Tegning, form og farge

Her har jeg samlet noen ideer til forming for barn. De øverste er uten bilde så jeg har forsøkt å forklare de så enkelt som mulig.

Oversikt:
Skumforming
Sandlys
Maling ute i det fri
Kjeder og armbånd
Mal på steiner
Blomsterbilde
Valnøttmus
Dorulltusenbein
Troll
Dame med karsehatt
Pappmasje
Stjernesuppe
Flaskebåt
Vindusbilde
Lime glansbilder på glass
Tegneoppgaver
Tegn på sandpapir
Bruk av fargestifter
Blomster
Maling med vannfarger
Maling med spruteteknikk
Maling med sugerør
Malingsteknikk med stearinlys
Strukturmaling
Høstbilder
Orden i sysakene
Bilde
Nøstefigurer
Farging av garn
Garn kunst
Vulkan oppskrift
Hånd og fot maling (Kalkun)
Marihøne (papptallerken)
Flaggermus av eggkartong
Fisk av papptallerken
Hav m/fisker
Ballong spøkelse
Ballong edderkopp
Makaroni halskjede
Håndtrykk blomst
Sort katt
Håndtrykk sommerfugl
Origami sommerfugl
Eggekartong larve
Froske kort
Pappmasje kloden
Skremme kort
Figurer med piperensere
Tangram
Totem pole
Sparebøsse
Japansk fisk
Japansk hage
Sol systemet
Rakett
Magisk banan
Lag en ansiktsbok
Drømme fanger
Pasta pussel
Potetfjes
Fingerdukker
Kortsamler
Melismaling


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Skumforming

Passer for: Alle, men spesiellt de minste barna.

Du trenger: Såpespon, (kjøpes hos fargehandleren) visp/ pinne, spann og vann.

Barna gjør: Sponet piskes til skum. Skummets konsistens varierer ettersom hvor mye vann som tilsettes.
Med lite vann, blir skummet hardt og kan formes. Med mye vann, blir det mer som fingermaling.

Tips:
-Ta litt malingspulver eller litt farget kreppapir i, og du får fargeskum.

-Er barna skitne på hendene etter f.eks en malingsaktivitet, er dette en fin måte å få vasket hendene på. (da brukes kun såpespon og vann.)

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Sandlys

Passer for: Alle, men er tryggest med de eldste.

Man trenger: Stearinlys-stumper, veke, gammel kjele.

Voksne gjør: Smelter stearinlys-stumpene i vannbad på komfyren inne. Fisker så ut alle vekerestene.

Barna gjør: Lager huller i sandkassa. Hullene kan formes ved å presse sandkasseformer ned i danda. Sanden er lettest å forme når den er våt. I midten plasseres en veke. Den bindes fast i en liten pinne som legges over hullet, og den andre enden kan stikkes fast ned i bunnen. En voksen fyller så hullene med stearinmasse.

Lysene bør stivne i mindst to timer, løftes så forsiktig ut og man børster av overflødig sand. Lysene får en overflate dekket med et tynt lag av sand.

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Maling ute i det fri

Passer for:
Alle.

Man trenger: Gråpapir, flytende maling i tomme glass, pensler og maleforklær.

Man gjør: Man ruller ut en lang remse med gråpapir på bakken der det er relativt slett. La den glatte siden vende ned, da den beskytter litt mot fuktighet, og den matte siden skal vende opp. Den er best å male på. Det kan være fint hvis undelaget skråner litt -et slags naturens eget staffeli.

La så barna male av hjertens lyst. Ta med en stor bøtte med såpevann ut, der penslene lan legges etter bruk.
De voksne må nok organisere litt: Fordele plasser, se til at malingen ikke blir for mye blandet...osv.

Tips: Dette kan være en fin aktivitet å ha på åpen aktivitetsdag i barnehagen, der man får besøk enten av søsken eller en annen barnehage.

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Kjeder og armbånd

Passer for:
Fra 4-5 år.

Man trenger: Erter, rognebær, solsikkefrø, konditorfarge, nål og tråd, evt. spraylakk.

Man gjør: Fine kjeder og armbånd kan lages av ulike frø og man kan gjerne kombinere med litt perler eller litt makaroni når man trer kjedet.

Solsikkefrøene bør ligge i vann natten over slik at det blir lettere å stikke hull i dem. De bør trees mens de er friske. Seinere vil de tørke og krympe litt. Dette bør beregnes slik at man trer kjedet lenger enn man skal.

Ertene kan farges i konditorfarge og trees mens de er myke. For å hindre at konditorfargen ikke smitter, kan ertene sprayes med lakk.

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Mal på steiner

Passer for: Alle aldere.

Man trenger: Steiner og hobbumaling.

Man gjør: Man kan male på steiner - enten med mange ulike farger eller man kan lage et motiv.
Et viktig telefonnummer kan males på en stein og legges ved telefonen. En varselstein med telefonnummer til brann, sykebil og politi, kan være viktig å ha.

Man kan lage en stein med sitt eget telefonnummer og bytte med en venn...

Eller hva med å male:
SNU PÅ MEG!
Og på baksiden av steinen står det:
TAKK, DET VAR DEILIG!

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Blomsterbilde

Passer for: De eldste.

Man trenger: Strie, papp, furukongler, filt, små greiner, strå.

Man gjør: Strie limes opp på en papp-plate og danner bakgrunn. Konglene klippes av/ brytes av litt i midten, og males.

En liten treknapp eller treperle kan evt. males i en annen farge og settes i midten til å være støvbærerknoppen.

Greinene er stilkene, og filten brukes til blader og bunn. Strå kan evt. også danne en fin bunn
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Valnøttmus

Passer for: Alle, mer er ekstra morsamme for de mindste.

Man trenger: Halve valnøttskall, grå eller hvit hobbymaling, litt grå eller hvit filt, noe bust fra en kost, svart tursj til øynene, lim og klinkekule.

Man gjør: Mal først de halve nøtteskallene. Klipp to ovale ører og en hale til hver mus av filten. Halen kan være ca. 5 cm. lang. Den spisse delen av nøttene er forran, og der limes ørene fast. Lim fast værhårene av bust og så halen. Når det legges en klinkekule under skallet, kan musa bevege på seg.

Tips: Lag museveddeløp. Skråstill et bord eller en plate, sett musene igang og se hvem som løper fortest.  

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Dorulltusenbein

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Doruller, snor, piperensere og maling. Evt. silkepapirkuler, glitter og paljetter.

Man gjør: Dorullene males i ulike farger. Motiver barna til å male så fint som mulig, kanskje lage mønster med prikker, ruter eller striper.

Etter at de har tørket kan de dekoreres med paljetter, glitter eller andre ting, og tres inn på ei lang snor.
Mellom hver dorull fester man et bein av piperenser. Et garnnøste kan danne hodet.
Tusenbeinet er fin å henge i taket eller i vinduet.

Tips: Pass på at dorullene er i samme størrelse slik at de ikke forsvinner inn i hverandre når de henges opp.

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Troll

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Papp (for stor pappeske) eller gråpapir, filler, garn, mose, knapper, bark osv. Lim.

