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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.

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  

no sew Scandinavian Christmas gnome

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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