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PENCIL POUCHES MADE OF CRAFT FOAM

Today we have added this wonderful pencil pouch to our easy 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 really easy to make and look pretty neat!
It was a GREAT activity to engage my 8 to 10 year olds.
We had so much fun whilst everyone chose their foam sheets and designed their clasps .

We will need: Craft foam sheets - plain or printed, glue gun, sharpies, duct tape and velcro fasteners



The A4 size foam sheet was folded to form this envelope with enough pocket space for pencils.. Once folded it was secured with duct tape to hold the shape. Alternately all four sides of the foam sheet can be lined with tape before folding. Before sticking the velcro fasteners we glued a piece of foam to stop the foam from ripping off easily.

They all turned out so pretty! The clasp ideas were FANTASTIC! The hearts clasp design will look great for V'day gift!


I think these pouches or wallets m…

DIY STRETCHY BEADED BRACELETS

We had this lovely bracelet making class with 8 to 11 year old children. We used pipe cleaners with beads for the easier ones. We used the elastic strings and beads for the stretchy ones, which can be on the not super easy level. The elastic string ones took much longer to make and turned out really pretty. So they were made again as gifts especially for mother's day!

It is about two years and I still have mine all stretchy and beautiful! It was good to experiment and string beads in different ways to finally make them! It was great fun!

ALTERNATING COLOUR AND PATTERN PRINTING

This activity involves printing two different shapes in an alternating checkerboard arrangement. Using two different colours or shades of the same colour makes it interesting. The activity encourages children to observe the order of shapes and colours. We will need two small cardboard rolls or tp rolls to create the shapes and some poster /gouache paints. Drawing a grid makes it easier to print.



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, meta…

LAST MINUTE SCHOOL PROJECT : Making a model of the Colosseum using cardboard.

Children often come in with last minute projects to complete. Here is one such example.We printed a few pictures of the Colosseum for guidance.Corrugated cardboard or cardboard box were used for the base and the main building. The cardboard cutout of a carton was easy to roll and secure, so it is better to choose a slightly softer version of cardboard. Paper tape was good to secure the shape and later painted so it doesn't show that much. Being a school project I prefer to use paints the student is more familiar with due to the time constraint so we used poster paints. For the base we covered a rectangular piece of cardboard with a green sheet of crepe paper.



I must say that it turned out impressive for a quick project! The best part was when Manya carried it home with a big smile!