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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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4 FUN EASTER CHICKS AND EGGS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – fun Easter chicks and eggs to make.

I may not be able to answer that age old question, what came first – the chicken or the egg? But I can tell you that the decoration of eggs for Easter is believed to date back to the 13th century.

According to some, decorating eggs was a celebration of the end of the Lent period (the 40 days before Easter) when fasting meant certain foods, such as milk and eggs, were not consumed.

In some countries, such as Romania and Hungary, wooden eggs were painted with beautiful and elaborate patterns that helped to tell the story of Easter.

Russian rulers enjoyed the beauty of intricately designed eggs made by jeweller Carl Faberge.

These exquisite creations were made from precious materials such as silver, gold and gems.

The Wacky Workshops eggs are not quite so precious, made from recyclables and paper, but they are cute and easy for kids to make.

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5 BRILLIANT BUNNY CRAFTS TO MAKE FOR EASTER

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – bunny crafts for Easter.

With their relatively simple form, it’s easy to replicate bunny shapes using all different kinds of materials.

If you think outside the box a little, you can use those shapes for fun Easter gift presentation.

The bunny shape is also perfect for art projects that help with line drawing practice.

It can even be used to make a cute Easter bonnet or a fun Easter egg basket.

BRILLIANT BUNNY CRAFTS

Seems like we’ve barely recovered from Christmas when we turn our thoughts to Easter gifts.

I’m always on the lookout for clever ways to present alternatives to Easter eggs as gifts for my art students.

The criteria is the projects have to be easy, cheap and not involve food.

My first three projects tick all those boxes, though you can opt for little Easter eggs to replace my suggestions.

BUNNY CRAFTS – THE CRAYON CUDDLER

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I love this idea and, as I made dozens for my students, I can tell you it’s definitely cheap and easy.

MATERIALS

  • Cardboard Roll
  • Cardboard (like from a box)
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Gift of choice. I chose crayons and was able to buy little boxes on line for 60 cents each.

METHOD

  • Cut the cardboard rolls so that they are about half the length of a toilet roll. If you leave them too tall, your gift will be hidden from view.
  • Place a roll on the cardboard, circle side down and trace around it, creating two oval shapes at the front for the bunny feet (as in the picture).
  • Cut this out and use it as a template if you are making more than one bunny crayon cuddler.
  • Glue the roll to this shape.
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  • Cut two long ear shapes from the card for each bunny.
  • Glue the ears to the inside of the roll.
  • Use markers to add features, such as eyes and whiskers, to the bunny.
  • Fill the roll with the gift of your choice.
  • If you decide on crayons or pencils, add my printable bunny template which is perfect for children to practice drawing lines and creating patterns. You can download it here. Or draw your own simple bunny shape for the kids to decorate.
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BUNNY CRAFTS – THE CLEAN BUNNY

This is another ridiculously easy project and you can fill this bunny with eggs, or soap to go with the washer.

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MATERIALS

  • Face Washer
  • Gift – Easter eggs, soap – whatever you choose but it should be quite small.
  • Rubber Band
  • Ribbon
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom-pom
  • Double sided tape

METHOD

  • Place the washer flat in front of you with one corner facing you.
  • Starting from that corner, tightly roll the washer to the middle.
  • Repeat for the corner on the opposite side.
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  • Place your small gifts in the centre of the roll and pull each side up and over them, pulling tightly so the gift/s won’t fall out.
  • Secure with the rubber band, then twist the bunny ears around until you are happy with their position.
  • Tie the ribbon over the rubber band.
  • Use the tape to add the eyes and pom-pom nose. Glue will make it harder to clean and reuse.

BUNNY CRAFTS – THE HANKY BUNNY

This is an even easier version. All you need is your small gift and an unused hanky. Note: If giving something really small, like jewellery, or something hard, like a small bottle of perfume, wrap this in some wool or material first to ensure the bunny’s face stays round.

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  • Place your gift in the centre of the hanky.
  • Fold one corner over your gift and then the other.
  • Bring the two remaining corners up and tie together.
  • Add googly eyes and pom-pom nose as above.

BUNNY CRAFTS – EASIEST EVER EASTER EGG BASKET

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MATERIALS

  • 2 x paper plates
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom-pom
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler

METHOD

  • Cut the top third from one plate and set aside the smaller piece.
  • Line up the large piece with the other plate – tops of plates facing each other and staple together.
  • Use a hole punch to punch a hole on each side the opening.
  • Thread ribbon through the holes and tie off to create a strap.
  • Cut two ear shapes from the plate offcut and staple them into place at the top of the bunny head.
  • Draw and glue on features as desired.

BUNNY CRAFTS – THE BUNNY BONNET

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MATERIALS

  • Paper plate
  • Paper cup
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Thin cardboard
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom-pom
  • Glue

METHOD

  • Place the cup, bottom side down, in the centre of the plate.
  • Trace around the cup.
  • Cut a hole in the centre of the plate, using your tracing as a guide.
  • Gently push the cup up through the hole in the plate – bottom side up.
  • Glue into place.
  • Use markers, paint, and stickers etc to decorate the plate
  • Cut long ear shapes from the cardboard and glue to the cup for the bunny ears.
  • Glue on the eyes and pom-pom.
  • Use the hole punch to make holes on either side of the plate.
  • Tie ribbon through the holes to create a tie for the bonnet.

Check my instructions for making a cuddly Easter bunny.

Go to my Pinterest page for more Easter inspiration.

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

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