Okay, so this isolation thing is starting to get to some of us! For those that have been locked down in your home for weeks with the kids, hopefully some of these great crafty ideas may help break up the norm in your house, and keep the kids happy for a short while! Happy kids, happy parents right? These are suited to kids roughly aged 4-10 years.
1. Make Paper Plate Dinosaurs
So let’s get crafty with these awesome paper dinosaurs! Cut a paper plate in half, and use one half for the body of the Stegasaurus Dinosaur. With the other half, cut up a piece for his tale, a piece for his head and 8 triangle pieces for the spikes on his back. Glue all these pieces on, and using a toilet roll, cut this in half to make the feet. To slide the ‘feet’ on, make a slit in each side of the toilet roll to slide the paper plate in. Add a google eye to his face and paint your favourite colour!
2. Painting Flowers using Forks
This is such a great way to make a beautiful piece of art, using plastic forks! Start with a piece of paper, and position landscape. Draw on with a marker the stalk and leaves for the flowers. Then put some paint (or a few colours of paint), into different plastic bowls. Dip the back side of the fork into the paint, and press down on the top of your drawn stalks to make a tulip style flower!
3. Dinosaur Shadow Drawing
A fantastic idea is to get outside in the sun, and put some dinosaur figurines you may have on the side of some paper. Then go along and draw around the shadows, and colour in your dinosaurs! You can use A4 paper too, one dinosaur for each page. Hats off to the mum who came up with this idea – this is both clever & crafty!
4. Pasta Butterflies
Get some pasta bows from the supermarket and colour them in with some textas or markers. Glue them on some paper and draw around them to make them look like pretty butterflies.
5. Milk Carton Elephants
Grab an empty 3 litre bottle of milk, cut off the bottom and shape each side by cutting out a sqaure to make the ‘legs’. Remove the lid, then glue on cut up pieces of paper to decorate your elephant. Glue on googly eyes to finish him off – make sure you use different coloured pieces of paper to brighten them up!
6. Lion Weaving
Cut out a round circle out of paper or cardboard, and glue onto a larger square piece of cardboard. Using a metal skewer, puncture a row of holes around the edge of the round piece of paper, and a second row about 4cm (1.5in) out in a circle. These two rows of holes will be where you weave the wool. Using a cut off piece of straw, thread the wool through the straw, and use this to push through each hole to weave, and create the lion’s maine. Using cut out paper, create piece to make up the lion’s face and eyes.
7. Nail Painting
What a fun way to enjoy nail painting, without the kids getting it all over their own hands! Trace their hands on some cardbord, then cut them out. Place the cardboard hands on some paper or a tray, and stick them down with tape or blu tac so they don’t move. Then let them paint away!
8. Paper Plate Jelly Fish
Our final crafty idea for isolation is another paper plate creation! Cut a paper plate in 2/3, ensuring where you cut has a wave to it which is the bottom of the Jelly Fish. Hole punch holes all the way along the edge of this area you have just cut. Using coloured wool pieces, tie each piece of wool through every one of the holes. Add some google eyes and paint your favourite colour!