Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Tree Craft with wooden pegs

I love Christmas Crafts you can use to play or decorate with. These cute trees are easy to make, look fantastic and can stand up.

You will need
Card - an old cereal box or similar works
Green Paint
Stars or Sequins
Wooden Pegs

To Make
1. Cut a triangle out of card

2. Paint the triangle green

3. Let dry
4. Glue on your stars or sequins as decorations
5. Add the wooden peg to the bottom

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Bedroom Door Makeover - Paper Chain Christmas Tree

Just for fun I like to surprise Neevah with a bedroom door makeover. I like to match it to a book we have been reading and normally I sneakily decorate the door while she sleeps but this time we did it a little bit differently.

We read the story Fancy Nancy Splendifious Christmas by Jane O'Connor

I love the illustrations in this book and the glittery look just adds to the festive feel .... here the blurb from the book.

What could be fancier than Christmas?
Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

Together we made Paper Chains
We used approximately 9 sheets of green paper, 4 sheets of red paper, 1 sheet of brown paper and a few other random colours for the presents

We sticky taped all the Paper Chains, Presents and the Tree Topper Bow onto her door 

 Now who wouldn't love their very own Christmas Tree on their bedroom door

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bathroom Items kids can create or play with

Items from around the house are great to give the kids when they want to create and have some fun. Here are 8 items from your bathroom that kids can create or play with .....

1. Cotton Balls - glue them onto pictures to give a fluffy texture like clouds or sheep. Pinch a cotton ball with a peg and you have a fun paint brush or you could play cloud races all you need is a couple of cotton balls and a couple of straws.
Cloud Races
2. Tweezers - they are a great fine motor skill work out, give your children beads, rice, sequins or something similar to pick up with tweezers and transfer from container to container.

3. Shaving Foam - mix with a little glue and turn it into Puff Paint. Great for creating snowmen, sheep, ghosts, ice creams, cupcakes or monsters.
Puff Paint Snowman
4. Toothbrush - an old toothbrush makes a fun paint brush and they are great for splatter painting.

5. Toilet Paper Rolls - I know some people don't like to use them for crafts due to the hygiene factor but you can make so many things out of toilet rolls ......
birds, octopus, monsters, binoculars, planes or trains the list in endless
Toilet Paper Roll Birds

6. Q-tips or Cotton Buds - again they are a great fine motor skill work out and make spotting and dotting with paint lots of fun.
Paper Loop Ladybug
 7. Loofah - use with paint to make some interesting prints

8. Shampoo - turn your shampoo into shampoo paint and let the kids paint on windows, mirrors, tiles or shower screens. It has a slippery foamy texture that feels great.
Shampoo Paint

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Kitchen Items kids can create with

 Crafting with kids doesn't have to be expensive, you will need a few basic supplies but you don't need to go overboard. Here are 16 items from your kitchen that kids can create with ......

1. Potato Masher - great for making prints
Potato Masher Art
2. Toothpicks - poke them into playdough or use as a makeshift childs needle for threading
Threading with Cupcake Cases

3. Cupcake Cases - with a little bit of glue you could make caterpillars, flowers or use them for owl eyes. You can also thread with them to make colourful party decorations.
Colourful Caterpillar

4. Straws - cut them up and use with playdough or thread them onto string/elastic to create a necklace.

5. Meat Trays - can be used as the base of a pipe cleaner sculpture
Pipe Cleaner Sculpture

6. Forks - make a great spiky needle like print that is perfect for Christmas crafts
Fork Print Christmas Tree

7. Rubber Gloves - cut off the fingers and use them to make finger puppets
Butterfly Finger Puppet

8. Foil - tear it up and stick it on or draw on it with Sharpie markers

9. Cookie Cutters - another great item for making prints, use with paint or glue and glitter
Glittery Gift Tags

10. Egg Cartons - cut them up, paint them, glue on extra 'bits' so many creatures can be made from egg cartons.
Love Monsters

11. Cling Wrap - makes a great effect with paint

12. Sponges - cut them up and use with paint or glue them onto creations for a 3D effect
Doing the Dino Stomp

13. Lids - collect them in all shapes and sizes they are great for making circle prints or gluing onto creations for eyes and wheels for example.
Christmas Gift Bags

14. Stainless Steel Scourer - they make and interesting print when used with paint that could pass for planets or fireworks.
New Year Fireworks

15. Colander - poking pipe cleaners into a colander is a fine motor skill work out for little fingers as well as a fun creation.

16. Coffee Can - a simple twist on marble painting
Coffee Can Marble Painting

Friday, April 26, 2013

Autumn Leaf Necklace

This idea came from Inner Child Fun, we used an Autumn leaf to make ours but otherwise the process is pretty much the same. Neevah enjoyed picking out the perfect leaf for her necklace and showing it off once it was made.
For all the information on how it make a leaf necklace please pop over to Inner Child Fun's blog post.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ANZAC Day Poppy (bubble wrap printing)

April 25th marks ANZAC Day, the day when Australian and New Zealand people remember the soldiers that fought so bravely for their countries and commonwealth. Wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC Day.

You will need
Paper - white, black and green
Paint - red
Rolling Pin
Bubble Wrap
Sticky Tape
Tray or Cardboard or something similar for putting paint on

To Make
1. Print out our draw the outline of a poppy. We used this one here
2. Wrap the bubble wrap around the rolling pin and tape it in place
3. Squirt paint onto the tray or cardboard - you will need something with no lip so the rolling pin can be covered in paint
 4. Roll the rolling pin through the paint

5. Roll the paint covered rolling pin over the poppy outline

6. Let Dry
7. From black paper cut an oval for the center of the poppy. From the green paper cut a stem and some grass

8. Once dry cut out your poppy
9. Glue everything onto a black piece of paper and the black oval onto the center of the poppy.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Tip: If you are working with younger children you could make this poppy without the stem and the grass.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Self Portrait

I love to see how children draw themselves and how it changes as they grow. With this fun idea you can turn a child's self portrait into a piece of holiday art and I am sure it could be used on more occasions than just Easter.
For Halloween you could try a witches hat or monster teeth, at Christmas adding antlers could be fun or even some heart shaped sunglasses for Valentines Day ...... I'm sure with a bit of imagination you could come up with all sorts of ideas.

You will need
Paper - we used blue, white, pink an black
Marker Pens

To Make
1. From the white and pink paper cut bunny ears and from the black paper cut whiskers
2. Ask you child to draw themselves, they may need to be guided to draw in the bottom three quarters of the page so it leaves room for the bunny ears
3. Stick on the ears and whiskers

4. Display

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