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Author: tamuria (Page 1 of 24)

7 FUN IDEAS FOR GROUP ART PROJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – this week I’m offering ideas for group art projects.

If you read my post, How Group Art Projects Can Make Children Better Adults, you will know the benefits of getting kids to work together to make something.

You can do this with family members, or have a friend play day and make it crafty.

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HOW GROUP ART PROJECTS CAN MAKE CHILDREN BETTER ADULTS

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There is no doubt that creating art, in any form, can help children learn and become more self-confident and independent.

There is even evidence that enjoying creative activities can improve health.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be focused on a creation, in a world of your own, enjoying the solitude and immersed in your project.

When a group of people come together to create something, another kind of magic happens.

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HOW TO TURN OLD FENCE PALINGS AND CLAY INTO BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – turning fence palings and clay into poppy art.

With ANZAC day just around the corner, I’ve decided to share with you the instructions for a lovely piece of artwork featuring poppies.

The poppy has important significance when it comes to war.

The corn poppy, also known as the Flanders poppy, grew profusely in the WWI trenches and also flowers in Turkey in early spring.

According to war historians, a valley south of ANZAC Beach, Gallipoli, got its name Poppy Valley from the field of bright red poppies near its mouth.

A group of war widows of French ex-servicemen went to the British Legion Headquarters in 1921, armed with some poppies they had made and suggested they be sold as a means of raising money to help those who were incapacitated as a result of the war.

In Australia, single red poppies are not usually worn on ANZAC Day (these are worn on Remembrance Day, November 11). However, wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC Day.

BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

MATERIALS

  • Old fence palings – those with worn and jagged edges look great
  • Air dry clay
  • Red nail polish or paint
  • Black paint
  • Background paints in assorted colours of choice
  • Rolling pin
  • Fishing line
  • Craft Glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Small piece of wood

 

METHOD

  • Cut the fence palings to the desired length and hold them together vertically, jagged edges up, by nailing a thin piece of wood to the back of both palings. Use this to attach eye hooks and string for hanging.

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  • Paint the palings in the desired colours. I used a combination of green, blue, copper and orange.
  • Meanwhile, use some fishing line to cut a small slab from the air dry clay.
  • Roll out the slab and cut it into a circle.
  • Pinch the edges of the circle to make them thinner and slightly wavy.

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  • Repeat for each poppy you wish to make.
  • Use some more clay to roll small balls and gently press these into the centre of your poppies.

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  • Place your clay poppies over a small dish so that they will dry with an indent in the centre.

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  • Allow the poppies to dry. This could take up to three days.
  • When they are completely dry, paint them with red paint or nail polish. (I happened to like the sheen created by the nail polish).
  • Outline the clay poppies with a black marker or paint and paint the centre part – where the little clay balls were placed.
  • When this is dry, glue the poppies into position on your fence palings.
  • Finish by painting long black stems from the poppies.

I hope you enjoyed this craft. Be sure to share if you did.

Did you read my post  Celebrating ANZACS – What Makes a Hero?

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

 

 

HOW TO USE CREATIVITY TO INCREASE JOY AND LOSE ANXIETY

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Did you know that the same chemicals that are released during sex and eating are released when you are engaged in a creative activity?

The reward centre in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable.

Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, which means getting creative can bring you more joy and lessen anxiety.

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HOW TO MAKE THE EASIEST EASTER CRAFTS EVER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making the easiest Easter crafts ever.

Sometimes the holidays and special events kind of creep up on us, don’t they?

It’s easy to think you’ve run out of time for creativity to mark an event.

These fun little projects just take a few minutes to make and will get you right into the mood for Easter.

As an added bonus, I’ll give you the link to download my free Easter maze and colouring page – fun to colour and to solve.

 

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GRAND GRATITUDE – HOW TO KEEP THE FEELING ALIVE

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One of the greatest gifts of grandparenting is to see and appreciate the wisdom in the children around us.

Often, as parents, we are so busy doing all that needs to be done, we can overlook the lessons our children offer us.

With more time for focus and contemplation, grandparents are rewarded with the vision that children come to us with all the wisdom we humans need for happy living. They help us relearn what we have forgotten.

They remind us how to play, they reunite us with our imaginations, and they help us focus on a mere moment in time.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUDDLY EASTER BUNNY

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make your own cuddly Easter bunny.

Don’t you just love bunnies? They are so soft and sweet and make wonderful pets.

We had a few when our kids were little and they were lots of fun.

The little ones in this week’s project are just as cuddly and the best part? They require no care.

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WHEN YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR TONGUE AND ZIP IT GRAN

 

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Just when you think you have life worked out, you become a grandparent and things get complicated again.

Notwithstanding the exquisite joy that grandchildren deliver, there are quite a few challenges when adjusting to the role of Grand Parent.

A whole new group of people enter your life, in the form of in-laws (and often their friends and extended families). Prior to the arrival of the tiny treasure that is your grandchild, you may not have had to deal with this other group much.

However, once the child is born there will be occasions (such as birthday parties) you will need to interact and your diplomatic skills have never been so important.

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HOW TO TURN SCREEN TIME INTO A CREATIVE ADVENTURE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, tips to help you turn screen time into a creative adventure.

We all know that we need to limit the time we allow kids, and ourselves, to watch television if we want to have healthy, balanced lives.

However, we can turn that screen time into a great opportunity for creative activities.

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HOW TO USE NATURE TO MAKE KIDS THRIVE 

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While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.

Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.

Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.

However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.

The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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