Pine cone and feather dream catcher craft

Pine cone and feather dream catcher craft

You will need:

  • Pine cones
  • Feathers
  • Wreath piece (you can create your own, but we purchased ours in Hobbycraft)
  • Natural string
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Take your wreath, tie the string to the wreath and then wrap the string around the wreath creating nice shapes and tying off at the end. This should give you the main part of your dream catcher.
  2. Cut 7 pieces of string to varying lengths. Attach the pieces of string to the feathers and pine cones. Our pine cones had a little ‘tail’ we could attach the string to. If yours don’t, you might have to use glue to attach it in place.
  3. Tie these to the main wreath, so they hang down at the bottom.
  4. Voila! You are done!

We want to encourage sunny winter walks in the park with this craft. Finding feathers and pine cones can be fun and you could also add leaves or anything else the children find!

Paper plate wreath

Paper plate wreath

You will need:

  • Paper plate or circular craft paper (it needs to be thick)
  • Liquid glue
  • Paint brush
  • Green tissue paper
  • Pom poms or anything you would like to add as a decoration
  • Red and green pipe cleaners

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a circle in the middle of your paper plate, so it resembles a wreath
  2. Cut up your tissue paper into small squares
  3. Spread some of the glue on the paper plate using your paintbrush. Don’t go all over it, do it in parts, so that glue doesn’t dry up.
  4. Use the other end of your paintbrush to create little cups with the tissue paper. Continue until the whole wreath is covered.
  5. Now you can add your decorations, leave it minimalistic, or go crazy!
  6. Wrap two pieces of pipe cleaners (one red and one green) around each other and then attach it to your wreath.
  7. You are done!
Twinkle twinkle little star-ry night craft

Twinkle twinkle little star-ry night craft

You will need:

  • Paint, preferably finger paint or one that easily washes off in black, blue, white and yellow
  • Black craft paper (you can also use white)

 

Instructions:

  1. Download and print the image of The Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh
  2. Prepare the paint by putting it on a paint mixing palette plate or just an ordinary plate
  3. Find the nursery rhyme, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and play it
  4. Show the children the image of The Starry Night and ask them to paint it with their fingers while singing along to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!
  5. Once the children have finished the craft, you can introduce them to Vincent Van Gogh and his other paintings.

Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, including landscapes, still lives, portraits and self-portraits.

His most famous paintings are The Starry Night, Sunflowers, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Wheatfield with Cypresses, The Potato Eaters and Irises.

Here’s how our painting came out! We’d love to see the paintings that the children in your setting make!
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Fred The Friendly Halloween Spider Craft

Fred The Friendly Halloween Spider Craft

You will need:
  • Styrofoam baubles
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Black paint + paintbrush
  • Googly eyes

1.  Paint the bauble using black paint and then wait for it to dry.

2.  Fold the pipe cleaners in half and shape them to resemble spider’s legs (see the photos).

3.  Push the pipe cleaners into the sides of the bauble, doing two on each side.

4.  Glue the eyes on the top of the spider.

5.  You are done! Happy Halloween!

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!

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