Interesting Cards For Fathers Day – Google Themed Card

google fathers day card

Want to know how to make a father’s day card? Here is an interesting search engine card based on the Google theme.

google fathers day card

 

 

fathers day card ideas

Cards For Father’s Day

Google Fathers Day Card

For this Google themed Fathers Day card, you need the following Craft Supplies:

1. Colored Textured or Hand Made Paper – A4 size single sheet
2. Your father’s passport size photograph
3. Felt tipped pens or sketch pens
4. White sheet of paper
5. Scissors and glue

Fold the textured paper in half. Make the search engine themed design on the white sheet of paper using felt tipped color pens or sketch pens. Stick your fathers picture as shown above and you’re done!

Stick another sheet of white paper inside the card you just made. Write a beautiful Father’s Day quote inside. Keeping up with the Google theme, the quote above has been written in similar colors of red, blue, green and yellow.

This particular Father’s Day quote says

“I’m As Lucky
As Can Be
As The
WORLD’S BEST DAD
Belongs To Me”

This is one of the best and simplest of all cards for father’s day! What do you think?

Button Crafts: 6 Fun And Simple Ideas For Kids

button crafts

Button crafts can turn a drab, boring afternoon with kids into a lot of fun. These  are cool crafts using buttons for kids of ages 4  years and upwards. Collect or buy lots of colorful buttons in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Use your imagination and creativity to come up with lots of ideas. It could be anything from button bookmarks or button flowers or even button puppets. Check out these lovely button crafts to begin with.

6 Easy Button Crafts

Button Tree

button crafts

via www.craftsbyamanda.com

Draw a simple tree design on a plain chart paper or an old cardboard sheet. Color your tree. All you need to do is to glue on these button as leaves on the tree you just made. This makes for a lovely piece of wall art once framed!

Cute Button Bookmarks

Check out these super cute button bookmarks. This is a simple button craft project even preschoolers can make. Simply glue on a cute button on a paper clip with some felt strips.

button bookmarks via iheartnaptime.net

Cool Button Cards

Greetings with lovely button designs can put a smile on everyones’ faces. Make a nice little card with a cute design. Glue on buttons in place of flowers, balloons etc.

button card

via Dana Grothaus

button crafts

via pinterest.com

Lovely Button Flowers

Cut out a basic petal from fabric or felt pieces. Sew on buttons. You can also sew buttons on top of buttons to create a cascading look. Glue these flowers onto pipe cleaners (stems) and you have a lovely bunch of colorful button flowers.

button flowers

 

via gestpotvoojou.nl

Button Caterpillar – Ain’t he cute?

button crafts

via pinterest.com

Buttons are so simple yet you can craft so many beautiful projects out of them. These DIY button crafts are kid friendly. You can keep them busy this weekend by taking up any one project. What do you think? Do you have any idea that you can share with us here?

Paper Quilling Basics – How to do paper quilling?

paper quilling - animal shapes

Paper Quilling is an interesting paper craft for kids. FYI, it is also known as Paper Filigree! Summer workshops for kids often incorporate Paper Quilling as part of their programme. You can make all sorts of  wacky paper quilling designs with colorful paper strips.

How to do paper quilling?

Paper Quilling is the art of rolling colorful strips of paper into beautiful three dimensional patterns. The technique of making basic shapes and patterns is discussed here. Finally you have to assemble the different shapes to form awesome designs. It is so simple, my 7 year old son could do this with ease. Of course, I had to pick up the nuances first and then teach him. At the end of this tutorial you will know how to do paper quilling with basic designs.

Paper quilling techniques  – for kids

Paper quilling kit

How to do paper quilling - for kids

Slotted Tool - How to do paper quilling - for kids

For very basic quilling you need a slotted tool, colorful paper strips and a glue stick, that is all.

Paper quilling – How to use the slotted tool?

How to do paper quilling - for kids

Now the slotted tool is like a pen with a slit in its nib. Look at the picture above. Place one end of the paper strip in the slot of the tool and slightly turn this end. Hold the tool in your right hand. Next, place the slotted end with the paper strip between the index finger and thumb of your left hand. Keep rolling till the strip of paper ends. You get a coil. To increase or decrease the size of the coil, leave it loose and vice versa. Finally paste the open end of the coil with glue. This is a closed coil. You can leave this end without gluing it to get an open coil.

