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Get creative these school holidays

Category: kids

September is already upon us and school holidays are fast approaching once again. Make the most of this time together and create more than just memories with these three fun and easy DIY projects.

Grass Heads

What you’ll need: Stockings, scissors, elastic bands, craft glue, soil/sawdust/compost, grass seeds, plastic cups (optional), googly eyes and other decorative pieces.

How to: You’ll only need the foot of the stocking so cut it just above the ankle. Put 2-3 generous spoons of seeds in the toe of the stocking and then fill with your choice of soil, sawdust or compost until you have a ball shape the size of a large apple. Secure the contents in shape by tying the stocking or fastening with an elastic band.

To make a nose pinch the front of the head, twist and secure with an elastic band. Attach a pair of googly eyes with craft glue and let the kids decorate their grass head however they like. Pipe cleaners make great mouths, moustaches and eyebrows.

Sit the grass head in the rim of a plastic cup (or pot) to give it a body or simply place it on the bench. Make sure it is somewhere the kids will see it daily and it will get some sunshine. Encourage the kids to water it a little bit each day (using a spray bottle will help with this best) and enjoy their excitement of seeing their grass head’s hair grow!

Play Dough

What you’ll need: 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of warm water, 1 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of your preferred cooking oil, 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar and food colouring.

How to: Keeping the warm water and food colouring to the side, mix together all other ingredients until well combined.

Add the warm water bit by bit until the play dough is of the right constancy. It shouldn’t be too wet or crumbly.

Finally, add the food colour and mix until you get the colour desired. You can even add glitter into the play dough for some sparkle. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

For a gluten free version try The best gluten free play dough recipe.

Cards + Wrapping Paper

What you’ll need: Butchers paper and/or brown paper, coloured card, paint, paintbrushes and any other arts and craft supplies you would like to use. 

How to: Make sure the area your kids will be using to make their cards and wrapping paper is well protected with newspaper so no mess gets on any surfaces. Other than that, there are no rules!

Let the kids create their own christmas and birthday wrapping paper by painting big sheets of butchers or brown paper. They can even make their own colour paint by combing basic colours or mixing them with white paint.

Felt-tip pens are great for drawing on thick coloured paper to make birthday and christmas cards. Glitter, stamps and stickers are a fantastic and fun way for the kids to get more creative as well.

Note: For all three activities, it is recommended kids have a supervising adult with them at all times.

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