This year’s Fundraising drive provides plenty of artspiration for parents to create with their children, particularly on a rainy afternoon. We love to get creative. Our gift ideas, available to purchase from our Fundraising catalogue and website, provide a ‘blank canvas’ for children to create their own masterpieces. Here are a few of our suggestions of what you can create with some of these art and craft materials but the creative possibilities are bound only by imagination.

Play Doh Monster

You will need:

  • Play-Doh 005280
  • Joggle Eyes in a 5 Layer Jar 360 pieces 373548
  • Coloured Matchsticks Pack of 3000 000455

Step by Step:

  • Use a large piece of Play-Doh and roll or mould your monsters’ body into a circular shape a set aside
  • Divide Play-Doh into four smaller-sized circular shapes and attach to the bottom of your monsters’ body as legs
  • Apply joggle eyes to your monster, we used four eyes of two varying sizes
  • Insert coloured matchsticks into the top of your monster as hair
  • Your monster is ready to scare.

Play Doh Caterpillar

You will need:

Step by Step:

  • Use multiple coloured Play-Doh, we used blue, green, yellow and red
  • Roll each colour into equal sized circular shapes and attach horizontally  in a lined formation to create the body (you can make your caterpillars body as long as you like)
  • Once you are happy with the length of the body, attach Play-Doh vertically to create the neck
  • Make the final circular shape the head. Roll two thin pieces to use as antlers and attach a dob of Play-Doh at the tip
  • Mould two small sized circles and attach to the head as eyes and add two smaller pieces to emphasise the eyes
  • Apply rolled play-doh to the face as a mouth
  • Your caterpillar can now be brought to life.

Paper Aeroplane

You will need:

Step by Step:

  • Select coloured paper and lay flat, portrait oriented
  • Fold the paper in half then unfold it to create a crease along its centre
  • On the top end of the paper, fold each corner in towards the centre to the point where the inside edges are even with the centreline crease to make two small triangles
  • Starting at the very tip of the point, fold the paper over on each side so the inside edges line up with the centre crease
  • Turn the paper plane over and fold it in half along the centreline
  • Fold the first wing with the line of the fold running nearly parallel to the centreline of the plane. Make this fold an inch from the centre
  • Fold the second wing exactly as the first
  • Your paper aeroplane is ready to take flight.

Apron

You will need:

Step by Step:

  • We chose to create a personalised apron for Dad, but these Blank Canvas Aprons are perfect for any occasion or as a gift to suit anyone as they can be decorated as you wish, perhaps using fabric markers, dot markers or imagination stampers
  • We used Black Fabric Paint to illustrate in freehand the words "Dad's Kitchen" using symbols of some of Dad's favourite things or you can simply write the words
  • Then (using a pencil) draw two oven mitts below the words (using pencil allows you to get your oven mitts drawn perfectly before you fill them in with Fabric Craft Paint)
  • We then used Red Fabric Craft Paint to fill in the pencil drawing of your oven mitts and used Black Fabric Craft Paint to add the final detail to the gloves
  • Your apron is now ready to give as a gift to dad or wear while cooking in the kitchen.

Playfoam Duck

You will need:

  • Playfoam 384594
  • Joggle Eyes in a 5 Layer Jar 360 pieces 373548
  • Solid Colour Feather Pack 356923

Step by Step:

  • We chose to sculpt our Playfoam into a duck using yellow and orange colours
  • Mould yellow Playfoam into a circular shape. Place onto a flat surface area and gently pull one end to a point to create the ducks tail
  • Roll a smaller circular shape with another piece of yellow Playfoam and attach as the head
  • Using orange Playfoam roll into a length with one side slightly larger than the other
  • Attach the thicker end to the head as a beak
  • Choose two small Joggle eyes and attach to the face
  • Fluff yellow feathers and attach to the top of the head
  • Your duck is ready to play.