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 ISSUE 26   •   11 MARCH 2007  
   This issue: on the farm

Contents

1. Editorial
2. Wild and woolly sheep
3. Dirty farm dogs

4. Cute nesting chooks
5. Fabulous farm box
6. This issue's featured subscriber's blog


1. Editorial

Thanks for the great feedback on the wheels issue. The wheel theme is one that I will try to re-visit in the future as I still have a whole heap of great ideas to try out.

By sheer coincidence, Hilary from Wee Wonderfuls also got busy with some wheel crafting in the past fortnight. Check out the lovely felt cars with button wheels that she made with her son Oscar – thanks to Beth for the heads up. Also, Mary from Marytree has come up with a great wheel activity – check out her air powered big wheels for a whole lot of wheely fun.

This week I have added a new article to the resource page called "What do you do with all that artwork?" You may remember that I recently posed this very question to Kids Craft Weekly subscribers and was thrilled to receive lots of creative responses from parents all around the world. Thanks to all those who wrote in with such fabulous ideas.

The next issue, published on March 25, will feature Easter crafts. Happy crafting and I'll see you then!



Amber Carvan
editor@kidscraftweekly.com

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2. Wild and woolly sheep

You won't need any fancy supplies to get started on this activity – simply raid your bathroom cabinet!

This soft and appealing merino is a great project for kids who like to craft with glue and who don't mind getting a bit sticky. Be prepared for children sporting wild and woolly fingertips by the time you're finished!

Note: This craft idea is available as a printable project sheet. Download a copy of the PDF file (900 kb).

You will need

• toilet paper roll
cotton wool balls
cotton buds (q-tips)
white glue
tissue paper
pipecleaner
tape

Directions

1. Tape cotton buds (q-tips) on to the cardboard roll to make legs.



2. Scrunch up some tissue paper and stuff it into one end of the roll to make a head.



3. Pour some white glue into a shallow dish. Then dip the cotton wool balls into the glue and stick them all around the cardboard roll.



4. Keep sticking until your sheep is woolly all over.



5. Add some eyes (we glued black paper circles onto the tissue paper) and make some horns by twisting small pieces of pipecleaner around your finger. Glue the horns onto the sheep using white glue. So cute!



3. Dirty farm dogs

No self respecting working dog would endure a day without a good roll in the dust – this cute cut-out farm dog is no exception.

You will need

a paper plate or piece of cardboard
a pencil
scissors
white glue
marker pen
tape
coloured paper or felt for ears
dirt

Directions

1. Fold your paper plate (or piece of cardboard) in half.
Then draw on a dog outline. Alternatively, you can download our PDF dog shape (120 kb), print it, cut it out and trace around it, Either way, make sure that the fold in the plate aligns with the dog's back and tail.



2. Cut out the dog.



3. 
Use a small piece of tape to join together the dog's head and nose. Then draw on some eyes and a nose and glue on some ears made from felt or coloured paper.



4.
Dip one of your fingertips in white glue and make some gluey splodges on the dog. Then place the gluey side in some dirt.



5. Remove from dirt and voila! Lovable dirty dogs, ready for a day of hard work on the farm.



4. Cute nesting chooks

No Australian farm would be complete without some chooks! These cute chickens are made from empty egg shells so it's a good idea to plan this activity after you've just eaten a boiled egg breakfast or baked a cake. Hide a small chocolate egg under each chick for an Easter surprise.

You will need

empty egg shells
yellow paper or felt
scissors
glue
feathers
egg box
tissue paper
marker pen

Directions

1. Make nesting boxes by filling an old egg carton with thin strips of tissue paper.



2. Cut small triangles from yellow felt or paper and glue them on the eggshells to make beaks.



3. Draw on some eyes and stick a feather on the top of the chicken's head.



5. Fabulous farm tray

The kids really enjoyed making this farm box. If you're having a slow day you could easily spend a whole morning painting, collecting, planning and gluing and then a good part of the afternoon could be spent setting up the farm animals and playing with them.

Now that we've made this great farm box we finally have a use for the various plastic farm animals that have been lying around at the bottom of our toy box for as long as I can remember.

You will need

a cardboard tray
acrylic paint
white glue
small pebbles
small sticks
green tissue paper

Directions

1. Paint the tray to make a farm. We used a green background, then added a blue duck pond and some brown mud for the pigs.



2. While the paint dries, go on an outdoor collecting expedition. We found some small sticks and some dirty pebbles which Ella then enjoyed washing and drying.



3. Use white glue to draw on your fences, roads and other boundaries. Then stick on your pebbles and sticks. We added some clumps of grass made from scrunched up green tissue paper.



4. Wait for the glue to dry...



5. ...then add your animals and tractors and start playing.



6. This issue's featured subscriber's blog

The fairy mum


"Just a stay-at-home Mum with a monkey, a fairy princess and a pixie peanut to care for. Living intentionally, simply, is our daily challenge and goal. Being creative, now that's a must."

To have your blog featured in this section just send in your web address and I'll add you to the list.


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