100 • 18 OCTOBER 2011
Creepy Crawly Caterpillars
Incy Wincy Spider
4. Creepy Sleepy Snake
Beasties Book Giveaway
It's a very exciting day here at the Kids Craft Weekly Headquarters
(otherwise known as the kitchen table)!
This is the 100th issue
of Kids Craft
Weekly and we're celebrating with the pre-launch of an
exciting new project that I can hardly wait to tell you about.
But first, I feel it's only fitting to take some time to reflect on
this awesome milestone.
Would you believe that I've been publishing the Kids Craft Weekly email
newsletter for more than five years now? It's quite extraordinary to
think how quickly time passes.
It's also quite extraordinary to think that this little newsletter,
that started off being sent to an email list of seven people (all
family and friends) has grown into something so much bigger.
This issue will be sent out to more than 42,000 people from all corners
of the globe. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for
your amazing support!
I think that one of the things that has made Kids Craft Weekly so
successful is that it's always been a passion project, through and
through. Sure, there have been times when I've lost my enthusiasm and
had a break, but always, when I've taken the time to reflect, I've
realised just how much I've gained from connecting with other people
who value simple and creative craft ideas.
Those of you who are long-time subscribers to Kids Craft Weekly will
know that I'm a big believer in following passions and acting on
As such, I'm very excited to be able to reveal a brand new passion
project that I'm pre-launching today.
This new project is called The
Parenting Peephole and, like Kids Craft Weekly, it will
consist of a simple website and a regular email newsletter. Unlike Kids
Craft Weekly, it's not about craft. It's all about interesting ideas
for curious parents.
The Parenting Peephole email newsletters (which are scheduled to
commence in November) will be full of intriguing ideas, different views
and thought-provoking stories from the front line of parenthood. There
will also be interesting links and great giveaways in every issue.
Best of all, Parenting Peephole isn't one of those parenting sites that
makes you feel bad or tells you what you should and shouldn't be doing.
It won't judge you (or anybody else). It won't provide advice. It won't
make you feel inadequate or guilty.
It's just... really
I'd be thrilled to have you join me on this new exciting journey. To
sign up for the free newsletters just pop over to www.parentingpeephole.com
and be one of the first to take a peep.
I'll see you over there! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this creepy
craft issue of Kids Craft Weekly – just in time for Halloween!
Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!
Creepy Crawly Caterpillars
These colourful little chaps
are a brilliant 'discovery craft' idea.
You can provide the framework for the activity and then let your little
ones go crazy and exercise their creativity!
You will need:
• polystyrene, cut into rectangular lengths
paint and paintbrush
sticks (cut in half)
bottle tops, cotton
balls and buttons to decorate
1. Paint the polystyrene pieces and allow to dry.
2. Cut pipecleaners into two short lengths and attach a bead to one
end. Poke them into the polystyrene to form antennae.
3. Poke in some colourful match sticks and glue on some bottle tops,
cotton balls and buttons.
4. Keep creating until you have a legion of fancy caterpillars. I can't
begin to imagine what kind of butterfly these little guys might turn
making this spider Ella learned that she can expertly thread a needle!
Good timing too as she couldn't help but pull the needle off the wool
every time she threaded something onto it! This is a good 'all ages'
craft – younger kids will enjoy the challenge of threading
and older kids will be able to take this project and run with it.
You will need:
small ball of black wool
Cut four even lengths of wool (about 30 cms in length). Then take your
ball of wool, unwind it about 40 cms and thread the end through a few
strands on the ball. Tie off with a strong knot.
one of the lengths of wool that you cut off. Thread it onto a wool
needle and then thread it from one side of the ball of wool to the
other, leaving the ends to dangle out each side. These ends will form
the legs of the spider. Repeat for remaining three lengths of wool
forming eight legs.
3. Cut drinking straws and thread them onto
the legs. You may need to do this with the wool needle, depending on
how soft/fuzzy your wool is. When you're almost at the end of the
length of wool, thread on a bead for a foot and tie it off with a
strong knots. Repeat for all eight legs.
4. Glue on some eyes and a mouth and dingle dangle from the ceiling.
Creepy Sleepy Snake
Your little ones
will love ripping and scrunching newspaper to stuff this sleepy snake.
The sticky variety of velcro dots work well to hold the snake in a
coiled position and also allow kids to un-coil and re-coil the snake to
their heart's content. If you don't have access to any you can just use
strong double sided tape.
You will need
old pair of pantyhose
newspaper, tissue paper or rags)
felt or piece of red
eyes or pieces of
white and black felt
1. Cut one of the legs from an old pair of pantyhose then stuff it till
it looks suitably snake-like.
2. Tie a knot in the end and glue on some eyes and a tongue.
3. Curl the sleepy snake in a coil, using velcro dots to join it
I came up with this easy zombie idea after watching my son spend a good
half an hour wrapping a length of cotton around some matchsticks. Like
most of the Kids Craft Weekly crafts, this idea uses items that most of
us have lying about at home. It also involves getting your little one
to consume fruit which is always a win in my book :)
observers may glean that my kids suddenly appear a great deal older in
the photos below! That's because these pics are current while the ones
above come from a good few years back.
I have to say, the kids just loved making these zombies! Both of them
have been carrying them around for hours now and are threatening to
take them to bed. Goes to show, you're never too old to craft!
You will need
• a wire coathanger
• an apple (half eaten)
• an old sheet, cut up in
strips (or gauze bandages, calico etc)
1. Firmly instruct your little one that there will be no crafting fun
until they've eaten at least part of an apple!
2. While they're busy munching away, steel yourself for a wrestling
match with a wire coathanger. This is much easier to do if you've got
some pent up anger brewing away as it will require some strength! Do
your best to twist the coathanger into a shape that looks something
3. Your little one should have finished munching the apple by now. Keep
hold of the apple core for future use and set them to work wrapping
strips of fabric around the coathanger frame.
4. When the wire frame is looking suitably zombie-fied –
carefully stab the apple core onto the coathanger and voila!
5. Arky enjoyed colouring in the fabric with markers afterwards! He
claims it's his new best friend :)
Beasties Book Giveaway!
In honour of this
Creepy Crafts issue of Kids Craft Weekly, Diana Schoenbrun is kindly
giving away two copies of her book – Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night –
exclusively to Kids Craft Weekly readers.
We got a copy of this great craft book several months ago and it has
since become one of the most flicked-through items on our book shelf.
I have to admit we haven't made one of them yet but none of us can get
enough of perusing the pictures of the amazing, bizarre and funny
creatures that Diana has dreamed up and brought to life as soft toys.
Young kids will need plenty of help from crafty adults to complete
these projects, but kids of all ages will get a real kick from looking
at the beautiful pictures and reading about these mischievous monsters
in their natural habitats.
To get an idea of Diana's style you can check out her great little video trailer that she put together for Halloween.
Enter the Giveaway!
To go into the running for a copy of this great book, click over to the Kids Craft Weekly Facebook page, find the Beasties Giveaway post and leave a comment.
The giveaway closes at
midnight on Halloween
and winners will be announced (and contacted) through Facebook.
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