Im back! Not for long though I'm afraid, im still working on the studio space, I can't wait to share with everyone what I have created. With the whole country getting excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry (Henry) to Meghan Markle I thought I would come up with a bunch of great ideas for fun at home whilst you have the wedding on the TV or fun you can do before you pop out to one of the many public events going on around the country. I havent really been following the TV coverage so far ( I don't watch TV) but I bet the coverage is going crazy in the U.S with an American joining the Royal Line. I have included the current (Correct as of May 2018) Royal Line of Succession below. I'll be honest it confuses me a little? I think Meghan will now be seventh in line to the throne? which will change if they have any children. Please do correct me in the comments if I have it wrong.
With all this Royal fun it reminded me of the time that Danny Dyer was on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? and found out that he is a direct descendant of Kind Edward III, take a look at that clip and then we'll get cracking on with loads of fun activities, keep the kids busy with these great colouring pages during the more boring bits of the TV coverage.
If these only just wet your appetite than maybe trying one of the commercial colouring books available from Amazon? I have linked to one of the ones I like but there are many more at Amazon.com. Lets have a right Royal laugh with the next activity, Royal family masks, have a laugh and assign everyone in the family a different mask. Just click on the mask to print it out, cut it out and either add a stick (skewer) at the chin or elastic attached to the ears.
Now to really get into the celebration mode how about using some red white a blue balloons and pin them up around the house, combined with these great paper chains, super easy to make, all you need is some A4 paper in red white and blue. You should be able to find coloured A4 paper in your local craft shop, I like hobby craft myself. Cut the paper into strips. Make a loop with the first strip and either glue, sellotape or staple the loop together. Take the next strand thread it through the first loop. Close the second strip into a loop and secure with glue, sellotape or a staple. Continue this for however long you want your chain to be. You can also find loads of great decorations and party ware online too like this set from Amazon.
It's time to get crafty, make these super cool crafts with our little Kings, Queens, Princes and Princess's. Here's what you'll need
- Yellow or gold construction paper
- Split Pin
- Scotch tape
- Red crepe paper (optional)
- Things to decorate your crown with: sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, glitter glue, puffy paint, tinsel paper, etc.
- Cut out a 1½ to 2-inch wide strip of yellow or gold construction paper long enough to go around your head. This piece will be the crown's base so the construction paper should be thick/heavy weight for a sturdy crown.
- Glue the ends of the strip together to form a circle.
- Cut out a pair of 1½-inch wide by 10-inch long strips of black or brown construction paper (or a color that best blends with your hair color).
- Glue the first strip across the middle section of the base, spanning the circle's diameter. This strip will define the crown's fit on your head and should follow your head's contour. Try on the crown and adjust the strip's position while the glue hasn't quite set yet.
- Position the second strip perpendicular to, and at roughly the same height as the first. Glue the ends in place.
- Reinforce each strip's connection to the base with tape. These two strips should be well-anchored since they form the supports or frame for your crown.
Cut out six identical strips of yellow or gold construction paper. Each strip should be 1½ inches wide and 8 inches long.
Curve out the strips on one end and punch a hole near the tip.
Punch a hole at the center of the supports.
Glue the strips from inside the base at the 12 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 8 o'clock, and 10 o'clock positions. Try to glue the strips at the same height along the base.
Cut out a couple of "half-petal" or "hill" shapes from red crepe paper. Glue the base of these crepe paper shapes along the upper edge of the crown's base
Glue the tips of the crepe paper onto the center of the crown supports.
Create a cross-shaped crown topper by cutting out a pair of identical crosses from yellow or gold construction paper. Include a tab or rectangular extention at the base of each cross. Crease along the bottom tab. Glue the crosses together except the bottom tabs. The crosses should be aligned at the edges. Fold out the bottom tabs.
Punch a hole at the center of one bottom tab and insert a round paper fastener.
Insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on one of the crown's six strips.
Simlarly insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on each of the remaining strips so that the tips of all six get tucked neatly under the cross.
Anchor the cross onto the crown by inserting the ends of the paper fastener through the center holes on the supports, easily puncturing the crepe paper cover. Split the ends of the fastener from the inside of the crown. For safety, cover the ends of the paper fastener with tape or with a small piece of paper.
Decorate your crown with sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, gem-style stickers, beads, glitter glue, puffy paint, bits of tinsel paper, and other notions. Once it's all dried you have an amazing crown to wear with pride. Not happy with a crown? then how about this cool jesters hat instead.
This is super simple, you will need;
- Yellow/gold card
- purple card
- green card
Cut out the templates included below, the headband may need to be adjusted in size to fit the wearer.
Cut out the spikes in alternative colours using the template provided. Normally around 6-8 spikes are needed but this varies depending on the size of the head band. secure the triangles to the inside of the hat using glue or sellotape.
Finally add any decorations that you want, use glue to add the circles, hexagons and stars in the template.
Royal Cress Heads
You will need:
an egg box
colouring pens and paper to decorate
How to make Royal Cress Heads
Carefully crack the tops of your eggs and remove the egg from the shell, wash and dry the egg shell.Fill with a small amount of cotton wool and sprinkle in some cress seeds.Draw faces onto your egg shells and make small paper crowns.Water every day and within 5 days you should have sprouting royalty!
Howe about some super tasty British food? Don't worry the Kids Kitchen is open and has you covered. Our modern take on the British Traditional Fish and Chips should please everyone. Just click on the picture for the full recipe, a modern shallow fried fish with sweet potato chips. Thats it for now, I will be back as soon as I can. We are aiming for a summer launch for the Studio Space and then we will continue to tweak and improve it as we go. Once the Studio Space is open the content should come thick and fast. I can't wait!