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Art at Home 11

Week 11 Theme (8.06.20): Minibeasts

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Day 1: Insect body designs

Visit this website to see what we are making today: Click here

Visit this link to download an insect body outline: Click here choose the one you like!

Required items:

  • Outline of insect/minibeast on paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Colouring tools

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be drawing the outline of an insect or mini beast. If you want, you could download a template to make it easier from the link above. Once you have your outline, draw lines to split the inside up into different pieces. In each piece, draw crazy patterns and use fun colours to make a completely unique insect!

Links to other subjects:

Science/Maths. Discuss where you would find this insect and the habitat it would live in. Use rulers or compasses to draw shapes inside the outline.

Extra activities:

How to draw butterflies (paper and colours to fill in): Click here

Day 2: Beehive Twirler

Visit this website to see the inspiration for what we are making today: Click here 

Visit this website to see what a beehive looks like: Click here

Required items:

  • A4 piece of paper for each child
  • Paper plate/paper cut into a spiral
  • yellow/black/white paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Colouring pencils/markers
  • Glue
  • Water pots
  • String
  • scissors

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a mobile to hang in your window to give the bees some friends! The one above is for a star inspired mobile, but imagine it was a buzzing beehive! Cut your paper into a spiral, paint it in different shades of yellow and put hexagon shapes on it – just like a honeycomb! Children could add in wood style pieces to look like the branches, leaves, other insects, honey dripping using paper, string or tissue paper – whatever they can imagine! Hang it from a string (or a twig you found on the ground) and attach it to a window to encourage the bees to come to the flowers near your home!

Links to other subjects:

Science. Discuss importance of bees and how they are crucial for pollination. 

Extra activities:

How to draw a bee (paper to draw on/colouring tools): Click here

Day 3: Insect-in-the-wind Crafts

Visit this website to see what we are making today: Click here 

Required items:

  • paper to roll into a tube shape
  • Colouring pencils/felt tips
  • Tape/glue
  • Googly eyes (if you want them)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper (or just more regular paper)

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a paper insect that can blow in the wind. Use coloured paper (or white paper that you colour) to create the body for this fun little creature. Roll some paper into a tube shape and glue it when you’re happy with the size. Cut the paper if you want a shorter body for your insect! Draw out their other body parts and decorate them, then cut the pieces out and attach them to the body. Lastly, cut some strips of tissue paper or regular paper and attach them to the bottom of your insect so if it was outside, it would blow in the wind.

Links to other subjects:

Science/English. Discuss the habitat for your creature. Do a setting description to explain the home for your insect.

Extra activities:

How to draw a cartoon ladybug (paper and colouring tools): Click here

Day 4: Snails

Visit these websites to see what we’re making today: Click here OR try here

Required items:

  • Paper cut into a snail shape
  • Colouring pencils/felt tips
  • Glue
  • Coloured paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Googly eyes

What you’re doing:

Today, you have two options! You can create a snail using small pieces of tissue paper or using rolled up paper. For the tissue paper snail, I like to rip off small pieces of tissue paper and wrap it around the flat end of a pen or pencil. Dip the end in some glue and stick it onto your snail shell. For the rolled paper snail, cut strips of coloured paper and roll it up. Secure it with some glue or some tape, then stick it onto your snail shell. Don’t forget to decorate the rest of the snail!

Links to other subjects:

English. Write a story about your snail and the adventures it goes on!

Other activities:

How to draw a snail (paper and colouring tools):  Click here

Day 5: Insect Hotel

Visit these websites to see what we’re making today: Click here 

OR Click here 

Required items:

  • An empty can with both ends removed
  • String
  • Glue/tape
  • Rocks/fallen twigs/other things from nature that are broken/dead (please do not harm living plants!)

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating an insect hotel. You can create one very simply by using an old can and filling it with different things found in nature. The second link takes you to a more complicated insect hotel if you would like to do something bigger with your family. If actually creating an insect hotel isn’t possible, draw plans for one that you could create in the future J

Links to other subjects:

RE/English. Discuss why it is important to care about all living things. Create a poster advertising your bug hotel.

Other activities:

Make a paperchain caterpillar (coloured paper, tape/glue, scissors, colouring tools):  Click here