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How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

Over Easter I’ve been playing about with puffy paint. You can buy puffy paint, but you can easily make your own by mixing PVA glue and shaving foam, and that’s what I did. I played about making a few things with it, but by far my favourite was this I Love You To The Moon and Back Card.

The puffy paint is really fun to play around with and as long as you give it ample time to dry, it’s a really versatile thing to craft with. This, I Love You To The Moon and Back Card I made with the puffy paint, is probably one of my favourite things that I’ve made in a while. It’s a lovely card to give to a loved one.

How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

How to make an I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

You will need:

PVA Glue
Shaving Foam
Black card, two pieces
White card
Glittery paper
White paper
Letter stamps and ink (or neat writing)

How To Make a Puffy Paint Love You To The Moon and Back Card

First of all you’ll need to mix up a batch of puffy paint. In a large bowl mix 1 part glue and 3 parts shaving foam together. If you want to colour your puffy paint you can add a few drops of coloured paint, but for the moon we need a nice white puffy paint.

How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

Draw a circle using a pencil on your one piece of black card and dollop some of the puffy paint on it, spread the paint about so it covers the circle. Try and make it a bit more textural; the surface of the moon isn’t smooth, so your puffy paint replica shouldn’t be either. Leave the puffy paint to dry, preferably overnight.

Once it is dry, cut out the circle of the moon and put to one side.

Take a piece of white paper and draw a circle a little bit wider than your moon shape. Using the letter stamps and ink, stamp your message around the circle. I stamped “I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK XXX”

Take your glittery card and cut it to the same size as your circle and stick it on there. I then carefully tore the paper around the ink stamped letters. Fold your A4 piece of black card in half and glue the torn paper square onto the front of the card. Then take your moon circle and glue it to the middle of the glittery circle.

Carefully press it down, making sure not to squash the puffy paint. Leave it alone so that the glue can dry. Once it is dry, you can either write your message inside with a nice silver pen, or glue some white paper inside to write on.

It’s such a lovely card to give to someone. It’s really unusual and despite the number of steps, it’s actually really simple.

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How To Make a Puffy Paint I Love You To The Moon and Back Card

Six Children’s Books for Mother’s Day

We read quite a lot together and to each other, we regard it as a special time together. We often give each other nice books as gifts for occasions and Mother’s Day is no exception. I’ve been taking a look at some lovely books which might make nice gifts for Mother’s Day.

Six Children’s Books for Mother’s Day

With My Mummy by James Brown and Cally Johnson-Isaacs is a heartwarming celebration of the relationship between mother and child. Told in gentle rhyme by James Brown and brought to life with illustrations by Cally Johnson-Isaacs. With My Mummy is a charming picture book and the perfect gift to share time and time again.

Six Children's Books for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day by Shirley Hughes would make a gorgeous gift for Mother’s Day. Katy and her little brother Olly tell us about their day with Mum. From the fun of waking up in the morning, getting the bus into town with Mum and reading bedtime stories together. This joyous tale gives us a snapshot into a child’s day and celebrates the special bond between a mother and child.

I Love Mum with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is a celebration of love and all the ways to tell your mum how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carle’s bright and distinctive artwork of animal mother’s and babies – from giraffes and crocodiles to bears and penguins – with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day, or any day you want to show your mum how much you care.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is an absolutely gorgeous book which perfectly sums up how much a parent loves a child. Featuring Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare; they take it in turns to try to measure how much love they have for each other. It’s lovely, it’s heartwarming and it’s about the most famous book about parental love you could think of, for good reason too!

My Mum Is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth. I love the title of this book, it’s what I’d hope my son would say about me. The mum in this book is truly fantastic. She’s a brilliant artist, she can balance on a tightrope, she can swim like a fish, do amazing stunts on a bike and she can tame wild animals. There’s very little this astounding mum can’t do. And if that leaves you feeling a bit inadequate, I’m sure you’re fantastic in our own special way.

