Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Printable Quiz - Ten Words ending in TEN!

A summer quiz - just for fun...over a cuppa tea or coffee!

How many words do you know that end in "ten" ?

For example...often, handwritten 

Ask your group to try to write a list of 
that end in "ten"...

Here is selection of some I have found, but there are lots more...have a dictionary on hand to resolve disputes!

Have fun! 

If you would like more quizzes to have fun with, here is the link to my
Printable Quiz eBook - 40 x 10 Easy Quiz questions


Friday, 10 July 2015

The Wizard of Oz - a Poster!

 The Wizard of Oz


Some of our group at Mencap in Braintree are going to Southend-on-Sea in August to see the stage show of "The Wizard of Oz", so we decided to make a poster...

The prints of the original cover and first page of L. Frank Baum's book (1900) we found on Gutenberg

The characters - printable versions of Dorothy with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion and The Wizard of Oz himself, were easily found on Google images. We added the witch's hat, a rainbow (essential!) and Dorothy's red shoes. 

The Yellow Brick Road and the Emerald City and the "frame" we made from coloured electrical tape (I was surprised at how many colours are available in electric tape these days - will have to keep it in mind for future projects, as so easy to use) To finish off, we stuck flower stickers down the edges of the yellow bricks and a few butterflies found their way on as well!

Next week is the end of the term so we will be having our usual party food and games afternoon... plus achievement certificates all round!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Quiz - Printable General Knowledge Quiz

Time for a Quiz! 

 Have put together a
General Knowledge Quiz
for you to enjoy with your group, over a cup of tea or coffee. All printable and with the answers on a separate sheet...

If you would like more quizzes to have fun with, here is the link to my
Printable Quiz eBook - 40 x 10 Easy Quiz questions

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Felt Owl Purse - Tutorial with Printable Pattern

 We made Felt Owl Purses this week at Mencap using this excellent 

They are so cute and very easy to put together.


So get your felt out and start making your own Owl Purses - would be a good item to make for a fund-raising stall...!

Enjoy choosing the colours for your unique Owl! Here are some of ours...

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Picture / Photo Frame Fridge Magnets - Tutorial

We made Photo / Picture Frame Fridge Magnets!

Here is how we did it...

What you need...

Aperture Greeting cards - the kind with a ready-cut "hole" in the card like this...
Crayons or Felt tip pens
Stickers or other Embellishments to decorate the frame (optional) 
Glue Stick
Double-sided Adhesive Tape 
Self-adhesive Magnetic Tape (we found ours on eBay)
Picture (colour-in or draw your own) - sized to fit into frame 
or select your own Photo

How to do it...

The card has three sides - the centre with the aperture (cut-out hole) and two back flaps.

Attach one back flap to the centre card across the bottom only - using double-sided adhesive tape.

Then attach the other back flap using your glue stick - apply glue over the whole flap and press it together.

You will now have a Picture Frame with an opening at the top

Decorate the frame... some of us pencilled in a mosaic design like this...

Colour-in your picture (or draw your own) or select your photo

Insert into the picture frame

Attach a self-adhesive strip of Magnetic Tape (about 5cms) to the back of the card, about 3cms from the top 

The picture or photo can be changed as often as you like, so put the frame up onto your fridge and have fun choosing what to put into it today!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Stringing Beads - Always Relaxing and Fun!

 We had a Bead Stringing session at Mencap last week - always popular with the girls. 

Here they are showing off their new necklaces...

Watch out for a Keyring Bead tutorial! Coming up soon...

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Wall Hanging to Celebrate Mencap 60th Anniversary

As Mencap is celebrating its 60th Anniversary, we decided to make a crafty Wall Hanging at our Art and Craft group.

First we made the woven "squares" using the cardboard loom method.

Then next we made some felt flowers like this 

Easy Button Felt Flowers

The "60" I found on eBay

The straps we made from strips cut from an old T Shirt, plaited with lengths of coloured wool, to brighten the grey.

The material was in the 20p box at the local charity shop

After stitching on the squares and the 60 (on my sewing machine) we attached the flowers with little gold safety pins. Folded the material up to make a "Cushion" which we filled with toy stuffing. Attached the straps and there it is - bright and bold and made with such pleasure...!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Birthday and Other Greeting Cards with Tags!

 We started the new term at Mencap, making some Greeting Cards with Tags!

 Very easy to do and they loved the idea of putting a message or greeting on the Tag - a surprise for the lucky recipient when the tag is pulled out...!

 For tags we used a variety of purchased coloured tags, as well common brown luggage labels.

As you can see the "Tag Pockets" were cut out of printed paper and attached to the cards with glue on only three sides.

Ribbons and stickers completed these pretty, fun cards!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Easter, Spring and More Fabric Bag Painting!

  We had great fun at Mencap, the girls decorating "Easter Bonnets" and the guys finishing the fabric painting on their Calico Bags.

Here are some photos, as they proudly display their craft...

Use the search box (top right) to find other Easter crafts for your groups.

