Create a 3D MOUSE CARD

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Create this cute decoupage Mouse Card…


Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were cartoon characters created in 1928 by gifted artist and animator Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney.

Ub Iwerks was the inventor of the animated cartoon.

Mickey and Minnie were animated characters who were playful musical cartoon personalities in the 1930’s and many people fell in love with them.

A popular, early TV series was called The Mickey Mouse Club and featured a lively team of young presenters who were known as the “Mouseketeers“.  

Children of the1950’s would rush home from school to watch the show on small black-and-white screen television sets.

SO LET’S CREATE A CUTE 3D MOUSE CARD

You can obtain craft supplies from your favourite craft store or craft outlet. I suggest you visit Riots Arts and Crafts, Joanne’s or Michaels Canada.  Each outlet is an arts and crafts store and they are all fabulous places to visit, explore and purchase supplies. Your local craft fair will also have lots of supplies and ideas to create many fun projects to create and craft

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR …..

3D MOUSE CARD PROJECT

  • Pattern of mouse craft card template
    • (download jpg image)
  • Dark blue craft card 7 ins x 10 ins
  • Pink craft card for ears
  • Light blue craft card for mouse
  • Ruler, pencil, pen, black texta, scissors
  • Double sided tape, craft glue
  • One pair of eyes, blue pipe cleaner

Before you begin, you will need to print the template image…

Right-click on the template image below and Save image as “Mouse Card”

Print the mouse card template pattern onto A4 paper (Fit to frame)

Let’s begin…

INSTRUCTIONS :

TO CREATE YOUR 3D MOUSE CARD

Cut out mouse pattern shapes

Cut dark blue craft card to size

Fold dark blue craft card in half

Trace mouse shapes onto craft card

Cut and fold craft card in half

Glue 1st mouse shape onto blue card

Glue on the first shape

Cut and arrange double sided tape

Place 2nd mouse craft card shape

Place double-sided tape both on ears

Arrange double-sided adhesive tape

Turn over, place ears carefully

Place double-sided tape on pink ear inserts

Turn over, place inserts carefully

Refer to photos for details

Place mouse ears in position

Place double-sided tape on head

Turn over, place carefully

Mark eye spot and glue eyes

Place mouse head in position

Mark nose and whiskers with texta

Cut craft pipe cleaner to size

Measure bent tail to size

Using craft glue, glue one end of tail

Add mouse nose, whiskers and tail

Your craft mouse card is now completed

Fun idea…

Write a special message inside the card,…..

“Wishing you a very happy Mouse Day!”

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3-DIMENSIONAL FROG CARD

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DIY PROJECTS: 3-DIMENSIONAL FROG CARD

Before making a craft project, your children may enjoy exploring a favourite craft store, looking for different diy projects that are easy crafts to make… or 5 minute crafts to do in the holidays.

They will especially love visiting arts and crafts stores such as Michael’s Crafts and Riots Arts and Crafts for new inspirations, as each craft store has many varied hand craft ideas to try.

Some of these hand craft and diy projects might be wood craft activities or perhaps crochet, finger-knitting or kite-making, all of which are a lot of fun for children trying new skills.

Here is a 3-D card project based on “Freddo Frog”, that uses colored foam adhesive sheets, available from the above craft outlets.

The History of “Freddo Frog”

Freddo Frog is 90 years of age this year.  The Freddo frog candy bar was created in 1930 by Harry Melbourne, an employee of MacRobertson Chocolates Australia, when they were deciding on a new chocolate sweet. The FREDDO FROG CHOCOLATE CANDY BAR was a winner and has been enjoyed by everyone ever since.

CRAFT ITEMS YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE YOUR 3-D FROG CARD…

  • 1 light green craft card 12″L x 6 1/2″ H to fold
  • 1 dark green foam adhesive sheet for leaf
  • 1 bright green foam adhesive sheet for frog
  • 1 bright yellow foam adhesive sheet for frog
  • ruler, pen, texta, craft glue, paper glue
  • scissors, 1 pair eyes, double sided tape
  • template image to trace all pattern shapes

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CREATE AND CRAFT YOUR 3-D FROG CARD

Preparation

Right-click on the image template below and Save as “Frog Card” on your computer….

