Archive for the ‘crafting with kids’ Category

Make an Egg Basket from Newspaper

July 25th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

We love cooking up our homegrown fresh eggs in morning. The children head out to the hen-house with a basket and collect them, most of them even make it back into the house without getting broken. During the Spring and Summer months our lady’s lay more than we can eat. It’s great fun to be able to share fresh eggs with our friends. Often times it’s hard to find a good container to put them into – it takes dedication to always have traditional egg cartons on hand & I rarely do!

The eggs are so perfect with their smooth shells and oblong shape,beautiful even, somehow piling them into a plastic shopping bag always seems wrong.

I got fascinated my the idea that I would be able to make an origami bundle for them out of newspaper. I spent a good chunk of last night practicing different origami patterns to find a few that would work – here is what I came up with.

The most glamorous is the most difficult (there’s a joke in there somewhere).

This is called a “Fishing Basket”, I made it with three sheets of newspaper.

You can find the video tutorial I used to make it here. It’s a bit advanced, but if your like the challenge of origami I would totally recommend it, super cute for eggs.

Traditionally origami never uses tape but there are 12 eggs in there – the handle needed some tape!

The next one I made is more realistic for whipping up – kind of an egg bowl with an envelope style top

It’s super simple and holds a dozen eggs quite well. This is the most wonderful tutorial done by a 6-year-old

here! Adorable, right?

I did mine just a bit different and used three sheets of paper.

We used masking tape to seal the flaps closed and wrote messages on the tape.

It also helps to pinch the bottom down just bit to make the bowl more stable on the bottom.

Click the instructions and print to make your very own newspaper origami egg basket!

 

Make a Paper Nesting Toy

July 20th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

We are having a lot of fun playing with this stacking toy we made. The boys have come up with some theories about the story.

Emmett thinks it might not have been Goldilocks fault that baby bears chair broke, “it was probably an antique”. Ha Ha! Oliver thinks the three bears would have shared but Goldilocks forgot to say please and ask nicely. Love it!

To make your own stacking toy click the photo’s, save to file, and print. To get the best size image allow your computer to scale to best fit the page.

 

Woodworking With Kids

July 11th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

Kids love doing wood working projects. They don’t have to be complicated or sophisticated to give children a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Just the opportunity to use real tools always gets my children very focused and engaged – I love that!

We have been having a lot of fun with peg people lately. They are great for imaginative play and are the perfect size to fit into most of the toys we already own! Wooden peg dolls can be found at most craft stores (look for them in the unpainted wood section). This shop  Clickity Clack carries a quite a large variety and an impressive assortment of other neat unpainted natural toys.

With some scraps of wood and a few nails we made floating motorboats for our little friends.  I will share the pattern but you could use most any shape of wood and have lots of fun. Any cast off chunk of wood with holes drilled into it could turn into something fun for peg people – a car, plane, or submarine perhaps!

We traced our boat pattern on two 1″ thick pieces of wood scrap. Next we cut out two boat shapes – we used a chop saw but many tools could accomplish this job. I then drilled 1″ holes that would fit my peg dolls completely through only ONE of the boat shapes. We used roofing nails to hammer the two pieces together because their big flat heads make an easy target for young children. I give my boys a ball peen hammer to finish the nailing job because it’s a bit lighter and easier for them to handle. We got out some acrylic paints and decorated them with color. Next we trooped off to the stream and set them afloat. And float they did, our peg people are quite the boaters. Next time we will have to try adding a mast and sewn sails.

Click photo, save to file and print.

Hanging Children’s Artwork

June 28th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

The kids have piles and piles of cute little drawing they have done for me that I really do love.  The question always is, WHAT THE HECK to do with it all.

The other night while I should have been sleeping I had this idea and here it is …..

I just sewed strips of fabric onto the tops of the pictures and threaded them with dowel rods and sticks with the bark peeled of. I then strung them up with an assortment of ribbon, rick rack and fabric.  Getting a little carried away I also stacked some colorful flowers cut from felt onto the tacks!

I can see reusing the wooden hangers and easily swapping out the artwork by simply sewing new strips of fabric to the top. Slide on new art work and you have an easy way to display the kids paintings.  I bought these old sheet music scores from the 20′s at a tag sale and couldn’t really get myself to frame them  – now they look kind of fun hanging with the boys drawings.

Make a Magic Paintbrush

June 26th, 2011 by zoe 11 Comments

I cleaned out my basement this week – AMAZING!

Lot’s of stuff went to the dump but I got this idea for recycling the  crusty old paint brushes into something fun.

 

Space Girl Color By Number Sheet

June 25th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

The sun came out for a quick hello and then ducked under another giant steel gray cloud.

More coloring?

Click coloring sheet, save to file and print.

To get a good sized image let your printer scale to best fit the page!