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Project #170: DIY Mushroom Theatre

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Make your own Mushroom Theatre by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Young children learn by imagining and doing. When a child engages in pretend or dramatic play, he is experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. That's why all kinds of puppets and theatre crafts are so popular. Today I decided to make a simple cardboard puppet theatre with a mushroom family for the troupe of actors.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

What you will need:
* A piece of paper (for sketching)
* A cardboard box
* A pair of scissors
* A pencil
* A needle and thread for sewing
* A couple of bright colours of gouache paint
* A paintbrush
*A square of cotton fabric (or other thin fabric)
* 5 skewers

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 1:
Take a pencil and paper and sketch designs for your mushrooms. I made a family of four.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 2:
When you have decided on your designs, draw them on the cardboard (try to use your box economically) and cut them out.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 3:
Now cut out a frame that will become our "stage".

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 4:Dress up your puppets with colours. Paint in layers: first, colour the body; and when the paint is dry enough, paint the details.
Decorate your stage too.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 5:
Take your piece of fabric and cut it to the size of a frame — it's going to be your stage curtain! Stitch through the top of the curtain so you can "open" and "close" it, but don't cut off the thread (you will need it to attach your curtain to the frame). Make a little cut on each side of the frame and attach the curtain by hooking the thread edges in the cuts.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 6:
Carefully stick the skewers in between the layers of cardboard on your puppets. If you are using a cardboard that is too thin, attach the skewers with the tape on the back side of the puppets and the frame.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 7:You are all set for the performance!

Have fun playing with your little ones! - Yuliya

.. Yufrukt

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Project #169: DIY Felt flowers (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

Make your own felt flowers by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Surprise the ones picking you up with some nice flowers. Also a great gift for the stewardesses. Guaranteed VIP service for the rest of the flight! Although felt is more durable, you can also use colored paper sheets for the flowers. Entertainment time: 60 minutes +

What you will need:
* sheets of colored felt
* pipe cleaners
* scissors ( remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so precut when flying)

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

Step 1. Cut felt as shown in pictures
Step 2. Twist around a pipe cleaner

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

Here are just some alternate ways to create felt flowers. You can make a whole bouquet with different types and colors of felt flowers.

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

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Project #168: DIY Cockpit (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem kids | DIY kids craft travel series- DIY Cockpit by Anouk van der El ( free cockpit printable)

Make your own cockpit by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Kids love to be involved, so if you are traveling by plane let your kids be the pilots. Great fun for that first half hour when preparing for take off. You can create your own cockpit or use our printable and color/fill in together with your kids. Entertainment time: 30 minutes +

What you will need:
* sheets of paper
* coloring markers
* circle stencil or round shaped object

Bloesem kids | DIY kids craft travel series- DIY Cockpit by Anouk van der El ( free cockpit printable)

Step 1. Draw circles and fill in/print cockpit printable.
Step 2. Color and fill in (your route, departure and arrival time etc.)
Step 3. Tape to the seat in front of you.

Bloesem kids | DIY kids craft travel series- DIY Cockpit by Anouk van der El ( free cockpit printable)

Click to download the cockpit printable

Have a safe and fun flight!

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Project #167: DIY Veggie Creatures

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Make your own Veggie Creatures by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Playing with food is famously fun among kids but we tend to not encourage this when a family gather around dinner table for a meal. But why not to let your little helpers play with fresh colourful veggies while you are cooking? This activity is proved to be lots of fun by children and myself and it's full of curious discoveries too: how do different vegetables smell? do they have seeds inside? why does the juice come out when we prick the skin of the vegetable? Your children will surely come up with much more questions. Have fun!

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

What you will need:
* Aubergine
* Bell pepper
* Carrot
* Two tiny potatoes
* Ginger
* Scissors
* Skewers (or toothpicks)
* Knife
* Ribbon (optional)
* Chopping board

 Note: you can replace, mix and match vegetables according to your fridge stock and colour choice. Just make sure those are not soft/juicy vegetables.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 1:
Using scissors cut your skewers into small pieces.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 2:
Chop up ginger into 4 bits (it's going to be your creature's legs) and carrots into multiple bits (it's going to be eyes, noses or perhaps a mouth). Now take your little vegetable parts and little potatoes and skewer them all one by one.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 3:
Then stick the "body-parts" onto the big veggies.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 4:
We made a creature that looks like a mole and an alien mouse! What have you got?

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 5:
Play with your creatures while dinner is simmering :)

Have fun in the kitchen! - Yuliya

.. Yufrukt

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Project #165: DIY story book from one single sheet (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Single sheet paper story book DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Make your own story book from one single sheet by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Let your offspring write and illustrate their first travel novel. All you need is a single sheet of paper and some coloring markers. Entertainment time: 60 minutes +

What you will need:
* sheet of paper
* coloring markers
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so either fold well and tear in a straight line or precut)


Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Single sheet paper story book DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 1. Fold single paper halfway three times
Step 2. Cut paper in the middle
Step 3. Stand it up
Step 4. Fold it into a book
Step 5. Create your own story

Now sit back and let your little artist get to work!

