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September 24, 2018 Books 3 comments

We are always on the lookout for more crafts to make. With the summer holidays, we have plenty of time to get some crafts done and plenty of mixed weather to go with it. Why not try out our weather mobile craft? It’s simple and easy to make with our step by step instructions. We made this as part of this month’s theme for Tots 100 #BostickBlogger campaign.

Summer Crafts For Kids – Weather Mobile

What You’ll Need:- 

  • Bostik Blu Stick
  • Stick or we used a skewer
  • Different types of card or paper
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner

Step 1

Now, you can use any type of paper or bits of material, anything at all that you have to hand for this craft. The first thing we did was cut out some raindrops out of this blue cellophane type material.

Step 2

We made three raindrops since it rains pretty often in Scotland.

Step 3

We had some sparkly thickish type material which we thought would look great as a snowflake. So, we folded it into a quarter and cut it into a circle shape. Cutting out little tiny bits to make it look like a snowflake. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just fun.

Step 4

As you can see our snowflake is far from perfect. We had some pearlescent type card and we thought it would be perfect for a cloud. Cutting it into a cloud type shape as above.

Step 5 

Next up, Mr Sunshine. The one we are hoping to see lots of this summer. As you can see he’s far from perfect. Just do what is right for you.

Step 6

For the lightning, we used a pipe cleaner, but it doesn’t need to be this,  we just thought it gave a good effect.

Step 7

Create and cut out a rainbow. This was the lasts on our weather items. What else would you add?

Step 8

Cut the string to add it to the weather items and the stick.

Step 9

We used some Bostik Blu Stick to stick the weather items to the string, then tie the string to our stick.

Step 10

Keep adding until they have all been added to the stick. We left a bit of room between them for effect.

Step 11

Here we have our weather mobile craft. What do you think? We hung it up in Little Miss bedroom. She loves it. This has definitely been one of our favourite crafts and will be making this again soon. Send us photos and tweet us how you get on.

Disclaimer:- We were sent a box of craft materials & Bostik Blu Stick from Craft Merrily as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger, but quite a few we already had in the house. 

Filed Under: CraftsTagged With: Bostik Bloggers, crafting, Crafting with kids, crafts, Crafts for Kids, Fun Things to do with kids, Summer, Summer Holidays, Tots100

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The weather lately has been rainy and grey, so much so that it inspired this fun raindrop kids craft.

It’s easy to get down when the weather is so dreary, so instead of feeling mopey, we started crafting.

The day instantly got better. Instead of moping about the rainy day, we celebrated it instead.

 

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Supplies Needed:

Paper
Liquid watercolors
Cardboard or wood (something to clip your paper to)
Clothespins
Thin cardboard (cereal or cracker box)
Scissors
Hole punch
String
Stick

How to make your raindrop kids craft

To set up the project, you will need to clip your paper to your cardboard or wood.

Put something underneath to catch your drips; the paint will drip all the way to the floor. We just used an old sheet.

You can use any kind of paper for to paint. We have an over-abundance of legal-size copy paper, so that is what we used. Use copy paper, card stock, watercolor paper, construction paper, or any white paper.

Load up your paint brush with blue liquid water color and start smooshing it onto the paper.

This was definitely the girls’ favorite part. They loved watching the patterns form when the paint dripped down.

Once you are satisfied with your painting, stop and let them dry.

While your paint is drying, cut a raindrop-shaped stencil out of your cereal box.

Trace several raindrop shapes on your dry painting and cut them out.

How many you cut will depend upon the length of your stick. You will want enough to go all the way across your stick. We only needed 6 raindrops.

Punch a hole at the top of each raindrop and run your string through.

Tie the string to your stick. Our raindrops were tied approximately 2 inches apart.

Hang your raindrops at different lengths or all the same length, depending on the look you prefer.

Once we were done we propped our mobile up on a shelf so that our raindrops dangled down.

You could also add additional string to the top of the stick for hanging on the wall or from the ceiling.

The next time gray and rainy weather is getting you down, try making a fun raindrop kids craft. It’s guaranteed to make your day better!

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Simple ocean mobile. DLTK's Crafts for Kids Ocean Mobile. ocean mobile This is a simple mobile made up of printed ocean shells and fish (you could add real.

Here’s how to turn your old coat hangers into this brilliant Halloween bat mobile.

Your kids will love making this bat mobile Halloween decoration and what’s more, it’ll hardly cost you a penny. You could hang these flying bats in your child’s bedroom, or outside your front door to spook trick or treaters.

Just grab an old coat hanger, print out the bats, moon and stars patterns and follow our easy steps to make this fun Halloween decoration. Or create your own shapes and make your own personalised mobile. You could even hang letter shapes from it to spell out your kids’ names.

How to make a Halloween bat mobile

Bat mobile craft equipment:

  • 1 coat hanger
  • A4 sheets of black card
  • A4 sheets of metallic card
  • Tracing paper
  • Carbon paper (you can buy this from any good stationers like Ryman)
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • Cotton thread
  • Clear sticky tape

Bat mobile templates to print out:

These are the bat mobile templates you will need to print out to create your Halloween decoration.

Bat mobile craft instructions:

1.Print out the bat mobile template shapes above of 3 bats, 2 stars and 1 moon. Place a piece of tracing paper over each of the print outs and tape them down with small pieces of masking tape. Trace around the template outlines using a pencil and don’t forget to include the dotted lines and dots as these will show your child where to fold the shapes later. Your child might need some help with this and you can give them a ruler to help them draw any straight lines.

