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1 Tin foil rocket: it’s the classic advert make!
You’ll need: empty washing-up bottle (any brand will do!), tin foil, coloured paper, glue.
- Your child covers the washing-up bottle with foil. We let the nozzle show to add some colour to the tip of the rocket.
- Now your child cuts and sticks paper windows, flames and fins.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes of easy fun!
2 Tin foil painting: a shiny canvas makes painting magical!
You’ll need: tin foil, paint, paintbrush.
- Cover a chopping board or flat piece of cardboard with a sheet of foil. It’s best if you do this instead of them, as you want it to stay straight and smooth.
- Now you let your kids loose on it with paint. They could try painting a rainbow, underwater scene, space picture or something else!
3 Tin foil robot: let your kids raid the recycling to create a robot pal.
You’ll need: two cardboard boxes, two yogurt pots, a cardboard tube (cut in half lengthways), coloured paper, scissors, glue, googly eyes, a black pen (or use whatever you can find in the recycling and just use this as a guide).
- Your child covers the boxes, yogurt pots and cardboard tube in tin foil and then glues them all together to create a robot’s body, head, legs and arms.
- Now they draw and cut details from coloured paper, like a control board and buttons.
- Once the glue’s dry and the body is secure, they glue on the details and googly eyes, and draw a funny robot mouth.
TWO MORE MAKES…
4 Tin foil fairy wand: challenge your kids to make a magical wand for casting spells with…
You’ll need: cardboard, tin foil and glue.
- First your child makes the handle for the wand by cutting a strip of the cardboard and wrapping it a few times in foil.
- Now they draw and snip a star from the cardboard and cover that in foil, too.
- Finally, they glue the star to the wand.
Now what spells can they think of? We’ve got one… alakazam, you will fly off and tidy your room!
5 Tin foil fish: a fuss-free ‘pet’!
You’ll need: cardboard, tin foil, plastic knife, paint
- Get your kids to glue a sheet of tin foil to the cardboard.
- Flip it over to the card side and ask them to draw a fish shape and snip it out.
- Flip it back over to the foil side. Now they use the plastic knife to press on the foil and draw details, like an eye, fins and scales.
- Finally, they paint the foil a fishy colour.