Tree House? Sky Scraper? Circular curved thingy? The kids imagined some crazy structures in this weeks Architectural Design Workshop at the Pankow refugee shelter.
At Pass the Crayon we are always encouraging the children to let their imaginations run wild and explore the limits of their creativity (Clue: there are no limits!). This week we wanted to apply this technique to a new area: Architecture.
The aim of this workshop, hosted by volunteers Jeanne and Nicholas, was to challenge conventional beliefs of what a house looks like. We all have that generic housey design in our mind, right? ===>
Well, we wanted to smash this stereotype, and encourage the kids to imagine something more like this:
And they certainly didn't disappoint! Some kids favored a very modern look...
Whilst others opted for a more rustic feel!
The imagination on display was impressive. What was also lovely to see was the overwhelming emphasis on Family occurring in most of the children's designs. As you ca...
Now that we are well into September, the nights are getting longer, the winter woolies are emerging from wherever the hell we put them last year, and the leaves are falling from the trees.... Yes. Winter is coming.
BUT, we are going to squeeze in one more summery craft before we switch to dried leaf collages and stuff-made-with-pine-cones.
Our art idea this week is a sand collage. This is a fun one to make with younger children, but make sure you keep an eye on them with all that glue and sand- recipe for a sticky situation ;)
You will need:
Craft Glue (not pritt stick!!)
Paints & brushes
Large piece of paper (A3)
A knife for spreading the sand
1. Draw a line across the page: this represents your sea/sand divide
2. Paint your sea section. Get creative, paint groovy fish, floating jellyfish, maybe some sharks.... whatever floats your boat aha!
3. Next for the fun part: cover the whole of your sand section with glue- spread eve...
So this week we will show you how to make a Button Tree Painting. This is a fun, simple art idea, with gorgeous end results- and it can be done in just tree easy steps! Was that pun oak-ay? No? Never mind.
You will need:
1 piece of paper (A3 is preferable)
(extra decorations e.g sequins)
Paint your tree trunk-- this is the most important stage. It's easy to glue on buttons with gay abandon, but if you haven't got a good trunk, it won't look like a tree... it will look a mess.
Glue on your buttons-- pay attention to the spacing of the buttons, and where in relationt to the branches the buttons are placed. Have a think about what style of tree you would like--- weeping willow? Sturdy oak?
Once you are happy with your results, simply let the glue dry.
And... that's it! This is a tree-mendously easy craft to try; but the results are really cute, and it's a fun one do with the kids. This techni...
This craft is super-easy and extremely effective. The scalloped edge of the paper plate perfectly mimics the texture of a fish's fin; who would have thought a simple paper plate could be turned into such a convincing fish!?
Make sure you use your most vibrant paints, and dont hold back-- be as creative as you can be... because guaranteed... there will always be something crazier in the sea!
...... nam sayin?
You will need:
2 disposable paper plates (or more if you want to make lots of fishies)
1. Take your first paper plate (this will be the fish body), and get painting.
2. Take your second plate and cut out 3 fin shapes (or more). This will make the tail, dorsal and pelvic fins (top, bottom, tail)
3. Paint your fins
4. Attach your fins to the main body with glue
5. Stick on the goggle eye... Viola!
These paper plate fish are seriously simple, but look wonderful- it's a...
Summer is here, the flowers are in full bloom, and baby birds are leaving their nests and venturing out into the world... Why not give them a helping hand by installing a bird-feeder in your garden, or your local park?
This groovy, recycle-friendly craft isn’t just fun to make … it also benefits nature! Help foster your child’s passion for wildlife, by making this simple bird feeder.
You will need:
Empty milk carton or plastic bottle
A wooden chopstick
Pens and crayons for decorating
1. Cut a window in the middle of your milk carton (it should be big enough for a bird to poke it’s head through)
2. Take your stick; poke a hole through the milk carton just underneath the window, and pull the stick through (this creates a fake branch, where the bird can stand)
3. Make a hook to hang your feeder by poking a hole through the top, and looping through some string
4. Now get decorating! Let your imagination go wild ;)