  • print frog craft card image template
  • cut out frog pattern carefully
  • trace all patterns onto adhesive foam…
    • yellow frog tummy, mouth and eyes
    • dark green leaf,
    • bright green frog and legs
  • cut around foam patterns carefully
  • measure card size and fold in half

Making the card

1 Fold craft card with opening on right

2 Peel back leaf foam adhesive sheet

3 Centre leaf at the bottom of card

4 Mark black texta lines on leaf

5 Centre position of frog, and turn over

6 Peel back adhesive at top of frog

7 Place d/s tape on top of frog only

8 Place frog in centre of leaf and stick

9 Peel back yellow tummy shape

10 Place yellow tummy carefully on frog

11 Peel back small leg and place on frog

12 Peel back large leg and place on frog

13 Peel back eyes, carefully place on frog

14 Peel back mouth, place in position

15 If slightly in wrong place, gently adjust

16 Using craft glue, carefully place eyes

17 Using black texta outline mouth carefully

18 Outline around eyes also in black texta

Your 3-dimensional frog card craft is completed.

Diy projects are fun to make and your card is ready to give to a very special friend, teacher or family member.

You could perhaps change the colored craft card for a completely different color effect.


Freddo Frog

Freddo is one of Australia’s most popular children’s chocolates and is available from stores across Australia in a number of delicious flavours. Freddo is available as a 15g, a 35g size and a 200g share pack.

Freddo Frog is also available in America from Aussie Food Express.



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Create a SPIRAL TWIRL MOBILE

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Another FUN SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS Project

Here is one of our easy drawing ideas for kids to do at home or at school. It’s is one of many easy crafts for kids to do during the summer break.

Fun summer crafts will happily occupy your children for hours.  Kids will learn and understand how to trace or draw a spiral onto a flat surface.  It’s an easy paper craft that demonstrates how a spiral can be made into a three dimensional work of art.  The resulting craft mobile can then be hung up to create an eye-pleasing colorful mobile that will glitter in the sun.

EASY CRAFTS TO DO WITH KIDS

This spiral hanging craft mobile can be created by children as young as 4 to 5 years, if they are able to use scissors safely.

It is an easy paper craft project that will also be enjoyed by older children who may be looking for arts and crafts to do at home.

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 colored craft card 9″ square (choose a favorite color)
  • pencil, scissors, hole punch
  • craft glue, colored cord
  • different colored glitter
  • 12 ” inch colored ribbon cord
  • plastic bowls, plates to trace

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut 1 piece of colored craft card about 9″ square

Choose a plastic plate about 8 inches in diameter

Trace around plate in pencil

Choose plates or bowls in smaller sizes

1/2″ inch between each plate

Trace around each smaller plate

Allow for 1-inch circle in the centre

Mark a dot line from centre to end

Draw an overlap to next circle

Rub out line not to cut out

Start cutting from the outside

Carefully cut along overlap line

Continue to the centre circle

Allow about 1 inch or more

Carefully punch a centre hole

Turn over so no pencil marks show

Choose your glitter color

Carefully glue glitter on from centre,

Sprinkle glitter, one section or circle at a time

Repeat to cover the circle

Allow to dry between gluing

Shake excess glitter off

Repeat glue and glitter in any gaps

Allow twirl spiral craft piece to dry completely

Shake off excess glitter and store

Place both ribbon ends into hole

Tie a double knot carefully to hold

The colored craft mobile is complete

Your hanging craft spiral mobile will glitter in the sun

Your child can hang their amazing craft spiral mobile in the window, where it can sparkle and catch the light as it twirls in a gentle breeze.

Easy Easter Potato Prints

Easter craft for kids to make

Make some colorful Easter decorations by painting on potatoes!

