Monday, April 20, 2015

Creepy Carrot Craft

Phew!  Seems like I haven't had time to sit down and post some of my newest crafts in a long time.  I came up with this one last week for a Preschool-2nd grade storytime.  I am showing the movie Creepy Carrots! based on the book by Aaron Reynolds.
I will also be reading:
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candice Fleming

Here is the craft I came up with:
What you will need:
  • Orange foam
  • Green yarn
  • Tapestry needle (or glue the yarn on)
  • Brown construction paper
  • Gray strips of construction paper
  • Kidney beans
  • Googly eyes
  • Markers

Cut carrot shapes out of the foam.  Mine are about 3-4" long.  I used green yarn and a tapestry needle to make the greens of the carrot.  It took a little time, but I really like how it looks, and I am doing this craft with a small group of kids.  
I cut sheets of brown construction paper in half and then folding each piece in half (hamburger fold) leaving about 1/4" tab on the back half.  This is how the carrots will be slipped into the dirt.  Glue the sides leaving the top open.  I added a gray trim to make it look like a garden.  The kids will glue kidney beans around the gray edges to make stones.  
Have the kids add some eyes and squiggly mouths to make their carrots creepy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Puzzle Piece Snowflake

Here is the craft I made last night with my evening storytime kids.  They LOVED it.  Especially when I mentioned we would be adding some glitter to our projects.  Glitter just makes everything better.

What you need:
  • Cardstock
  • Snowflake template (I found one online)
  • Blue and white puzzle pieces (or you can have the kids paint them)
  • Liquid glue
  • Glitter
  • Hole punch
  • Fishing line

I cut out all the snowflakes ahead of time and double layered the cardstock to make it sturdy.  If I had thicker cardstock on hand, I would have just used that instead.   Punch a hole in the snowflake and tie some fishing line onto it.  To keep things a little on the cleaner side, I put swirls of glue on the snowflake for the kids to cover with puzzle pieces and added the swirls of glue on top of the puzzle pieces for the glitter.  This kept the mess to a minimum.
The kids had a blast making this craft and were very exited to learn that they did not have to put all the puzzle pieces together!