Feel Blue? Create Bright Blue Flowers

Create some brightness in your day by making these simple yet joyful bright blue flowers. Let your child’s imagination run wild by selecting various decorative materials of their choice. Enjoy spending 20 minutes together finding more about each other.

Sam

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Materials: Paper plate, marker, scissors, paint, paintbrushes, various decorative materials.
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Step 1: Use a marker to draw a flower pattern. I made a circle at the base of the plate then from the edge marked approximately every second rectangle out to the centre circle.  Today I chose square shaped petals.
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Step 2: Cut every second rectangle out to the centre circle.
Step 2: Paint in the colour of your choice.
Step 3: Paint in the colour of your choice.
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Step 4: Decorate with various materials. I used glitter glue and a stuck on a ladybug from the dollar shop. Enjoy!!

Quote for the day …
“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.
Maya Angelou

Too busy? Make time to create a Busy Bee!

Feel like you’re too busy? Take some time out with your kids to create a Busy Bee! Teach your young ones how to concertina fold. Watch their faces light up after they see the results of their creations. They won’t be able to wait for the next celebration to help decorate the house with these easy streamers.
Sam
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Materials: Yellow and black paper, small circle of yellow card, one small piece of white paper, two joggle eyes, small piece of glitter pipe cleaner, scissors, PVA glue.
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Step 1: Measure 2 strips of yellow and black A4 paper (approx 3cm wide)
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Step 2: Cut out a strip of black and yellow paper 3cm wide.
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Step 3: Place the two strips in an upside down L shape and glue the ends together.
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Step 4: Concertina fold the yellow and black paper until all paper is used.
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Step 5: Keep folding to the end of the strips.
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Step 6: Glue the ends of strips together. Add more paper if you want a longer body. Trim off any excess paper.
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Step 7: Create the head of the bee using a round piece of yellow card, glue on joggle eyes and pieces of pipe cleaner for antennae. Take the yellow circle of card and glue eyes. After eyes have dried turn head over, cut pipe cleaner into 2 small pieces. Slightly bend the top of each pipe cleaner and glue on to the back of the head.
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Step 8: Draw a set of wings on the white paper and glue them on to the body of the bee.
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Step 9: Glue on the head and leave to dry.

 

Quote for the day …
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist”
Oscar Wilde

Feel like a dinosaur? Make a Plate-o-saurus!

Let the imagination of your children run wild by creating their own dinosaur. This is a super simple activity but yet every creation can be greatly different. I have used pom poms and paint, your kids might like to explore using a variety of other things to decorate.  This art activity is suitable for children aged 3 – 8 years.  Enjoy this little journey!

Sam

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Materials: Paper plate, 2 pom poms, 2 pegs, coloured card, scissors, glue, joggle eye, various coloured paint.
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Step 1: Cut plate in half.
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Step 2: Use one half of plate for the dinosaur back and one half for a simple, throw away paint plate.
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Step 3: Attach the pegs to the pom poms and dip them into different coloured paint. Take it in turns to create dob marks over the half plate. Cover the space. Let it dry.
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Step 4: Draw two legs, a long neck and head and a long slim tail on separate coloured card/ paper. Cut these out.
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Step 5: Glue head and legs on the underside of the plate and let it dry. Add the joggle eye on the head.
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Enjoy your Plate-o-saurus!

Quote for the day
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!
Dr. Seuss

 

Want a little sunshine? Make a sun on a string with your kids

Want a little sunshine in your life?  Make a Sun on a String to brighten your day.  Spend some time with your kids ripping crepe and tissue paper. This is a fun activity in itself! While their fingers are busy use this time for some one on one chatter.  Making sunshine with your children is a joyful experience you will remember.
Sam

Sun on a string
Materials: 1 A4 yellow piece of paper, small roll yellow crepe paper, 1 piece A4 orange tissue paper, 1 paper plate, marker, scissors, glue (craft and paper), piece of string or wool.
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Step 1: Draw a circle in the middle of the paper plate and cut it out.
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Step 2: Punch a hole at the edge of the plate. This hole will be for your string.

