Friday, 6 February 2015

Chinese New Year Crafting #BostikBloggers

I am so pleased to be a Bostik Blogger and opened my first crafting box alongside my son with much excitement. From the contents, with shiny reds and golds I instantly guessed the theme was Chinese New Year. Myself and Little Bird had a look at some images from when we had been to the Manchester Chinese New Year celebrations a couple of years back and LB instantly said that is what we made.
Our Bostik Bloggers Craft Box

We used:
Strips of orange and yellow tissue paper
Gold paper cup
Bostik Glu Dots
Black Pipe Cleaners
Red and gold shiny card
Small polystyrene balls
Googly eyes
Red glitter
Bostik Foam Pads
Foam strips
Foam sticky stars
Scissors (really must buy some children's scissors so I did the cutting!)

We cut strips of orange and yellow tissue paper and using the Bostik Glu Dots stuck them into the mouth of the cup - this is the dragon's fiery breath.

Again using the Glu Dots attach the small pom poms as nostrils, polystyrene balls as big eyes and a black pipe cleaner as the dragon's curly whiskers.

Boogly eyes were stuck to the eye balls with Bostik Foam Pads, which as they are foamy gave a 3D effect.

The two pieces of shiny card were concertinaed - LB was very interested in this - shiny, shiny!

Each piece was cut in half along the longer length  - this is to be the dragons body.

We alternated the colours, gold-red-gold and attached the card with Bostik Foam Pads

Foam strips were attached with the Glu Dots as the dragon's centipede type legs/decorations. LB opted for them being lots of legs. Love these glue dots, so easy and as LB struggles with gloopy textures they were better for him than using white glue.
 Constructed as so...........

Now to decorate with sticky foam stars, glitter and sequins. The best bit!
 LB loved this part as it is easier for him as he does struggle with some motor skills but his fine motor skills are improving and picking up sequins and crafting bits and bobs is great practice.
The dragon had some sequinned and glittered eye lashes and some flared nostrils and a pretty decorated body.
Now I must point out that crafting is a a reasonably new activity for us, not for want of trying but because it is quite an abstract concept for LB with having autism. He sees things so literally so a paper cup is just that, a paper cup. However, our craft box is giving us the opportunity to prompt us to work on these skills and LB really enjoyed it. So I am pleased. He learnt something, he practised some motor skills, used his vocabulary - colours, shapes, textures and we have now pencilled Chinese New Year into the calendar as we are going to see the parades and markets in Manchester. A super learning activity and we may have a go at making some Chinese lanterns next.

The next day we looked at our Chinese dragon again and LB had a little play around with him. Friends 

 The craft box was provided to me by Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers Club


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