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      Creative @ Home – DIY Sculpey Vase

      Creative @ Home – DIY Sculpey Vase

      Bring a simple jar to life with this cute DIY. You can either use it as a vase or pop a tea light candle in it.

      You will need:
      • Different colours of oven-bake clay. We used a variety of 7 different colours
      • Skewer
      • Preserving Jar (so it can be set in oven)

      STEP 1:

      Begin with some greenery! Break small chunks of clay off the packs and warm them up by rubbing in your hands. This allows the clay to be easily moulded.

      STEP 2:

      Start with long green shapes and build up a small patch with different leaves, flowers and grass. Try not to leave too much space between each new element and press the clay firmly to the jar to hold. You can add simple imprints with the skewer, however the rest if the sculpting can simply be moulded with your fingers.

      STEP 3:

      Once you have completed a small patch, just replicate the shapes you have already made until the entire jar is covered.

      STEP 4:

      Preheat oven to 130 degrees celsius. Place the jar on a cookie baking tray lined with baking paper (waxed). Bake for approx 25 mins. This will set your design.

       

      Creative @ Home – DIY Play Town

      Creative @ Home – DIY Play Town

      This project kept our kids amused for hours! First designing the town buildings and offering them an invitation to play with their very own creation.

      First, just gather any bits of craft objects you can get your hands on. We used paint, oil pastels, glue, material pieces, pom poms, glitter shapes, glitter glue, cardboard pieces, straws, sequins and buttons. There are no limitations.

      Next you can use either recycled cardboard or purchase some board from your local Officeworks. Cut them into basic building shapes of different heights. We painted the bases different colours and also loved creating windows with plain white paper so that the kids can get creative, thinking about what might be in these buildings.

      Secure your windows and doors onto the bases and you are ready to decorate!

      Ask your child to think about what all the buildings will be. We decided on a school, hospital, vet, candy factory and a house. Then think about what might be seen on the inside of those buildings and get drawing and gluing!

      Once your creations are dry, have fun playing!!!

      You can also add extra accessories to expand your town! We added a road and some cars.

       

       

      Creative @ Home – LEGO Challenge

      Creative @ Home – LEGO Challenge

      LEGO has long been a fantastic resource to practice some creativity. Our Art Teacher ‘Lee’ shares an inspiring way to transform LEGO into a fun piece of room decor. Lee runs her own creative business ‘You Give Me Grace‘ when she isn’t teaching at the Hive. Check her out to see some more exciting DIY’s to do with your kids. Being the mother of a 5 year old girl herself, she knows just what little projects are suitable and achievable! Have fun!!

      THE WINTER THEME CHALLENGE 

      1. Collect all your ‘cooler’ colour LEGO pieces. This includes Blues, Whites, etc.
      2. Place a 6×4 photo (or whichever size you like) flat on the ground and build up the first layer of your frame to make sure there is enough of a ‘window’ to see the photo.
      3. Once you have the first layer complete. Build up with different sizes, shapes and colours.

      Check out Lee’s example…

      THE GARDEN THEME CHALLENGE 

      1. Collect all your brighter ‘Spring’ colour LEGO pieces. This includes pinks, purples, yellows etc.
      2. Place a 6×4 photo (or whichever size you like) flat on the ground and build up the first layer of your frame to make sure there is enough of a ‘window’ to see the photo.
      3. Once you have the first layer complete. Build up with different sizes, shapes and colours. You can include flowers etc too!

      Check out Lee’s example…

      THE GRADIENT THEME CHALLENGE 

      1. Collect 3 shades of 3 different colours of LEGO to build your gradient. Lee has used 3 shades of blue, 3 shades of pink/purple and 3 shades of orange/yellow .
      2. Place a 6×4 photo (or whichever size you like) flat on the ground and build up the first layer of your frame to make sure there is enough of a ‘window’ to see the photo.
      3. Once you have the first layer complete. Build up with different sizes, shapes and colours.

      Check out Lee’s example…

      There are so many LEGO colours and shapes you can build frames with and they make super cute accessories in your room!!

      Don’f forget to check out more from Lee at ‘You Give Me Grace‘…

      Creative @ Home – DIY Space Sensory

      Creative @ Home – DIY Space Sensory

      Enter the sensational solar system! Engage your child in imaginary play with this easy sensory rice tray.

      This is what you will need:
      • A tray with raised edges to contain the content
      • Plain rice (amount will depend on the size of the tray you have available)
      • Black food dye
      • Large ziplock pouch
      • Gold or silver glitter paper sheet
      • A star hole punch OR simply cut by hand
      • Foil
      • Space characters/rocket etc. The space men in the image are available from BIG W.

