Friendship Bracelet

Make your friends a special gift!

Weave and wind you way to making the perfect accessories for your friends and show them how much you care. With just three threads of embroidery, a safety pin and some fantastic finger skills, these step by step instructions will help you create some gorgeous gifts.

 

How To Create Your Bracelet

 

EQUIPMENT

First gather your equipment together. You will need three pieces of different coloured embroidery thread about a meter long each, one safety pin and a cushion. This will make a bracelet about a 1/3 of an inch wide.

 

FIRST

Match up your ends of your three threads and then fold them in half to bring all six ends together. Where you folded the threads in half tie an overhand knot to create a loop at the top.

 

NEXT

Pin your threads by the knot onto a cushion using a safety pin.

 

THEN

Separate out your six threads so you can see each one clearly and you have space between them. Now you are ready to begin weaving!

 

HOW TO WEAVE

Take the thread on the far-left hand side and wrap it OVER the second thread to make a number 4 shape. Then tuck the far-left thread back under the second thread and pull it up through the hole towards the large knot.

 

WEAVING

Keep your second string taught and the first thread which you are weaving a little loose. Pull the end of the first thread all the way until you have pulled the entire thread up through the hole to the large knot. Repeat this process a SECOND TIME and make another knot by tying the first strand around the second strand again. Now move the first thread into second position.

 

NEXT

Moving from the left side to the right side keep tying knots using the first red thread with each other thread it comes across TWICE until you have made ten knots across the five other threads so that the red thread is now in last position on the far-right. The gold thread which was originally in second place is now in first place and takes over as the knotting thread for the next round. Once again moving from the left side to the right side making two knots on each thread it comes across as it moves position to the far-right.

 

KEEP GOING!

Continue this process working your way across the threads with whichever one starts on the left, making two knots on each strand to the right. The colour you’ve just finished carrying all the way to the right will always hang off the side which will help let you know when you’ve finished a row. Keep going until you have about 4 inches of knotting done.

 

TIPS

It helps if you keep moving the safety pin down the bracelet as you knot it  so that you have tension. If you miss a strand or accidentally forget to finish a row, it should be easy to spot. It’s a good idea to keep a needle around to help you pick out any knots if you mess up – they’re so tiny it’s hard to do with your finger.

 

FINAL TOUCHES

When you have enough of your threads braided to cover your friends wrists then tie another overhand knot. Split your six threads into groups of two and plat them like you would long hair. Then tie another knot to finish off the ends. I sewed on this end a button that I could thread through my loop at the top but a simple tie is fine too. GET CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!

Playdough Pig

 

GIVE YOUR LITTLE FINGERS A WORKOUT!

Poke, roll, stretch and squish your playdough into the perfect little pig. Learn how to create your very own playdough pig statue whilst giving your little fingers a great strengthening workout!

 

HOW TO CREATE YOUR PIG

 

EQUIPMENT

First you will need to make your playdough. Follow my instructions on how to make your very own playdough in the attached downloadable word document. You will also need some googlie eyes and a moulding tool, a simple spoon or fork will do just fine.

 

FIRST

Separate out your ball of playdough into different sections for the different parts of the pig. 

  • One large ball for the body.
  • One slightly smaller ball for the head.
  • Nine smaller balls (a quarter of the size of the head) for the arms, legs, feet, ears and nose.
  • A very small ball for the tail.
  • An optional teeny tiny ball for the belly button.
  • Extra playdough to give your pig some eyebrows if you’d like to make it extra expressive.

 

THE BODY

Take your largest ball and roll it into a smooth sphere using two firm, flat palms rolling on opposite sides of the ball in a circular motion. Then, placing your ball on a flat clean surface, roll one end to make it slightly narrower and pointed. You should end up with a pear shape. This will be the body.

 

THE HEAD

Roll your next largest ball into a smooth sphere and place it on top of the body (the narrower top of the pear). If you need, add a little water to help it stick together.

 

THE ARMS 

To make the pigs arms, roll out two small balls to make sausage shapes. Then using the edge of a spoon, make a small dent in one end of the arm to create a crease. This will give it a proper trotter look.

 

THE LEGS AND TROTTERS

To make the legs, roll two small balls horizontally on a flat surface into sausage shapes the same diameter and length as the pig’s arms! Press them gently into the bottom of the body adding a drop of water if you need help to make it stick. Then take two other balls (about half the size of the ones you used to make the legs), roll them into smooth spheres and then using the flat of your thumb press them down to make two fat discs. Now using a spoon or fork handle make a single dent in the center of each disc as you did at the ends of the arms. Add these discs to the ends of your legs to make the pigs trotters.

 

SNOUT

To make the pig’s nose, roll one small ball into a smooth sphere and then flatten it, as you did with the trotters, to make a disc shape. Using the prong of a fork or end of a cocktail stick poke two small holes in the center of the disc to make the holes of the snout.

 

EARS

Much like the trotters you make the ears after rolling and flattening two small balls into discs. Press the end of a spoon or fork handle into the center of each disc to make a crease. Then pinch the end of each disc so it becomes a tear drop shape. Attach the ears on either side of the pigs head with the rounded end sticking to the head.

 

EYES

Press down onto the face two googlie eyes, just above the snout and below the ears.

 

TAIL

To make the curly tail you need only a tiny ball of playdough. Roll it out like a snake and then stick it on in a curl at the back of your pig. And now your pig is finished!

 

EXTRA OINK!

If you want to give your pig some extra details then feel free to add eyebrows or a belly button like I have. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge

PROBLEM SOLVE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS!

Can you transform 20 sticks of spaghetti and 20 marshmallows into a bridge in only 20 minutes? Watch as your children learn to think like designers; plan, test, build, strategize and collaborate in this fantastic problem-solving team exercise. Cheer them on as they work their way through their challenges to success!

HOW TO CREATE YOUR BRIDGE

 

EQUIPMENT

First gather your equipment together. You will need 20 sticks of dried spaghetti, a packet of large marshmallows, a timer, a pretend fence and an egg. You will also need a clear space on a table to set up the challenge.

FIRST

Give your children a clear set of instructions and rules:

1: They may only use 20 sticks of spaghetti

2. They may break their sticks of spaghetti however and whenever they wish

3. They may only use 20 pieces of marshmallow

4. They may tear their marshmallows into smaller pieces if they wish

5. They must complete their bridge within 20 minutes

6. They must work as a team

7. Their bridge must be able to take the weight of a raw egg when they have finished in order for their bridge to be deemed a success

8. Their bridge must cross from one side of the pretend fence to the other without touching or resting on the fence

 

NEXT

Encourage your children to discuss their plans first and work out with a common strategy but try to let them come up with their own ideas. Start the timer and let your children begin.

 

THEN

Let your children know when they have had 10 minutes. This will encourage them to keep track of their time. It is also a good time to step in if they need any adult support or guidance. Remind them of their task and ask them questions that might help them think about other ways of doing things or problems they might not have foreseen. Then step back again and let them continue.

 

TIMES UP!

When their 20 minutes is up and the timer alarm has gone off, test out your children’s design to see if it would hold the weight of one raw egg. This will help them discover if their bridge was strong enough and thoughtfully designed.

 

FINALLY
Make sure to give your children lots of praise when they have finished no matter how successful they were. Remember that only through making mistakes do we learn how to succeed! Ask them what they learnt through the experience both working as a team and in terms of construction design. What would they do differently next time?

 

TA DA! Have fun trying out the experiment at home.

Don’t worry if you do not have a sibling to work with on this challenge, it is just as much fun solo. If you want to repeat the challenge after you have finished and this time make it extra difficult, then you can shorten the time limit to only 10 minutes! Good luck!