Pebble and scribble

Creative and fun craft ideas for children


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Clothes peg reindeer

Clothes peg reindeer

Clothes peg reindeer

Well, it might be weeks until Christmas, but in our house, we have already been thinking lots about it  – Christine and I are running some Christmas Craft workshops over the next few weeks, which we are very very excited about. Plus – Ted has already started asking how many sleeps it is until Christmas, so already in our house we are rather in the mood for Christmas. I made this little clothes peg reindeer yesterday, and Ted loved it so much he thought I must include it in the workshop next week. Here is how to make your own. Continue reading


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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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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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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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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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Dinosaur peg routine chart

Dino peg chore chart

Dino peg chore chart

With the Summer holidays having started, I realised I needed to introduce something to help us maintain some semblance of routine to help us keep an even keel over the weeks of holiday to come. With all the fun and variety that come with summer holidays, it is all too easy to let routine and order fly out of the window, so, to the rescue Dinosaur peg chore chart. It currently only focuses on the morning route, which I find with us, if we get the morning right, the rest of the day is more likely to go smoothly. Continue reading


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Owl Birthday Cake

Owl cake

Owl cake

Ted asked for an owl cake for his fifth birthday party, and here it is, or rather here they are. I use an egg free recipe, in the past sometimes it hasn’t risen really well so I made two this time, intending to sandwich one on top of the other. However, both rose really well so rather than waste one, decided to make two so there is big owl and little owl. Continue reading