Reveal pictures

Reveal pictures

These reveal pictures are great for making displays out of. (We would love to see your displays if you do make them, tweet us at @Jo3Grace and @TheParentaGroup). If you’ve been able to do them on cardboard (some delivery boxes are perfect for it as I discovered) then they may well be durable enough to display at child height. This is a great thing to do because then children, as they explore: seeing the pictures of their friends and revealing the thoughts that lie within them, can have a hands on experience of hidden differences. They see the array of faces: here are my friends we look alike in some ways and we look different in some ways. And inside my friends, inside their brains, where they think, are different things. Some of my friends like the same things as me, some of them like different things to me.

What do you need?

  • Paper

  • Pens/crayons/coloured pencils 

  • Glue sticks 

  • Optional: Cardboard (some packaging boxes that books or DVDs are delivered in are perfect for this as we discovered)

Instructions

1. Fold an A4 piece of paper so that the two end quatres meet in the middle of the length, hiding half of the page.

2. Take a second piece of paper and attach it to the first so that it folds down covering the half page.

3. You now have three layers: 1) the folded outside, 2) the covering flap 3) the inside.

4. Draw the outline of a head on the first and third layer. On the middle layer draw a brain or alternatively, print a brain drawing. We have a free template you could download here.

5. Ask the children to draw their own face on the outside layer.

6. Invite them to colour in the brain that is revealed when they look inside their heads:

7. Ask them what they are thinking, or what they like, and have them draw this below the flap.

Vegetable curry

Vegetable curry

What do you need?

  • 2 peeled onions

  • 3 peeled garlic cloves

  • 2 red peppers

  • fresh coriander

  • coconut oil

  • coconut milk

  • 2 courgettes

  • 1 aubergine

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

  • 1 carton of passata

  • 1 jar of tikka paste

  • butternut squash chopped into chunks

Instructions

1. First you need to chop the garlic into small pieces or you can use a garlic crusher

2. Then chop 2 onions into small pieces

3. Only use a sharp knife with adult supervision

4. Put the garlic and onions into a saucepan, add a tablespoon of coconut oil and put on medium heat

5. Chop the red peppers into small chunks

6. Add them to the saucepan with the onion and garlic

7. Remove the top and bottom of the courgettes then slice them into quarters, then chop into small chunks

8. Add them to the saucepan with the onion and garlic

9. Remove the top and bottom of the aubergine then chop it into small chunks

10. Add the aubergine chunks and butternut squash to the saucepan

11. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes

12. Add the carton of passata

13. Add 4 teaspoons of tikka paste

14. Chop the coriander into small pieces removing the stems

15. Then add this to the saucepan

16. Add the can of coconut milk

17. Mix and simmer with the lid on (cook on a low heat) for around 30 minutes

18. You could serve this with naan bread or rice and then enjoy the best vegetable curry ever!

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

What do you need?

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Bread flour
  • Salt
  • Caster sugar
  • Yeast
  • Egg
  • Sultanas
  • Mixed peel
  • Dried fruit mix
  • Orange
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

1. Measure out 200 ml of milk

2. Put the milk into a saucepan and boil. Then leave to cool.

3. Weigh 50 grams of butter and add to the milk. Then take the pan off to cool.

4. Weigh 500 grams of flour and put into a mixing bowl.

5. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the bowl.

6. Weigh 75 grams of sugar and add to the bowl.

7. Weigh 7 grams of dry yeast and add to the bowl.

8. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the milk/butter and mix.

9. Crack 1 egg into the bowl.

10. Mix and then put into a bowl with a tea towel over to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

11. After the hour, check if the dough has doubled in size.

12. Weigh 50 grams of mixed peel and put into the bowl with the dough.

13. Weigh 80 grams of dried fruit and put into the bowl with the dough.

14. Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

15. Grate the zest of 1 orange.

16. Add to the dough and mix, then leave for 1 hour to rise in a warm place with a tea towel over the top.

17. Divide the mixture into 12 and roll into bun shapes and then leave to rise again for 1 hour.

18. For the crosses, mix some flour and water together to make a paste.

19. Make a pipe with some grease proof paper and put the mixture in. Squeeze the pipe to make the cross.

20. Put the buns in the oven at 1800C for 10-15 minutes.

21. Meanwhile put some sugar and water into a pan on the hob and boil.

22. When all of the sugar has melted leave to cool.

23. Brush on the sugar solution until each bun is generously covered.

Natural dye Easter eggs

Natural dye Easter eggs

It’s April already! This month we are celebrating Easter as well as other days, including International Mother Earth Day. To celebrate both occasions, we have decided to create a natural craft which not only creates beautiful eggs dyes, it also teaches children about chemistry! 

 

What do you need?

  • Blueberries
  • Spinach

  • Onion skin

  • Red cabbage

  • Turmeric powder

  • Vinegar 

  • Eggs

  • Bowls or cups for dyes

  • Spoon

Instructions

1. Boil some water and add a cup to a bowl or a cup. Add your chosen ingredient into each one.

2. For blueberries, red cabbage and turmeric, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and mix. Skip the vinegar for the rest. 

3. Let your dyes cool down while you prepare the eggs. 

4. Boil some eggs until they are hard (place eggs in boiling water for about 8-10 minutes). Cool them down. 

5. Dip the eggs into the dye. Make sure the dye completely covers the eggs.

6. Leave your eggs in the dye for as long as you would like. The longer the egg is in the dye, the deeper the colour.

7. Remove the eggs from the dye baths, let them dry. 

8. You are done! 

Salt dough starfish craft

Salt dough starfish craft

World Ocean Day takes place on 8th June and to celebrate, we have made some colourful salt dough starfish which we hope you will also enjoy making with the children!

You will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • Toothpick
  • Bowl
  • Baking paper
  • Baking pan

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, water, and salt and mix until combined. Knead the dough until it feels nice and soft.
    2. Split the dough into small balls.
    3. To create the starfish put your dough on the baking paper and start working on the arms, by gently pulling five pieces of dough away from the centre. Once you create the arms, gently press the whole dough so it looks more like a star fish.
    4. You can now poke the starfish gently with a toothpick to create little holes or add little bumps with extra dough to make them look more realistic.
    5. Once the starfish has been created you have a choice of leaving it for a for few days to air dry, or you can bake it in the oven at 160 degrees for around 1 hour or until the dough is hard to the touch.
    6. Once the starfish cools down, you can paint it, or leave it the natural way!

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development craft

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development craft

21st May is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

To celebrate the cultural diversity across the world, we have created this super craft! You and the children can create as many little ‘dolls’ as you like and it’s a great way to introduce children to this topic. We hope you have fun!

You will need:

  • Coloured craft paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen roll; cut in half
  • Gems, stickers etc.
  • Googly eyes

Instructions:

1. Think of which cultures you’d like to include and research their outfits – this is another great way for children to learn about different cultures!

2. Once you know what you’d like to create, cut out pieces of coloured paper to match your design.

3. Leave one-quarter of the length of the kitchen roll for the face and start dressing it up in your chosen outfit. Carefully pick up a piece of coloured paper, put some glue on it and stick it to the kitchen roll, starting from the bottom making your way up.

4. Now glue on the hair (or a hat) and stick on some googly eyes.

5. You can now add some gems and stickers to make it extra sparkly!

6. Done!

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