MAMA Children’s Activity: St David’s Day & Yellow! (#MARCH_PLAY)

For the month of March I am excited to be joining some lovely bloggers on Instagram in hosting #march_play. We have concocted a list of play/craft prompts for each day of March to inspire our followers and encourage the sharing of ideas amongst a very creative community!

For March 1st we did an activity combining daffodils and the colour yellow to celebrate St David’s Day! We set this activity up on our tuff tray in the kitchen (although if the weather is nice it would be lovely to do outside!).

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  • Tuff tray/plastic activity mat.
  • Painting clothes/aprons.
  • Card/paper.
  • Masking tape.
  • Yellow paint (Water based/non-toxic).
  • Paint pots.
  • Paint brushes/sponges.
  • Water (to add to paint if you want to!)
  • Daffodils/yellow card flowers/egg boxes cut into flower shapes/tissue paper (or other different textured items).
  • Wipes.
  • Green pipe-cleaners.
  • PVA glue/sticky tape.

Once we’d set up all the equipment it was time for one of my sons favourite parts – squeezing out the paint! Now whilst some of it went in the pots he mainly enjoyed squeezing it over the paper, tuff tray and himself! Our yellow paint bottle was almost empty so he then asked for water to be added so he could squeeze out every last drop of colour!! Needless to say it got pretty messy, pretty quickly but it was ALOT of fun!

After squeezing lots of paint out he decided to stomp around in it and make footprints on the paper as well as slipping and sliding through it!

He then did some mark making with the daffodils and brushes on the card and painted some of the egg box flowers too.

After he did this I took the card paintings away and he went back to his favourite activity squeezing the water/paint mixture out of the bottle and slipping all over the tuff tray! We left our paintings and egg box flowers to dry and then required a good scrub in the tub before tidying up the rest of the things later!

With the egg box flowers we stuck some of the tissue paper in the centres and a green pipe-cleaner to the back to make some daffodils to display!


Why not check out all of these other accounts and join in with #march_play. Don’t forget to share your activities with us – we will be posting our favourites on our instagram stories! I will also be writing up blogs of our contributions!


MAMA Children’s Activity Post: “Animal Stamping & Birthday Cards”


We have lots of little card shaped animals (courtesy of Granny) so we decided to do some painting with them and some stamps we had to see what we could create!


– Old clothes/aprons.
– Plastic activity mat.
– Paints (non toxic, water based).
– Paint pots.
– Paintbrushes/sponges.
– Stamping shapes.
– Card cut into animal shapes.
– Extra card for experimenting.
– Wipes

Step 1: Preparation;

I set this activity up at the table with the plastic activity mat and all other equipment. My son helped squeeze all the paints into pots (you may have to do this part for a smaller child).


Step 2: Experimenting with stamps and animal shapes.

Initially we dipped the stamps into the paint directly then onto the card however we found that too much paint went on and when you stamped onto the card it just made big splodges, not the intended shapes. We therefore started to use the paint brushes to put the paint onto the stamps and then stamping – this worked a lot better and we created better defined shapes.

As my son likes to get messy he also painted his hands to make handprints and did some finger painting.

He then wanted me to get more involved so we did some hand prints together which turned out really great and are good memories to keep and we painted together on some larger bits of card.

Step 3: Tidy, tidy, tidy up!

This activity did get nice and messy (which we love!) We needed a wipe down in the kitchen before heading up for a bath! All the reusable equipment needed soaking before a proper wash later and we left our creations to dry.


Step 4: Making cards with our creations!

So after this activity we had a few birthdays coming up so we used some of our animals, hand prints and big paintings to make some birthday cards!

Out of the larger paintings I cut out numbers and letters to spell the name and age of the birthday girl, we then stuck these onto a larger piece of card with some of the decorated animals.


It was also grandad/dad’s birthday so we used one of our combined handprint pictures to make a card from us both!


It is always handy to have some spare handprints/paintings around which you can quickly use to make some personalised cards! Don’t forget to share any of your creations and follow us on instagram, twitter and facebook.

MAMA Children’s Activity Post; “It’s Coming Home!!!”


So the whole country is getting swept up in the World Cup 2018 madness so we thought we’d do a football themed activity this morning to get in the mood for the big match later this evening!


– Plastic activity mat.
– Old clothes/aprons.
– Different coloured paints (water based, non toxic).
– Paint pots and paper plates.
– Mark making tools – balls, brushes, rollers, sponges etc.
– A3 white card.
– Scissors.
– Pencil.
– Masking tape/sticky tape.
– Wipes.

Step 1: Preparation is the key to a good match!

I cut out some stencils on A3 card saying “Its Coming Home” and “Go England”. I then stuck the stencils onto other pieces of A3 white card with masking tape.

We set this activity up outside as the weather is still lovely. I set up the plastic activity mat with the pre-prepared posters, paints, paint pots, paper plates and mark making tools. We then got into our painting clothes and had wipes on standby!


Step 2: Kick off!

