Concoct a delicious dumpling dish with veggies made from tasty wool felt. Although the youngest kids will have to wait until the food is properly done and needles have been put away, this makes for a perfect first sewing project for the older ones.
The perfect family crafts project spells masks! They look really neat showcased in the bookcase or mounted on the wall but are also great fun for little actors to play with once they’re done being little artisans. In this month's B.A project, we gathered a stack of paper scraps from old packaging materials and had a go with the scissor, creating tribal-inspired 3D masks. In the step-by-step guide below we’re showing you how you can make a simple base that you can then decorate with your own imagination. And dear busy adults, this is not where you try to sneak out and rejoice with your i-something while the kids are crafting. Join in and see what making masks do for your creativity! It's actually really meditative AND fun no matter the age.
S T E P O N E
Cut a circle.
S T E P T W O
S T E P T H R E E
Make the nose. Fold in the middle.
S T E P F O U R
Cut and fold like the above picture.
S T E P F I V E
Unfold. Attach and overlap tabs
(see how on next step).
S T E P S I X
Create the 3D effect by overlapping and attaching the tabs like this.
(sorry about the nose missing on the second image here)
F I N A L S T E P
A simple but delicious cookie to make with the kids. They’re round like small bombs
and therefore perfect to throw at visiting uncles and clueless family members during the holidays.
375 g flour
1/2 shredded nutmeg
175 g butter
1/2 tsp potassium carbonate
(can be replaced with bicarbonate but gives less of a crunch)
180 g brown sugar
(possibly some cardamom, ginger and clove)
Mix flour and nutmeg, crumble down the butter. Stir the potash in a little cold water (or add bicarbonate) and add to the mixture along with sugar and eggs. Knead the dough rapidly and let it rest for a short while.
Roll thin bars and cut into centimeter thick pieces. Roll the pieces into small balls. Bake at 180 ° C in the middle of the oven for about 10 minutes. Season with cardamom, ginger and clove if you like.
375 g mjöl
1/2 riven muskotnöt
175 g smör
1/2 tsk potaske/kaliumkarbonat
(kan ersättas med bikarbonat men ger ett mindre sprött resultat)
180 g farin
(ev. mald kardemumma, ingefära och nejlika)
Blanda mjöl och muskotnöt, smula ner smöret. Rör ut potasken i lite kallt vatten (eller tillsätt bikarbonat) och blanda i smeten tillsammans med socker och ägg. Knåda ihop degen snabbt och låt vila en kort stund.
Rulla till tunna stänger och skär centimetertjocka bitar som därefter rullas till små “kulor”. Lägg dem på en plåt med bakplåtspapper och bana i mitten av ugnen i ca 10 minuter på 180 °C. Dessa kakor kan med fördel även kryddas med lite kardemumma, ingefära och nejlika.
YOUNG EXPLORERS + FREE TEMPLATE
EXPLORER CARDS (CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW)
A BUNCH OF CURIOUS EXPLORERS
PENCILS, PRINTER & THICK PAPER
GEMS FROM THE FOREST
(FRAME OR BINDER FOR YOUR COLLECTION)
A great way to stay activated and outdoors during these bright months of summer is to find new ways to explore nature. One way to do this is to become an explorer.
Print the free explorer cards (on thick paper). Go out in nature and search for treasures. It can be anything from unusual looking stones, acorns, wildflowers or a whole collection of leaves. Take notes on where you found them, what the rest of the plant or tree looked like and what kind of environment they were surrounded by.
Bring the treasures with you home. Find a pencil and fill in the important information on the Explorer card. Make a sketch of the findings in the middle section of the card or press the flowers or leaves and attach them to the paper. Put the explorer card and the pressed flower inside a glass frame. Keep it there always or exchange it after your next big adventure.