30 • 6 MAY 2007
Underwater garden with pet fish
Pet owl in a silver cage
4. The mystery pet enclosure
5. This issue's featured
it newsletter time already? Wow, the past fortnight has gone quickly.
Thanks for the great response to the last newsletter. It was wonderful
to get some feedback on my Kids Craft Weekly booklet ideas – the evenly matched results
came as a big surprise to me. This poll will definitely influence my
decision-making so thanks to all those who voted. Stay tuned for
further developments over the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy the 'pet' issue of Kids Craft Weekly. Keeping a real
life pet can be a great learning experience for young kids. Among other
things, pets help children to develop empathy, teach respect for other
living things and may even have a positive effect on your
child's health. But they are also a great responsibilty. If
you're thinking of getting a pet for your little one it's worth reading
this article from the ASPCA about
age-appropriate pets for kids.
If you're not quite ready to take the leap into bona fide pet ownership
these craft ideas are a great alternative. None of these crafty
creatures require exercise, food or grooming but your little ones are
likely to shower them with plenty of love and attention none-the-less.
Remember to email me your pics for the photo gallery if you have a chance.
Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!
Underwater garden with pet fish
Water play is always a big hit at our place and this activity was
particularly popular because the objects inside the underwater garden
are so much fun to play with. If you don't have much time you can do
this activity on a much smaller scale by providing your little one with
a small plastic container, some colourful pebbles and a single
You will need
• plastic container
• plastic bags
• rubber bands
• colourful pebbles (used in
• water balloons
• permanent markers
1. Make some sea weed by putting a stone inside a plastic bag. Wrap a
rubber band just above the stone to keep it in place then use scissors
to cut lengthways down the plastic to make it look like sea weed.
2. Make some fish by putting a small amount of water into some water
balloons and tying them up. Use a permanent marker to add faces and
stripes. Note: this only seems to work with genuine water balloons
– regular balloons seem to float or sink rather than bob
3. Fill a plastic tub with water. It's starting to get chilly where we
are so I used warm water to save the kid's fingers! Then add the
colourful stones, some shells, the sea weed and fishes.
If you look closely you can see our poor octopus – a craft
so unsuccessful that I decided not to include any instructions. If any
readers have ideas for how to make an easy octopus that doesn't float
on top of the water I'd
love to hear them.
owl in a silver cage
we have any Harry Potter fans here? Older kids will run with this
activity from the get go but the littlies will need a hand as punching
holes in the cardboard can be hard work for little fingers. Kids of all
ages will enjoy playing with this though. If you're not in the mood for
a pet owl, come up with another idea!
You will need
• hole punch
• thick cardboard
• round lid (approximately
12cm in diameter)
• two small plastic lids
1. Trace around a plastic lid on some cardboard.
2. Cut out the circle and punch eight holes around the circumference.
The best way to do this is to think of a clock face and start at 12
then 6, 9 then 3 and punch a hole in-between each of these markers.
3. Thread a pipecleaner through a hole and fasten it on by twisting it
a few times. Then bend it over and fasten it to the hole directly
4. Continue until you have put a pipecleaner through each of the holes.
Then use another pipecleaner to make a handle at the top of the cage.
5. We made our owl using playdough, two lids, a marker and a
6. Pull open the bars of the
cage to help the owl get in and out to deliver secret messages to
mystery creature enclosure
This is a great craft for doing outdoors – start off by
walk and collecting some rocks, pebbles, sticks, seed pods and leaves
to put inside your enclosure. Once it's done, encourage your little one
to come up with an idea as to what sort of creature might live inside
– then do your best to rise to the crafty challenge!
You will need
• cardboard box (preferably one with a lid)
• clear cellophane
• sticky tape
• sand, sticks, leaves, rocks etc
• cotton reel and strong glue
1. Put the lid on the box and use a knife to cut out a window at the
front, leaving a border of about an inch on each side. You can use a
box without a lid, the only downside is that it won't have a lip to
stop the sand from falling out the front.
Note: We've taped newspaper onto the bottom of our box as it had holes
2. Cut a small door in the top or back of the box and give it a handle
by supergluing on a cotton reel or cork.
3. Add sand or dirt to the floor of the enclosure.
4. Add the rocks, twigs, leaves, sticks and whatever else you
collected. If you want, use some plastic lids to make a food and water
dish. Then tape clear cellophane to the front of the enclosure.
5. Use the door to add some appropriate inhabitants. We made ants from
clothes pegs and pipecleaners.
Update: These ants were soon
forced from their home by a small plastic pig who was then adopted by a
pet rocks who continue to reside in the enclosure to this day!
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