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Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Reposting this craft. Want to make an easy Tadeo Turtle puppet? Follow the directions. Use your imagination.

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Materials

  • 1 paper (styrofoam) bowl
  • 2 paper plates
  • paint, brushes (watercolour or arcylic)
  • scissors
  • string or wool or ribbon
  • something to punch a hole with (I used a pen)
  • a piece of wood (dowelling) or a straw

Draw shapes on the bowl to represent a turtle (imagination is good here as any shapes will be do).

Draw puppet body for turtle

Paint the shapes. I found that it was hard for the paint to adhere to the styrofoam bowl but with a little patience it made some marks. I waited until it dried and painted again.

Paint the body of turtle

Paint the front and back of the paper plate. Wait for it to dry. Draw on the shapes for a head, 4 feet and a tail.

Paint front and back of paper plate for turtle

 

Draw parts for turtle on paper plate

Draw parts on plate for turtleCut out the shapes.

head for turtle puppet

Attach the tail and the head to the body. I found the best way – cut a slit into the bowl and slide the head into the bowl. Do the same to the tail.

Put holes in the bowl where the feet will go. Put a hole in the top of each foot.

Thread the wool through the hole in the foot and knot it .). Continue with this piece of wool and thread it through the hole in the bowl (knot inside the bowl). Attach the string to the piece of wood or straw (the puppet controller).

Continue to thread the wool through the holes to fasten the feet to the body and tie to controller.

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Using the controller you can now manipulate your puppet (marionette) and make him walk, skip, dance or jump. Here is the Tadeo Turtle Puppet in Action.

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Creative Saturdays – Paper Plate (Styrofoam) Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Paper Plate (Styrofoam) Tadeo Turtle

This week I will be teaching Sunday School at a neighbouring church. I will read Tadeo Turtle, do some singing and a little storytelling. We will be making the paper plate Tadeo.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

There are many ways to make a paper plate turtle.

Today I am using the following materials:

        • two small styrofoam plates (paper plates are great too)
        • tissue paper of a variety of colours (get reds, yellows, purples, greens,)
        • construction paper or card stock paper (any colour)
        • scissors
        • white glue
        • stapler
        • googly eyes
        • crayons or markers or paint

Instructions:

Cut the tissue paper. I didn’t have many colours on hand but these seemed to work fine. I cut it in squares but it doesn’t matter. Cut any shapes you want.

Tissue Paper for paper plate Tadeo Turtle

Place the tissue paper one piece at a time on the shell. Overlap. Cover the whole shell.

Cover the plate with tissue

Cut out the head, 4 legs, and a tail.

Draw and cut out the shapes

Colour the head, legs and tail.

Cut out the parts and colour them.

Staple the appendages to the bottom shell. Add googly eyes.

Staple the parts to the body

Place the top shell over the bottom shell and staple the turtle together.  Mark the toes on each foot.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Here is another turtle that I made while attending “Turtle Day” at an art gallery. Let the children’s imagination take over for shapes, colour and detail.

PP Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle 2

Have fun.

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CRAFTING SATURDAYS – Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

Crafting Saturday – Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

Today we are looking at how to make a turtle from a bar of soap. Let’s take a look at how to make Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle.

Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

I have always had the desire to do carving. From the time of a youngster I loved to play with mud – yup, mud. I would form and shape animals. Today we are going to make a soap carving Tadeo Turtle.

When we first came to Mesa, Arizona I joined a pottery class. There we learned to form objects. It was called slab building. I enjoyed it. But watercolour called me and I changed back to that artistic endeavour.

But I have never tried sculpting something.

Today I thought I would try making Tadeo from a piece of soap. I used Ivory Soap – it carves very easily.

I only used a spoon to do the basic sculpting.

In order to finish the details I used a paring knife. I would advise caution for small children. Using a pumpkin carver or a small butter knife would be better.

To finish the final details I used a toothpick. A toothbrush cleans out the debris.

Here are the directions:

1. Go slowly (soap can break).

Soap carving Tadeo Turtle

A bar of soap

2. Draw a quick sketch of what you want your final object to look like.

Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

3. Do the overall shape first. Then start to carve out the details.

soap carving tadeo turtle - beginning stages

Making the shape of the turtle

4. Add the details to the soap sculpture – a turtle starts to appear..

Adding details - soap carving

Add the details.

5.  Round the edges with your fingers.

Almost finished soap carving

Tadeo is almost finished

6. The finished product – your own carved soap Tadeo Turtle is ready to paint.

Soap Finished Tadeo

7. The Final Product

Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

I would love to have children’s pictures of their treasured Tadeo designs.

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How to use a plastic bag to create a print

How to use a plastic bag to create a print

Today I used a plastic bag to make prints and create an underwater scene in watercolour. I have called this Plastic Bag Printmaking.

I loved the printing process when I used the styrofoam print to make a picture. This time I had read about using a plastic bag. – Please check out Alisa Burke Redefine Creativity. So I said, “Why not?”.

At one point I tried to use waxed paper but this did not work as well. I only used grocery plastic bags. You could also use the baggies (Ziploc idea), as Alisa did.

plastic bag Printmaking

I learned a few things while doing this Plastic Bag Printmaking:

  1. Don’t use too much water unless you want a smeared look (and that may be what you want).
  2. Wait a few moments before putting the paper over the wet paint.
  3. Press down when you want the print to look like what you put on the plastic.
  4. Rub back and forth when you want to smear the paint around.

Materials:

  • Brushes
  • Watercolour paints
  • Water
  • Plastic bag, opened and cut
  • watercolour paper

Instructions:

Open the plastic bag. On the plastic put the paint – in shapes, blobs, lines. You can use one colour at a time; or you can mix them right on the plastic.

plastic bag Printmaking

Place a piece of watercolour paper over the paint. Press down or rub depending on what type of effect you want. The picture below shows what happens when I rubbed back and forth and the paint was very wet, too. You get a smear of colours.

plastic bag Printmaking

Repeat as often as you want around your page.

If you want a design as well, get a clean sheet of plastic. I drew on the plastic with pencil, then marked the design I wanted (the sea turtle). Then I traced over the lines in paint. A thinner brush would have given a finer detailed turtle.

plastic bag Printmaking

The picture below shows both the printed sea turtle design as well as the leaves with drier paint on the plastic, and pressing down and not rubbing.

plastic bag Printmaking

 

plastic bag Printmaking

Finish the picture. I loved how this worked.

Try plastic bag printmaking and tell me how it turned out.

plastic bag Printmaking - Sea Turtle by Janis Cox

 

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page extension activities is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Tadeo Turtle

When I search for stained glass for kids I always found the craft uses Clear Contact Paper.  I went shopping and thought I had bought clear but it turns out it is grey. Not good.

But I decided to try my own version of this craft and instead of using contact paper I used clear plastic wrap and glue.
SG-finished-

Materials:

      • clear plastic wrap (for wrapping gift baskets)
      • coloured tissue paper
      • construction paper
      • scissors
      • white glue or Podge

Instructions:

Cut the tissue into squares or any shape the child can cut. Make a pile of the different colours.

SG-tissue-paper-cut

Put the clear plastic on a piece of construction paper (the better to see what you are doing and holds the plastic in place.

Cover a large area of the plastic with glue.

SG-glue-the-plastic-

Start putting the tissue pieces on the glued area. Overlapping is fine. Cover with more glue.

Fill the entire area where you think you will cut out your figure (I am using a turtle).

SG-glue-all-over-the-tissue-paper

Wait for it to dry or hurry it along with a hair dryer.

Sg-glue-the-tissue-paper

Draw  the turtle and cut him out.

Draw around the piece on the construction paper.

SG-draw-around-the-stained-glass-Tadeo

Cut out the construction paper turtle.

SG---draw-on-construction-paper

Cut inside the turtle so that you have a turtle frame. Put glue around the edge and paste the stained glass to the frame.

SC-cut-out-the-construction-paper

SG-before-hanging

There you have it – a stained glass Tadeo Turtle

SG-window-finished
 
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Creative Saturdays – A little Christmas Angel Craft

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Creative Saturdays – A little Christmas Angel Craft

I went to Bible Study with the Bible Babes, yup that is what we call ourselves. The hostess had made beautiful little angels as gifts. Here is the gift she gave me.
CA-friend's-angel

So I thought I would try a kids’ version of this craft using supplies I had around the house.

Materials:

      • Wool, moss, or anything to make hair
      • styrofoam ball, wooden ball (for head)
      • material (cut into a circle)
      • egg carton (1 section cut out); small ceramic pot – for the base
      • marker, paints,
      • trim for halo, or pipe cleaner
      • cut out wings.. from whatever you have

Instructions:

Cut the material to make a circle. The size is about a 5 inch diameter

Paint the face.

Put on the hair. I could find no wool, no moss. So I opted for …. oatmeal. Yes I painted the oatmeal brown and let it dry. Then I pasted the browned oatmeal to her head.

CA-glue-on-head-for-hair

CA-add-the-hair

Now glue the material on to the egg carton section (or pot). I actually used 2 egg carton sections to make it high enough for the skirt.

Glue the head onto the body.

CA-add-head

I put a ribbon around her neck. You could add earrings, a bow, a pendant, button.
CA-dress-and-ribbon

Add the halo.

CA-halo

Add the wings.

CA-wings

 

My finished Christmas Angel

CA-Christmas-Angel-finished-web

Here are the two angels together.
CA-Christmas-angels
 
I would let the kids use their imaginations totally on this. I can see very decorative angels with lots of spunk. Send me your kids’ pictures if you use this craft.
 

