MADEby Mini Makes

VIRTUAL ART & CRAFT CLUB FOR KIDS

WEEK 1 – EASTER WEEK

EASTER WEEK

This week we’ll be making naughty Easter bunnies in flower pots.

All the materials we hope you’ll be able to find at home and we encourage you to be creative. So if you don’t have what’s on the materials list then don’t worry. Simply substitute it for something else.

What’s more we’d love to see your creative ideas so why not share your mini makes with us by tagging us in on social media @madebytamalia

Video published Saturday 11th April 10am but available ongoing so you can make whenever is convenient.

  • A flower pot
  • An old sock
  • 1 cotton wool ball
  • Thin cardboard (from a cereal box will do)
  • Pink & Yellow coloured paper (or coloured in/painted plain paper)
  • White felt (or fabric or paper)
  • Two thin sticks (like a takeaway chopstick or similar)
  • A small square of fabric or tissue paper (green or brown ideally)
  • Newspaper or old paper
  • Rice (or sand, or lentils or similar)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • Green Paint (if you don’t have paint click here to learn how to make your own)
  • Chocolate mini eggs (optional)

Mini Teaching Tips for this week…

As it is Easter this week it is a great opportunity to talk about RE (Religious Education) in the context of the Curriculum. Here are some key questions you could discuss with your child around this subject:

  1. What do different people believe about God?
  2. Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
  3. How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? (Easter Focus)
  4. What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
  5. Why do people pray?
  6. How do you think religion helps people in challenging times?

WEEK 2 – RAINBOW WEEK

RAINBOW WEEK

Here at the MADEby Home Studio we have been in awe over the hard work and bravery of our frontline key workers and NHS staff. So in celebration of their dedication and compassion we decided that this week would be devoted to all things Rainbow.

In this week’s art club we will be making our BIG Rainbow mystery project. OOH what could it be????

All the materials we hope you’ll be able to find at home and we encourage you to be creative. So if you don’t have what’s on the materials list then don’t worry – simply substitute it for something else. Plus we have simple DIY paint recipes on our blog if you don’t have any paint at home either.⠀

What’s more we’d love to see your creative ideas so why not share your mini makes with us by tagging us in on social media @madebytamalia⠀

Video published Saturday 18th April at 10am but available ongoing so you can make whenever is convenient.

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A bag of rice (uncooked)
  • A range of coloured paints (preferably rainbow colours plus white). If using thick acrylics you may need to thin them slightly with a small amount of water.
  • Sandwich bags or any bags (or zip lock bags are even better) – 1 per colour
  • A tablespoon
  • A tray (or baking tray or cardboard)
  • Greaseproof paper (or clingfilm or tin foil)
  • Paintbrush
  • A large clean jar (Kilner style storage jars are great but if not an old coffee jar or plastic tub works great too)
  • 2x lolly sticks (or a stick and a small square of cardboard)
  • A champagne cork (or a normal wine bottle cork and a plastic bottle cap)
  • A permanent marker in black (or any pen/pencil)
  • Felt tip pens (don’t worry if you don’t have these you can use paint)
  • Assorted bits from outside e.g. some moss which you can often get growing round the base of trees (or leaves, or you can use paper, fabric or tissue paper), a small stick, 2-3 small pebbles.
  • A miniature figure such as a lego figure, dinosaur, unicorn, fairy, care bear or even one of our salt dough rainbows from our Rainbow of Hope project. Click here to view the ‘how to.’

Mini Teaching Tips for this week…

SCIENCE

I Can Grow a Rainbow

Have fun learning about liquids and materials with this cool experiment…

The kitchen roll is made up of lots of tiny plant fibres which absorb liquids very well, making them great for mopping up spills in the kitchen. As the water soaks into the paper towel, the water starts to move through pockets in between the fibres lifting the dye molecules along with it. The water continues to move through the pockets in the dry paper and so the dye starts to bleed its way along the paper creating a rainbow effect.

A great opportunity to talk about liquids, gases and solids and their properties.

Also introduce scientific vocabulary such as:

Refraction, Reflection, Light, Spectrum, Rainbow, Colour, Solid, Liquid, Gas, Evaporation, Condensation, Particles, Temperature, Freezing, Heating,
Hard, Soft, Stretchy, Stiff, Shiny, Dull, Rough, Smooth, Bendy, Waterproof, Absorbent, Opaque, Transparent Brick, Paper, Fabrics, Squashing, Bending, Twisting, Stretching Elastic, Foil, Hardness, Solubility, Transparency, Magnetic, Filter, Evaporation, Dissolving, Mixing

WEEK 3 – EARTH WEEK

EARTH WEEK

As it was Earth day on Wednesday 22nd April, we thought let’s dedicate this week to everything nature and with the abundance of wildlife and flowers around us right now, what better time to celebrate our beautiful Earth.⠀

