Tuesday, 3 March 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Make your own funny family portrait by Yuliya from Yufrukt
Do you have a big sister or a little brother? Does anyone in your family have a moustache?
Today we’re going to make a fun family portrait collage using a bunch of colourful paper shapes and some imagination. Don’t be offended mamas and papas, you don’t really have square noses and triangle eyes!
What you will need:
* Colourful paper
* A pair of scissors
* Glue stick/glue
* a plain sheet of paper
* A marker
* A ruler
Cut out lots of different paper shapes. The more you cut out, the more fun you will have constructing funny faces.
Take your plain sheet of paper and draw a frame. Use the ruler to make straight lines.
Cut out face shapes (circle, oval or maybe even square?). You will need a face shape for each member of your family. Once you have your face shapes, start playing around with mini shapes and constructing different kinds of faces.
To make this activity more fun, don’t glue your shapes straight away, take your time to discuss facial features and what is different/similar about them in different people (papa has a big nose, little sister has bushy eyebrows, etc).
Once you’ve constructed your funny family portrait, go ahead and glue all the details together. And now lets add the last touches with the marker!
Show your portrait to all the family members and have a laugh together! - Yuliya
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Split-pin Robot puppets by Laura Murray
Paper craft is a great activity for kids; it's develops fine motor skills and has minimal materials and clean-up. Kid's will enjoy cutting out and creating this adorable split-pin robot. And when they're done, they'll have hours of entertainment making puppet shows and poses with this fully-jointed little character! - Laura
What you will need:
* Corrugated cardboard in multiple colours
* Split pins in fun colours
* Masking tape
* Large circle punch (optional)
Step 1: First, cut a large rectangle for the body (mine was around 15cm x 10cm) from corrugated cardboard. Then cut some smaller rectangles in contrasting colours to layer on top. Attach these rectangles using split pins to give the impression of panels of buttons. It can help to first poke a hole in the cardboard with the point of your scissors or a large needle (kid's will need supervision for this!) to make inserting the split-pins easier.
Step 2: Next, cut a piece of card for the head (my was approx 8cm x 6cm) and punch (or simply cut) two large circles for eyes and attach with split pins. Now cut a piece 6.5cm long and around 4cm wide and attach with masking tape to the bottom of the head and top of the body. Now your robot has a neck!
Step 3: For the arms and legs, cut 4 strips around 17cm long and 4cm wide. Cut each strip in half and then rejoin with a split pin to make elbow and knee joints. Then attach to the body. Add extra rectangles on the bottom of the legs to make feet.
And there you go! - Laura
Thank you Laura for this awesome DIY!
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Valentine's glitter hearts by Emma of Showpony
This is a really simple little valentine’s gift that is definitely easy enough for you to do with your kiddo, and quick enough that even young ones won’t get distracted.
What you'll need:
For the salt dough:
* Half a cup of water
* 1 cup of flour
* 1 cup of salt
* Glitter (we used chunky glitter but fine stuff would work just as well.)
* Heart shaped cookie cutters
* Badge backs or magnets
Make the salt dough. Just dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix it up with your hands.
Then add in your chosen glitter, we just kept sprinkling it in and mixing it up until it looked like enough.
Then onto a clean surface roll out your dough to about ½ cm thick and using your cookie cutters stamp out your shapes and place onto a baking tray.
If you didn’t have heart shaped cutters I’m sure you could freehand this easily enough.
If you want to string them with twine don’t forget to make a little hole in the heart before you bake them.
Then bake your salt dough hearts at around 110°C/225°F/Gas Mark ¼ for 2-3 hours or until they are hard and completely dry. You can air dry them but it takes around 48 hours.
Once dry you can glue on a badge backing or magnet or string through your twine.
Ready to hang as decorations or give away for Valentines Day. - Emma of Showpony
Craft contributed by: Emma of Showpony