All posts tagged craft

I’m just not very creative mummy…..

Published January 5, 2016 by thefamilyof5

So baby girl sat next to me today at the craft table at the home ed group we attend.

‘I’m just not very creative mummy’ she said to me, whilst coming up with an idea and making a snow globe with no input from me at all!


Honestly, I can’t tell you how well Home Education is working for these girls of mine! They’re flourishing!


Working hard…….

Published December 21, 2015 by thefamilyof5

I just wanted to write a quick update because something wonderful happened today. My big girl, the one that lacks all confidence in her ability and would rather not ‘try’ than risk failure, well, she decided to ‘write a story’ today.

It might not sound like much, but for her, this independant choice to ‘write’ and give story writing a try is huge progress! Especially since we’d decided to ‘break up’ for christmas over a week ago!


Im so proud of how far she has come in such a short period of time, her confidence has grown so much!

She isn’t the only one. My mum today commented on the positive changes she has seen in all of the girls, they’re more focused, more relaxed and are all eager to learn. She also commented on the massive changes in middle girl who’s confidence has really grown, she’s really starting to find her voice more!

I’ll leave you with these pictures of their wonderful Christmas crafts, they may not look like much, but they each, independently carried out their own Google searches to find an idea they liked and then followed the instructions provided, with NO help!! Pretty impressive for kids that didn’t know how to use Google 2 months ago eh!


We send you all warm wishes for a merry Christmas and new year!
See you in 2016!!

ToucanBox Craft fun……

Published August 19, 2014 by thefamilyof5

We were sent a free ‘Petite’ ToucanBox some time ago, I’m finally going to show you how much fun we had and then I’ll tell you how you can get your own free ‘Petite’ ToucanBox!

We were so excited to open it and see what was inside!

We were so excited to open it and see what was inside!


everything we needed to create a wonderful.......... (wait and see)

everything we needed to create a wonderful………. (wait and see)


Baby girl didn't need any encouragement to get started..............

Baby girl didn’t need any encouragement to get started…………..


She got right to work on her design.....

She got right to work on her design…..


Soon it was time to reveal the magic........

Soon it was time to reveal the magic……..


She was very proud of her design and eager to get to work on the other side..........

She was very proud of her design and eager to get to work on the other side……….


She started with a water dye stencil........

She started with a water dye stencil……..


Then there was some felt tip pen stenciling........

Then there was some felt tip pen stenciling……..


The master piece was complete.........

The master piece was complete………


We really enjoyed this, well, when I say we, I mean baby girl, because quite honestly, other than supervise her with the scissors and help read some of the instructions she did it entirely by herself! The parcel contained everything we needed except the water and scissors, it really was just a perfect little craft activity for one.

She was so proud of her work of art that she decided she wanted to give it to her teacher, so we used some self adhesive ‘letter’ stickers and stuck her name on the front and used it to hold her ‘end of year teacher gift’.

ToucanBox very kindly sent us this free box sometime ago so I must apologies to them for taking so long to write this review but also I’d like to thank them, Baby girl and I really enjoyed some special time together doing this project.

You can send off for your free ‘Petite’ ToucanBox here using this special promotion code MH259



The ToucanBox

Published August 21, 2013 by thefamilyof5

A few months ago I saw an offer on Groupon for a ToucanBox Activity Set: 3 Months’ Subscription for £29.99.

I figured with the school holidays looming and the typical British weather, being typically wet, it seemed like a good idea.

So i ordered it, and then forgot about it.

A few weeks later the box arrived……………

Example of a ToucanBox

Example of a ToucanBox

A bright and colourful briefcase style box!

I placed it on our dining room table without comment. There was lots of looking, touching, poking and finally some asking. ‘Whats in the box mommy’, they said. ‘Your going to have to wait and see’ I replied. They actually loved not knowing, they tried guessing, they talked about it between themselves and asked me a lot.

Is it cake? asked baby girl

I think its not a new bike! Said Big girl

Maybe its a frog!? wondered middle girl

I simply replied with ‘one day in the holidays, we’ll open it, but until then, your just going to have to keep guessing’.

It wasn’t long before the rain arrived a couple of weeks later and the box was moved from the table. Excitement filled the air and I tortured them a little longer by slowly and dramatically opening the box before revealing its secrets.

Inside there was 4 more boxes and some other bits and bobs. I prompted them to choose a box each and open them.

Middle girls box contained everything needed to make 2 spiders and a web,

Baby girls box contained everything needed to make a glow worm, that actually glows.

Big girls box contained everything needed to make a bug observation jar complete with ventilated lid and magnifying glass.

The remaining box conveniently contained everything needed to make the 3 different stages of the butterfly transformation process.

The girls were eager to get on with their projects. True to its word, each activity had everything (except scissors and pencil) needed to complete it with really easy to understand instructions to follow.

They all thoroughly enjoyed their activities and were very proud of their final creations. They shared the final activity in the remaining box and each made a  butterfly to show its different stages of growth.

