Monday, February 27, 2012

Craft of the Month--March

Here's what's in store for Camp Scarlet's Craft of the Month Club for March:
Seuss-creatures, Painted Shamrock, and paper plate Lion & Lamb

March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday, so celebrate by making some Seuss creatures.

First,  read some Dr. Seuss books and take note of what the creatures look like. 


 Then, gather some supplies, like Popsicle sticks, feathers, pom poms, cotton balls, styrofoam balls, straws, chenille stems, and of course, googly eyes, and get to work.  Click here to see the Seuss creatures our kids made a couple of years ago.
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 March 17 is St. Patrick's day, so why not celebrate by painting shamrocks?
First, draw or print out an outline (here's one--enlarge it if you'd like a bigger one) in the shape of a shamrock.  Then show the shape to your child and talk about how shamrocks can represent the Trinity: there are 3 separate leaves which are all part of one shamrock.

 Next, mix yellow and blue paint to make green (optional: read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni) and paint your shamrock.  For an interesting effect, use bubble wrap.

When the paint is dry, you can cut out the shamrock and mount it on another piece of paper, and add a Bible verse about the Trinity--maybe this one:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 28:19
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Ever heard the expression "in like a lion, out like a lamb" referring to the month of March?  Make a paper plate lion and lamb and talk about March ushering in the beginning of spring.
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Lion
Paint a small paper plate brown

Cut yellow and brown construction paper into 1” wide strips, and curl each strip around a pencil, then glue around the outside of the paper plate (touching the inner circle of the plate)
Sort of like this, but glue the curled strips to the front of the plate
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Cut a piece of yellow construction paper into a circle a little bigger than the center of the plate and glue to your plate, overlapping the edges of the curly strips (so the circle holds the edges of the strips down).
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Glue eyes and a triangle nose to the circle like in the picture (I would put the triangle up-side-down, though).  Draw a mouth as shown and whiskers if desired.


Lamb 
Glue cotton balls to completely cover a small paper plate.

Using black construction paper and googly eyes, make a lamb face--here are a couple of ideas to choose from:
Use your child's handprint to make this lamb face
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Glue the face in the center of the plate (either use a lot of glue and glue it right to the cotton balls, or leave a blank space for it.  Or you could glue the face on first, then do cotton balls around it, but you might end up with cotton on your lamb face).

Optional: on a large sheet of paper (18x12”), write “lion” on one half and “lamb” on the other (or use 2 sheets of construction paper).  Glue your lion and lamb plates to the paper.  List characteristics of lions and lambs then talk about how these apply to Jesus (refer to Revelation 5) and/or to March weather.

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