Rugby Crafts for Kids. Wales V England!

Well its the start of the rugby here in the UK and the game tonight? Wales v England, a big game to start it off!

Here are some rugby crafts kids can make to support their team either during this match or for the others. We will be doing the dragons in this house! ūüôā

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So for the Welsh team we have:

Sock Puppet Dragon Craft

A gorgeous craft for St David’s Day, the Year of the Dragon, a fairy tale theme, or just for fun!

Sock Puppet Dragon Craft

You will need:

A red sock
Red craft foam
Scraps of red, yellow and orange craft foam
Red glitter glue
Fabric glue
Wiggle eyes
Fabric pen

Instructions:

Cut two wings and a tail from red craft foam. Decorate with the glitter glue.

red dragon wing detail

Put the sock over your hand and mark where you want the eyes, wings and tail to go. Now lay the sock flat and glue on the tail, wings and eyes.

While this is drying make your flames by cutting out a flame shape from yellow foam, a slightly smaller one from orange foam and an even smaller one from yellow foam. Glue them together in a pile.

Put on the sock puppet, using your thumb as the lower part of the mouth, and mark where the flames will go.

Take off the puppet and glue on the flames. These will need to face the back of the sock so that they turn the right way around when you put in your thumb. See photo for clarification.

red sock dragon puppet

sock puppet dragon front view

Find more here.

Red Rose Celery Stick

For the English team a red rose i thought this was such a simple and unique idea!

veggie stamping

See how when you cut the stalk it looks like a rose. (I happen to know this works with bunches of leafy lettuce, too.) We stamped away and have glittered them.

Making cards

and the plus side this could also work for Valentines Day as well!

find out more here.

Look out for others ideas in the coming matches.

 

 

Sensory Bags for kids using laminating pouches!

Ive seen sensory bags being made before and ive thought they are brilliant, ive still yet to do any, just trying to find the time at the moment but ive come across this website hannahshotchpotch.com which explains this fully.

Making sensory bags but using laminating pouches so these can be sealed with a hot iron or in this post hair straighteners, what an easy idea plus I have load of laminating pouches that aren’t being used. Im really going to have a go at this on the weekend. Please be careful though if trying this, keep hot things away from little hands!

 

sensory bags kiddy carfty

Instead of using ziplock bags I used a nifty trick suggested on a childminding forum I belong to…laminator pouches sealed on three sides using straightners (not to be done with kids around!)  I then filled them with the desired mediums before sealing the last open side again with the straightners.  I will say at this point I used A4 size laminator pockets and I think next time I will use A5 size pouches as they will be more manageable.

 

The first two bags I filled with cheap blue hair gel and letters and number sequins.  I thought this would be great to use with bean and one of my preschool mindees for number and letter recognition.  After using in childminding group today I came away with some further ideas about using these.  The gel inside allows for easy mark making and also we discussed that if they were cooled in the fridge this would add another dimension to the sensory play.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

The second two were filled with shaving foam and food colouring ‚Äď the bags give a slightly softer feel than the gel, and the white of the shaving foam dilutes the colour to give more of a pastel hue. ¬†This led me onto an idea for a future activity with the little ones of mixing colours in the shaving foam to introduce the concept of colour mixing.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

 

The final two bags were filled with the following recipe for goo, from hellobee.  It was great to make and is another addition to future resources, I am very tempted to use it without the bags for messy sensory play.

sensory bags kiddy crafty

Recipe for goo:

1 cup of cornflour

1/3cup sugar

4 cups cold water

food colouring

Add the cornflour, sugar and water to a medium pan (it does expand when cooking)

Heat over a medium heat whisking frequently.   The mixture will begin to thicken and solidify, and as is ready when it turns more translucent.

Allow to cool and mix in the food colouring.  use to fill bags or as on its own for messy play.

Find the rest of the instructions here.