Monday, January 16, 2017

Romero Britto Art

As part of our Olympics/Rio learning last year I introduced my Year 4 class to the art of Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto. They loved his style of art and enthusiastically created their own art works 'Britto' style.
Hare are two You Tube clips I showed my class...

Romero Britto Bio

How to create your own Romero Britto art work

This clip is great too!

DIY Paper Crafts

The school I teach in has an 'Adventure Time' programme in two terms of each year (a little bit like 'clubs' from when we were kids if you wre lucky to have that at your school. Teachers get to choose what they would like to do based on their interests and strengths, and the children get to choose which group they would like to join. In 2015 as a parent (my kids go to the school I teach at) I volunteered to take a group- I called it 'Home Sweet Home' and it was all about sewing and embroidery- see post here

Last year as a teacher this time I took a group of children keen on crafting again but this time it was paper crafts. Here are some of the things my group of Year 3- 6 children made.

Paper mache bowls

Tissue paper art works

Gift tags and gift boxes

Flower cards and decorated envelopes

Snail mail :)


Sunday, January 15, 2017


Year 5/6 class-  5 weeks 2016
This was a fantastic topic-so many rich and relevant learning experiences, and lots of ways to get creative as well. The students loved sewing these penguin softies and were so proud of them.  They also created pastel penguin art works and water colour penguin art works.  Highlights included creating kahoot quizzes about Antarctica, researching their own topics of interest related to Antarctica, learning all about survival stories of Shackleton and Mawson, and learning about the race to the South Pole. This was the first time I had taught 'Antarctica' and it is now one of my favourite topics!



Mothers Day cards and gift

Last year I taught a lovely class of Year 5/6 for 5 weeks while their teacher took long service leave. During this time it was Mothers Day so I taught the students how to make their own stamps for wrapping paper, and how to make the little 3D flower bouquet cards. 
To make the stamps we used a milk bottle lid and some sheets of thin foam (
The children cut out their chosen shape from the foam, then glued it onto the lid to make the stamp. 
To make the ink pads just get some cheap plastic take away style containers with lids, place a sponge in each one and squeeze in some acrylic paint- enough to soak the sponge. The lids mean you can store the 'ink pads' for future use! The students used their stamps to print onto A3 paper to make their very own wrapping paper. 

For the gift we made bath salts- all you need is some rock salt, epsom salts and lavender oil- mix together and place into small bags. 

The cards were made using a piece of green scrapbooking paper folded concertina style into a bouquet, with little flowers cut out of coloured card stuck on. 
The students really enjoyed this activity and the mums appreciated it too from what I heard!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

DIY Jewellery Craft Class

After seeing these cute tube bracelets on Pinterest I thought it would be fun to do a DIY Jewellery craft class with my group of crafty kids.  I have a group of around 16 kids from ages 6-12  that come to my craft classes- I just do them every few months when I think of a fun theme and have the time/energy to do one!

Here are some pics from yesterdays class

First up we made these personalised charm necklaces using my new favourite craft product, Fimo. 
I bought this pack from Warehouse Stationery and it was just enough for all 16 girls to make a necklace charm and a brooch.

I bought the little fondant alphabet letters to stamp their names from Trademe.
I baked them for 25 minutes at 125 degrees fanbake.

Then we made the brooches - I bought the brooch backers from a fantastic bead shop here in Tauranga Uncle Black Beetles Bead Shop - we used a hot glue gun to attach them to the back of the brooches.

Next up we made these easy bead bracelets using beads and clear elastic I bought from the Bead Shop.
And the girls loved making these plastic tube bracelets- I bought 4 metres of plastic tubing from Mitre Ten Mega (it's about $1 a metre) and then a metre of a smaller tubing to fit inside the ends of the larger tubing. We used hama beads (also called fuse/perler/heat beads) to fill the tube bracelets.
Lastly they made these cute little matchbox drawers to keep their jewellery or other treasures in. They made their drawers using 3 matchboxes, lots of washi tape, and some little pearl buttons stickers.  The girls loved their little drawers. 

I hope this gives you some fun, easy craft ideas - any of these activities would be great for a kids party,  some crafting at home, or a crafty classroom activity.

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