Man gjør: En voksen/ stort barn kan klippe ut trollet først. Gjerne med tre hoder - og husk at troll bare har fire tær og fingre. Så kan barna få lime på filler, tørr mose og bark. Garn som har filtret sag sammen i garnkurven kan fint klippes opp og brukes til hår.

Tips: Som variant kan man lage "søppeltroll" eller "natursvin". Da kan en lime fast søppel som man finner ute.

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Dame med karsehatt

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Plast/ yoghurtbegere, hobbymaling, bomull, karsefrø og lim.

Man gjør: To begre limes sammen med bunnene mot hverandre. Barna maler så på begrene. De minste må få male slik de vil, men de eldste kan få til å dekorere det øverste begeret som et hodet og det underste som kroppen. Karsen såes på vatt i det øverste begeret, og danner håret.

Tips: Siden vatten synker sammen og blir relativt flat med vann på, er det lurt å legge noe under for at håret skal synes. (Eks. plastillina, krøllet papir eller aosis)
Vatten skal ligge rett under kanten på begeret.
Yoghurtbegerne kan også males gule og bli til en kylling med fjær og nebb.


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Pappmasje

Passer for: Fra 5 år.

Man trenger: Aviser, tapetklister eller man kan kjøpe en pappmasjekloss i hobbybutikker.

Man gjør: Pappmasje lager man selv ved å rive aviser i biter og legge i vann. Dagen etter klemmer man vannet ut og blander massen med lim til en passende konsistens.

En annen måte er å finne skjellettet man skal forme ut i fra. Det kan være formet av netting, en ballong, eggkartong eller annet som passer i forhold til det man skal lage. Så snurrer man avisstrimler og tapetklister lagvis utpå skjelettet.

Nå begynner selve formingen. Barnet må først velge hva som skal lages, og lage et skjelett å jobbe ut ifra. Man smører på med tapetklister og snurrer deretter tørre avispapirstrimler rundt.
Dette smøres over med tapetklister og deretter et nytt lag med avispapirstrimler.

Slik formes etterhvert den figuren man vil lage. Dette er et klissete og deilig arbeid ungene liker godt. Man bør ha godt med lim på hendene og klappe avispapiret godt til. Det kan være lurt å la det hele tørke ordentlig av og til før man igjen former videre.


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Stjernesuppe


Passer for: Spesiellt de minste barna.

Man trenger: Stor glassbolle, paljetter, vann og en rørepinne.

Man gjør: Man fyller vann i bollen og heller i masse paljetter. Når barna så rører rundt i denne stjernesuppen, glitrer de ulike paljettformene og fargene fint i vannet. Dette er fascinerende å se på og gir en "her og nå" - opplevelse. Paljettene blir jo heller ikke ødelagte, men kan brukes til andre formingsaktiviteter siden.


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Flaskebåt

Passer for: 3-7 år.

Man trenger: Flaskekorker, lim, maling (som ikke løses opp i vann etter tørking) eks. Straks eller hobbymaling, blomsterpinne og stoff til et lite flagg.

Man gjør: Korkene limes sammen etter hverandre og inntil hverandre slik at det blir en slags flåte. Så limer man på noen korker som står. De skal forestille skorsteiner. Bakerst stikkes ned et flagg som er laget av en blomsterpinne og stoff.

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Vindusbilde

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Pappramme, silkepapir, saks og lim.

Man gjør: Man fester hvitt silkepapir eller matpapir på en ferdig pappramme. De minste barna river og de største barna kan klippe former av farget silkepapir og limer deretter bitene fast på den hvite bakgrunnen.

Papirbitene kan gjerne limes oppå hverandre - dette gir en fin effekt når bildene siden henges opp på vinduene og danner "glassmalerier."

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Lime glansbilder på glass

Passer for: Alle aldere.

Man trenger: Glansbilder, flasker og glass av forskjellig art og lim som blir blankt når det tørker.

Man gjør: Gamle flasker og glass kan bli flotte og dekorative ved at man limer på glansbilder.

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Tegneoppgaver

Passer for: 4-5 år.

Man trenger: Papir og farger.

Man gjør: Det kan være godt og viktig for barna å tegne fritt, men av og til kan vi gi motiverte oppgaver.

Dagsrytmen: En tegneoppgave barn liker godt, er å tegne de ulike aktivitetene som skjer i løpet av en vanlig barnehagedag. Denne dagsrytmen kan vi så presentere på det første foreldremøtet. Vi fordeler oppgavene blandt barna, og de kan tegne:
- vi henger opp sekkene i garderoben
- vi leker med klosser.
- vi lager noe.
- vi synger.
- vi spiser.
- vi leker ute (osv...)

Barna må uttrykke med egne ord hva de har tegnet, og vi skriver dette på tegningen.
Vi har erfaring med at foreldrene venter spent på sitt barns tegning, og at det er stolte barn som har noe å vise sine foreldre. Bildene kan senere monteres og henges opp.

Tips: Hva med å gi bort disse tegningene til en skole som utdanner mennesker som skal jobbe med barn, slik at de kan bruke dette i sin undervisning?

Andre oppgave forslag:
- jeg og rommet mitt
- busdagen min.
- jeg bader.
- jeg kjører bil/buss/fly
- tegn fra et eventyr



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Tegn på sandpapir

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Grovt sandpapir, fattfarger, papir/kartong, strykejern.

Man gjør: Barna tegner på et stykke sandpapir. Hvis man legger dette over på hvitt papir eller farget kartong, og deretter stryker over med strykejern, smitter fargene over. Ved f.eks. å la fargene smitte over på en svart kartong og deretter igjen lime dette over på en rød og større kartong, (som blir som en ramme) får man et nydelig bilde.

De minste barnas rabletegninger blir også fine med denne teknikken, men det er ikke lurt å lage bildene alt for store.

Tips: Et annet alternativ er å først klippe ulike figurer av sandpapiret som f.eks. stjerner, hjerter og sirkler. Disse fargelegges med fettfarher og strykes så over på papir eller kartong - hvitt eller farget.

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Bruk av fargestifter

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Stumper av fettfarger og matpapir. Komfyr.

Man gjør: Sett en kokeplate å svak varme, legg et matpapir over og barna tegner på dette. Fettfargene smelter og uansett hvordan man tegner, blir dette et fint resultat som egner seg godt til å ramme inn.

Man kan også sette stekeplater inn i ovnen slik at de blir litt varme. Disse blir lettere å tegne på enn direkte på kokeplaten. Pass på at det ikke brukes for sterk varme, slik at barna brenner seg.

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Blomster

Passer for: Fra 3 år.

Man trenger: Fettfarger og papir.

Man gjør: Barna tegner to, tre eller fire sirkler utenpå hverandre med fettfarger. Så drar man med fingeren, fra midten av den innerste sirkelen og utover slik at fargene dras litt over i hverandre og det danner seg stråle. Mange slike blomster tett i tett på et ark er nydelig.

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Maling med vannfarger

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Ark og vannfarger.

Man gjør: Dette er en malingstekninkk som blir vellykket uansett. Først legges en bunke med ark i vann. Man tar arkene opp og rister litt av dem før barna får male. Fargene flyter fint inn i hverandre og dette gir en nydelig effekt. Disse bildene blir fine i seg selv.

