The Usual Mayhem Archive

The easiest last-minute Mother’s Day craft ever!

Sunday is Mother’s Day and you may need a last minute craft. Here you go – and best of all it uses up any paper scraps you have lying around! You need: cardstock, paper/foam/felt scraps, scissors, glue and a marker or crayon. Hand over the creative reins

10 books about spring sights

This week, I thought I’d put together a collection of non-fiction books that we have enjoyed recently about spring animals and plants. This post contains affiliate links in case you need help to find one of the books mentioned. Migration, mating, and nesting habits of robins at

Free May Kids’ Activities Calendar!

Last month’s free activity calendar was really well received, so I’ve made a free May kids’ activities calendar for you to download. On the assumption that we’re all outside more now, I’ve given you more outdoor activities and a few less crafts this month, plus some rainy

Dragons for St. George’s Day!

In honour of St. George’s Day, I’ve gathered a collection of great Dragon-themed activities and crafts for you. In no particular order, here they are: Learn how to draw a dragon  at Activity Village Make a paper plate dragon at Cool Kids Craft Ideas Print and make

Make a simple origami tulip!

I saw these beautiful origami tulips on education.com a while back and they are so pretty and easy to do that I want to show you here how to make them with your children. You’ll need: -a flower-coloured square of paper -a green square of paper for

Free April Kids’ Activity Calendar!

Since today is so close to the end of March, I’m trying something a little different for today’s post.  I’ve made a free activity calendar for you to download for April, with loads of ideas for stories and activities that you can click on directly to get

Paper egg ornaments for Easter

This craft has been around since I was a kid, and comes out for almost every holiday in different forms. However, it’s a classic for a reason, so today I’d like to show you how to make this fun paper ornament craft that we did for Easter.

Super fast, super cute Easter craft

I have a quick and easy Easter egg art project for you today. Tape resist art is one of my favourite kinds of art project because it can be done by even the smallest children and the results are always fun! For this one, the easiest thing

Preschool Math: Shape match-up!

 This math game is a perennial favourite with small children, and takes only about 10 minutes to prepare. Make a grid with shapes on it. To save you time, I’ve made a free printable shapes grid that you can download and print. Print two copies, one on

A Quick and Easy Shamrock Craft

Looking for a quick St. Patrick’s Day shamrock craft so easy that you can do it with kids from toddler to 5? If you can draw, then make a big shamrock on a paintable piece of paper. If, like me, you can barely draw stick people, go