Easter craft for kids to make
Easy Easter Potato Prints
Items you will need
  • Six egg-shaped potatoes
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brush
  • White and coloured paper
  • Craft glue
  • Coloured glitter
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Carefully cut each potato in half
  • Cut out various different shapes in the potatoes as shown in the video below. Each pattern can be different
  • Pat potato surfaces dry on paper towel
  • Paint the raised surfaces with your chosen colours
  • Turn the potato over and print each potato shape onto blank or coloured paper, or onto cards
  • Wait for the paint to dry
  • When dry, carefully run your glue around the outline of each colour.
  • Sprinkle glitter sparingly and shake off the excess to keep
  • Allow the glue to dry
  • Cut out each egg shape around the edge, leaving a small margin

Ideas for your colored potato prints…

  1. Stick them back-to-back. Punch a hole at the pointy end and tie them onto a painted twig tree placed into a pot
  2. Stick them side-by-side to form an egg-shaped Easter card
  3. Stick them onto the front of a blank card to make Happy Easter cards for friends and family.
  4. Cut vertical slits at the top of one and the bottom of another. Slide them together to form a 3D Easter Egg.
  5. Stick them all onto a large poster to hang on the wall

Happy printing!

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Kids Craft Ideas for Easter

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Simple Easter Bunny Fun Projects to do with your Children.

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According to the Easter tradition, the Easter Bunny would hide Easter eggs in the garden for young children to find and collect in their little baskets. This activity was always a fun event with our own children and sometimes they would even find Easter eggs throughout the house, hidden under and behind furniture. We as adults would also give Easter eggs to our family and friends when we visited them over the Easter break.

What to use for Easter craft projects…

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Materials to Use

Easy craft ideas for kids
Easter craft materials can be purchased from your local craft supply store or you may find many items amongst your household items. Pegs, plastic spoons, paint, coloured cardboard or paper; felt, icy pole sticks, disused cardboard cylinders, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, coloured ribbons, string, wool, paper plates (all sizes), egg cartons, cotton eye-wipes, ear-cleaners, straws, paper bags, colored cellophane and tissue, feathers, popsicle sticks and, of course, paint.


Great ideas for kids’ craft for Easter can be realised so simply by collecting many of these items and placing them into a craft box, in readiness specifically for any craft projects that will happily entertain and occupy your children, grandchildren or toddlers leading up to the many events during the year.

Painting

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Encouraging children to be more creative using paint is a fun way for them to experience painting, and by using the many other craft activities, children learn to express themselves. By using the primary colours, then mixing different ones together, they can create the various shades of colour, which extends their palette experience.

Fun Things to Do for Easter

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It’s a wonderful experience for children when they see, for the first time, small fluffy yellow tiny chickens hatching out after a long wait, while the mother hen has been sitting on these eggs over the past few weeks. Children love holding, very gently between their two hands, a lovely little chick who is chirping endlessly and enjoying being held.
Bunnies and chicks can be so absolutely adorable and can be made from the simplest items.

These will inspire you to make many other fun handicraft items for all pre-school children.

Easter Crafts

Easter crafts

Easter is a fun time of the year, it’s both a religious time where we get together with family and friends to celebrate and for some it’s an extended holiday. Special table settings are decorated with coloured Easter eggs and other symbols of the celebration of new life. This is a great time of the year to involve toddlers and young children in card making, painting eggs, cutting and gluing activities, using ribbon, string, glue, coloured paper along with discarded kitchen egg containers, cereal boxes and cylinders that can all add to this overall fun event. Involving your pre-schooler in these easy craft ideas adds to the whole occasion.

Great Activities for Toddlers

Hand print birds

There are many craft ideas that can involve our toddlers and pre-school age children, especially indoor activities for kids. Toddler activities need to be colorful and easy for them to do and this can involve many art activities such as painting or crafting and they need to be quick and easy and fun things to do with kids.

Easy Easter Potato Prints

Easter craft for kids to make
Easy Easter Potato Prints

Make some colorful Easter decorations by painting on potatoes!

Make these colorful Easter Chickens

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How did Easter originate?

