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  1. Happy Midsummer!

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    June 16, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

    The Swedish tradition of holding a Midsummer Party is a lovely way of bringing family and friends, young and old together. In Mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Whatever the weather decides to do, the celebration goes ahead all across Sweden on Midsummer Eve which is the Friday closest to the summer solstice, this year it is Friday June 23rd. Swedes love Midsummer, and here we’ll show you how to hold a Midsummer party of your own! Midsummer Pole The essential item, and takes some effort but believe us it is …
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  2. Upcycling!

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    May 4, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Taking good care of our clothes is one of the best things we can all do for the environment. Always follow the washing instructions, mend whatever can be repaired and pass any garment a child has outgrown on to a new owner. You can also transform any worn-out garment into something new, which is called upcycling or creative reuse. A top can be upcycled into a gym bag and mittens into sweatbands. Just use your imagination. GYM BAG FROM A TANK TOP An old top can be upcycled into a really great gym bag. Why not personalize your gym bag with fun cords and appliqué details? YOU NEED: – Sewing machine – Thread – Scissors – Seam Stripper – T-shirt – Cord THIS IS WHAT …
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  3. Creative Karin’s Owlish Bird Feeder

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    December 22, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Christmas will soon be here and making things together is great fun. Creative Karin shares one of her craft projects for kids with us – Owlish Bird Feeder. You need: A milk carton Glue Scissors Hobby paints Paintbrush and cotton buds Long needle and twine Bird seed Barbecue stick What to do: Glue the opening of the carton together. Paint the carton with white hobby paint – this makes it easier to paint on other colours afterwards. Allow the paint to dry. Draw two wings on the sides and an opening on the owl’s tummy. Carefully cut out the wings and the opening on the owl’s tummy with small scissors. Paint the whole carton whatever colour you like. Give your owl spots using a cotton …
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  4. Creative Karin’s Cuddle Cards

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    December 22, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Christmas will soon be here and making things together is great fun. Creative Karin shares one of her craft projects for kids with us – Cuddle Cards. You need: Thick paper Glitter paper (or other decorative paper) Glue Coloured pencils/felt-tip pens Scissors What to do: Take an A4 sheet of thick paper and fold the edges in towards the centre so that one edge overlaps the other. This is so the arms can ‘hug’. Draw a head and wings or arms. Use scissors to cut out the card. Draw on eyes with a pen. Cut out a nose and glue it on. Write a message on the animal’s tummy and send the card to someone you like.


  5. It’s a Party!

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    November 7, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    We are having a party at Polarn O. Pyret to celebrate turning 40 years old! To help celebrate, we want to share two simple and fun crafts that are perfect for parties. Get your children involved and make party planning a ton of fun! Rabbit Hats Good to have on hand: Glue gun or double-sided tape Sheets of colored card stock Scissors Pen Thin elastic cord Needle Do This: Begin by tracing the hat pattern (see PDF below). Place a piece of thin paper (such as parchment paper) over the pattern and trace the lines. Cut out your pattern, place it on a piece of coloured card stock and trace along the edges. Draw the ears as well. Remember to cut the ears at an …
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  6. Simply Desserts!

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    November 3, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    We are having a party at Polarn O. Pyret to celebrate turning 40 years old! To help celebrate, we want to share three simple and fun sweets that are perfect for parties. Get your children involved and make party planning a ton of fun! Crispy gunk with Glow Worms What You’ll Need: Chocolate Pudding Milk One package of Oreos Gummy worms Do This: Begin by following the instructions on the back of the chocolate pudding box. Leave the pudding in the refrigerator while you make the “soil”. Hint: mix whipped cream into the chocolate pudding to make the soil a lighter color. Crush the Oreos in a food processor or with a rolling pin. Layer the chocolate pudding and the crushed cookies in a serving …
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  7. Growing Plants with Kids!

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    April 12, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Grow plants with the children – spring is here! Gardening is a beautiful activity now that spring is here! It’s fun to play around with soil and seeds! It is exciting to watch when a small green plant emerges from the soil and then grows and gets bigger and bigger! When you grow plants with children, choose seeds that will grow fast so they don´t lose interest. It is extra fun if the plant can be eaten! Here are some suggestions for edible plants: cress, pumpkin seeds, sunflower and citrus seeds. If you are eager to get involved, help the little ones decorate or make their own plant pot! Use old milk cartons, bottles or what you have at home. Make small holes on the bottom for …
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  8. Swedish Chocolate Hearts!

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    February 13, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret

    These Swedish Chocolate Balls (or hearts!), also known as ‘Chokladbollar’ in Swedish, are a fav among our office and friends and are super easy to make! Have fun with the kids and make them into any shape for any occasion! Delish! Swedish Chocolate Hearts One stick unsalted butter (softened) 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cups sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp vanilla sugar 1 1/2 tbsp espresso (cold) 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa Garnish: Coconut flakes or sprinkles Mix all the ingredients together with your hands or in food processor until well combined. Adjust consistency with coffee or oats (it should be a bit sticky but firm). Roll them in to 20 – 25 balls or cut them into heart shapes and garnish. …
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  9. DIY HOLIDAY DECOR!

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    December 15, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Now the countdown to the holidays has begun. Why not make your own decorations? A Polarn O. Pyret-striped decoration for the tree or Poppy´s Lucia procession. Tree decoration This is how you do it (click on the picture to make it bigger and to print it): You need: Template – print it here Glue Scissors Stapler Lace  Poppy´s Lucia procession This is how you do it (click on the picture to make it bigger and to print it): You need: Templates – print it here Scissors Tape (to tape in the back of the figure)  Do you want some more inspiration? Look here for tips on how you can fold saffron buns into many different shapes.


  10. How to Build a Rocket

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    October 9, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret

    Come out and play. Three, two, one, lift off… noone can stop our autumn galaxy astronauts. Join in the fun. What you need to make a rocket: Drawing paper Coloring pens/chalk Scissors Tape Glue Drinking straw 1. Draw your rocket on one half of the paper. 2. Fold the paper in half with your rocket on the outside. 3. Cut out the rocket from the folded paper so you now have two identical rockets. 4. Cut out a strip of paper (approx 6 x 1 inches) from the center fold. 5. Tape both sides of the strip but leave one end open. 6. Insert a pen into the opening of the strip to hold its shape for the next step. 7. Apply glue to the …
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