Toilet Paper Roll Octopus Craft

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Craft from Recycled Materials, Octopus, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 17-11-2016 | 431 views

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We first did this toilet paper roll octopus back in 2010 with the elder brother.

Toilet Paper Roll Octopus

Today we did the same with the little brother but skipped the painting part so it is not too lengthy. 

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You’ll need:
1 pcs toilet paper roll
1 pcs coloured foam
2 pcs googly eyes
Hole punch
Glue

Watch this video on how your toddler can make an octopus out of a toilet paper roll. If you intend to use kitchen roll, you’ll have to cut it short accordingly. 

Stamping Activity: Spider, Lollipop and a Goldfish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Toilet Paper Roll, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 25-10-2016 | 1,473 views

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My youngest boy is now 3 years old. It is important to work on his soft motor skills. At this age, I pay more attention to his finger muscles and hand strengthening as it is crucial in helping him to hold the pencil when he starts going to school.

Stamping is one of the best activity to work those finger muscles as he will be utilising all four fingers and his thumb to hold the stamp. It helps in his coordination and when I make it a little more challenging by getting him to draw something out of the circle he stamped, it becomes a bilateral activity that activates the non-dominant hand (to hold the paper) as well as his creativity in painting his thoughts on paper.

Watch this video on how he started by stamping random circles and proceeded to paint a spider, lollipop as well as a goldfish from just a circle.

Leaf Stamping Art for Toddlers

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Egg Carton, Vitagen bottle | Posted on 22-04-2016 | 1,462 views

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The hot spell brought many leaves to the ground and what better way to appreciate them then by making a leaf stamping art?

All you need is lots of leaves, paint brush, tempera paste and a piece of paper for stamping on. We used plastic egg cartons to store paints and empty drink bottles to wash the paint brush. We try to recycle stuffs before disposing them.

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Enjoy this video of my 2 1/2 year old boy enjoying painting and stamping:

Multi-Level Toy Car Garage

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Toilet Paper Roll, Vehicle | Posted on 10-08-2015 | 3,773 views

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My boys have too many cars. They are everywhere. We built a multi-level toy car garage using large toilet paper roll last weekend.
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Toilet Paper Roll Multi Level Toy Car Garage

Toilet Paper Roll

All we need are many huge toilet paper rolls and a thick board to support it at the back.

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Paste double-layered tapes on the rolls and stick them together.
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Glue a thick board at the back so the cars won’t fall off. My little boy had fun keeping his cars in the garage. I think it’s time to make him a bigger garage with more levels 🙂

Toilet Paper Roll Apple Tree

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Crepe Paper, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 28-07-2015 | 2,746 views

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After a long hiatus, we are finally ready to craft again as my little boy is turning two next month. Let’s make a toilet paper roll apple tree today. 

Toilet Paper Roll Apple Tree Craft
Toilet Paper Roll Apple Tree

We’ll need a toilet paper roll or a kitchen towel roll, brown tempera paste, green and red crepe paper. 

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Paint the toilet paper roll. Do not cut it into half yet as it is easier for your toddler to hold it if it is still whole. 

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Tear and crumple the green crepe paper. 

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Smear glue all over a construction paper.

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Paste the green crepe paper. 

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Add red crepe paper as the apple. 

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Cut the toilet paper roll half and paste as the tree trunk. 

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The toilet paper roll apple tree is done 🙂

Red Packet Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 29-12-2014 | 4,688 views

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Chinese New Year is just one and a half month away so let’s start making CNY decorations using red packets.
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For this Red Packet lantern, we’ll be needing TP Rolls too for the core.

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Wrap the TP Roll with red craft paper.

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Using only the front part of the red packet wrapper, cut lines down leaving a cm uncut on the top and bottom part.

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Paste it on the TP Roll and decorate with dangling ornament.

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Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1) Red packet Ball Lantern

2) Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3) Ang Bao Gold Fish

4) Lucky Star Lantern

5) Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6) Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

7) Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 ) Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9) Red Packet Fish Lantern

10) Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11) Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12) Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13) Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14) Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) Angpow Flower Lantern

Balancing Butterfly Craft

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bird, Butterfly, Craft from Recycled Materials, Insect crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 06-06-2014 | 6,722 views

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This is a really fun craft that doesnt require any fancy materials. You’ll most likely have everything already at home. It’s also ‘magical’ and I’m sure your kids will love it!
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Amazing Balancing Butterfly Craft

Materials needed:

Coloured Paper
Card board from cereal boxes (or any other box)
Glue
Coins

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Fold a coloured paper half. Draw one half of a butterfly making sure the top wings are way above the butterfly head to enable it to balance. This is also a good time to teach your child about the centre of gravity.

