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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

.. Yufrukt

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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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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!

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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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