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Adding detail to our mud kitchen

A couple of weeks ago we made a mud kitchen for the children to play with. We recycled an old pallet and some planks of wood to make a simple structure with a work space and shelf to store utensils and equipment. It’s been a huge success but needed something to make it even better so today we added some detail and colour.

adding colour to a mud kitchen - treading on lego

Adding detail to our mud kitchen

We have lots of tins of Annie Sloan chalk paint so decided to add the word ‘KITCHEN’ to the top in Annie Sloan English Yellow using card stencils from Poundland. Yes, that’s my husband using one of the children’s paint brushes to apply the paint!

home made mud kitchenThen I painted the work top in Annie Sloan Paris Grey. Both were really quick to dry.

home made mud kitchenI thought it still needed a little something so we added four rings for the hob and a rectangle for the sink. These were painted in more of the Annie Sloan English Yellow and Barcelona Orange.

home made mud kitchenI love the finished mud kitchen and fortunately the children agree. They were excited to see the finished result and have been even happier to play outside with their painted mud kitchen.

home made mud kitchen - treading on lego


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DIY Shopkins shelving unit

Big Brother is obsessed with Shopkins at the moment. He loves buying them with his pocket money and has built up quite a collection. He also loves to Skype the family and show them his latest Shopkins! He has been watching a few YouTube videos about them and found a fun little DIY project he asked Daddy to help him with.

Big Brother wanted his own Shopkins shelves!

DIY Shopkins shelving unit

DIY Shopkins shelving unit

Daddy made him a miniature set of shelves from a sheet of foamboard (from Hobbycraft). He measured the largest Shopkin to get the measurements for the height and depth of each shelf and then decided how many shelves to add. It came together really quickly and he used a hot glue gun to keep each shelf in place.

how to store shopkins

Needless to say the 5 year old loved making something with Daddy and he’s had fun arranging his Shopkins on the shelves. Unfortunately it only holds about half his collection, and Little Sis wants one too, so it looks like Daddy will be making some more soon.

DIY Shopkins shelving unit - treading on lego


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How to make pretend cookies

Big Brother loves to craft after school. Today we made some pretend cookies which he had a lot of fun with.

You will need:
recycled cardboard
white marker pen
your favourite cookie cutters

How to make pretend cookies:

Choose your favourite cookie cutters. The 4 year old chose some gingerbread men, a star and a Christmas stocking. He drew round each one and I cut them out.

How to make pretend cookiesThen he decorated each one using a white pen to make it look like icing.

How to make pretend cookiesThere were four gingerbread men, one for each of us.

How to make pretend cookiesHe added faces, buttons and lots of squiggles!

How to make pretend cookies

I think he enjoyed this as it was really simple but he was able to do most of it himself. Great for pretend play!IMG_9508

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