      STEP 1:

      Place the amount of rice you would like to us into the ziplock bag and add the black food dye. Leave it to dry out for about 10 mins.

      STEP 2: While the dyed rice is drying out, cut out the glitter stars.

      STEP 3:

      Scrunch out ‘asteroid’ balls from the foil.

      STEP 4:

      Assemble the rice, stars, asteroids and characters into the tray and let your little one explore!

      Match with one of Hive’s favourite books, ‘Zoom to the Moon‘. Available from Dymocks Book Stores.

       

       

       

      Creative @ Home – DIY Play Boat

      Creative @ Home – DIY Play Boat

      You and your child can create this sweet little boat for lots of fun play! Made from simple materials usually found in your home, its easy to assemble and a little project you and your kids can do together.

      This is what you will need:
      • Empty egg carton
      • 2 square sheets of paper (either patterned or you can decorate yourself)
      • String
      • Skewer
      • Scissors
      • Sticky Tape
      • Blutac

      STEP 1:

      Place the skewer into the egg carton and secure underneath with the blutac to make sure it doesn’t slip out.

      STEP 2:

      Select one of the square pieces of paper and make a 1cm fold on one of the edges.

      STEP 3: 

      Then make a second fold to form a triangle, from the top of the first fold to the centre of the square. Then cut along the fold you just created. Repeat on the other side. Essentially, we are cutting out a triangle for the mast.

      STEP 4:

      To attach the paper mast to the skewer, simply wrap the first paper fold you made around the skewer and tape to secure.

      STEP 5:

      Tie the string around the top of the skewer and secure to the egg carton of the base.

      STEP 6:

      Using your second piece of square paper, cut an approx. 4cm rectangle and fold it in half length ways.

      STEP 7:

      Keeping the paper folded, cut triangles to create the bunting.
      NB: You may notice every second triangle will need to be discarded as you can only use the triangles that are fixed at the base end.

      STEP 8:

      Using tape or glue, secure the triangles to the string at even intervals.

      Completed! Well done and happy playing!

      How to Stimulate Creative Thinking in Your Child

      How to stimulate creative thinking among children this holiday

      Many parents think that creativity can’t be learned and it’s an inborn talent.  That either a child is born with or without it. However, the truth is that creativity is a skill that can be developed in every child. There are various activities that adults can do to create an environment that helps the child become more creative.

      One would ask why training their child to be creative would be important? Creativity is key to one’s success and happiness in life.  It can help one navigate through life by providing them with problem-solving skills, social skills and even help them when it comes to dealing with change.

      It is often thought that creativity is limited to musical and artistic expression but that is not the case. The ability to think creatively impacts a person’s aptitude for math and science, and improves their social and emotional intelligence.

      In today’s world with its technological advancements, children are exposed to excessive amounts of information on television, computers, and toys early and while they ‘know’ a lot, this can actually hinder their imagination. It is based on these reasons that we propose various ways that parents even in the presence of all these gadgets, can encourage their children to be more creative.

      1. Provide Time for Creative Expression

      Children are able to improve their imagination and creative thinking when they engage in unstructured play which is imaginative and child-directed. This, therefore, means that you should leave the child to his or her own whims. If in the presence of other children, as an adult, you shouldn’t direct there play or tell them what to play but leave the child to discover on their own. Apart from time, provide them with space where they can be creative and express themselves.

      1. Create an environment at home that encourages creativity

      Making creative spaces at home isn’t enough. You need to go ahead and foster a creative atmosphere for the child. A good example is by asking your child open-ended questions during dinner time. Leave the child to imagine and come up with the right answers. Always remember that there is no wrong answer and this process is meant to encourage your child to explore different ideas. The questions can be random. Don’t decide for your child the best ideas or tell them that some ideas aren’t possible.

      At home, you can place art on the walls so that it encourages creative expression. You can further discuss with your children about famous writers, painters, artists or musicians.  This will make them more curious.

      1. Encourage your child to act and not worry about making mistakes

      We learn very early to fear failure and this is something many people carry into their adulthood. Teaching your child that there is nothing wrong with failing gives them the requisite confidence to venture into new territory. When a child fears failing, they limit their creativity and imagination.

      Some great ways that you can make a child see there is nothing wrong with failing is sharing the mistakes you have also made or encouraging them to laugh it off when they fail and try again. That is exactly what Hive Creative Studio is all about. Contact us at https://hivekids.com.au/about-hive/ and allow your child to gain confidence, blossom and learn to express themselves while having a memorable time.