Buy one get one free . .  .

or I just didn’t post last week so this week there are 2 crafts on the blog!!!

It was one of those weeks . . . where by Wednesday you think ‘well nothing else can happen this week’ . . and then of course it does. It seems somewhat fitting that the craft we did last week was a clock. There is a small sense of irony that there was no time left last week to get it posted.

It was pancake week last week and I’m surprised that all the little folk that came to the Crafty Tales on Friday were still up for eating pancakes 3 days after the actual official day. I always found as a child the amount I ate on that one day kind of put me off for another 364 days, but maybe that’s because I’m very greedy and anything you can spread with chocolate paste and sugar and devour in 30 seconds I’m going to consume in great quantity.

The story we looked at to co-inside with such a carbohydrate day was Mr Wolf’s pancakes by Jan Fearnley. A rather funny book about a Wolf who simply wants help from his neighbours to make some pancakes. Unfortunately the neighbours are less than helpful and in the end get their just deserts!

This weeks book is Don’t Wake the Bear, Hare! by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Caroline Pedler. Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to organise a party and there’s a huge bear sleeping close by. Even worse when one of the party guests decides they can sort out the situation! So this book was chosen this week as the woodland animals are trying to organise their spring day party. What with it being mid March I thought the spring feel would be in the air.  . .and it is. In fact lots of things are in the air this week as the wind has been intense. Retrieving my laundry from my next door neighbour’s garden after I somewhat naively hung it out to dry was impressive! Probably should have gone for the Percy the Park keeper book After the Storm instead.

I do however really like the craft this week as it’s simple yet effective and the kids can totally bling it up however they want. Paper lanterns are really decorative, it’s a really great birthday party craft to do with the kids.

Enjoy!

xxx

You will need:

Paper plate/scissors/black card/pens/butterfly clip

Step 1:

Draw your numbers around the plate.

Step 2:

Add details. I’ve kept it simple with felt tips but obviously your little folk can paint, stick, draw on the clock face their own design.

Step 3:

Cut out the black card into 2 small pointed rectangles for the hands of the clock. Pierce with the butterfly clip.

Step 4:

Make a small hole in the middle of the plate with the clip. Then pop the clip through the black card and plate attaching them together.

Set to 5 minutes of piece time or let me drink this tea while it’s still hot o’clock.

 

THIS WEEK. . .

You will need:

Coloured card/scissors/sellotape plus anything you want to decorate the lantern with

Step 1:

Cut a strip off the card (on the short side) and keep it for the handle.

Step 2:

Fold the card in half and cut from the folded side across towards the edge, leaving approximately a cm. Also leave about the same between each cut.

Step 3:

Unfold the card and bring one of the shorter sides around to the other shorter side to create a tube.

Step 4:

Secure with sellotape.

Step 5:

Add the strip of card you removed at the start as a handle. Use sellotape to secure it. Decorate your lantern however you like and hang up.

xxx