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Fantastic Value Summer Holiday Craft Kit!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The summer holidays are upon us and the weather does not seem to be on our side. For those rainy, cloudy, generally uninspiring days, it’s great to be able to whip out a craft activity that, firstly is easy enough to do and will result in a beautiful and functional end product, and secondly does not create too much mess. This Ruffle Rug from Alex Toys fits the bill exactly.

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex toys craft kits are always exceptional quality offering a high standard of materials and a well thought out design. The Ruffle Rug itself is large enough (39cm x 62cm) that two (or more) children can work on it together, at opposite ends without being on top of each other and the kit comes with 3 sturdy plastic needles.  Included are lots of strips of different coloured t-shirt material fabric which is easily threaded through the large needle provided. The idea is simple, just thread the strip of material under the beige rug weave, creating a loop of about 2 child sized fingers. Keep weaving and creating loops until the strip of material has all been woven in and then snip the loops, creating a ruffle look.

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

The instructions give loads of design ideas, stripes, checkerboard, even hearts or initials. The design can be as simple or complicated as your child would like or is suitable for their age and ability, why not encourage older children to choose to re-create an existing famous peice of art on their rug or use the colours and textures to create a unique memory of a loved one or happy experience. Plus, a great way to get your children to clear out their wardrobes and put those tatty old t-shirts to good use, cut them into strips to make extra strips for their rug!

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

What I really like about this kit is it can be worked on, put away and then worked on again without it falling apart, which encourages taking a little more time and putting some thought into the design and process. It also makes a fantastic kit for taking on holiday or leaving at a grandparents or childminders house, taking up little room and providing a great short term project. This fantastic kit is now only £19.95 at PlayMerrily.

Art Project based on Kandinsky

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

We home educate our 4 daughters and having an artist materials shop at our disposal, does mean we get to try out some great stuff. We thought you might enjoy some of what we’ve been doing recently.

We decided to explore the artist Kandinsky with the help of a rather fab book from Usborne which looks at an artist and then gives a project to do, inspired by one of the works of art. We hooked up a laptop to one side too which meant we could flick through various others of his pieces. I hope the children were inspired; my friend and I certainly were!

Zoe read to them first and then I had printed out some worksheets on the colour wheel and primary, secondary and tertiary colours. We got them to colour these in first, looking at how it worked (brainstretch alert!) and then talked about contrasting and complementary colours and groups of shades and tones. We touched on light having different primary colours and used the keyboard to try playing notes and seeing what colour they made us think of. (This worked better with the younger ones).

Once they’d got their brains thinking in colour, we set about three versions of the Concentric Circle Picture.

Firstly, we folded paper so it was in 6 squares and got them to decorate each box differently, thinking about the colours. We used my much beloved gel pens for this, which have been worth their weight in gold. We’ve had masses of use out of them over the last few weeks.


Once they’d done this, we got them to do a larger version using poster paints, mainly for the fun of splodgy paint, which we don’t use nearly enough. (Poor Josie!) This went down very well. Liked those pots of paint very much; quite dinky, so seemed to inspire them to be neat but covered the paper very well. We did both of these on coloured sugar paper.



Lastly, we used proper oil pastels and drew a final set of circles and then washed over them with water colours. Loved the effect of this; very clean and different to the other looks.

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