Make & Do

A selection of crafts and activities suitable for children, includes some simple crafts that can even be done with toddlers!

Wubbzy Ball / Humpfs Floppy Thing


 

This is another simple painting activity for toddlers. It gives them the opportunity to experiment with the paint brush by making lines and spots. They also have the opportunity to do a bit of colour mixing.

You will need paper plates, large paintbrush, a bowl for the paint, blue & white paints and protection for the table, the child, you, your walls, chairs and anything else remotely within reach !

  • First the paper plate needs to be painted blue. This gives the child the opportunity to try and control the brush by painting lines across the plate until it is covered
  • Whilst the plate is drying add some white paint to the bowl and let the child mix the paint together until they get light blue.
  • Then they add the spots to the 'ball' using either their fingers or the brush.

Painted plate ball

This activity can also be used for Humpf fans. In one of the episodes his ball is punctured and ends up as "a floppy thing".

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Biscuit Decorating


 

The hardest part of this activity is to persuade the toddlers to get the icing and sprinkles on the biscuits before eating them!

One for me, one for the biscuit.

Buy a packet of plain biscuits (rectangular shaped biscuits like malted milk work well for Wubbzy), icing sugar, food colouring and chocolate chips/sugar strands/mini Smarties, etc for decoration. Plain chocolate chips make good Wubbzy eyes and nose, whilst halved white chocolate buttons can be used for his ears and mouth.

Decorated Wubbzy Biscuits

  • Use about 3 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar to 2 - 3 teaspoons of hot water and a couple of drops of food colouring (This quantity is enough for approximately 10 biscuits.)
  • Mix until smooth
  • The consistency should be thick enough to spread on the biscuit but not runny enough so that it pours everywhere (similar in thickness to golden syrup
  • I mix the icing in a tea-cup as my daughter finds it easier to hold something with a handle.
  • Repeat these steps until you have all the colours you want
  • Place a teaspoon in each cup and let the little one spoon the icing onto the biscuit. Use the back of the spoon to spread it around if needed
  • Add sprinkles, sweets or chocolate chips - or all three.

Iced Biscuits More Iced Biscuits

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Paper Plate Birdy Bird Craft


 

Paper Plate Birdy Bird  

Another simple but effective craft that allows toddlers freedom with paints. If your two year old, like mine, just wants to cover everything with paint, and doesn't really care what, then this is the craft for them. You will need one and a half plates to make one birdy bird.

  1. Mix up one colour pastel paint (white with either a little red, blue or green in it).
  2. Give your child a paintbrush and several paper plates on plenty of newspaper and let them get on with it
  3. Leave the paper plates to dry whilst bathing your toddler.
  4. During the next three days whilst you are still waiting for the paint to dry (well maybe not but my little girl goes rather overboard!) start to prepare the cut out shapes -
    You will need to cut out the following from coloured card, craft foam or construction paper.
    White circles with a black dot in the middle for the eyes, orange triangles for the beaks and black sticks for the legs
    Birdy Bird Pieces
  5. When the plates eventually dry, you will need to select a whole plate for the body and another plate to use for the tail and the wing.
  6. Take the second plate and cut it in half, cut it in half again and reserve a quarter segment for the tail. Cut the other quarter segment in half again and reserve one piece for the wing. You should have similar shaped pieces to the ones shown below -
    Birdy Bird Plate.
  7. We used double sided sticky tape (it's less messy than glue and dries quicker) to stick the tail, wing, eye, legs and beak onto the birdy bird.
    Completed Birdy Bird 
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Wubbzy Sponge & Finger Painting


 

If you have a toddler that loves getting messing then they will love this activity. You only need two colours to paint Wubbzy, yellow and black (as if you didn't know!). The only other equipment you need are a couple of plates for the paint, a rectangular bath sponge and some willing fingers! Use brushes if you want but it's easier for little children to paint with their fingers and sponge shapes. Don't forget to protect your work area before you start painting. I remembered to protect the table but forgot to take down a skirt I had hanging up to dry - Oops!

Toddler sponge painting

To Paint Wubbzy

  1. Pour yellow paint on one plate and the black paint on the other plate. I added a little water to thin it down and a squirt of washing up liquid to make cleaning up easier!
  2. Dip the sponge in the yellow paint and press it down to make Wubbzy's body.
  3. Dip a finger in the yellow paint and make lines for the arms, legs, hands and tail. Finger paint circles for the ears and feet.
  4. Next use the black paint and make fingerprint eyes, nose and lastly fingerpaint a big smile.

Sponge Paint Wubbzy Sponge Paint Wubbzy

To Paint Flutterbies

  1. Fold a piece of paper in hal
  2. Use the bath sponge to make a kind of letter B shape on one side of the paper next to the fold.
  3. Fold the paper in half and squash it down.
  4. When you open it up you get a beautiful flutterfly.
  5. You can use the black paint to add a body, and other colours to add a pattern if you want.

