Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft

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Inspired by the gorgeous picture book ‘The Rainbow Fish’, we’ve created our very own ADORABLE paper plate Rainbow Fish craft.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Craft Ideas for Kids | The perfect fish craft for kids who love the book Rainbow Fish

The more observant of you will  notice that our rainbow fish is less rainbow and more purple,white and blue with a fleck of the essential silver. Well sometimes you just have to work with the materials you have to hand and as far as my kids are concerned, it’s just like the Rainbow Fish character they adore!

That aside, with lots of painting, cutting and sticking involved, this is a great craft for developing fine motor skills.

And of course, while we’ve based our fish on ‘The Rainbow Fish’, Arty Crafty  kids are free to present their fish however they choose and are encouraged to explore their creativity and simply go with the flow.

Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft

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Paper Plate
Tissue Paper
Tinfoil or Silver Wrapping Paper
Blue Paint
Stapler
PVA Glue
White Paper or Large Googly Eye

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Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft Tutorial 

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To begin, paint the paper plate.

Preschoolers and young children like to paint and use lots of it!

Depending on the quality of the paper plate there’s potential for it to get very soggy and take a while to dry.

Try swapping the paintbrush for a sponge and this ‘should’ prevent ‘over use’ and soggy paper plates!

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Once the paper plate is dry, cut out a triangular shape to create a mouth and staple the triangle to the opposite side to form a tail.

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Next, cut out multiple pieces of coloured tissue paper and begin sticking the tissue paper to the paper plate to create scales.

Finish off with a large paper eye and ta-da, your Arty Crafty Kids should now have a gorgeous colourful Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft.

For more fishy craft to try, take a look at our Puffy Bubble Wrap Octopus, Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl and Paper Plate Jellyfish.

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Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

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Ahead of every Summer we spend more time than usual browsing the shelves of our local book store, looking for inspiration for the all important Summer reading list. We all have one and there’s nothing better than branching out from your usual comfort zone and discovering new material. If you have a young reader between the age of 5-9 years old,  Zoey & Sassafras is a must for that Summer reading list; a creative and engaging book, that blends science and fantasy into 98 pages of fun.  And while I mention fun, we’ve created a Summer themed paper plate Watermelon Book Bag as the perfect accessory for storing current reads.

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Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

My eldest (aged 7) has found reading a little tricky and is what I would call a reluctant reader.  The constant stream of  uninspiring Fairy Rainbow and  My Little Pony books aimed at girls hasn’t helped! We’ve needed more punch and substance.

Zoey and Sassafras has been a breath of fresh air. For one, the protagonist is a normal little girl with an inquisitive mind – much like my daughter!

And the short engaging chapters are easy to digest and achievable for emerging readers starting out with chapter books.

With a title like ‘Dragons and Marshmallows’, how can one not be intrigued?

The book tells the story of young Zoey, her cool cat Sassafras and her mum who possess secret magical powers. When poorly animals (including a baby dragon) appear on their front doorstep, Zoey uses scientific research and problem solving skills to get to the bottom of each ailment. There are plenty of giggles to be had along the way and book will leave your child wanting more.

Luckily, Zoey and Sassafras is for the first of a three-part series!

Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

Our paper plate Watermelon Book Bag is a fun way to store books, note pads and cuddly toys. It can be carried or simply hung to create extra storage.

With just a few basic materials, this is an easy peasy craft for kids.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies:

Paper Plates
Gree, White, Pink and Black Paint
Twine
Stapler
Hole Puncher
Scissors

To see how we made our Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag, check our video below and subscribe to our new YouTube Channel to see all our crafts in action!

Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag Tutorial: 

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    1. Cut one paper plate in half and paint the outer rim a light shade of green, followed by white and pink to create the appearance of a watermelon.
    2. Paint half of the full paper plate in the same way.
    3. Add black dots using the end of a pencil, q-tip or finger to create seeds.
    4. Leave the paper plates to dry.

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5. Staple the paper plates together, joining the watermelon halves to create a whole.