My son squeezed out the paint into the pots, onto the paper plates and also directly onto the posters and some mark making tools. He then used the different mark making tools to cover the posters. He rolled the balls around, used brushes, finger painted and enjoyed using the sponges and rollers.

Once covered in paint I took the top stencil layer off to reveal the message below. The stencil itself also looked great!

Step 3: Extra time!

After making the posters my son had fun rolling and pushing around the balls in the left overpaint on the paper plates! He did also kick them around the garden so the grass got a bit of added colour too!

Step 4: Full time, tidy, tidy, tidy up time!

I put the reusable mark making tools in warm soapy water to soak, we wiped down the excess paint and then we went indoors to clean ourselves up!

We’re now waiting for our posters to fully dry so we can have them up for the match later on today! Hope you’re all having fun supporting England, please share any of your football themed creations and don’t forget to follow us at and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!


MAMA Children’s Activity Post: Royal Wedding Bunting!


With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding quickly approaching we thought we should get a bit messy making some red, white and blue bunting to decorate our house ready for the celebrations!!


– Plastic activity mat/towels.
– Old clothes/aprons.
– Mark making tools (brushes, sponges, bottle tops, Pom-Poms etc).
– Red, white and blue paint (water-based, non-toxic).
– Glitter.
– Paint pots.
– Paper doilies.
– Card.
– Wipes.
– Scissors.
– String/wool.
– Paper clips.

Step 1: Preparation.


Set up your painting space on table or floor and put on your painting clothes/aprons. We put our activity mat on the table then set out the paints, paints pots, mark making tools, doilies and glitter so they were all in easy reach. I later added in some card which I had on stand by as my son quickly needed more things to paint!

Step 2: Getting royally messy!

My son squeezed the paints into the pots – if you have a younger child you may need to do this part. To add some extra sparkle we then added some red glitter into our red paint.


We used the mark making tools to decorate the doilies (and the card). My son then painted his hands blue and made some lovely handprints so there was a great mixture of patterns and shapes which were created!

Step 3: Tidy, tidy, tidy up!

As my son wanted to put LOTS of paint on his hands this ended up being very messy – but then that’s what we love! We put our creations to the side to dry and put our reusable mark making tools to soak. I then dunked my son in a bath which quickly became very blue! I finished cleaning up when he was having his afternoon snack.

Step 4: Making the bunting.


Once the doilies and card were dry I cut them into triangles and then attached them to some wool I had strung up with red and blue paper clips. An older child may be able to help with the cutting stage. One of the pieces of card with hand prints on I kept whole as I liked it so much. We then used our red, white and blue bunting to decorate the house in preparation for the royal wedding celebrations!


We hope you all have fun celebrating this Saturday and we wish all the best to the happy couple!! Don’t forget to share what you’re doing to celebrate on instagram, Facebook or twitter and follow us at

MAMA Children’s Activity Post: “Flowers for MAMA”


With my son’s favourite painting tool being the cotton-bud and my favourite flowers being hydrangeas we decided to combine these to make some lovely flowery Mother’s Day Cards.


For the painting bit:

Plastic activity mat/old towel.
Aprons/painting clothes.
Paper plates.
Pastel colour paints (water based Non-toxic).
Cotton buds.
Elastic hair bands.
White cards.

For the decoration bit:

Piece of card.
Felt tip pens.
Pastel coloured craft foam sheets.
Double sided sticky tape.

Step 1: Preparation.


Put activity mat on floor or table. Put out your paints (I used pastel blue, purple and pink), paper plates and cards. Tie a bunch of cotton buds together, I did this using an elastic hair band but you could use tape/elastic bands etc and add these to your painting area.

Step 2: Flower painting and paint swirling!


I dipped the bunches of cotton buds into the paint and showed my son how they made the marks on the card. I then let him have fun mixing the colours and making lovely flowers on the cards. After doing this he decided he wanted to use the cotton buds to mix up the paints into lovely swirly colours so it turned into a bit of messy play/sensory exploration at the end!


Step 3: Tidy tidy tidy up!

Put your cards aside to dry. As with the sheep cards from the last post most of the things used in this activity are not reusable so it was a quick tidy, wipe down the mat and then bath time!

Step 4: Flower decorating.

I did a variety of things for these cards depending on how the marks ended up on the card so you really can mix and match. For some of them I drew around my son’s hand on some card then used this as a template to cut out foam fingers which we stuck onto the cards with double sided sticky tape to look like stems of flowers.




I also cut out foam shaped flower pots to stick on the cards (again using double sided sticky tape as this is easier for my son at the moment but you could use PVA glue). I used the flower pots as the area to write “Mum” or whatever you wish to write with felt tip pens.


To give the flowers a bit more definition I drew round them with felt tip pens of the same colour, I also drew little leaves in random places to fill out the space.

And there you go some lovely flower cards to give to your MAMA’s for Mother’s Day!

