Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Craft adds up!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Christchurch Maths Craft Day, Sunday 18 June

Here’s something for the geeky crafters out there – or is that crafty geeks?

Discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at Christchurch’s first Maths Craft Day, Sunday June 18 in The Great Hall at The Arts Centre.

Featuring seven craft creation stations as well as public talks by mathematician crafters, the day-long celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages. Make a Möbius strip, crochet a hyperbolic plane, build a fractal sculpture, fold an origami octahedron, and listen to talks about the connections between maths and crafts.

While you’re at The Arts Centre, why not also explore the newly opened Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities in the old Chemistry Building (now once again part of the University of Canterbury, housing the Classics Department) and discover the ancient relationship between mathematics and craftsmanship?

Christchurch Maths Craft Day is open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.

Date: Sunday June 18
Time: 10am–5pm
Place: The Great Hall at The Arts Centre
Cost: Free entry
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Christchurch Maths Craft Day, Sunday 18 June

Crafty projects for the kids’ rooms

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Looking for a new crafty project? Need a way to brighten up the kids’ rooms this winter? We have the answer! Check out this awesome new range of faux taxidermy PDF patterns from Cupcake Cutie

cupcakecutie deer

cupcakecutie flamingo

cupcakecutie dino


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Traditional toys made to last for generations

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Traditional Wooden Train Set by Tekton Toys

Daniel of Tekton Toys handcrafts traditional wooden toys in his Christchurch workshop, following a simple philosophy of no paint and no plastic. His toys are made using good quality hardwoods – walnut, oak, kauri, kwila and ash – and constructed to last for generations, with a natural beeswax finish.

We think Tekton Toys’ pull along toys make a gorgeous gift for a first or second birthday, while the sturdy trains, planes and automobiles make great gifts for toddlers through to school age children, encouraging creative play and feeding young imaginations.

Traditional Wooden Spitfire Plane by Tekton Toys

Traditional Wooden Pull-Along Duck by Tekton Toys


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Super stockings and Santa sacks – and the best goodies to fill ‘em with

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Helping Santa out this year? We’ve picked out some quality New Zealand made stockings, Santa sacks and goodies to fill them – perfect little surprises for the wee ones on Christmas morning.








Check out more stockings, Santa sacks, and fillers in the Felt Christmas Gift Guide »

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A rainbow of natural play dough!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Natural Play Dough - Gorgeous Yellow by Dough Queen

Auckland’s Dough Queen Claire Shannon makes her natural non-toxic play dough based on the recipe her mother used to make play dough for her as a child. It’s produced with food grade ingredients you can find in your own kitchen, so if someone takes a nibble, there’s no need to panic.

The best little play dough artists need a varied palette and a good amount to work with, so Dough Queen play dough comes in 500g resealable pouches in a range of gorgeous hues. Great for rainy days, school holidays, and creative play!

Natural Play Dough – Candy Red by Dough Queen
Natural Play Dough – Luxury Grape by Dough Queen
Natural Play Dough - Apple Green by Dough Queen
Natural Play Dough - Cerulean Blue by Dough Queen


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Awesome active play for indoor days

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Here’s a fun, furniture-friendly, indoor activity for the kids on a winter’s day. Created 4 U’s indoor bowling set comes with six colourful pins, made from quality wool blend felt, and a hefty felt ball for knocking ‘em over. Strike!

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For the young Amelia Earhart

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

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Perfect for a hop around the garden!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Woodland bunny wool bonnet by Heart Felt

Jannelle of Heart Felt makes these gorgeous bonnets from vintage, retro and recycled wool and cotton fabrics. This little sweetie is a woodland bunny wool bonnet that ties under the chin. It’s made from gray wool lined in a delicate floral cotton, and the floppy ears feature a beautiful piece of vintage embroidery. So beautiful!


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A sweet appliqué owl for your little pixie

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

OOAK Vintage Wool Pixie-Hood Vest by Pixie Petal

This gorgeous thick wool vest in pastel orange tones has a fabulous owl applique on the back – easy to spot your little pixie on the playground in this one! It’s designed by Pixie on a Petal, with a generous fit to last your child multiple seasons. The detachable pixie-hood is lined with thick quilt-weight cotton to keep little heads toasty.

OOAK Vintage Wool Pixie-Hood Vest by Pixie Petal

OOAK Vintage Wool Pixie-Hood Vest by Pixie Petal


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Inspiring the next generation of…

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Inspiring the next generation of pilots, air traffic controllers and aeronautical engineers

Fly High Personalised Poster by Peacock & Bell
High Flyer Bi-Planes Mobile by TriKat Design
3D Printed Plane Cookie Cutter by Making It
Sky Patrol Aviator Hat with Goggles by Operatic Frog

From top left: Fly High Personalised Poster by Peacock & Bell $22 | High Flyer Bi-Planes Mobile by TriKat Design $60 | 3D Printed Plane Cookie Cutter by Making It $15 | Sky Patrol Aviator Hat with Goggles by Operatic Frog $35