Pebble and scribble

Creative and fun craft ideas for children


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Cocktail stick cactus

Spiky Cactus

Spiky Cactus

Super spiky, the cacti that Ted and I made, inspired by the spiky, tiny and huge cacti that we saw this week at Kew Gardens – some of them were so tall that they towered over Ted. We thought that we would make some to have at home.  These cacti were fun, quick and simple to do – and I think that sticking the cocktail sticks in as spikes for the cactus is good for fine motor skills.  We have also displayed ours safely out of reach of little fingers. Here is how to make your own… Continue reading


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Easy pom-poms for kids

Finished pom-pom

Finished pom-pom

I was chatting with a friend earlier this week about making pom-poms, and talking about the best ways to make them as our children all really wanted to have a go. I remembered this super easy way for young children to make pom-poms. It is a very slight variation on the traditional way of making pompoms using two cardboard discs cut the same size – to make it even easier, all you do is simply cut a slit in both of the discs before you start using the wool. Children can wind the wool round the disc, rather than having to thread it through. It makes it much quicker and easier. Continue reading


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Simple fork pompom

Super quick fork pompom

Super quick fork pompom

This is a super quick and really simple way of making tiny pompoms that my great friend Christine showed me. All you need is some wool, a fork and a pair of scissors and in next to no time you can have as many pompoms as you wish to make. Ted enjoyed making these and was really surprised just how quick and easy they were.  It was also a great activity for developing fine motor skills. I just know that we will be making lots more of these. Continue reading


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Tweezers and bolts game

Tweezers and bolts game

Tweezers and bolts game

Ted has been using tweezers to help strengthen fine motor skills and improve his pencil grip. I thought it would be fun to turn this into a game – and came up with this idea to retrieve nuts and bolts from holes – based on the game operation that we had as kids. Another quick and simple activity to make, using an old chocolate box. Continue reading


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Home made construction kit

Homemade construction kit

Homemade construction kit

Sometimes the simplest things in life give the most pleasure. This home made construction kit was quick and easy to make, and also pretty low cost; it has provided hours of fun.  This is great fun for little ones who are into building or making, and is their own mini DIY kit. Ted has got larger wooden sets of nuts and bolts but has loved using the real things – he feels just like daddy. Continue reading


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Drinking straw necklace / snake

Drinking straw necklace snake

Drinking straw necklace snake

It has been one of those really wet days, and I have finally got round to looking through some old photographs of some things that Ted and I made together a few months ago. Here is Ted’s necklace, or rather his bead snake, which it soon became known as. He made it all himself – he even made the beads and was very proud of it.  This necklace snake is the result of one of a whole range of activities that Ted and I did a few months back to help strengthen his fine motor skills, Continue reading


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Autumn leaf threading

Threading round autumn leaves

Threading round autumn leaves

Here is Ted threading round autumn leaves over half term. The week before half term, he had returned home from school proudly clutching geometric shapes with holes round them, that he had threaded with large shoe laces. He had threaded them in class to help develop fine motor skills and also to strengthen the tripod pencil grip. Continue reading


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Spot picture – inspired by Damien Hirst

Spot picture

Spot picture

Here is Ted’s Spot Picture, inspired by the Spot Paintings by Damien Hirst. This was great fun to do but also started quite an in depth chat about art made by real artists. Ted and I were looking at paintings in art books and he was fascinated by pictures of Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings and couldn’t believe that someone had actually painted spots. He wanted to have a go himself. Continue reading


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Number sorting icecube tray

Sorting numbers

Sorting numbers

I can’t resist an opportunity to look at and buy interesting craft materials and am something of a squirrel with a large stash of materials that I know we will find useful one day soon. A couple of weeks ago we popped into The Works and saw these colourful number buttons. I just knew there would be lots of different things that we could do and make with these. Continue reading