ISSUE 23 is packed with more than 85 springtime activities; including cards, gift and chocolate eats for Easter, treat pots for your pet to mark National Pet Month, pages of springtime craft extravaganza, creative gardening, along with fun cooking ideas for all! There’s a special feature to encourage children to explore sand & water play, plus focus on Mexico and ideas to encourage creative literacy. WIN the latest LEGO Toy Story kits and play sets, plus other great games and creative kits. All this, the regular features – including ’Four Ways with . . . eggs & eggshells and Reading Corner, the winners of this year’s Creative Play Awards, plus loads of other great toys, games and books to win in our free to enter competitions!
0 – 5 years
Concentrating on texture and sensory stimulation, projects in this group include:
CHOCOLATE EGG BASKETS – Tasty Easter treats made with every child’s favourite ingredient!
COTTON WOOL LAMB – A simple spring lamb made from funky foam and cotton wool balls.
EASTER CROWNS – Fed-up with making the traditional Easter bonnet? Here are two great alternatives for both boys and girls.
WAX CRAYON DRAWINGS – A simple and fun painting activity that never fails to surprise.
PICTURE THIS! – A mixing and matching game to help colour recognition and grouping skills.
A FISHY TALE! – Save the netting from citrus fruits and make some fab patterns on tin foil.
THROW & LEARN – Help letter and number recognition with this simple throwing game.
POPCORN TREE – A great way to explore different materials – just make sure you make enough to eat afterwards!
SHAPE UP! – Turn plain cardboard tubes into shapely and colourful works of art!
EXPLORING SAND & WATER – Great activity ideas for children to explore both indoors and outside.
5 – 7 years
Fun crafting projects to make with children in Key Stage 1, include:
SPRINGTIME EXTRAVAGANZA – Seasonal ideas from papercrafting to cookery plus how to organise an egg hunt.
EASTER BROWNIES – Have a go at making some delicious cakes made with the ingredient of the season!
BOUNCE INTO SPRING! – Get that springtime feeling with some larger than life cardboard characters.
POTS OF FUN! – Turn basic crisp tubes and crafting scraps into little Easter treat pots.
SPRING GREETINGS! – Simple Easter cards using brightly coloured paper and foam.
MEXICAN MAY DAY – Celebrate one of Mexico’s biggest festivals with some great cultural activities.
ANIMAL TREATS! – It’s National Pet Month so be kind to pets and make them their own treat pots.
7 – 11 year
Great ideas for older kids to make and do:
PERFECT PEPPERS – Everything you need to know on how to grow peppers plus a great recipe!
EGGS IN NESTS – Turn FIMO Soft modelling clay into cute Easter nest brooches and decorations.
BLOOM BAGS – Pretty flower bags and purses made from coloured felt and ribbon.
DECORATED EGGS – Make a stunning Easter centrepiece by decorating polystyrene eggs. We give you seven great designs!
DAFFY DOWN DILLY! – Learn all about the daffodil with this special feature on the flower of spring.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP – A tasty soup ideal for older children to make with little supervision.
CREATIVE LITERACY – Fun, story-based assignments, guaranteed to fire up enthusiasm for literacy.
EASTER GREETINGS – A beautiful selection of cards, perfect for sending Easter messages.
In addition to these, there are plenty of other great ideas and projects, plus a great selection of books reviewed in Reading Corner and prize giveaways worth £100′s.