6. Add two holes using a hole punch at the top of the paper plate.

7.  Add twine for hanging.

With the Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag assembled, the kids can now add their favourite book or accessory!

For more paper plate bag inspiration, take a look at our Rainbow version!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

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Our rather worn copy of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been well loved and read many times (complete with actions) over the years. The kids love pretending to munch through the ice cream and cakes (often skipping the salami), and rubbing their bellies with satisfaction once the caterpillar eats that final green leaf . And if you haven’t already guessed, it is this moment of the story that has inspired our adorable The Very Hungry Caterpillar craft.

 With just a few basic materials, your kids will have their own munching crunching caterpillars to play with alongside the book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

Supplies:

Paper Plate
Sponge
Paint
Craft Stick
Felt (Green, Yellow and Red)
PVA Glue
Scissors

To see how we made our crunching munching caterpillar, take a look at our nifty little video below and subscribe to our new YouTube channel to see all our crafts in action!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Tutorial 

The Leaf

  1. To begin, cut the paper plate into a leaf shape, cutting a hole in the middle and along the edge to create the appearance of a ‘nibbled’ leaf.
  2. Next, paint it green!
  3.  To create an Eric Carle-esque quality to the leaf, try sponge painting the paper plate using different shades of green.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft | A playful craft inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar. A fabulous play and create craft for preschoolers!

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar

  1. Cut out a few green oval shapes out green felt and then one large red felt oval.
  2. Using a generous helping of PVA glue, stick them onto the craft stick.
  3. Add facial features and antennae to complete the caterpillar.

Combine the leaf and caterpillar, grab a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and start playing!

I hope your kids enjoy our ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ craft and if you’re looking for more Eric Carle themed crafts, then you may also like our gorgeous paper plate butterfly!

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Rainbow Paper Plate Bag

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Today’s cheerful Rainbow Paper Plate Bag craft has been inspired by ‘The Story of the Kindness Elves’, written by Anna Ranson (from the fabulous blog ‘The imagination Tree’) and Benjamin Byrne.

So let’s dive straight in and discuss  kindness.

I think we can all be agreed that there can never be enough kindness in this world.

It’s something that just happens, right?

Wrong.

Kindness can be taken for granted and sometimes, it’s something we have to work at.

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And this is what I love about the concept and story of The Kindness Elves – it focuses the mind on small acts of kindness that can happen in every day life.

For example, noticing the lonely child in the playground and including them in a game.

Or, visiting an elderly neighbour who spends much of their time alone.

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My six year-old daughter read the book before I had an opportunity to look at it and her reaction told me everything I needed to know about ‘The Story of the Kindness Elves’.

She gushed all the way through and passionately talked about the theme of kindness and the examples presented within the text.

Her enthusiasm for the book was infectious and as she set to work writing her own notes of kindness, the entire family soon became drawn into discussing kindness, using our own real-life examples.

This leads me onto our Rainbow Paper Plate Bag – also dubbed as “The Kindness Bag”, which is designed to store special kindness affirmation letters and ‘kind ideas’ to give to friends, to help spread the message of the kindness elves.

To find out more about “The Story of the Kindness Elves” and associated fun activities, visit the dedicated site here!

Rainbow Paper Plate Bag 

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Supplies:

Paper Plates
Kid Friendly Washable Paints
Twine
A Hole Puncher
PVA Glue
Cotton Wool
A Pair of Scissors

 

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Directions: Rainbow Paper Plate Bag 

  1. Cut one paper plate in half, turn over and align with the whole paper plate and create multiple holes around the circumference with a hole puncher.
  2. Paint the upper half of the whole paper plate in rainbow colours, following the natural curvature of the plate.
  3. Paint the back of the half paper plate a ‘sky blue’ colour.
  4. Cut two pieces of twine and thread the lower half of the paper plate and secure at the back with a knot.
  5. Add the second piece of twine at the top of the paper plate to create a ‘handle’.
  6. With a small amount of PVA glue attach cotton wool onto the blue paper plate to create wispy fluffy clouds.