Hvis man vil jobbe ytteligere med bildet, er det mulighet for det. Etter at maleriet er tørt, kan det brukes som bakgrunn. Barnet kan male med en mørk farge eller tegne et motiv med svart tusj oppå denne flotte bakgrunnen.

En annen variant er å søke i maleriet med en liten pappramme. Kanskje er det deler av maleriet som ligner på noe, eller rett og slett blir vakkert hvis det festes på papprammen.


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Maling med spruteteknikk

Passer for: Fra 5 år.

Man trenger: Papir, vannfarger, pensel og saks.

Man gjør: Barnet tegner en figur som klippes ut. Denne figuren plasseres så på et hvitt ark. Så tar man maling på penselen og spruter over arket. Så kan figuren flyttes og man tar en ny farge og spruter. Slik kan man gjøre flere ganger. Dette er en malingsteknikk som ungene liker godt, men det kan bli litt sprut og søl, så sørg for skikkelig duk og malerklær.


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Maling med sugerør

Passer for: Fra 3 år.
Man trenger: Maling, ark og sugerør.

Man gjør: Bruk ikke for tykk maling og drypp dråper på et ark - gjerne i ulike farger. På disse dråpene skal barnet blåse med sugerør. Der et veldig spennende å se hva som skjer med malingen og hvilke merkelige figurer som dannes.

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Malingsteknikk med stearinlys


Passer for: Fra 3-4 år.

Man trenger: Maling, ark og stearinlys.

Man gjør: Barnet tegner først en figur eller rett og slett noe rabbel på et hvitt ark. Dette tegner man oppå igjen med et stearinlys. Man kan også tegne rett på arket med et stearinlys.
Så skal man male over med vannfarger og bred pensel. Malingen preller av der man har tegnet med stearinlys.

Tips: Hvite fettfarger og svart overmaling kan gi fine spøkelsestegninger.


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Strukturmaling


Passer for: Fra 5-6 år.

Man trenger: Ulike tapeter med forskjellige strukturer, kraftige farger og flate.

Man gjør: Man lager en by med hus. Barna klipper ut biter i tapeten - til tak, husvegger, dører osv. Dette monteres sammen og males. Til slutt limes det hele sammen på plass på en stor kartong.

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Høstbilder

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Høstblader, maling, kopimaskin.

Man gjør: Vi går ut og plukker ulike høstblader. Disse legges så på en kopimaskin og kopieres. Bladenes fasong og nerver / mønster kommer tydelig fram på kopiene. De voksne setter fram forskjellige høstfarger, og barna maler over kopiene med disse fargene. Nervene synes igjennom malingen, og når de klippes ut, blir dette flotte høstblader. Bladene kan monteres på forskjellige måter - enten i mønster eller på en tegnet trestamme.


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Orden i sysakene


Garnkurven er ofte et sammensurium av nøster og garnstumper som har filtret seg inn i hverandre. For å få litt orden i sakene og for å få brukt opp garnet etterhvert, er det lurt å legge et lite utvalg fra kurven i en skoeske. I skoesken stikkes det hull slik at garnendene stikker ut fra hvert sitt hull. Skoesken henges i snorer fra taket eller den henges på veggen. Ungene tar så bare tak i den fargen de lnsker seg, drar ut og klipper av i ønsket lengde.
En voksen eller et barn kan ha i oppgave å hele tiden supplere i esken etterhvert som nøstene blir brukt opp.

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Bilde


Passer for: Fra 5 år.

Man trenger: Pappkrartong, garnrester og nål.

Man gjør: Barna trenger en enkel tegning på pappkartong. ( Av og til kan det være greit å tegne på ark først og la en voksen forenkle tegningen slik at den blir tydeligere og enklere å sy. Tegningen overføres så til pappkartongen.)

Deretter må en voksen prikk inn prikker i passende stivngavstand med en tusj.
Barnet selv klarer å stikke hull i prikkene. En spiss nål eller en strikkepinne kan brukes til dette. Tykk ulltråd bindes fast i en butt stoppenål, og barnet syr i hullene - opp og ned.

Tips: Man kan også lage koselige postkort på denne måten.

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Nøstefigurer


Passer for: 3-4 år.

Man trenger: Avis, garn, halve klesklyper, skinnbiter til hår og knapper til øyne.

Man gjør: Man krøller en ball av avispapir. Så surres garnet rundt slik at avispapiret blir dekket. Dette gir fin nøstetrening for små hender samt at denne teknikken sparer på garnet.

Variasjoner:
Nøstene kan bli til ulike figurer og dekoreres på forskjellige måter:
 - Hvis man bruker gult garn, kan man lage påskekyllinger. Lim på kam og nebb av rød filt, og fjær til hale.

- To hvite nøster kan festes på hverandre og bli til en snømann. Hatten lager du av eggekartong og ispinner bruker du til armer.

- Skinnbiter kan brukes til hår - så for vi et troll.

- Halve klyper kan limes fast slik at figurene kan stå.


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Farging av garn


Passer for: De eldste barna.

Man trenger: Ulike blader og planter, hvitt ullgarn, kjele.

Man gjør: Man må først plukke inn platene man vil farge av. Noen planter egner seg til å tørke. Det kan jo være kjekt å tørke noen slik at man kan farge når man vil i ettertid.

Garnet kan enten kjøpes ferdig eller vi kan prøve å karde og spinne litt med barna. Ved å spørre forelderene, kan man få garnnøsterester.
Man koker suppe med vann og planteblader. Garnet legges i og kokes med i ca. 15 min. For at fargen skal feste seg bedre til garnet, kan det være lurt å ta i noen ss. salt.
Garnet skylles og henges til tørk.

Plante
Hundekjeks

Del av planten
Hele planten

Mengde plante pr. 100 gr. garn
400-600 gr

Farge
Klar gul

Div
Bør ikke tørkes.

Plukkes i:
Juni
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Plante

Hestehov

Del av plante
Bare bladene

Mengde plante pr. 100 gr. garn
200-600gr

Farge
Gul-grønn

Div
Den tørkes

Plukkes
Høst
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Plante
Vanlig ryllik

Del
Hele

Mengde pr. 100 gr. garn
200-600gr.

Farge
Gul

Div
Kan tørkes

Plukkes
Når den blomstrer
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Plante
Grankongler

Del
Hele

Mengde
500-1000 gr.

Farge
Beige

Div
Kan tørkes

Plukkes
Hele året
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Blader av:
1. Rogn
2. Osp
3. Eik
4. Eple

Del
Blader og bark

Mengde
Blader: 200-600gr.
Bark: 250-1000 gr.

Farge
1. Gul/gulbruk
2. Gul/gulbruk
3. Grå/grågul
4. Gulrød/gulbrun

Div
Blader: Kan tørkes
Bark: Bør tørkes og lagres før bruk


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Garn kunst - Strikkunst

Passer for: Alle.

Man trenger: Treplate, spiker, garn eller strikker i ulike farger.

Man gjør: Som bakgrunn for dette bildet, må man ha ei malt treplate. Denne spikere man mange små spiker på. Så er det bare å tre tråder mellom spikrene. Surr en gang rundt hver spiker.

