Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Boxcastle.shtml, http://www.stormthecastle.com/paper-castle/make-a-cardboard-castle.htm, http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/the-great-cardboard-castle-668698/
Promotes: Fine motor skills, creativity, teamwork
Note: I try to make activities/large crafts like this co-operative things. The kids can pair up as they wish, but they need to work together to collect materials, design and build their castles.
Promotes: Gross motor skills, teamwork
Note: This can obviously not be played in the road with children. Adjust accordingly.
Source: Bookmark idea - http://crafts.iloveindia.com/celtic-knot-bookmark.html; Celtic Knot instructions and photos - http://www.original-kids-crafts.com/irish-crafts-for-kids.html
Promotes: Fine motor skills, creativity
Note: Adjust size of craft to bookmark size if wanted. Glue finished knot to cardstock, punch a hone in the top for a ribbon/tassel.
1. Fold the first colour of felt in half. Using the felt pen draw a shape like the point of a leaf on the back of it as shown. Draw curved lines parallel with the edges of the leaf shape, down to the fold.
2. Now draw lines as shown, on either side of the centre.
3. Now draw a line along the centre of the leaf-shape, from the fold. Leaving the felt folded over, cut along the lines. Repeat for the second piece of felt.
4. Open out the pieces of felt. Then, for the dark green piece only, cut as shown in the photo.
5. Look closely at the photo and use it as your guide. Weave the two pieces of felt together. Remember that each stip of felt should always go over, then under, then over the strips it meets (some will go under, over, under…).
6. When your Celtic knot is complete, cut a square of corrugated cardboard 13 x 13 cm, and glue the knot into the centre. Make sure that you glue the ends of the dark green felt together so that no gaps show.
7. Press under some heavy books until it’s dry.
8. Fold the green card in half, and glue the corrugated card into the centre. Press again until dry.
Promotes: Fine motor skills
Note: I’ve made this craft using only pipe cleaners to great success
Source: The Mudpies Book of Boredom Busters - Nancy Blakey (p72-73), http://pageturneradventures.com/2012/02/let-worry-dolls-take-your-troubles-away/
Promotes: Creativity, fine motor skills
Note: Kids of all ages and both genders enjoy this craft, and it can be easily adjusted to different skill sets and abilities. It’s also a neat way to teach about the concept and tradition of traditional Worry Dolls from Guatemala. Be sure to explain the tradition behind them before beginning the craft - kids are much more interested by it when you do!
Simply guide the kids in designing an outfit for the doll to wear. It can be made out of felt, coloured on with markers or made from a long piece of yarn wrapped around and around.
Use fine tip markers to draw on a face. Hair can be made from yarn, embroidery floss or even pom poms.
These are the two dolls I made the first time I did the craft:
Materials: Medium sized ball, like a football
Promotes: Teamwork, gross motor skills, problem solving
10 or more players, aged 8 and up, played indoors and outdoors.
Hurley is an old game which can be tracked back to ancient Rome, and has been played throughout Great Britain for hundreds of years. However, Hurley is practically popular in Ireland, and it is believed to be the ancient ancestor to modern football.
Players form two equal teams, each taking one half of a gymnasium or a large field. One team begins with a medium sized ball (eg: football), with the object of moving the ball over the opposing teams End, which is simply the rear boundary of that teams half.
The defending team may tag an approachable player, whereupon that player must stop and immediately pass the ball, or give the ball up. The ball may be passed or run with, but it may not be kicked and no rough play should be allowed. Essentially the same game may be played indoors, but with a goal, into which the ball may be thrown, and defended by a goalie. No goalie is required for the outdoors version.
Materials: None needed.
Promotes: Gross motor skills
Once you’ve gathered all your friends together, decide on a starting and finishing line, and try the following animal races:
Crab Race: Racers are on all fours (hands and feet), and must move sideways.
Chimp Race: Racers hold their ankles with their hands or drag their knuckles on the ground.
Frog Race: Racers squat in frog position and hop.
Can you think of other animals to imitate in your races? Let your imagination run wild — and may the fastest animal win!
Materials: None needed
Promotes: Active listening, gross motor skills
Animals often use their sense of hearing to help them find food and avoid danger. This Fox and Mouse Game will help you and your friends sharpen your ears.
The fox is one of nature’s most clever animals. It uses its large ears to help hunt for food.
Here’s how you can be as cunning as a fox:
Have a group of friends — at least four — stand in a circle. Pick one person to be the fox. That person will stand in the middle of the circle with his or her eyes closed. Have a mouse (one of the people in the circle) walk in an inner circle around the fox and then return to his or her place in the outer circle. The fox must try to guess who the “mouse” was, using sounds as clues. If the fox guesses correctly, the mouse takes a turn as the fox.