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You are now a super mum who….. FACE PAINTS!‏

Face Painting

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Your kids have decided that they want their faces painted.

And because they think the world of you – they think you can do this!

Well, guess what?

So do we!

Ready to become a super mum who now face paints?

Right.

First thing’s first. The paint you use DOES make a difference.

If you want the best, Australian made face paint delivered to your door – go to Face Paint For Every Body and look up their TAG products. (They have a special on at the moment where you can pick up white face paint for just $6. Trust me – this is a BARGAIN for hypoallergenic face paint)!

Otherwise – face paint that works like watercolour palates – where you wet the paint before painting it on tend to be the choice of most artists.

They blend beautifully and give great coverage.

I buy brushes from a major bargain fabric retailer (who also happen to stock some face paint). The brushes have plastic handles so that if I am painting all day they won’t get ruined from sitting in the water. You can pick up sets of brushes with everything you need fairly cheaply – just remember you want them to be soft. Prickly brushes aren’t nice on your face or lips!

So onto each design.

(Scroll down for the butterfly).

Rocket Face Paint
Rocket Face Paint

You will need:

  • a 3/4 flat brush
  • a size 3 round brush
  • a size 0 round brush
  • a rainbow split cake (see the picture for what a split cake is – you can also do this by using all the colours and painting slightly overlapping lines while the paint is still a little damp – it just takes longer)
  • face paint in white, black and grey / silver

rocket face painting

  • Using your 3/4 flat brush and the split cake, draw a squiggly line down the cheek.
  • With your size 3 round brush, paint long triangle with concave sides in silver.
  • Continuing with silver, paint a line on each side of your triangle – pushing down close to the triangle, and pulling the brush away from the face to it’s very tip (making the line thinner) as you curve downward.
  • With the size 0 brush and black paint, outline your ‘rocket’. Add a line at the tip, some circles toward the bottom and some dots under your top line to look like rivets.
  • Drawtwo2 more black triangles at the bottom of your rocket.
  • Going back to your size 3 brush, but just using the tip, fill in the triangles and the circles with white (making sure the black is totally dry before you start). Then add a white line at the top and one on the right hand ‘arm’ of your rocket.
  • Still using the size 3 brush and white paint, add some stars and a moon. We did some traditionally, and some fine ones, which use the size 0 brush and draw 4-5 lines in a flicking motion. (See this YouTube video for an easy example of this).
  • Add some extra white dots for interest.

Butterfly face paint

Butterfly Face Paint

You will need:

  • a size 12 round brush
  • a size 3 round brush
  • a size 0 round brush
  • face paint in white, black and light and dark blue
  • eye shadow, lip gloss and puff glitter are optional

Butterfly face painting

  • Using your size 12 round brush, and dark blue paint, draw a curly bracket (brace) above the eye, and put an extra plain closed bracket underneath. Colour these in up to the level of the eyebrow.
  • Using your size 12 brush and the light blue paint, fill in the top eyelid and flick the paint up into the dark blue above the eyebrow.
  • While this is still wet, use the dry size 3 brush to drag the light blue further into the dark blue – blending it.
  • Using your size 3 brush and the black paint, draw a dot in the centre of the forehead. Now paint an open bracket underneath, touching lightly at the top and bottom and pushing heavier in the middle. You can even flick the bottom of your bracket back the other way if you want.
  • Draw a black line with your size 3 brush at the top of your blue, doing a half circle at the end.
  • Draw a flattened number 3 black line at the side of your blue wing. Draw a curved line under the blue to the left also.
  • Draw a small and slightly larger question mark in black using the number 0 brush above your butterfly ‘dot’ on the forehead.
  • Draw some extra dots and lines with your number 3 brush.
  • Using the size 0 brush, paint back-to-front c shapes down the edge of your wing. Paint any blue bits that are showing with the black.
  • Paint in some white dots.
  • Paint in some more white dots! 😉
  • Add some white stars using your size 0 brush (see this YouTube video for an easy example of this ).
  • Add some eye shadow, puff glitter and lip gloss if your child likes this and you think it’s ok!

And when I see you down the street with the kids all painted up – I’ll be sure to say hello!

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Super Mum’s Sanity Savers – Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

Confession time…..

I have been looking at the nappy boxes we get for nearly a decade – thinking that the handles mean that this is a quick and easy way to make a mail box…..

Well this week I FINAAAALLLLYYYY did something about making one. (After all, you just can’t rush some things, right?)

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Want to take less than a decade to make a mail box for your kids to play with?

Well Super Mum’s Sanity Savers to the rescue!

Best of all – the opportunities for creative play and learning are endless:

  • We have used this for creative letter writing practice.
  • It has been art (looking at and making our own stamps and post cards).
  • It helps with handwriting (the mail man can’t deliver it if he can’t read it).
  • We can link it to stories – I took the opportunity to borrow my favorite book as a kid – The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg.
  • And it’s a wonderful way to tell the kids we love them with little love notes to the kids from mummy and daddy – from the kids to each other, and back to mummy and daddy.

It has been the sweetest joy giver in our family for ages….. You can imagine the pure glee when they get up in the morning and see what has been left for them.

All from one nappy box.

So on to the “How To”.

