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Fish from Shapes
Sep 27th, 2011 by Craftylocks

I initially thought that this is a good one mainly for younger children as it is easy for them to do and is also a great way to learn about some basic shapes. They can make a fish with the prepared shapes or cut out some of their own shapes. However our older children had a go and created some fantastic fish out of all sorts of shapes, and none of them were what I was expecting, they were far more exciting! It is sometimes worth while to try things with different ages and see what happens!

Cut out lots of different shapes of paper.
Arrange them until the fish you want swims into shape.
Glue your fishy shapes down.
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Hand Shape Paper Dragon
Aug 14th, 2011 by Craftylocks

I could not resist another hand shape craft any longer! And with dragons a hot favorite in our household this was an irresistible paper craft.

All you need are some colorful paper hand shapes – add a head and a tail and you have a fanciful dragon. You can also add legs and more hand shapes – play around and make a family of them.

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Paper Collage Easter Eggs
Apr 13th, 2011 by Craftylocks
Put out some materials and leave them to it – it is exciting to see what can be created using the classic paper craft of collage!

These ones are some that I created when playing with this technique. Now that I know it is both fun and easy it makes it onto the paper crafts for children site and it makes it onto our Easter activity list – I am looking forward to seeing what our children do with it, I know it will be much more exciting than mine!

Start with some basic egg shapes cut out of some paper, make them nice and big. Gather together bits and bobs that can be used to decorate the eggs. We have used chocolate wrappers and scraps of paper from other projects. I cut them up into shapes ready for them to use. But also have handy some more paper and scissors in case the children would like to cut up their own patterns.

Then just arrange and glue before proudly displaying on a wall.

More great Easter crafts on my Easter Paper Crafts for Children list.

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Collage Paper Rocket
Mar 30th, 2011 by Craftylocks

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to make a perfect rocket collage. Gather together lots of bits of textured paper and card, or get crumpling some paper to make it textured yourself. Add some other items like bottle caps if you wish.

We used paper spirals, corrugated card, some paper we screwed up and smoothed out, screwed up balls of tissue and some thick lumpy card to make our rocket.

When we started we were not worrying about the colors of the paper as the plan was to paint the whole rocket silver, but we quite like it as it is. So the silver paint idea is still orbiting and may make a landing one day!

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Party Monster Pin-up
Nov 6th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is a great party game. We had lots of fun creating some crazy variations of our pin-up monster.

This crafty party game is easy to make. Just cut out a variety of monster ‘parts’, and put some blu-tac on the back of each piece. Blind fold a child and then hand them a body part to attach to the wall or door. We put the main body up first, and put it on our glass sliding door (safety glass of course!).

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Each child did not know which body part they were given, although after a few goes they soon worked it out.

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After the game was over more fun was had by the children without the blindfold on, re-arranging the monster bits and having lots of laughs.

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Tissue Paper Window Picture
Oct 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I love tissue paper, I love how it is so transparent, so I was delighted when we made this completely see through tissue paper picture for a window.

Well, I suppose you could have it on a wall, but it should really be where you can see the light shine through the paper. I have tried other ways of making a tissue paper collage, but it did not pass my easy to do test! I want to find paper crafts for children that are easy to do and work, and this one is pretty good.

You need plastic contact paper, some black paper and bits of torn or cut up tissue paper. Cut the outline of a simple shape out of the black paper. Peel the cover paper of the plastic contact and stick the black shape onto it.
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Now hand it over to the children to do their thing with lots of bits of tissue paper. Their thing being covering all the sticky bits of contact paper with tissue paper. My daughter had a lovely time carefully selecting and arranging the colors on her bird. It doesn’t matter if the tissue paper goes over the edges of the black paper. When they have finished adding the tissue paper, cut the shape out again – trimming off any overlapping tissue paper.

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Display on a window to really appreciate the colors of the tissue paper.

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