Children of all ages enjoy spending an afternoon painting, colouring or completing any other kind of craft project. If you are looking for activities to do with your child, consider making clown crafts for her to play with, show to her friends or proudly display in your home. Children who are fond of clowns will love to make a paper-plate clown mask, a foam clown pencil topper or a paper-bag clown puppet.
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Paper-Plate Clown Mask
For this project, your child will create a clown mask using a plain white paper plate. Give your child the plate and have him draw the clown's face using crayons and markers. If you like, glue a red pom-pom on the plate for the clown's nose. Cut a hat out of a piece of construction paper or plain white paper and have your child decorate it with buttons, a buckle or any other detail she likes. Glue the hat onto the clown's head, then glue coloured yarn around the hat for the clown's hair. If you desire, cut out holes where the clown's eyes are, so your child can see through the mask. Once the glue is dry, tape a wooden stick on the back of the plate, so your child can hold the plate up to her face like a mask.
Foam Clown Pencil Topper
Craft foam comes in sheets in a variety of colours and is easy to cut into any shape, including a clown for your child to use as a pencil topper. Buy some craft foam from the store in whatever colours your child likes and have her cut out a circle for the clown's face. Ask your child to cut out another piece of foam to give the clown a hat. Have him decorate the foam using markers, then help glue the hat onto the clown's head, yarn for its hair and plastic googly eyes. Use the sharp end of a pencil to punch a hole through the centre of the clown's face, where its nose would be. Turn the pencil around and place the eraser through the hole you just made. Glue a red pom-pom onto the eraser to give the clown a red nose.
Paper-Bag Clown Puppet
Give your child a piece of paper and have her draw a clown's head about the size of the bottom of a paper lunch bag. Help her cut the head out, then set it aside. Place a paper lunch bag flat on a work surface so that the flap at the bottom of the lunch back is facing up. Glue the clown's head onto the flap, then ask your child to decorate the rest of the bag. He can glue buttons onto the clown's body, yarn onto the clown's head or even glue a red pom-pom on the clown's nose. When the glue is dry, show your child how to insert her hand into the bag and use it like a puppet.
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