To see the craft in action, check out our youtube video!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our Rainbow paper plate craft and for more Rainbow inspired fun, take a look at our Straw Blowing Rainbow, Paper Plate Rainbow and Scrape Painted Rainbow!

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Rainbow Scrape Painting

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Today’s Rainbow Scrape Painting is inspired by the gorgeous book “My Color is Rainbow” written by Agnes Hsu – a mum, entrepreneur, author, creative and the mastermind behind the awesome, Hello Wonderful blog.

My Color is Rainbow

Have you ever felt that you don’t quite belong?

And that you would like something more from life, without knowing what that ‘more’ is?

This is the story of White Arch, who embarks on a journey of self discovery to find its place in a world full of colour.

White Arch meets each colour of the rainbow who all represent a different characteristic – Loving, Friendly, Happy, Helpful, Peaceful and Majestic.

The colours are kind, welcoming and inclusive.

But, why limit yourself to just being loving or happy or friendly, when you can be all of them and more?

White Arch discovers that there are no limits and there are no boundaries; becoming a tidy metaphor for the challenges that children (and adults) may face today in juxtaposed world full of both limitations and choice.

If you like the sound of ‘Mr Color is Rainbow’ you can purchase your copy from Amazon here.

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Rainbow Scrape Painting 

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Supplies:

Paint – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and White.
Stock Card
A piece of scrap card – try using an old cereal box or similar.

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Simply line the paint in order of a rainbow at an angle.

Within the flow of rainbow colours, white has been included to see what happens to ‘white arch’ as the paint is spread

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Take the scrap card and spread it across the paint.

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Pushing the paint across the card.

 

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In some instances the white blends to create a lighter shade of the adjacent colour.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

At other times, white remains as a stand alone colour – It can be the rainbow and itself 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple Rainbow Scrape Painting activity. My preschooler spent hours repeating the process and trying different shapes and colour sequences. For more inspiration, take a look at our Scrape Painting Post that will show you how to create interesting patterns.

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Twig Christmas Tree Ornament

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How cute is this Twig Christmas Tree Ornament?

Can you believe it can be made by  kids and we’re not talking Big Kids. With a pinch of prep, these charming twiggy Christmas Trees can be made by little kids (as demonstrated by my three-year-old).

There are a few things that I LOVE about this Christmas craft (aside from the obvious cuteness) :

  • It’s easy
  • Requires few materials
  • Focusses a little ones attention
  • Great for fine motor skills!

AND it’s inspired by Julia Donaldson’s Christmas must read – Stick Man

I have lost count of the number of times we’ve read Stick Man and when it came to choosing a book for this years Kid-Made Book Inspired Christmas Ornament series, it seemed like an obvious choice.

If you’re not familiar with the story of Stick Man, then you should definitely check it out! ItStick’s a fun bouncy story that follows the misadventures of Stick Man, whom simply wants to be reunited with his ‘stick family love’ before Christmas.

So the next time you’re out with the kids, collect some twigs and then settle down (with a cuppa) to a reading of Stick Man, followed by some Christmas craftiness.

MATERIALS: Twig Christmas Tree Ornament 

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Smooth Straight Twigs
Felt
Scissors
Button / embellishments
PVA Glue
Scissors
String

 

DIRECTIONS: Twig Christmas Tree Ornament

To get started, you will need twigs and lots of them!

So pop outside with the kids and collect a variety of straight twigs – the smoother the better!

Our rustic Twig Christmas Tree Ornament is kid-made and inspired by Julia Donaldson's Stick Man. An easy Christmas craft for kids, that's great fine motor practice.

Snap the twigs to size and arrange into a Christmas Tree shape.

Cut out a long piece of felt.

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Next, add a number of symmetrical holes to the felt by folding the end of the felt and cutting a little snip.

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Now make a second hole.

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The scissors demonstrate where the twig will be threaded.

Depending on the age of your child, you can make the craft less or more challenging by creating smaller or larger threading holes.

Repeat the previous step all the way along the felt, leaving about an inch at the top.