Basic quilling patterns

Basic Closed Coil, Arrow and Tear Drop Patterns

How to do paper quilling - basic designs

The basic shape is a closed coil. To get a teardrop, pinch one end of the closed coil. To get an arrow, first make a tear drop. Now make a depression by pinching the rounded corner of the teardrop, twice(Refer the pictures above).To get an eye, first make a teardrop. Then pinch the other rounded corner of the teardrop. So a coil and a teardrop are the simplest of all shapes. Once you master these shapes, the remaining shapes can be made easily.

More quilling patterns

Shapes - Paper Quilling

 

Paper quilling designs

You can use paper quilling patterns for a variety of designs. Make a beautiful scenery by quilling flowers, sun, clouds etc. and frame it. You can ask your kid to narrate a story based on this picture. My little one made a rabbit eating a carrot. Look at the picture below.

Paper quilling – Scenery

How to do paper quilling - designs

Paper quilling – Envelope design

How to do paper quilling - Envelope design

Use paper quills to decorate ornate envelopes and wedding cards.

Quilling Cards

How to do paper quilling -  Card making Photo Credits: Yamunah2002

Make beautiful greeting cards with paper quilling. You can also use paper quilling for scrapbook embellishments.

Paper Quilling – Animals

How to do paper quilling  - animal shapes

Check out these cute animals made by paper quilling techniques. Make paper quilling patterns from different colored strips. Draw a beautiful design or scenery on a thick sheet of chart paper and paste these patterns in accordance with quilling designs.

Advanced paper quilling requires a quilling needle, quilling comb, quilling board, tweezers and pins. Once you master the basics, you can learn advanced paper quilling techniques all by yourself using these  materials.

 

Pop up cards for Diwali and Christmas

Pop up Diwali cards

Making pop up cards for Diwali and Christmas can be fun for kids. Just give them some basic art & craft materials, a few creative ideas and let them get going. Mail pop up cards for Diwali and homemade Christmas cards, made by your kids to near and dear ones. They will love it!

For making beautiful 3D pop up cards, You will need

pop up cards diwali Art & Craft materials

1. A4 size – Tinted paper / Hand made paper
2. Small squares of  colored paper / colored fabric
3. Glue
4. Scissors
5. Oil Pastels
6. Glitter pens (Silver)

Here is how you do it.

First, fold the tinted paper or hand made paper in half. Cut the folded paper in the form of a lantern for  Diwali  or a star for  Christmas.

pop up cards diwali pop up cards diwali

Next fold a square shaped colored paper in half. Paste and fold the edges as below. Cut long strips till the folded line. pop up cards diwali

Paste this colored and patterned strip of paper as shown below and close the Diwali card.

kandil pop up cards diwali

Now we will make paper flowers or fabric flowers that pop up when you open the greeting card. Take a square shaped colored paper or colored fabric. Look at the pictures below.

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

paper flowers pop up cards diwali               Repeat folding the two points of the paper triangle 3 times. Then fold each sides backward as if you are making an aeroplane(as seen in the last part above).

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Make a circular flowery pattern for marigold flowers. Marigold is considered auspicious for all festive occasions in India.

marigold paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Open the flower. Cut a slit. Pull the slit a little over the other edge and paste to get a slightly cone shaped paper flower. Make 3-4 such paper flowers or fabric flowers in alternate colors. Paste one over the other at the center. You get a big flower as shown below.

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Paste this big flower in the center of your pop up card. Paste the sides of the flower to the sides of the pop up card. Now close the card. Decorate it with oil pastels and other decorative materials.

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Pop up diwali cards

And your pop up card for Diwali is ready.

Follow a similar procedure for the Christmas card. Fold an A-4 size tinted paper into half. Cut the folded paper in the shape of a star as shown below.

 

Pop up christmas cards

Give a pointed cut to the folded paper for star shaped paper flowers as shown below.

Pop up christmas cards

Decorate the card with holly leaves and all things Christmassy!

Pop up christmas cards And your pop up Christmas card is ready!

Teach kids to make many more pop up cards for other occasions like birthdays, anniversaries etc. on similar lines. Just remember the outline of the main card must be cut according to the theme. For Diwali, we gave the card the shape of a lantern and for Christmas, we made a star card.  Aren’t they lovely?

 

 

 

Clay modelling for kids – Sleeping Ganesha Idol

Ganesha idol - clay modelling for kids

This is a beautiful clay model of Ganesha, made by a std.II kid particpating in a clay modelling for kids competition, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. This idol is very easy to make. Moms can teach their kids to make a  Ganesha idol out of modelling clay.
Ganesha idol - clay modelling for kids Resting Ganesha- Ganpati Bappa Morya.

