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Craft making ideas for you toddler - Paper Bag Bear Puppet

Making your own puppets is a great way to get your child involved in simple imaginative play. This bear paper bag puppet is easy to make and can be varied slightly to make any other animal or character you like!

What you need:

A brown paper bag
Pieces of brown construction paper
2 x googly eyes
Stapler
Scissors
Glue
Felt pens and or crayons

Turn the bag upside down so that the closed end becomes the top and the open end becomes the bottom.  Fold the closed end of the bag over so that there is about a 7cm flap.  Now fold in the corners of the flap diagonally (like you would fold in the edges to wrap a present.) It should create a trapezium shape which is the face.  Staple the corners in place.  Cut out two brown ears and glue them onto the bag.  Draw a bear face onto the flap between the two ears.  Cut out two bear paws and glue them in place.  Put your hand inside the bag, curve your fingers over into the face. Now you can move the bear's face around when he talks.

Your puppet can be whatever you like, just let your imagination do the talking!!!




















Craft making ideas for you toddler - play dough

Craft 4 kids - Craft making ideas, Baking Dough

Craft 4 kids Fun With Dough!

There are many types of modeling dough that you can buy, but it is just as easy (and much cheaper) to make your own. Use food colourings for different colours and you can make it seasonal by adding glitter near Christmas (or to make fairy dough), smooth pebbles in summer etc just use your imagination!

Essential Oils
Used sparingly these make great additions to modeling dough  - a few drops of lavender can have a calming effect (and is antibacterial) and eucalyptus has a great menthol smell which is great for winter (not suitable for use around asthma sufferers).



How to make cooked modeling dough

4 cups flour
1-cup salt
4 cups water
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup cream of tartar
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before storing in an airtight container or bag. Keep in the fridge.
Making uncooked modeling dough
1-cup cold water
1-cup salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil 
food coloring
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons corn flour
Put everything except the flour and corn flour into a bowl. Gradually add these until you have the consistency of bread dough. Store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge.
Making salt dough
1-cup salt
1-cup water
1/2 cup flour plus additional flour Child having fun playing with dough - Craft making ideas, Baking Dough
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove when rubbery. Once cooled knead with flour to make it workable. This is a great dough for making Christmas decorations and models out of. Once made pop them on greaseproof paper or a tray on a radiator (or in airing cupboard or bottom shelf of a rayburn) so that they dry very slowly. Once dried they can be painted.
 
Fairy dough - just add glitter (great when you are getting festive too)

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