3D Drawings

September 30, 2014

“Can we paint?”
“yeah! can we paint!!??”

It was an hour before dinner, I really didn’t want to get out the paints. I needed an activity that was more exciting than painting for the big kids, was doable for my four year, was quick to set up, and wouldn’t make a huge mess.

For a moment I thought this was an impossible predicament, but then I remembered an activity that I did when I was at school. A quick goodgle and some printed sheets later and my kids were all busy making 3D drawings!

3D Drawings - a quick and easy art activity

To make a 3D drawing you’ll need:

  • Shape/box templates printed onto sturdy paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • A rule (optional but it helps with folding)
  • Markers, pencils or crayons

3D Drawings - a quick and easy art activity

To make your drawings 3D you need to do them on a foldable shape template. A quick search revealed that there are loads of free printable shape and box templates available. We chose cubes and pyramids as they looked easy to cut and fold.

We used this one for the cubes, and this one for the pyramids.

Once you’ve cut out the shape template (my four year old needed help with this part) you are ready to start drawing. Draw on the back of the cut out template so none of the printed lines show when you fold it.

3D Drawings - a quick and easy art activity

Once your template is covered with colour then it is time to fold it into a 3D shape.

We used the ruler and the back of the scissors to score along each of the fold lines to make it much easier to fold the templates into shape. Then a little glue or tape on each tab and youre drawings are now 3D!

3D Drawings - a quick and easy art activity

We discovered that if you draw patterns and shapes across the whoel width or length of the flat shape it is interesting to see how they change and move around the 3D shape when it is folded.

3D Drawings - a quick and easy art activity

These 3D drawings were loads of fun and it was a really low mess activity, perfect for the pre-dinner ‘I’m boreds’. Plus now my four year old knows how many sides a cube has and what a pyramid looks like! I love it when art and maths combine!

Here’s another easy, low mess, art and maths activity – Graph Paper Drawing.

graph paper drawing - a simple activity that combines art and maths

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Crazy Lump Cookies

September 29, 2014

It’s become a bit of a school holiday tradition – when Dad is on night shift, we hire some DVDs, make some crazy over the top, snack and settle in for a night of movie watching together.

The last few movie nights we’ve made crazy gooey cookie bars, but these holidays we made something new. We made something new, crazy, and totally over the top sweet.

We made crazy lump cookies!

Crazy Lump Cookies

These crazy cookies are super easy to make, they only have 3 main ingredients, and you can whip up a big batch really quickly, and they are sweet. That might be a tad understated, they are really really REALLY sweet!

So if feed your kids a bunch of these and they have a hug sugar rush and trash your house… don’t say I didn’t warn you!

These Crazy Lump Cookies are based on these Heavenly Morsels from The Girl Who Eat Everything and Australianised a little!

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Crazy Lump Cookies
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Serves: 24 cookies
 

Ingredients
  • 1 tin (397 gms) of condensed milk
  • 1 250 gm packet of Marie or Milk Arrowroot bisuits
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips and/or smarties and/or sprinkles

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 celcius (approx 350 F) and line two large baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Using the food processor, crush the biscuits into fairy fine crumbs, leaving a few smallish pieces in the mix.
  3. In a large bowl combine approx 3 cups of biscuit crumbs with the tin of condensed milk, chocolate chips/smarties and sprinkles. Mix well.
  4. Leave the mixture to rest for a few minutes, then using two spoons or wet hands, make rough ball shapes with table spoons of the mixture and pop them onto the tray, flattening them slightly with the back of the spoon.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they just begin to brown. They will be soft to touch when they come out of the oven but firm up as they cool.

This recipe uses Australian measurements, if you need to convert measurements this website is useful.

Crazy Lump Cookies

These crazy cookies were perfect for our movie night. Here are some of the family movies we’ve been watching lately:

  • Night At the Museum
  • The Incredibles
  • Jumanji (a bit scary, but my big kids love being a bit freaked out!)
  • The Secret Garden
  • Tangled

Have you watched any great family movies lately?
Or eaten any crazy cookies?

 

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