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Hot Air Balloon Craft

Let your dreams take flight……..

Things that fly in the sky are absolutely fascinating and make wonderful art projects. Among them are parachutes, fairies, Cat in the Hat’s “thingamajigger” and you can’t miss the hot air balloon! Here is a fun way of making your very own. It comes with a nice basket for artists to put in thier favorite characters and toys ūüôā

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Duration: 30-45 min

Materials:

Balloon
– Large Paper Plate
РTissue and/or Construction Paper
– Small piece of cardboard paper (attach to the bottom)
РGlitter and Decorative Stickers
– White Glue

Basket
– String
– Hole Puncher
– Paper Bag

 

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Fruit Platter

Watermelon, cherries and pears that are juicy,
Tangerines, pineapples and everything fruity!
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This is a fantastic and “refreshing” project for the start of spring and summer. With pre-cut assorted paper, young artists can cut out their own shapes and add their ideas to the platter.¬†

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Duration: 45 min-1 hr

Materials:
– Half Paper Plate
– Assorted Construction Paper
– Markers
– Scissors

– Glue Stick/White Glue

Optional:
– Black paper (for the background)
РMini-Umbrella 

Check out these creative examples: 

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My Friendly Lion

“Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind.” – Criss Jami (Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality)

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How about a craft featuring the king of the jungle? ūüôā Making your friendly lion will involve fun painting techniqes and also working with fabric.¬†

Duration: 45 min- 1 hour

Materials: 
– 1 large paper plate
– Watercolour or acrylic paint
– Black Marker
РCardboard Paper 
– Fabric (felt, cloth, something furry!)
– Construction paper (orange and yellow)
– Q-tips
– White glue

In this project, I gave each student a pre-cut lion body which was made out of cardboard paper. This way, the lion head will have more support when put together and students can easily decorate the body with construction paper or fabric of their choice. My favourite part about this craft is that children can use Q-tips and paint their own decorations (dots or patterns) on the lion’s head.¬†

Here are some vibrant examples!

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Toucans & Tropical Birds

“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.” -Eric Jerome Dickey

One of the most fun animals to make in arts and crafts is the bird because there are just so many variations! With 10-13 year olds, this is an activity that really sparks students’ interests¬†and allows¬†them to think and explore a variety of ways to¬†make their dream bird come true.

The toucan is a great example because its body structure follows the shape of a paper plate. To make the tail, you can cut off the extra paper left underneath the beak and attach it to the end of the body.

Duration: 45 min-1 hour

Materials:
– Large Paper Plate
– Pencil/Eraser
– Acrylic Paint
– Scissors
– Glue stick/Glue gun

Optional:
– Feathers
– Popsicle Sticks (for the branches)
– Construction paper (for the background and leaves)
– Cloth (clothing for the bird)

Students can also use different colours and add their own materials. Here are some examples:16-04-23-21-03-03-548_deco

Sometimes, students will really like to make their bird in a completely different way and that’s okay! It’s all about being creative and having fun ūüôā¬†

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