Sponge paint butterfly

To Paint Buzzy Bees

  1. Yellow & black are also good colours for Buzzy Bees. Use the sponge dipped in yellow paint to make the body.
  2. Use your finger (or sponge roller if you have one) to add black stripes.

Sponge Paint Bee

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Wubbzy Finger Puppet / Sniffy Thing


 

This one is not for young children to make, but they certainly will like playing with it!

It is quick, taking less than 20 minutes, and only requires needle, thread, scraps of yellow felt and a black biro pen.

  1. Cut two rectangles of felt approximately 7cm by 4.5cm, round off the corners. Cut out two D shapes for the ears, two 'sticks' with ball shapes on the ends for the hands, and the foot shape. A longish thin strip will also be required for the tail.
  2. Take one rectangle of felt, stitch the ears at one end, the feet at the other end and one arm half way up each side. Stitch the tail to the back of the other rectangular piece of felt.
  3. Stitch the two rectangles together along the two long lengths and the top. Make sure that the tail is on the outside and the edges of the ears/arms/legs on the inside.
  4. Using the biro, draw in two ovals for the eyes, a larger sideways oval for the nose and a smile. Also add details to the hands and legs if you want.
  5. Leave the bottom open if you want a finger puppet, alternatively stuff with lavender or cotton wool and stitch the bottom firmly shut.

Wubbzy Sniffy Thing

When my little one had a cold I dripped Olbas oil on the cotton wool before stuffing it to make a "sniffy thing".

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Wow Wow Wubbzy - Eggs Over Easy


 

I don't know how many of you have caught the Eggs Over Easy episode of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy, it tends to be shown over Easter. Wubbzy is happily getting ready for the big Easter Egg hunt but Widget makes the EggsCellento 3000 and it takes all the fun out of decorating and hiding the eggs.

This activity is great for little ones if you want to keep them sat down for a while. It's not as messy as decorating actual eggs and you can still hunt the eggs afterwards if you want to.

This was an emergency activity that I came up with in a hurry after my little one fell down the stairs. o_O Thankfully apart from a little bruising she was okay.

Cut out 6 egg shapes from thick coloured card and sit child down with cardboard eggs and sheets of stickers! Ta Da! Eggs Very Easy!

Eggs Over Easy

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Waxy Flutterflies


 

We all know how much Wubbzy loves flutterflies and this simple craft has to be much better than chasing flutterflies in the garden!

Wax Butterflies - Toddler Craft  

A little preparation is needed and the finishing touch will need to be done by a responsible person, but little ones can have a lot of fun doing this - especially if they have just discovered the joys of a pencil sharpener!

You will need

  • waxed paper
  • a marker pen
  • wax crayons
  • pencil sharpener
  • scissors
  • a non-steam iron

What to do

  1. Sharpen the crayons and save the shavings.
    Wax Crayon Shavings
  2. Draw a flutterfly outline on the waxy side of the wax paper and let your little one cover it with crayon sprinkles (lighter colours work better).
    Wax sprinkles
  3. Cover with another piece of wax paper, waxy side touching the sprinkles and iron quickly with a very cool iron (no steam) - it should only take a few seconds for the wax to melt and the paper to bond together.
    Wax Flutterfly covered
  4. When cool cut out the flutterfly with scissors and if you want to hang it up punch a hole in the top for a piece of string or ribbon.
    Flutterflies cooling
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Nick Jr Wubbzy Printable Activities


 

Printed Placemats  

We had a go at some of the printable activities on the Nick Jr website, namely the colour-in placemats, 9 piece puzzle and Tic-Tac-Toe game. There are loads of printables on that site, some of them for party decorations and invitations, others for printable stories. If you have a Wubbzy fan I'm sure you will find printables on there that will be of use. We used a lot to make iron-on-transfers too but that is in a seperate blog entry!

9-piece Wubbzy puzzle  

I opted to laminate the place mats and all the game & puzzle pieces. It took ages but it was worth it as some of the games are still being used 2 years after they were first made.

When the Tic-Tac-Toe game was first made, Little One beat her big brother and one of her sisters at the game. She promptly burst into her version of the Wubbzy shuffle - complete with "I Win, I Win. Uh-Huh."

Printed and laminate wubbzy Tic Tac Toe game  

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Toilet Roll Wubbzy


 

I was looking around on the internet trying to find crafts for young children that feature characters from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, other than the print and play type crafts on Nick Jr I couldn't find anything else. This just won't do, so here is a simple craft to help redress the balance!

