Issue 22 – New Year Projects
ISSUE 22 is packed with 80 crafty New Year projects and activities for hours of fun for you and your children to enjoy; including ideas to help celebrate Mother’s Day (March 14th), the Hindu Harvest Festival of Makar Sankranti, Chinese New Year and St David’s Day, plus cross-curricular ideas to support the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch (from Jan 18th), along with fun cookery ideas for all! There’s a special Science feature to encourage children to enjoy the science around them, plus a focus on Nigeria. Top gardening personality Pippa Greenwood shares her ideas to encourage children into the garden, with an invitation to receive personal gardening advice with her ’Grow Your Own’ programme. There’s a fabulous Nintendo DSi package to be won! All this, the regular features – including ’Four Ways with . . . cartons’ and Reading Corner, plus loads of other great toys, games and books to win in our free to enter competitions!
0 – 5 years
Concentrating on texture and sensory stimulation, projects in this group include:
CARDBOARD CREATURES – Save those kitchen roll tubes and turn them into crazy creatures!
SIMPLE SPIDER WEBS – A simple paper plate activity to help hand-to-eye co-ordination.
RHYMING PAIRS – Introduce children to phonics with this fun rhyming word game.
COLLAGE TIGER MASK – Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger with a colourful mask made of different textured papers and materials.
COMB PAINTING – Prepare for some wild and wacky pictures with this simple painting activity. Great for developing colour mixing skills.
MATHS DOWN UNDER! – Get counting with Australian animals to celebrate Australia Day on January 26th.
CUPCAKE CARD FOR MUM – Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tasty treat of a card made from crafting scraps.
PHOTO BOOKMARK – A simple flower bookmark which will make an ideal Mother’s Day gift.
HEART-FELT THANKS – The perfect gift from little ones for Mother’s day. It will be kept forever!
WELSH DRAGON PUPPET – To mark St. David’s Day, make a dragon sock puppet. Ideal for role-play!
MOON CAKES – A delicious treat to make for Chinese New Year on February 14th.
FEATHERED FRIEND – Children love playing with feathers, so why not help them make a beautiful bird of paradise?
LET’S PLAY WITH DOUGH & CLAY – Explore the huge learning potential by playing with dough and clay.
5 – 7 years
Fun crafting projects to make with children in Key Stage 1, include:
HINDU HARVEST FESTIVAL – Help children to understand another culture with these fun Indian activities.
LOVE-BUG JARS – Little treat jars for children to make for someone special on Valentine’s Day.
BAGS OF GREETINGS! – Pretty springtime cards made with crafting scraps – perfect for Mother’s Day.
CHINESE TANGRAM GAME – Learn all about the Chinese Zodiac with a fun word matching game.
BIG SCHOOLS’ BIRDWATCH – Join in with this year’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch and help British wildlife.
FLYING HIGH – Beautiful paper birds made from patterned paper and card.
DRAGON MASK – Roar hello to the Year of the Tiger with this traditional Chinese dragon mask.
7 – 11 years
Great ideas for older kids to make and do:
THE STUART REIGN – Bring the Gunpowder Plot, the plague and the Great Fire of London to life with this special historical feature.
HONEY CUPCAKES – Make friends with Flossie Crums and try out her special cupcake recipe!
IT’S A WRAP! – Save those sweet wrappers and turn them into some amazing bracelets.
DISCOVER NIGERIA – Find out why Nigeria is called ’the heart of Africa’ with this special cultural feature.
CAKE IN A TIN! – recycle a baked bean can and use it to make a beautiful cake for Mother’s Day.
ST. DAVID’S DAY – Celebrate the national day of Wales with some great crafts and activities.
READ ALL ABOUT IT! – Turn old newspaper into some stunning jewellery – a great gift for Mother’s Day.
FUNKY MOTHER’S DAY CARDS – Colourful cards to send a special message.
In addition to these, there are plenty of other great ideas and projects, plus a great selection of books reviewed in Reading Corner and prize giveaways worth £100’s.