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Z For Zentangle Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Zentangle art is an easy and fun way to learn to create beautiful structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles and they are made with combinations of lines, dots, curves, S-curves and orbs. Zentangle is an art therapy practice to help enhance relaxation and focus.

Zentangle art can be done with outline or even without them. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

Supplies
Drawing paper
Pencil and eraser
Black tip pen used for coloring

Let’s get started

1. Place the drawing paper horizontally and draw different sized hearts.

2. Make sure the hearts are big enough to draw patterns in them. It’s best to draw eveythung with pencil first, just in case you need to erase and correct them.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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3. Draw intersecting lines inside the hearts to make sections. Straight lines as well as curves can be drawn for the same.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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4. Now draw different patterns in each section. You may go through some zengtangle patterns available online or just create some of your own. Words can also be a part of the patterns as children can always relate the word “love” with hearts. Eira actually decided to write love in the hearts as patterns.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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5. If your child has made the whole art with pencil than now it’s time to use the Black pen or thin marker to overwrite and complete the art.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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Your Zentangle art is ready!

It’s a super easy and relaxing art that not only children but even adults can try!

Hope you enjoy it!

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Y For Yarn Monster – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Yarn monster is an incredible activity including cutting, coloring, sticking and threading. It is an ideas activity for preschoolers as well as early schoolers and works on many skills. You child can create some really scary monsters or some silly ones.

You can hang these monsters in your child’s room or even add them to their puppet collection.

Supplies
Brown cardbord from an old packing box
Some colorful yarn
White paper
Crayons
Scissors
Glue
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started

1. Cutout a circle for the monster face from the old box. We used an old Amazon box for it. Your child can even choose to make a different shape for the monster face.

2. Make the horns, eyes & mouth for the monster on white paper and color them. Cut them out and keep them aside.

3. Make some slits around the edge of the cardbord circle.

4. Start wrapping the yarn on it. Secure the yarn on one slit and then keep going across all the slits back and forth covering all the slits. We have used two colored yarns, red and yellow. You can choose to use just one color or more than two as well.

5. Once done wrapping, make sure to tie the end of the yarn and secure them so that they do not loosen up.

6. Now glue the horns, eyes and mouth onto the face.

Yarn Monster
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Your Yarn monster is ready.

You can make more than one of these monsters and create a monster family.

We have made a quick video while Eira was creating her yarn monster.


Hope you enjoy it!

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X For Xmas Popping Santa – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

For us, X always stand for Xmas. We have made some really lovely Christmas crafts but wanted to try something new this time.

This lovely Santa is always welcoming with open arms. Makes a wonderful craft for your child and also sits on your table to cheer you up. It’s fun to push him down and watch him pop right back at you.

Supplies
Red, black and white craft paper
Marker pen
Pencil and eraser
Glue

Let’s get started
1. Use strips of red paper and make an accordion fold which will help the Santa pop-up.
2. Make the body of the Santa, mittens and cuffs, pants as shown in the picture.

3. Also make a round face, beard, hat and eyes for Santa.

4. Glue the mittens and pants to the body as shown.

5. Glue the accordion fold into the lower half of the body.

6. Now fold the top half of the body onto the accordion fold. Your pop up body is ready.

7. Glue up the Santa face together and make a smiley with a marker pen.

8. Glue the face onto the body as shown in the picture.

Xmas Popping Santa.
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reuse is strictly prohibited.

Your Xmas Pop-up Santa is ready.
Isn’t it fun to watch it pop!

Hope you enjoy it!

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W For Wayne Thiebaud’ Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter popularly known for his foodart. Cakes, pies, icecream cones, doughnuts and all that you could find in diners and cafeterias in 1960s have all been painted excellently by him.

Wayne Thiebaud.
Image courtesy Google.

I’m sure every child who will work on his art will love him. Me and Eira got a craving when we went through all his paintings.

Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
Image courtesy Google.
Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
Image courtesy Google.

He used heavy color pigments for the subjects of his paintings and always had shadows included in his work.

Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
Image courtesy Google.

There were so many to chose from but from the point of view of a 7-year old trying to work inspired from him, Eira chose the “Lemon cake” painting.

Lemon Cake by Wayne Thiebaud.
Image courtesy Google.

Supplies
Drawing paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser
Tissues or q-tips for blending

Let’s get started
The best way to work on inspired art is to leave the child with the picture of it and let them recreate it on their own. Let them recognise the colors, if the colors are double tone that means they have used two colors and blended them. Maybe the child will want to change one of the colors and use their own which is ok as they are running their own imagination. Working on oil pastels gives a good color of the picture as well as helps in blending.

Lemon cake by Eira inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Eira did change some colors as you can see and still her work turned out wonderful. The best part is that she enjoyed working on it.

