Tuesday, 14 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Felt Tablet Picture Board by Laura Murray
Smart phone and tablets are all the rage these days, especially with kids. So why not have your little ones make their very own felt tablet picture board which they can use to create countless patterns, pictures and stories simly by layering fun felt shapes! It'll get them away from the screens and using their imaginations, plus it's great use for any felt scraps you may have lying around!
What you'll need:
* 1 black piece of felt - A4 size
* 1 white piece of felt - A4 size
* 1 coloured piece of felt - A4 size (for the backing)
* Various different coloured scraps or small pieces of felt
* A4 card stock
* White craft glue
* (optional) Embroidery thread & needle
Start by cutting a piece of black felt in half and rounding off it's corners. Then take half of a white piece and cut it to size for the 'screen'.
Cut some bright coloured felt square buttons for below the screen.
You can either use craft glue to attach the felt pieces to the black base or, if feeling a little adventurous, stitch a simple line of running stitch in similar coloured thread.
Cover the back of the black piece with craft glue, stick it to the piece of card stock and cut off the excess. Then glue the back of the card stock to your piece of coloured stock and trim off the excess.
Now it's time to cut some fun shapes from the colourful felt scraps! Abstract shapes are great for building patterns while simple trees, flowers, clouds and people can inspire pictures and unique stories.
Craft contributed by: Laura Murray (our new craft contributor! Go have a look at her beautiful website! So many more craft projects over there..)
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Birthdays, home parties, letters for friends – we need envelopes for all of of that! And even though you can probably find some nice envelope designs in the shops, they mostly come in white. This is the perfect chance to practice your creativity and design your own envelopes, I’m sure it will be lots of fun and make your friends feel extra special when receiving such an envelope. Don’t worry about your painting skills, this activity is about creative thinking and is suitable for very little ones too!
What you will need:
* A couple of envelopes (as many as you want to use for inviting your friends)
* Watercolours or gouache
* A painting brush
* A black marker
Step 1:Pour a glass of water and set everything ready for painting. Start painting abstract or geometrical shapes on the envelopes without thinking what it is going to be upfront.
Step 2: Once the paint has dried, paint over the other side. Let all the envelopes dry completely.
Step 3: When dry, take a good look at all your shapes: what do they look like to you? Use your creativity and add little details here and there with the marker to transform shapes into characters and objects.
Step 4: Envelopes are ready to put your letters or party invitations in and to be sent off to your friends!
Hope your characters will make your friends smile, and the postman too! - Yuliya
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Make your own soccer-themed treats by Anouk van der El from Make History
The world of soccer gained a lot of fans over this World Cup summer and kids are no exception! Surprise your birthday boy or girls and their friends with these soccer themed treats.
What you will need:
* 25 cupcakes
* 3 paper straws
* green paper
* piece of cardboard or peg board
* two different colours for the two teams
* white Posco (or similar) marker
* 25 small straws or small skewers
* roll of double sided tape
* masking tape
Step 1. Bake as many cupcakes as needed for your kid's treats.
Step 2. Stick green paper on cardboard/pegboard.
Step 3. Draw the lines with white marker as shown in picture. We used the tape rolls to create the circles.
Step 4. Use the holes of the pegboard or create holes in he cardboard for the soccer goal and corner flags.
Step 5. Measure the distance between the goal's holes and fold the straw so it fits nicely. At the bottom, once the poles are inserted, make 4 little incisions and fold to the outside so the straws stay in place.
Step 6. Cut the third straw in four small pieces for the corner poles. Make similar incisions at the bottom and fold to the outsides so they stay in place as well.
Step 7. Use a piece of masking tape to create the corner flags.
Step 8. Use this T-shirt printable and cut out the teams' outfits in two different colors. Stick a piece of strong double sided tape on the inside of one t-shirt, stick the straw/skewer on it and stick the second t-shirt on top. Stick the outfit on a cupcake et voila, you're done!
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