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Cardboard Construction Car
Jul 31st, 2010 by Craftylocks

card-car3While I was thinking of something to make with some nice new split pins (brads), my daughter used them to craft up a cool cardboard car.

Without any suggestion or guidance she worked out how to make a car with moving wheels. She used toilet paper rolls for the wheels, and another cardboard tube to make the body for the car. Some bits of card recycled from some packaging was used to make the car shapes. She also made some circles to go on the wheels for the split pins to go in.

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I cut the cardboard rolls up where directed and glued all the bits together. The car bits were decorated with colored pencils.

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The wheels worked really well and turned easily.

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Jul 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

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Egg Carton Fish and Rocket Models
Jul 28th, 2010 by Craftylocks

We started off crafting up one thing from our left over egg cartons, but instead we followed where the materials wanted to lead us and ended up with something else altogether.

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When doing paper crafts with children a lot of the value is in the experimentation. Taking an activity and adding your own ideas to it is fun for all of us. In this activity we started off planning to make a fish, but as we worked with the bits of egg carton, it seemed to want to be made into a rocket. So we decided to make both.

The first step is to cut up and glue your bits of egg carton together. I do not know if our egg cartons are too uneven in shape, or if I am just a bit too rough and ready with my cutting – but I thought that this first step would be a bit fiddly for younger children to do by themselves.

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Glue on extra bits for fins or wings. We used some holes we already had in our shapes and extended them into slits which held the bits of card we were attaching for the fish. For the rocket we made flaps which we glued on to attach the wings.

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As ours were a bit wobbly and fragile I glued a few strips of newspaper on to hold everything in place and strengthen them.

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Then the fun bit, painting the models. We had three generations working on our painting. My mother was staying with us so all of us girls did a bit of painting. I am not sure what we will do with the fish, but the rocket is a perfect toy to go with some little moon men we have.

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Paper Plate Fish
Jul 26th, 2010 by Craftylocks

So easy, so cute, and perfect for children’s own artistic fish interpretation.

I am always on the lookout for paper crafts for children that are simple to set up and give a great result like this paper plate fish. I love that there is no waste! plate-fish5

Cut a triangle out of one side of the paper plate for the mouth.

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Glue it onto the other side to make the tail. As quick as that, your fishy shape is now ready for decoration.

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We decorated our paper plate fish by dabbing some paint on. The little dabber pictured here is really handy, I have some more about them at Dabber for Applying Paint. First we dabbed on some green paint.

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Then we dabbed on some blue paint. For the final touches our fish just needed a sprinkle of glitter and an eye and she was ready to swim away onto our wall.

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Papier Mache Pens
Jul 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks

papier-mache_penMake someones day by crafting up a totally cool pen for them.

I love paper crafts for children that involve their own creativity in making a gift for someone special. You may need to get them to make a few of these pens as they will want to keep one for themselves.

This idea was inspired by painted sticks at Creative Jewish Mom’s blog. When I saw them I thought that I would love to be able to use them to write and draw with.

We created our own sticks by wrapping some pens with papier mache. We tore up some newspaper into little strips and used wallpaper paste to glue the paper onto the pens. Of course you need to make sure that the pen is clicked on before you start! To create the shape on the pen with the ball at the end we also folded and squished some paper and attached it with more strips of paper and paste.

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Then it was just a matter of waiting till they dried, hiding them in a bag of other projects, finding them again, burying them under a pile of decorated paper, uncovering them, sitting them on the coffee table for a week, and them painting them. An extension is to then decide that you do not like one of them and paint over the top of it with white paint – them repeat from the beginning of this paragraph.

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Torn Paper Collage
Jul 24th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A collage can be made up of all sorts of materials, paper is one of the easiest to find and use.

paper-collageThis fantastic tiger collage was made many years ago. It is a made up of a cut out drawing and bits of torn and cut paper. The bits of paper are layered up and glued in place. I love the texture the torn paper gives to this collage. Cutting out their drawing and the shaped bits of paper is great practice for young children’s scissor skills. Looking at this picture, I think that I may have cut out my daughters tiger drawing for her, and then she cut and tore out the shapes used for the stripes and the foliage.

Collage is one of the essential paper crafts for children. To find out a little more about collage check out my ‘What is Collage?‘ article.

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