Thanks for visiting my Blog!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Printable Quiz - "Richard and John" Famous men - Fill in the Surnames

 An easy quiz, all about Famous Men called Richard or John!

Twenty printable Questions and Answers to ponder over...

A cup of tea and biscuit will always help to make this an enjoyable activity - a quiz that will stimulate the memory and encourage reminiscing, while having fun...

Quiz - Richard and John

If you want more quizzes have a look at my eBook...

41 x10 Easy Printable Quizzes with Answers

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Easter Basket to Make - A4 Printable Template

This Easter Basket is made of thin card and can easily be printed, as the Template is A4 in size. This is how we made it up...

You will need...
A4 Sheet of thin card
Paints or felt tip pens
2 Split Pins
"Nest filling" - we used toy filling, but you can use cotton wool or shredded tissue paper just as well.
Stickers for the handle (or draw your own pictures)
Mini Easter Eggs
Chicks - we bought ours at our local craft shop.

How to Make it...

Print the Easter Basket Template directly onto your thin sheet of card.

Colour-in the Bunny and Easter lettering.

Cut out the basket and round off the corners.

Cut along the four lines as in the picture.

Cut out the handle.

Fold up the two ends and fold the pieces with the rounded corners over them. Slip the end of the handle against the inside, so you now have four layers. Make a small hole through these four layers (we used a large darning needle) and hold them together with a split pin (also called a Brad)

Decorate the handle with stickers.

Place your Nest Filling into your basket and arrange your eggs and chicks.

Have fun making your Easter Baskets! And eating all that yummy chocolate...!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

We Painted "Frozen" Calico Tote Bags!

 At Mencap this week we painted on Calico Tote Bags...

The choice of picture was FROZEN characters (of course!) But you can do any picture you like - endless choice!

So using the print-outs of Princess Anna, Princess Elsa and Olaf (Google search for "Frozen Colouring In" gave us many to chose from) we got started...

 You will need...

Calico Tote Bags-we bought ours on eBay
Fabric Paints
A sheet of card slightly smaller than bag size.
Printed picture
We found the easiest way to trace the image onto the bag, was to slip the print of the picture into the bag. It can easily be seen through the calico and so the image is traced onto the bag with a soft pencil - we used a B pencil.

Slip a sheet of card into the bag before you start painting - this will prevent paint seeping through to the back of the bag. Remove it before the paint dries too much (within half an hour we found) otherwise the card will become stuck to the inside of the bag.

Using Fabric Paints we then painted the pictures as you can see... 

Notice Olaf has Red Soles (as seen in those famous Christian Louboutin shoes!!) 

Allow 24 hours of drying time and then iron on the wrong side to fix the colours. 

Easy to do and great fun...

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Quiz - "Songs ... Fill in the Colours!" Printable with Answers

Time for a Quiz I think - the weather is typically February, so we need to keep busy indoors...!

So here it is with "Answers" for you to print out - Enjoy!

Quiz ... Fill in the Colours!

If you want more quizzes - have a look at my eBook 

41 Easy Quizzes with Answers 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Valentine Padded Felt Hearts - Tutorial and Printable Templates

 Sewing Valentine Padded Felt hearts on a cold Winter's afternoon, with a cup of tea and donuts to follow - our Mencap group really enjoyed this project!

Have done this before - a few years ago - but have made the hearts a smaller size, so only one A4 piece of felt is required for the large heart shapes.

What you will need...

One A4 size piece of felt - for the 2 large heart shapes
Smaller pieces of felt in contrasting colours for small hearts
Embroidery thread and needle
Ribbon (30cms or longer if you wish)
Polyester fibre filling (toy stuffing)
Pinking shears (optional)

How to make it...

Print out your patterns  

3 x Heart Template Shapes

Cut out two large hearts 
Cut out one each of the smaller size hearts (per side **)

Place the button on top of the two smaller heart shapes and sew them together, leaving your thread hanging down underneath.

Place this in the centre of one of the large hearts and sew together, through the three hearts and the button.

If you want - do the same with the other large heart (you will then have small hearts and buttons on both sides of your finished padded heart **) 

Place the two large heart shapes together and starting at the bottom point, stitch them together - either using blanket stitch or a simple running stitch.

When you reach centre top of your heart, slip the ends of your folded ribbon in between the two large hearts and sew through them to attach the ribbon to the heart.

Continue sewing down the other side, stopping when you have about 4cms still open. Don't end off - leave your thread hanging.

Stuff your heart at this point and then continue sewing until you reach the bottom point again.

If you have used a running stitch (as in the purple sample), you can trim off the edges of your heart with pinking shears (optional) 

Here are some our group made...

Hope you all enjoy this project...

Monday, 29 December 2014

New Year A4 Posters - Printable Colouring In

Ease into 2015 with some A4 Posters, ready for you to print and colour-in with your family or groups. 

2015 Dog

2015 Flowers

2015 Crinoline

Thanks to Raising Our Kids for sharing their free pictures, two of which I have used in the posters.

May the New Year bring Peace to our world
 - after all, it is the only one we have...