Make a Hand Print Bunny Card for Easter

Easter Bunny Card

WHAT YOU WILL NEED…

  • White cardstock

  • Small white pom-poms

  • Pink pipe cleaner

  • Pink pom-poms

  • Googly eyes

  • Pink paint

  • Craft glue

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take a piece of white card and fold it in two

  2. Place your child’s hand onto the card at with fingers at the fold

  3. Spread the fingers at the middle finger and ring finger to form the bunny ears.

  4. Trace around the fingers.

  5. Cut out the card but do not cut the fold.Easter Bunny Card

  6. Paint the inside of the ears pink and leave to dry.

  7. Glue the white pom-poms to the card

  8. Cut a length of pipe cleaner into two and twist the two pieces together to make the rabbit whiskers.

  9. Glue the whiskers on to the card and then glue a pink pom-pom on top to make the nose.

  10. Glue on the eyes.

  11. Open up the card and write an Easter Greeting

  12. The child can give the card on Easter morning.

More Fun Activities

Elephant and Lion Finger Puppets

Elephant and Lion Finger Puppets

Elephant and Lion Finger Puppets
Elephant and Lion Finger Puppets

This is a great project for teachers or parents and grandparents to involve young children in creating their own puppet toy.

What you will need…

  • Colored card.

    • 1 gray square 5” x 5”

    • 1 yellow square 5” x 5”

  • Colored markers (“textas”)

  • 1 pencil

  • 1 adult scissors

  • 1 child scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Protection sheet for table

Instructions for making your Elephant and Lion Finger Puppets…

  • With the aid of a plastic bowl that’s smaller than the square, trace a circle on each piece of colored paper

  • Elephant.

    • From my sketch in the video, draw eyes, ears and trunk

    • Draw 2 circles at the bottom and cut holes to put fingers through.  Make sure the holes are close enough together for the child’s fingers

    • Poke a hole in the middle of each circle and carefully cut out the circle (or use a hole punch) either side of the elephant’s trunk

  • Lion

    • Draw a wiggly line around the lion’s head and draw eyes and nose in pencil

    • Start cutting carefully around the elephant’s head and ears and the lion’s head

  • Check holes are large enough for your child’s fingers

  • Allow the child to freely colour the puppets

  • Now, placing the child’s fingers in the holes, you can play with the elephant and lion puppets, using different voices for each animal.

  • Have fun pretending that the animals are talking to each other and walking around.

Have fun with your finger puppets!  Children like to pretend and can use different voices for each animal. This develops their imagination skills.

Download the free template

(Use this pdf as a guide for your drawings.  Expires 28 September 2019)

Watch for more activities to extend your art and craft collection.

Kids Love Hand Painting

Creative hand painting

Aside from drawing and coloring, hand-painting can be a joyful experience for a toddler, allowing them to have more space for creativity and thereby paving their way to create unique works of art specific to their imagination.kids activities

Hand-painting is a rewarding experience, since it builds color and shape recognition skills, allowing your child to explore their sense of touch and feel with different textured materials. It is also great for fine-tuning their motor skills.

Individual Creativity

Hand-painting allows your child to explore all the different senses… touch, smell, feel, sight.  A child’s hand painting will always be unique to them because they explore their own individuality to create a unique result.

With a little imagination and exploring a range of different methods, you can create amazing artworks with your child. And the great thing about hand and finger paintings is, in being unique, they’ll feature your child’s individual fingerprints!

What you need…

  • A quiet place to paint
  • White paper
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Suitable paints that are safe to use and will wash off easily
  • A cover-all plastic raincoat or apron to protect the child’s clothing
  • Clean-up cloth and bucket with water for wiping up

Make sure you and your grandchild have fun and…

Be prepared for things to get a bit messy!

Colourful Cardboard Animal Heads

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These fantastic animal heads are made from nothing more than cereal boxes, newspaper, flour paste, and paint—

It’s a simple project that you will love doing because it expands the creative imagination of the children.

To transform your cereal box into a colourful animal you will need…

  • Small or medium cereal boxesAnimal heads
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Newspaper
  • Tempera paint

First, make up some papier-maché paste… Combine 11/2 cups water and 1 cup flour; stir vigorously. Add 1/3 cup white glue and mix well. (You’ll need about 11/2 cups of paste per animal.)