Clay modelling ideas for kids – Sleeping Ganesha

Here is what you need:

1. Modelling clay – any color – preferably brown
2. Decorative materials like pearls or small sequins
3. Ice cream sticks for the mat
4. Acrylic colors
5. 2 toothpicks

For the mat

Take a few ice cream sticks. Paste them together with glue in a criss-cross fashion or in a chequered pattern. Let it dry. Paint the mat using acrylic colors.

For the clay Ganesha idol

Make balls out of clay. A small sized one for Ganesha’s head, a medium sized one for the torso, two for the legs, four small balls for the hands and one for the trunk. Fix the head to the torso with the toothpick. Keep this aside.

Make cylindrical pieces of the clay balls meant for the legs. Make the left leg rest on the ice cream stick mat. Curve the right leg at the knee and make it touch the left leg at the foot. Attach the torso to the legs. Make sure the stomach has a paunch and the legs are quite fat.

Make a crown out of some clay. Attach the crown to the head. Make cylindrical  pieces of clay  for hands and a curved piece for Ganesha’s trunk. Attach these hands to the body. Fix  the trunk to the face. Use tiny pieces of modelling clay for the tusks, modak and a shankh(conch shell) to be placed in any two of the four hands. Note that sleeping Ganesha must rest on one hand as in the picture above.

Use a toothpick to carve three horizontal lines and a trishul on Ganesha’s forehead. Carve eyes and a few folds on the trunk. Paint these carved lines using dark colors.

Paint Ganesha’s dhoti with bright acrylic colors. Paint the folds in the dhoti with a darker color. For the jewellery, use tiny pearls or plain pulses like yellow tuar dal (split pigeon pea). Paint the crown in metallic gold or silver acrylic colors. I had metallic bronze color. On adding yellow, we got a neat golden yellow shade.

Allow your kids Ganesha idol to dry under the ceiling fan for a day or so.

Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

 

Paper mache bowls-Best out of waste

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

This is a quick paper mache project for kids from best out of waste. We all have old newspapers to spare at home.  Using paper mache, you can make a wide range of crafts. A paper mache bowl for holding knickknacks is one of them. You can even use this bowl as a home fragrance accessory – Just put in some potpourri and you can place this paper mache bowl on your living room center table.

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

How to make a paper mache bowl

1. Old newspapers or waste paper (preferably thin)
2. Glue and water mix
3. Acrylic colors
4. 1 Balloon
5. Scotch tape and a plastic cup
6. Flat brush – size 15 or above

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

Inflate the balloon to a size you want your paper mache bowl to be. Fix the balloon to the plastic cup with scotch tape – The mouth of the balloon goes into the cup. Make a glue (Fevicol) and water mixture – 3 parts glue and 1 part water. Cut newspaper or waste paper to 1 inch by 2 inch strips.  Apply the glue water mixture to a paper strip and paste it evenly on the balloon, leaving no room for air bubbles. Continue doing this, till you get a layer of newspaper strips pasted on the inflated bottom of the balloon. Let this layer dry. Then repeat the procedure. Do this till you have 9 – 10 layers of paper strips firmly glued to the balloon.

Leave it to dry. Once this dries up completely, prick the balloon. Once the balloon pops, you have the neatest looking paper mache bowl you’ve ever seen!

Now you just have to trim a little bit off the edges and color it.

paper mache - bowl - best out of waste

Also, the paper mache bowl will not stand alone. It needs a base. Cut a round piece of cardboard from an old cardboard box. Cover it with strips of paper like you did with the balloon. Let it dry.

acrylic colors - fevicryl

Now comes the coloring part. Use acrylic colors for coloring the paper mache bowl instead of poster colors. Acrylic colors are  plastic like colors, are permanent and last long just like oil paint. I mixed red and violet to get  dark pink, purple and wine shades. My little one calls this paper mache bowl the strawberry cream milk shake bowl!

paper mache bowl - best out of waste ideas

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

Now color the round cardboard base with acrylic colors on both sides. When the base is dry, just paste it to the bottom of the paper mache bowl with glue-Fevicol. Highlight the bowl with golden or bronze acrylic paint  designs like spirals or motifs. Or better still, use sparkling 3D outliners to give an embossed effect. Let the paper mache bowl dry completely.

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste

Use your creative paper mache bowl to hold sketch pens, crayons and other art and craft material. You can use it to hold dry perfumed petals or potpourri on the center table or side table in your living room.

A very important thing is practicing patience with kids when they attempt to do this. My little boy was a bit slow and clumsy while coloring the paper mache bowl. So much so that, I was tempted to stop him and finish it all by myself. This is an attempt to let kids learn creativity. So let them do it all by themselves with only a little guidance and supervision from you.