So this week’s video will be

Whimsical Woodland Dreamcatchers – Make your own beautiful nature-inspired dreamcatcher to hang in your bedroom

Plus check out the other crafts we have in store this week on our blog…⠀
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1. Fruity Feeders – Super simple homemade eco bird feeders⠀
2. Bashed Botanicals – Fun with flowers & foliage to make beautiful Art to hang on your wall

All the materials we hope you’ll be able to find at home and we encourage you to be creative. So if you don’t have what’s on the materials list then don’t worry – simply substitute it for something else. Plus we have simple DIY paint recipes on our blog if you don’t have any paint at home either.⠀

What’s more we’d love to see your creative ideas so why not share your mini makes with us by tagging us in on social media @madebytamalia⠀

Video published Saturday 25th April at 10am but available ongoing so you can make whenever is convenient.

  • Scissors
  • A range of coloured paints (whatever you choose)
  • A 20cm (approx) tree twig – Make sure to cut one from an alive tree so it can be bent as a dead twig will simply snap.
  • 3 dry brown leaves
  • A feather
  • String
  • Ivy (30cm or a enough to equal around 30cm)
  • Masking tape (or any other tape you have)
  • Raffia (or twine or wool – but string is fine if you do not have any of these)
  • Then any other bits you may like to hang from your Dreamcatcher such as: Pompoms, ribbons, beads, pine cones, anything you like!

Mini Teaching Tips for this week…

MATHS & SCIENCE

Fruity Feeders

Why not set up a bird watching tally sheet and talk about the different species that live in your country. Plus it’s a great time to talk about habitats and what birds (and other animals) eat.

Bashed Botanical Art

Introduce the idea of identifying plants, trees and flowers that grow in your country. Using your senses to touch, smell, look at and even hear (trees or plants swaying in the wind). Discuss a plant’s life cycle and their importance in the food chain. So many great topics to open up a discussion about, not to mention the incredible calming effect nature can have on a child (or adult).

WEEK 4 – SUPERHERO WEEK

SUPERHERO WEEK

Here at MADEby HQ (at home lol), we have had our hearts warmed so much by the generosity of our nation in helping raise much needed donations for the NHS. One person in particular, Captain Tom, has raised a phenomenal amount of money walking his garden. So this week we are celebrating all those Superheroes and Captain Tom’s birthday on Thursday 30th April.

So this week’s video will be:

Smashing 3D Superhero Signs  – Inspired by the famous Pop Art Artist of the 1950s & 60s, in this week’s video we’ll be making onomatopoeic POP ART superhero signs ready for you to star in your very own comic strip or superhero action movie.

Watch the video to find out more about Pop Art!

Don’t forget to check out the other crafts we made this week which you can use in your own real life movie/comic strip…⠀

  1. Superhero Bookmarks
  2. Cool POP ART Comic Strip Story Frame
  3. Bangtastic DIY Dynamite Prop⠀⠀

All the materials we hope you’ll be able to find at home and we encourage you to be creative. So if you don’t have what’s on the materials list then don’t worry – simply substitute it for something else. Plus we have simple DIY paint recipes on our blog if you don’t have any paint at home either.⠀

What’s more we’d love to see your creative ideas so why not share your mini makes with us by tagging us in on social media @madebytamalia⠀

Video published Saturday 2nd May at 10am but available ongoing so you can make whenever is convenient.

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black marker pen or felt tip
  • A range of coloured A4 card (or painted cardboard in a range of colours)
  • A wooden chopstick (or any kind of firm stick)
  • Sticky tape
  • An postcard sized (approx) sheet of corrugated cardboard (from a normal packing box)

In the video we will be learning about the Pop Art Movement. Watch to find out more!

Other Mini Teaching Tips for this week…

LITERACY

What is onomatopoeia? 

It simply means the word sounds like the noise it is describing. Like BOOM! Or BANG! Cool hey? Why not have a go at thinking of some other onomatopoeic words.

Comic Book Story Frame

This is a perfect opportunity at home to talk about…

  • Characters, setting, dialogue, and plot.
  • Story structure – introduction to characters and setting, events unfolding (problem begins), climax (turning point), events concluding (problem solved), resolution (how the story ends).
  • Your child to come up with their own ideas and look at how pictures will combine with captions and dialogue to express emotion or a message.
  • Introduce the Pop Art Movement and investigate artists of the genre.
  • Look at the work of Roy Lichtenstein and his approach to colour, use of the Ben Day Dot System and his cartoons and comic style artworks.
  • Have a go at creating other styles of Pop Art based on other Artists work.

MATHS

What does 3D mean?

