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

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Easter Egg Suncatcher

This Easter Craft will brighten up your windows and is simple enough for a wide range of age groups to enjoy.

You will need
Clear contact
Tissue paper in different colours
Sticky tape
Black Paper

To Make
1. From the black paper cut an Easter egg shaped border
2. Cut or tear up the tissue paper into small pieces they don't need to be all the same size or shape
3. Cut as piece of contact paper a little larger than your Easter egg border, pee; the backing off and tape it sticky side up onto the table. Sticking it to the table stops the contact from rolling up and sticking to itself
4. Place the Easter egg border into the middle of the contact, you may need to press it down a little to make sure it is nicely stuck

5. Fill the middle of the Easter egg with the coloured pieces of tissue paper

6. Once finished cover with another piece of contact paper

7. To finish off the suncatcher trim off the excess contact by cutting around the outside edge of the egg border
8. Display in a window

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Rainbow Necklace

 This idea came straight from Hands on : as we grow and Neevah loves it! Not only does she love the necklace she thoroughly enjoyed making it, the highlight had to be punching holes in each circle.
For all the information on how it was made and the learning outcomes pop over to their blog post.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Reach for the Stars - Goals

 This idea was inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest, the original artwork looked quite intricate and would probably be suited to slightly older children but I was able to easily adapt it to work for Neevah. We started this activity by discussing what she would like to learn and do as she gets older ..... Neevah decided she would like to be an Artist when she grows up so we put this as her goal.

You Will Need
Black paper or card (taller than A4)
Yellow paper
Marker pens or Paint

To Make
1. Trace around your child's arm

2. Let them colour or paint their arm

3. Cut out the arm and from the yellow paper cut out a star(s)
4. On the star write your child's goal - Neevah wrote her own
5. Glue the arm and stars onto the black paper

Our Finished Piece of Art

I really like how this turned out, it will be a great keepsake and something we can look back on in the future to see if her goal changes. I could also see this working in a classroom situation either with shared classroom goals or with what each child would like to do/be when they grow up.
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