 

Drawing competition ideas for kids

drawing contests

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Underwater scenery with oil pastels

Kids have a lot of potential when it comes to imagination, creativity and art. All we  need is to encourage them to explore new ideas and put their imagination in bright vivid colors on paper and other media. Drawing competitions for kids have themes and certain criteria which need to be adhered to. But that is all, the rest is up to the kids to unleash their beautiful imagination on paper.

Take a look at all the creative stuff we have here. This art work is done by the students of New Horizon Scholars school, Airoli, Navi Mumbai. The theme being nature, in accordance with  the Environment Week observed worldwide in the month of June, every year.

Drawing Competition Ideas For Kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

art for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids

Drawing competition ideas for kids
Use newspaper clippings, cut outs, 3d outliners, glitter, markers, water colors, poster colors, oil pastels, pencils, pens and good quality art material for drawing competitions. Avoid sketch pens, they tend to leave color blotches which are visible from the reverse side of the paper.

These pictures should get you going with all kinds of brilliant ideas for drawing contests at school and out.

 

Slogan On Environment

school competition - slogan writing - global warming

school competition - slogan writing - global warming Ishaan S, Grade II, New Horizon Scholars School.

To write a slogan on environment is no big deal. Slogan writing competitions are held at schools every year for kids of all grades. For older children, creative thinking and art work is not a big issue. But small kids in the primary and pre-primary classes need a lot of guidance and tips on writing slogans. So that is when moms come to the rescue. Just follow these simple tips on how to write a good slogan – for kids.

Slogan on Save Environment

1. Select a good topic: The topic must be a current event like Global Warming, Female foeticide in India, Anti-smoking campaigns, Go Green, Cleanliness Drives etc. Most often, the topic or the theme will be decided by the grade teacher or the school authorities. If not, you need to check out pressing issues or current events in newspapers, T.V. or on the internet.

2. Explain the theme to to kids: Kids must know what they are doing. Explain the concept to kids. Like I told my little one – The Sun heats the earth. Some heat is radiated back through the atmosphere, into space. But all the smoke, pollution and gases that are emitted  rise up and form a thick layer inside the Earth’s atmosphere. So most of the heat  gets trapped inside the atmosphere and is not radiated back into space. And the planet warms up causing global warming. Of course, you need to draw this or show them on the internet and make your kids understand in any manner that you consider appropriate. There is no point in making them write slogans if they do not understand the concept behind it.

3. Think of appropriate graphics and objects: Make a list of objects that relate to the theme. For instance, with global warming, you can relate – globe i.e. earth, trees, heat, burning waste, meltdown of Artic ice, ozone layer, sun etc. With each of these objects in mind, make random sketches of each depicting the situation. Finalize the most appropriate ones. In the above sketch, the earth looks like its a melting cone of ice cream.

3. Come up with appropriate catchy words: Words in a slogan must be catchy. They must not exceed 4 or 5 in number. The fewer the better. This is the most tricky part as a slogan must be an eye-opener to the depicted scenario. It must be attention grabbing and must also suggest a solution. Again, come up with single words that are also action oriented. For instance, Recycle – This is a single word that can also be used as  a sentence. It also gives a solution for putting an end to global warming.

For a slogan on save water

these are the lines I wrote for my little one –

WATER IS SO USEFUL,
IT MAKES OUR LIFE WONDERFUL,
SO BETTER BE CAREFUL,
DON’T LET THE DROP DRIP
TILL
THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO SIP.’

This came complete with pictures surrounding the slogan, depicting various sources of water.

4. Color Scheme: Colors speak a thousand words when used effectively. For instance, slogans for the blind can use black and white, those related to Save Trees campaign can use different shades of green. In the above sketch, orange and red depict heat on account of global warming.

5. Cut and Paste
Cut and paste letters/alphabets from newspapers instead of writing them down. Be creative. Cut and paste pictures from magazines and newspapers as in a collage.

Above all, encourage your kid to put in suggestions. Don’t expect them to be perfectionists in one shot. A few crooked lines here and there and a few smudges of color up and down are absolutely fine. So get going!

Check out this article for more ideas on Slogan on Environment

 

Best out of waste – Pencil holder

Best of waste - popsicle stick craft - pencil holder

Pencil holder by Ananya Menon. Idea credits-Sushmita Menon

 A recycled  pencil holder made of waste popsicle sticks and used plastic container – is a great craft idea for kids and equally good for best out of waste craft competition at schools.

