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Project #159: Make your own memory game

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Make your own memory game using colourful shapes by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Kids (and adults) love games — on the table and on the screen. But as we probably look at screens more than enough, let's try and make our own memory game. Memory games are good fun but what is even more important – they improve our… memory! What I especially like about this craft activity is that children will be creating their own characters for the game by using geometrical shapes.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

For making your very own game you will need:
* a pair of scissors
* card (or thick paper)
* colourful paper (different colours)
* glue
* pencil (possibly eraser)
* marker
* ruler

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Step 1:
Using a ruler and a pencil make a grid of 20 squares (or less if you are making it for a very young child — we did 6 X 6 cm squares) and cut them apart.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Step 2:
Now take your favourite colours of paper and cut out different geometrical shapes. It's going to be good practice for children who have already started with school and an opportunity to introduce shapes to the very little ones. Try to make all shapes in pairs as you will need to use the same shape twice to create exactly the same image on two cards.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Step 3:
When you cut out enough shapes, have fun creating funny characters together! Use your imagination and turn squares and circles into animals or monsters. Some children will probably enjoy making abstract images which is cool too.

Important: don't make images too complicated, you will have to recreate each of them as in memory games every image has a pair.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Step 4:
Use a marker to draw the details. (give your characters faces, buttons or big sharp claws). Try to make each pair look as similar as possible.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Step 5:
This step is optional. As we were using brown card we decided to cut out and glue on backs for our cards to make them more colourful when they are face down.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Step 6:
When you have enough cards to start a memory challenge, it's time to play! In case you don't know, here are the rules:

Shuffle the cards. Lay out the cards face down in rows on the table or floor. Make sure the cards are not touching each other. They need to be able to be flipped over without disturbing any cards around them. Decide who will go first. Typically it is the youngest player that goes first.

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

The first player chooses a card and carefully turns it over. The player then selects another card and turns it over. If the two cards are a matching pair (for example, two robots) then they take the two cards and start a stack. The player is awarded another turn for making a match and goes again.

If the player does not make a matching pair, play continues for the next player, who tries to match another pair of cards. Use your memory to collect the most card pairs!

Bloesem Kids | Kids Craft project: Make your own memory game

Have fun :)  - Yuliya

.. Yufrukt

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Project #158: DIY Jam Jar Gnome Terrarium

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Jam-jar gnome terrarium by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Nature crafts are one of my favourites as touching bugs, smelling moss and collecting sticks is essential for ones childhood. Jam jar terrarium craft is lots of fun for both making and collecting materials for, so get ready for a lovely walk to a nearby park/forest/beach.

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium

What you'll need:
* moss / grass / flowers / leaves
* pinecones / needles / bits of bark / acorns
* shells / sand / pebbles
* short thick stick (for making a gnome)
* jam jar
* scissors
* a bit of rope / ribbon
* poster paint (gouache)
* thin paintbrush
* box cutter

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium

Step1:
take your jar and fill it up with nature's treasures arranging it nicely in layers. (for example put a layer of sand then a layer of moss then a pinecone, etc)

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium

Step 2:
Carve the end of the thick stick with a box cutter in a cone shape (pointy end will be gnome's hat) and make sure you carve off enough bark to be able to paint the gnome's face and beard.

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium

Step 3:
paint the pointy bit to be the gnome's hat

Step 4:
paint the eyes, nose and beard

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium
Step 5:
put your gnome inside the jar - it's his own little hideout

Step 6:
decorate mouth of the jar with a rope or a ribbon

Bloesem Kids | DIY jam jar gnome terrarium

It's done!!! Hope you enjoyed it.

 

Craft contributed by: Yuliya

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Project #157: DIY Your Very Own Stuffed Animal

My kids love to draw, and they love stuffed animals. So when I suggested we make our own stuffed animals, they jumped at the chance. The sky's the limit with this project - because anything they draw can be turned into a 'stuffy.'  Huge grins told me they were so proud when they saw the final product - of something they had created out of nothing.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

DIY Your Very Own Stuffed Animal
What you'll need:

*paper
*markers
*felt (white and one bright color)
*thread and needle
*straight pins
*scissors
*iron-on printer paper
*iron
*stuffing 

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 1:
Draw an animal, creature, monster - whatever you want!

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 2:
Color-photocopy the drawing onto iron-on printer paper.

