Myself, My Place, My Family
My Family Felt Board
The ‘felt’ used in this project is actually a type of kitchen sponge I found at the supermarket. It looks and feels much like felt and provides a perfect surface to attach Velcro to. Of course, you could use real felt – available by the piece or off the roll at haberdashery and craft stores.
Click here for Felt Pictures Pdf
* Younger children could simply draw themselves, their family, house etc onto card and cut out. Then stick small pieces of Velcro to the back of the drawings.
* Holiday Storyboard – Make a storyboard of your family holiday out of a felt backing, photos/drawings and velcro.
An easy way to assemble a miniature house for small figurines and toys.
Variations: try making an office block, hospital or animal farm.
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Australia Day Craft, 3D Sydney Opera House
Patty Pan Chains
This is a super-quick, simple and effective activity for small children. In the example pictured below I have used red, silver and green patty pans so we can hang them on the Christmas tree. However, they don’t have to be for Christmas necessarily, the chains can also be used for necklaces, doorway hangings or fancy party streamers.
All you need is some coloured patty pans, string, drinking straws and a craft knife. I use the kids plastic craft string as it tends to be more rigid and easier for little fingers to thread with.
Cut the straws into pieces roughly 4cm long.
Using the tip of your craft knife punch a small hole into a stack of patty pans. Twist the knife back and forth until the hole goes through all the patty pans. Make sure the hole is not too big. It should be large enough to thread the string through, but small enough that the straw will not pass through.
Make a large knot in the end of the string. Thread a piece of straw followed by a patty pan. Keep alternating straws and patty pans until the chain reaches the desired length. For very young children you may need to hold the string while they thread the pieces on or vice versa.
‘Spacecraft’ at the Loftus Community Centre
School holiday workshops at the Loftus Community Centre have started again. This term the theme was “Spring into Space”, covering all things cosmic.
Today we made 4 crafts:
UFO with an alien driver
Click here for ‘UFO’ instructions.
Lunar Launch Pad for the alien to land on.
Click here for ‘Lunar Launch Pad’ instructions
Spacey Tealight. Made using a glass, cellophane and stars.
Click here for ‘Tealights’ instructions
Cosmic Backdrop. A4 Paper, chalk, circle stencils and stars.
It took some effort but I found the perfect stick for my giant bunch of flowers. It was worth the scrapes and cuts I endured wrestling it from the plum tree. It is surely a stick that has no equal. Stick-tastic! Now to get the flowers onto it…
Foil Flowers made from aluminium foil and tissue paper.
These were inspired by some giant fake flowers I saw in a craft store. They were beautifully constructed out of wire and coloured netting fabric. They were also $25.00 – each. Instead I bought some aluminium foil and tissue paper and came up with my own giant foil flower.
Now all I need is a big stick to make a bunch…..
Coming soon…really big flowers!
Either Sachi has an unusually tiny head or that’s a giant flower she’s holding. Find out how I did it in my next post.
Make the flower, that is, not shrink her head
More from the Loftus Centre
Here are some more samples of the children’s work from my craft workshops at the Loftus Community Centre.
Mini Jungles made with cardboard, twigs, blue cellophane, pebbles, green tissue paper and lots and lots of paper mache glue.
Paper Plate Handbags. We decorated these with sticky back craft foam I found at my local $2 shop.
The bags are made by snipping the top of one paper plate and stapling it, facing inwards, to another plate. Fold the top over and stick a little Velcro on the inside to keep it closed. Then add some string or ribbon for a strap.
Notebooks to fit inside the handbags. Using the same sticky back foam I had the children decorate the front of the books and then slip a mini pencil into the side. The pencils were originally full sized. I cut them in half with pruning shears and sharpened the blunt end. That way they fit into the bags.
Inside the notebook we stapled a small pad of white paper. The cardboard backing is made of recycled cereal boxes.
Loftus Community Centre
I recently ran 2 childrens craft workshops for the Loftus Community Centre School Holiday Program. This term they went wild with a Jungle Theme. The first class was for the younger kids. There are many words I could use to describe running a class of 3-5 year olds, “Simple” and “Relaxing” would not be among them. Never-the-less, we all had fun and I emerged from the 2.5 hours with my sanity intact…more or less… The little ones tackled each project with enthusiasm and gusto. The most popular would have to be the jungle necklaces.
To make a jungle necklace you will need some green card cut into leaf shapes and hole punched at the bottom of each leaf.
Some string - plastic string is the easiest for little fingers to thread - and some coloured tube pasta.
Use food colouring to make the pasta. Simply pour the pasta into a non-staining bowl. Add about a teaspoon of colouring and mix until it covers the pasta. Pour out onto a tray covered with plastic food wrap and allow to dry.
Then simply thread the pasta and the leaves onto the string, alternating one piece of pasta and then one leaf, until your necklace is long enough to fit over your head. Tie the ends and that's it!