I made this with my 2.5 year old. I did the cutting in advance, she peeled the backing off the double sided tape, I did the sticking and she filled Wubbzy with pom-poms to give him Disco Hair!

Wubbzy having Big Hair added

Toilet Roll Wubbzy

What You Need

  • A cardboard inner from a toilet roll.
  • Yellow craft paper
  • Yellow, Black and White craft foam sheets
  • Yellow Pipe Cleaner
  • Double Sided and regular sticky tape
  • Pointed Scissors (keep these away from your little one - please)

What To Do

  1. Cut an inch off the top of the toilet roll and cut the inch wide piece across to make a strip rather than a ring of cardboard.
  2. Place the toilet roll on the yellow craft foam and draw around the outside. Remove the toilet roll and draw on two half oval shapes (these are Wubzzys feet)
  3. From the remaining yellow craft foam cut two arms and two ears - use the picture below as a guide to the shapes.
  4. From the black foam cut two small ovals for the eyes and a larger oval for the nose.
  5. From the white foam cut a crescent shape the same length as the oval nose.
  6. Lay the toilet roll on the yellow paper and roll it up. Mark where you need to cut the paper so that it is the same length and height as the toilet roll. Cut the paper to the right size.

You should now have a selection of shapes that look like these -

Toilet Roll Wubbzy Shapes

Now the preparation is done the sticking can start taking place!

  1. First place the strip of cardboard inside the toilet roll and tape it in place - make sure that part of the cardboard is level with bottom of the tube as this is where we attach Wubbzy's feet
  2. Place some double sided tape on the yellow paper and roll it onto the toilet roll inner
  3. Put double sided tape on the cardboard at the bottom of the tube and attached Wubbzy's feet
  4. Use double sided tape to attach the eyes, ears and mouth
  5. Put a strip of double sided tape inside the top of the tube and attach the ears
  6. Now carefully, use the scissors to make a small slit in each side of the tube level with Wubbzy's mouth and a hole in the back about an inch from the bottom on the tube
  7. Push the arms and pipe cleaner tail through the slots & hole. You can secure them more by adding a bit of tape to the inside of the tube to hold them in place
  8. Now bend that tail !!

You should now have a completed Wubbzy! Perfect for filling with PomPoms and turning into big hair Wubbzy.

Toilet Roll Wubbzy Toilet Roll Wubbzy With Hair

My rather creative 10 year old got inspired by this and decided to make Widget & Walden as well.

Widget Toilet Roll Walden Toilet Roll

The whole group together

Toilet Roll Wubbzy, Widget & Walden

They were certainly appreciated anyhow and did not leave Little Ones side whilst she was engrossed in the mornings episode.

Wubbzy & Friends

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Edible Dough Idea


 

Baked coloured scones

My little girl loves baking and play dough, so I came up with this idea which combines the best of both activities. I started out making three small batches of a plain scone mixture but added a few drops of food colouring to the "add liquid" stage (Dr Oetker produce a natural colourings in red and yellow).

The plain scone mixture should be non-sticky when it is finished but very easy to mould and cut-out, just like play dough.

Squishing the dough

Once my little one had finished her creations I placed them on a baking tray and baked them in the oven just like regular scones. She was over the moon when she got to eat them for her lunch!

Basic Scone Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8oz self raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1.5oz baking margarine
  • milk to make a soft dough
  • food colouring

Method

  1. Mix flour and salt in a bowl
  2. Rub in the margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs
  3. Add a little milk (a couple of tablespoons to start with) and a few drops of colouring
  4. Mix together. If the mixture is too dry a little more milk. If the mixture is not colourful enough add a few drops more colouring. If the mixture turns wet and sticky because you have added too much milk (or colouring!) then add in a little more flour until the mixture is no longer sticky. The mixture should be nice and soft to use but not leave any residue on your hands when you handle it.

Then just let the children have fun! We used a selection of cookie cutters, the favourites turned out to be the butterflies which they children added coloured spots to and the leaves which they mixed the colours together for to create a marble effect.

One thing to note, is that the dough needs to be fairly uniformly rolled out (preferably to about 1" thick) otherwise you will have to keep looking at the cooker because the thinner scones will need cooking for less time, whilst the thicker ones will need to cooked for longer so that the centres are cooked for thoroughly.

To Cook

When it looks as though the mixture is nearly used up, you will need to preheat the oven. It needs to be hot, so around Gas mark 7 (425f or 210c). Scones usually take around 10 minutes to cook, but this will change if you have a fan assisted oven (drop the temperature down a little according to the oven manufacturers guidelines) or if the creations are unusally thin or thick (thinner - less time, thicker - lower heat slightly and cook for longer).

Grease a baking sheet (or use a silicone liner if you have one) and place the scones one the sheet with a little room in between them, as they will rise when you bake them.

Raw scones ready to cook

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