Istedenfor garn kan man bruke strikker i ulike farger. Disse festes til to og to spiker. Denne varianten egner seg veldig bra for de aller minste, og er en god trening i å koordinere begge hendene.


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Vulkan - oppskrift


1 liten glassflaske med smal tut.

Noen kilo sand, eller lignende.

1 stor kopp vineddik.

1 spiseskje bakepulver

Noen dråper rød konditorfarge ( for å gi "lavautbruddet" farge)

En trakt.

Sett flasken på et stødig underlag, fint i sandkassen. Bygg så opp et vulkanfjell rundt flasken med sanden. Ikke dekk flaskeåpningen.

Sett trakten nedi flasketuten, og hell bakepulveret oppi flasken.

Så heller du vineddik i koppen. Deretter har du konditorfargen oppi og blander den med vineddiken.

Og nå må du passe på.

Nå heller du innholdet i koppen oppi flasken.

Straks væsken kommer i kontakt med bakepulveret vil det bruse over. Vær klar til å springe unna vulkanen, for nå kommer det et utbrudd. Det er ikke farlig men pass på så du ikke får det i øynene. Det kan fort bli litt grisete, så dette er best å gjøre utendørs.


LYKKE TIL

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Hand and Foot Turkey Craft

This cute turkey is made from your child's handprints and footprints, cut out of construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving decoration.

Supplies:

  • Brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)
Trace around the child's feet using brown construction paper. These two pieces will be the turkey's body.
Trace around the child's hands using red, orange, and yellow construction paper. These 6 pieces will be the turkey's feathers.
Glue the two footprints together to make the turkey's body. (The heels make the head area.)
Cut out a round wattle and an orange beak. Glue the wattle, beak, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the turkey's head. Make two legs from paper and glue then to the back of the body (or use pipe cleaners and tape them to the back).
Glue the handprint "feathers" to the back of the turkey.

You can now decorate your house for Thanksgiving with these cute turkeys. Don't forget to put the child's name and age on the back of the turkey.











Supplies needed:
  • Two paper plates for each ladybug
  • Scissors
  • Stapler or tape (colored tape looks really nice but is not necessary)
  • Red and black paint, markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • Black construction paper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Hole punch
  • Optional - googly eyes

Using black construction paper, cut out the ladybug's legs (cut two sets of three legs).
Staple (or tape) two paper plates together (put the eating surfaces of the plates on the inside) - make sure to staple the legs between the plates. Don't staple the plates all the way round - leave one end of the ladybug unstapled.
Cut off the rim of the plates where they were not stapled (or taped) - this is where you will put your hand to move the ladybug.
Paint the top of the ladybug red (except the head, which is black). Paint the bottom of the ladybug black. Either paint some black dots on the ladybug or glue some black circles on its back.

Either paint eyes or glue on googly eyes.

Punch two holes at the top for the antennae. Thread a pipe cleaner through the holes.

You now have a really cute ladybug puppet.










EGG CARTON BATS

This is an easy way to make bats using egg cartons, crayons or markers, and scissors. Googly eyes are a nice touch.

  1. Separate 3 cups from an egg carton.
  2. Cut out part of the bottoms of the 2 outside cups to resemble bat wings.
  3. Add eyes, a mouth, and decorate.
  4. Hang it from a string or a rubber band.









Fish Paper Plate Craft

This easy-to-make fish is a cute craft that is made from a single paper plate.


Supplies needed:

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or tape or a stapler)
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Crayons, paint or markers
Cut a wedge out of a paper plate. The wedge will be the fish's tail; the hole will be the fish's mouth.
Glue (or use tape or a stapler) the tail to the end of the fish.

Glue a googly eye on the fish (glue on two eyes if you want a flounder) or simply draw eye(s).

Color in the fish, drawing scales, lips, and so on.

For an extra touch, make a tiny fish (use the same instructions as above, but start with a tiny circle made from construction paper). Hang the tiny fish from the large fish's mouth using a short piece of thread.






Ocean Dioram

Create your own ocean scene in a box. Just print out sharks and whales, draw some seaweed, corals, and your favorite fish. Paste, color, cut, hang them in a decorated box, and enjoy the ocean

Supplies needed:

  • paper and a printer (stiff paper works best - colored paper is also great for this project)
  • a shoe box or slightly larger box
  • crayons and/or markers
  • tape
  • thread
  • scissors
  • optional: pipe cleaners (great for seaweed and coral), glitter (for great bubbles), thin cardboard to glue to the back of the animals if your paper is very flimsy (old cereal boxes work well)
  • optional: plastic ocean animals

  • Find a box at least as big as a shoe box - a slightly bigger box works even better. This will be the stage containing your ocean scene.
  • Decorate the inside of the box to look like it's underwater. Draw the water, the ocean floor, rocks, coral, seaweed, fish, an octopus, bubbles, scuba divers, a submarine, etc. Glitter makes a wonderful addition - just sprinkle some on a little glue.


Whale shark


  • If your paper is very flimsy and you think your animals may bend too much, paste the template onto thin cardboard (like an old cereal box). Let the paste dry.





  • Using crayons or markers, decorate the animals and plants. Also, draw and decorate your own seaweed, corals, and favorite fish. Green construction paper cut in squiggly strips makes nice seaweed.
  • Cut out the animals and plants.
  • Hang the fish and whales in the box using tape and thread. Tape your seaweed and coral to the bottom of the box. Green and brown pipe cleaners also make nice plants.
  • Enjoy your ocean diorama!








Balloon Ghost Craft

This cute ghost is easy to make from a balloon and two plastic grocery bags.

It makes a great Halloween decoration or a toy (but not for very young children). This ghost flies really well!

Supplies needed:

  • A white balloon
  • Scissors
  • 2 white plastic grocery bags
  • Tape
  • A black marker
Cut the handles off the white plastic grocery bags. If there are colored markings on the bags, cut them off too.
Leaving the seam at the bottom of the bags intact, cut the bags into strips.
Blow up a white balloon.

Tape the plastic bags around the end of the balloon (tape the bags in a circle a few inches from one end of the balloon). If you plan on hanging the ghost up as a decoration, tape the plastic bags around the plain end, leaving the tied end of the balloon exposed so you can tie a string to the top of the ghost.

Using a black marker, draw two eyes and a mouth on the ballon.

You now have a spooky ghost that you can use as a Halloween decoration or as a toy (but not for very young children). This ghost flies really well!








Big Balloon Spider Craft

This scary spider decoration is great for Halloween. Each spider is made from a balloon and four pipe cleaners. You can line your porch with these huge arachnids or perch them on your living room curtains.

Supplies needed for a single spider:

  • Thick, round, black balloons
  • A few inches of string or yarn - or a twist tie
  • 4 black pipe cleaners
  • White out (liquid paper) or white tempera paint
Blow up a round black balloon so that it's only slightly inflated. Tie the balloon shut.
Twist the balloon, making a large part (for the body) and a smaller part (for the head). Secure it with a piece of string or a twist tie. If your balloon isn't stretchy enough to do this, use two balloons - use one for the body and one for the head. Tie the two balloons together with their stems.
Fold each of 4 pipe cleaners in half. Twist the middle of each pipe cleaner and wrap around the twist in the balloon. This makes eight legs.

