Children love imagination and magic. They like to explore and try new things if they are given the opportunity. Pretending to create a world of wizardry and magic encourages their fertile sense of creativity and wonder. A creative mind is an active one that is more able to expand to other learning skills. These wizard craft activities can be adapted for children of a wide age range.
Cut 1-foot-long pieces of 1/4- or 1/2-inch-wide dowelling; one piece for each child. Provide white craft glue, ribbons, acrylic paints, sequins, fabric scraps and any other craft or sewing items that can be used to decorate a wand. Let the kids create their own magic wand. Have them talk about what their magic wands can do. An alternate wand base that has a more natural look is using pieces of thin tree branches.
Create a spell book by folding a cover sheet made of construction paper in half like a big card. Fold sheets of white computer or notebook paper to go inside the cover. Fasten the book together with a stapler along the folded edges. For a more ornate fastening style, punch holes along the folded spine of the book and weave string, yarn, twine or ribbon in the holes to hold the spell book together. Have the children decorate the cover of the book and give their book a written title. They can write or draw spells they create themselves inside the book. For older kids, this is a good chance to encourage creative writing in a fun project.
Make a paper or cardboard template of a dragon pattern. Trace the pattern on two matching pieces of felt. Use a variety of colours of felt to make the project more colourful. Cut out the felt dragons. Use a simple running stitch to sew the pieces together about 1/2 inch from the edge of the outline. Trim the edges with pinking shears to give a scale look to the pieces. Leave a couple inches open and stuff the dragon with beans, rice or soft batting. After they are stuffed, sew the opening shut. Older children can help with the sewing and stuffing. Provide craft supplies to decorate the dragon pet. Use white craft glue to attach the scales. Cut out small felt scales, or sequins, leaves, small metal washers and buttons make good scales. Let the kids create the look of their own dragon pet. Use a supply of ribbon or twine to make a dragon collar and leash. Have each child name his or her dragon.
Edible Magic Potions
Make different flavours of soft, quick-mix, cold pudding with a group of children. Supply edible items that the kids can add to the pudding. Give each child a bowl to mix his own magic potion in once the pudding is made. They do not have to be foods that would necessarily coordinate with a sweet pudding. Use your own imagination when you choose the supplies. Bits of candy, cake decorating toppings, spices, herbs, bacon bits, dried fruit bits, gummy shapes and so on may be used to mix in and sprinkle on top of the magic potions. Older children can write a recipe with their chosen ingredients. Encourage them to explain what each item is and what it does. A raisin could become an eye of newt that gives mind-reading powers, or colourful cake sprinkles might become fairy dust that gives the power of flight. Let the kids create and imagine what they want while they make their magic potions.
- 20 of the funniest online reviews ever
- 14 Biggest lies people tell in online dating sites
- Hilarious things Google thinks you're trying to search for