Don’t forget to share any of your MAMA creations on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and keep checking the blog for new ideas

MAMA Children’s Activity Post; “I Love Ewe Ma-Maa”


With Mother’s Day coming up I thought this was a perfect opportunity to try out some new mark-making tools and create some lovely cards for all of those special MAMA’s out there!


For the painting bit;

– Activity mat/old towels for floor or table.
– Old painting clothes or aprons.
– Paper plates.
– Clothes pegs.
– Cotton wool balls (& Pom-poms).
– White paint (water based, non-toxic).
– Coloured card.
– Pencil.

For the decorating bit;

– Scissors.
– Pens – permanent markers/felt tips.
– Black, craft foam sheets.
– Ribbon/bows.
– Stick on goggly eyes.
– Double sided sticky tape (could use PVA glue if preferred).

Step 1: Preparation.

Compared to other MAMA activities this one does not need that much preparation so it is a quick one to do if you don’t have too much spare time. I put the activity mat on table (could use floor), clipped the cotton wool balls onto the pegs and then put the paper plates/paint tubes and card on the table and we were ready to go.


Step 2: Cotton wool sheep painting time!

So my son had an area to aim for with the white paint we drew around our hands on the card with pencil and I made it look like a sheep by adding a head so he understood what we were trying to make. You could just draw a circle but we always like to practice drawing round hands!


I then let my son squeeze the white paint onto the paper plates and showed him how to dip the cotton wool ball/peg combo into it and make splodges onto the handprints. He then copied and I just pulled the card away when enough was on there. Whilst doing this my son noticed some of his Pom-poms in the painting box so we tried using these to make the splodges too – they worked really nicely and actually made a cleaner circle mark than the cotton wool balls. So I’d advise using some Pom-poms too!

Step 3: Experimentation time!

As white paint isn’t exactly very exciting for little ones who are used to lots of colour, I got out some other colour paints for my son to squeeze and paint with – once we’d made the nice white sheep cards first!


Step 4: Tidy tidy tidy up!

Compared to other MAMA activities this was not as messy however as we have always had a bath after our MAMA activities we had one anyway! There was also not as much to tidy as the cotton wool and Pom-poms were not really reusable so all that was needed was a wipe down of the activity mat!

Step 5: Creating the sheep!

If there are any visible pencil marks then rub these out.

Draw a sheep head and two legs onto the black craft foam and cut them out. Stick two goggly eyes onto the head. I then put double sided sticky tape (my new best friend!) on the backs of the head, legs and a bow and my son stuck them onto the white paint splodges (with a bit of guidance).

Next use a felt tip/permanent marker pen
to write “I Love Ewe Ma-Maa” or “I Love Ewe Grand-Maa” onto the cards……and there you go, you have some cute, funny mother’s day cards!!


Don’t forget to share any MAMA creations you make on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and keep an eye out for another Mother’s Day Card idea coming soon.

MAMA Children’s Activity Post: New Years Eve Firework Party!!



For the painting bit:
– Plastic activity mat.
– Old clothes/aprons for you and your child.
– Paints in lots of bright colours (water based, non toxic).
– Glitter (if you want to!).
– Toilet rolls/cracker pieces (saved from Christmas).
– Scissors.
– Sticky tape.
– Paper plates.
– Brushes/sponges.
– Card.
– Wipes and old towels.

For the decoration bit:
– Black card for silhouette.
– White/coloured card for New Year’s banner.
– Scissors.
– PVA glue.
– Permanent markers/felt tip pens.

Step 1: Preparation.

Cut multiple strips into the toilet rolls and sticky tape the crackers pieces together to make a tube (see picture). This is what you will use for your firework mark-making


Then set up your table/floor with your plastic activity mat, paints on paper plates, firework mark-making tools and card (put out other sponges/brushes incase your child wants to use them as well). Make sure you and your child are wearing old clothes/aprons. Prepare for fireworks!


Step 2: Firework experimenting time!!

This activity is all about experimentation: first show your child how to dip the firework mark-making tools into the paint and then press them onto the card/paper to make firework marks. Your child will then hopefully copy you and have lots of fun making bright colourful marks.


Whilst the paint is still wet help your child to sprinkle some glitter onto the painting to give it a sparkly feel (you can leave this part out if you want to).


Step 3; Tidy tidy tidy up!

I did this activity at the table and compared to other activities my son was not as messy but, he still needed a good wipe down and bath! I then soaked the reusable equipment and washed it properly later.

Step 4: Decoration time!

I did this part on my own as my son is too young to use scissors, but if you have an older child they could help you. I drew a silhouette of the London sky line onto the black card – I searched online for one to copy then adapted it to how I wanted it (see photo at top of blog). However, you can do any skyline you like depending on where you live (I tried a Paris one too). I stuck the silhouette to the bottom of the painting (once it had dried). I used pens to write ‘Happy New Year 2018’ on card and then stuck this to the top of the painting like a banner. You could draw directly onto your painting if you have the space.


Now you have a lovely New Years painting, why not incorporate it into a photo to send to family and friends wishing them a happy new year!

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