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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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L For Laurel Burch Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Now this is no ordinary cat. It was designed by the the famous Laurel Burch. One of her masterpieces which are printed on earrings, clothes, journals and in today’s times even on masks. Laurel Burch was an American artist, designer and businesswoman.

Laurel Burch.
Image courtesy Google

She used to design jewellery and sell it on the streets of San Francisco. Her designs were unique so some local stores started selling her jewellery too. Later she ended up going to China and there she came across the art of “cloisonne” which involves enamel work. She mastered it and made paintings and designed earrings using it. Later, she founded her own manufacturing company called Laurel Burch Inc.

Laurel Burch Inc products.
Image courtesy Google

Today we are going to try our hands on some of her fascinating work.

Supplies
A4 paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Draw the Burch Cat
2. Outline the drawing.
3. Butch’s cat has square features on them. You can decide to make circles of triangles or spirals or a mix of it all. I leave all this with Eira and let her go along with her choices.
4. Choose multiple colors on the cat that will compliment each other and most importantly bring out the eyes.
5. Use an off colored background to make the art pop out. Eira has used a fluorescent yellow and that made it look wonderful.

Laurel Burch Cat.
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Your Laurel Burch Cat is ready!

The colors used in this art are extraordinary and that’s what keeps the kids interested. Bright hues make it look so attractive.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making the Burch Cat.

Hope you enjoy it!

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K For Kandinsky Art

When it comes to abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky is still known as the pioneer. He was a Russian painter and art theorist. He became famous in Germany in an art form called “Expressionism”.

So called Expressionists, use art to express their feelings. He was also very much inspired by color. He believed that color could convey anything even without an object or figure. He would often combine different shapes with different colors to see which felt most right, and he would paint certain colors next to each other to see how they would play off against each other.

“Square with Concentric Circles” is one of those color studies. He made several versions of this, always using loose brushwork and very bright, saturated colors.

I decided to go along with Kandinsky and explore the world of color with Eira. But since we have tried the concentric circles earlier, she wanted to try using the concentric circles in a different way.

Supplies
Chart paper
Crayons

Let’s get started

1. On the paper, draw a huge tree with along with many branches with a pencil.

2. Start making the Kandinsky circles on and around the branches. Let your child use crayons in all colors. We have a combination of 3 colors. Mix and match cool and warm colors to bring out the best.

3. Color the tree black, Make sure not to ruin the Kandinsky circles by running through them,

4, Use some colors in the background to highlight the art.

Your Kandinsky art is ready.

This is one of the easiest arts and can be enjoyed by kids any age. It is full of colors and can keep a child engaged for long. Once they get the hang of it, you will see them making Kandinsky quite often. Don’t forget to showcase it into their rooms.

Kandinsky Art by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

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


Hope you enjoy it!

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