Fold and shape each leg to look like a jointed spider's leg.

Draw eyes and fangs, using white-out (liquid paper) or white tempera paint.

You can now decorate your house for Halloween, indoors and out, with these huge, scary spiders.







Macaroni Bead Necklace

This macaroni bead necklace is very simple to make.



Supplies needed:

  • Yarn or thin elastic cording
  • Uncooked, tube-shaped macaroni
  • Scissors
  • Optional (if you want to color the macaroni): Rubbing alcohol, liquid food coloring, small container, spoon, plastic bags and paper towels
If you want to color the macaroni, mix 2-3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol with a few drops of liquid food coloring.

Put some of the uncooked macaroni in a plastic bag and add the colored alcohol. Mix so that the liquid colors all the macaroni.

Let the macaroni dry thoroughly on paper towels.

For each necklace, cut some yarn or thin elastic cording enough to make a necklace.

Wrap one end of the yarn tightly with tape to make it easier to string the macaroni.

String one piece of macaroni through the yarn and tie it to one end (this keeps the other beads to be strung from falling off).

String the macaroni through the yarn - leave a few inches so you can tie the necklace off when you are done. Using patterns of colors (like red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue, ...) makes a pretty necklace and introduces the students to patterns.
Tie the ends of the string together. Optional: decorate your necklace with glitter or with a marker.

You now have a nice macaroni bead neacklace to wear.








Paper Plate Flower Craft
 

This simple-to-make flower is made from a paper plate and a child's handprint cutouts.


Supplies needed:

  • A paper plate
  • Colorful construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or a stapler)
Trace a child's hand on colorful construction paper, at least 10 times.
Cut out the hand tracings.
Glue or staple a circle of handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) around the outside of the plate - the fingers are the flower's petals.
Glue or staple a second circle of handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) just inside the first circle.
Glue or staple a third circle of handprint tracings at the center of the plate.
Glue a small paper circle in the center of the flower.









Black Cat Hat for Halloween

This scary black cat hat (or decoration) is easily made from construction paper.

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of black construction paper (one large, one regular size) [if you only have regular-size paper, you can use these black cats as great decorations, but they will be too small to wear. You can also use brown paper bags to make the hat, and color them using black tempera paint.]
  • Small scraps of white, pink, white, and/or orange construction paper (for the cat's eyes, nose, whiskers, mouth)
  • A pencil or white crayon
  • Scissors
  • Black crayon or marker
  • Stapler
  • Glue
Draw and cut out a half circle from a large piece of construction paper. Cut 4 legs from the scraps.
Draw and cut out a cat's head and a circle about the same size (this will be the cat's tail).
Cut out yellow eyes, some white whiskers, and a pink nose and mouth, and ear insides. Glue the pieces onto the cat's face.

Using the black crayon or marker, give the cat vertical pupils.

Draw a spiral inside the circle. Cut along the line. This will be the cat's tail.
Twirl the half circle into a cone-shaped hat. Staple along the seams.
Glue two of the cat's legs onto the bottom back of the hat.
Glue the tail to the back of the hat, between and above the legs.
Glue the head to the front of the hat. Glue two of the cat's legs onto the bottom front of the hat. Make sure that the legs don't block your eyes when you wear the hat.

Now you can wear your scary black cat hat for Halloween









Handprint Butterfly Craft

This is a simple craft made from a child's handprint cutouts.


Supplies needed:

  • A few pieces of colored construction paper (stiffer paper makes a more durable butterfly)
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape or a stapler
  • Crayons, paint or markers
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • A pipe cleaner
Trace a child's hand on a few pieces of construction paper, for a total of 6 times. These will be the butterfly's wings.

Cut out the tracings.
On a piece of dark construction paper, draw a butterfly's body (draw a long oval plus a smaller circle at one end).
Glue or staple the handprint tracings to the body, three on each side. The fingers should point outwards.
Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Curl the ends a bit or wad them into balls. The folded pipe cleaner will be the butterfly's antennae.
Tape or staple the bent part of the pipe cleaner to the back side of the butterfly's head.

Either draw eyes on the butterfly's head or glue on googly eyes. Decorate the wings with crayons or markers.

You now have a great butterfly decoration.








Origami Butterfly

A simple-to-make origami butterfly.

Supplies needed:
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • A pipe cleaner or curling ribbon for antennae
Start by making a square piece of paper. To start making a square, fold the corner of a piece of paper over.
To finish making the square, cut off the small rectangle, forming a square (which is already folded into a triangle).
Fold the triangle in half.
Open up the fold you just made. Put the triangle on the table with the central fold pointing up (like a tent). Fold one corner over.
Open it up again. Fold the other corner over.
Open it up. You now have a butterfly shape.
Decorate the butterfly.

Attach two antennae made of pipe cleaners or curling ribbon (curled by pulling along a scissors).









EGG CARTON CATERPILLAR

This is an easy way to make caterpillars using egg cartons, crayons or markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. Googly eyes are a nice touch.

  1. Separate 4, 5, or 6 cups from an egg carton.
  2. Using the point of a scissors, an adult should make 2 small holes at one end for the antennae.
  3. Insert pipe cleaners for the antennae.
  4. Add eyes, a mouth, and decorate.







Pop-up Frog Card
 

Make a cute frog pop-up card using construction paper. This is a great Birthday Card or Get Well Soon Card.

Supplies needed:

  • Two pieces of construction paper (use 2 different colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons

Fold two rectangular pieces of construction paper in half. One piece will be the outside of the card and one piece will be the inside.
Cut a straight line perpendicular to the fold in the middle of one of the pieces of paper.
Fold down the paper on each side of the cut you just made.
Cut a short, straight line on the top fold (do not cut all the way to the edge of the paper).
Fold down the paper on each side of the cut you just made.
Unfold the folds and open up the card.

Carefully pop the frog's mouth and eyes so that they bulge towards the inside of the card.

Draw half a frog around the mouth and eyes (draw the head, a leg and a foot).
Glue the other piece of folded construction paper to the back of your card.

Cut along the half-frog drawing you made in the previous step.

Fold the card up.

Now cut the other half of the frog out.

Open up your card and decorate your frog if you'd like - you can give it warty skin, stripes, and eyeballs (drawn on the underlayer). You might even want to glue on a long pink tongue (make sure that the tongue fits inside the card when you fold the card up).

Write a message on your cute frog pop-up card.








Papier-Mâché Globe

Make your own globe of the Earth from a balloon covered with newspaper, flour-water glue, and paint. Although this is a messy project that takes days to complete, the results are very nice and teach a tremendous amount about geography.

Supplies needed:
  • A round balloon
  • Lots of newspaper
  • Flour and water glue (instructions below)
  • A container for mixing the glue (old plastic containers work well)
  • A spoon or stick to stir the glue
  • A printer
  • Pencil
  • Blue and green tempera paint
  • Paint brushes
  • A dark marker
Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water. Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water (the heating gives the glue a nice consistency, but is not necessary). Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool.
Tear a lot of strips of newspaper. Strips should be about 1 inch wide; the length doesn't really matter.
Blow up and tie a round balloon for each student.
Papier-Mâché: Dip each strip of paper in the flour glue, wipe off excess, and wrap the strip around the balloon. Have at least three layers surrounding the balloon. Let it dry (at least overnight) after each layer.