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Step 3: Lightly draw a smaller circle inside the cardboard disc. In the inner circle rip, ball and glue small pieces of orange tissue paper. Repeat this action with the yellow crepe paper in the outer circle.
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Step 4: Mark and cut eight, 2cm strips of yellow paper.
Step 3:  Glue each end together with the paper glue.
Step 5: Glue each end together with the paper glue.
Step 3:  Turn the plate and attach the 'rays of sunshine' evenly around the outside of the plate.
Step 6: Turn the plate and attach the ‘rays of sunshine’ evenly around the outside of the plate.
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Step 7: Put string through the hole and let it dry.

Quote for the day …
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce 

Feeling Wise? Make a Paper Plate Owl

Are you a night owl? Try creating these paper plate beauties with your children.  Every owl will be unique. Encourage your kids to experiment with their ideas using colours and paints.  Be brave! Let your child play with the paints, mixing the colours to see what they can make.  Art activities with kids are an exploration. The only mistake is not starting. This is a brilliant activity for kids aged 4 to 7 years.

Sam

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Materials: Three paper plates, paint of your choice, small piece of black paper, yellow paper and orange paper. Various things to decorate eg. Glitter, sequins etc.
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Step 1: Fold one plate in half and cut down the middle. These will be the wings.
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Step 2: Draw half a rectangle at the top of the second plate, these will form the ears head of the owl after you have cut this area out. The remaining whole plate will be the body.

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Step 3: Paint or colour all plates and let dry. Glue all the plates together in the shape of an owl. Let dry.
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Step 4: Draw eye shapes on the yellow piece of paper. Draw two smaller round circles onto black paper and a triangle on the orange paper.
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Step 5: Cut out all pieces.
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Step 6: Glue these pieces onto the head for eyes and a beak.
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Step 7: Decorate your owl with glitter glue/sparkles, extra paint etc. I used by finger to dab a darker blue colour on to the belly of the owl and glitter glue for the feathers. Use whatever you have on hand for decoration.

 


Quote for the day …
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitation, consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.”
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

 

 

Feeling Stuck? Make A Sticky Heart

Contact paper is loads of fun when you are being crafty, but not so much fun when you are trying to cover school books! Keep sharing the love this weekend for Valentines Day by creating these Sticky Hearts.  This art project is suitable for 3 – 10 year olds. (Children will need help removing backing from contact paper)

Sam

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Materials: 2 pieces of contact paper, piece of black card( approx 20cm by 20cm), coloured tissue paper.
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Step 1: Draw a heart shape on the black card covering most of the card. Inside the heart shape draw another heart shape 2 cm inside.
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Step 2: Cut out the outline of your heart inside and out
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Step 3: Peel 1 piece of contact and place on a flat surface. Place heart shape on top of contact.
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Step 4: Tear pieces of tissue paper and place on the inside of the heart shape where the contact is. Cover all areas of the contact.
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Step 5: After all contact is covered, take second piece of contact and cover over the top.
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Step 6: Cut off excess contact around the heart. Put it up to a window and watch it light up the room.

 

Quote for the day …
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Audrey Hepburn

Feeling the love this weekend? Make a Valentines Caterpillar Card

Valentines Day is this weekend. Let those crafty kids get excited and make Mum, Dad or special friends caterpillar cards. Allow them to explore their thoughts and share their creative side with those they love. Enjoy being a love bug!!!! This art project is suitable for 4 – 10 year olds.
Sam

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Materials: Blank card, two joggle eyes, red and pink paper, glue and black marker.
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Step 1: Draw three pink and two red love heart shapes all the same size(approx. 2.5cm width). Draw one larger heart shape in red (approx. 4cm) for the head.
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Step 2: Glue large heart shape down first at one end and on a slight angle. Glue alternate colours in a row overlapping each other.
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Step 3: Glue on eyes and draw on legs and antenna. Draw a cute smile. Allow to dry before writing a lovely message inside.

Quote for the day …
Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Feeling Dull? Create a Colourful Bracelet!

Add some colour to your life with these bracelet creations.  This art activity involves threading and is a great challenge for little toddlers. It is a joy to watch your children’s face as they concentrate.  Sort your beads and straws into groups by colour as an initial activity.  My eldest son would stick his tongue out in concentration as he threaded his beads!!  This project is suitable for kids aged 2 – 6 years.
You will love seeing your son or daughter wearing their bracelet with pride!!
Sam
Make a Bracelet 01
Materials: Pipe cleaner, various coloured beads, straws, scissors.
Step 1: Bend one end of the pipe cleaner into a little circle.
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Step 2: Cut straws into smaller pieces then thread alternate straw pieces and beads onto the pipe cleaner until it fits around the wrist.
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Step 3: Thread the end of the pipe cleaner through the first loop made and cut off any remainder pipe cleaner.