Step 3:
Cut out the printed version, leaving no white around the edges.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 4:
Place the printout face down on the piece of white felt. Follow the instructions on the iron-on printer paper package for best results.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 5:
Peel the iron on paper off the felt.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 6:
Place the white felt on the colored felt and pin around the edges of the drawing. Cut around the edges, leaving a 1/4 inch margin.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 7:  
Sew around the animal, stopping two inches before you reach the beginning stitches.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 8:
Stuff the animal, being sure to fill in any nooks and crannies.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 9:
Sew the edges shut, and knot tightly.

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Step 10:
Enjoy your creature!

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

Bloesem Kids | Craft Project: DIY Your Own Stuffed Animal

A note from Bloesem: Thank you Chiara for a great craft contribution! We hope you are your children enjoy this craft as much as Chiara's kids did. Happy crafting!

.. More of Chiara on her blog!

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Project #156: DIY easter wooden gift tag

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

DIY Easter wooden gift tag
what you'll need:

*balsa wood
*awl
*cutter
*paint (3D-liner suitable for fabrics, wood, glass)
*designs of easter inspired theme
*transferpaper
*pen
*cord, safety pin...

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

Step 1:
Print out a design of a bunny, or easter inspired theme.

Step 2:
Place the transferpaper between your design and wooden surface.

Trace the contours of your design using a pointed pencil. I used black transferpaper, not the blue version.

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

Step 3:
Customize your design with the paint, I used a 3D-liner, it gives a nice effect. Let it dry.

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Step 4:
Cut out your design.

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

Make a hole and put safety pin or ribbon through.

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

Let's start wrapping.....Happy easter Bloesem Bunnies

Bloesem Kids | DIY project: Easter wooden gift tag

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Project #155: DIY Paper Doily Bowl

Bloesem Kids | DIY Paper Doily Bowl

When I was born  my mum gave all relatives and friends a birth present with some chocolates. To present the chocolates my grandmother crocheted more

than a hundred doilies and made bowls with it using a sugar-water technique.

I still love doilies so much and of course you saw plenty of DIY on the internet with the vintage crocheted doilies, but as I can’t find them in Zimbabwe I was looking for an alternative.

So I thought let’s try the papier mâché technique on the paper doilies, and yes….the paper version you can find here in Africa without any problem and I liked the result, hope you’ll like it too!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Paper Doily Bowl

 
DIY paper doily bowl.

what you'll need:
*white PVA glue
*brush
*bowl
*water
*paper doilies
*balloon (waterbomb)
*glass
*newspaper/tablecloth

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Step 1:
Protect your work surface with some newspaper or use a tablecloth

Step 2:
Blow up your balloon. Depending on the size of your doily you can use a normal-sized balloon or the smaller waterbomb balloons.

Step 3:
Make the papier mâché. You’ll find lot’s of versions on the internet, but this one is very easy and worked very well.

Mix In a bowl 2/3 white PVA glue and 1/3 water.

Step 4:
Soak the doilies in the papier mâché paste. Layer the doily on your balloon.
Bloesem Kids | DIY Paper Doily Bowl

I tested a variety of doilies and the best result you’ll get with the thicker doilies often coated with gold or silver.

Step 5:
Let it dry. It can take 24 hours, so be patient.

Step 6:
Pop the balloon. It's possible that you need to shape your bowl a little bit.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Paper Doily Bowl

Lovely to use as an eastern basket, flower, table or wall decoration…..Enjoy!

All images by Véronique

.. Pichouline

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Project #154: DIY Heart-shaped Paper Holder

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

DIY heart-shaped paper holder

what you'll need:

*square paper (for example 15x15cm)

*cutter/scissors

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Step 1:

Cut and use half of your square paper

Step 2:

Fold in half and unfold

Step 3:

Fold edge to edge at center crease.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Step 4-5:

Turn. Fold corners down to the corner of your triangle.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Step 6-7:

Open up and squash fold. Repeat on the other side

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Step 8:

Fold corners to the crease and unfold.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Step 9:

Fold corners in. 

Step 10:

Fold edge to edge.

Step 11:

Fold the top of your inner triangle down.

Step 12:

Fold edge to edge.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Step 13:

Fold top corners down.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Final step:

To insert your paper: insert the corner of your paper into the pocket of the heart, fold the corner down to lock your paper and heart together.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

Happy Valentines !

