Happy Christmas everyone. Thanks so much for following our antics!
Happy Christmas everyone. Thanks so much for following our antics!
There’s still time to make a snowman! – decoration, lamp, little and small.
A good way to channel all that pre-Christmas excitement.
This little fellow took only thirty minutes and no mess! I used cotton wool wadding, a litter bin for the body, A football for the head and some black card for all the other bits!
To attach the cotton wool to the head and body I used a reel of white cotton. It helps to have someone holding the head whilst twining the thread around. The hat can be made from a circle of card with an upturned box or empty cottage cheese container stuck on to (covered in black card or fabric. Stick on buttons and face features with glue or cellotape and use a sock or tinsel for the scarf.
Mt. Snowman Lamp,
All you need is an empty plastic large water bottle, some cotton wool or padding from inside a cushion or pillowslip and black card or felt. I used a LED flashing candle light inside the body.
SEE: INSTRUCTION VIDEO
Mr. Snowman decoration
He can be as big or small as you like. You can also make him into a lamp (see video below). For this rather large one I used an umbrella stand for the body and a football for the head.
You will need a ball fir the head. The stuffing from a pillow for a very large one or some cotton wool wadding for smaller. A litter bun or cylindrical box for the body and black card or felt for eyes etc.
See: SEE HIM IN ACTION!
See: HOW TO MAKE
Mr Snowman decoration or lamp.
This one takes time and patience!
You will need a couple of balloons, white glue, thin string and black card or felt or foam.
See: HOW TO MAKE VIDEO
Georgie had a surprise at Rome airport yesterday when she came face to face with a Christmas Tree multicoloured just like her! Here she is with Paolo and Ruben from UNICEF.
Then we saw this cake in patisserie Glacé in the Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore so now you know where the JUMBLES are visiting. Yes, it’s Singapore!
So it was RAINBOWS everywhere!
For a fun rainbow activity see the link below.
Fast, simple and fun investigation to do at home. All you need is a plate, milk, liquid soap and food colouring.
Be warned that food colouring stains everything including fingers. In the video I use my finger to apply the soap because it’s easier to film. You may want to use a cotton wool bud instead!
It’s also fun and cheap to make.
I always like posting something which involves children helping and this post is no exception. With help even the youngest will enjoy making the flower petals from coffee filter bags and they will learn a little about chromatography at the same time! The video instructions are on the link below.
Putting the flowers together is more tricky and a task for older children or adults.
The bowl is made entirely from string which is soaked in glue and wrapped around a balloon. The fun bit that kids love is the popping of the balloon once the glue has set!
The level of difficulty depends on the size of the balloon. For the blue bowl featured above the balloon was well inflated making it trickier to handle.
At Christmas we followed the same procedure to make baubles but using much smaller balloons which are easier to handle. If your children are small my suggestion would be to help them make the smaller bowls which can be used for biscuits or Easter Eggs while you make the trickier large bowl.
The instructions to make the string balls are given in ‘child friendly’ format on the link below. To make the balls into bowls all you need to do is cut them in half using either very strong scissors or a craft knife and then neaten the edges.
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Take a cardboard box, a couple of wooden spoons and a couple of puppets. Add a small child and you have hours of fun, imagination and creative learning.
Don’t waste time making it ‘pretty’. If the kids are enthusiastic let them use it immediately. Decorations an£ backcloths can wait!
I’ve re-published this post after seeing the supermarket had lots of DISARONNO on the shelves yesterday. It’s obviously very popular around Christmas . It’s definitely a craft for adults . Rather fiddly and very messy but fun and it turned out really well. I used a flashing ‘litecube’ for the photographs but any type of LED light would work. .
For more fun but easier Crafts with string see my post:
Make string Baubles
Below is a bowl made in the same way as the string Baubles using a balloon as a base.
‘ i Light Marina Bay’ is an amazing light art festival. For three weeks each year exhibits from talents around the world illuminate the urban areas of Marina Bay. with interesting, fun and beautiful light/art installations.
Many of these are interactive and one of my favourites (above) appeared in the 2014 event.
The next event is in March 2018.
For information see this link:
While we are on the ‘blue’ theme let’s look at some fun art and science activities.
Younger children will have fun and learn about making pastel shades of blue by simply moving a paintbrush filled with blue acrylic paint about in a dollop of white paint. The paint moves much better on a plastic paint. Don worry that they are ‘spoiling’ the effect by carrying on too long. They will do! It’s part of the learning process.
To limit the choice of colour to just one plus white is a good exercise for older children. It’s amazing how many different ‘blues’ can be made with just one shade plus white. This encourages them to be much more imaginative in their paintings especially of subjects like skies and water.
White glue and be added to the white paint before. This enables paintings to have a 2D effect. So once they are dry the painting can be felt as well as seen .
Older children will enjoy using this technique to represent mountains or waves in the sea.
Blue painting or drawings deserve a nice blue frame to set them off and what could be nicer than one made by hand.
The on3 below was made by rolling pages from a magazine round a straw. Then they wee cut to size. Looking through a magazine for pages which are predominately blue is a good observational exercise
Making a string bauble:
These are good as Christmas decorations but can also be made into bowls and lamps.
For details go to the link below:
Last but not least!
Changing the colour of a white flower to blue. Chicory and white cabbage leaves can also be used. This is where art meets science. Children enjoy the magic of watching as the blue food colouring Ives through the veins of the flower or vegetable leaf. They also learn how the plant gets its water.
To watch Lizzie performing this experiment an£ for some variations, watch the link below:
You can even join in and make a blue lamp!
For instructions see this link: