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by EmmaS

Pull the strings and make the fingers wiggle! This awesome STEAM activity will help kids learn about the structure of our hands and how they work.

by EmmaS

Is Dad prone to the old crack in the phone screen? Make him a personalised phone cosy that he loves and his phone will always be safe!

by Lizz

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own horse? Well now you can! In this simple paper craft activity, you can create your very own galloping Clydsdale – just like ’Maggie’ in Mrs Whitlam by Bruce Pascoe.

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We know, we know – those fidget spinners are not the most loved items around for teachers at the moment! However, what if you could create a science lesson that allowed your students to not just play with the spinners but create their own and discover the science behind them?

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Need another school holiday craft idea? We know how hard school holidays can be sometimes, especially when it’s just too cold to go outside. Here’s one great idea that could keep your young ones amused for at least an hour :) This is a simple, mess free craft that will require very little supervision depending on the age of your children.

by EmmaS

Today we revisit one of our most popular blogs from the school holidays and extend on the activity to cater to a wider age group! This is a very simple craft that has so many benefits and can be used as an ongoing activity once made.

by EmmaS

Origami is an ancient Japanese form of paper folding or sculpting. It’s also a great way to introduce children to geometric construction. Depending on the age of the child and their prior knowledge, you can begin conversations about angles, symmetry, pattern, bisecting lines and even tessellation!

by EmmaS

Gather your friends and create a team of ducks with this easy costume for Book Week! Based on the book Ducks Away! by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, this is the perfect minimalist outfit for kids young and old!

by EmmaS

This activity is perfect for NAIDOC Week. Research the beautiful headdress made by Torres Strait Islander women and then create beautiful, bright flowers with this simple fold and cut method. Use your flowers to decorate a headband and then you can wear your amazing creation!

by EmmaS

This year’s Science Week is focused on Future Earth and what better way to help our future Earth than by exploring renewable energy! Learn how to harness the power of wind by constructing your own Wind Anemometer!

by EmmaS

Why not add a splash of individuality to your coffee mug or a dash of character to your plate?!

by EmmaS

The Australian bush is full of beautiful colours and textures that are perfect for being explored through collage and painting.

by EmmaS

Learn about engineering, speed, force and problem solving by building your very own Bead Run Roller coaster!

by EmmaS

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

by EmmaS

World Environment Day is on the 5th June. This year’s theme “Connecting People to Nature” encourages us to appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings and to protect the Earth we all live on.

by EmmaS

This activity is great for juniors – and the older kids will love it too! By using book covering as a backing adhesive, the process of decorating is made even simpler. This artwork is beautiful when held up to the light or displayed on a window.

by EmmaS

We’ve put together our top handmade gift ideas for you to create for Mum this Mother’s Day!

by EmmaS

Use our tips below to make your own scaaarryy Monster Pencil Box!

by EmmaS

Lighting a candle to remember those we have lost is a common custom for people all around the world. These special Lanterns are the perfect way to pay your respects and commemorate with craft this ANZAC Day

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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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A low-mess activity for your next crafternoon!

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

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!

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

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

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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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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 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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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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“Mum, Mum it’s Book Week!”

I start seeing flashbacks to last year and wonder how I can create or recycle another costume in record time. After all, book week is a time for children to really appreciate reading, the authors and illustrators, and learn about the importance of imagination…even if I am running seriously low on time and supplies!

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Kid’s crafts are nearly always presented to you in the form of a beautifully designed and photographed image. We are guilty. We love to showcase our products full potential… But what is the reality for you?