Let the globe dry completely (it may take a few days). When the papier-mâché is dry, the balloon usually pops by itself, and separates from the outer papier-mâché skin.
 

 

Draw the Continents on the Globe:
  • Using a pencil, draw a line around the midsection of the balloon representing the equator, and draw a dot for each of the poles.
  • Draw the continent you live in. To draw each continent, show the student the shape of that continent, how big it is in relation to the globe, and where it is positioned (with respect to the equator, the poles, and the other continents). Using a pencil, draw that continent on the globe.
  • Repeat this process for the other continents.
Work on a bed of newspapers; this is pretty messy. Paint the seven continents green with tempera paints.

When the continents are done and the paint has dried, use blue paint to represent the oceans, seas, and lakes. Let the paint dry.

Using a dark marker, have the student label the major features on the globe and also where the child lives. The student can mark and label the equator, the seven continents, the oceans, the poles, etc. (depending on the student's grade level).






Scary Pop-up Spider Card

Make a scary spider pop-up card using construction paper. This is a great Halloween card or an invitation to a Halloween party.

Supplies needed:

  • Two pieces of construction paper (use 2 different colors, like black and orange)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons

Fold two rectangular pieces of construction paper in half. One piece will be the outside of the card, and one piece will be the inside.
Cut a straight line perpendicular to the fold in the middle of one of the pieces of paper.
Fold down the paper on each side of the cut you just made.
Cut a short, straight line on the top fold (do not cut all the way to the edge of the paper).
Fold down the paper on each side of the cut you just made.
Unfold the folds and open up the card.

Carefully pop the spider's mouth and eyes so that they bulge towards the inside of the card.

Draw half a spider around the mouth and eyes (draw the head/body and four long legs).
Glue the other piece of folded construction paper to the back of your card.

Cut along the half-spider drawing you made in the previous step.

Fold the card up.

Now cut the other half of the spider out.

Open up your card and decorate your spider if you'd like - you can give it hairy skin, stripes, and eyeballs (drawn on the underlayer). You might even want to glue on long fangs (make sure that the fangs fit inside the card when you fold the card up).

Write a message on your scary spider pop-up card.





Bendable Magnetic Animals and People

These bendable, fuzzy magnetic animals and people are simple to make and great to play with later. They make wonderful refrigerator magnets that you can pose in incredible ways. If you make more than one, you can create an adorable group of critters.

Remember to keep all magnets away from computers.

Supplies needed:

  • Colored pipe cleaners (the thick, fuzzy ones and the metallic ones are great for this project)
  • Small doughnut-shaped magnets, some tiny, some larger (available at hardware stores)
  • An old scissors or a wire cutter to cut the pipe cleaners

Monkey:


Twist two long pipe cleaners together to make a sturdy double pipe cleaner.


Attach the long double pipe cleaner to a large, doughnut-shaped magnet (this will be the monkey's head, body, and tail). Wrap the pipe cleaner around the magnet a few times to secure it.


Twist a second long pipe cleaner tightly around the other pipe cleaner (this will form the monkey's long arms).

Attach a small, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each arm (these magnets will be the monkey's hands).



Twist a third, shorter pipe cleaner tightly around the body pipe cleaner (this will form the monkey's short legs).

Attach a small, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each leg (these magnets will be the monkey's feet) and the tail.



You can now pose your monkey in any way you'd like, attaching it to the refrigerator or other iron or steel surfaces.

Spider:



Wrap a long pipe cleaner around a large, doughnut-shaped magnet a few times, foming two legs.


Attach a small doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each leg.


Use three more long pipe cleaners to make the remaining 6 legs. Attach a small doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each leg.


Bend each of the legs upwards, and you have a posable, magnetic spider.

Person:



Fold a long pipe cleaner in half (make a V-shape) and thread it through a large doughnut- shaped magnet.


Starting at the bottom of the V, twist the ends together to form a short, sturdy double pipe cleaner.


Twist a short pipe cleaner tightly around the other pipe cleaner near the large magnet (this will form the person's arms).

Attach a small, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each arm (these will be the person's hands).



Attach a large, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of the body (this is the person's hips).


Twist two long pipe cleaners together to make a sturdy double pipe cleaner. Fold it in half and thread it through the hip magnet and wrap it around again to secure it (this V will form the person's long legs).

Attach a small, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each leg (these will be the person's feet).



You now have a posable, magnetic person; you can make a whole family and pose them together.

Dog:



Twist two long pipe cleaners together to make a sturdy double pipe cleaner.


Attach the end of the double pipe cleaner to a large, doughnut-shaped magnet. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the magnet a few times to secure it.


Twist a second short pipe cleaner tightly around the other pipe cleaner. Repeat; these will form the dog's legs.

Attach a small, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each leg (these magnets will be the dog's paws).



Attach two very short lengths of pipe cleaner to the head for ears.


You now have a bendable, magnetic dog that you can pose with your magnetic person; you can make a leash using a pipe cleaner or a short string with small magnets attached to each end.

Insect:



Twist two long pipe cleaners together to make a sturdy double pipe cleaner.


Attach the end of the double pipe cleaner to a large, doughnut-shaped magnet. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the magnet a few times to secure it.


Twist a short pipe cleaner tightly around the other pipe cleaner. Repeat two more times; these three pipe cleaners will form the insect's six legs.

Attach a small, doughnut-shaped magnet to the end of each of the six legs and at the tail end of the body.



Attach a short pieces of pipe cleaner to the head to be the two antennae. Also add a short mouth to the head. You now have a bendable, magnetic insect that you can pose.






Tangram Puzzle

Make a tangram for Chinese New Year.

Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle. This activity is sometimes called "seven pieces of cleverness." The object of the puzzle is to rearrange the pieces of a square (the puzzle pieces) to form figures (like a picture of a cat) using the tangram pieces.

Supplies:

     
  • Paper (cardstock or other thick paper works well)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and Pencil or a Printer
Start by making a square piece of paper. To start making the square, fold one corner of a piece of paper over to the adjacent side.
To finish making the square, cut off the small rectangle, forming a square.
Fold the square piece of paper in half, then in half again (making a square that is divided into quarters). Repeat this step (resulting in a square divided into sixteenths).

Unfold the paper.

Draw lines along the red lines marked at the left. Cut along these lines.
You will now have seven pieces: a small square, two small isosceles triangles, a medium-sized isosceles triangle, two large isosceles triangles, and a parallelogram.

{An isosceles triangle has two equal angles and two equal sides. A parallelogram is a four-sided figure with each side parallel to the opposite side.}


cats
You can arrange these seven pieces into an incredible number of shapes, making animals, people, everyday objects, etc. See how many you can make - invent new ones!
dancers


swan


bird

candle


spinning top


duck


bunny






Totem Pole

Make a Totem Pole from a paper towel tube.

Totem poles are made by the Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. Traditionally, each Totem Pole tells the story of a Native American family's ancestral spirits and family history (pictured in human and animal form). They depict the spirits as people, mythical beasts, and wildlife treasured by the Tlingit Tribe.