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Project #164: DIY Necklace (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Make your own world clock by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Impress your co-travellers and design your own smashing jewelry line! A couple of beads and thread will do but we used some other fun accessories that you might have lying around. Entertainment time: 45 minutes +

What you will need:
* 3 straws
* string (50 cm)
* pasta bow ties
* beads
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed so precut the string and straws if you are flying)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 1. (Pre)cut string
Step 2. (Pre)cut the coloured straws. We used paper straws but any straws will do.
Step 3. Colour the bow tie pasta in a colour you like.

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 4. Arrange in any order you like and create a colourful necklace.

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Put on the necklace and look like a  million bucks as you get off the plane and meet your friends and family at your destination!

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Project #163: World clock DIY

  Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: World Clock DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Make your own world clock by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Whether you are teaching you kids to tell the time of want to explain the different time zones you will be traveling to, this is a great simple educational craft project. Entertainment time: 45 minutes +

What you will need:
* White and colored carton
* split pin
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so cut before flying)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: World Clock DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 1. (Pre)cut a big circle
Step 2. (Pre)cut the hands in contrasting colors
Step 3. Write the numbers 1 - 12 on the clock's face
Step 4. Put a split pin through the hands and the middle of the clock

Then let the educational fun ensue!

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Project #162: DIY Animal Laterns

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Make your own Animal laterns by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Kids are not always keen on going to bed so we have to lure them in with bedtimes stories, lullabies and other kind of things. Lighting their own lantern before getting into bed could be one of them! Make a spooky looking cat and a colourful mouse together with your little ones and tell your bedtime stories with the lights off and the lanterns on!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects
 
For making your very own game you will need:
* Thick paper or card (we used black paper for the scary cat and the light yellow one for the colourful carnival mouse)
* colourful tissue paper
* paper knife
* cutting board
* scissors
* pencil and eraser
* glue
* two tea-light candles

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 1:
Draw an outline of the ears of a cat and a mouse on your pieces of paper and cut them out (see the picture below).

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 2:
Now draw their faces (make shapes easy and bold, you will have to cut them out).

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 3:
Using a paper knife and a cutting board cut out eyes, mouths and noses.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 4:
Now take your tissue paper and glue bits of it behind the cut outs. Use any colours you like!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Once you've stuck the coloured tissue on, flip the cards over. This is how it should look from the "face side".

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 5:
Glue two sides of the latern together so that the card forms a cylinder. Make sure that the cylinder isn't too tight - there needs to be some room between the paper latern and the flame of the candle!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 6:
Wait until it's dark and light the tea-light candles, placing the laterns over them carefully to see your laterns come to life!

Enjoy you bedtime stories! - Yuliya

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Project #161: Funny mixed characters

Bloesem Kids | Kids travel crafts - funny mixed characters by Anouk van der El of TimeCapsule

Make your own funny mixed characters by Anouk van der El from Make History

Last week we started our kids travel series with crafts contributed by my good friend Anouk van der El... This week we continue with the second project in this 7 part series...  We hope you get a bunch of laughs out of this activity.. We sure did!.. Entertainment time: 30 minutes +

This is probably the simplest of all the crafts in this series but it can be fun and entertaining for the whole family! Great fun for the kids to entertain them while traveling from place to place or in restaurants during meal time.

What you will need:
* sheet of paper,
* coloring markers

Bloesem Kids | Kids travel crafts - funny mixed characters by Anouk van der El of TimeCapsule

Step 1. Fold paper sheet in three
Step 2. Everybody draws a face (can be the face of anything) on the top part. Try not to look at the other drawings.
Step 3. Turn page to middle part and hand sheet over to the next person.
Step 4. Everybody draws a tummy.
Step 5. Turn the page to the bottom part and hand the sheet over to the next person.
Step 6. Everybody draws legs and feet.
Step 7. Reveal the combined masterpieces!

Repeat as many times as you like and see how many different funny mixed characters you guys can come up with!

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Project #160: Compliment boxes

Bloesem Kids | Kids travel craft projects - no. 1 of 7: Make your own compliment boxes

Make your own compliment boxes by Anouk van der El from Make History

We are going on vacation ... and often this means travelling ... spending time on the road, airplane or bus ... to make sure our kids dont get bores my friend Anouk van der El has created 7 wonderful craft projects to keep our kids busy the coming weeks ... Entertainment time: 60 minutes +... today we start with number.

What you will need:
* colored sheets of paper,
* glue
*  coloring markers
* colored strings
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so if you’re flying either fold well and tear in a straight line or precut)

Bloesem Kids | Kids travel craft projects - no. 1 of 7: Make your own compliment boxes

Step 1. Pick two square coloured sheets of paper
Step 2. (Pre)cut one a tiny bit smaller
Step 3. Fold both sheets four times
Step 4. (Pre)cut at the 4 ends as shown
Step 5. Fold the cut ends in and glue them to the sides
Step 6. Decorate the box’ content
Step 7. Wrap with a small bow or string

Have fun & remember, you're a peach!

 

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