 

Quote for the day
“The key to enjoying the journey is being open to the unknown”
Kristine Carlson

Feeling Creative? Make Lovely Letters

Hello Artisans,
Kids love to learn how to write their name. Show them a fancy way of displaying their initial letter. Stickers are fun to use and help with fine motor control. Enjoy watching them learn how to peel and stick!! For older children use buttons to help with patterning skills.  This art activity for children is suitable for 2 -8 year olds.

This makes a great decoration for your artful kid’s bedroom door!

Sam

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Materials: One piece of card, marker, buttons, stickers, pom poms, etc, PVA glue.
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Step 1: Mark out chosen letter onto card.
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Step 2: Squeeze glue down the middle of letter if using buttons or pom poms.

 

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Step 3: Cover the middle of the letter with buttons, pom poms or stickers. Leave to dry.

 

Quote for the day
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.
Dalai Lama

 

Want a Giggle? Make a Bird of Paradise!

Hello Artisans,
Feathers are great to play with. Use them to tickle your toddler and let them tickle you back. Have you heard your child giggle recently?  I love it!!!  This art activity is suitable for children from 18 months to 7 years.
Sam
Paper Plate Bird 01
Materials: Paper plate, glue, scissors, A4 coloured paper, various coloured feathers, 2 goggle eyes, paint and brush or various coloured markers.
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Step 1: Fold plate in half
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Step 2: Paint or colour the plate. Leave to dry.
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Step 3: Cut 1cm strips of approximately 5 different pieces of coloured paper.
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Step 4: Glue or tape tail paper on one end of the bird.
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Step 5: Apply glue to the body of the bird and stick on feathers.
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Step 6: Glue on goggle eyes and cut a triangle piece out of paper and glue on under the eyes for the beak.
Quote of the day…
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t make”
Wayne Gretzky

Feeling Sluggish? Make a Woolly Snail and feel better!

Bugs are fun to find with your little people. Make this woolly snail and then go and search for some real ones in the garden or at the park. Maybe find other bugs and insects along the way. Explore the world and remember the joy of discovering for yourself. This art activity is suited to kids aged 2 to 6 years.

Sam

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Materials: One paper plate, wool – any colour, felt pen, one piece of A4 card, PVA glue.
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Step 1: Draw snail shell design on the back of paper plate.
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Step 2: Draw snail base on piece of card.
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Step 3: Cut out the base
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Step 4: Cut out the outline of the snails little home.
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Your cut out sections will look something like this.
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Step 5: Glue around the shell shape in circular motion.
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Step 6: Cut pieces of wool and attach around shell making a spiral shape with each piece.
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Step 7: Attach the shell to snail base using your glue and leave to dry and draw on some little eyes (yes this snail has eyes!  Pretty cool hey!).

Quote for the day …
“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
Napoleon Hill

 

Feeling Stressed? Make a Paper Plate Butterfly with Glitter!

Butterflies come in all colours, shapes and sizes. Help your child to create their own magical work of art.  Does the thought of using glitter stress you out? Too much mess? Go outside, put newspaper or a plate down before you start and let them go for it. Kids love sparkle!

Tell me you don’t enjoy it too after trying this activity. Fun for kids aged 2 – 5 yrs.

Sam

Make a Butterfly 01
Materials: Paper plate, felt pen, pipe cleaner, buttons, glitter, sequins (or any other things to decorate), PVA glue and scissors.
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Step 1: Draw two large wedges on either side of the paper plate.
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Step 2: Cut two large wedges out on either side to form wings.
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Step 3: Tie pipe cleaners round the middle so it is halved.
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Step 4: Twist the pipe cleaner at the base then curl the tops to form antennas.
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Step 5: Glue on buttons, sequins and decorate any way else you like.
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Step 6: You may want to do this bit outside. Spread glue around the wings and then sprinkle over your glitter and then tap off the unstuck glitter to reveal your beautiful butterfly.

Quote for the day …
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act!  Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson