Inspiring Links

A collection I have gathered from the net. All ideas are relevant to 4 – 11 year old children and possible to do in a group or classroom.

My ideas allow imagination and variety, the children decide what to do; these are just simple ‘makes’ but they have their place too. Just don’t get hung up on everyone making the same thing that looks just like your sample!

Click on the highlighted words and it will take you to the web site it came from

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Magnetic Airplane ClipAeroplanes from pegs

Shower curtain play mat

Five Little Speckled Frogs CraftLots of things to do with egg boxes and other fun things for very young children at Rainy Day Mum

Printing using take away Styrofoam food cartons – genius. No instructions, just pics

Plane_mar2012_rect540Several inspiring cardboard box projects

recycle plastic container aquariumAn aquarium and other fab ideas for using plastic containers

learning to let go in the creative process with your kidsLearning to let go. A LOVELY blog about a parent letting go of her own ideas about what is creative to let her daughter have HER own ideas. Very important reading. We get too hung up on end results when it’s the thinking and doing that matter!

Johnny and Lily fingerpaint without making a messThis idea markets itself as ‘mess free art’ which I don’t approve of, but it’s a nice idea anyway; keeps children returning to it to experiment with mark making

Beautiful paper patterns from water colour paint and rice

Love these little word jewels. Ideas for a game too – sure you could come up with lots more.

FAIRIES IN A JAR DIRECTIONS:  1. Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar. Add diamond glitter  2. Seal the top with a lid.  3. Shake HardContents of a glow stick plus glitter…..go on, you know you want to try it!

I used to love blowing paint or ink along with a straw….do people still do that? They should! Here the idea is to make monsters out of the shapes that form. Scroll to bottom of this page

Gorgeous blog from mum’s who write about play based learning. They have 3 year olds using glue guns – fabulous! This project is gluing glass beads to stuff , looks lovely. Lots more ideas too.

Same blog as above. 5 ways to foster imagination.

I would apply this to older age groups as well

Tin can robots using all kinds of household throw-away items. Lots of other good suggestions on the same site, like this land art idea. Again, I think many older children would enjoy these ideas. So few children get to have truly free creative experiences, they are often still in need of this input when they are older.

Kids Crafts: SnowglobesSnow globes 🙂 Jar, plasticine, glycerine, glitter…..simples!

Kids CraftsCouldn’t resist this moving puppet from a paper cup. Remember IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A RABBIT!! Let the children do whatever they think of – the technique they learn is the main thing.

Weekend Project - Giant Windball  By Master Maker Tanaka Satoshi.  Download instructions here

Words fail me when it trying to describe Makedo. It is everything I wish I was and more. Just wonderful. Be inspired.

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