Hope your child will enjoy getting inspired from Wayne Thiebaud as well.

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V For Van Gogh’s Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter was one of the most influential personality when it came to Western art. His work contributed to the foundation of modern art. He had created around 2100 artworks within a decade. Van Gogh loved drawing since he was a child who was quiet and thoughtful.

Vincent Van Gogh.
Image courtesy Google

Van Gogh’s art is now being introduced to children and they love “Sunflowers” and “The Starry Night” specifically. Today we are going to share Eira’s attempt for Sunflowers.

Sunflowers by Van Gogh.
Image courtesy Google.

In supplies, all you need it paper for drawing, oil pastels and a pencil for a rough sketch.

Let’s get started

Help your child to draw the sketch if needed. This is just for helping the child to make sure of the placement of each object. Now place the Van Gogh Art in front of them and let them take it from there. Oil pastels have a great intensity and that makes the art so lively.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers by Eira.
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Yellow Ochre will work a great way for the sunflowers. While emrald green can be used for leaves and red can help the flowers pop. Yellow Ochre is also used for the table and a light shade of blue has been used in the background.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers by Eira.
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Eira enjoyed making this artwork and learning more about Van Gogh. We plan to try Starry night sometime soon.

Let your child also explore the Van Gogh within them with this artwork.

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U For Unicorn Slime – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Getting crafty also means getting hands dirty and if we are getting them dirty then why not include something sensory too. Slime is hated by many adults but loved by every child. The sticky texture gives them a soothing feeling and a great play says my 7- year old.

I’ve bought varieties of slime over the past years and that too of good quality and also from brands but either they spoil within a week, or stink or grow fungus on them. Yup! True story! Also they are so pricey and do not last much. You can even find slime making kits these days but I’ve not tried them so far so can’t say how good they might be.

I wanted to experiment making slime and see if it turns out well. So we made a batch of slime almost 15 days ahead and it has definitely turned out good and still lasted. So let’s check out the supplies and get our hands sticky. I’ve also linked all the supplies as I bought most on them through Amazon.in.

Supplies
Elmer’s glue/transparent glue/slime glue 6oz
Baking soda 1/4th TSP
Water 2 tbsp
Pink and blue liquid food color
Chunky glitter
1.5 – 2 tbsps Contact solution
Bowl
Spoon

Let’s get started
1. Make sure to use a bowl a d spoon separately that might not be used much in the kitchen since glue and contact solution will be mixed in it. You can keep it separate in your art supplies.
2. Empty 6oz bottle of glue in the bowl and mix 2 tbsps water in it.
3. Now add 14th tsp baking soda in it and mix well. Make sure no lumps are left.
4. Add drops of food color depending on the shade of color you want. More drops of color will give you deeper shade but since we are trying to achieve colors of unicorn, add only one drop. Mix it well. We made two separate batches of slime, one pink and another blue.

Pink Slime.
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5. Now add the chunky glitter. We chose the chunky one so that it will be more visible through the slime. Eira loved this idea. Try to use glitter of the same shade of food color as it looks much better. Mix it all.well.
6. Now it’s time for contact solution. Make sure to help your child here and do not leave unattended. Add 1.5 tbsps of contact solution to the mic and stir it vigorously. Contact solution is the element which will bind it all together and turn it into slime.
7. Check the slime to make sure the stickiness is not too much and that the slime does come off. If not then add the remaining 0.5 tbsp of contact solution to it andix it again.

Blue Slime. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

By now you have two batches of slime. One pink and another blue. Mix half a portion of each color slime to get the unicorn color.

Unicorn Slime made with mixing pink and blue slime. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Your Unicorn slime is ready!
You can even make more colored slime like purple, green, yellow etc and mix it all together to get the desired unicorn colors. I made only two of the colors so that we can save on the supplies and make some more later.

Slime spaceship.
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Eira loved making it and enjoyed playing with it. She even created some slime art.

Slime guitar.
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Slime doll.
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We have created a quick video while Eira was making it.

Hope you enjoy it!

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T For Thaumatrope – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

I used to make thaumatropes when in school and I’m sure you did too. Didn’t know then that it had such a fancy name. It used to come and go as a trend. It was a bird in a cage design that we made.

A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was very popular during the 19th century. They provide an illusion of motion. A disc with a picture on each side is tied to two strings. When the strings are twirled, the two pictures seem to blend into one due to persistence of vision. As other illusions, this one is also very interesting to the naked eye.
Instead of strings we used a wooden skewer to make twirling easy for little hands. Eira didn’t want to make the same old bird with cage or tree branch with leaves. She decided to make a puppy in a gift box.

