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Most kids love to gather round the kitchen table to get their hands covered in glue and paint with arts and crafts activities. It can be more difficult to find original projects to try their little hands at. To keep on encouraging their creativity, here are some unusual arts activities for the New Year.
Melted Crayon Rocks
Wax-based crayons such as Crayola are the best for this fun, messy activity. All you need is some small smooth rocks and a selection of crayons in various bright colours. All you need to do is heat the rocks in a hot oven and carefully place them on the table (on place mats and foil to protect the surface). Now you can melt the crayons onto the rocks to produce brightly coloured objects. Obviously, make sure the kids are supervised when dealing with the hot rocks.
With only yarn, glue and paint you and your kids can enjoy this fun and tactile activity. Simply dip some short bits of yarn in glue and leave them to dry on some mat board overnight. You then have a textured canvas to paint as you wish. The result will be a painting with a difference.
Blow Paint Monsters
This is a project based on a kid’s art classic. Simply spoon some watered down paint on watercolour paper then blow the paint around with a straw. The weird and wonderful colourful shapes can be turned into monsters by adding googly eyes.
Toilet Roll Tube Characters
Decorate old toilet roll tubes with coloured paper, tissue paper, paint and felt tips to make them into characters. Add feet and hats to make them look even more like little people.
Melted Crayon Finger Painting
This is another really fun activity using melted crayons. Simply melt the wax in an oven, ensure it is a safe temperature (you may have to let it harden slightly), and dip in and paint with your fingertips. The textured images that you get will look great on the fridge.
Using modelling clay (many varieties are available from Artifolk) create some slippery snakes. Let the clay dry and then paint the pattern of your choice.
Introduce your little ones to the Dutch modernist painter by cutting out colourful shapes from coloured paper and arranging them in a similar style to the paintings of the legendary De Stijl artist.
Watercolours with a hint of Lemon
Lemon juice bleaches watercolours. Paint some basic water colour patterns then drip on some lemon juice and draw around the shapes.
Celery Flowers Stamps
This is a variation on the potato stamp theme. The chopped-off base of celery dipped in paint can faithfully represent a flower. Stamp on fabric for a nice floral pattern.
Draw a basic tree trunk with branches and then use buttons to decorate, gives a simple but lovely effect.
Which craft would you like to try?