts to read and share.

I use them to promote my linkys.

I use them all the time.

The hashtag is powerful!

Never underestimate the power of the hashtag…

As well as promoting my posts using relevant and key-worded hashtags, I use various blog parties which ‘hinge’ on hashtags.  I schedule tweets to promote my top posts on a monthly basis.  Not only does this help to bring traffic to my blog and highlight my top posts, but it also helps with finding blog posts that I wouldn’t necessarily find ordinarily.  For me, this is one of the main ‘pulls’ of blogging.  Even for the blogs that I subscribe to, I often miss a post in the daily swamp that is my email inbox!

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I would highly recommend using these hashtag parties:

#ArchiveDay with @SingleMAhoy

#SundayBlogShare with Suzie @SundayBlogShare

#MondayBlogs with @MondayBlogs

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And these blog linkys that I love are also savvy in their use of hashtags.

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When you’ve finished browsing those, I would definitely recommend using hashtags in your twitter bio.  Here’s mine.  As you will see it’s to the point, relevant and tells you a little bit about me.

While you’re there, why not follow me? 😉

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Which hashtags do you find useful, particularly for blogging?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or of course tweet me @AllSortsHere

Maybe throw in #hashtag or #NovicetoPro to help me find you? After all a tweet about a post referring to using hashtags wouldn’t be complete without a hashtag or 2 would it?!… 😉

(but best not to swamp your tweet with too many)

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How to run a blog ~ getting things done

Running a blog can be a challenge.

As any blogger can tell you, there are many different aspects to blogging and all that comes with it.

To that end, I thought I would give you a little insight into how to run a blog.  More precisely, how I run my blog (as a person obsessed with being organised and getting things done).

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In this little series, I will cover:

  • My daily tick sheet
  • Taking part in linkys (blog hops/blog parties – call them what you like)
  • Blog promotion
  • Social media
  • Ad hoc tasks

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Let’s start with my daily tick sheet.  Without it, my blog diary gets overwhelmed!  By having a separate tick sheet, I can see at a glance where I’m at, what needs doing and what I’ve done.

This really helps because I can timebox more effectively and it gives me that sense of production and achievement, without wading through lots of to-do lists each day, which can be demoralising.

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On my tick sheet, I have tasks broken down into days (as ‘Daily Tick Sheet’ suggests!) and a blank box for the tick if it’s a task for the given day.

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As you can see, (sort of!) I check my comments every day but if the task was ‘write content’ some of the boxes under the days would be blanked out.

There are occasions when I don’t complete all my tasks that day and if they’re important for that particular week, I simply highlight the box in orange and start my blog work a little earlier the following day.

What I find really helpful is at the end of the day, I cross off ones for the next day that don’t need doing that week.  For example, I run a few blog linkys and if I don’t need to write content that week, I simply cross the box through the day before.

It’s similar to ticking the task off as you go but better for the soul!

To a non-blogger, this tick sheet may sound over the top, a little obsessive even…  I would have seen your point in my pre-blogging days.

But now, it keeps my blog diary free for ad-hoc daily tasks.  And perhaps the best thing is that I can print a fresh sheet out weekly for the regular tasks without having to physically write them in my diary each week.

This also gives me a clean sheet for the start of each new week – even better for the soul!

I’ve never been one to colour code my diary with coloured dots or washi tape.  Although I do love a pretty, functional planner.  The more compartments for slipping in pieces of paper and pretty paper clips, the better!

When it comes to ‘blog-min’, I love my highlighters, my daily tick sheet, my retractable pencil, my staples and my jumbo paper clips to bookmark my week in my blog diary.

How about you?  What do you do to keep ‘blog organised’?  I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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The eco-warrior guide to making paper

I recently read one of those humourous posts on Facebook about ’10 things only people who went to university in the 90’s will understand’.

A recurring theme was how students ‘handed in’ assignments instead of emailing them, put notes on each other’s doors in Halls of Residence instead of texting or even WhatsApp’ing and generally used pen and paper because the technology wasn’t readily and/or affordably available to students ‘back in the day’…

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So it has come somewhat full circle that our little girl has been learning about recycling at school.  Yes, she has turned into quite the ‘eco-warrior’, giving us a lesson in Fairtrade and also recycling paper!  We found it really quite amazing that our little girl knew exactly what she needed to ‘make’ paper.

Within an hour, we had made 4 ‘sheets’ of paper.  She was really excited when one sheet turned blue because of the blue tissue paper that we put in the mix.  That was going to be daddy’s, she decided!

