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Gridded Pattern Name
Oct 26th, 2012 by Craftylocks

I really like this technique – it gives a cool result even if you have no artistic or creative skills!

To make the pattern, draw up a grid on the paper. Then write the word on top, and rub out the grid lines that are inside the word shapes. You can also do it the other way round and write the word first, then do the grid lines. Color in the shapes using two different colors, alternating them as shown.

We did something similar for a Mosaic Fathers Day Card idea

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Paper Plate Masks
Sep 15th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have made paper plate masks for lots of occasions over the years. Because the paper plate is already the right size and shape, it is super easy to use as a base for a mask.

Most of our masks were decorated with pencils but you could use felt tip pens or paint too.
Animals have been a very popular theme in our household.
And a paper plate mask can be created by all ages!
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Decorating Dinosaur Shapes
Sep 6th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Giving children a craft activity to do that is half started makes it a lot easier and a lot more fun as they are into the exciting process straight away – the part where you get to play with glue and sparkly stuff!

Draw your own dinosaur shape or use one of the templates (Dino 1, Dino 2, Dino 3) to get you started.
Copy the shape onto some colored card and cut the shape out. Hand it over to a child to add lots of embellishments. And remember, for all we know dinosaurs might have had jewel encrusted sides.
Display and enjoy!!
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Patterns in a Scribble and Grid Pattern
Jun 11th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have been creating all sorts of arty crafty creations for our next newsletter, and inspired by what we were doing, our 10 year old came up with this. I reckon it is better than anything I did!

She started by folding and then ruling the paper into 8 sections. Then she drew a simple scribble on top. The lines from the grid and the curves from the scribble created lots of interesting shapes on the paper. That was the easy part – then she filled each section with a different pattern or design all in crayon. She also went over the lines with a black crayon to emphasize them and give a border to each shape.

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Hand Print and Hand Shape Arts and Crafts
May 29th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Put your hands together for these handy crafts.

It is probably not normal to be excited about being able to make super cute elephants out of hand prints, but I was very excited when we made these. The hand print makes the perfect elephant shape once you add a few details.
The fish is very popular in hand print art circles! It is very easy for a child to add just a few details to their hand print and they have a fish. Make a tropical fish by painting a pattern on the hand before printing it.
Another classic hand print, and for a very good reason. What a perfect way to tug at heart strings!
Hand and Foot Shape Reindeer
Trace a foot, and print some hands to create this cute reindeer.
Hand Print Santa
Perfect for making Christmas Greeting Cards.
Thanksgiving Turkey
Make a whole lot of these and you will have a rafter of turkeys. I had to look that one up, but apparently that is what a group of turkey’s is called.
Hand Print Ghosts
A spooktastic craft.
Autumn or Fall Hand Leaf Tree
The whole family can have a hand in this craft.
Hand Shape and Tissue Paper Tree
Don’t stop with the hand, put the whole arm into this craft.
Hand Print Octopus
This hand print picture will make a splash
Hand Print Sheep
Sheep or perhaps a sheep dog? – but either way a cute craft.
Hand Print Butterfly
Find the shapes created by your hand print to create this butterfly
Hand Shape Frog
Easy and effective frog craft like this is very handy to know about!
Hand Print Fish
One of the classic hand print crafts for great reason – hands turn into a school of fish very easily
Paper Hand Lilies
One of the best – a very effective craft that is very easy
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Color Wheel Spinner
May 27th, 2012 by Craftylocks

A simple activity that children find fascinating.

We had lots of fun experimenting with this. I prepared the basic shape and divided it up into sections for the children to color and then they experimented with different color combinations, including having two circles on one wheel.

This is also a great paper craft to help teach color mixing, our children were correctly predicting the colors they were going to create. But for a child not quite sure what to expect it would be exciting to have the blue and yellow color wheel turn green when they spin it.

There are two ways to spin these. One is with a short pencil and spin it on a table like a spinning top, but the children found it easier to have the color wheel on a longer pencil and then roll the pencil back and forth between two hands.

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