Arrgghh! Have you seen my parrot?

Arrgghh! Have you seen my parrot?

You will need:

Cardboard tube, cut in half (such as the inside of a kitchen roll)
Coloured paper
Feathers
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaners
Scissors
Glue

1.  Cut the coloured paper into pieces. You will need a piece for the body, one for the head, one for belly and one for the beak, you’ll be wrapping these around the cardboard tube so make sure they’re big enough!

2.  Glue them all in the correct places – use the photo as a guide. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
3.  Make two holes on the opposite sides at the bottom of the parrot (be very careful!) and run pipe cleaner through the holes.

4.  Glue the googly eyes on the head.
5.  Make two holes on each side to make space for the wings and one on the back for the tail. Stick the feathers through the holes.

6.  Glue last pieces of feather on the inside of the head so it creates a crest.
7.  You are done!

Clay leaf print craft

Clay leaf print craft

You will need:

  • Clay (we used an air drying one)
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Leaves/flowers or whatever you would like to print on the clay

1. Get the clay ready and ask the children to create different shapes with it.

2. Let the children press their chosen leaves onto the clay. They might need help, as it needs to be pressed hard.
3. Leave the leaves and the clay to dry. We left it overnight.

4. Once the clay is dry, the children can paint it.
5. You are done!

Sensory archaeology craft

Sensory archaeology craft

You will need:

For the sand:

  • corn meal
  • brown sugar
  • oil

For the water:

  • clear or blue jelly

For dinosaur bones:

  • decorating icing sugar

You will also need:

  • other decorative parts like shells,
  • chocolate eggs, or anything you like!
  • a clear container
  • a painting or dusting brush
  • a bowl and a spoon for mixings.
  1. Let’s start with the jelly: make it according to the instructions on the package and don’t wait until it’s completely solid – you want it quite mushy, more slime-like consistency – as this will be used for the water.
  2. While your jelly is setting, prepare the bones! Use icing sugar to create different bone shapes and structures and let them set.

3. Mix the brown sugar and the corn meal and then add a few spoons of oil. Be careful not to add too much as you only want it to bind the dry products to a sand-like consistency.

4. Put two-thirds of the ‘sand’ in one side of your container, add your bones on top and gently cover it with the rest of the ‘sand’.

5. Add the ‘water’ (jelly) to the other side of the container, but be careful not to disturb the sand.

6. Add other decorative bits all over the sand and water. You can even add some shells inside the jelly.

YOU ARE DONE!

Our craft is fully edible, so don’t worry if your little ones put it in their mouths! But we recommend that children play with it rather than eat it!

Father’s Day stick puppet craft

Father’s Day stick puppet craft

You will need:

  • White paper
  • A printer
  • Colouring pens/pencils/markers
  • Scissors
  • Lolly sticks
  • Glue

1. Download our free template here: bit.ly/fathersdaytemplate, once downloaded, print it.

2. Colour in the template with pens, pencils or markers, in any colours you like, see if you can use every colour you have!

3. Carefully cut out the template.

4. Put some glue on the back of the template, place the lolly stick on the bottom part so it sticks out, like feet, and then carefully glue on the front part of the template.

Happy Father’s Day!

We’d love to see what designs the children at your setting came up with! Share photos with us on Facebook or email us at marketing@parenta.com

Beep Beep! Emergency services car craft

Beep Beep! Emergency services car craft

You will need:

  • Coloured craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Pick which emergency services cars you’d like to make
  2. Cut out the different shapes and sizes that will make up your chosen cars, body, wheels, etc.
  3. Glue the shapes together on a piece of paper
  4. You are done!
Easter activities – keeping kids busy

Easter activities – keeping kids busy

by Laura Anne Sutcliffe

The Easter holidays mean some much needed down time in our house and the first significant holiday since Christmas, half term, always goes so quickly! As a teacher, I know I am fortunate to have time off with my children but I try and keep things as low cost as possible. The holidays can be a really expensive time otherwise, so I am always on the lookout for activities we can do together that don’t cost the Earth.

My children love doing crafts and other structured activities at home. Our dining table sees a lot of action and although I also like to give them time to just play (I’m a firm believer in not over stimulating kids and in the power of being bored), it’s nice to plan some themed activities to do together. It might be the teacher in me…

Crafts are always a great start. You can keep the children entertained for the cost of some basic craft supplies (I always keep in white card, paint, PVA glue and a variety of stickers, as well as saving cardboard boxes and so on).

We try and keep our crafts seasonal, and use it as an opportunity to discuss the changes of the seasons as well as significant festivals. So what better than some daffodil bunting? We used a daffodil template. I searched for the outline on Google, printed it and drew round it on sturdy white card. We then painted them yellow, allowing them to dry. Then we painted the middles of egg boxes with yellow and orange paint.

Once dry we attached the egg box middles to the centre of the painted daffodil shapes and then glued them to string to make bunting.

Easter Egg bunting would also work well – cut Easter egg shapes out of card and decorate with sequins, felt tips and glitter, then attach to string.

Easter-themed play dough

I make my own play dough using the recipe on www.imaginationtree.co.uk. In a sealed box it lasts up to 6 months. Add some pastel colours, some Easter-themed cutters and resources (similar items can be found in the likes of Home Bargains, Poundland and B&M) and let the children explore and create their own play.

Cress egg heads

A bit of planting is always a nice spring activity and these should be fun using empty egg shells and cotton wool or kitchen towels. I think the kids will enjoy adding faces to the eggs and watching their hair grow! Cress grows pretty quickly too so the patience level isn’t too long.

Use some eggs in some Easter baking (see below) but be careful to crack the eggs near the top. Let the shells dry and decorate using marker pens. Then add damp cotton wool inside, and sprinkle on some cress seeds.

Water every 2—3 days until your cress hair grows!

Easter baking

We made Easter biscuits using a simple shortbread recipe.

I bought some writing icing and also some decorations from the baking aisle at my local supermarket. The children extended this activity to make labels to give to friends and family.

Of course Easter nests are a must at Easter – melt chocolate in a bowl either in the microwave or over a saucepan of hot water (be careful not to let the water into the chocolate or it will split). Stir in some puffed cereal and spoon into cake cases. Allow to set and add some miniature chocolate eggs.

Explore outside

We are also planning to get outside to do a spring nature trail – a quick search on the internet will find a spring scavenger hunt to print out to give your walk a purpose, looking for signs of spring,

And of course an Easter egg hunt at our local park – find your local one here: www.easteregghuntsandeasterevents.org

I hope some of these activities have inspired you. Follow our adventures on Instagram to see how we get on.

Laura
@teandbiscuits_x

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