My aims for the Projects I post.

 Sorry slight Delay in this blog going out due to the lovely winter season bugs entering our house and being shared around. My intention was that it came out along my first project being posted.

My aim of this website is not to tell you how to do it my way, Art is all about individuality. I hope to just give you ideas to interperate projects your own personal way. I.e for projects I will give you a list of what you will need… If you haven’t got a certain item or don’t like something I’ve used. Come up with your own ideas or adapt project to what you have personally got in your home or like using. I’m hopefully just providing some ideas to inspire you. interperate those ideas how you wish with the materials you have access to.

I aim to make the projects affordable to all (ideally with very little cost). However we all have different financial situations you may wish to spend less or more on the projects. Or you may have something in the cupboard you have been meaning to use and just didn’t know when to use it, and a particular project just lends itself to using it.  I also try to keep projects simple but effective to cover a wide age group and varied attention spans , again we all have different likes and levels of ability. Some will be easy some will be hard depending on you and your children personal ability. Some you will achieve in five minutes and others may take longer. Feel free just to adapt , make it up as you go along. It will still be fun and productive. If one project doesn’t go to plan, turn out right, don’t give up. Just accept you tried that one, it didn’t work for you – give another one a try (your be teaching your child a valid lesson):

  • If at first you don’t succeed try again
  • There’s always more than one way at looking at things
  • we can get better at this if we try!

Just have Fun and enjoy!

LOVE Emma s xxx

P.s Feel free to post comments or ask questions if your after any particular ideas and let me know how your projects go!

Emma Shipway

The Value of creative family time.
   Family time spent together is so valuable and important to create memories,  fun times and family bonding. In today’s busy family and school lives so much emphasis is placed on education. The value  of academic subjects, Languages, after-school clubs and sports are often seen as so important for our children future. Arts and crafts are encouraged in the early foundation years at school and then pushed aside for maths, English, handwriting, reading, sports, science etc. It is then only a few children who are given the opportunity to be creative in their home or gain experiences outside of school. Don’t get me wrong I think academic subjects are very important, however I feel letting our children be creative with arts and crafts is equally just as important. A child’s Education stretches far beyond the classroom. It extends into their outside of school environment where they live and should get the chance to play.
   Some see arts as just fun frills, an un-useful waste of time, However I strongly believe it is and should be viewed as a central piece in the education puzzle. It can play a central and important role in learning and development. Whilst I fully appreciate there is little time in the school day for educators to allow for creative time it is left to us as parents. We can encourage within the home, providing our time along side materials and space to be creative. Art based activities at home can develop artistic learning which can encourage children to think in a more challenging and creative manner than other subjects may let them, especially if your child struggles with the concepts of maths and English. Activities Art and craft based can create the opportunity for families to stay connected whilst having fun together as children and teens are naturally creative in nature. This can lead to great family bonding time. Shared time can encourage and give your child the opportunity  to be successful and build a positive self-concept, be more excited about learning, more motivated and more willing to participate in activities at home and school. This can be very important for there well-being especially if they are struggling academically in school.
   Creative art activities can help children in all areas of development:
    Social development – when you spend time with your child they learn to share, interact with others,to be responsible for clean up and to put materials away. This all has a positive and important effect on social learning.
    Physical development – using crayons, felt-tips and paintbrushes help children practise their fine motor skills which support children’s large and small muscles development as well as their eye-hand coordination. This in turn will help them with the fine motor skills they need for writing.
    Cognitive development – Art based activities can assist with cognitive development as young children can learn the names of colour and shapes. They find out what happens when they mix primary colours together to get a secondary colour. This helps them to develop observation skills needed for science. Art teaches children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. It can also teach that small differences can have large effect. Arts can engage a child’s brain including helping them with the skills needed for decision-making, action planning, physical movement and their memory. The attention to detail is a critical component in reading skills too. Are you beginning to see the links where one skill leads to another?
   Imagination and experimentation – children’s active imaginations can take shape through their art. Fostering creativity in childhood gives us the tools as adults to find new ways to look at things. Through active experimentation they can learn skills that can help them invent something new when they grow up.
   Emotional development – Whilst creating masterpieces children are given the chance to try out problem solving and thinking skills it helps your child or yourself to find new ways of looking at things. Times spent together creating can allow them to take risks without failure whilst learning from mistakes. It provides the opportunity to help make sense of the world around them and allows for them to express their feelings. In turn they may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalise ‘learn to say – what cannot be said’. Learn to adapt and overcome problems faced along the way. When we value our children’s creativity we help them feel valued as people raising their self-esteem. They can gain confidence in their own ideas whilst respecting others. The skills to think in and out of the box whilst solving complex problems.
   So to summarize in order to be creative a person really needs to let go of the need to be ‘perfect’ or ‘right’. Art based activities allows us to be willing to try new things, express ideas and explore the world around us. Art based activities such as experimenting with texture, space and colours in a piece of art helps children improve their co-ordination, fine motor skills and their critical thinking ability which in turn boosts their self-confidence, esteem and can provides them with the tools they need to communicate effectively.


First blog post; Create, love, inspire all things creative and crafty.

   Hi so here we go I’m new to this and creating my first blog to go live has been self-taught. So please bear with me as I get started! Hopefully I’m succeeding at creating something along the right lines and the future will only get bigger and better. For the introductions I am Emma living in Oxfordshire with my husband, I am a stay at home forty something mum of two boys Christopher aged 7 and Louie 5 years old. Whilst doing everyday Mum stuff with a little chaos, messy hair, whatever clothes I can find in the clean washing pile thrown on probably complete with some evidence of old paint and glue, Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my two boys and creating all things crafty.

  Our house often resembles similarities to an art gallery or art studio created by children and I love it! I firmly believe that no matter the project we can create it with some confidence in ourselves. Mess is always cleanable! Fun, laughter and memories are irreplaceable. Children can have so much fun and learn so much from a few hours creating something from the rainy day box. There is another blog to shortly follow after this one (‘why I believe allowing children to make a creative mess is so important to their development!’) 

   Are creations our always personal and made using simple affordable materials!  The boys have been involved with getting this show on the road since I told them what I was thinking of doing as always they have wanted to be involved and have already thought of ideas for me – your never to young in our house to learn how to write a blog. Yesterday are living room looked like the paper shedder monster had been let loose with the felt tips and scissors as they helped me create our logo. Hence the name for our site has both the boys initials in. 

  My hopes for my blog is that it will reach out to families and inspire others to be creative with their children and most importantly ‘do it themselves’ what ever their background. It is a place to find creative projects for children and adults, parenting advice, tips and ideas for everyday families. However my ultimate goal is I inspire you to love having fun whilst creating something new with your children. I hope it will empower you to try something new And to give you the confidence to know you can do it! Here we go – and we are off !