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Tissue Paper Mummy
Oct 11th, 2014 by Craftylocks

The great thing about this craft for little fingers, is that if some of the tissue paper goes on a bit messily and you have sticking out and dangling bits, then all the spookier! Make lots of this little guy and string them up as a decoration, or even give one away with ‘treats’ at Halloween.

This one was made on a chenille stick body – but you could also make a body out of cardboard to wrap. Just use a roll of tissue paper and start wrapping. Add a dab of glue or some sticky tape every now and then to keep the bandages in place. Finish with a couple of googly eyes.
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Paper Plate Crab
Sep 22nd, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Such a simple and cute paper craft, children will have fun making and then playing with this crabby critter.

You can probably tell by looking at the crab exactly how to make it – but I took the photos so just in case it helps here are all the steps anyway.

You need two paper plates – paint them red and punch 10 matching holes around the edge.

Cut 5 red pipe cleaners in half. 8 of the halves will become the legs. Take two of the lengths of pipe cleaners and cut a bit off the end bend it in half and wrap the other end around the fold to make the pincer. Make eyes on stalks with some cardboard. Googly eyes also look good.

Join the plates together using the pipecleaners through the holes. Arrange the feet so it stands, and the pincers ready to nip. Glue the eye stalks on between the pincers.

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Paper Bag Owl Puppet
Sep 11th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This owl stands up nicely on its own by opening the bottom of the bag, or you can slip your hand inside and use it for a puppet.

You will need a paper bag with a rectangle bottom, 2 paper muffin cups, some black card, some orange card, and some sheets of card in other colors.

Place the paper bag flat, with the bottom flap at the top and facing you. This will become the head of the owl. Glue the cups onto the flap of the paper bag.

Cut two black circles out of card to fit the bottom of the paper muffin cups. Cut a pie slice out of each. Stick these into the bottom of each muffin cup and glue onto the paper bag flap for the eyes.

Cut a long triangle for the beak out of the orange card and glue into place.

Cut an oval from the second piece of card and draw ‘v’ shapes to represent feathers. Glue this to the belly of the owl.

Fold the piece of card you want to use for the wings in half and draw and cut out a wing shape.
Open the wing shapes out and cut along the fold line to make two wings.
Glue the wings to the top inside fold of the bag.

Cut out two triangles from the excess card used to make the wings and glue to the top of the bag for the ears of the owl.

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Simple Folded Paper Puppet
Aug 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

All you need is a piece of photocopy size paper, and a few folds later you have a puppet – a very wide mouth puppet! I have popped all the steps into a worksheet that you can download and print, as well as summarised here.

Fold a peice of photocopy size paper into three so that it is long and skinny.
Fold it again into four sections so that it forms a concertina.
Add details to the top layer. Your fingers go in the space created between the layers of paper. Your thumb goes in the space in the bottom layer and then you can open and close the mouth really wide.!
Once again my daughters attempt is much better than mine!
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Turtle Finger Puppet
Jun 5th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is another adorable craft made by Pippi Pipecleaners. This technique can be used to make all sorts of finger puppets just change the details to fit the animal you want to make.

You will need card in two shades and all the usual crafty bits like a pencil, scissors, glue stick, googly eyes and sticky tape

Draw two circles on the light green card so they overlap a little. I drew round a side-plate and a mug to get the size I wanted.

Draw on the legs, tail and a bit extra for the nose.

Cut out leaving the overlap uncut. Cut out the slits.

Turn over so you can’t see the pencil line.

Overlap the slits and glue in place with the gluestick. I used my trusty clothes pegs to hold whilst the glue dried and then added sticky tape to the underside to make sure they stayed secure and flat.

Fold out the legs and tails and gently bend the neck so the turtle sits flat.

Decorate your turtle with pieces of the dark green card cut to shape and attach two googly eyes.

Make two rings from strips of card to fit your fingers.

Attach the two rings to another strip of card. Remember to put the rings on your finger first to work out the distance needed between them.

Attach this to the neck of the turtle using the sticky tape.

And it really is a finger puppet …

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Wordmind
May 31st, 2013 by rob the rookie

 

Sometimes you need a game to keep the children amused for a few minutes. So here is one that can be played with just a pencil and paper. We call it ‘Wordmind’ as you use your mind to guess the word.

Sometimes you need a game to keep the children amused for a few minutes. So here is one that can be played with just a pencil and paper. We call it ‘Wordmind’ as you use your mind to guess the word. It works like this:
One person, the wordmaster, thinks of a word and put a dash for each letter on the paper (similar to ‘hangman‘ at this stage); then the others try to guess what the word is. In this game you guess whole words that are the same length as the number of dashes by writing the word down below the dashes.The wordmaster then marks at the end of your guess a cross (X) for a correct letter in the wrong place or a check (✓) for a correct letter in the correct place.
For example; say the word was ‘craft’ and the guess was ‘black’ then this would earn the following:

  • X for the letter ‘c’ as it is correct but in the wrong place
  • ✓ for the letter ‘a’ as it is correct and in the correct place

So it would look like this

_ _ _ _ _
b l a c k     X ✓

If the next guesses were ‘white’,'green’,'brown’,'brook’ and ‘crate’, then it would look like this:

_ _ _ _ _
b l a c k     X ✓
w h i t e     X
g r e e n     ✓
b r o w n     ✓
b r o o k     ✓
c r a t e     ✓ ✓ ✓ X

By now it might be clear that the first 3 letters are exactly correct and the ‘t’ is just in the wrong place – so it should be at the end. Thus a word that would fit is ‘craft’. Hurray!! The guessers have figured it out.

c r a f t     ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

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