Posts Tagged ‘things to do with 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

An engaging idea

Monday, June 12th, 2017

We think these heart cookie cutters from Making It are a brilliant off the wall idea for a hens’ night or engagement party. Why not get them as favours for all the guests?

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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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Three ideas for weather-bound kids

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Winter days can seem very looong when you and the kids are stuck inside in foul weather. We’ve got a few ideas to keep the wee ones – and their imaginations – busy.

1. Let’s pretend

Imaginative play has got to be a winner over television, so listen in and find out what the current favourite “pretends” are. A few props will delight and encourage them.



2. More mind games

Another way to keep those busy brains entertained is with a few games and puzzles. Here are some great ones to try:


3. Fun with friends

Let a pack of kids loose with a few chaos-enabling props and you’ll have mayhem – but hey, they’ll be entertained and they’ll work off some of that pent-up energy. Stand back and watch the fun!


Remember, winter won’t last forever. Good luck, stay sane and have fun!

Helloooo Halloween!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

While the US-based traditions of Halloween don’t have quite the following here in New Zealand that they do in their homeland, some of us still like a good scare once a year, including a fair few of our Felt sellers, it seems.

Love ghost brooch by Implant


Halloween is coming up at the end of the month, so whether your fancy is to go trick or treating with the kids or have a super spooky party at your place, the clever makers of Felt have some great goodies and costumes to bring out the ghoul in us all.