Mail box ingredients

1 Using your craft knife, take one box and on one end at the handle, cut across and down to make a square flap with the handle cut out at the top.
post box 2 Using your ruler for a neat fold, fold the flap you have just cut, down toward the bottom of the box.
post box 3 Cut up your second box, and make 2 triangles with tabs on one side, as shown. (These will determine how far down your parcel slot will come, so play around with sizes if you like).
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With the hot glue gun, put glue on the inside of your parcel flap and glue these triangles on, with the wide end facing you and the tab at the top inside your box.
post box 5 Reinforce your glue line with some masking tape on each side.
post box 6 At the other end of your box, cut 2 lines as shown by the black dotted line. This will be your ‘door’ to get the mail out.
post box 7 Taking some board from your second box, place your bread and butter plate along the edge, as close to the middle of the plate as possible. Mark a line with the tip of your scissors and cut out. Make 2.
post box 8 Cut the long flaps on your mail box in half.
post box 9 Using the hot glue gun, glue your cardboard half circles to each short end of your box, using the flaps you just cut to help stabilize them.
post box 10 Measure and cut a piece of cardboard that will go over the top of your box, from one side to the other. Glue this in place with the hot glue gun.
post box 11 Reinforce the ‘seams’ of this cardboard piece with your masking tape as shown.
post box 12 Let the kids have a blast painting their post box!

Here’s hoping you make one soon – don’t wait 10 years – they’re too much fun!

Then send us some mail with a picture of how yours turned out!
post box done

Ebony Shae Designs Contributed by Donna of Ebony Shae Designs.

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Super Mum’s Sanity Savers – Moon Sand

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So what are you doing with the kids today?

Nothing planned yet?

Excellent!

We’ve got something for you to do that will take 5 mins to make,

It’s super simple.

Costs next to nothing.

Aaaannnnnd will make you look like a…. SUPER MUM!

Make it for your kids, use it as the next kid’s cooking activity, or it makes great party favours that cost next to nothing!

Even better, this moon sand is Excema friendly, and for those kids who need to experience life by taste testing anything and everything (I won’t tell you the story of ours who ate a rotten egg once) – leave out the glitter and this play sand is safe for them too!

Hopefully, you might have these ingredients packed away in the cupboard…..

You will need:

  • 2 cups of cornflour
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil (organic isn’t necessary)
  • Food colours (1 tablespoon makes pastel colours, 3 makes brighter colours)
  • Fine glitter (optional)
  • A medium sized bowl for mixing

Then all you need to do is:

Moon-sand-how-to

Ok, so in the interest of full disclosure – I DO recommend putting a cloth/sheet/splat mat under the table when you do this activity. It saves a heap of sweeping. Either that – or if the weather is nice, send the kids outside! And have a fantastic day playing!

playing with moon sand

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Super Mum’s Sanity Savers – Crystal Names

Crystal Names

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School holidays again! Yay!

No morning rush to get everyone fed, dressed and off to school.

But by 3pm today when those cute little munchkins are looking for something to do (I refuse to repeat those annoying words, “Mum I’m b____”) will you be prepared? Of course!

Enter Super Mum’s Sanity Savers! (And that old jar of Borax that you still have lurking on your laundry shelf from the time you made your own washing powder. Yes, it is still there – go have a look)!

Our Grade 3 is learning cursive for the first time this year, and Miss Grade 1 is dying to do the same. This activity is BRILLIANT for both – but you can also do each letter individually so that kids can put their own name together at the end.

(I do suggest you do this in the afternoon – it needs to sit undisturbed until the water cools and crystals form. If you do it in the arvo, you then have dinner, bath and bed time, and they wake up in the morning and the names are done! Do it in the morning, and you will be asked all day if they are done yet!!!!)

You will need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Borax
  • Water from the kettle after it has boiled
  • Jars
  • Fishing line
  • Food colouring
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Measuring cup and spoons

Crystal Names - To Make

Top Tip

Make sure the name fits in the top of the jar, and won’t touch the bottom or sides. The crystals will form on the pipe cleaner (and the sides and bottom of the jar).

Remove and dry on paper towel – then hang in the window and enjoy!

Crystal Names

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Super Mums Tempting Toddlers

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It is arsenic hour and the tail end of a hard day, and you walk into the bathroom to find the two year old has painted the walls and himself with toothpaste, and just the mere suggestion of a bath results in a 45 minute tantrum.

Just as you are about to loose your cool and throw yourself on the floor and join in – enter stage left -SUPER MUM!

There are a couple of tricks I have up my sleeve for days like this, hopefully they may help you too (Ahem, not that I am admitting the above scenario is at all true….. Please don’t look closely at the toothpaste on the child in the next photo’s face…..).

Bad Bath Time?

bath

Toddler chooses between two favourite colours for the bath. We try to avoid food colouring in food – but when the bubble bath has run out and there is thunder on the horizon at the mere mention of bath time – grab out your food colours and pop a few drops into the bath. It becomes a great opportunity for make believe (Can you hear it? “It is really a slime bath – no you shouldn’t get in there – you will get slimy and dirty”….)

Bad Bed Time?

Race to bed! When they are too tired to know that they really need to be there, we race the kids to bed and hop in first. (That’s right. Mummy in the eight year old’s bed is STILL funny). It then turns into lovely snuggle time and an opportunity for a song or story.

Dud Dinner Time?

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Daddy the Crocodile. There are 101 strategies for dinner time, some work for each kid and some don’t. Our current two year old loves it when Daddy the Crocodile comes out. Instead of the spoon coming straight for his mouth, Daddy the Crocodile tries to get there first….. (This would never have worked with our girls. And you can change the animals – but crocodiles and sharks are the current favourites here).

Now, we have a whole community of mums out there. What other Super Mum Sanity Savers do you have to share with everyone?

Ebony Shae Designs Contributed by Donna of Ebony Shae Designs.

Make. Make Believe. Make Memories.

You can make amazing animal masks, baby bibs or booties with just a few pieces of material – even if sewing isn’t really your ‘thing’.


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