Supplies
A4 Paper/chart paper
Wooden skewer/straw/any stick
Crayons
Pencil and eraser
Scissors
Glue
Tape

Let’s get started
1. Make two circles on the paper and cut them out.
2. Decide which two pictures you are going to draw that will blend into one. Draw the pictures and color them. Eira has drawn a puppy(half to show that it is inside the box) and on the other circle an open box with a ribbon on it.
3. Secure the stick with tape onto the back of one circle and then stick both the circles back to back onto each other. Make sure the pictures are on the outside.
4. Hold the stick between your palms and twirl it.

1st side of the thaumatrope.
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2nd side of the thaumatrope.
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Your thaumatrope is ready! You can see that the puppy appears to be inside the gift box.

We have made a quick video while Eira was working on this activity.


Hope you enjoy it!

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S For Skull Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

While choosing activity for letter ‘S’, me and Eira were curious to see a skull painted. I wanted to think over for a minute but she was adamant. When we studied of how to go about it, we were excited to see how it is going to work out.

Skulls are symmetrical. That means that if you draw a line between the skull, you will find both parts exactly the same. In Mathematics, it’s called the “Line of symmetry”. We are going to use this math logic while working on this art. It’s called blot painting. Blot as you paint to keep the skull symmetrical and then make it more vibrant with colors.

Supplies
Black chart paper
White paint
Paintbrush
Oil pastels

Let’s get started

1. Fold the black paper in half. This line in the middle is going to be the line of symmetry.

2. Start painting the skull in bits and parts. Make the top of the skull first and immediately fold the paper. The color on one side of the line will blot.on the other side and will make the exact same shape. Do not mix paint with water. The blotting process might not work out properly.

3. Keep making the skull in the next two steps and blot them.

4. Now make the eyes, nose and teeth and blot them too. One thing at a time to make sure the paint doesn’t dry out.

5. It’s time to add some colors. Let your child add some vibrant colors using oil pastels.

Skull art made by Eira.
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Your skull art is ready!
We have created a quick video while Eira was working on this activity.

Hope you enjoy it!

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R For Robot Designing – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Every kid is fascinated by robots. Especially when they are controlled by a remote. The look, the design and the idea of a robot following commands is what is attractive for them. George Devol, an American invented the first industrial robot called “Unimate”. They sold it to General Motors later. George Devol alongwith Joseph Engelberger a business associate, started world’s first robot manufacturing company Unimation.

First industrial robot “Unimate”.
Image courtesy Google

Did you ever ask your child what would a robot look like if they designed it? Not yet! Then it’s time get their thinking gears worked up.

Supplies
Boxes, bottles, paper cups, matchboxes (whatever available)
Bottle caps, buttons, googley eyes, straws (whatever available)
Colored craft paper
Crayons
Marker
Glue

Let’s get started
In the supply list, I’ve mentioned whatever material I could think of for the body and body parts of a robot. It totally depends on what is available and what your child wants to use. Eira used a Pringles box to make the body and a paper cup for the head. For hands, she used accordion folded craft paper and no legs as it’s supposed to be an auto-rolling robot.

She designed a meter to show that her robot is always high on charge and never runs out of battery. A dialpad to type in the password to make sure no one else can command her Robot “Betster”.

Robot “Betster” crafted by Eira.
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reuse is strictly prohibited.

Let your child use their imagination and design any kind of robot thwy like. It might have a face or might not. They might design a robot who could play with them or help with their school work. Eira robot can also store her treasures inside ( as it’s a Pringles box😊) away from prying eyes. Cool right!

So what are you waiting for! Get them going…


Hope you enjoy it!

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Q For Q-Tip Floral Couture – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Sounds fancy enough? Believe me when I say, this activity is definitely going to please your child above and beyond everything. Especially if it’s a girl. Instead of doing flowers and trees with Q-Tip painting we took it a whole new level while designing a dress.

Supplies
Paint colors
Q-tips
Rubber bands
Palette
Paint brushes
Colored paper
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started

1. Draw your model for whom you want to design a dress or a gown on a colored paper. You ca. Even chose white or black paper. I’ve usually gone with Eira’s choices.

2. Outline the model drawing.

3. Bundle up 6-8 q-tips and secure them together with rubber bands. We needed 3 such bunches for 3 different colors and then some singles too.

4. Choose the paint colors, dip a bunch of q-tip in the paint and just dab-dab-dab in a circular fashion to make it look floral.

5. Keep designing the gown until it’s full of q-tip florals. Use single Q-Tips to design the top part of the gown.

6. Colors the face and hair of the model.

Q-Tip floral couture by Eira.
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Your Q-Tip couture gown is ready! So chic right!


We have created a quick video while Eira was doing this activity.

Hope you enjoy it!

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