Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PENCIL POUCHES MADE OF CRAFT FOAM



























Today we have this wonderful pencil pouch craft adding to our quick gift making ideas.
We haven't been using much of craft foam these days and I've been waiting to post this for almost a year. The pouches are easy to make and look pretty neat!

Monday, January 25, 2016

DIY STRETCHY BEADED BRACELETS


























We made these lovely bracelets for mother's day and we plan to make some for Valentine's day as well.
Only this time we'll add heart charms to double up the love quotient!
In the image above we have bracelets made of pipe cleaners and an orange and white beaded bracelet.
Read on to find out how the beaded bracelets were made....

STRETCHY BEADED BRACELETS


























We will need:
Beads (preferably big hole beads)
Elastic string

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ALTERNATING COLOUR AND PATTERN PRINTING


























Repetition and patterns are created by the alternating shapes. The colours alternate as well, with dark and light shades and hues. The activity encourages children to observe the order of shapes and colours.

A CHARMING CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION -THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR

We had a great Christmas celebration 2015! Everyone super enjoyed. It was an event filled with excitement and sharing. 
Well, for me working the whole thing to success was to put in a lot of planning plus a huge amount of work. So that meant a long break from posting updates, less time for gardening or discovering new recipes. Every week was filled with a long list of things to do. I almost felt that I was transforming into a huge robot or something.. trying to complete tasks on time at home and the art center as well. Looking back now, I think I did good. Remembering the happy moments brings a smile always :)

Last year we made Christmas bags to carry the treats. This Christmas we decided to make Christmas trees. To complete the activity on time for the celebration, I gave every child a green cone shaped tree to decorate. 

We used A3 sized green card stock, long strips of green crepe paper, pipe cleaners, cutouts using pattern punches, reused foil, air-dry clay for stars on top, metallic acrylic paints, glue gun and pva glue.
The stars were made in a lollipop style with a piece of pipe cleaner attached to them before drying, so the stars could be removed easily from the tree. 

After the party, we had to simply remove the stars, turn the trees upside down- like a cone, fill them with treats for the tree owners and not to forget the stars before handing them back :)
We are yet to review the other gifts received along with the trees. Most of them found a book as well and I am looking forward to begin our book sharing, reading and artworks there after. 

By my introspection, it is going to be another long and inspiring journey of activities with all my students - more smiles, fun discussions and lots and lots of artworks!!

Thanks for reading and visiting. Enjoy a grand new year of creativity and joy! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EASY AND FUN DUSSEHRA AND DIWALI ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

MAKING BOWS AND ARROWS OUT OF CARDBOARD>> HERE >>
The boys had fun making bows, arrows and spears out of cardboard with easy to find supplies.



Please note that some of the arrow heads and the spear look pointy and sharp. They were made by children 9 to 11 years. However they were only used for display and not for play.

MAKING BOWS AND ARROWS OUT OF CARDBOARD

We tried making bows and arrows out of cardboard. Although they did not last very long, we had GREAT FUN making them, especially with the boys in the group.

Supplies:
For bows: Cardboard carton (package kind), duct tape, strong rubber bands and poster paints(optional).
For arrows: Card stock to roll into sticks, cardboard bits for arrow heads and glue gun or PVA glue.
For spears: One chart paper sheet ( A1), poster /acrylic paints, PVA glue and cardboard arrow head cutout.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

AUTUMN LEAVES ACTIVITY USING AIR DRY CLAY



Looking through my leaf souvenirs, I was struck with a new idea to use some of my brass leaves for our autumn leaves activity. These brass leaves had interesting details and worked well as nice molds for our leaves.

SPIRAL ROPE COASTERS

Inspired by the many versions of spiral rope coasters we come across while shopping or at home, we decided to make some in our classroom.
Supplies: Cotton rope (we used white), PVA Glue, acrylic or fabric paints & brushes.



























Friday, August 28, 2015

RAKHI MAKING IDEAS FROM OUR CLASSROOM


































Happy Raksha Bandhan to all our readers!

Here are some of the rakhis we've created this week. Skills: Easy drawing, cutting and pasting. Materials: Card stock, ribbons, craft foam, beads, buttons, thread, PVA glue, permanent markers, felt pens etc.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

RAINFOREST FROGS



Finishing up our Rainforest themed fortnight, the children viewed various rainforest frogs and discovered  interesting facts about their habitat and life cycle. They also had fun creating their versions of colorful frogs!
Print our frog template or make your own cutout and enjoy!

Print our rainforest frog on card stock and let the children choose markers or colored pencils for colouring. Share your rainforest frogs with us.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FLORAL PLACEMATS

























Fabulous easy-to-make placemats, using colourful A3 size card stock, 2 shades of poster/gouche paints ( not too runny), craft foam of any colour, foam punch tool, glue gun and a plastic bottle ( we used a coke bottle).

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ARTWORKS INSPIRED BY NATURE - Butterfly cut outs


This is another delayed post showing up after the temperatures have come down and the city is in the midst of heavy monsoon showers! Presently these gorgeous butterflies must have found a cozy spot in the children's rooms :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

BOOKWORM BOOKMARKS


Have you ever wondered how the term bookworm came about? And that the term is believed to be used since the 1500s!!

As the dictionary goes, a person who spends much time reading or studying or enjoys reading a lot is called a bookworm. While Mr. Bookworm is a major book feeding insect, also known as booklouse or paperlouse.

Our holiday workshops are never complete without book reading or writing sessions. Making bookmarks is a part of the funopolis!! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

FLOWER VASE OUT OF PLASTIC BOTTLE


We've made many of these flower vases during our holiday workshops. 
Firstly, its pretty easy for a parent or teacher to collect plastic bottles ideal for the task. And it makes a good holiday activity for children and this one in particular is great for mother's day!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

FLUORESCENT PAINTS, COLOURFUL DESIGNS AND SPRAY PAINTING




We had a week long painting activity for our 5 to 8 year olds, around the time of Holi. The theme was simply 'Colourful'! Which meant anything colourful, vibrant, using as many colours in our artworks!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ROBOT MADE OUT OF TOOTHPASTE CARTON

Arjunn is a fourth grader and loves making stuff out of cardboard boxes. We all love the transformer he has made using empty toothpaste cartons.

 We followed the 'cardboard car'  making method and turned the cardboard box inside out.

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