3D, or Three Dimensional, means a shape has 3 dimensions – length, width & height. Let’s imagine you went on a trip to see the pyramids in Egypt. Whilst there you decided to draw a picture of the pyramid to remember your trip. You start by drawing a triangle on a piece of paper. Oh no, you realise, it doesn’t look the same as the pyramid – it looks too flat! The image you have drawn is 2D which is flat image and can only be measured in dimensions – length and height.

You suddenly have a great idea. You start to fold up your piece of paper to create a solid ‘triangle’ that you can hold and measure all the way around it. Brilliant, now it looks like the Pyramid in front of you in Egypt. And guess what? The name for a 3D ‘triangle’ is called a pyramid as well. Easy to remember hey?

WEEK 5 – STAR WARS WEEK

STAR WARS WEEK – May The 4th Be With You! 

This week’s video will be:

Making a DIY Lightsaber

So my little Jedi’s – grab all your materials and get ready to make your own really cool DIY Lightsaber.⠀

Plus we’ve got a BOUNTY…hunter Star Wars crafts on our blog with easy step-by-step how to’s…
An Easy BB8 Droid Drawing
&
A LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Sketch

All the materials we hope you’ll be able to find at home and we encourage you to be creative. So if you don’t have what’s on the materials list then don’t worry – simply substitute it for something else. Plus we have simple DIY paint recipes on our blog if you don’t have any paint at home either.⠀

What’s more we’d love to see your creative ideas so why not share your mini makes with us by tagging us in on social media @madebytamalia⠀

Video published Saturday 10th May at 10am

  • A wrapping paper tube (or 2x kitchen roll tubes or a rolled up piece of card)
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape (or sticky tape if you don’t have masking tape)
  • Paint – black , white, plus your choice of colour for the lightsaber blade
  • Black permanent marker (or felt tip or black paint is fine)
  • Gold pen (or gold or yellow pain instead)
  • Tin foil – 2 pieces (20cm x 4cm and 20cm x 1cm approx)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • A plastic fork (or an old fork from your kitchen)
  • Scissors

In the video we will be having fun with making DIY lightsabers. Why not turn this into a fun way to bring in some…

LITERACY

Why not have fun getting the kids to create their own Star Wars opening sequence. A great way to talk about:

  • Characters, setting, dialogue, and plot.
  • Story structure – introduction to characters and setting, events unfolding (problem begins), climax (turning point), events concluding (problem solved), resolution (how the story ends).
  • Create a written story opening using a roll of paper and then film it as it’s being unrolled.

Other Mini Teaching Tips for this week…

MATHS

A LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Sketch

&

An Easy BB8 Droid Drawing

Copying a drawing using step-by-step instructions is a great way to help children learn observational skills, size and scale and recognising shapes.

Note how these particular drawings are made up of lots of 2D shapes and very simple lines. If your child finds a part hard to draw, encourage them to break it down into separate 2D shapes and then simply join them together.

This is also a great opportunity to introduce, identify and discuss 2D shapes. Also mathematical vocabulary such as horizontal and vertical, and convex and concave and perimeter.

WEEK 6 – DOODLES: STORY TIME

As part of Week 6 – DOODLE WEEK, we have kicked off the week with a story reading.

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

This lovely story teaches us all that ‘ish’ is far more important than ‘getting it just right.’⠀

Creativity isn’t about drawing or painting the perfect copy of something. It’s about having fun. It’s about playing with colour and lines. It’s about expressing feelings, thoughts and the things you see and experience. It’s about letting your imagination run wild. ⠀

So let’s all forget about seeking perfection. Today let’s just celebrate the happy mistakes, the weird and wonderful, the having a go. The ‘ish’!

  • Absolutely nothing – just your lovely selves!

As well as using this as an introduction to creative expression and confidence building in Art, this is also a great opportunity to bring in literacy skills as well.

Here are a few simple questions to ask your child as you read together…

  1. Does art have to look like an object or something you can see or hear to be ‘good art’?
  2. What makes something art?
  3. Why do you think Ramon’s older brother laughs at his drawings? How do you think Ramon felt?
  4. Is something worth doing if you cannot be perfect at it?
  5. At the end of the story, why do you think Ramon decides not to capture his “wonderful feeling” in art or poetry?
  6. Is there anything you enjoy doing that either you or other people don’t think you are very good at?
  7. If you were going to live ‘ishfully ever after’ what would that look like?
  8. Do you think we should all try to live ‘ishfully’?

