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Winter Crafts

10/01/2017
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Chinese Hanging Lantern

Decorate the classroom or play area for Chinese New Year with these easy to make, colourful hanging lanterns. To make these you will need the following: Paper Plates Coloured Card (Red, Green and Orange) Plastic Jewels Patterned Green Paper Chinese Character Stickers (or can be drawn on) Black Card Thin Ribbon Pencil Hole Punch Scissors Glue Ruler To make a hanging lantern Place a paper plate on a sheet of green card. Draw around it with a pencil. Neatly cut out the circle with scissors. Cut out a rectangle, measuring 12cm... Read More

10/01/2017
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Year of the Rooster

The children will love creating this colourful decoration that will make a great centrepiece for celebrating Chinese New Year. To make this, you will need the following: Thick Card A Pencil Thin Card Coloured Tissue Paper Scissors PVA Glue A Glue Brush A Wobbly Eye To make the Rooster Draw the outline of the rooster and triangle base, shown in the template image, onto thick card. Cut them out (adult), with slots (as indicated on template image below). Copy the rooster’s head onto thinner card and cut it out. Tear... Read More

bottle snowman 23/11/2016
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Festive Bottled Snowmen – Christmas Crafts

These cute bottled snowmen are very quick and easy to make. Each one can have its own personality and the children will love decorating their own personal snowmen! To make these bottled snowmen, you will need the following: A Clean, Dry, Transparent Plastic Bottle Cotton Wool A Wooden Spoon Scissors Craft Buttons Glue Coloured Card Fabric Scraps A Sock How to make a Bottled Snowman Remove any labels from your bottle and make sure it’s rinsed out and dry. Fill the bottle with the cotton wool. Make sure it goes all the... Read More

23/11/2016
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Lolly Stick Christmas Tree Shape Decorations

A simple and colourful way to create some hanging decorations this festive period. To make these you will need the following: Coloured Lolly Sticks Thin Gold Card Glue Dots or PVA Glue Scissors Sticky Tape Gold Ribbon A selection of decorations e.g. Sequins, Foam Glitter Shapes, Glitter Pom Poms, Plastic Jewels, Glitter Dots, Pipe Cleaners etc. To make a Lolly Stick Tree Decoration: Decide on the shape of your decoration, snowflake or Christmas tree. For the snowflake, take 4 blue lolly sticks. Arrange them to make 2 overlapping crosses. Use... Read More

23/11/2016
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Make Your Own Advent Forest

Here’s an advent calendar with a twist to add to the classroom Christmas decorations this year. An ideal group festive activity to engage the children and hide a sweet under each forest tree for the run up to Christmas. To make these you will need the following: Large Cardboard Egg Tray 6 x A4 Sheets of Thin Green Card Scissors Green Paint Paintbrush PVA Glue Silver Glitter Small White Pom Poms Sticky Tape Small White Stickers Felt Tip Pen How to make an Advent Forest: Take the large cardboard egg... Read More

valentines day facts 10/02/2016
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Valentine’s Day Facts and Craft Activities

The origins of Valentine’s Day are rather hazy, but popular legend is that St Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. During that time, Emperor Claudius 2 decided that single men made better soldiers than married men and outlawed marriage for serving soldiers. St Valentine thought that this was very unfair so he married the young couples secretly. When Claudius found out, he had St Valentine imprisoned and later put to death. Legend has it, the couples who Valentine had married gave him letters and... Read More

07/12/2015
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How To Make Your Own Light Box for Exploring and Sensory Play

Introduce light box activities to your children during the holiday season. Lights are everywhere and there are so many opportunities to discover and learn through light box play. It is great fun for all ages, from babies to much older children. A traditional light box is used to explore objects with the added dimension of an upward facing light. It is brilliant for investigation and experimenting with mark making, colour mixing, sensory play and for creating patterns. At Early Years Resources, there’s an extensive selection to choose from, including light... Read More

Make a Snowman Christmas Card 25/11/2015
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Make A Snowman Christmas Card

A simple Christmas craft activity for young children to make and take home. What do I need to make a Glittery Snowman Christmas Card?  Craft Essentials: Snowman template (download it here) A4 Black Card Good quality glue stick Scissors Suggestions for Decoration: Tinsel Pipe Cleaners Glitter Googly Eyes Glitter Glue Sparkly Pompoms Ribbon Sequins Jewels How to make a Sparkly Snowman Christmas Card Step 1: Print the Snowman template (includes: body, head and hat for two snowmen) and cut out. Fold the black card in half and glue the snowman shapes... Read More

05/12/2014
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Christmas Crafts for Early Years

With Christmas just over two weeks away, now is an ideal time to get young children involved in Christmas creative craft activities. Now is a great time to get children involved in making Christmas cards to take home and give to their parents and relatives. Craft activities are both a great fun and creative pastime as well as an educational tool for young children. They can also aid learning in other EYFS educational areas such as language skills, music, art, science, maths and even health and nutrition. Getting involved in... Read More

Lai See Envelopes – Chinese New Year Crafts 14/01/2014
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Lai See Envelopes – Chinese New Year Crafts

Lai See envelopes (Red Envelopes) are traditionally given to children at Chinese New Year. These lucky red envelopes usually contain money or sweets given by relatives. Here is how to make your own… Equipment needed:- Red paper White card Black marker pen A sheet of Chinese symbol stickers Filling – small sweets or chocolate coins Pencil Scissors Glue Click Here to Download the Template Take a red sheet of paper and a pencil. Using the template provided, make the lucky pocket by tracing the pocket outline onto the sheet of... Read More