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Cut and paste onto the card board. Cut again. 

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Decorate the butterfly. 

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Paste a coin each on the back of the top wings. 

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The butterfly should be able to balance itself now. 

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It can balance almost anywhere. 

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Your kids will have a whole lot of fun balancing the butterfly everywhere!

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You can also make a balancing bird instead of a butterfly. 

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 It’s just as beautiful and fun to play with. This is a great craft to make at any parties 🙂

 

Handphone charger holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials | Posted on 01-08-2013 | 5,777 views

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We’ll be making an extremely simple handphone charger holder out of milk carton today.
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Handphone charger holder.

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Cut an empty milk carton into the above shape and decorate as you wish. Your simple handphone charger holder is done!

Sailboat Craft

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Vehicle | Posted on 24-07-2013 | 6,353 views

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Let’s go sailing! We’ll be making a sailboat out of milk carton today.
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Milk carton sailboat craft

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We’ll need an empty milk carton (washed, rinsed and dried)

Cut into half. Paste colored tape all around it.

Use a chopstick and paper for the sail and tape it onto the sailboat and it’s done. Simple!

Happy sailing! 🙂

 

Do-It-Yourself Self-Watering Pot

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Bottles | Posted on 21-06-2013 | 6,271 views

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Hi there. It’s been a while since our last update. We’ve been pretty busy lately. So busy that our plants died because we forgot to water them 🙁

Because of that, today we’ll be sharing on how to Do-It-Yourself a self-watering container for your plants. We did this a couple of months ago and our little chili plant survives till today 🙂
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Two months old chili plant in its self-watering pot.

Self watering pot craft

1) Get an empty mineral water bottle

2) Cut into two.

3) Place some strips of cloths and add soil.

4) Add water.

5) Add seed and place container in a shady yet with enough sunlight area.

6) Wait and watch your seed sprout!

It has been 2 months since we started this project and we only changed the water twice. The water never runs dry yet we changed it to get rid of the moss in the water.

Do try this with your little ones. Finally, a hassle-free gardening! 🙂

Bottle Pencil Case

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Bottles, Paper Mache, Papier Mache, Teacher's Day, Vehicle | Posted on 30-05-2013 | 13,591 views

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This is a great school holiday crafts for kids. Today we will be transforming a simple plastic bottle into a cool Airplane Pencil Case.
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Papier Mache Airplane Pencil Case

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– Slit open an empty plastic bottle.
– Cut wings and tail out of old carton boxes and tape them onto the bottle
– Cut strips of old newspaper into small pieces and soak them in water
– Glue paper all over the entire bottle with the last layer being plain white paper.
– Let dry overnight

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Paint the airplane and glue a 20cm zipper around the opening.

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The Papier Mache Airplane Pencil Case is ready for your kids to show off to friends when school reopens ^_^

Dried Leaf Chick

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bird, Craft from Recycled Materials | Posted on 21-04-2013 | 7,590 views

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We were walking in the park when we noticed lots of dried leaves scattered around. I picked up several nice ones and brought them home.

Today’s craft is Dried Leaf Chick.

Dried Leaf Chick

 

Dried Leaf Chick

You’ll need 2 dried leaves of different sizes. Paint them yellow (using acrylic paint) and let dry.

Paste the smaller leaf onto the bigger one as the wings.

Paste googly eyes.

Use a marker pen to draw the feet.  

The dried leaf chick is done! 😀

Egg carton snake

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Craft from Recycled Materials, Egg Carton, Snake | Posted on 06-02-2013 | 8,924 views

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Chinese New Year is approaching fast and we are ready to welcome the year of the Snake. Let’s make a snake out of egg cartons today.
egg carton snake

 

Just cut the egg cartons into individual cups and paint green.

Paste googly eyes and tongue (cut out of felt or angpow wrapper).

Paste dots on the body.

Punch a hole and tie a string through the egg carton cups.

The snake is done!

Happy Chinese New Year to all! 🙂

Papier Mache Hook

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Craft from Recycled Materials, Paper Crafts, Paper Mache, Snake | Posted on 25-09-2012 | 5,203 views

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It’s been some time since our last papier mache project so let’s make one today.

