Have you ever wanted to make your own kite? These directions were originally printed inside the dust jacket of our first book, Windy. Instead of paper, you can also use a thin plastic or an lightweight unrippable paper like Yupo. Have fun!Read More
Recently we did another “Windy” school visit to South Pointe Academy in Tsawwassen. After reading Snowy & Chinook, two kindergarden classes wrote and illustrated their own Windy-inspired story about a trip to the Animal History Museum. Here are some of the amazing animals they made for their story. Can you see which is the elephant, bunny, fish, penguin, leopard and dinosaur?Read More
We visited the planetarium this weekend and this was a fantastic after-activity: make a universe with the paper from a coffee filter + felt pens. Wetting the paper with water gives a great watercolour effect. After we'd completed the solar system, we moved onto rainbows and clouds. It's a great idea, thanks to DTLK Kids for the idea, which you can see here.Read More
Update: we made these printable paper snake puppets — it's a good template. Here is our snake exploring the wall of a garage... Mr. printable has some great templates for snake finger puppets, both coloured and not coloured (so you can design your own pattern).Read More
Snowy & Chinook sometimes make clothes for themselves, and since they do a lot of cooking, simple aprons are something they make a lot. These also make great mechanics aprons.
They're easy to make, and you can leave out the pockets if you like. Small children who would like to work with this pattern can use fabric or felt and glue and omit the sewing. This is one of those projects where stitching by hand is quite a bit quicker than machine.
The sizing is for a mid-size stuffy. Here is a PDF link for you to print.Read More
5-point paper stars are easy and you can let even young children cut shapes out of the sides. It's impossible to cut the shapes incorrectly — it will always look good as far as I can tell. If you use brightly coloured origami paper it will also add a little colour into early December. There is a really good tutorial diagrammed at howaboutorange. I quickly photographed the sequence here, so it is easy to follow, step-by-step.Read More