Some simple arts and crafts ideas using recycled materials
Can you draw some of the animals at Twycross Zoo?
Simple Straw-Threaded Shoestring Necklace
Snip straws into pieces, big and little.
Make sure to knot one end of the shoestrings.
And let your child thread away.
Once the shoestring is full, or as full as your child would like, tie it off in a knot and your child can wear it as a necklace!
This craft is a great way to practice scissor skills and fine motor skills.
Draw a simple snowflake shape - an adult can help you do this. Cut some coloured scrap paper into pieces and then glue it into place on your snowflake. You can discuss the different colours you’re using or any different shapes, are there squares, triangles or rectangles?
Make your own 3 Little Pigs
Can you make your own 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf?
- You will need toilet roll tubes, pencil crayons or felt tips.
- To make the characters you will need to draw them onto the toilet roll tubes!
Can you draw some Chalk Art on the pavement, either in your garden or outside your house?
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- Bubble solution
- Food colouring
- Bubble blowers
- Large sheet of paper
- Straws and tape
Setting Up the Bubble Painting Activity
- Pour bubble solution into a shallow containers.
- Add food colouring to the bubble solution. Stir and check for vibrancy. Add more, if needed.
- Get a piece of paper and lay it down.
- Place the coloured bubble solution on the tablecloth as well.
- To make a straw bubble blower, tape a few straws together in group. Then dip one end of the straws in the bubbles and then blow through the other end.
You will need:
- Fill the jar 1/3 with water.
- Add several drops of paint, put on the lid and shake the jar.
- Add some glitter to the mixture (this will be the stars in your Galaxy!)
- Unroll the cotton balls and place them in the jar until the bottom is full (be sure to press down the cotton to ensure the bottom is full)
- Fill another 1/3 of the jar with water and add a contrasting colour to the water. Repeat steps 2-4 until the colours start to mix and blend into each other.
- Fill the final 1/3 of the jar, choosing another colour and repeat steps 2-4 again.
- You have now completed your Galaxy in a jar!
Paper Plate Spinning Wheels
What you will need:
- Paper plate
- Wooden skewer
- Paint, markers or crayons
- Foam sheet
- PVA glue
- Poke a skewer through the centre of a paper plate.
- Use a ruler to draw a straight line across the centre of the paper plate. Draw another straight line across the plate to form a cross and draw several more lines to form a pie pattern.
- Paint or colour your pie pieces in with different colours. Colour or paint the pie pieces directly across from one another in the same colour.
- Cut two small circles out of a piece of foam sheet. Use the skewer tip to poke a hole through the center of each circle and then remove them from the skewer. Poke the skewer through one of the circles and then through the paper plate. Then slide the last foam piece on the top. Clip the tip of the skewer off to prevent any eye poking accidents.
- Use PVA glue to glue the foam circles to the top and bottom of the paper plate around the skewer. The top of the skewer should only poke out of the top of the paper plate slightly.
All you need to create this fun and exciting painting is:
- Toy cars/ trucks
- Paper/ canvas
Roll the wheels of the toy cars through the different coloured paints and roll over your paper/ canvas.
Hand and foot print animals
Egg carton turtles, frogs and caterpillars
For this project, you’ll need:
- Egg cartons
- Pom poms for the turtle heads
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners for the turtle legs and the caterpillar antennas
- Green foam or paper for the frog’s legs
Can you make a Rainbow?
What different materials can you use to make a Rainbow?
Can you draw around your hand and decorate it to look like a fish?
Can you think of another animal you could make by drawing around your hand?
Can you make a zoo?
Don't forget to send in your pictures!
Toilet Roll Tube Animals and Creations
Can you make something with a recycled toilet roll tube? Can you create an animal or some binoculars or a car?
You will need:
- toilet roll tube
- paints or felts or crayons
- scissors (possibly)
- glue (possibly)
- any decorations you may want to include!
If you make any creations don't forget to email them to us!
If you have glue/tape, scissors, and a stash of leftover toilet roll/ kitchen roll tubes, you can create your very own DIY Cardboard Marble Run – easy peasy, and SO much fun!
Elmer the elephant family 🐘🎨
What you need:
- Coloured paper (2 sheets cut into squares)
- Felt tip pen
- (optional goggle eyes)
Directions (please see pictures to help):
- Fold the squared paper in half diagonally. You should see a triangle.
- At the top of the triangle, grab hold of the top sheet of paper and fold it towards the bottom.
- Now you need to fold the right and left corner of the triangle to the bottom centre of the triangle (the corner needs to touch the bottom middle – both corner will meet at the middle).
- Now fold the same two corners to the top.
- Tuck them into the pocket that has formed.
- You have just made your corner bookmark! Now let’s turn it into a crab.
- Cut two crab claws out of red paper and glue them on the back of the corner bookmark.
- Also cut 8 little legs and glue them inside the corner bookmark.
- Glue on or draw eyes and you are all done.
Once you've made your playdough, see what sculptures you can make! You could try flowers like in the picture above, or you could make a car or bus or you could even make a house! The possibilities are endless!
Don't forget to email your photos over to put on the website!