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Now for the fun bit!

Start threading – encourage your child to arrange the twigs in size order.

If you have an older child, maybe they could measure them?

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Fill the threading holes with the twigs.

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And keep going until the twigs have been used.

Adjust the twigs to create a “Christmas Tree” shape.

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Fold the remaining felt over to create a hanging hole – secure with glue.

Finish off with a button or embellishment of your kiddos choice.

For more Christmas Ornament inspiration take a look at our Paper Plate Baubles, Jar-Lid Glitter Ornament of this rather sweet Clay Christmas Tree Footprints Ornament.

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Our gorgeous twig Christmas Tree Ornament forms part of a Kid-made Ornaments  inspired by Books series – hosted by Mama Miss!

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Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish

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I’m sure you’re already familiar with the picture book ‘Rainbow Fish?’

If not, it’s a really sweet book that’s established itself as a preschool classic.

The illustrations are stunning, inspiring this simple Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish.

Used as a book extension or stand alone craft idea for kids, it will not disappoint.

Young children will enjoy the process of cutting and sticking as they design their fish, making it a great craft for developing scissor and fine motor skills.

It’s simplicity and easy set up, will appeal to anyone crafting with a group of children.

Sound good?

Here’s what you need to get started!

MATERIALS: Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish

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Tissue Paper
Card – A sheet of card or you could try recycling a box
Googley Eye
Glue Stick
Scissors

The Rainbow Fish (US / UK )

Zulily Gift Cards

Let’s Make It! 

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Start by folding a piece of card in half, draw a fish shape (it doesn’t have to be perfect) and cut, ensuring the fold is included.

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Next, begin adding the tissue paper and layer until the card is covered.

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Add a googley eye ad a smile for some personality.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Craft Ideas for Kids - Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish

Stand the fish up and ta-da, you have a Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish!


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Simple crafts for kids are always the best and my girls  adored this craft.

It was amazing to see them immersed in their designs and my 6 year old cut the paper with such care and attention, leaving her really proud of her creation.

My 2 year old enjoyed the process of sticking and the ‘scales’ did end up everywhere.

Remember it’s all about the process not perfection!

I hope your kids have fun creating their own Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish

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Paper Plate Dinosaur

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Following a recent visit to the Natural History Museum in London, the girls became dino mad!

We’ve read a ton of books about dinosaurs. We’ve watched documentaries about them and pretended to be stomping chomping T-Rex’s roaming around the house.

These paper plate dinosaurs are a consequence of the dino mania that has taken hold of my kids and we had a great time making them, improving the paper plate triceratops we made last year.

The folding mouth works so well and is great for inspiring play.

As an adaptation, the eyes could be replaced by holes to become face masks. However you choose to make the paper plate dinosaurs, I’m sure the kids will love them.

MATERIALS: Paper Plate Dinosaur 

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 Paper Plate x2 (US / UK)
Tempera Paint (US / UK)
Scissors
PVA Glue (US/UK)
Craftsy

Let’s Make it! 

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Step 1: 

Cut one paper plate to create a ‘head like’ shape and remove the perforated rim of the other and fold it in half – this will become the dinosaurs mouth.

TIP: Place the folded paper plate onto the bottom half the ‘head’ and trim to size.

Step 2: 

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Stick the ‘mouth’ onto the ‘head’ and paint – This is time to get creative with bright colours and patterns!

While the paper plate is drying, using the cut offs of the paper plate, create teeth, eyes and horns. Depending on the shape of your dino’s head, you may need some extra paper!

Step 3: 

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Finish your paper plate dinosaur with eyes, teeth and horns and start roaring!

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Dinosaur Books 

In my house, craft and books come hand in hand. We love reading and i’m a firm believer that expanding the book through craft, art or an activity helps to enhance a child’s understanding of a book/idea/theme, as well as their imagination and of course is great for stimulating creative thinking.

Here are few Dinosaur Books my kids adore!

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The Thing About Yetis

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The Thing about Yetis is a ridiculously cute picture book by Vin Vogel. My children fell in love with the fluffy, sometimes ‘crabby’ character with all its amusing expressions and antics. It’s an easy book for young children to follow and most importantly, relate to.

We talked about the activities we like to pursue in Winter and used the illustrations to discuss the emotions of the yeti; was he happy or sad? having fun or being a little mischievous? and from this perspective, The Thing about Yetis (US Link / UK Link )really comes into its own, as the illustrations compliment and expand the narrative beautifully.

It’s a fun, bouncy book with tons of humour  and your preschooler will love it!

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As always, we like to extend all book readings with an activity or craft and for The Thing about Yetis (US Link / UK Link ), we’ve created our own adorable Yeti.

Paper Plate Yeti: Materials and Supplies 

Paper Plate
Cotton Wool Balls
Stock Paper – White, Blue and Red
PVA Glue
Scissors

A copy of The Thing about Yetis (US Link / UK Link )

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To begin, set your arty crafty kids up with a paper plate, PVA glue and cotton balls. Separate the cotton balls and stick them to the paper plate to create a fluffy layer.

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Using coloured paper, cut out eyes, a nose and a mouth for the yeti.

Cut a piece of white paper into four strips – these will be used for the legs and arms.

Cut two mitten shapes and two ovals for feet.

And finally, cut a white pipe cleaner into 3 uneven pieces.

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To create a bit of texture, fold the strips of white paper into alternating folds and attach them to the mittens and ovals.

Complete the yeti by sticking the facial features directly onto the fluffy paper plate and attach the arms, legs and tuffs of hair (pipecleaners) to the back of the plate, securing with sticky tape.

Your arty crafty kid should now have a super cute and fluffy yeti all of their own to help bring the character of the The Thing about Yetis to life!

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Max and Marla

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Max and Marla is a gorgeous story about Max and his pet owl Marla. A simple story with a strong message: to become a ‘true Olympian’ it takes teamwork, perseverance and most importantly, friendship.

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Max and Marla with its beautiful illustrations and fun story line naturally lends itself to an open discussion with your child about the way the characters work together to overcome obstacles and their motivations for doing so; essentially, my five year old concluded that it’s about enjoying the process, playing and not giving up!

I was thrilled to see my child engage and connect with the story. I enjoyed our discussions and she was able to relate the central theme and message of the story to her own approach to tasks and activities.

The watercolour illustrations are thoughtful, fun and simply beautiful. They bring the story to life and were enjoyed by my elder child and toddler, who both fell in love with the adorable snowy owl Marla.

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Charmed by Marla, it seemed only fitting to put together a simple snowy owl craft that can be enjoyed by both preschoolers and older children.

Snowy Owl Collage : Materials 

A sheet of stock card
A sheet of white paper
Cuttings from an old book
Black & Orange tissue paper
Googly Eyes
PVA Glue

A copy of the Max and Marla
Book!

Snowy  Owl Collage

As an extension activity to Max and Marla
, the purpose of this craft is for kids of varying ages to create their own snowy owl independtly.

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To get started, prepare the body of the snowy owl by cutting a large oval shape from the book page. We used a page from the a book for the black print against the white, to represent the black flicks you would usually find on a snowy owl.

Next, cut out multiple black triangles from the tissue paper and circles for eyes. Also present the googly eyes to finish of the eyes.

And finally, cut two large wing shapes from the white paper and present all the materials, along with glue and a sheet of card for the base, to your child.

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Glue the oval onto a piece of card.

Arty Crafty Kids - Book Club - Craft Ideas for Kids - Max and Marla

Glue the wings onto the owls body and fill them in with black tissue paper.

Add a triangle for the beak, along with the circles and googly eyes.

Although a simple activity, its one that will appeal to a broad age group and a craft that could be replicated in conjunction within a group reading of Max and Marla. Going back to the book, I hope your fall in love with its charm as much as mine. Max and Marla has become a firm bed time favourite and is most definitely one for every preschoolers book shelf!

 

Arty Crafty Kids - Book Club - Craft Ideas for Kids - Max and Marla

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