35 • 15 JULY 2007
Simple robot pictures
Cute miniature televisions
4. Easy mobile phone
5. Moving parts digger
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I've got nothing on the Kids Craft Weekly agenda for this week's
editorial so I thought I'd share with you these earthy favourites from
Soulemama: I learn something
amazing from Amanda Blake Soule every
week. She writes and photographs inspiring accounts of her everyday
life as mother, partner and crafty person extraordinaire. One of my
favourite posts ever is this one, which documents one of those days that don't quite go according
to plan. Like many others, I can hardly wait to get my hands on her
book – The
Nurture Nature: This lovely blog is a collaboration between
Tracie and Gwyn who share a passion for connecting
their kids to the natural world – despite the fact they live
in urban environments. Nurture Nature is a delightful account of the
ways they seek to engage their respective boys with nature on a
day-to-day basis. Sometimes the plans work beautifully, other
times they don't.
Sew Green: This is another
collaborative blog with a green theme. A
group of 14 women who met through the craft blog networks join forces
to bring you practical information about the environment, personal
anecdotes and meaningful observations – presented in a
variety of different styles but always with a gorgeous aesthetic. One of
my favourite posts is about building bridges for squirrel gliders
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Older children will enjoy trying to make amazing robots
from the various bits and pieces and younger ones will simply enjoy
sticking the shapes onto paper. Either way, it will keep everyone
occupied for a good length of time. If you're organised you might even
manage a cup of tea!
You will need
• different coloured pieces of felt (or coloured paper)
• wool scraps
• white glue and brush
1. Cut felt and paper into different sized squares and rectangles.
2. Prepare a plate of bits and bobs to make robot features. We used paperclips, buttons, beads, wool scraps and matchsticks.
3. Use the shapes, buttons and other bits and pieces to create robots.
4. And here are the finished robot masterpieces:
I have to apologise in advance for dreaming up a 'television' craft
this week! I mean, really! But these mini televisions really are very
I see them as an opportunity to get your child away from the real
thing. Next time they say 'can I watch television?' you could reply
You will need
1. Paint the outside of a matchbox black.
2. Stick on a folded pipecleaner to form an antenna.
3. Cut a photograph (or picture
from a magazine) to the size of a tv
screen and stick to the front of the matchbox, then glue on small beads
to make knobs (or paint on some small dots).
4. Here's the finished product.
4. My daughter made one for each member of her pet rock family! Crazy!
Despite having access to several toy mobile phones
and my old one the kids were thrilled to make their own from cardboard
stock cube boxes. If you make one of these, don't make the same mistake
that we did – be sure to include an on/off button.
You will need
small cardboard box
black paint and brushes
holographic paper (or aluminium foil)
1. Find an appropriately sized box and paint it black.
2. Cut some white foam into small squares and stick them on.
3. Write numbers and symbols on the keys and stick on some holographic paper (or aluminium foil) to make a screen.
Moving parts digger
Diggers are very popular in our house but we've found that good digger
crafts are quite hard to come by. Using Roger Priddy's great book Rainbow Trucks as
inspiration I decided to take matters into my own
hands. The end result is this simple digger picture. It's
heaps of fun to colour in and, best of all, you get to put the pieces
together and move them around.
You will need
free printable project sheet (PDF, 1.4MB)
split pins (brads)
markers or paints
photo and glue (optional)
1. Download the free printable project sheet (PDF, 1.4MB) which includes the digger
Before you get started you'll need to transfer the digger images to
cardboard. You can print or photocopy the images straight onto card.
Otherwise, just glue the paper onto card or trace the image on to card
by holding it up against a window (that's what I did!).
2. Colour-in or paint the digger and digger parts.
3. Cut them out and punch holes where marked.
4. We also cut up some photos and pasted them on the digger so that the
kids could be in the driver's seat!
5. Attach the parts using split pins (brads).
6. And there you have a fabulous moving parts digger!
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