To make some paper you will need:

  • Toilet/kitchen paper
  • Tissue paper
  • A handful of ziplock (or at least sealable) sandwich/food bags
  • Enough water to make the mixture go soggy
  • Any decorations that are lurking around the ‘craft box’
  • Somewhere flat to dry the ‘sheets’
  • 2 small towels/flannels to ‘press’ each sheet
  • Patience ~ it takes a couple of days to dry…!

Ready?  Then let’s go…

  • First take the tissue paper and rip it up into fairly small pieces, popping it all in a bag.
  • Then you’ll need a selection of your choice of arty crafty bits and pieces.  We found that anything goes but the synthetic feathers work particularly well!  We also chose sequins, coloured tissue paper and pom poms…
  • Next gently and carefully pour enough water in the bag to make the contents soggy.
  • Now you seal up the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.
  • Squish it, squash it, squeeze it… but gently.  You don’t want any holes in the bag!
  • When the contents are really soggy, scoop them out onto one of the towels or flannels.
  • Take the other towel/flannel and press down on the ‘paper’.  Your little one will love this bit!
  • Now the ‘patience part’ ~ gently take the top layer of towel/flannel off the ‘press’ and leave the paper to dry somewhere suitable…

And there you have it… how to make paper 🙂

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How to host a tea party

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When Our Little Bear busied herself and told me not to look, I was intrigued.  Then, all was revealed: “Mummy, I’m inviting you to my tea party!”

And invitation gracefully accepted, I got down on my knees to share the spread.  Our Little Bear proceeded to ask me what I would like to drink and she handed me a cup complete with saucer to enjoy.

I thoroughly enjoyed our little bear’s tea party.  Here’s what you need to recreate your own:

A blanket or two tastefully laid down – I felt like royalty!

A suitable tea set.  We used a pretty Rapunzel tea set but others are available (including a Frozen one, which I’m told by our bear, she would really like for her birthday!)

Oodles of plastic food including foods that really don’t go together like croissants, peas, orange segments, bananas…

‘Table’ manners!

And lashings of fun and love 🙂

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How to make a potion

There’s a  potion to be made in the garden today

With weeds and with sand, she’s stirring away!

Like a hotpot, it gets left for days to stew

So I’d pretend to taste it, if I were you…

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The cats look on with concern on their faces,

She finds ingredients in the strangest of places…

There’s glitter, there’s grass, old stickers and more,

But what’s there the most of? There’s gloop galore!

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This potion is special, this potion’s the best

This potion is better than all the rest,

You can search high and low but you’ll never find

A potion that’s better, it’s one of a kind!

By Carol Cameleon 2015

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How to make a surprisingly non-scratchy itchy Easter bonnet

So although you can’t see it very well, our little bear is in fact modelling her Easter bonnet.

And here’s how to make said Easter bonnet:

  • Take one head-sized piece of cardboard from your stash of packaging (you knew you kept that piece of cardboard for a reason!)
  • Take said piece of cardboard and make a ‘pizza’ cut mark where the head will go
  • Cut the pizza cut and fold back the same pizza cut.  By now you should have a clever little space for your little one to put their head
  • Pop cardboard headpiece on your little one’s head, ignore the fact that it won’t sit right and mumble to them that it will look okay once it’s decorated
  • Next, delve into your little one’s craft things for – pipe cleaners (whiskers), googly eyes, pom poms (or cotton wool may be your saviour here. Hurrah for cotton wool!), stickers, card/paper
  • Draw a template for your little one to cut round for the bunny’s eyes
  • Do it yourself while your little one shows no interest whatsoever and instead asks for a snack over and over and over…
  • Until you give in and give them a snack while you realise that the hat will NOT sit right on their head
  • Tell your other half that if they’re good, they can have a snack too, while you make a mad-dash to the shop to get suitably cheap, itchy, scratchy hat to pop the cardboard headpiece onto to keep it stable
  • Go to the shop while realising that actually, your little one hasn’t done anything to ‘craft’ the Easter bonnet yet and this could be considered as cheating
  • Realise that this is actually ticking lots of Early Years Foundation Stage boxes.  Pat yourself on the back and get yourself a creme egg.  Make that 3 for £1 to share have all to yourself
  • Make your way home with surprisingly non-scratchy itchy, soft ‘straw’ hat, while scoffing 2 of the creme eggs.  Well, you deserve it
  • Get home to find that your other half has helped your little one to decorate the cardboard head piece with stickers and all manner of non-Eastery things
  • See the little yellow chick stuck to the other side of the cardboard head piece
  • Pop the surprisingly non-scratchy itchy, soft ‘straw’ hat on your little one’s head with the cardboard head piece on top
  • Stand back to admire the handiwork
  • Go all gooey at the sight of your little one sporting their Easter bonnet.  Oh wait, that’s the other creme egg which has now melted…
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