Superhero Mom by Timothy Knapman and Joe Berger. All mums are amazing, and the mum in this story is no exception. She doesn’t wear a cape or fly around, but she runs for the bus so fast it feels like flying; she uses her super-strength to carry her daughter’s boots, coat, bag, and scooter; and can make bumps and bruises better with just a kiss. Maybe mums really do have superpowers after all!

If you enjoyed this, you might like our pick of five children’s books about love.

Six Children's Books for Mother's Day

Review: Guess How Much I Love You Big Nutbrown Hare

#AD/Gifted. On 14th February 2011 I bought my three month old son a book; that book was Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. Since then I have read the story of the big nutbrown hare and the little nutbrown hair to him regularly; and now he’s reading it to me. I confess, it’s virtually impossible for me to read it out loud without a lump appearing in my throat; I’m a big, big softie.

Guess How Much I Love You has grown and become part of the fabric of parenthood. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t told their children that they love them to the moon and back. It’s part of our bedtimes and our goodbyes and I’ll be sad when he stops sleepily whispering it to me.

Review: Guess How Much I Love You Big Nutbrown Hare

For the last THREE YEARS I’ve asked for a Guess How Much I Love You Big Nutbrown Hare for Mother’s Day. I thought it would be a lovely gift; one which really meant something to both me and my son and a reminder of our ‘love you to the moon and back’ thing. But no, my endless hinting, sharing of links and asking outright has come to nothing. So I’ve gone rogue and got my own. I will wrap it beautifully, give it to my son the night before Mother’s Day and ask him to gift it to me first thing on Mothering Sunday.

The Big Nutbrown Hare is beautiful. It’s as beautiful and as soft and snuggly as I’d hoped. Big Nutbrown Hare is made from super soft plush with an adorable  embroidered “I Love You” on his foot. His bottom is full of beans so he can sit perfectly on any surface. He’s suitable from birth, and also suitable for 42 year old women who have been asking for a Big Nutbrown Hare for THREE YEARS.

Review: Guess How Much I Love You Big Nutbrown Hare

Big Nutbrown Hare is keenly priced at £14.99 and part of a wider range of nursery products. Apparently the Guess How Much I Love You range is great for a baby’s nursery, or for giving to the people you love for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day for example.

Big Nutbrown Hare is made by Rainbow Designs and is available from a wide range of retailers. 

Disclosure: We were sent a Guess How Much I Love You Big Nutbrown Hare from Rainbow Designs for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Children’s Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Reading together is something we do every night before bed. It’s a wonderful habit to get into, more so if you’re reading books which you both enjoy. This month, with Father’s Day fast approaching, we’ve been looking at books about Dads. There are some really lovely books about Fathers in our selection, we hope you enjoy them too.

Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Peppa Pig: My Daddy by Peppa Pig. The world’s favourite pig, Peppa lists all of the things she loves the most about Daddy Pig in this really sweet picture book. It’s a lovely Father’s Day read for pre-schoolers, Peppa Pig fans and their parents and it a good place to start thinking of all the reasons little ones love their Daddy.

Children's Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp is the perfect picture book for little dinosaur fans to read together with their own Papasaurus. Babysaurus and Papasaurus love playing hide and seek, but one day, no matter where he looks, he can’t find him. With the help of his pre-historic friends he finds that his Papasaurus has been there all along. Colourfully illustrated, this is a real treat of a book for little ones to read with their Papa.

My Father Is a Polar Bear by Michael Morpurgo. My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers who rediscover their birth father in the most unlikely of places. The boys have a loving mother and step-father at home, but are curious to find out more about their birth father. They go to see him in a play at the theatre where he is playing as a polar bear. This warm and charming story is beautifully illustrated and sensitively told.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is an absolutely gorgeous book which perfectly sums up how much a parent loves a child. Featuring Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare; they take it in turns to try to measure how much love they have for each other. It’s lovely, it’s heartwarming and it’s about the most famous book about love you could think of, for good reason too!

Bad Dad by David Walliams. Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure. Together they embark on a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison. Suitable for ages 9+ this book is funny, heart-warming and full of action. The perfect page turner this Father’s Day!

What are your favourite books about Fathers? Have I missed any good ones?

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Children's Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers