So the summer holidays have begun and we've come to the end of our crafty sessions at The Little House in the Park (*sob*). But we're still making stuff at home - and these are our latest creations. 

I had some air-drying clay in the cupboard so we got it out one morning and had a bit of a play. Matthew used some rubber moulds (from Ikea) to make fish and hearts. When the clay was dry we popped them out of the moulds and painted the hearts gold and the fish with glow-in-the-dark paint, sprinkled with glitter. When the paint was dry we glued magnets onto the back to make them into fridge magnets that we can give as presents. 

I made the thumb pots while Matthew was playing with the clay, and when they were dry I painted them with white and metallic enamel paints. 

Shiny happy clay crafts. 
This is something my husband did with Matthew the other day and it kept them both amused for ages, so I thought I'd share.

First Matthew carefully selected which toys he wanted to take photos of, then they arranged them and took the photos. Next they edited them with different colour effects, then printed and trimmed them, and put them in the frame. Plenty there to engage small people. 

We happened to have this slide puzzle picture frame knocking about (and that works really well for added interactivity) - but any frame would do and they would also make good cards. 

We have it up in our kitchen but I'm thinking of doing something similar for Matthew's bedroom because he loves it so much.