Mother’s Day tissue paper flowers

Mother’s Day tissue paper flowers

You will need:

  • Colourful tissue paper (we used different colours for the petals, but you’ll also need a green one for the stem)
  • Sticky tape
  • Child-friendly scissors
  • Pipe cleaners

Instructions:

  1. Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around each other, then cut in half.
  2. Pick up the desired tissue paper and cut about 2-inch high full-length pieces of the paper.
  3. Fold the paper into a square and cut the top part into a crescent shape, making it looks like a petal, then cut them up into individual pieces.
  4. Pick up the pipe cleaner and start adding petals to one end of it. Halfway through attaching them, use sticky tape to secure them to the pipe cleaner. It can be quite fiddly, so it takes some patience to get it to work, but it’ll be worth it in the end!
  5. Once you use all your petals, use some more sticky tape to secure them to the pipe cleaner stem.
  6. Cut out a thin strip of green tissue paper and attach it to the bottom part of the petals to hide any imperfections and secure it with a tiny piece of tape.
  7. Take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Use the cut piece to create leaves. Wrap it around the ‘stem’ and using your fingers, create a leaf shape.
  8. You have now created a beautiful tissue paper flower for Mother’s Day!
Rainbow packed lunch idea!

Rainbow packed lunch idea!

You will need:

  • Lunch box
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Yellow pepper
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cheese slices
  • Healthy snack bar (we used Nakd blueberry muffin)
  1. Wash your fruit and vegetables and cut them up to your liking.
  2. Arrange your fruit and vegetables in the lunch box starting from the lightest to the darkest.
  3. Use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape in your bread and cheese. Butter the bread and arrange a sandwich.
  4. Cut up your healthy snack bar or leave it whole.
  5. You are finished!

You can let the little ones help with cutting up the ingredients, using child-friendly implements. It’s a fantastic way to not only practice their fine motor skills but to encourage them to eat their fruit and veg too! We hope your children will love it as much as we did!

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!
Share them with us on social media or email us at marketing@parenta.com

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!

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