Supplies needed:
  • A paper towel tube
  • Crayons, tempera paint, or markers
  • Brown construction paper (a few sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Tape, White glue
  • 2 popsicle sticks (optional)

You can either use a template or or draw your own totems freehand.  Cut along the thick vertical line (and continue the cut to the edges of the paper -- do not cut off the margins of the paper). In each of the small rectangles, the student will draw an animal head. Use the long strip on the right for wings or other add-ons.

 


If you are not using a template: Wrap a piece of construction paper around a paper towel tube to see what size paper you will need.

Trim the paper to the right height and width (allow about a half-inch overlap around the tube so you can glue the edges more easily).

Divide the paper into 4 or more horizontal sections.

Have the child draw a different animal head in each section. Put most of the facial details in the middle of each section.

If you're working with a group of children, you can cut the paper into sections and have each child draw one face.

Wrap the heads around the paper towel tube and glue the seams.
Draw wings or arms for some or all of the animals. Cut them out and decorate them.

Glue them to the back of the Totem Pole.

Optional: Glue 2 popsicle sticks to the base so that your Totem Pole stands upright. Hot glue works well for this.






Piggy Bank


This is a great way to make a really cute piggy bank out of papier-mâché. This is a craft that you can use for a long time.

This project takes a few days (there is a lot of drying time between papier-mâché layers) and parental supervision of younger kids.
SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • One balloon for each piggy bank
  • A lot of old newspaper and/or brown-bag paper
  • a paper egg carton (plastic ones won't work)
  • Masking tape
  • Flour-water glue (instructions below)
  • Pink paint (tempera works well) and a brush or pink tissue paper
  • One pink pipe cleaner
  • A craft knife
  • Plastic googly eyes (optional)
  • Markers

Flour-water Glue for Papier-Mâché: Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water (boiling gives it a nice consistency). Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool.
  • Blow up a balloon for each piggy bank.
  • Have the child tear a lot of strips of newspaper and/or brown bag paper. Strips should be about 1 inch or less wide; the length doesn't really matter.
  • Dip each strip of paper in the flour glue and wrap around the balloon. Have at least two to three layers surrounding the balloon. Let it dry (at least overnight) after each layer.

    Let the papier-mâché balloon dry for a few days. When it is dry, you can pop and remove the balloon from the inside. This will be the body and head of the pig.
After the papier-mâché is completely dry, it's time to add the legs and the snout.

Separate 5 paper egg carton sections (one for each leg and the snout). Use the masking tape to attach them to the oval-shaped body.
To color your pig, either paint it with tempera paint or use pink tissue paper.

For the tissue paper coating, first tear or cut the tissue paper into small pieces ( a few inches in all directions). Then cover the pig with a very thin layer of the flour-water glue (using your fingers is the easiest way). Next, put the tissue paper pieces on the pig (you may need to add a little more glue occasionally) until you have a nice pink coat for the pig.

Let the pig dry completely (at least overnight).
The tail: Using a sharp crafts knife, make a small hole at the tail end of the pig. Insert a pipe cleaner into the hole, then shape the pipe cleaner into a spiral.

Eyes: Make eyes with a marker or glue on plastic googly eyes.

Nostrils: Make two nostrils on the snout with a marker.

The Money Slot: Along the top of the pig's body, carefully cut a slot large enough to fit any coin.






Hanging Japanese Fish

A simple-to-make Japanese hanging koi (goldfish) made from paper and old magazines. This fish looks beautiful hanging from the ceiling. A classroom full of them is quite impressive!

Supplies needed:
  • Construction paper
  • Old magazines, catalogs, colored paper scraps, and aluminum foil scraps to cut up
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Markers or crayons
  • Hole punch
  • 2 to 3 Crepe paper streamers (a few inches long)
  • Some string or yarn
Draw a fish on a large piece of paper.

Put a second piece of paper under this piece of paper. Cut out two large, paper fish.

Cut out a lot of scrap paper and/or aluminum foil circles. Use old, colorful magazines, catalogs, etc.
Glue the circles onto both sides of the body of the fish. These are the fish's scales. (The fish is not symmetrical, so be sure that you glue circles onto the fish in such a way that when you staple the 2 sides together later on, the scales will be on the outside.)
Decorate the fish's head, fins, and tail using crayons or markers.
Staple the two sides of the fish together, stapling the ends of crepe paper ribbons inside the tail.
Punch two holes on the fish's face. String some yarn through the holes. You now have a hanging koi (a Japanese carp).







Cup o' Fish




Make an edible aquarium in a cup. This is a great party treat you can make with your child. You will need:
  • blue jello
  • gummy fish (or fruit-flavored sharks)
  • clear plastic cups.
  • Make blue jello according to the directions on the box.
  • Pour into clear plastic cups.
  • Let them cool in the refrigerator until partially set - about an hour.
  • When they're partially set, place a few gummy fish in each cup.
  • Put them in the refrigerator until they're completely set.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Variations include:
  • Frozen fish-popsicles (just freeze the jello in popsicle molds - add the gummy fish when they are partially set - unmold very gently when entirely frozen). These are really messy to eat and are best eaten outside.
  • An entire punch bowl of fish jello (made like the cup o' fish)!






Miniature Japanese Garden

A simple-to-make miniature Japanese garden made from paper, pebbles, and an egg carton.

Supplies needed:
  • A small piece of very thick green paper (for the base of the garden) roughly 10 inches square or bigger
  • Blue, brown, orange, and green construction paper
  • Paper egg carton
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Some tiny pebbles
Start with a small square of very thick green paper to make the base of the garden. A piece about 10 inches square (about 25 cm) works well.

Cut some blue paper to make a stream through your garden and glue it to the green base. Glue on a small paper goldfish. A strip of brown paper makes a nice bridge across the water.

To make a tiny pagoda, use 3 paper egg carton sections. Cut each section's wide part so that it has four legs. Glue the three sections together as shown in the picture to the right.
Glue the pagoda to the garden's base.
To make a tree's trunk, roll up a small rectangle of brown construction paper and glue it to form a tube. Cut a few short slits on one end (you'll use these to glue the tree to the garden).

Open up the slits and glue to the garden's base.

Cut some leaf-like shapes from green construction paper and glue them to the tree trunk.
Glue some small pebbles on the garden base to make a little rock garden.








Solar System Model

 

Supplies needed:
  • A round piece of cardboard about 1 ft across (the cardboard from a frozen pizza works well)
  • Lots of colors of oak tag (or construction paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String
  • Pencil, crayons, or markers
  • A compass (for making circles)
Find the center of the large cardboard circle by drawing a line from top to bottom and a line from right to left. Where these two lines meet is the center of the circle. This will be the position of the Sun.
Using a compass, draw the orbits of the 9 planets (draw circles around the center of the piece of cardboard).

The first 4 planets orbit relatively close to the Sun, then there is a gap Then the last 5 planets orbit very far from the Sun.

Using an awl, the sharp point of scissors, or a large nail, punch a series of holes in the cardboard. First punch a hole in the center (this is where the Sun will hang). Then punch one hole somewhere on each circle (orbit); a planet will hang from each hole.

