Freebie Friday ~ Creative Printables by BIC SA #BICStayInspired

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Creative Printables

BIC South Africa has amazing #BICStayInspired, connecting through creativity, creative printables on their website and I must say, they have been awesome time fillers for between lessons when I’m busy helping one of the other children. They have also been great boredom busters for the girls between their Zoom dance classes!
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The girls received a surprise #BICStayInspired parcel earlier this week and have had an absolute blast pulling out their BIC crafting stationery and letting the creative juices flow.
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We haven’t seen my folks since just before lockdown and we are all missing them terribly. Fifi and Pixie decided to make some surprise gifts for Oupi and Ouma.

The Origami printables are fantastic and the girls had tons of fun folding a Tshirt (which Fifi turned into a Father’s day card) and flower for Ouma from Fifi.

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The girls also coloured in pictures for each of the grandparents, which turned out beautifully!

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There are so many different activities to choose from, that you can keep your child, or children, busy for ages.

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Connecting Through Creativity

The Importance of Creativity in Children During Lockdown

Life under lockdown has been tough on everyone, particularly parents. Balancing work life and family time has always been a point of contention among working parents. And now that kids have been learning from home, things are extra hard.

Children are struggling too – their normal weekday routines are gone and there is limited contact with their classmates and teachers. What’s more, these changes to the structure of daily life can have a significant impact on young minds. Luckily, initiatives like the #BICStayInspired campaign have been created to inspire your little ones during this uncertain and confusing time.

Link between creativity and well-being

There have been multiple studies conducted to show that creativity and well-being are positively linked. Psychologist Bernice Castle agrees, saying that art and creativity help the development of children in various ways. “Art can be a powerful tool among children and adults alike. If children engage in hands-on art activities, they learn much better in all disciplines.”

Castle continues, “Art helps children apply their gross and fine motor skills to something meaningful and tap into their problem-solving skills through visual cognitive responses. Art has been proven to stimulate imagination, improve observation skills, boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment and reduce stress.

“Finally, art creates opportunities for them to communicate how they see and experience the world and allows them to give expression to their feelings about the situations they encounter in their daily lives,” she concludes.

Getting creative together

The need to keep kids engaged and entertained during the lockdown has left many working parents scratching their heads. Here are some ways you can tap into your kids’ creative outlets and keep them engaged in meaningful ways during these uncertain times:

Set up an art station – Dedicate a small section of your home to art projects. BIC has a wide range of high-quality stationery perfect for art projects with the kids. They’re made to last, and widely available at your favourite grocery or stationery store.

Set daily challenges – Give your kids a challenge for the day. This will help them meet daily goals and provide a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Keep everything – Don’t throw anything away. Display the really good art pieces and keep the rest in storage. Not only are these great keepsakes, but they show kids their work is special and deserves attention.

Find online resources – There are thousands of resources online, from blogs to Youtube tutorials and more, like the ones above. Make use of these resources to add a creative spin to things. Also see the #BICStayInspired tutorials HERE!

Get involved – Whether it’s reaching out to fellow parents or school educators or searching online, use the resources you have to get involved and stay connected.

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Monsters in the kitchen: Milo Brownies Recipe with Fifi

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This week, Nestle South Africa launched the New and Improved Recipe Milo cereal and I was honoured to be at the launch. Fifi and I decided to test a new brownies recipe that’s been brewing and to change the cookies we had originally used out for the new Milo and, boy oh boy, they came out perfectly!
Brownies Recipe
Brownies Recipe
Ingredients
150g Milo cereal
2 eggs
250g butter
100ml cocoa, sifted
500g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method
1. Beat the eggs and set aside.
2. In a large microwaveable dish, melt the butter in the microwave, then add the cocoa, icing sugar, vanilla essence and eggs.
3. Mix well.
4. Microwave the butter mixture on high for 2 minutes.
5. Add the Milo Cereal to the chocolate mixture and mix until all the cereal is covered in chocolate.
6. Spread the mixture in a rectangular baking dish lined with baking paper.
7. Leave in the fridge overnight or until set (about 2 hours).
8. Cut into 4 cm squares. (I made our brownies really thick, so I had to cut mine smaller).
9. Enjoy with a hot cup of Milo.
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Pixie really, REALLY, loves these brownies, I can definitely see us making these again in the very near future.
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Do you have any go to Milo recipes? I’d love to hear what they are!

