Paper Spiral Snakes Magnet Game
Aug 5th, 2010 by Craftylocks

spiral-snake2Create a fun game with some of your very own decorated paper.

I have lot of ways of decorating paper on my ‘Paper Crafts for Children’ site, so I am always keen to find a way to use some of that paper. I love the spirals that show up as a snake is caught by a magnet. You could call these sea serpents instead, make some fish shapes and some octopus shapes as well and have a sea scene fishing game.

To create the snakes you start off with a circle drawn on the back of your decorated paper, draw a spiral on the circle, add a tail on the outside and a head in the center.


Cut out the shape and add a paper clip to the head.


Tie a magnet onto a string to create the ‘fishing rod’ or ‘snake charmer’. Then see how quickly you can capture the slippery snakes. If you also have other creatures you can write numbers on each one and the players can add up their scores as they play. A good opportunity to sneak some maths in there.


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Hand Print Butterfly
Aug 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another of the quick and easy paper crafts for children.

Hand prints can be used as the basis for all sorts of critters and creations. This butterfly is made up of four hand prints for the wings, and one hand side print for the body. Then I just used a marker to create an outline for the wings and draw the antennae. Finally I added some dots and splodge patterns on the wings and my hand print butterfly is done. Even if you used the same paint and same colored marker or felt, no two butterflies would be the same!


I think this would look good cut out and attached to a stick for poking in an indoor potted plant. A lot of these would look great on a classroom wall.

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Cardboard Construction Train
Aug 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

After a fantastic family holiday which involved a transalpine train trip, we wanted to craft up something to remind us of the fun.

We hopped on a train on one side of the south island of New Zealand early in the morning, and traveled through and over the mountains to the other side of New Zealand in time for lunch! A fabulous trip – very scenic as we traveled though the plains, and over snowy passes, and through lots of tunnels and out onto the lush greenery of the west coast.

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This seemed the perfect time to use some nice new split pins (brads), someone else thought the same thing and used some of them to make a cool cardboard car. I thought she did very well. All the paper crafts for children activities we have been doing have given my children lots of ideas to try and now they often create their own things.

Recently we sorted through lots of the children’s old artwork and put lots of samples into folders to look back at. I found some delightful train pictures and used one of those as a reference for my cardboard construction train. The actual train we went on was a proper modern train, but all the train pictures I found are of steam trains, so a steam train it is! First I copied the drawings onto some card.


Then I used watercolor pencils to color the train pictures.


After turning the pencil marks into paint with my brush, I assembled the train. A box was used between the two sides to create the width. Then each wheel was attached with split pins (brads). Nothing is perfect or even but the wheels all go round and the train looks great on the shelf too.


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