Kids craft activities to try at home

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Keep crafty kids busy this summer with Art ’N’ Move’s ideas for recycling household items.

Egg carton chick


You will need

• Non toxic, air-dry paint (tempera paint, acrylic paint or gouache)
• Paintbrush
• Egg carton (cut up – you will only need one section)
• Feather
• Marker
• Glue
• Paint palette
• Toothpick
• Small Styrofoam egg

Let’s get started!
1. Paint the egg carton yellow and set aside to dry.
2. Apply glue to the end of the feather.
3. Glue feather to the inside of the egg carton.
4. Stick toothpick in the Styrofoam egg so you can paint all sides of it.
5. Paint small eyes and a beak on to one of the corners of the egg carton.
6. Glue the egg inside the carton and you’ve got an adorable little chick – that you made from an egg!

Recycled bunny rabbit


You will need

• Coloured paper (wrapping paper or newspaper will work)
• Toilet roll tube
• Googly eyes
• String
• Button
• Coloured foam or construction paper
• Glue

Let’s get started!
1. Apply glue to the outside of the toilet roll tube and glue the coloured paper around it. Then, fold the excess paper inside the tube.
2. Cut the foam or construction paper into two petals, about half the size of the toilet tube. For the feet, use the bottom of the toilet tube to measure and cut the foam in the shape of a circle with two flaps, which will become the rabbit’s feet.
3. Place glue around the rim of the toilet paper roll and place on top of the feet. Wait for glue to dry.
4. Glue the petals to the inside of the top of the roll to make the ears.
5. Glue the googly eyes on the front of the toilet roll tube.
6. Place a dot of glue underneath the eyes and cross two one-inch strings, placing their intersection on top of the glue. Place the button on top, creating the nose and whiskers. And voila! You have a bunny rabbit friend.
5. Wait for glue to dry. Now have fun with your very own toy rabbit!

Toadstool


You will need

• Small Styrofoam cup
• Small Styrofoam bowl
• Non toxic, air dry paint (tempera paint, acrylic paint or gouache)
• Paintbrushes
• Scissors
• Glue
• Marker
• Paint palette

Let’s get started!
1. Pour the paint into the pallete and choose your colour for the top of the toadstool. Paint the entire underside of the bowl – this will be the head of the mushroom. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut a small square out of the rim of the Styrofoam cup to create a doorway. The cup will be the stalk. Begin to decorate the doorway and around the outside rim of the cup.
3. Apply glue to the base of the cup.
4. Place the bowl on top of the cup with the painted side facing up.
5. Wait for the glue to dry. Now you have a tiny toadstool!
Head to Art ’N’ Move for more craft ideas and activities to keep your kids busy throughout the summer. Al Khalidiyah (02 626 2020).

By Caroline McEneaney
Time Out Bahrain,

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