Crafty Kids – September

Crafty Kids – September

Unplug the games console and spark their imagination with some fun activities that are perfect to enjoy with siblings or friends…

Marshmallow Catapult

Why not ask your friends to build a quick and easy marshmallow catapult with you? It will provide hours of squishy, safe marshmallow-flinging fun! Whose marshmallow will fly the furthest?

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

– seven wooden craft sticks

– five rubber bands

– plastic bottle top

– PVA glue

– mini marshmallows

STEP 1

Take five sticks and gather them into a neat pile. Wrap a rubber band around each end of the pile to hold the sticks together.

STEP 2

To make the marshmallow holder, glue a plastic bottle top to the top of the upper craft stick.

Place the pile sideways on top of another craft stick to form a cross shape.

STEP 3

Place another craft stick on top of the pile, lined up with the bottom stick. To secure, wrap two rubber bands around the centre of the cross shape where all of the sticks meet.

STEP 4

Wrap a rubber band around the top of the cross shape to keep everything in place and to form the catapult shape.

STEP 5

To make the marshmallow holder, glue a plastic bottle top to the top of the upper craft stick.

STEP 6

When the glue is dry, put a mini marshmallow in the bottle top. Set the catapult on a flat surface. Push down on the top craft stick, then release. Watch the marshmallow go flying.

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelets

 

Do you have a drawer full of old, worn-out T-shirts? Try turning them into friendship bracelets for you and your friends. Wear them, share them!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

– old T-shirts

– scissors

– loom bands or other small rubber bands

STEP 1

Ask an adult to help you cut a T-shirt into long, even strips that are about 2.5 centimetres wide.

STEP 2

Hold three strips together. Wrap a loom band about
5 cm from the top to hold them together.

STEP 3

Plait the strips until the bracelet is long enough to go around your wrist. Use another loom band to secure the loose ends.

STEP 4

Trim the loose ends so they are about 5 cm long. Tie the bracelet around your wrist and enjoy!

FUN IDEA

Try a mix of colourful T-Shirt to create cool patterns -the strips don’t have to be from the same T-Shirt!

Featured activities extracted from 100 Screen-free Ways to beat Boredom, PB £9.99, QED Publishing. Written by Kris Hirschmann, Illustrations (c) Elisa Paganelli 2018. From craft to cooking, gardening to games, this invaluable little book is jam-packed with fun activities to dip into whenever the kids get bored.

 

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