Posts tagged ‘kids’

Ready for a craft that’s perfect for summer? This activity teaches you how to create a paper mobile using templates inspired by A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. Turn your house into an aquarium by hanging these mobiles above your bed or in a window! You can adapt this project for all ages. Youngsters can color the sea creatures with crayons and an adult can assemble, or older kids can modify the activity to include sea creatures of their own design. Have fun as you travel to the bottom of the sea!


Now you can be a monster too! Without the whole scaring humans and stealing princesses part, of course. Use these simple instructions to make your own monster mask, customized just for you. Word of caution: while there’s no real monster, your creativity may be unleashed!

April showers bring May flowers, and what better way to welcome a fresh bunch than with a simple and fun craft? These paper tulips are easy to make and look beautiful grouped in a bouquet or connected with string and hung from a window.

In The Girl with a Brave Heart, Shiraz befriends an old woman by helping to tidy her house, clean up her garden and comb her hair. The story takes place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, formerly known as Persia. Colourful, intricately painted tiles decorated the floors and walls of houses, palaces and houses of worship in this part of the world. In this activity, you will create your own mosaic tile inspired by The Girl with a Brave Heart and traditional Persian tiles.

If you were born in the Year of the Snake, you are said to be calm, wise and elegant. Celebrate Chinese New Year and the wise Snakes in your community with this lively mobile! Have fun with colour and embellishments to make your snake the most dazzling of them all!


On 10 February, Chinese New Year celebrations began across the world. This year, we welcome the Year of the Snake. The fifteenth and final day of the celebration is commemorated with the YUAN XIAO JIE, or the Festival of Lanterns. Children and adults carry lanterns in a parade during a full moon. Learn how to make your own lantern to light up the sky on the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, 25 February!

It’s over forty years since the summer of 1966, when the Red Guards stormed into the homes and lives of families across China, and Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution gained an unstoppable momentum. For eight-year-old Guo Yue, one of a family of six children growing up in a traditional courtyard in the backstreets of Beijing, this was an unforgettable summer. The story of that summer is hauntingly retold by Yue and his wife, Clare Farrow, in his memoir, Little Leap Forward.

Here at the Barefoot Books Studios we love to read My Mama Earth, so it was only natural that we incorporated some of the great watercolour illustrations into an inspired craft. Read on for instructions on how to make your own tropical fish with brilliant features.

Do your children enjoy music? Mine thrive on it – and so, it seems, do the children whose parents buy our Singalong Songs, and the families who like to spend time in our Oxford studio. I love to watch little ones sway and groove to the music we play as they explore the studio and its treasures.

In this week’s podcast, the White Mare knows that the Golden Prince who intends to marry Princess Fifine is really an evil spirit. She disguises herself as a man to avoid marrying the evil spirit. Be sure to tune in to find out what she does when the spirit finds her!