2. Place a piece of carbon paper face down onto the piece of card you want to transfer the shape on to. Place the tracing over the top then masking tape it in place.

3. Trace over the outlines of the shapes with a pencil, on the tracing paper, and don’t forget to trace over the dotted lines and dots, too. Again, use a ruler for any straight lines.

4. Remove the tracing paper and carbon paper to reveal the transferred image on your card. Do this for the 3 bats, 2 stars and 1 moon. Then cut out your shapes using scissors.

5.For the stars: Score the stars along the dotted lines, using a ruler and an empty ballpoint pen, then hard-fold and open them up to form three-dimensional stars.

6. For the moon: Score the moon along the curved dotted central line, then soft-fold gently.

7.For the bats: Score the bats along the dotted lines, then soft-fold to give shape to the bats’ bodies and wings.

8. Thread lengths of cotton through the holes marked on the templates and secure the cotton on the underside with clear sticky tape.

9. Tie the cotton on to a coat hanger to suspend the moon, stars and bats at different levels. Snip off any loose ends.
Safety tip: Children must always be supervised by an adult when using sharp implements like scissors. Adults should ensure children take care using scissors, and help them suspend the mobile from a suitable location.

This bat mobile craft is extracted from The Bumper Book of Crafty Activities: 100+ creative ideas for kids, published by Search Press. To order call 01892 510850 or go to searchpress.com.

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DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Ocean Mobile

This is a simple mobile made up of printed ocean shells and fish (you could add real shells with small holes in them as well!).

We usually create our mobiles by using two straws or sticks taped or tied in a criss-cross or by using one paper towel or gift wrap roll with all the pieces tied to it (this isn't as 3D a mobile, but is good for recycling).

Materials:

  • a printer,
  • a piece of paper
  • some crayons, paint, markers or pencil crayons,
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • string or yarn.

    EITHER
  • small paper plate or circle of cardboard (old cereal boxes are a good source of cardboard) AND two straws or sticks
     
    OR
  • a paper towel roll
     
    OR
  • ice cream container lid

Instructions:

  • Print out the template of choice.  You can print out as many as you want to fill up your mobile.
  • Color (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces along the dotted lines.
  • Fold the template pieces in half and glue the back and front together.  Let dry.
  • Poke a small hole in the top of each piece and tie with yarn or string to the mobile you've chosen

Paper Towel Roll Mobile:

  • Decorate your paper towel roll as desired:  You can use paint, paper, stickers, etc to match your theme.
  • string each mobile piece from the paper towel roll
  • Put a piece of string or wool right through the paper towel roll  to use to hang from the wall or ceiling


(this isn't this theme, but the method works the same)

Criss Cross Straws Mobile:

  • You can let the kids decorate the circle/paper plate with paint, markers or stickers.
  • Poke a hole through the center of the paper plate or circle of cardboard
  • Arrange the straws in an X shape and tie with wool
  • Tie a long piece of wool to the center of the X.  Slide the circle of cardboard or paper plate onto the wool (through the hole you made)
  • Tape the straws to the plate to keep them in their X shape and to help them balanced
  • String each mobile piece onto one of the straws (and in the center if desired)


(this isn't this theme, but the method works the same)

Lid Mobile:

  • Decorate your lid as desired:  You can use paint, paper, stickers, etc to match your theme.
  • Use a hole punch or sharp pencil to poke holes all the way around the lid at equal distances (you need as many holes as you have mobile pieces
  • String each mobile piece onto one of the holes you've made
  • String another piece of yarn from each of the holes, going up to the ceiling.  Tie all of these pieces together to make a knot you can hang your mobile with.


(this isn't this theme, but the method works the same)

Templates:

  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).

Template 1:   (color)   or   (B&W)

Template 2:   (color)   or   (B&W)

Template 3:   (color)   or   (B&W)

 

Print friendly version of these instructions

 

 


These natural pinecone mobiles are easy to make and the results are really gorgeous! Kids of all ages will love this simple, nature craft.

Moon Craft Mobile for Kids

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Ghost Mobile Kids Craft – a fun way to create fall decor, keepsakes, and get the kiddos using their fine motor skills.

I love that we can use it year after year and compare those little footprints as they grow older.  And I love that this is a craft that all ages really want to get involved in!

Supplies Needed:

-black construction paper

-white paint

-foam paintbrush

-twine or string

-dowel rod or stick

-basic craft supplies (scissors, tape, black marker)

I suggest putting down a large piece of cardboard or plastic to protect your workspace during painting – we used our garage.  Pour your paint out and using a foam brush, paint the child’s foot.  If you have several children working on the project, they can paint one another’s foot (it’s hard for them to paint their own because it’s hard to bend and reach around).

Next they will step onto the black paper and press firmly. Then pull the foot away, repaint, and repeat until you’ve made enough ghosts for your mobile.  NOTE: if you want your mobile to be double-sided, you’ll need to use both the right and left foot, then tape the cutouts together back-to-back.

When dry, have the child cut around the edge of the footprint – they don’t need to cut it exactly, just a general shape.

So it will be shaped like a ghost:

Next your child will draw on eyes and a mouth with circles using a black marker.

I just love the concentration of kiddos in crafting mode!

 

To make the mobile, we taped twine to the back of the ghost and then tied it around a dowel rod.

It’s perfect to place the dowel rod above our kitchen window!

That’s it!  Enjoy your new decor – the kiddos will love to see their project displayed in the home!

I’m Mandy and I blog at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com where you can find simple crafts and DIY projects.

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