You will need:

An old plastic bowl or used cardboard box – small
Popsicle sticks / Ice cream sticks
Glue
Poster colors
Glitter and other embellishments

How to make

Color each Popsicle stick with poster colors. Glue them one by one onto the plastic container or the cardboard box to cover the box entirely.  Allow this to dry. Paste shells, beads or other embellishments on the outer side of the popsicle sticks. your popsicle stick craft  pencil holder is ready in minutes. This is an ideal best of waste popsicle stick craft for kids in kindergarten and elementary school.

Paper Plate Crafts For Kids – Smiley Hat

Paper plate crafts for kids can be fashioned out of  left over paper plates from a birthday party! This is a great way to keep naughty kids busy and engaged. Look at this paper plate hat  – It makes up for a great best out of waste project as well.

paper plate crafts for kids

A paper plate hat with a smiley face on top  is the easiest among various paper plate crafts for kids. Let us see how to make this funky paper plate hat. You can use left over paper plates from a birthday party or any other occasion. Team it up with colored paper, paints and unleash your creativity.

Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

You will need:

2 Plain white paper plates – medium or large size
Compass circle and pencil
Poster colors
Marble papers – (optional)
Black marker
Glue

How to make a paper plate hat

1. Take a plain white paper plate. Draw a circle with a compass, leaving the rim of the paper plate.

2. Using the center point marked by the compass, draw 3  diameters to the circle. You get a set of six triangle shapes. Cut along the lines avoiding the triangle bases. Bend these triangles upward to form a crown, as seen in the picture above.

3.Use poster colors and color this in different designs and patterns. You can cover the triangular shapes with glazed marble paper or color them plain.

4. Take a second paper plate. Cut out a circle, same size as the circle you drew on the first paper plate. Color the plain side with any bright poster color and make a smiley face out of it, with eyes, nose and a cute smile. Highlight the borders of the smiley face with a black marker. Paste some pieces of paper plate cuttings for the hair.

5. Now take the first paper plate and slightly bend the tips of the triangles, outward. Apply glue and paste the smiley face on these.

6. You can add your own embellishments or decorate using glitter, to make the paper plate hat more lively.

This paper plate craft is sure to get keep kids busy and enjoy what they are doing. Try out other best out of waste ideas that make up for great craft ideas for kids.

 

 

Best of waste kids craft – Alien Spaceship from waste materials

A recycled  alien space ship made from waste materials  is a great best out of waste kids craft idea. Not only is it easy to make, but the materials used are waste materials found easily at home. This is an excellent idea for kids craft competition at school.

Alien spaceship - best of waste

 

You will need:

An old CD
Old magazine cover
Glue – (Fevicol or any other strong kid friendly glue)
Waste paper cup/transparent plastic cup
Clay dough – 2 different colors
Glitter – 2 different colors
A pair of scissors
3 matchsticks
Black marker pen

Best of waste – An alien spaceship from old CDs

Place the CD on the old magazine cover. Cut out a circle in the shape of the CD. Paste this paper circle on the printed side of the CD(not on the glossy surface).

Alien spaceship - best of waste

How to make an alien?

Make 3 small balls from the play dough, in decreasing sizes. 2 of one color and 1 of a different color. Place the largest play dough ball at the bottom, a different colored one in the middle and the smallest one at the top. Insert a matchstick thru all the three clay balls, to keep them in place. The striking tip of the matchstick must protrude from the topmost clay ball – resembling an alien antenna. Insert the other two matchsticks on the sides of the middle clay part, resembling alien arms. Make 2 eyes and a nose with a black marker. Paste this alien in the centre of the glossy side of the CD.

Apply glue to the rim of the transparent plastic cup and paste it, inverted over the alien, on the glossy side of the CD. The dome of your spaceship is ready with an alien sitting inside! Allow it to dry.

Alien spaceship - best of waste

Now for some decoration!
Take out your glitter tubes and make large circular dots near the rim of the glossy surface of the CD, a little away from the inverted plastic cup. This adds some bright lights to the spaceship. Apply a differ colored glitter on the top of the dome i.e. the plastic cup.

This is an easy to make craft idea from waste materials, for kids craft competitions.

Note:

You can cover the matchsticks with glitter.
You can even make a landing spaceship with an inverted bottle cap pasted below the CD for the lander and a small ladder made of old rope or an old toy ladder.
If using paper cup for the dome, color it appropriately and cut out a window to show the alien inside.

There are many more kids craft ideas for best of waste competitions here – Kids Crafts