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Showing posts from March, 2014


Here are a set of step by step drawing instructions for the common tailor bird.

A few photos of the common tailor birds  visiting our yard.

Below are artworks made by the children:

Celebrating Earth Hour

Our little green fingers were at work again and this craft was to make a quick and simple door tag which says -Switch off lights or Earth Hour.

They enjoyed making these :)).The idea of the task being easy helped them complete sooner than expected.

Terrarium for paper geckos

While making paper geckos earlier this week, we also discussed a few interesting facts about them. This was  a part of our spring theme activity as the house geckos are usually back after their winter break :) We came upon the topic about having them as pets... and we discussed about how a naturalistic terrarium could be built and maintained.

Inspired by the facts our group of 6 and 7 year olds were keen to make a craft terrarium for their paper geckos! 'Ah! very simple' I hear them saying, 'we'll need a clear box or even a cereal box will do for now'.

So we dug into our recyclables and found some usable things :)

After the initial quibbling about not finding a bigger box or things not sticking faster.... :) it was good to see things working! They even got a few clumps of grass and other wild plants from the yard, to add to the small stones, twigs, sand, leaves cut out of green card stock...and more.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching them at work. What I miss is that …

Drawing and colouring a gecko

Drawing a house gecko in about four steps!

Children can draw the legs in the way suitable for their activity.

 We wanted to make cut outs of these geckos and so we chose to draw the legs straight to make them easy to fold. I found it helpful to give out cut outs to the younger children or beginners.

Above are the Geckos made by Rania and Shrehan. It is fine to leave the whites between the toes to make it easier to cut and they look great too!
The children drew the geckos and coloured using color pencils and finally traced the lines using black markers before cutting them out.

We folded the legs to make them stand upright. And we now have lovely geckos in many colours preparing to go home :)

We had great fun creating these and also checked out some cool gecko facts! Have you tried making a terrarium for your Geckos? Find out how to make one, here.

Enjoy making them!


Here is an idea to turn an empty cookie carton/box into a car.

We used  McVitie's Hobnobs boxes. Any cardboard carton of the required size will do.The images below show the opened out carton and the base model it has to turn into.
Here is how the base model was created.  After the required cuts and folds glue drops were used to stick the box into the required shape.  PVA glue can be used as well.
The body, windows and wheels were painted using basic acrylic paints. A white card stock/ thick paper was used to cut out the lights, number plate and alloys and the details were painted. The car was left to dry and the required outlines were traced for extra details and a finished look!

The car inspired many more cars in various colors and styles :)

Thanks for viewing and enjoy creating! Do post your car on our FB page!

Drawing and painting a rose

Finding ways to simplify a drawing is always interesting. Here is another step by step rose drawing.

We traced the drawing with a sharpie and painted using poster paints. To go with the spring theme we painted a colourful background. Now we add this to our list of easy spring paintings :)

Plastic bottle planters

View this and more nature activities here


We combined Holi and spring colours to make a floral garland that looked great when hung on the wall!

Supplies required: Poster colors, white paper / reusable papers or card stock, some coloured paper scraps, sponges, adhesive / glue/ pva glue, ribbons, scissors and a stapler.

We used sponges and brushes to dab and smudge the colours. The sheets were left to dry. 

The paper was cut into petals of various shapes. We chose to cut out oval and leaf shaped petals.

Holding the petal between the thumb and a pencil below, each petal was curled a little bit.

The petals were pasted onto a small white circle cutout using glue.

We curled the petals twice to form the desired shape

Stamens like these above were cutout in various colours. 

Press and hold the stamens in the center to secure them.
It was nice to enhance the flower with some sepals! They were stuck right under each flower.
We strung the flowers onto a ribbon using a stapler to pin them.
The flowers were stapled onto the ribbon as preferr…