Kids’ Craft with Leah

Hi there! As part of our Online Meetup in our Cocoa Daisy Fans Page on Facebook, I am bringing you a craft inspired by something I saw on pinterest! If you were able to snag up the Stay At Home Craft for Kids box – this will be a perfect project for them to do. At home, I have a 16-year-old, 6-year-old and 6-month-old. Things have been wild, to say the least. My 6-year-old, Savannah, insists on keeping a schedule… so when I put “arts & crafts” down she is pretty strict that I adhere to it.

I wanted to be sure with this craft that you could do as much, or as little to it as you want. You can print off the pages just for your kids to color or you can use the templates to create various papercraft goodies! Depending on the age and fine motor skills of your little you can go with a poofy balloon or a “flat” balloon.

Step 1. Download and print the Printable

Step 2. Gather materials – you need

  • Crayons/Markers
  • Glue Stickers
  • Scissors/Paper Cutter
  • Pretty Paper
  • Embellishments (epoxy dots, string, die cuts – the sky is the limit!)

Step 3. (While you do this – have your child color the printable) Use the template to cut out your strips. For the poofy balloon, you need 8 – 6x.5 strips. For flat you need 7 – 4x.5 strips.

(From here on out I will explain the poofy balloon as the flat is pretty straight forward! Paste the strips, cut out the circle using the backside as your guide and paste it on the coloring page.)

Step 4. Fold each long strip at about .5 inch from the edge. I like to lightly bend the whole paper as well to get it ready for how it will adhere.

Step 5. Pair your papers in teams of two. Add glue to the folded pieces and hold down onto paper for at least 10 seconds. It should remind me a bit of a rainbow. Now take the second piece and overlap in a + over the other. Again, paste on the folded in bits and press down on the balloon picture and hold for 10 seconds.

You will continue to do this until you are finished with your balloon. As you get toward the end you may use less of the initial .5 fold and fold a twinge less since the last pieces are going over several pieces of paper.

Encourage your child to embellish their creation! You could use cotton balls for clouds, twine for the ropes holding the balloon to the basket, etc! My Savannah would LOVE to see what your children make; post on the Facebook group here. Please, if your kids do this craft with you, we both look forward to seeing what you make.

Leah

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