Christmas Collecting and Crafting

I decided to include a little craft project within our Christmas countdown activities, one that Boo and I could enjoy, that would also tie in a nice, outdoor afternoon. We got onto it this week, and I have to say that both the outing and the crafting were really lovely, and Boo tells me she thoroughly enjoyed them, too πŸ™‚

We set off for the park, armed with a bag and scissors (clearly secateurs were the tools for the job, but as they were in the shed as I was grabbing the kids and getting them into the car, the scissors were a lot handier, though I cursed my lack of planning when I was actually in the park!) and some bread for a spot of duck-feeding while we were there.

We went to the ducks first (well, after we ‘had’ to visit the nature centre as Boo cannot go past it without going in and looking at their exhibits, which is rather sweet) so that we could empty our bag of the bread. The birds at this particular spot are well-fed and well-versed in what it means for a couple of kids to arrive clutching a plastic bag, as this was the arrival scene..

1stducks

And no more than 30 seconds later, this was what we were contending with…

2ndducks

Boo ran off to hide, I was lobbing the bread at them as quickly as I could, and Little Man just laughed!

So, ducks fed, we explored the park and collected our nature..

hunting

And there was a little time to run about and enjoy the empty playground – we literally had no choice but to play, it was totally ours for the taking!

emptyplayground

Back home, Little Man was fortunately tired out from our escapade, so he went for a nap, meaning Boo and I could get on with our Christmas craft project – a table centrepiece. I got everything out ready for her, soaked the oasis block and positioned it in the basket, sprayed the cones, and then let her have a go.

basketmaking

She loved it, and even braved the holly which pricked her repeatedly, but didn’t deter her from her masterpiece! And here it is, what do you think?

basket

I am pleased with it. My mum gave us the basket and oasis block, and she had the spray paint (she’s done this before, of course!), and we already had those baubles and candle, so along with our nature haul, we put it all together for nothing, and Boo is delighted to have her handiwork on display πŸ™‚

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46 thoughts on “Christmas Collecting and Crafting”

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      It was really easy – Boo pretty much did it all herself, so I’m sure you’d be fine! Ducks certainly get wise to being fed!

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    Lovely Christmas basket. Would so love to make something like that… only I’m not so sure where you can buy one apart from the florist? #CountryKids

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      It was great to do. Was lucky that my mum already had the basket and oasis (she’s very handy like that!). I think she’d have got them from a market, or maybe The Range – somewhere like that?

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    Wow! That’s really lovely! I hope it has a prominent spot to be displayed. I’ve been doing Christmas crafts with Potato today, but as he’s only 18 months, its nothing quite so impressive πŸ™‚

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      Yes, right in the middle of the kitchen table, so Boo’s pleased! I can well imagine – letting my 15 month-old loose can result in messy chaos!

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    Well done to Boo it came out brilliantly, what a fab idea and for free! I can see half the fun was in collecting what was needed. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.

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      Oh, definitely half the fun was the collecting! She did like doing it, and is very proud of her creation πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting #CountryKids

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    That basket looks amazing, I’m seriously impressed! The duck/geese chasing less so, hate it when that happens… all in all a stroll to the park in the winter when it’s nice and empty can be a very magical outing. Glad you had such a good time x

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      It’s a magnificent park – one of the biggest urban parks in Europe, right on our doorstep! Thank you – it is so pretty and really easy πŸ™‚

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