Wooden peg dolls

What is it about pound shops? I go in for kitchen roll and come out with a basket full of all sorts. I picked up some wooden pegs on my last visit, I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with them. Today it started chucking it down outside so out came the craft boxes. 

To make the dolls you will need:

pva glue
glue brush
twine
wooden pegs
felt (various colours)
black pen
embroidery thread
sewing needle
paper
ruler
pencil
scissors
  

1. Take a square piece of paper and draw dress pattern (as above)

2. Using dress template to cut felt

  
3. Cut twine (x12 of 10cm lengths)

4. Glue twine strands to top of peg. Leave to dry and cut if needs to be neatened.

*a hand embroidery design on felt can be completed whilst glue dries

   

5. Glue dress in place – apply glue just to top as shown above. Then down a strip to secure the edges of felt

 

6. Draw face

  
7. Handsew a running stitch along hem and tie some thread across the waist.

  
  
The children have played with them for most of the day. 

  
They also enjoyed making some; drawing faces and choosing dress and hair colour.
  

  

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My daughter drew a picture of a rocket and we had a go at making one (didn’t look like her picture but never mind!)


Materials
Kitchen roll tube

2x yoghurt pots (1 clear)

Pva glue

Card (cereal packet)

Pencil

Scissors

Craft knife

Tin foil
   

Draw 4 fins and cut out

  

Cut two thirds through and slots in roll

  

Cut hole same size as see through yoghurt pot. Draw an astronaut. Glue both yoghurt pots in place.

 

Cut strips of foil and stick with glue all over, leaving window. My two year old loved sticking the foil. 

The rocket got played with lots and lasted about a week and a half in our house before we lost a fin.

Thank you cards

I love getting my children involved in saying thank you for their gifts. My four year old is doing well with writing her thank you cards and I thought this was a really lovely way for my 1 year old to say thank you. She really loved doing them and liked the texture of the sponge and paint. It was very sweet to see how impressed her sisters were with the results. 

  

Children’s Homemade Notecards


Materials

a4 Coloured card

a4 paper

Coloured felt

Scissors 

Pencil

Pipe cleaners

Pva glue + brush
  
Fold A4 paper in half and draw basic outline of chosen animals. 

Cut around the outline and place one layer to the side. 

With the remaining later cut out the features. 

Use templates to cut felt and coloured card. 

  

Hand over to children to stick all the pieces together. I did this with my four year old.   

    

 
They look great hanging up …

   

…and make excellent thank you cards.

 

Acrylic on Canvas

I found some acrylics that were on offer at the craft shop and thought it would be a lovely idea to get some canvas for the children to create a piece of art they could hang in their room.

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Materials
Large canvas
Acrylic paints
Paintbrushes (various sizes)
Water
Plastic sheet
Plastic tubs

1. We painted the canvas with a wash of water and then a neutral colour. Left it to dry.

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2. We used different size brushes (any mark making tools can be used; twigs, sponges, if child safe paints – hands)

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3. They got to work!

I found the contrast in their painting styles interesting and it was refreshing to see them working together.

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My two year old was pleased with herself when she figured out she could use two brushes simultaneously.

6. I encouraged them to create texture and splatter the paint and squeeze it straight from the tube.

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7.The finished piece!

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