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    FREE half term activities at IKEA Coventry

    Are you looking for some half term activities to keep the kids busy?

    You might remember just before Christmas that IKEA announced some pretty epic free breakfast with Santa events. Well, they’ve gone and done it again.

    IKEA is putting on free half term activities that the kids will love.

    Free half term events at IKEA Coventry

    We all know how horrific a shopping trip with kids can be. Whether it’s the supermarket or post office, children get bored, fiddle with things they shouldn’t or you end up carrying them out after a meltdown over nothing.

    A trip to IKEA can be better as it’s almost like an adventure playground already and they really cater for the kids, but there’s still a chance it can all go a bit Pete Tong. Even with the offer of meatballs and hot dogs.

    Over February half term however, IKEA is going that step further again. The stores are offering children the chance to take part in some free activities to make the shopping experience a whole lot better!

    Kids can pick up a treasure hunt sheet for the chance to win 1 of 5 hampers. There are spray bottle craft sessions where they can make their own piece of art using washi tapes, arts and crafts supplies. And of course, don’t forget, there’s also the free SMÅLAND crèche for children over 3 years old.

    IKEA treasure hunt

    Pick up a copy of the treasure hunt and enter for the chance to win 1 of 5 IKEA hampers,

    IKEA Children’s Craft: Spray bottle art

    Using spray bottles, washi tapes, arts and crafts supplies and a pinch of your creativity, you’ll be able to make your own piece of art.

    What you need to know:

    Treasure hunt:

    • Pick up a copy of the treasure hunt from Meet and Greet on level 6
    • Once completed put your sheet in the post box at the back of Checkouts on level 3 for a chance to win one of our five hampers
    • Running from 15th February 2020 – 1st March 2020
    • Read more at https://events.ikea.com/gb/en/events/#/book/10823

    Children’s Craft: Spray bottle art:

    • Using IKEA spray bottles, washi tapes, arts and crafts supplies and a pinch of your creativity, you’ll be able to make your own piece of art. Once completed, you can take your creation home for free.
    • The workshop is suitable for children aged 4+
    • Places are FREE but you can only book one workshop per IKEA Family member
    • Your places will only be held for 10 minutes after your booked time slot to allow for enough time to run the workshop
    • Last day of registration is Sunday, 16 Feb
    • Running from 15th February 2020 – 1st March 2020
    • Book at https://events.ikea.com/gb/en/events/#/book/10819

    SMÅLAND crèche:

    In addition, remember that IKEA also offers plenty of child-friendly places to grab food, lots of toilets and baby changing facilities, and toys around the stores too.

    Find out what’s happening at IKEA Coventry or find your nearest IKEA store holding these half term events.

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  • InCrafty Kids

    Craft project: EASY DIY dreamcatcher craft for kids

    Do you ever wake up mid-dream, not able to remember the details, but know that you’ve missed out on the ending of a really awesome experience?

    I can still vividly remember a childhood dream of a GIANT bag of pick’n’mix just ready for me to devour. Literally the stuff of dreams. Unfortunately, I woke up and never got to taste the sugary goodness.

    GUTTED.

    What I needed was something to catch those dreams and turn them into reality.

    The history of dream catchers

    The inventors of the dream catchers must have had the very same dream about jelly sweets and come to the same conclusion.

    Ok, so perhaps it wasn’t pick’n’mix, that they were worried about, but the thought was there.

    According to my Google search, the Ojibwe clans (and later, Native American artists) made dreamcatchers from willow, sinew, feathers and beads. The idea was that good dreams would float through the spider web design, and down onto the sleeping children below. Bad dreams would get caught, only to disappear with the first rays of light in the morning.

    Nice idea, right?

    Dreamcatcher

    Dreamcatchers for any decor

    Typically, dream catchers are very natural and earthy in colour, or the other end of the spectrum; overtly pink and fluffy.

    So what if you want a dreamcatcher to suit a different colour scheme? Say, that of a ‘boys’ room?

    Then you follow my tutorial below to make your own.

    Really easy DIY dreamcatchers

    This tutorial is a simple craft activity that you can do with little or no special equipment. It’s also a great one to do because it doesn’t need to be too neat or perfect. Ideal for me and my perfectionist mind!

    What you’ll need

    • A wooden or metal hoop (available online or from a craft shop)
    • Wool, thread or string
    • Ribbons
    • Feathers
    • Beads
    • Glue gun or tape

    How to make

    1. Take your hoop and wrap ribbon or wool around it. Secure it with tape or a glue.
    2. Tie one end of your wool or string, and wind it around the outside of the hoop, moving it as you go to form a spiders web design. Remember that it doesn’t need to be too neat. Secure the other end of the wool.
    3. Cut bits of wool, string or ribbons to different lengths and tie onto the bottom end of the hoop in a mixed up order.
    4. Add beads and feathers to decorate as you choose.
    5. You can also add pom poms, artificial flowers, butterflies or foam letters to the hoop to add extra features.
    easy dreamcatchers craft
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