Mother’s Day sensory bottle craft

Mother’s Day sensory bottle craft

You will need:

  • A clear plastic bottle with lid
  • Fresh or artificial flowers
  • Coloured insulating tape (yellow, green, blue)
  • Clear sticky tape
  • Extra bits to add inside the bottle (we have used: glitter, pompoms, gems)

1. Remove the stems from the flowers and pop them in the bottle.

2. Add all the extra bits you want to include, such as glitter and gems.

3. Fill the bottle with water and secure the lid.

4. Decorate the bottle with insulating tape. You can add grass on the bottom or the sky with clouds on top.

Be as creative as you want! Shake the bottle and have fun!

Chinese New Year – year of the pig craft ideas

Chinese New Year – year of the pig craft ideas

The Chinese New Year starts on 5th February and lasts until January 24th, 2020. This year it will be the “Year of the Earth Pig” and the pig is the 12th sign in the Chinese zodiac. Legend has it that all the animals were invited to a party, but the pig overslept and turned up late, so had to settle for 12th place!

Unlike the 12 astrological zodiac signs which change every month, the Chinese zodiac signs only come around once every 12 years, so the next year of the pig will not be until 2031.

In China, the pig is not thought to be a smart animal since it likes to eat and sleep a lot, but on the positive side, it also does not harm others and has a happy disposition. The pig is thought to bring luck and affluence and is regarded as a good omen, signifying wealth.

To help you celebrate Chinese New Year in your setting, we have devised 5 craft ideas to bring some happiness and affluence to you and your children.

SENSORY PLAY DOUGH

This is a fun, sensory craft which uses natural homemade play dough.

 

  1. Mix the following ingredients together:
    1 cup of flour
    ¼ cup of salt
  2. In a separate jug, mix the following together:
    ½ cup of water
    3 to 5 drops of natural food colouring – pink is good for pigs!
  3. Gradually add the coloured water to the flour and salt, mixing it carefully until it is not sticky

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Pigs

  1. Draw and cut out 2 circles of paper, making one slightly larger than the other
  2. Draw and cut out 2 triangles
  3. Draw and cut out 4 rectangles
  4. Assemble the pieces together to form the pig
  5. Fold over the ears
  6. Draw on eyes and a nose
  7. Add a curly tail using a pipe-cleaner or string

Once you have made your pigs and lanterns, string them together to form a mobile to decorate your setting. You could also add some cardboard gold coins to the mobile to signify wealth.

PIG AND LANTERN MOBILE

Chinese lanterns are synonymous with Chinese celebrations so why not combine the year of the pig theme with these easy-to-make favourites?

Lanterns

  1. Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half, along the long edge
  2. Draw straight lines from the fold about 2/3 of the way up the paper
  3. Cut carefully along the straight lines
  4. Unfold the paper and roll it to form a cylinder, sticking the edges together
  5. Attach ribbons or strips of paper to the bottom edge of the cylinder and squash gently to form the lantern shape
  6. Add a strip of paper to the top to hang

 

PAPER PLATE PIG MASK

This fun and simple craft which starts with a paper plate. You can use pink plates or simply paint some white ones using colours of your choice.

  1. Use one paper plate for the base of the mask
  2. Carefully draw on and cut out some eye holes
  3. Cut out a smaller circle and 2 triangles from a second paper plate to form the nose and ears
  4. Stick these onto the first plate to add the nose/eye details
  5. Attach a string or elastic to the sides of the plate to tie the mask to the face

6. Once you have all created a mask, why not have some fun making pig noises and running around the farmyard! You could make it an active play game by playing ‘catch the tail of the pig!’

CHINESE WRITING

Chinese writing is a great way to introduce children to different cultures, languages and ways of communicating. Practicing Chinese writing can also help encourage mark-making and fine motor skills and is perfect for a painting session.
Choose from some common phrases below and create a display to celebrate their work.

Create your own picture of a pig using the things you have collected. You can create a wild art gallery in the park or your garden but remember to take some photographs of your creations to display in your setting later.

A variation of this is to collect the elements from outside and bring them back to create the artwork in your setting. You could give each child a piece of paper or paper plate to create their design.

WILD ART PIGS

This is a great way to combine some outdoor play time with marking the Chinese New Year. All you need to do is dress up in warm clothes and go outside into the park or your garden space to look for items to make some wild art.
Some good things to look out for include:

  • Twigs
  • Leaves in different colours
  • Pine cones
  • Acorn shells
  • Seed pods
  • Flower petals
  • Moss
  • Mud
  • Grasses
  • Feathers
  • Wool (caught on a fence)
  • Stones and pebbles

Mini Mozart craft

Mini Mozart craft

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on the 27th January 1756. He was an Austrian composer, instrumentalist, and music teacher. He was born in Salzburg, Austria.

Mozart wrote more than 600 musical works, all of the very highest quality. His works include the operas “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Don Giovanni”, “Cosi fan tutte” and “The Magic Flute”; the symphonies in E-flat major, G minor, and C major (“Jupiter”); concertos for piano, violin, and various wind instruments; and numerous chamber pieces, works for the church, minuets and other dances, songs, and “Requiem”.

Why not introduce Mozart to children in your setting by doing our little craft this January?

 

You will need:

  • Kitchen roll tube (cut in half)
  • Red craft paper (or you can paint it)
  • White craft paper
  • Glue
  • Black marker pen
  • Craft stuffing
  • Scissors

 

1. Cut the red paper (or white if you want to paint it) to ¾ height of the halved kitchen roll tube and glue it around it.

 

2. Draw a face on the plain part of the tube and any clothing design on the red part.

 

3. Add a white jabot to the front, underneath the face.

 

4. Put stuffing inside the top of the tube to make hair.

You’re done!

 

Remembrance Sunday hand-painting poppy craft

YOU WILL NEED:          

  • 1 paper plate   
  • white paper 
  • green paint  
  • red paint

1. Cut your paper plate in half and use one half of the paper plate to pour the green paint on to.

2. Using the edge of your hand, from the tip of your little finger to your wrist, dip your hand into the green paint and carefully stamp it along the bottom of your sheet of paper to create lots of long green lines. These will be the stems of your flowers.

3.  Once you have made your stems, wash the remaining green paint from your hands

4. Pour out the red paint on to the other half of your paper plate, ready for the next step.

 

 

 


5. Guide your child, dipping their whole hand into the red paint.

6. Place their paint-covered hand on top of the green stems on your sheet of paper to create the poppies.


7. Your craft should look something like this!

 

 

 

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