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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.
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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.
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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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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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P For Picasso Faces – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Pablo Picasso needs no introduction. He is one of most famous artist and reverred the most in art lessons for kids as well. Picasso was born in Spain, Malaga in 1881. From an early age he loved to draw and by the age of eight, he could draw more realistically than his art teacher.

Pablo Picasso
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At the age of 23, he moved to Paris in 1904. Paris was considered the capital of the avant-garde, which means “advance guard” in other words. The people and their ideas were cutting-edge and ahead of time which helped him grow more into art.

In Paris, he met George Braque and together they created “cubism”. Cubism is the term used to describe the revolutionary process of fragmenting objects and people to create a new look with multiple viewpoints.

The Weeping Woman, 1937 by Pablo Picasso
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“The weeping woman” is one of Pablo Picasso’s well known painting based on cubism. Rather than an exact portrait of a woman’s face, the use of jagged lines and bright colors with thick bold lines has been done to show her sadness. It looks as if the woman is looking in two different directions. It’s the cubist style. We explored Picasso faces during lockdown 2020 and since then Eira has shared it with alot of her friends.

Supplies
A4 size paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. A Picasso face is not supposed to be perfect. Let your child use a pencil or a black oil pastel, and draw a face right in the middle of the page. A line goes right through the middle of the face.
2. The features likes eyes, nose, lips, ears are all supposed to be different on each side. One eye can be seeing towards the child while the other in the other direction.
3. Now let the child draw the hair, neck and shoulders.
4. Use bright colors for each section. Both sides of the face will be of different colors. Same goes with other features as well. You can even add eyelashes with black pastel.

Your Picasso face is ready.

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

Hope you enjoy it!

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O For Octopus Wobbleheads – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

O for ocean and o for Octopus said my little girl. So here we are, sharing a craft from the deep blues. We wanted to give an extraordinary touch so Eira came up with the idea of creating wobbling heads for the octopus. An add-on that she learnt in her art class at school. I just went along with her idea and it turned out wonderful. This craft is great for some fine motor skills.

Supplies
Colored craft paper
A4 size white paper
Crayons
Glue
Scissors
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Draw the octopus head on colored paper. We used origami square papers here. Cut them out.
2. We used the leftover paper to make strips for the octopus’ tentacles. This way the leftover paper was also not wasted and also gave the craft a color combination.
3. Start rolling the stripes of paper from one end to midway for tentacles.
4. Draw eyes for the octopus on white paper and cut them out too.
5. Cut some stripes of white paper to make wobbling parts. Place them at 90 degrees angle of each other and stick them. Now start folding in the accordion fashion one over the other until you reach the end and then stick the end together with glue.
6. Stick the eyes on the octopus head and then the rolled strips under the octopus.
7. Draw some seaweed on green paper and cut them out.
8. It’s time to get it altogether. Take an A4 size paper and shade it with light blue crayon. You can choose to draw waves, or color in deep blue or shade it with multiple colors of blue.
9. Stick the seaweed. Stick the wobbling parts and then attach the octopus onto them.

Your Octopus wobbleheads are ready.

Octopus Wobbleheads.
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This is such a fun craft and your kids will love how the octopus are popping right out of the craft and wobbling…

Octopus Wobbleheads.
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We made a quick video while Eira was making this craft.

Hope you enjoy it!

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N For Nature inspired ghost leaves art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Nothing like a walk in the garden early morning to feel right in the middle of nature and let children explore things on their own. Nature has so much instore for all of us that every little thing has so much to see and learn. There are so many things to do when you have ample of things to pick up from the garden but with current scenes, staying home is the best way of staying safe. So we decided to raid our home garden for some leaves and see where we can go ahead from there.

We have all at some point of time traced leaves onto paper with crayons. Those colorful impressions create such a wonderful piece of craft. But we wanted to take it a step ahead.

Supplies
Some fresh leaves
White crayon
Drawing paper
Watercolors
Flat paint sponge

Let’s get started
1. Place the leaves under the paper and rub the white crayon over it. This will trave the leaf impression but you won’t be able to see it much. Overlapping of leaves is also fine. Dry leaves do not work as they tend to crush while tracing and leave marks on the paper. You can use leaves either from only one plant or a variety of them in the craft.
2. Keep moving the leaves and make sure the crayon impressions are made all over the place.
3. Now we have a white paper with white leaf impressions which gives a subtle look. Let’s move onto the next fun part.
4. Dip your flat sponge brush in the paint color of your choice and start painting over the paper. Your child can one color for the whole paper or mix some colors. As soon as your child will start painting, ghost white leaves will pop right out of the watercolors. You will be able to see the leaves alongwith their veins very clearly.

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5. Do not use too much color or rub onto the paper for long as the paper will soak in the color and tend to rip. Use a very light touch to get the desired results.
6. Once the whole paper is colored, let it dry for a minute or two.

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Your natured inspired ghost leaves art is ready!

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


Hope you enjoy it!

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M For Marionette – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

A marionette is a puppet manipulated by strings from above attached to a control. They are also known as string puppets. These were very popular in the olden times and the simplest marionette had atleast 9 strings to control. The more strings were attached, the more sensitive control the master had over the marionette.

Some were so fascinating in design that they were able to imitate every human and animal action. They were extremely popular during the 18th century with marionette operas. Children loved the marionette shows at the fairs. But there also was a time when they lost their popularity when glove puppets came into picture.

Now who doesn’t like a puppet right? Sorry, a marionette! Let’s try and make one today but in the most simplest form for kids. Just two strings and that’s it!

Supplies
Colored pompoms
Strings or thread
Icecream stick
Googley eyes
Needle and thread

Let’s get started
1. Eye the needle with thread and then string all the pompoms together. Do not string them tight. Keep them loosely arranged. If your child is not comfortable using needle and thread, make sure to help them so that they don’t prick themselves.
2. Cut the string, and attach it to one end of the icecream stick.
3. Tie another piece of string towards the end of the pompom string and then to the icecream stick.
4. Stick goggley eyes on the first pompom on one end.

A simple two string marionette.
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Your bug marionette is ready!

Eira’s bug marionette.
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Use the icecream stick to manipulate your cute marionette around. These little marionettes help improve hand-eye coordination of a child while they try and manipulate the movements.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making her marionette.


Hope you enjoy it!

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