  1. Then start with the cereal box. From the bottom, cut halfway up each corner seam with scissors.
  2. To shape the animal’s face, cut a curve into the bottom half of the front and back panels. (Make it pointier for a fox, rounder for a dog or a bunny.)
  3. Use masking tape to attach the side flaps along each edge. Trim excess.
  4. Cut out ears from a second cereal box and attach them to the animal head with masking tape.
  5. Use white glue to attach tightly crumpled balls of newspaper to the head for eyes and/or a nose.
  6. Tear newspaper into strips and squares that are roughly 2 to 4 inches wide.
  7. Dip the paper into the papier-maché paste, and smooth strips onto the animal head.
  8. Continue adding paper until all sections are covered with a few layers. Let it dry overnight.
  9. Decorate head with tempera paint, adding paper whiskers and eyelashes with white glue.
  10. Use hot glue to attach an unfolded paper clip to the back for hanging.

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Easter Chicken Project

Easter paper chick

Make these cute little paper chicks for Easter…

Little chickens have long been a favourite decoration during Easter.   Here is a lovely little Easter project you could do with your child.

Easter paper chick
Easter paper chick

This was a fun activity that I enjoyed doing with my three-year-old grandson prior to Easter this year.

He helped me to cut out the yellow rectangles for the chicken pattern and the beak. He also helped me to stick on the eyes, wings and feet and we had a ball!

We created the face of the chicken, placing a small blob of glue for the goggle eyes that he placed very carefully on top of the glue. Then we also glued the beak, only sticking on half of the folded cut out paper beak.  His tiny fingers were able to stick these carefully. He is a child who pays attention to detail but not all children can do this so carefully.

What you will need…

  • plastic to cover your table

  • yellow paper and orange paper

  • goggle eyes

  • pink and black markers (textas)

  • yellow and orange pipe cleaners

  • quick drying clear craft glue

  • scissors

Instructions

  1. To make the beak, cut out a rectangle (3cm x 1cm) and fold it in half across the long side.

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Make a chicken beak
  • Then cut it to form a diamond shape.

  • Fold the diamond shape in half to form the beak, making the beak 1.5cm long.

  • Stick only the bottom half onto the body of the chicken.

  • Lay out the yellow body shape (18cm x 7cm).

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  • Add the pink cheeks and black eyebrows, using pink texta and thin black marker.

  • Turn the body over and carefully punch two holes 4cm from each end of the body shape, half way down, just big enough for the pipe cleaner to pass through. (Refer to the photograph).

  • Take one yellow pipe cleaner, 30cm long.

  • Cut off 8cm, cut it in half to form the two top feathers, each 4cm long.

  • Run the pipe cleaner into one hole from front to back and then back through the other hole to the front

  • Then fold each end back on itself and push the ends into the holes to create the chicken’s little wings.

  • From the orange pipe cleaner, cut six 4cm pieces

  • Turn the flat body over and glue the pipe cleaner pieces on a slight angle to create the feet, each foot having 3 toes.

  • Allow the glue to dry.

  • When finished and the glue is completely dry, turn the chicken over. Bend it into a circle and tape the back with sticky tape.

  • If dry, bend the toes forward and splay slightly to form three toes on each foot.

  • When all is finished and dry, a small Easter egg can be placed in the top, to complete the decoration.

  • The Meaning of Easter

    While you are enjoying the Easter craft activities, it is a good time to talk to the children about the traditions of Easter… why we celebrate Easter.

    Where does the tradition of Easter eggs and rabbits and chickens come from and why do we celebrate Easter?

    It’s a chance for you to talk about old traditions, why we celebrate Easter and how it has developed over the years… how other children all over the world celebrate Easter.

    And what you as a teacher or grandparent did when you were younger.

    Or, if the child is not sure, you can explain the Christian meaning of Easter.

    Have fun making your paper Easter chickens.  You could make several and put them in a little basket for display.

    Happy Easter!