These lollipop stick pals are our favorite kind of craft, each child creates their own designs and at the end you have a variety of different ideas – each one awesome and unique! The kids loved making these and were using them to put on puppet shows from under the table before finally deciding to use them as homemade bookmarks. This little craft is great for groups, simply put out a variety of materials for the children to use!
Here’s what we used
- Wide lollipop stick
- Paint or felt tip pens
- Googly eyes
- Coloured paper
- Optional decoration bits and pieces
How we made our lollipop stick pals
Using pens or paint colour in the lollipop stick and leave it to dry.
Take the pipe cleaner and shape the ends as desired to make the hands before twisting it on to the lollipop stick.
To make the hands for this bookmark we bent three bumps into the end of the pipe cleaner then twisted the length of the pipe cleaner between one of the bumps to secure before shaping with our hands. We then repeated this on the other side.
Add some fun facial features to the top of the lollipop stick bookmark
And finish off by adding any extra customisations such as hats, clothes or any other decorations!
We’d love to see how your little one’s lollipop stick pal turns out. Did you know you can share them with us on Pinterest or Facebook?
Its been a bit of a funny day for us today, the rain hasn’t stopped all day and the thunder has been just as keen too. We never really go out when its thundering as my two really aren’t keen on it, so we’ve just spent the day plodding about the house. We did however get the craft stuff out for a while earlier. Ted wanted to do some crafting by himself but also wanted me to sit next to him too. So, whilst he was busy making some awesome junk modelling I made this cute little toilet roll teddy bear craft. My youngest is totally fascinated with them and has been playing with them all afternoon. I took this to mean that she thought they were good, so I thought it would be nice to share them on here!
Heres what we used
- Empty toilet roll
- Brown and pink paper
- Eye stickers
How to make our toilet roll teddy bear craft
First take your brown piece of paper and cut a piece the same length as your toilet roll and wide enough to stretch around it. Cover one side of your paper in glue and wrap it around your toilet roll so that it’s completely covered.
Now its time to give your Teddy bear a face! Cut out two semi circle ears and inner ears and glue them in place on the inside of your toilet roll. Stick on two eyes and a nose then finish the face by drawing on a mouth.
To make the teddy bears arms and legs you’ll need to make some springs. Cut out two thin strips of your brown paper and glue them together at a right angle as you can see above. Then, accordion fold them by taking turns folding one over the other. Once you reach the end of your paper, glue your two loose ends together. You’ll need to make four springs in total.
From your brown paper cut out four circles to make the paws. Then, cut out four slightly smaller pink circles and glue them in the center of the brown ones to make the inside of the paw.
Glue a paw on to one end of each spring and then glue the other side of the spring onto your bear. Your cute little toilet roll teddy bear craft is finished!
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Here is yet another wooden spoon puppet craft that we made to go with our cardboard puppet theatre project. This is my son’s wicked wooden spoon witch puppet and doesn’t she look great! I’ve really enjoyed making these with him the last few days. They’re a bit tricky for him to make alone so we’ve spent a lot of time doing them together which has been so lovely.
When they announced that schools were going to be shut, i did wonder how he would get on being home so much with just his parents and little sister. I am so blessed to say that he has been absolutely brilliant and every day has been a pleasure. He does of course miss seeing his friends and cousins but these little ones are just so resilient. He’s made the best of every day and we’ve been finding whatever we can to do to make the days a bit easier. There’s no denying he’s probably watched a little bit too much paw patrol, but we have also had loads of fun outdoors and plenty of crafting and educational fun indoors and let’s be honest all that really matters is that they’re happy and that they get through this the best they possibly can until we regain a bit of normality.
Here is what we used;
How to make this wooden spoon witch puppet
Start off by taking your lollipop stick and gluing it centrally across the top of your wooden spoon handle – just below the head, this will make the arms. Then, take your puppet and coat it in green paint before putting it aside to dry.
Now it’s time to give your witch some hair, to make ours we glued some wool scraps around the edge of the wooden spoon head. Then add two eyes, a nose and a mouth to make your witch’s face.
Cut out a witches hat and stick it down in place at the top of your spoon head.
Place your witch puppet on to the back of your felt and draw your dress shape around it. You will need to make sure your dress Is a bit bigger than your spoon all the way around.
To save felt you could just stick one dress piece to the front. However we’re planning on using our puppets long term and wanted to make them sturdy as possible. We drew around our dress shape and cut out a second identical piece to make the back. If you decide to cut out a back piece too remember to draw around the dress with both felt sides facing outwards as they will be on the spoon, otherwise your pieces might not match up!
To attach your witches dress lightly stick one side to the front of your spoon and the other to the back. Pinch the two pieces together to meet and stick in the middle. Finish off you wooden spoon witch puppet by adding a magic wand. My son also added some snips in to the bottom of his witches dress too which i think looks fab!
Here are some other crafts that you may enjoy
- Wooden spoon princess puppet
- DIY cardboard puppet theatre
- Wooden spoon pirate captain puppet
- Wooden spoon girl pirate puppet
Paper cone dinosaurs
We had so much fun making these paper cone dinosaurs. My son is obsessed with all things dinosaur and has been since he started walking and talking. We’ve always found dinosaur crafts a bit more difficult to come up with so out of all the paper cone crafts that we’ve made today these awesome paper cone dinosaurs are definitely the ones i’m most proud of!
You will need
- Coloured thick craft paper or card.
- Eye stickers (optional)
To make the dinosaur bodies.
Take a coloured piece of A4 paper and fold it in half to make a card shape. Then, take a pencil and draw a gradual curve starting from just above the centre of your fold line to the bottom right corner (you’ll need to make sure the curve isn’t too sharp or it won’t match up when folded). Cut out your shape.
Fold your shape in half and trim off any excess to make sure both sides are even.
Open up your shape to reveal your 4 sections Cover one of your end sections in glue..
and then pull it round and stick it down on the back of your other end section to create a triangular cone.
To make the Diplodocus
To start, you will need to make the top of the head. Cut out an arch shape and glue two eyes on to it centrally.
Cut out an oval for the nose and glue it length ways just below the eyes.
Glue two small circles onto the nose to make nostrils and use your marker to make a mouth
Finish off your Diplodocus by gluing the head at the top point and then cutting out a long thin black arch and sticking it in the middle of your cone to make his legs.
To make the triceratops
Cut out a raindrop shape to make the main base of your triceratops face.
Cut out several semi circles and glue them around the top half of the head.
Cut out another raindrop shape to make the triceratops beak and then glue down two eyes.
To finish the face, cut out two curved horns and one straight one. Glue the curved horns either side of the triceratops’ head and the straight one just touching the beak.
Glue the head on to the cone body and then cut out a black arch shape and glue it on to the centre of your cone body to make the legs.
To make the T-rex
Cut out your T-rex head shape in your chosen colour and then draw around it on some red paper. This duplicate red head will make the inside of the mouth.
Fold the face coloured piece upwards just below the eye area and then glue the two eye sections together to give you a T-rex with a big open mouth. Then, Cut out two rows of teeth and glue them down at the top and bottom of the mouth.
Give your T-rex two angry eyes. To make ours, we cut out two white circles and used a black marker to draw on the details.
Glue the T-rex head on to the top point of your cone. Next cut out a black arch shape and secure it centrally at the bottom of the cone body to make his legs. Finish off your T-rex by giving him two short arms.
Aren’t they cute! My son and I both love the triceratops!
Did you like these awesome paper cone dinosaurs? why not give these paper cone fairies a try!