Want to swan around? Make these graceful swans with your children

Want to swan around?  Enjoy creating these joyful, graceful paper plate swans with your children. They would look great on a mural with lily pads and a pond. You could also paint the swans black and add some glitter to make them sparkle.
Sam
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Materials: paper plate, black marker, handful of white feathers, PVA glue, small amount of red paint, scissors, small paintbrush
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Step 1: Using a marker or pencil, mark lines on the paper plate as shown. A ruler may help to make the straight line (the back of the swan).
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Step 2: Cut out the shape.
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Step 3: Using red paint carefully paint the beak shape. Let it dry.
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Step 4: Draw the eye on with black marker. With PVA glue attach the white feathers (going in one direction) along the back of the swan. Let it dry.

Quote for the day …
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
JK Rowling

Feel like giving a roar? Make spaghetti lion heads with your kids.

Feel like giving a roar? Make these fun spaghetti lion heads with your kids and give them something to roar about! Remember variations can always be made – colour your spaghetti for  a multi-coloured mane. Make different expressions on the lion’s face. Celebrate each masterpiece!!
Sam
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Materials: handful of raw spaghetti, yellow paper, black marker, small piece of white paper, scissors, PVA glue, A3 white paper.
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Step 1: Mark a circle head shape, including ears onto the yellow paper.
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Step 2: Cut two small semi circle shape pieces out of white paper and glue them into the ears.
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Step 3: Mark whiskers and nose on the face and glue on the goggle eyes.
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Step 4: Cut out face shape.
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Step 5: Glue face shape in the middle of the A3 paper. Break raw spaghetti pieces to fit around the face and glue on with PVA glue to form the mane.
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Step 6: Make these various lengths. Let it dry.

Quote for the day …
“Where there is kindness there is goodness. Where there is goodness there is magic.”
Cinderella

 

Want to be spellbound? Enjoy watching the patterns of colour come together making this crafty rainbow serpent.

 Make a Rainbow Serpent 

Want to be spellbound? Enjoy watching the patterns of colour come together in this simple but crafty rainbow serpent. You could paint the scales or use dot painting as other ideas. Depending on the ages of your children will determine the level of patterning and scale collage. Have fun creating beautiful pieces of art.

Sam

Make a rainbow serpent
Materials: Various coloured pieces of paper, paper plate, 2 goggle eyes, paper glue, large circle punch, scissors, tin foil.
Make a rainbow serpent
Step 1: Cut out a snake shape from the paper plate. Start from the outside and cut at a slight angle and evenly spaced until you reach the centre and leave a larger space at the middle for the head.
Make a rainbow serpent
Step 2: Either cut out or use a large circle punch to make circles for the scales.
Make a rainbow serpent
Step 3: Collect a range of different coloured dots.
Make a rainbow serpent
Step 4: Glue the dots onto the serpent as scales and make sure to include circles of tin foil to make the scales shine.
Make a rainbow serpent
Step 5: After the serpent’s back is covered in beautiful, shiny scales either paint the head or colour it in.
Make a rainbow serpent
Step 6: I used a green Sharpie pen for the snake’s head. Cut out a tongue shape from the left over paper and glue both the tongue and the eyes onto the serpents head.

Quote for the day …
“I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body.”
Dele Olanubi

Want to be spoiled this Mother’s Day? Help your kids create a vase of flowers

Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday!!

Enjoy helping your kids to make this creative treat. Hang it on the fridge or cupboard. Make one for Grandma as well, she’ll love it.  Using water colours can be fun. Try experimenting with the amount of water added and watch the different shades appear. Spray a light sprinkling of perfume for a little something extra.

Sam

Make a Mother's Day vase
Materials: Black paper, various other colours of paper. One large A3 white paper, black marker, scissors, paper glue, set of watercolour paints.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Step 1: Cut a piece of black paper into a square of rectangle shape. I used 16cm by 17cm.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Step 2: On the other pieces of coloured paper mark out 2 cm by 2cm squares.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Step 3: Cut out the squares.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Step 4: Arrange the coloured squares onto the black paper. They could be in an ordered or scattered arrangement.
Make a Mothers Day vase
Step 5: Glue the black paper onto the A3 sheet of white paper near to the bottom.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Step 6: With a pencil first draw some messy flowers arranged in the vase. Go over the lines with a marker pen. Rub out pencil marks.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Step 7: With watercolours paint in the stems and flowers and let it dry.
Make a Mother's Day vase
Completed vase!

Quote for the day …

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”

Sir Edmund Hillary 

 

Made your mark? Create easy penguin footprints with your kids!

Make your mark!!! Create these easy penguin footprints with your kids. These could be turned into gift cards or used for school projects about Antarctica. You could make a colony of them for a wall display. So simple, so easy, so joyful!!!!

Sam

Make a penguin
Materials: black card, orange paper, white paper, glue. 2 goggle eyes, pencil (for tracing).
Make a penguin
Step 1: Trace your child’s foot with a pencil on to the black card.
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Step 2: Tidy up the pencil marks after you remove the foot from the card. Cut out the footprint.
Make a penguin
Step 3: Measure the white paper against black foot and draw an oval shape covering the middle section of the foot. This will create the tummy area of the penguin.  Draw a triangle shape onto the orange paper and cut it out.
Make a penguin
Step 4: Glue on the white tummy, beak and the two google eyes. Let it dry.
Make a penguin
Finished Penguin

Quote for the day …
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Dr Seuss