Christmas split pins

Christmas split pins

It’s mid November and we’re all searching for exciting Christmas crafts to do with our students. One of my all time favorites would have to be some sort of split pin craft. Many people don’t quite know what I’m talking about when I mention the word split pin but as soon as you describe it to them, they remember them from their childhood. You know, the little pin that lets your creation move its arms or legs etc. I think most folks are also confused as to where to buy these delightful little pins but I’m pretty sure that most bookstores stock them, they’re generally in little boxes hidden in a corner somewhere and an added bonus is that they’re dirt cheap.

I am rather surprised that you don’t find too many split pin templates online. I thoroughly enjoy making them and my kiddies all do too. They love showing you how their little creature is able to move :). Today’s post is going to take you through how to make a split pin craft and then also walk you through our split pin pack. This pack is one of our first products we created when we set up Bonkerbots, or rather K and L as seen in the pics. That was our original name and logo. Cute right? I think this product is a classic and it’s always fun when Christmas time rolls round and I know I can whip these little guys out.

Ok let’s get started…

What you’ll need?

 

  • card stock / cardboard (thicker paper than regular)
  • coloring pencils
  • scissors
  • split pins

That’s it. That’s all you need.

Simply print your template out onto card stock. I highly recommend this to ensure longevity with the end result.

 

Step 1

 

 

Color your template in. I decided on the Snowman, although it was difficult to decide. I have colored in versions of each and will let my students choose which one they would like ahead of time. This builds up the excitement too.

 

 

Step 2

 

 

Cut your snowman out using the guidelines.

 

Step 3

 

 

Poke holes into the x’s. We used the tip of our scissors to help with this.

 

Step 4

 

 

Attach the arms using the split pins.

 

What’s included in the Christmas split pin pack?

 

 

  • Christmas tree
  • Santa Claus
  • Fireplace
  • Elf
  • Snowman
  • Reindeer

Each Christmas character requires 2 pieces of card stock. Don’t you think they look adorable? They all have such personalities. πŸ™‚ Click on the link below to grab your own copy.

Christmas split pins

We here at Bonkerbots would love to see how your split pins turned out so please feel free to tag us on the gram or on Facebook using @Bonkerbots.

You may also like our How to draw an Elf video. Keep tuned for some more Christmas activities coming soon.

Happy Holidays.

Laura πŸ™‚

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly craft

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly craft

 

Oh my goodness! This little old lady who swallowed a fly craft has to be one of my favorite crafts that Keith has made so far. I remember the making of it. I had been searching for a copy of the book for ages, as it’s perfect for teaching sequencing and it’s such a bizarre little story…so when I finally tracked one down, I was beyond thrilled. Such a nerd.

 

 

There I was searching through Pinterest, looking for an activity but not finding exactly what I was looking for. So what does a teacher, who happens to know an artist do… get him to create your idea! haha! I really do love Keith’s imagination. His work is always unique and all his drawings have such character, like a proper back story. πŸ™‚

Needless to say, the first time I whipped her out to my little Kindergartners, they were super excited and eager to take their own old lady home. It also got them retelling the story with confidence.

Craft = success!

They were able to cut theirs independently and just needed some assistance with sticking the plastic bag (zip log bag). We were able to buy a big pack of these for next to nothing, and it’s a handy thing to have in the office because they super versatile.

 

Step 1

 

Color in the template. It’s always fun seeing how the kiddies bring theirs alive. I highly recommend printing this craft on thicker paper, AKA card stock / card board. It’s more durable, especially since kiddies can be rather rough with their work.

 

 

Step 2

 

Cut the pictures out using the guidelines.

 

 

Step 3

 

Cut the old lady’s inner circle.

 

 

Step 4

 

Attach the plastic bag to the back of the old lady using scotch tape. Remember to keep top part open to insert animals and snip off any bits of plastic that are hanging over the edges.

 

 

Step 5

 

Let the kiddies practice their story telling skills and feed the old lady some animals.

 

 

 

I hope that your little ones will have as much fun as we did in creating the old lady who swallowed a fly.

Click HERE to get your own version.

We would absolutely love to see your students old ladies. So please feel free to tag us on Instagram or Facebook. πŸ™‚ (@Bonkerbots)

That’s all for today folks,

Happy teaching!

Laura πŸ™‚

Halloween freebie

Halloween freebie

 

 

I can’t believe it’s already October. This has certainly been an intense year for everyone but on a positive note, things are improving. We’re back at School, which is awesome! It’s been 7 months since our kids were at School (we went online in March) so it has been an exciting and VERY busy first week back.

Normally we would celebrate Halloween with lots of games and activities but things will be rather different this time round. One thing I am really looking forward to are all the fun crafts. I thoroughly enjoy making crafts with the little ones and I know they LOVE them too. πŸ™‚

 

Witch

 

 

We created this little lady a few years back but she is still one of my favorite Halloween crafts. The kids really LOVE the 3D nose and it’s very interactive with coloring, cutting, folding the hair and then pasting it all together.

