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Earth Day Foxes

Looking for a simple animal craft activity? Take a look at these cute foxes that we made on Earth day! All you need is some assorted construction paper and pre-cut blue circles for the earth. You can also add a tree or plant beside the character to give it more context and colour.

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Duration: 20 – 40min

Materials:
– Construction Paper
   -> Body (orange, black, white)
   -> Earth (blue)
   ->Tree/Plant (brown and other colours)
– Green Tissue Paper
– Glue

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Crafty Elf & Reindeer Ornament

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Christmas season is a great time for family fun and DIY crafts!
Here are two simple projects that your little one may enjoy making 🙂

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Duration: 25-40 min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (red, green, white, brown)
– Elf Head (elf-faces)
– Hole-Puncher
– String/Ribbon
– Crayons
– Black Marker

Optional:
– Googly Eyes
– Buttons
– Sparkles and Sequints

A simple pear-shaped design will get artists started on the head of their reindeer ornament. As time goes by and artists add their own features, it is amazing to see the variations that students come up with. I also love to put out small and shiny shapes that everyone can use because it adds more magic to their work.

With the remaining construction paper left, one can make a personalized elf with wiggly arms and legs. I have included a template of a boy and girl elf head in the materials list, but you can always make your own 🙂 Don’t forget to fancy up your elf by including a Christmas hat, winter gloves, boots and buttons too!

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Thanksgiving Autumn Craft

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur WardIMAG2070.jpg

This year, I taught my younger students a combined autumn and thanksgiving craft which consists of a free drawing, paper scarecrow and colourful turkey.

As the class settles in, I usually ask my students to do a free drawing, which can be anything that they feel like creating in the moment. This project is great because I can incorporate their drawing along with the main class activity. It also allows students to work at their own pace and add layers to their work.

To simplify materials, I gave each student pre-cut rectangular pieces of construction paper (yellow, orange, brown, black and one other colour of their choice). They could then modify and cut out shapes for their scarecrow.

Duration: 60-75min

Materials:
– Construction Paper (various colours)
– Tissue Paper
– Black Marker
– White Paper
– Pencil Crayons/Markers

Here are some cool examples, including one from a student who absolutely loves mustaches!

 

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Awesome Halloween Critters

Tickity-tack! Clickity-clack!  
The giant black spider is back!
Woooo-ooo-ooo! and boooo!
The ghosts are coming for you….

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As halloween is just around the corner, here is an awesome project that combines drawing, painting and crafty work : ) 

Inspired by Art Teacher in LA’s Spider on a Web, I have added a ghost component to give students more room for creativity and practise with using warm vs. cool colours. It is amazing to see the different pastel designs and spooky critter families that students create. 

Duration: 45-60 min

Materials:
– Large black construction paper
– Watercolour or regular paper
– Smaller sheets of black/white paper
– Oil pastels (white, orange & other colours)
– Watercolour Paint 
– Scissors & White Glue

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Mother’s Day Paper Flowers

In this craft tutorial, I will be teaching you how to make 3 kinds of flowers with simple folding procedures. The Kusudama, Dahlia and Hyacinth Flower look elegant and beautiful in a combo (something great for Mother’s Day :))

Duration: 1.5-2 hours


Let’s start with the Kusudama flower!

You will need:
– 5 square pieces of coloured-paper (one for each petal)
– 1 Pipe Cleaner (for the stem)
– White Glue/Glue Gun

1. Fold the square piece of paper diagonally in half.
2. Take the 2 side corners and fold towards the middle so that their edges meet.

3. Create a tulip shape by folding each triangle diagonally outward, aligning the edge with the bottom layer.
4. Open each flap completely and push down on the paper, creating a kite-shape.
5. Fold the two top corners downward.

6. For each side triangle, fold the shape in half by moving the outer edge inward to meet the top edge.
7. Fold the whole piece in half and secure the petal by gluing the 2 parts together at the center. 

8. Repeat these steps 4 more times to make your completed kusudama flower. It is easiest to glue the 5 petals together using a glue gun.

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Next is the beautiful dahlia ❤

You will need:
– Tissue or Crepe Paper
– Scisscors
– White Glue
– 1 Pipe Cleaner (for the stem)

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  1. Cut out circles of different sizes
  2. Fold the circles in half 3 times to create a “pizza” shape
  3. Cut out 2 bumps at the top to create a heart shape
  4. Open up your pieces and glue them together
  5. Add a pipe-cleaner and something pretty for the center of the flower such as a button or pom-pom 🙂

Finally is the Hyacinth plant (curly flower)!

You will need:
– 1 half piece of green paper (for the stem)
– 1 long piece of coloured paper (for the flower)
– Scisscors

– White Glue
– Tape

STEM
Roll the piece of paper diagonally from one corner to the other & use a little bit of tape at the end to secure the final corner in place.

FLOWER
Fold one side of the long strip about 1 cm into the middle.
Open up and then start cutting strips from the other side towards the creased line. 
Roll each strip until it meets the very end.

Turn the flower over and spread white glue on the long strip that was not rolled up.
Start curling the flower onto the stem and keep going until the end is reached.