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HOW TO COLOUR YOUR WORLD WITH THESE FUN CRAFTS 

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to colour your world.

Colour can impact everything from our health to our moods and even appetite.

Understanding how colour affects us can help us gain control over many areas of our lives.

The first step is to learn colour basics and become more aware of the colours around us. These fun crafts and activities will help children to do that.

 

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4 FUN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – musical instruments to make.

There are so many benefits to teaching kids about music. If you have the resources to teach them to play an instrument, even better.

However, instruments and lessons can be expensive. These craft projects cost next to nothing to make and are so much fun to play with.

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3 GREAT WAYS TO REUSE PLASTIC BOTTLES

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, focusing on ways to reuse plastic bottles.

Plastic seems to be one of the biggest curses when it comes to the world’s environmental concerns.

It is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of marine creatures every year. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of landfill waste and up to 80 percent of rubbish littering beaches, seabeds and oceans.

By finding fun ways to reinvent plastic and creating with children, we can avoid adding to this number and empower kids to help save the world.

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HOW TO MAKE A GROWING FLOWER – NO NEED FOR A GREEN THUMB

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make a growing flower.

You don’t need any gardening skills and won’t even get your hands dirty doing this one.

In fact, this project is so easy I recently did it with 30 preschoolers, aged three to five.

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HOW TO MAKE A TURTLE PLANTER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make a turtle planter.

World Turtle Day is celebrated on May 23 each year to raise awareness about the plight and importance of those wonderful creatures.

Did you read my post, A Tantalising Turtle Tale to Add Magic to Your Day?

To celebrate and to honour turtles I’m going to show you how to make a really sweet turtle planter.

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WARNING. THIS MOTHER’S DAY PAINT PROJECT IS ADDICTIVE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, a Mother’s Day paint project you are sure to find addictive.

Of course, you can do this project at any time, but it’s fantastic to make beautiful handmade cards or even a lovely landscape painting.

And you don’t even have to consider yourself a great painter to get stunning results.

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HOW TO MAKE MAGNIFICENT MUDDY MASTERPIECES

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – magnificent muddy masterpieces.

Mud has been used in artworks for thousands of years and there is a good reason. It is a wonderful medium.

If you read my post, How to Increase Health and Happiness by Playing in Mud, you will know that getting dirty is good for you.

It is also fun to work with.

Soil can create a range of shades of black, brown, red, orange, yellow and white – perfect for painting.

Mud containing clay is wonderful for making sculptures.

This week’s projects include mud painting, mini mud buildings using homemade mud bricks, and seed bombs – a fun gift for gardeners.

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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 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 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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