Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Crafter’s Way 166- Crafts for Boys

Last week while preparing for the Girls Birthday Party I found out at the last minute there would be some boys attending. This sent me into a minor panic. I had prepared a very girly activity and didn’t think flower hair clips were going to cut it with the boys.

To add just that extra bit of a challenge was the boys ages, they ranged from 4 yrs – 11 yrs. I wasn’t too worried about the older boys as I knew they would love the Kumihimo or Japanese Braiding. The younger ones I knew were interested in Superheroes and Dinosaurs. My first port of call was a Google search, keyword – Super Hero Craft. The results were disappointing, with little more than tutorials on how to make superhero capes from towels and pillowcases. I widened my search and was rewarded with quite a number of activities that would suit a variety of ages and interests. Here are a few of my favourites.

DLTK littlefoot The DLTK site has heaps of activities for both boys and girls. This is the direct link to the Brontosaurus Dinosaur Craft. They also have a Tyrannosaurus Rex, which is the one we made. The templates are downloaded and printed off. All you need to supply is glue and toilet rolls. This one is a very simple activity and would suit preschoolers. Again you download and print the template then construct. This is a new type of paper craft. Where you can download print and assemble 3 dimensional pieces. I would recommend this activity for children 10 years and up. Younger children will have no trouble understanding the instructions however the tabs that you glue are small and fiddly.

Free Kids Craft Covered Wagon Your child can construct a covered wagon using household items such as milk containers and cereal boxes. This site has a heap of activities for the sports mad. They also have a category for sea life and scouts.

Following our very successful School Holiday Activities Programme we will be offering Saturday Morning Craft Activities for Children starting February 19th. Ph 3285 1875 or call into the shop at Old Petrie Town, Dayboro Rd. Petrie for more information.

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