- Shaving cream
- Shallow baking dish, such as a pie plate
- Liquid watercolour paint (or watered-down food colouring)
- Stir stick, such as a chopstick or the bottom of a paint brush
- Card stock (or poster board cut into smaller pieces)
- A scraper, such as a square piece of cardboard
- First, spray a layer of shaving cream to cover the bottom of your baking dish.
- Then, use a dropper to add drops of liquid watercolour paint on top of the shaving cream.
- Next, use a stick to swirl the paint around for a marbled effect.
- Press a piece of card stock into the paint covered shaving cream.
- Lift off the card then use a piece of cardboard to scrape off the shaving cream.
- This reveals your beautiful new marbled paper!
Flower Suncatcher Mandalas
Step 1: Create flower suncatcher frame
Begin by making a frame for your flower suncatcher by cutting a hole in the paper plate.
Step 2: Add a centre of transparent contact paper
Cut some frames out of the paper plates and then cut circles from contact paper to fit over the opening (overlapping the paper plate by about half an inch).
Step 3: Press flower petals and leaves to the sticky contact paper.
Arrange flower petals, petal pieces, and leaves in outwardly concentric designs on the contact paper to create our mandalas.
Step 4: Protect and hold the flower design in place.
Add another circle of contact paper over the top to protect and hold the flower design in place.
Step 5: Hang the flower mandala suncatcher.
Punch a hole at the top of the frame and tie a loop of string for hanging.
- Sturdy paper
- Oil pastels
- Vegetable oil or baby oil
- Q-tips / cotton swabs
For the optional variations:
- Draw with the oil pastels on the paper
- Dip the cotton bud into the oil and rub over the oil pastel drawing
Watch as the oil pastel blends, spreads, and becomes more paint-like with the addition of oil and friction.
Tip: Use a different Q-tip for different colours. OR experiment with colour mixing.
Oil Pastel Painting Variations
- Try some watercolour resist by painting with watercolours over your finished oil pastel painting.
- Draw with oil pastels, paint with watercolours, let dry, then do the oil rubbing step.
- Draw a picture with Sharpie permanent markers first, then add oil pastels to colour in some areas, then do the oil rubbing step.
All you need to start building your Toothpick Empire are:
- Grapes or cranberries or diced apple or cheese cubes (or something less nutritious could be marshmallows or gummy sweets)
Use the fruit pieces to connect the toothpicks. Start with a square or triangle, and continue to add toothpicks and fruit pieces as you build a taller or more elaborate structure.
12 Ideas to Try with Your Fruit Pieces and Toothpick Sculptures
- Christmas tree
- Playground structures
- Paper plates/ card cut into a circle
- Watercolour paint
- Hole punch
- Yarn or string
- Take your paper plate/ card and draw a spiral from the edge all the way to the middle.
- Next decorate your spirals with crayon drawings. This can be an animal such as a snake or a sausage dog, lots of zig-zags, swirls or a pattern.
- Now paint over your spiral with watercolour paints and let it dry. You can paint on the reverse too when the front is dry.
- Cut along the spiral lines starting from the edge working your way to the middle.
- Finally, put a hole in the centre spiral and tie the string there for hanging.
Can you make a family tree of people living in your house? Could you make a bigger family tree with your grandparents on?
Here are some examples I have found, but you can use any art materials you have, like pens, crayons, felt tips, tissue paper, what ever you can find!
Email your photos in for us to add to the school website
What you will need:
- Baking soda (also known as bicarbonate soda)
- Small bowl of white vinegar
- Medicine dropper (also known as a pipette) could use a teaspoon if you don't have this
- Food colouring
- Baking sheet or messy craft mat
- Begin by sprinkling baking soda all over the baking sheet.
- Then shake the baking sheet back and forth to evenly distribute the baking soda.
- Next, using food colouring and squeeze drops of colour all over the baking soda.
- And now for the fun part...
- Add a drop of vinegar on top of a drop food colouring.
- Then drip vinegar onto all of the colours on the tray, watching and listening to each one bubble and fizz.
Using a dropper is great for helping to develop fine-motor skills, pencil grasp and co-ordination.
What you will need:
- Paint (this can be watered down)
- Plastic bowls to put the paint and sponges in
- Large sheets of paper
To start take your paper and tape it to a fence or even the floor. Once the paper is taped in place fill as many plastic bowls as you want with different coloured paint. Add a little bit of water to the paint and mix together. Now it's time to PAINT!
Throwing the sponge bombs is a great gross motor activity. Your child can stamp onto the paper and evey try using it as a paint brush!
All you need to make these cardboard print tubes are toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes, which you bend into what shapes you want, paper and different coloured paints.
Hand print Cookie Monster and Elmo
All you need to make these super cute and super easy Sesame Street characters is different coloured paper/card, a pencil, some scissors and some glue.
Here’s what you need to make these Cactus Rocks
Directions on how to make these adorable Pet Cactus rocks.
- First, select your rocks. As mentioned above, you want to look for rocks that are flat on one side so the eyes will go on smoothly. You can even see if you can find some extra details that may give the rock a mouth.
- Clean your rocks before painting.
- Time to paint your rocks! Start off with the green paint and you could always do 2 coats to ensure you get complete coverage.
- Once you have the green painted, use the white to create different cactus designs!