21 • 31 DECEMBER 2006
Editorial: Five ways to support Kids Craft Weekly in 2007
MAKE: paper plate dinosaurs
MAKE: a Tyrannosaurus Rex box puppet
4. MAKE: pretend fossils from clay
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|1. Editorial: Five ways to support Kids Craft Weekly in 2007
Can you believe it's the end of the year already? I'd like to take this
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I've had a great time watching this little project grow and am looking
forward to what the new year has to offer.
Here are five ways that you can support Kids Craft Weekly in 2007 and none of them involve sending money! Kudos to Asha from the wonderful parent hacks website, whose list of ten ways you can support parent hacks has inspired me to write my own.
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|2. MAKE: paper plate dinosaurs
You'll never look at a paper plate in quite the same way after you've
done this activity. This stegosaurus and brontosaurus are great fun to
make and involve remarkably little fuss – I know that we'll
definitely be making these guys again.
You will need
• paper plates (one plate makes one dinosaur)
• split pins
• acrylic paint and brush
• hole punch
for the stegosaurus
• mini foil chocolate cases or cupcake cases
for the brontosaurus
• foam spots and glue or stickers
1. Paint the plate and let it dry.
2. Cut out the pieces to construct your dinosaur. Start by cutting the
plate in half, then put one half aside (this will be the body) and cut
legs, tail and head from the other half. Here is how I cut up our
plates for this activity.
For the stegosaurus:
For the brontosaurus:
3. Punch holes in appropriate places and attach head, legs and tail to the body using split pins.
4. Apply finishing touches.
For the brontosaurus, we glued on foam spots for a bit of fun. You
could use any kind of embellishment that you wanted.
For the stegosaurus,
flatten foil cases and staple them along the top ridge of the dinosaur,
starting from the head and finishing at the tail.
NOTE: This craft idea is available as a printable project sheet. Download a copy of the PDF file (1.4 MB).
a Tyrannosaurus Rex box puppet
We have a whole box of packing peanuts in the house at the moment so I
was thrilled to put some of them to good use with this brilliantly
scary box puppet. If you don't have any on hand you can glue on screwed
up balls of crepe paper or even uncooked macaroni for a fabulously
toothy looking t-rex.
You will need
• cardboard box
• paint and brushes
• egg carton
• cotton reel (or alternative)
• packing peanuts
• white glue
• felt or coloured paper for tongue
1. Select a long solid cardboard box that can be sealed closed at both
ends. Paint box a suitable colour for a dinosaur. For extra effect,
paint one side red (this will be the inside of the mouth).
2. Cut box in half along three sides and fold in half to form a box puppet.
3. Attach segments from an egg carton to form eyes, and a cotton reel to make a nose.
4. Glue packing peanuts around the mouth to form teeth. It's a good
idea to let these dry before you embark on the finishing touches.
5. Glue on a felt or cardboard tongue.
6. Paint on some reptilian eyes and your box puppet will be ready to rampage!
|4. MAKE: pretend fossils from clay
This simple activity is great fun for kids of all ages. Young ones will
enjoy pressing a range of different objects in the clay while older
kids and fossil nuts will revel in the challenge of making the perfect
imprint. These pretend fossils can buff up really nicely and make great
paper weights so keep them in mind for a fun father's day gift.
You will need
• a shell or leaf, or toy dinosaurs from which to make an imprint
• shoe polish
• varnish (optional)
1. Flatten clay and make some imprints in the clay using various objects.
2. When you've made an imprint that you're happy with, set it aside and
allow it to air dry. This may take several days, depending on the
weather. Once it's dry, rub on a bit of shoe polish.
3. Allow the polish to set and then give your fossil a good buff. If
you want to give it as a gift, or intend to keep it for a long time you
might like to paint on some clear varnish.
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