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.

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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!

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