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5 EASY PUPPETS TO MAKE WITH PAPER AND CARDBOARD

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – easy puppets to make.

Kids love to play with puppets and I think it’s empowering for them because they are the manipulators.

Puppet play is also a wonderful way to foster imagination and creativity.

You don’t have to break the budget to offer your children an array of puppets to play with.

These ones are made from paper and cardboard.

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HOW TO MAKE A PLAY JUNGLE – OODLES OF FUN

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a play jungle.

This is a favourite with the grandchildren and my private students.

The mystery, danger and magic of the jungle and its creatures have captured the imagination of people for centuries.

The jungle is a magical setting where anything is possible. From a man with extraordinary talents who was brought up by apes (Tarzan) to a place filled with thought-to-be-extinct dinosaurs (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), the jungle setting offers an abundance of opportunities for the imagination to go wild.

Even better, this creativity project becomes its own wonderful game to keep the children entertained for hours.

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A HEART OF STONE YOU’LL WANT TO MAKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Who would want a heart of stone? That usually indicates a person is unfeeling, uncaring and unkind.

The heart of stone in this project is a delightful decoration that would look wonderful in anyone’s home or yard.

How about a wooden heart? That often indicates a person is uncaring and has a lack of empathy. However, this project is another beautiful decoration to celebrate hearts and love.

As a bonus celebration of hearts project, there are instructions to make a beautiful vine heart made from garden prunings.

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4 FUN WAYS TO MAKE HEARTS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – 4 fun ways to make hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Hearts are a great shape to use in art projects with children as they are easy to draw and incorporate a few different elements – curves, lines and points.

There are so many more ways to use hearts than just drawing them though.

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2 CUTE KOALAS TO MAKE FOR AUSTRALIA DAY

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – cute koalas to make.

When it comes to celebrating Australia and all it has to offer, it’s hard to go past the wildlife.

Australia has more than 378 mammal species and 828 bird species as well as thousands of fish and hundreds of snake and lizard species.

More than 80 per cent of our plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia and are found no-where else.

Among the most famous and well-loved mammals is the koala, often referred to as a bear, though they are related to kangaroos and wombats.

Their cute and cuddly appearance, like a teddy bear, is what prompts people to refer to koalas as bears.

Australia is also renowned for its dangerous animals. We have more deadly snakes than any other country on the planet.

Not content with our notorious reputation for reptiles, spiders, insects and sea creatures that can kill, Aussies created a legend about the drop bear (closely related to the koalas) as a joke to scare tourists.

The drop bear is a predatory version of the koala that is said to drop from the treetops onto the heads of unsuspecting tourists walking below.

Advice to save yourself from these vicious creatures includes placing forks in your hair and smearing Vegemite behind your ears.

The truth is, koalas are docile herbivores, unrelated to bears, and can sleep up to 22 hours a day.

The destruction of their habitat has resulted in a 90 per cent drop in koala population within the last 10 years.

Other dangers include the roads that cross their habitat, resulting in road kills, as well as attacks by dogs and disease.

How much can a koala bear? 🙂

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HOW TO MAKE THE SWEETEST SANTA FROM A SOCK 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a Santa from a sock.

What would Christmas decorations be without the cute little man in the red suit who magically appears to bring kids goodies?

These little Santas are super cute and cuddly and the best part about this project is that it doesn’t require any sewing.

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HOW TO MAKE A NO SEW SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS GNOME  

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project, a no sew Scandinavian Christmas gnome.

Scandinavian Christmas gnomes have become increasingly popular during the past few years.

You can find instructions all over the web for how to make your own. However, I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t require sewing. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sewing, if you enjoy it. But it seems a big use of time considering you barely see the gnome body as the beard is so long.

So, I came up with my own version of the Christmas gnome – no sewing necessary. Plus, it uses recyclables, which is even better.

As a bonus, I’m including instructions for another project that uses recyclables. Read on to find out what it is and how you can make it.

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33 WAYS TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL ART WITHOUT A PAINTBRUSH

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The thought of holding a paintbrush to create art can make some people quiver with fear and send them running away screaming.

Sounds dramatic, I know. But I’ve actually seen this. Especially with adults and teens who don’t believe they are artistic or creative in any way. We all know that’s not true!

For some, the paintbrush is a wand of colourful magic. For others, it’s an intimidating weapon just waiting to defeat them.

The fear is caused because the onus to create lines and shapes is totally on the person manipulating the paintbrush.

Much of this fear can be taken away by removing the brush and focusing on stamping and printing techniques.

While the fearful artist still has to manipulate tools to create a picture, some of the work (and therefore, some of the fear of making mistakes) is taken away. Once they have played around with these various techniques and experimented with colours and patterns, they gain confidence and the dreaded brush can be reintroduced.

In fact, it is easy to make beautiful art without a paintbrush.

These techniques are ideal for young children who don’t yet have the dexterity to create the pictures they want. They help with fine motor skills, but also promote experimentation and confidence.

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THIS IS WHY WE NEED CREATIVITY SCHOOLS FOR KIDS   

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You want your kids to be creative, right?

If you don’t, you should. There is a ton of evidence proving the importance of creativity for wellbeing – of children and adults.

The future looks particularly bright for creative thinkers, according to almost all the forecasters. The training for that begins with the creative play that promotes curiosity and problem-solving.

So you’ve supplied the kids with some paper and pencils and maybe even access to a creative YouTube tutorial. Good enough, right?

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5 FUN WAYS TO MAKE GHOSTS FOR HALLOWEEN 

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It’s pretty terrifying to learn how much people are prepared to spend on Halloween.

From spooky sweets and horrifying health bars to scary spider decorations and magnificent monsters, it was estimated the USA national spend on the spooktacular event topped two billion dollars last year.

Australia is fast catching up too, with a 1.5 million dollar spend on pumpkins alone last year.

If the thought of spending a truckload of money to celebrate sends shivers up your spine, these fun ways to make ghosts for Halloween are just what you need.

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