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Thaumatropes are so much fun! Learn about early animation and visual perception while celebrating Easter at the same time!

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Extend your thinking in the areas of colour sorting, construction, maths and colour mixing with this simple activity!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these simple but oh so fun activities!

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Here we show you how simple it is to incorporate Ochre into your next craft lesson!

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This fun little bunch of flowers is easy to make while learning about STEAM!

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Commemorate with craft this ANZAC Day with this beautiful ‘Stained Glass Window’ activity.

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A low-mess activity for your next crafternoon!

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Learn about the STEAM areas of density, chemistry, diffusion and colour mixing!

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Recently, we worked with Bupa Life Insurance to put together some fun and creative ways to bond with your children through craft!

by EmmaS

The perfect decoration for cards, easter bonnets or table centrepieces, these adorable origami Easter bunnies are so simple to make you’ll want to create a whole family of them!

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Get together this Harmony Day and celebrate our cultural diversity with these four wonderful activities.

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Learn about the STEAM areas of Science, Gravity, Physics, Force and Engineering with this hands-on activity!

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The Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun with children whilst learning about a new culture! Here are our three picks for getting into the festive spirit!

by EmmaS

This activity is fun to do with the family for Australia Day and celebrates the uniqueness of Australian Fauna!

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This little felt pillow is so easy to make and requires no sewing!

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Great fun for those summery backyard days!

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Practice your circus skills with these easy to make Juggling Balls!

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Looking for boredom busters this school holidays? Check out these three simple ideas we’ve put together to bust that boredom!

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Christmas is a time of sharing, giving, loving and caring. Show your family how much they mean to you and make them a gift by hand. We’ve got 9 absolutely adorable ideas that you’re going to love!

by Lizz

Get the whole family involved in this Christmas paper decorating activity!

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This practical and natural craft idea will look so beautiful sitting on your kitchen bench. Try using smaller river gravel instead for a completely different look.

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No need for firing and glazing, as this clay sets and hardens in the natural air. These bowls are a really cute idea to make as gifts or for holding your jewellery and knick knacks.

by Lizz

This activity is not only fun to do with the family but also lends itself to help the development of image recognition for younger children and promotes cognitive and fine motor skills.

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A little under the sea inspiration for your next craft activity!

by Lizz

Encourage learning with colour and word recognition with this super simple craft activity!

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Using these simple activities you can incorporate art into your next STEM lesson. An important tool for creative thinking!

by Lizz

Bring Halloween Pumpkins to life with this light-catching decoration.

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With minimal materials, this great activity won’t take long to make but will provide hours of fun and entertainment!

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Always wanted to try French Knitting but not sure what to make? Try this cute tea cosy idea to brighten your day during those cold winter months!

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Looking for something fun to make for Dad this Father’s Day? Check out our top 6 creative, fun, personalised craft gifts for Dad below!.

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Struggling to come up with Book Week craft activities? Check out our top eight picks for this year’s Book Week!

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Create your own opening ceremony with this easy to make torch and flame!

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This activity is fun to create and to complete! Paint your Dad on blocks and create a puzzle that you and Dad can put together this Father’s Day!

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We all love the effect that marbling inks have on p[aper, but what about other surfaces? We did a bit of experimenting and came up with some awesome activities to use with the marbling process.

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A galaxy of discovery waiting to happen, using just a few materials!

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Tell your story with this great book week activity!

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The weather is getting colder, which means more time inside. Stop boredom in its tracks with these great inside activities!

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Learning about our rich indigenous culture is so much fun! Here are three NAIDOC week activities inspired by the use of sand when drawing Dreamtime stories.

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Celebrate World Environment Day with these wonderful craft activities.

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Great for a quick craft activity! This could become a table decoration, pom pom, shaker or dance accessory!

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Make Mum or Grandma feel extra special this Mother’s Day with this thoughtful handmade card. Make sure to add a special message inside just for them!

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Go on a cool adventure with these Arctic themed activities. Here are our top picks!

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Celebrate the change of season with these wonderful Autumn inspired craft activities!

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Make your mum a lovely Lady Bug Card and pretty Paper Plate Flower this Mother’s Day!

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Roar! These adorable Spiky Dragons are a great activity for your next craft session! Check out how we made ours below!

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ANZAC Day is an important time to reflect on those who have served our country. Here are three ways to help commemorate in the lead up to the 25th of April.

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Blown Easter eggs are a wonderful Easter Tradition! Here are our tips and tricks on decorating your own Easter eggs!

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It may be messy but it sure is fun! Foam paint is an enjoyable sensory experience for all ages. In this week’s blog post we show you how to get started!

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This year’s Harmony Day theme is ‘diversity is our strength’. Craft is a great way to open up the discussion about why Australia’s diversity really is what makes it strong!

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Easter hats, or more traditionally Easter bonnets, are a fun and classic part of Easter celebrations at schools all around Australia! Here are a few tips to get started on creating your very own!

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Celebrate the land of the Irish and learn about a new culture with these 4 St. Paddy’s Day craft ideas!

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The Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun with children whilst learning about a new culture! Here are our top six picks for getting into the festive spirit!

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Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell the people you care about how much you love them! There’s no better gift than one that is handmade with love and care. Create a cute personalised heart-shaped frame to put a picture of you and your loved one in, or make a little heart dish to put lollies or treats in!

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Over time children create so many pieces of art that it’s sometimes tough to find space for it all! Here we’ve put together 5 of our favourite unique ways to display your child’s artwork that will de-clutter and make them pride of place!

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Celebrate Australia Day this year by making a fun cork hat to help you keep the flies away this Summer.

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It’s Christmas time! Hooray! We will be closed briefly over the holiday period, but we can’t wait to help you be creative in 2016!

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The festive season is here, our Christmas tree is up and we are getting into the festive spirit! When it comes to decorations, we all agree the best decorations are the homemade ones. That’s why we’ve decided to create our own unique keepsake to hang on the tree this year!

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Fabric Markers are a perfect craft activity when you are short of time! Here we show you three fun ways to get creative with them!

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There are lots of fun traditions that take place all around the world during Christmas time! We’ve put together a few traditional crafts that we love and instructions to re-create them!

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Remembrance Day is a time to reflect and learn about those who have served Australia during conflict. Craft is a wonderful way to open up dialogue about this commemoration. We’ve put three simple activities together to get started.

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Making your own Christmas decorations and handmade gift wrap is such a great way to get crafty! It adds that extra personal touch to your decorations or gift. We’ve got some great ideas for you that are simple and quick and so effective! Scroll down and enjoy…

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It’s the weekend! Hooray! You would love to do some craft with the kids…but you would also love to do something that you enjoy making too. Well here is a great idea that both you AND the kids will love!

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Here at CleverPatch we love the idea of a rainbow themed party, so we’ve put together everything you need to know to make your next big event a smashing success!

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Learning to Macrame can be pretty daunting, but it shouldn’t be! We show you how to get started knotting like a pro in 6 simple steps.

by Sasha

Halloween is just around the corner… have you got your costume ready yet? Need some cool inspiration? How about trying something cool and crafty this year? Our 5 unique DIY Halloween costumes are fun and easy to make. They’re sure to delight all the other trick-or-treaters in the neighbourhood!

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We’ve created some great gift ideas for you to make and give to Dad this Father’s day. We chose handmade gifts that range from fun games, to more practical things that Dad will use everyday!

by Sasha

Does your school or library host a book week parade or dress up day? If you’re looking for costume ideas look no further!

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These golf ball characters are so easy to make and look great. Why not try making one with Dad this Father’s Day?

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We’ll have you looking forward to rainy days with these 5 fun craft ideas!

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The Club Kidpreneur programme takes the stress out of lesson planning by focusing on student directed hands-on learning.

