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Five School Holiday Craft Ideas

With school holidays just around the corner and more time at home, craft activities are a great way to keep the little ones occupied!

If you’re looking for a little time away from screens these holidays, we’ve put together five great craft ideas for kids of any age.

These crafts not only help develop their fine motor skills and boost self-esteem, you’ll also be left with an original momento to cherish for years to come.

1. Fire Breathing Dragon

What you need:

  • Cardboard toilet rolls
  • Green or red construction paper
  • Two medium pom-poms
  • Two small pom-poms
  • Two medium googly eyes
  • Red, yellow and orange tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Glue gun or glue dots

How to make it

  • Cut the construction paper to the size of the toilet roll (so it would completely cover it) and use a glue stick to attach it to the roll
  • Use a glue gun or glue dots to attach the eyes to the pom-poms and then attach the pom-poms to the paper tube
  • Cut the red, yellow and orange tissue paper into 20-25cm pointy strips and use a glue stick to attach them to the inside of the paper tube. HINT: no need to put strips on the base of the tube as gravity will do this job for you
  • You’re all done!

For full instructions (including photos) visit One Little Project.

2. French Knitting Machine

What you need:

  • One cardboard toilet roll
  • Four paddlepop sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Ball of wool
  • Coloured contact or patterned paper

How to make it:

  • Mark each paddlepop stick 2.5cm from the top
  • Tape each paddlepop stick to each side of the toilet roll with 2.5cm sticking up at the top
  • Cover the body of your knitting machine with coloured contact or patterned paper

How to use your French knitting machine:

For full instructions visit kidspot.

3. Bubble Wrap Painting

What you need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Any sturdy container (like a Milo tin)
  • Duct tape
  • Paint

How to make it:

  • Cut a piece of bubble wrap and fold it over the Milo tin (or other sturdy container) – use duct tape to secure it so it is tight
  • Apply a layer of paint on the bubble wrap. You can even try mixing some colours
  • Press your bubble wrap painting device onto a suitable surface. You can use paper, cardboard, even blank t-shirts! Be sure to press lightly: you only want to press the bubbles onto your surface, not the gaps in between
  • You can also use your imagination and vegetables to expand on this idea: from cutting out shapes in potatoes all the way to slicing capsicums for a shamrock-like shape.

For full instructions, visit Art Bar.

4. Funny Face Flip Book

What you need:

  • White cardstock paper
  • Cardboard
  • Three metal book rings
  • Hole punch
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Accessories like glasses, googly eyes etc (optional but encouraged)

How to make it:

  • Cut your cardstock paper into quarters along the top edge to create long, skinny pieces – so each piece is about 5cm across and 29.5cm long
  • Cut your long, skinny pieces into thirds. They will end up being just under 10cm long
  • Punch a hole in one end of the pieces of cardstock paper. From there, lay them onto your cardboard in three rows and punch a coordinating hole into the cardboard for each of the three rows
  • Attach your cardstock pieces to the cardboard backing with metal book rings
  • Use your markers, stickers and accessories to draw facial features
    • Top section draws eyes
    • Middle section draw nose
    • Bottom section draw mouth
    • Use imagination and get creativity to draw teeth, eyebrows, tongue, glasses, nose rings etc

For full instructions visit i heart CRAFTY things.

5: Homemade Pom-Poms

What you need:

  • Cardboard: the thicker and stronger the better
  • Wool
  • Scissors
  • Pom-pom template

How to make it:

  • Cut out cardboard in the shape of the template. You can make different sizes
  • Wrap wool over the ‘teeth’ of the cardboard template and tie it in the middle (see pictures in link)
  • Slide wool off the cardboard and tie it tight on the opposite side
  • Cut off the looped ends. It may look shaggy or uneven at this point but that’s okay
  • Give it a good trim to make is spherical and you have yourself a homemade pom-pom!

For full instructions (including templates and images) visit The Craft Train.

Preserve your creations

Once you’ve finished your craft session, don’t just throw your works away!

Why not collate these beautiful creations you’ve made together over the holidays into a single Photo Book? This way you can preserve your memories and create a beautiful keepsake for years to come.

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