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STEAM Kids Book Review

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STEAM Kids – Hands-on Projects for Kids

STEAM Kids is an E-book dedicated to over 50 science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics hands-on projects for kids. I printed out and bound the e-book for the kids to page through with me. The excitement on their faces was infectious! They are super excited to work their way though this book.
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STEAM Kids is all about inspiring our next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders to question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, deduce like a mathematician and play like a kid.
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This book was written by these amazing bloggers:
Anne Carey from Left Brain Craft Brain
Ana Dziengel from Babble Dabble do
Amber Scardino from Wee Warhols
Chelsey Marashain from Buggy and Buddy
Dayna Abraham from Lemon Lime Adventures
Erica Clark from What Do We Do All Day?
Jamie Hand from Handmade Kids Art
Karyn Tripp from Teach Beside Me
Leslie Manlapig from Pink Stripey Socks
Malia Hallowell from Playdough to Plato
PR Newton from STEAM Powered Family
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What I Love About This Book

This book has an amazing array of activities that your kids will love. Each activity comes with a complete list of materials required for that activity as well as a difficulty rating that gives you an indication which activities you can do with different ages.
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At the back of the book, they have an eleven plag Activity Planner that provides week-long activity guides as well as shopping lists to make those hands-on learning opportunities easy for you.
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You can download the FREE PRINTABLE, 52 STEAM Challenges for Creative Kids, HERE.

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #124 ~ Crafts

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The Hearts for Home Blog Hop is a weekly blog hop that begins every Thursday morning. The theme of this blog hop is showing that our hearts are for our homes. Post topics include: homeschooling, marriage, parenting, homemaking, faith, budgeting, crafts, DIY projects and more! We would love to see you link up your posts. We feature the most popular post and a few of our favorites every week! Will you be one of the next Featured Bloggers?

Not a blogger? That’s okay! This blog hop will be your one stop location to finding ideas and inspiration for fulfilling your role as a wife, mother and follower of Christ. We are so glad you have stopped by!

Meet my cohosts here!

Featured blogger with the most clicks last week ~ Why My Homeschooled Kids Are Not Given the Choice to Go to Public School (Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool)
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8 Awesome Handprint Art Projects to Do With Your Kids (Enrichment Studies)
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Paint Bones! Painting with a twist (The Jenny Evolution)
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Vegetable Prints (Ava’s Alphabet)
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Make a Brazilian Carnival Mask (A Moment in Our World)
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Welcome! Please make sure to link directly to your post (not your main blog page) so we can find the fabulous post you want to share. Each week we will select someone’s blog link up that our readers “clicked” with the most and share some of my favorite posts that were linked up! Thank you!

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Please make sure to display our Hearts for Home button on your blog post, sidebar or tabs. This button can be found on the blog hop each week. Kindly make sure to visit some of the other wonderful bloggers who have linked up here. Were you featured on our Hearts for Home Blog Hop? Congratulations! Grab a Featured button to proudly display on your blog or website.

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We invite everyone to get “clicking” and have some blog hopping fun!

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #117 ~ Arts and Crafts

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The Hearts for Home Blog Hop is a weekly blog hop that begins every Thursday morning. The theme of this blog hop is showing that our hearts are for our homes. Post topics include: homeschooling, marriage, parenting, homemaking, faith, budgeting, crafts, DIY projects and more! We would love to see you link up your posts. We feature the most popular post and a few of our favorites every week! Will you be one of the next Featured Bloggers?

Not a blogger? That’s okay! This blog hop will be your one stop location to finding ideas and inspiration for fulfilling your role as a wife, mother and follower of Christ. We are so glad you have stopped by!

Meet my cohosts here!