Step 1

I’d highly recommend printing this craft of board (card stock), it’s more durable and makes for a great classroom display. Students just need to color in (using crayons or coloring pencils).

 

 

Step 2

Students will need to cut, using the guideline.

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Grab some colored paper strips and fold them to create a ‘curly’ look. Choose any color you like.

 

 

 

 

Step 4

Glue the hair on each side. Slice cutting line to add nose. Slide nose through hole and glue onto the back of head.

 

 

 

Step 5

Glue the hat on.

 

Step 6

Show everyone your rad craft. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the FREEBIE to collect your very own copy. We’d love to see how yours turned out, feel free to tag us on Facebook / Instagram.

Happy Halloween!

Laura

 

 

 

Halloween Mosaic craft

Halloween Mosaic craft

Oh my word! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE making food mosaics. I will make it work with any theme and boy, does it work. It doesn’t matter which grade I have made them with, from K- lower primary but they all ADORE it and are 100% zoned throughout. I am also always impressed with how well they follow instructions.

As Halloween is approaching, we will start making some really rad crafts. This year we have this cool FREEBIE for you, which you can grab at the end of the post. Be sure to check out our other Halloween Freebies too (Links at end of our post).

Doesn’t it look super duper cool?

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Mosaics are really fun to make but the end result is pretty epic. The kids love working with the different textures and are super proud to show of their creation once they’re hanging up in the class.

 

What ya making?

You will need:

  • Board (card stock)
  • White glue
  • Yellow and orange lentils
  • Popcorn seeds
  • Basil seeds
  • Sago (green)
  • Sunflower seeds

You can totally change your ingredients to whatever is available and affordable. The ingredients I used are very affordable this side and most of them cost less than $2 for each pack.

Let’s get crafting!

The first thing you will need to do is ensure that all ingredients are easily accessible to the kiddies. I really enjoy these trays that I found in the supermarket. They’re a perfect size and I must say, I am always impressed at how little mess there is at the end. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly a mess but not nearly as much as one might expect.

Normally my kids would be sitting in groups and they would share trays but we’re back at school, following strict guidelines so the trays will be slightly different now. I generally have the small white glue container for each table, wonderful opportunity for the little ones to practice their squeezing (great hand workout), although I also walk around with my glue to help those who need.

We go through the rules and then work step by step making our mosaics.

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Once they have glued the goodies, they are instructed to lift it up to let the excess fall down. We generally let it fall on the ground, which we will sweep up once finished. Even though we’re making the same craft, it’s always fun seeing how unique they each turn out.

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We also walk through how much glue is actually needed. Teachers are well aware, there are ALWAYS one or two kiddies that feel they must use the entire bottle of glue on their masterpiece πŸ˜‰ but overall, they really handle it all with ease.

This year we have made the pumpkin template, bats flying with the moon in the background and a skull template. It’s hard to choose which one I like more as I think they turned out beautifully. I am also a sucker for making these. I find it rather relaxing;) haha πŸ™‚ I get way too excited when doing these with the kids.

Sure…making crafts can be tiresome but it’s well worth all the prep and the pure joy in the faces while making it. πŸ™‚

Β  For the bats, I used basil seeds for the smaller one and black beans for the bigger one. I really like the effect it made. Β 

Instead of only using one ingredient for the moon, I chose to mix the yellow and orange lentils and even added some popcorn seeds. Again, I am a big fan of how they turned out.

So whether you’re a parent creating this with your little one at home or a teacher making these with a class full of eager faces, I hope you have a wonderful time. I would also love to see how they turned out and which ingredients you used. πŸ™‚

 

FREEBIE ALERT:

Grab your Halloween mosaic template

Happy Halloween! Laura πŸ™‚

How to fold a mini book

How to fold a mini book

 

 

If you’ve been been teaching young learners, then no doubt, you are familiar with all sorts of mini books. We use them for everything from introducing new vocab to reading practice to Science to Math and so on.

There are plenty available online but if you’re like me, you enjoy making them yourself. I love picking out the clip art and choosing the font so be sure to grab yourself the FREE blank mini book templateΒ blank template.

If you’re completely new to mini books and are unsure how to fold them, then do not worry. The video above shows you exactly how to do it and also shows how easy it is or keep reading below.

Step 1:

 

 

Print out your mini book and cut the outline.

 

Step 2

 

 

Fold the paper in half.

 

Step 3

 

 

Fold the paper on all the vertical lines.

 

Step 4

 

 

Now cut your book on the dotted line in the middle of the paper. This is going to help fold it into its final shape.

 

Step 5

 

 

Now you’rΓ© going to pull the two center vertical lines (where you cut the middle horizontal line) to create this shape as seen above.

 

Step 6

 

 

You’ve reached the final step. Just fold the cover over and you now have your very own mini book. How fun! πŸ™‚

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you think and stay tuned for some more exciting activities.

Download your own Letter P mini book:

FREE mini book template

Have a magical day!

Laura πŸ™‚

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