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Celebrating All Things British with Baker Ross Jubilee Crafts

flagsBig changes are afoot for the McClary family as we plan for our move to the US in a few months time.  Our parcel of craft goodies from Baker Ross proved timely as this month  our craft goodies followed a Diamond Jubilee theme.  We particularly liked the fabric pens and design your own flag set.  They were fun to use creating sturdy flags and at £3.96 for a pack of 6 you can allow room for a few mistakes .  I was particularly impressed by my 8 year olds attempt at drawing the Welsh Flag, but for those who are not that ambitious Baker Ross also have some that are already printed.

decorationsMy 3 year old loved the scratch art decorations   in various Royal shapes such as carriages, crowns and soldiers.  Once a pattern had been scratched onto the black surface with a wooden stick, red white or blue ribbons were threaded through the hole and the decorations  hung up.  A simple activity for decorating a Diamond Jubilee party.

crownsMy 3 year old loves collage and enjoyed sticking a variety of things to the foam crowns. The girls wore their crowns with pride. We’re going to host a children’s party during Jubilee week with a British theme, as a chance for the girls to say a proper farewell to all of their friends.  Hopefully we can keep some of the things they have made for the party and I might buy some more so that all of the children can make a crown and a flag.

The last craft activity we were given to try was a little more difficult. The instructions for the Super Shrink Keyrings explained that the children were to draw on the material provided and then placed in an electric oven where they would shrink and thicken.  We have a gas oven and it stated categorically not to try them in a gas oven or microwave.  I wasn’t tempted to try it to see what would happen, instead plumping for saving it for when we were at nanny and grandad’s.drawing keyrings After drawing their designs and punching a hole in the corner the drawings are placed in the oven for a minute and come out hard and shrunken, making perfect keyrings.



No payment was received for writing this post but all craft materials were provided free of charge.







Mess Free Painting

Today we received a very welcome parcel from Baker Ross.  Right From the Start has joined their blogger network, they send us lots of goodies and we come up with our own creative projects for using them.  The theme of our first parcel is painting.

Lanyan Quoit
My most recent painting

We love painting. I paint when I find the time and find it very therapeutic.  The girls also love to paint, in thesummer we paint outside .The girls enjoy painting on canvases and I display them in our hallway.

large scale painting

Today we went for the mess free option by trying out Colour Me Chubby Water Soluble Markers.

These are perfect for small hands, dry really quickly and don’t make a mess.  Even better they are washable, do not stain clothes and don’t dry out if you leave the lid off (although I didn’t tell the children this). The markers are great for an early mark making tool on large pieces of paper, they are sturdy and the paint comes out easily.

painting spiral

canvas painting by 3 year old
My most recent painting

My 7 Year old decided to try them with the wooden sea stencils.  These are great for little hands as they have large, chunky handles, meaning that they are easy to hold in place with one hand whilst drawing around them with the other.


This non-messy option was good for the baby too.  We did our painting on the floor so that she could move more freely.  She loved playing with the lids, taking them on and off and enjoyed painting on the paper although it was sometimes difficult to get them upright enough to make a mark.  She decided as all babies do that it would be a good idea to see what the paints tasted like.  However, as they are fully washable and non-toxic I didn’t need to worry – a quick wipe removed the orange lipstick.putting on lid

I was really impressed with the results and when we have limited time and I can’t face the mess involved with painting this is a great alternative.



The Final Results

painting 3 yr old