23 February 2015

What to do with a toddlers used birthday cards

Now that I am nearly 9 months pregnant, I have been finding it a little hard to do some things with Little 2 in the day while her sister is at school, it has become increasingly difficult to sit on the floor and play with her for long periods of time as I totally seize up and my hips and back really hurt on getting up so I have tried to think of short activities that she can enjoy to keep her entertained and mummy can do with her while sat more comfortably at the table.

I have also been thinking about how much she loves getting messy, being creative and how much she wants to be a big girl and use scissors and gloopy glue on a daily basis. I thought of this so simple activity using her left over birthday cards that we could do together and as I predicted, she loved it.

The pictures tell the story it was so easy, we cut out all the lovely pictures on the front of her birthday cards, she started to do it herself but didn't find it very easy on the tough card. I couldn't find the proper children's scissors (the ones she is holding had quite big finger holes) so I ended up doing it for her as she got happy using lots of glue and sticking the pictures on the paper and a few sequins I had too.

I love the fact that something that took only 10 minutes and very little effort on my part really meant a lot to her, you can see how engrossed she is by the look on her face and how pleased she was with her creations.

What quick and simple activities do you do with your child that we can do too?


  1. She does look very pleased with her creation and so she should it is great and looks like fun. #MiniCreations

  2. Great idea for old birthday cards! (I hide them until mine forget about them then they end up in the recycling bin!) #minicreations

  3. Great idea, and something that will definitely keep a child busy! Some of our favourites are: sticking coloured paper on adhesive sheets, drawing and cutting out shapes on paper, and crayon resist painting.

  4. Oh look how grown up she looks, miss you guys xx

  5. Popping back, thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)3 March 2015 at 17:56

    That's a great idea, I'm never very sure what to do with their cards, I tend to just put them in a box, but with three kids, that's rather a lot of cards :) #Letkidsbekids

  7. Grace says - What a great idea and Little 2 has done an amazing job here. She looks like she's had super fun. Thanks for linking to #mnicreations

  8. Coombe Mill (Fiona)4 March 2015 at 18:16

    A great upcycling idea and someone looks very happy with the results there.


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