Zoklings

Today we made Zokling sock creatures with the Grade 3/4 kids at school.  It was great fun and they all did a wonderful job making up their Zoklings too!  Here’s a photo of two of the Zoklings we made.

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This is a great project to do with kids (a good idea for a school holiday project too!).  These Zoklings are a creation by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World.  So simple but so cute too!  I love them.  There was about 18 kids that all managed to make and finish their Zoklings in class and we had the afternoon session (of around 1.5 hours) to make them.  All you need for this project is a sock, 2 safety eyes, a little felt (for behind the eyes), wool for the hair and then rice to fill them up.  These ones took around 2 cups of rice.  You can find the instructions plus videos on how to make these over at Shiny Happy World.  Thanks Wendi for giving me permission to use your design to teach this class.  It was great fun!

School Holiday Craft Ideas

School holidays are here and I love the fact that we can have a break from the usual morning routine of packing lunches, getting the kids dressed and ready and out the door on time!  I like to have a few craft ideas on hand for when the kids are ‘bored’ or don’t know what to do on the holidays – so I’ve put together a few ideas I have found and thought I would share them with you.  These ideas are things I thought my kids would enjoy doing (the are both primary school age – grade 4 and grade 2).

Friendship bracelets.

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Friendship bracelets have been around for ages – but they always seem to make a comeback!  I found this tutorial over at Oh So Pretty to make a fast and easy friendship bracelet.  They were mentioned in the Mollie Makes magazine back in 2012 and the tutorial looks fairly easy and straightforward.  I will definitely be getting my kids to give this one a go these school holidays.  All you need for this is three colours of embroidery cotton, wool or friendship thread and a bead.  If you have mastered this you can then make the heart pattern one which I think is really nice too.  Click HERE for that tutorial.

Rainbow Loom

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Lately my kids have been making rubber band bracelets using the ‘Rainbow loom’.  Both of them have made several of these and I love the fact that you can go to their website to get more free video tutorials to make different kinds too.  This is something you initially have to fork out money for – but when it keeps them busy and they can be creative with colours and style too – I think it is worth it.

Woven Felt Coaster

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 I thought these woven felt coasters were a cute idea and something the kids could manage to make on their own.  A simple yet clever idea and they could make them in all different colour combinations.  You could also turn these into a box or basket if you sew the sides together and add a base.

 

 

 

 

Kids crafternoon – Felting

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 I do love a good craft book – and this is one I thought my kids would enjoy.  It”s called ‘Kid’s Crafternoon – Felting’ edited by Kathreen Ricketson and is a collection of felt projects for kids.   I thought the pencil toppers looked cute and easy to make and I found a write up about them on The Long Thread.  This is one book I will add to my wish list!

 

Flower Bracelet

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  This was a cute and easy idea I found at Toddler Approved website.  It uses some green ric rac and felt to make a cute little necklace or bracelet.

 

 

 

Origami Fun

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Origami-fun has some great origami projects suitable for kids and beginners.  When you have mastered the basics they also have more challenging projects for you to try.  They have great instructions and also video tutorials to show you how to make the projects.  I have made the jumping frog before – and it really is easy and does jump too!

 

Paper Dolls

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Imagine gnats has made a really cute free printable paper doll set for your kids to make.   My daughter is actually colouring in this one as I type this!  Very cute and I love this little video they have made too!

I hope this gives you a few craft ideas for your kids these school holidays.

Happy Sewing!