Here are some ideas to try with your Crafty Kids at home, while you are waiting for our next event.
1. Download your favourite photo props from below, and then print either directly on to card, or print on to paper and stick it on to card.
2. Colour them in, then cut them out.
3. You can add sequins or glitter for decorations, if you like.
4. Stick a straw to the back using sticky tape.
5. If you find it is a bit weak and wobbly (i.e. the bridge of the sunglasses) cut and stick some extra card on.
1. Get a stone, make sure you wash and dry it before you start decorating.
2. There are lots of materials you can use to decorate them - acrylic paint pens are good, but you can also use normal acrylic paint or permanent markers. You can even use nail vanish or poster paint mixed with PVA glue.
3. When you have finished decorating leave your rock to dry thoroughly.
4. If you want to put your rock outside you might want to add a layer or two of PVA glue, clear vanish or some other coating, to stop the paint washing off or fading with time.
You can use huge range of the materials to paint a nature picture with, but here are some ideas:
You might like to use potatoes to make a body for a ladybird or bee, then use a brush to add details.
You can use carrots to make long body shapes, like butterflies or dragonflies.
You can use leaves to print wings, or to make a tree.
You can make prints and patterns using flowers and petals.
You can just experiment and see what interesting shapes and patterns you can make with the other materials you might find in your garden, like sticks or pinecones, or other fruits and vegetables.
You can even use your own fingers, hands or even feet!
Salt dough decorations
Salt dough is very easy to make – all you need to do is mix together a cup of flour, half a cup of salt and half a cup of water, then knead it to make a dough. It’s fun to manipulate, you can roll it into a ball or a sausage, squash it flat, use cutlery or cookie cutters to make shapes and patterns.
To make a dough decoration, get a blob of dough.
Roll it out flat and then use cutters or a blunt knife to make shapes.
You can just leave it to air dry in a warm place, but it will take about a week to go hard. Cooking it speeds up the process, but it can also sometimes make it go a bit darker.
If you want to cook it put it in the oven on 100 degrees for about 3 hours (less if it’s quite thin), turn it over about half way through the cooking time.
When it is hard and cool you can decorate it, you can use paint, crayons or felt tips (it might be a good idea to test an area for suitability first). You could also glue on sequins or sprinkle on some glitter.
Get a square of fabric.
Fold it in half to make a triangle.
Roll up the material starting with the small point, to the long side.
Fold the ‘sausage’ in half, then fold it back on itself. Put an elastic band about half way to make ears, a head and a body.
5. You can stick on googly eyes, a pompom nose and a ribbon on its ears.
6. You can also use fabric pens/crayons to add details like a mouth and whiskers, or colour the inside of the ears.