Bloesem Kids | DIY Valentines Heart shaped Paper Holder

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Project #153: Spec-tacular Valentine’s Day glasses

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

As I prepared for Valentine’s Day this year I knew I wanted to come up with a craft that was fun but didn’t include chocolate or sweets. Now that both of my children are at school (and knowing they would want to make gifts for their classmates) I also wanted a craft they could make on their own – or with minimal assistance. My Spec-tacular Valentine’s Day glasses fit the bill and were inspired by my four year old who just loves wearing sunglasses. 

What you’ll need:
*Spec-tacular Valentine Printable (link: http://littlelovely.typepad.com/littlelovely/2014/02/free-spec-tacular-valentines-day-craft-printable.html
*Scissors
*Glue
*Glitter (optional)

Step 1:
Cut out the Spec-tacular Valentine’s Day cover, glasses and glasses arms.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

Optional Step 2:
Add glue to the glasses frame and decorate with glitter. Set aside to dry.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project


Step 3:
Secure arms to the back of the glasses frame with glue. This can be achieved by folding over a section of the arm (about the width of the glasses frame) and gluing. Set aside to dry. Note: You may want to staple or cellotape the arms of the glasses if you think the recipient may be heavy-handed.

Step 4: Fold the cover along the lines as shown. Apply glue to the cover flaps and secure. Set aside to dry.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

Step 5: When your items are dry, place glasses inside cover and give to your Valentine.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

Happy Valentine's everyone! 

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

 

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Project #152: DIY Ironing Beads Garland

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DIY word catcher by Véronique from Pichouline

As a child I loved to make different shapes and designs with ironing beads. Still a lot of people do not know this lovely creative game.

As you know I love parties & this beads……so let’s make a garland with it!

what you'll need:
*ironing beads
*pegboard
*ironing/baking paper
*iron
*ribbon
*needle

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Step 1:

Use the pegboard to make your circles, or any other shape.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Step 2: This step has to be done by an adult.

Preheat your iron to medium setting. Cover the beads with the ironing paper, you can also use baking paper. Gently iron on to your paper, for about 15sec, make sure the beads still have an open center. Depending on the beads and your iron the time can be less or more.

Once the design is cool, peel off your baking paper, turn around your design cover your design with baking paper and iron again. Don’t overheat it as you want to keep the center of your bead open.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Step 3:

Put a ribbon through the opening of your circle….

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Tada….It’s easy as it is! Let’s party….!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

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Project #151: Play Diapers

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

Play Diapers
 by Nora Vrba from La Fête

Now that Puck is going to be a big sister, playing with her doll Doris is one of the main activities. Bathing, sleeping, feeding and changing diapers became serious business. So these play diapers turned to be very handy.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers


what you'll need:
• the doll that needs some diapers
• piece of paper
• pencil
• some thick cloth (I used flannel, but an old towel will work too)
• velcro
• thread (I used contrasting colors)
• scissors
• sewing machine
• pins

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

Step 1 – make your pattern
. Fold the piece of paper, to get the center. Put your model on top of it. Make a rough sketch of the diaper on the left, right and bottom. Remove the doll, fold the paper, so you get a quarter of the diaper. Cut. Open the pattern and fit it on the doll. Trim the front, and shape the edges. So get a good fit. If it’s not working, just take a new piece of paper and repeat until you have a good fitting pattern.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

Step 2 – cut
Place your pattern on top of your diaper cloth, trace and cut.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers


Step 3 – sew
Choose a stitch to finish the edges, any form of zigzag will do. If you have stretchy material, choose a stitch according to that. Pin one larger piece of velcro on the front and two smaller pieces on the inside of each side of the back flaps. Sew to secure.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers


Step 4 – play
Your done. Happy diaper changing!

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

All images bNora Vrba 

 .. La Fête 

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Project #150: DIY bird garland

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

Bird Garland by Nora Vrba from La Fête

We have this little tradition of making a bird garland every winter. A small fun project to help the birds get through the time of year they have a little less food. It’s fun to watch them eat and spot all kinds of birds. It also makes very nice gift.

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

what you'll need:
about 250grs raw, unpeeled peanuts
a piece of string
knitting needle
long (upholstery) needle

  Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial


Step 1 – pierce
Pierce all peanuts with the knitting needle. The center of the peanut works best.

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

Step 2 – string
Thread the string through all the peanuts. A little helping hand to slide the nuts is very welcome

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial


Step 3 – enjoy
Find a nice spot to hang your garland, so you can watch the birds enjoy their peanut banquet.

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

 

All images bNora Vrba 

 .. La Fête 

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