Big Girls Bug Jar If you look closely you can just about see Sofia the spider to the right :)

Big Girls Bug Jar
If you look closely you can just about see Sofia the spider to the right 🙂

They really enjoyed looking around the garden for a victim bug to torture observe in the bug jar. They set about with binoculars and magnifying glasses to find a beast for the jar. They quickly located and named, ‘Sofia’ the spider and promptly tried to get ‘her’ to sleep by singing Baa Baa Black Sheep to ‘her’.

The next box arrived today, Im going to make them wait a while again before we reveal the contents, although I wont deny that I’ve already had a quick peek and it looks super exciting. The next box has a ‘colour’ theme and if you hadn’t guessed the box I’ve blogged about was the ‘Bugs and Minibeasts’ themed box!

The boxes are ordinarily, in my opinion, quite expensive, but with this offer our 3 boxes  will have worked out to just £10 a box. Taking into consideration the whole experience of having a mysterious parcel arrive and then enjoying its contents, I’d say they are well worth the money and I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for more great offers from ToucanBox.

ToucanBox also have a great online blog with lots of free crafting idea’s, take a look here.

Disclaimer: no bugs were harmed, well aside from being held prisoner and wailed at for a few hours, Sofia was released with only the scars of her mental torture, back into our garden at the end of the day.

The Greatest Puppet Show…………..Ever!

Published August 1, 2013 by thefamilyof5

Today big girl has impressed me with her patience, determination, enthusiasm and concentration.

She got out a craft activity this morning. Inside I sighed. I anticipated frustration, loss of interest and a half completed task. I was so wrong!

My clever and beautiful girl has made me so proud today, she has spent ALL day, with only a little help from me and made this Ballet themed puppet show!


The Project!

Published April 3, 2013 by thefamilyof5

We experienced a first yesterday, the girls decided to open up a dolls house craft set and give it a go.

It was fiddly, frustrating, irritating, time consuming and generally really quite difficult.

6hours later and they’d finished it!
There were arguments, disputes, bouts of spitefulness and moments of distraction, BUT, they did it, and more importantly, they did it together.

I’m very proud of their determination and commitment to see it through from start to finish, and so were they 🙂

I Want Never Gets!

Published December 12, 2012 by thefamilyof5

Do you remember being told as a child that ‘I want never gets’ in other words, its more polite to say ‘I would like’ rather than ‘I want’.

I wanted so many things from motherhood. I wanted giggles, snuggles, conversation, casual chatting, baking days, craft afternoon, family games nights, late night movie nights.

In reality I haven’t been able to have any of those things. I have a child with ASD, one with Auditory processing difficulties and one with control issues and all 3 have some attachment difficulties and compete with each other for everything.

Big girl, with ASD finds cuddles, hugs and general touch somewhat difficult, and she also struggles to hold a conversation, she will happily spend hours talking at you, retelling over and over all manner of facts and pieces of generally unimportant pieces of random information that she’s absorbed throughout her short little life, but she can’t chat, she can’t share a real moment.

Middle girl has auditory processing difficulties which means talking in general is difficult but holding a conversation is near impossible and most definitely difficult for all parties involved. Her attachment difficulties also mean she doesn’t really make a connection, she hides behind her smile and keeps herself safe inside.

Baby girl, ahh baby girl, she is emotionally and socially delayed by a couple of years. She can chat, albeit on the level of a 3year old rather than the 5year old she is. Her attachment difficulties leave her feeling as though the world is a very scary place and that things can change very quickly. She feels very out of control of her life, she’s scared and frightened. She compensates for this by trying to control the world and adults around her as best as she can because the adults in her life can’t be trusted as adults don’t always make good decisions, or at least this is how she feels inside, chaotic and scared.

Put them together and you have big girl talking at everyone and ordering them about (because that’s all she knows how to do), baby girl desperate to control the situation in any way she can (even if that means controlling people and provoking reactions) and middle girl frustrated and desperate for attention.

Can you imagine trying to make fairy cakes through that?

Or setting up a painting activity?

Or playing a game with that much competitiveness about?

Or just trying to have a chat about each others day?

Even bedtime stories became a ground for competitiveness and attention seeking with each desperate to turn the page first, or wanting to be the first to comment on the picture, or the first to ask what happens next, or the even the first to interrupt and it wasn’t much easier doing bed time stories individually either.

And as for late night movies with children that have sleep problems, well that just isn’t even worth considering.

Doing ‘stuff’ just isn’t how I envisaged it would be. Its hard, too hard which ultimately has meant I’ve withdrawn myself from doing these sorts of activities with my girls, there just isn’t enough of me to go round or perhaps its just my inability to cope.

Don’t get me wrong, individually my girls all have some beautiful quality’s and we have shared some lovely times, I don’t want this to sound like I’m putting them down in any way, after all their difficulties are not something they have ever had any choice over but as a family, we just don’t function in a way I could have ever envisaged or could have prepared myself for.

I would like some normality, I would like to chat, I would like to enjoy doing things with my girls and most of all, I would like to enjoy being a mummy.

‘This blog is brought to you with the aid of a months worth of sleep deprivation courtesy of middle girl’

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