Pottery Painting with Growing Up Milk

The look of concentration
The look of concentration

Last Sunday 3 1/2 year old and I took a trip to Minikin Emporium in Sale to paint some pots.

My eldest lively daughter was very excited at this prospect. We were guests of growingupmilkinfo.com which is a new online resource for parents, providing meal planners, nutritional advice and lots of articles on keeping your little ones healthy.

We were promised a picnic alongside the pot painting which of course made 3 1/2 year old bonkers with anticipation – she thought it was a birthday party and kept asking who’s birthday it was and why weren’t we singing? In the end we did sing Happy Birthday to the pot she had painted, just to keep her happy.

We hadn’t been to Minikin before. Its a lovely little place and the staff were really attentive (they brought me two coffees – now that’s all the attention I need). Although we were there for the event which involved painting a mug, I could see the variety of pottery available to paint, from ladybirds to cats to pots for the garden. I got into a discussion with one staff member who explained they even do evening events for adults where you can bring your own wine (wine and pots? Interesting combo! Must try it sometime!).

Pot painting 293 1/2 year old enjoyed painting her lovely mug and really paid attention to what she was doing. The staff brought more paint whenever we needed it and explained that the pot would then be sent away to be ‘put in the oven’ to set the lovely colours and we could pick it up at a later date.

She was enjoying it so much that I bought her a butterfly to paint, too. We had a really good time and would definitely return – I can see that it’s also a lovely cafe and sweet shop! This didn’t escape my daughter’s attention either. We left with a bag of sweets and are eagerly awaiting our finished pots…

Disclaimer: We were guests of Frank PR on behalf of Growing Up Milk Info for this event and have not been sponsored for this review. All opinions are those of Expression and Confession.

Headband craft with Cass Art

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I have two daughters who both love generally messing with and putting things in their hair. Even the one year old regularly finds bobbles, slides and headbands and spends a good ten minutes trying, as yet in effectively, to get them in her hair presumably to look like their hero, Angelina Ballerina.

Three year old is a step or two ahead, of course, demanding plaits on a frequent basis, pretty hair slides or headbands.

When I was sent a beautiful headband making kit from Cass Art, I did try and initially hide it, thinking it would be a good activity for a rainy day.

Oh no. Three year old, who had got wise to the fact that I try and hide things in my wardrobe (to do: find new hidey hole) was onto me.

So we got on with trying it out one morning after breakfast (I just about managed to get her dressed beforehand).

Cass Art are a relatively new company who are aiming to encourage kids to get creative from a young age. They have a range of arts and crafts products for both adults and children, including our Creativity for Kids Fashion Headbands.

I had a quick look at their website before writing this and found they have a whole range of Christmas gift ideas on there starting at £10. Worth a look for those who enjoy doing crafts with their families!

Onto our crafty activity…

The kit itself contained a range of headbands of different colours, a selection of ribbons, feathers, flowers a and other decorations, alongside glue and fixings. I felt the quality of the kit was really impressive. Often craft kits for children contain the cheapest materials – but everything here was high quality and substantial.

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I gave three year old a choice in how she would like her headband to look. We had a leaflet with some suggested designs – we could choose a ribbon and wind it round, or use it to fashion a bow. We could attach a flower, a feather, gems or a combination. Here she is pondering this carefully:

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So she decided she’d like to wrap some pink ribbon around the headband and add a pretty flower and a few gems.

This was the tricky bit- gluing the ribbon and flower onto the headband and, crucially, waiting for it to dry!

“Is it dry yet?!” “No!” “Is it dry yet?!” “NO!!”

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Eventually, of course, it was dry. And here’s the result:

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We enjoyed our headband making and will be making more using the kit. The kit is really for age five upwards – I can see that a five year old would be more patient about waiting for glue to dry – but my three year old enjoyed it and one year old did try her best to join in!

Visit Cass Art at www.cassart.co.uk for their range of products.

Cass Art also support the Lessons for Life Foundation (LFLF), a charity which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Africa by providing access to education. They are collaborating with them to launch a new initiative which will inspire children here in the UK and those supported by the Foundation to enjoy art. Read more about the ‘Inspiring Art Education’ project, which will generate donations through the online sales of a colourful paint box, on their site.

Disclaimer: I received the product free of charge in return for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

The Lookout at the Lowry: review

This month I am taking part in Yummy Mummy in Training’s ‘Blog every day in August” challenge. Read all my posts to date here.

Day 8’s theme is ‘Get crafty’.

I’m not a crafty person, but as it happens, my daughters and I went to an event at The Lowry today to launch their new family activity gallery, The Lookout.

There was a Warhorse puppet making activity, which two-going-on-three-year-old was delighted with (not as delighted as meeting Alex Winters off cbeebies, of course, but excited nevertheless).

Together, we managed to fashion this:

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Good, eh?

The craftiest I get on a personal level is when I make birthday or christening cakes. See my rose-themed christening cake, for example.

Happy crafty August to everyone!

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Photos by Andrew Robinson

Read day 9 here.