WEEK 6 – DOODLE WEEK

DOODLE WEEK – WEEK 6 (INTUITIVE ART)

Inspired by Artist Paul Klee who once said, ‘a line is a dot that went for a walk’, this week is all about doodle art. 📝🖊️🖌️🖍️ In other words we want to embrace the happy mistakes, the unplanned art direction and just have fun with experimenting. Before cracking on with our crafts, we’ll kick off the week with one of my favourite a stories called ‘Ish’ by Peter H Reynolds. Check out the story reading on our YouTube channel here

Intuitive Art is simply creating a piece of art based on imagination, feelings and intentions, rather than using observational or technical skills. Doodles are a great way to start a piece of intuitive art, because they can be expressed easily, quickly and the pen tends to lead the hand. Doodling is often seen as ‘not real art’ but famous artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joan Miró created beautiful expressive paintings that effectively are made up of ‘doodles’.

This week’s video will be: Make your own magic imagination Doodle Bottle Door sign for your bedroom door!

Did you miss our other doodle intuitive art activities this week? catch them again here:

10 Minute Watercolour Blob Doodles

&

Calming Tangle Doodles

Video published Saturday 16th May at 10am

  • A pencil
  • A rubber
  • A4 plain card (or cut out some card from a cereal box and glue white paper over the top)
  • Watercolour paint – see our blog post on how to make your own
  • A fine tip black permanent marker (or a biro is fine if you don’t have a marker)⠀⠀
  • Paintbrushes (ideally one thick and one thin – if you have them)⠀
  • A ribbon or string⠀
  • Scissors⠀

In this week’s video it is more about creative expression and making art without boundaries or rules. This week’s other doodle activities have also been about taking time out from the hustle and bustle of life. Children need it just as much as adults. These simple creative activities are ones that doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting and can be used as a tool for calming a child down or just letting them express themselves.

Intuitive Art is a great stress reliever and because there are no rules children can allow themselves to express their creativity freely.

In all of the doodle activities this week, encourage your child to think beyond the pen and paintbrush. See if they can think of other materials they could incorporate into the image so it becomes collage-like. Explore textures and even scented papers, paints and pens for a real sensory experience.

If you really want to use this as an educational tool as well then for…

MATHS

You can look at repeating patterns & 2D shapes (irregular and regular).

ART

Experiment with colour mixing and look at primary, secondary and complementary colours.

WEEK 7 – HeARTWORK WEEK

HeARTWORK – WEEK 7

Life is like a snow globe, often it’s prettiest after it’s been turned upside-down!

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week so in the Mini Makes Studio we had our very own HeARTWORK week fused with a little bit of surrealism (a bit like the world right now).

The MADEby Studio was set up with the intention of creating a calm, creative space open to all abilities and interest levels, where freedom of expression is embraced and judgement is left out in the cold. ⠀

We have been working towards Saturday’s Virtual Art Club with a 5 DAY ART CHALLENGE. Inspired by Surrealism we will create our very own surrealist Creative Collage of Calm to capture your mindfully creative week. See our blog post here to read more about the 5 Day Art Challenge.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: HeARTWORK

Bringing together the heart and art to create ‘HeARTWORK’ made from the heart and for the heart.⠀

Being creative (in whatever form) is not only fun, but it has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and depression symptoms and even help dementia. Read our post in our blog

Thankfully mental health is something that is being openly talked about now and allowing people to feel they can ask for help if they need it. We still have a long way to go but at last things are movng in the right direction. ⠀

One issue I feel very passionate about is children’s mental health. It can be easy to overlook their emotional outbursts, difficult behaviour or social withdrawal, as simply attention seeking, bad behaviour or shyness. However sometimes these can be signs of a child struggling to understand thoughts they are having, or emotions they are feeling. ⠀

As adults this is complicated enough but most of us have a certain level of life experience and reasoning to be able to pinpoint why we may feel a certain way. It is important children also receive understanding (including being heard), kindness and compassion, and gentle guidance for their own social and emotional learning.⠀

This week will be all about finding creative calm in a sometimes chaotic and confusing world.

Video published Saturday 23rd May at 10am

  • A large sheet of card or cardboard (ideally A3 size)
  • A range of circular shapes objects which you will use to draw around i.e. bowls, lids, etc (you don’t have to choose circles – you can choose any shape you like. You can even have a range of different shaped objects to draw around)
  • Glue
  • A small piece of corrugated cardboard (from a cardboard box is perfect)
  • A pencil
  • Black paint
  • A large paintbrush (or any size if you don’t have a large one)⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

PLUS all your collected creative bits from this week’s Art Challenge. Click here to see the blog post for full details if you missed it.

WEEK 8 – VIRTUAL HALF TERM

VIRTUAL HALF TERM – WEEK 8

This week we’re off on our virtual holidays. Haha! Take a look through our fun ‘postcards’ of where we visited.

Week beginning 25th May.

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“Every child is an artist.

The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.”

Pablo Picasso