Featured blogger with the most clicks last week ~ Summer schedules {a printable} (The Logbook)
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Creative Block? You Can’t Force Creativity (Busy Being Jennifer)
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Happy Mother’s Day Coloring Page (Sight and Sound Reading)
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Mother’s Day Printable Cards (Sight and Sound Reading)
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Spring Flowers Art Project (Greatly Blessed)
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Springtime Paper Rose Garland (Sparkle)
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Paper Plate Crafts for Toddlers (My Bored Toddler)
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Even More Fabulous Fabric Projects and Tutorials (Nap-Time Creations)
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Blue Pineapple Painted Serving Tray (Sparkle)
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Welcome! Please make sure to link directly to your post (not your main blog page) so we can find the fabulous post you want to share. Each week we will select someone’s blog link up that our readers “clicked” with the most and share some of my favorite posts that were linked up! Thank you!

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Please make sure to display our Hearts for Home button on your blog post, sidebar or tabs. This button can be found on the blog hop each week. Kindly make sure to visit some of the other wonderful bloggers who have linked up here. Were you featured on our Hearts for Home Blog Hop? Congratulations! Grab a Featured button to proudly display on your blog or website.

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We invite everyone to get “clicking” and have some blog hopping fun!

We have created a Pinterest Board so that we can help spread the word on the blog’s that have had featured posts on our Hearts for Home Blog Hop. Make sure to stop by and check it out HERE.


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4 Easy-to-clean-up Crafts for Kids

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Letting your kids get crafty allows you to have more free time for you. Be it as it may, the mess they create can be pretty overwhelming and difficult to clean. If you want to keep your kids occupied but you definitely don’t want to spend your evening (and night) cleaning the living room couch, you had better go with some easy-to-clean-up crafts like the ones we offer in this article. Enjoy!

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1. Pool Noodle Spiders
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Our first suggestion are those cute and benevolent pool noodle spiders that will fascinate your kids. They can be made outside, which is a huge plus, especially if you are looking for a mess-free craft project. What you need is some pipe cleaners, pool noodles, sticky eyes and dots. Check out this quick tutorial on pool noodle spiders. We bet your children will love this idea. Just make sure you are around for when they need your help.

Reasons to choose this one: affordable, no paint, no gluing, no mess, it can be done outdoors.

2. Stuffed Glove Monsters

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Every kid leaves behind many single gloves, the matches of which are nowhere to be found. Ever wondered what to do with them? One thing is for sure, they can be repurposed into something else. So before you toss them in the recycle bin, make sure to try out this one; it’s monster gloves. This is a mess-free craft project that your kids will easily fall for. What you need is a few gloves, buttons, a pair of scissors, batting, sewing needle. Here is a tutorial on this one. You want to keep an eye on your kids throughout the project. They will need your help throughout the steps.

Reasons to choose this one: affordable, simple, easy to make, fun, mess-free, it can be done outdoors.

3. Stone Animals

Nothing keeps your home from messes than doing all the craft projects outdoors. Hence this simple and fun way to turn stones into art. Coax your kids into making their own stone animals. The things you will need are white stones and pens. If you don’t have white stones, have your children paint them white using white acrylic paint. And before you begin, don’t forget to send your small ones on the hunt for large flat stones in the yard. This part of the process is fun as hell to them, too. Plus, while they are out looking for stones, you can have some free time for yourself. See? Everything has a bright side.

Reasons to choose this one
: easy to make, simple and affordable supplies, mess-free, it can be done outdoors.

4. Button Bracelets

This project is very easy to do and is not likely to create a big mess. No paint or other messy materials are used, which means your work area will be safe. No steam cleaning will be required to clean up the room after the craft project is over are sayfig Acton Cleaning Services. Just make sure to pick buttons of different colors and sizes so that your children can make funny colorful bracelets. You also need a pair of scissors and a length of elastic or ribbon. Note that if the holes in the buttons are small, a sewing needle will be required as well. Show your kids how to make their own bracelets and watch them have fun. It’s a wise idea to supervise them throughout the process, especially if they have to use a sewing needle.

Reasons to choose this one: mess-free, easy to clean up, frugal, simple supplies, no paint, it can be done outdoors.

As you can see, crafting can be clutter-free as well. Try out any of these suggestions

Written and submitted by: Demi Giles from Clean Start Cleaning Services.
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