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NAIDOC Week is a wonderful time to recognise and celebrate our rich Indigenous culture. See which Dreamtime stories have inspired us!

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You will love this speedy craft project berry much! It can be completed in under 5 mins and is adorable to boot…

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We’ve got some top tips for making school holidays super F-U-N!

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Maitland Regional Art Gallery or M.R.A.G: [em-rag] not only exhibits beautiful artwork, but also holds brilliant art classes for kids!

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Birthday parties are a blast, but they can also be hard work to organise! So we have put together a few ideas for your next awesome party!

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Does Plaster of Paris give you nightmares? Well before you throw it into the too hard basket, let’s see if we can make it a little easier with our step by step guide on how to mix Plaster of Paris!

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We learnt all about how to build leadership skills whilst having loads of fun at the Halogen Foundation National Young Leaders Day!

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We had the lovely Eryn with a Y show us how to make simple Tealight Candle Decorations!

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This LOVE-ly bag is a stylish AND practical gift for Mum that is super, quick and easy. The perfect Mother’s Day craft is great to do with the kids.

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Did Mother’s Day sneak up on you this year or were you prepared as usual? Well don’t panic if you weren’t, because we’ve put together a list of 10 quick, crafty, handmade gift ideas that are sure to make Mum smile!

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CleverPatch has joined forces with Club Kidpreneur in 2015 to encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation!

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It’s no secret kids love craft. Why wouldn’t they? Craft is great fun! But while you might not realise it, craft isn’t just about play…

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Mix it up this Easter with this cool paint filled egg art. Because Easter is about more than dying eggs!

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Harmony Day is coming up and what better way to learn about belonging than by getting involved!

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This magical goop turns to solid when you squeeze it, but can flow through your fingers like liquid… How is that possible? Let’s find out!

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Valentine’s day is all about expressing your love by presenting gifts called “valentines”… Here’s a super simple way to show your (secret) affection using simple things you’re sure to have lying around the house!

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“Education is uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to a sustainable future for every child” (Porritt et al, 2009)

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Valentine’s Day is the day of the year to celebrate love! Not only the love you have for your partner, but also for your friends, families and anyone else special to you.

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I believe that every child needs a craft box/cupboard/room/area. It doesn’t have to be huge or have every bit of craft you can imagine, it just needs to be the start of creative play.

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CleverPatch is a proudly Australian owned and operated and I thought it would be great to share with you some fun crafty ideas to help you celebrate our beautiful sunburnt country! Here are some great ways you and your family can get-your-craft-on next Monday…

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“The worst mistake anyone can make is being too afraid to make one” -Unknown

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The imagination and creativeness of kids never ceases to amaze me. The fact that I’ve been a mother for over 7 years and an early childhood teacher for the past 12 years but am still consistently surprised, amazes me even more!

by Ainslie

The first blog post from our CEO Ainslie - all about the story of the “the dough you don’t eat” featuring her two children Miss Amelia Daisy and Master Fergus.

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A thought provoking piece of art that stands as a tribute to the fragility of life.

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I was talking to my 7 year old son about painting and we started thinking about what we could add to paint to make a really cool textured painting, that was way more interesting than regular paint! Jake decided that wood shavings would be a great idea because in his words, “they would be sticking up and looking quite good and spiky”. I suggested sand which he agreed was also a good idea- it’s so nice when your children still think your ideas are good!

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The Heidelberg Project uses art to “provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action and heal communities”.

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I’ve been reading a lot about this frozen chalk idea and it sounds fab, so I wanted to give it a go… This activity is super sensory and perfect for a sunny day! It’s a bit like a science experiment combined with an art project!

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Make lots of crayons in loads of colours at home! You can even make them glittery… Create your own crayons in all sorts of shapes and sizes and then go wild drawing and colouring-in with them! This activity requires adult guidance while making the crayons but provides hours of creative fun!