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HOW TO MAKE ART PROJECTS TO SUIT ALL AGES

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I’m often asked by parents how I can provide art projects to suit all ages when I hold group workshops.

Many fear the older children will become bored and the younger ones will be out of their depth.

The age range for group classes is four to 12. As children change so drastically in those years, the parents’ concerns are valid.

Parents can face the same challenge when planning parties that cater to various ages and incorporating arts and crafts as part of the fun.

Here are some tips to make art projects to suit all ages.

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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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CELEBRATING MUMS – THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

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As we head towards Mother’s Day and the time for celebrating mums, one thing is clear. Not all mothers are created equal. That’s the truth.

However, good or bad, we all need them – from the tiny ants that drink their own babies’ blood, to the majestic elephant who carries her huge baby for 22 months before giving birth – every living creature needs their mum.

No matter what you think of your own mother, some of these mums will make you forever grateful for the one you have.

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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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HOW TO USE ART TO RAISE STRONG KIDS

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When talking about strong kids, I’m not referring to their physical condition. I’m talking about inner strength, known as resilience.

Resilience is the word used to describe coping skills – people’s ability to bounce back from adversity.

As it’s impossible to avoid challenges in life, the only way to survive is to learn how to cope with them.

Those who don’t, end up with a whole set of new problems. Ones that could possibly have been avoided if they were more resilient.

Fortunately, resilience is something that can be nurtured in children and one of the many helpful tools to do this is art.

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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.

HOW TO DRAG YOURSELF OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS CREATIVELY

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We all get sad but we don’t have to stay there. Here are some tips to drag yourself out of the doldrums.

It was one of those days. The sweetest little white possum was being pegged as being our first climate change extinction.

This headline was closely followed by the news that Russia was pulling the plug on a Cold War era nuclear weapons treaty with the US, creating fears of another nuclear arms race.

Meanwhile, Tassie was burning, parts of Queensland were flooding and parts of New South Wales were sweltering in record-breaking heat waves.

On the other side of the planet, residents of Michigan, USA, were being warned of possible record breaking wind chills in the wake of the polar vortex.

Yet, world leaders were bickering about creating more weapons of destruction. As if we need weapons when it is so clear we are managing the murder of our planet just fine without them.

Another day in paradise. It could be any day. Depressing, right?

It doesn’t really matter how positive your attitude is, sometimes things just pile up to send you into a state of despair.

That’s why it’s vital to have a bag of tricks to drag yourself out of the doldrums.

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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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