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How to Create a Confident Kid

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Jack was a happy baby with a big belly laugh he used with great regularity. He was a curious and adventurous toddler with a booming personality and the voice to go with it.

His first few years of school were filled with curiosity and the desire to learn. Then, his voice became quiet, his smiles infrequent and his urge to try and learn new things disappeared.

What happened? Jack (a fictional character to illustrate this point) lost his confidence and self-esteem somewhere along the line.

If he doesn’t regain confidence, Jack’s tumultuous teens will be even more challenging.

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THE WACKY SOLUTION TO CREATIVE FUN

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That frantic search for a pencil or pen as I grab my bag, sunnies, keys and granddaughter in the race to get out the door and pick up her older sister from school. That’s me at least once a week.

Why the pencil or pen? To go with the little granddaughter’s drawing book – something to keep her occupied as we wait in the car for school to end. The earlier we leave, the better chance of finding a decent parking spot. But then, the longer we have to wait.

Why is it so hard to find a pen or pencil in a house occupied by journalists and art teachers? No idea. I think they hide. They take the granddaughter’s little drawing book with them.

Granted, it’s not the biggest problem in the scheme of things. In fact, now it’s not a problem at all because I’ve solved it with the wacky solution to creativity. Let me tell you how.

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SILLY SNAKE FUN TO CELEBRATE WORLD SNAKE DAY

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Poor snakes. They really get a bad rap, don’t they?

Fear of them is one of the top 10 phobias. It’s called ophidiophobia.

They’ve been blamed for the temptation that resulted in people becoming mortal (according to the Bible) and also revered by others as the bringers of good luck.

However you view them, snakes are a vital part of the eco system and humans would be doomed without them.

Try these silly snake fun projects to help teach kids about the importance – and dangers – of these slithering reptiles.

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5 FUN AND EASY SPACE THEMED CRAFTS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – space themed crafts.

Have you ever seen a UFO – Unidentified Flying Object?

If you have you are not alone. There have been more than 12,000 reported sightings – at least six per cent of these have remained unresolved. Meaning nobody knows what the objects actually were.

Sightings have been reported for hundreds of years and there is even a World UFO Day – July 2. This date was chosen in honour of an alleged UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, on July 2, 1947.

What a wonderful time to celebrate with some space themed crafts.

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HOW TO MAKE WIND CRAFTS THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – wind crafts.

It can be a welcome breeze on a hot summer’s day or a devastating force, destroying all in its path.

The wind that is so vital to the environment, dispersing seeds to help plant populations, can also have catastrophic effects on all that it touches.

It is a force to be reckoned with. It is also a source of pollution-free, renewable energy.

Civilizations have harnessed the power of wind for thousands of years. Windmills used wind power to crush grain or pump water.

Today, wind turbines are using the wind to create electricity.

These projects celebrate wind, in all its glory and all its fierceness.

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HOW TO MAKE MARVELLOUS MERMAIDS

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making marvellous mermaids.

What better way to celebrate Oceans Day (June 8) then to delve into the mysteries of the sea?

And, while 95 per cent of the ocean remains unexplored, there are plenty of mysteries to uncover.

The mystery of the mermaid is one that has captured our imaginations for centuries.

It is thought that claims of mermaids sightings were inspired by manatees and dugongs. Perhaps these were what the ship crews actually saw but mistook for the mysterious mermaid. Maybe after a little too much rum!

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Could this be what the sailors saw?

Modern mermaid sightings have been reported.

During 2009, news reports claimed that a mermaid had been sighted off the coast of Israel.

Depending on the folklore, mermaids can bring happiness and good luck – or disaster.

These marvellous mermaid projects and full of joy.

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HOW TO BUG OUT WITH THESE FUN CRAFTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making bugs from paper and paddle pop sticks.

Why make bugs? Insects are fascinating little creatures. Did you know grasshoppers have been around since before the dinosaurs? Or that ladybugs ‘bleed’ from their knees to deter predators?

We could not survive without the humble little bee. Discover some fascinating facts about bees in my post Saving Lives, Which One Will Make You a Hero?

In the meantime, gather your supplies and bug out with these fun crafts

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HOW TO HOP INTO FUN WITH THIS JUMPING KANGAROO PROJECT

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a jumping kangaroo.

How high can a kangaroo jump? Sometimes up to three times their height!

In one leap a kangaroo can jump three metres high and more than eight metres long.

This little jumping kangaroo won’t reach those heights, but will be sure to entertain the children.

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3 FANTASTIC FLOWERS TO MAKE FOR MOTHER’S DAY

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – fantastic flowers you can make for Mother’s Day.

 The tradition of giving gifts, including flowers, on Mother’s Day began in the early 19th century in America.

Some believe flowers became a preferred gift as the day coincided with America’s spring when all the beautiful flowers are out.

One of the most traditional flowers to give is the carnation, which represents love and gratitude.

In Australia, Mother’s Day falls in autumn and the chrysanthemum is the favoured flower to give, mainly because it’s in season.

Kids love that the name contains the word ‘mum’ and the flower represents cheerfulness.

There are around 600,000 known flowering plants in the world. Do know what your favourite flower symbolizes?

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3 SUPER EASY SCULPTURE PROJECTS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – super easy sculpture.

Sculpture is three dimensional art that can be created by carving, modelling, casting or assembling.

Sculptures created during the Stone Age have survived thousands of years and the elements and are still intact today.

One such sculpture, The Venus of Brassempouy,  is about 25,000 years old and is believed to be one of the earliest known realistic representations of a human face.

It is now preserved in a museum near Paris, France.

SCULPTURE MATERIALS

One of the reasons for the longevity of ancient sculptures is the material they were made from.

Many were made from stone, and others from animal bones and ivory.

These days, sculpture is made from all kinds of materials, including paper, plastic, wax and food.

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