Pebble and scribble

Creative and fun craft ideas for children


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Ladybird nature picture

Ladybird

Ladybird

Here is Ted’s Ladybird picture made with petals, pebbles and sticks that he made during a Mini-beast adventure workshop at the start of the summer holidays at the wonderful Five a Day Market Garden, close to us. This was one of a number of really fun activities that the wonderful workshop leader Becca, did with the group. Check out the great things that Five a Day do at www.fiveaday.org.uk


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Pebble shadow sculpture

Playing with shadows

Playing with shadows

Yet another post about pebbles and pebble sculptures – well, you guessed it, I am something of a fan of pebbles. Having collected lots and lots of pebbles of ascending sizes to create our pebble sculpture towers and pebble spiral shown on the previous posts,  we started lining them up in the sand, smallest to largest. As it was afternoon, the shadows were starting to get a little longer so we played with the shadows, and the shadows became as much a part of the sculpture as the pebbles themselves.

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Pebble spiral sculpture

Pebble spiral

Pebble spiral

I love pebbles, everything about them, the different colours, sizes, shapes, textures – they don’t just look great, they feel wonderful too. On holiday in Pembrokeshire, once we had started collecting pebbles of different sizes to make our pebble sculpture towers, we couldn’t stop. We collected more and decided to make a large pebble spiral in the sand. Ted decided to wash them, as he was fascinated by how the colours got deeper when wet and sorted them by size too. I love the work of the artist Andy Goldsworthy, and this is again inspired by his wonderful work.  Continue reading


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Pebble tower sculptures

Pebble towers

Pebble towers

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Pembrokeshire, and managed to spend most days on the beach. On one of the days, we decided to see what we could make with pebbles – here are our pebble tower sculptures, inspired by British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Continue reading


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Shell creatures

Shell creatures

Shell creatures

I was looking through our photos and came across these shell creatures that Ted had made last summer, and thought they were so cute that I just had to share them. I remember him having had a really fun afternoon making these creatures from our collection of shells. They lived all around the house for quite a number of weeks. Continue reading


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Mini ice window

Mini ice window

Mini ice window

Here is the mini ice window that Ted made over Christmas. He loved making the ice baubles we had made and wanted to see how it would work on a larger scale, like a mini window or light catcher. Here it is and I think it worked really well. It was a fun activity to do on a cold winter day, and Ted hung it out on a wonderful sunny day, so the sun shone through the flowers. Continue reading


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Ice baubles

Iced bauble

Ice bauble

This is a really fun craft to do with kids, which was suggested to me by my great friend Hannah D. Although it can be done at any time of year, and we have done it a several times so far, I think it is extra special at Christmas. We made these one afternoon last December, and Ted was so excited the next morning when we got them out of the freezer and hung them up.  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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Autumn quince prints

Quince flower picture

Quince flower picture

We have got a quince tree growing up a fence in our garden, and with the recent windy weather have got windfall quince that we have collected from the ground. They are fantastic for printing with, because when you cut across them, inside there is the perfect shape of a flower. It seemed an ideal Autumn craft, so Ted and I went outside and gathered up an armful to make our prints with. Continue reading


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Autumn craft ideas

Autumn leaf bugs from http://www.petitandsmall.com

Autumn is here, and with it the wonderful golden colours as the trees change colour and start to drop their leaves. Walks are exciting, the ground carpeted with golden leaves, the crunch of leaves underfoot and the chance to find and bring home treasure –  leaves, conkers, acorn shells…. We always go out with a bag and seem to come home laden with our collection. Ted and I have been thinking about things to make, and have found lots of really inspiring Autumn craft ideas for children to do – these are eleven of our favourites, we hope you love them as much as we do. We really can’t wait to get making some of these ourselves.   Continue reading