Papier mache snake hook

Cut an S shape out of a hard board.

Roll some old newspapers and secure them on the S template using masking tape. Repeat on another side.

Use masking tape and tape all over the newspaper.

Tear old newspapers. Soak them in water. Apply PVA glue and paste all over the masking tape. Repeat several layers. Let dry.

Paint the snake and let dry. Once dry you can use it to hang some lightweight stuffs 😀

CD Ladybug Note Holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in CD, Craft from Recycled Materials, Fridge Magnets, Insect crafts, Ladybug | Posted on 29-08-2012 | 12,930 views

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We have lots and lots of old CDs in our TV cabinet. Some of them have scratches all over that I thought of disposing them when I was spring cleaning the other day. But we never throw away old stuffs now do we? We recycle them! 😀

Besides CDs we also have lots of these eco-friendly shopping bags. Too many of them in fact! So I decided to recycle them too!

Let’s make a magnetic note holder from recyclables today 🙂

Use the CD as a guide and draw a circle on the black shopping bag.

Draw another circle on the red shopping bag and cut.

Paste the black circle cut-out on the CD. Cut the red circle into half and paste. Cut smaller black circles and paste on the wings.

Paste two googly eyes.

Add the back, paste used clothes peg and a magnet over it.

I think the only items you needed to purchase is the googly eyes and magnet. The rest are totally from the cabinet!

Egg Carton Handprint Owl

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bird, Egg Carton, Hand and Footprint Art | Posted on 13-08-2012 | 6,593 views

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Howdy craftiers! Sorry for the long absence. It’s been some time now since our last hand print art, hasn’t it? Let’s make this cute handprint owl art today 🙂

Handprint Egg Carton Owl

Paint your palm brown.

Stamp it onto a piece of drawing art block.

Cut the eyes and beak out of an egg carton.

Paint the eyes and beak.

While waiting for the egg carton to dry, paste some feathers on the handprint.

Paste the eyes onto the handprint and the cute owl is done! Boot boot! 😀

Toilet paper roll pencil holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 25-06-2012 | 17,198 views

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Inspired by FamilyFun’s dyed egg scuba diver craft, we improvised and came out with this:

Snorkeling pencil holder

We’ll need a large toilet paper roll, a sauce cup, a straw and a rubber band for this craft.

Glue the toilet paper roll onto a cardboard.

Paint the toilet paper roll.

Draw circles. Use paper punch to punch out smaller circles out of black craft foams. Paste.

Paste everything onto the toilet paper roll and let dry.

Little cute toilet paper rolls ready for some snorkeling fun!

Watch the full video tutorial here:

Crepe Paper Pencil Holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bee, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Crepe Paper, Mother's Day, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 29-04-2012 | 6,283 views

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I’ve always loved the fine art of pottery. I wish to try pottery with the students but I can’t find a good enough clay yet.

In the meantime, remember the kids’ paper twisting project previously? Refer to it here. Let’s get them to train their ‘pottery’ skills using crepe paper instead 🙂

We will need a large toilet paper roll. Glue a cardboard at the base and let dry.

We’ll need lots of strips of crepe paper.

Twisting crepe paper is good to train the little kids’ motor skills and coordination.

Apply glue on the toilet paper roll and paste the twisted crepe paper, rolling and repeating with new strips of paper until you’ve covered the entire roll.

The kids busy with their masterpiece.

The completed crepe paper pencil holder.

The kiddo decorated it to be a colourful alien bunny ^_^

Another kid did this creative BEE!

Aren’t they beautiful? I’d be very proud to have them on my working station 🙂

Easter Egg Mickey Mouse

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Easter, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 03-04-2012 | 3,591 views

Easter is just around the corner.

Thanks to www.family.go.com, we found this cute way to decorate our Easter Eggs 🙂

Watch this video on how we transformed an ordinary egg into a cute Mickey Mouse! <3

Button Bugs

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Beads, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafty Crafted Friends, Insect crafts | Posted on 22-02-2012 | 4,241 views

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Yvonne of MyDiaryMyBlog shared with us this cute craft made by her kids from recycling old buttons taken out from old clothings. All they needed were old buttons, UHU glue, sequins and soft wires.

This craft requires adult’s supervision as buttons and tiny sequins are being used. Please ensure the little ones do not put them into their mouth.

Thank you Yvonne for the lovely craft out of recycled items. Click here for the full entry.

You too can share your art and craft work with us. Just click here to submit. Thank you