 

Cut circles from oak tag to represent the Sun and each of the planets. Since the range in size of the Sun and the planets is far too large to represent accurately, just make the Sun the biggest. Make Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune a bit smaller than the Sun. Make the remainder of the planets much smaller. Saturn has beautiful rings.

Write the name of each planet on its back.

Tape a length of string to each planet (and the Sun).

Lace the other end of each string through the correct hole in the large cardboard circle (Mercury goes in the inner orbit, Venus goes in the second orbit, Earth goes in the third, etc.). Tape the end of the string to the top side of the cardboard.

After all the planets (and the Sun) are attached, adjust the length of the strings so that the planets (and Sun) all lie in a plane.

To hang your model, tie three pieces of string to the top of the cardboard - then tie these three together. Tie them to a longer string (from which you'll hang your model).

You now have a model of our solar system.







rocket

Rocket Craft

This craft makes a rocket ship from a paper towel tube and construction paper.


Supplies needed:
  • A paper towel tube
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil, markers or crayons
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons or stickers (optional)
Wrap construction paper around the tube. Tape or glue the construction paper in place.

If a single piece of construction paper isn't big enough, use another piece of construction paper to finish covering the tube.

Cut 4 slits on one end of the tube. Each slit should be about 2 1/2 inches long, and each pair should be located opposite another. (They should divide the tube into 4 equal sections.)
Using construction paper, cut out two triangles that are about 5 inches long and 4 inches tall.
Cut a slit in each of the two triangles. Each slit should go halfway through the triangle; one goes through the top of a triangle, the other goes through the bottom of the triangle.
Using the triangle with the slit in the bottom, slip the triangle onto the rocket's body in two of the slits.
Using the triangle with the slit in the top, slip the triangle onto the rocket's body (in the other two slits). In addition to going onto the rocket, this triangle should also slip into the other triangle. You may have to jiggle the paper a bit to line the slits up.

This forms a steady base for your rocket.

Using construction paper, cut a circle about 4 inches in diameter. Cut a slit from the outer edge to the center.
Turn the circle into a cone, and secure it with glue or tape.
Tape the cone to the top of the rocket.

Decorate the rocket with stickers, markers or crayons. You now have a great rocket ship to play with.






THE MAGICAL BANANA


Make a magical banana that will really surprise your friends! Tell them that you've discovered a brand new, genetically-altered banana that grows pre-sliced. This is the best invention since sliced bread.
SUPPLIES NEEDED:
  • One banana
  • A toothpick

Stick a toothpick into a banana somewhere along a seam. Rotate the toothpick left and right inside the banana, cutting all the way through the fruit, but not through the peel. Try to keep the hole the toothpick makes as small as possible.
Take the toothpick out and repeat at another spot on the banana. Keep making internal slices until you have at least five or six.
Now offer the banana to an unsuspecting friend (maybe even telling them some odd story about mutant bananas from Ecuador). When your friend peels the banana, they will be VERY surprised to find that it is already sliced!






Funny Face Flip Book

Make a Funny Face Flip Book. This is a good group activity for a child's party.
Supplies needed: paper, scissors, a stapler, crayons, one piece of thick paper or cardboard.
Have the children color each page - be sure to have them put eyes in the top section, a nose in the middle and a mouth on the bottom part. If this is part of a party activity, put each child's name on their page. The book can be presented to the host!
  • Stack the pages, then staple them together at the left side onto a piece of thin cardboard.
  • Cut through the pages (but do not cut the cardboard) along the dotted line - do not cut all the way across the page.
  • Read your flip book and laugh!







Dream Catcher
Dream Catchers are from Native American lore; they trap bad dreams and let the good dreams filter down to the sleeper.

For each dream catcher you will need:
  • a bendable twig about 1 foot long
  • a few inches of thin wire
  • some twine
  • beads with large holes
  • a few feathers

Use thin wire to tie the ends of a twig together to make a hoop.
Have an adult make a hoop from a twig. To do this, wrap a short length of thin wire around the overlapping ends.
Cut a few feet of twine. Tie one end of the twine to the twig hoop. String a few beads onto the twine and push the beads toward the tied end. Wrap the twine around the other side of the hoop.
String a few more beads on the twine and then wrap the twine around the far side of the hoop. Repeat until you have an interesting webbing design.
Tie a short length of twine on the hoop. String a bead or two on it and then tie a feather onto the end. Repeat this a few times (2 or 3 hanging feather strings look nice). Hang the dream catcher near your bed!







Pasta Skeleton Craft

This pasta skeleton is easily made from a few different types of pasta and dried beans glued to a piece of black construction paper.

When you're done, you'll have a great Halloween decoration that you can also use to learn the names of some of our bones.

Supplies:

  • A few different types of pasta and dried beans, like spaghetti, macaroni, tiny tube pasta, long tube pasta, wagon wheels, long spirals, tiny shells, wagon wheels
  • A piece of black construction paper
  • White glue
  • A white crayon to write your name (or label the bones)
Glue the pasta to the black paper using white glue. Have the kids arrange the pasta on the paper before gluing (to make sure that they have room for the whole body on the piece of paper).

You can use just about any type of pasta (or dried beans) for the bones. A wagon wheel is nice for the head. Spaghetti makes good fingers and toes. Tiny tubes or dried lentils are good as vertebrae in the spine. Long tubes make collar bones. Longer tubes or long spirals make good arm and leg bones. Small shells or dried white beans are nice for the kneecaps, wrists and ankles. Two dried lima beans make good hips.

craft projectOptional:  The student can glue the pasta bones along the lines.

 








Potato Face

In this simple project, a brown paper grocery bag and construction paper are made into a cute potato head.

Supplies needed:
  • A brown paper grocery bag (or brown construction paper)
  • Various colors of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Glue
Using the brown paper bag (or the brown construction paper), have the child cut out a potato shape -- it must be at least as big as your hand or it will be too hard to glue the facial features on it.
Cut out the eyes (the whites plus the darker inner part), a nose, a mouth, hair, a bowtie, and any other desired features.
Glue the features onto the brown paper potato head.

 






Color the elephant and then cut out the elephant (have an adult help you). Make a hole where the truck should be. Your finger can be the elephant's trunk!





 

 

 


 


 


 






 


Hanging Wall Pocket
Make this hanging wall pocket from a paper plate. This is a great project for elementary school age children who want to organize their room!

Supplies:
  • 2 plain paper plates
  • a hole punch
  • yarn, twine, or other thick thread
  • scissors
  • stickers (optional)
  • thick needle (optional)
  • crayons, paint, or markers


Cut one paper plate in half.

Punch holes along the straight edge, about 1 inch apart (don't punch near the circular part yet).
Put the plates together, the fronts together, forming a pocket. While holding them together, punch holes around the edges about 1 inch apart. It may help to use clothes pins to hold the 2 plates together.
Have the child "sew" up all the edges with yarn, string, or twine. Older children can use an upholstery needle. For younger ones, a bit of nail polish put on the end of the string (let it dry first) will act like a needle.
Make a hole for hanging the wall pocket on the wall. Decorate the wall pocket with crayons, markers, or paint.



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