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Australia Day

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! OI! OI! OI! Celebrate Australia Day with our fantastic craft ideas.

Swooping Magpie

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Swoop into Australia Day with our best loved bird the Magpie! Get started by downloading the template here.
  • Step 1 Print out both sheets of your¬†Magpie BLM¬†onto cover paper, then glue them together. Alternatively, you could print two-sided onto the one sheet.
  • Step 2 Cut out your Magpie's body as well as the marked-up circle and rectangle inside the body. Adult supervision recommended when using scissors.
  • Step 3 Using a box cutter, slice into the decofoam ball along the top and bottom. This will hold the ball in place when inserted into the body. Adult supervision recommended when using box knife or ask an adult to complete this step for you.
  • Step 4 Insert the decofoam ball into the hole and gently move it into place.
  • Step 5 Coat the ball in glue and press the feathers onto it. Use plastic head berry pins to secure them in place.
  • Step 6 Attach a wiggle eye onto each side of your magpie's face.
  • Step 7 Concertina fold your piece of black cover paper, making each fold around 10mm wide.
  • Step 8 Thread a piece of craft line through the rectangular hole, then thread through the folded black cover paper.
  • Step 9 Use a stapler to attach the black feathers to the tail end and colour the staples used with a black permanent marker. Your magpie is ready to swoop!

Materials used in this activity

CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue - 250ml
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Product Code: 11112
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Product Code: 11117
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Craft Line - Clear - 30 Metres
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Decofoam Balls - 7cm - Pack of 10
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Plastic Pins - Assorted - Pack of 1,000
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CleverPatch Cover Paper - Black - A4 - Pack of 250
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Product Code: 16140
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CleverPatch Cover Paper - White - A4 - Pack of 250
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Product Code: 16142
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