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Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Painting without a Brush

Creative Saturdays – Painting without a Brush

When I attended my Experimental Watercolour Course we were encouraged (well actually told) to paint only with found materials. Someone brought in a child’s bubble blower; others brought kitchen utensils, straws, strainers; someone had made an unusual homemade items with strings and washers.

VP---the-finished-picture

Today I thought I would experiment with vegetables. I chose a cherry tomato, carrots and kale.

VP-my-assortment-of-vegetables

jVP---the-pallet-to-startThen I started to paint my picture. I mixed some paint on the pallett. Then painted my turtle.
VP---my-pallett
Here are the vegetables after being in the paint.
VP---the-vegetables-to-paint-with

And the final result.
VP---the-finished-picture

I found I could use the carrot to draw with. The tomato made a good head, and legs. Both the carrot and the tomato I used to stamp Tadeo’s back. The kale was useful for the background leaves.

I hope you enjoyed today’s experiment and will try it with your kids and grandkids.

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Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Sand Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Sand Tadeo Turtle

Sand-Tadeo-Complete-2

Sand-Tadeo-Complete-1

This week when I visited my grandchildren I showed them how to make Tadeo Turtles from sand. Both grandchildren (ages 4 and 6) loved this activity. We were outdoors on a patio table. The wind did not help us keep control of the paper. We were constantly on guard to make sure the paper didn’t blow away. But they both concentrated very well on the task at hand. My hands were rather gluey and sandy to take pictures but I did the best I could.

Materials:

      • paper (we used construction paper, but card stock would be thicker)
      • marker, pencil, pen
      • glue – white glue
      • play sand
      • bowls
      • spoons
      • sieve
      • food colouring
      • googly eyes

Instructions:

Gather your materials.

Sand-Tadeo-Turtle---Materials

Draw a turtle on your paper.

Sand-Tadeo---drawing

Sand-Tadeo---drawing-2

Using white glue fill in the area of the turtle.

Take a small amount of sifted play sand and put in a bowl. Add enough food colouring to give the colour you want. We used green.

Sand-Tadeo-Turtle---the-sand

Sand-Tadeo-Turtle---the-sand-coloured

Shake the sand on your paper.

Using the back of the spoon, tap down the sand. Shake off the excess.

Add more sand if needed by first putting glue where you want the sand added.

Sand-Tadeo---before-decoration

Sand-Tadeo-without-decorations-2

Now to decorate his back. Make another container of any colour (we used orange). Make the coloured sand again. Put glue on the turtle where you want the sand. Shake on the sand. Shake off excess.

Sand-Tadeo-glue-decorations

The finished Sand Tadeo Turtles:

 

Sand Tadeo complete

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Today I would like to show you how to make a painting using a toothbrush. Another term for this is spatter painting.

Spatter Painting - tadeo turtle

Materials:

1. Paper
2. Paint – tempera or watercolour
3. Brush
4. Toothbrush
5. Scissors
6. Cardboard or stock paper
7. Water

Instructions:

Draw your object – I chose a turtle.

Draw your object

Cut out the object and place it on a piece of paper.


Toothbrush-8

Mix up your paint. Stick with the three primary colours: blue, yellow and red.

toothbrush-7

Tape the object to the paper.

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Using a toothbrush spray the paint onto the paper.

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Toothbrush-5

 

Toothbrush-4

Move the paint around. Twist the paper in all directions – any wet paint will run to make interesting patterns.

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When you are finished take off the stencil. At this point you can leave the stencil as is or you can paint it. I chose to paint it.

Toothbrush-2

 

As you can see I did not have the stencil firmly in place. If you want crisp lines ensure that the stencil is tacked down better than I did.

Toothbrush-1

The finished product.

Toothbrush-final-Tadeo-Turtle

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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CREATIVE SATURDAYS – Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

I have been busy making stuffed Tadeos to take to a conference next weekend. I thought you might be interested to see how I make them. I am not a seamstress. I learned to sew in Home Economics a long time ago and have sewn some things during the years. (Maternity clothes, Hallowe’en outfits, pyjamas, and doll clothes). Other than that my sewing is repair jobs, which my husband says takes a long time to happen.

Here are the instructions:
Pattern TAdeo Turtle

 

Tadeo Turtle Pattern

1. Cut out the pieces using these patterns.

Shell pieces

2. Here are 2 of the pieces for the shell. You will need 4 all together.

Shell pieces pinned.3. Pin the pieces together and sew (about 1/4 inch seam). Do that to both sides of the shell.

sewing shell together - tAdeo Turtle

4. Put both sides together and sew along the top edge. You will now have the top to the turtle shell.

all pieces sewn together

 

5. Now continue to sew the feet, the head and the tail, by putting the pieces right side together. This is all the pieces ready to turn right side out.

Here are all the pieces for Tadeo Turtle

6. Make sure you turn all the pieces right side out. Of course the head is missing. Then stuff them with cotton batting.

Pin the pieces together.6. Leave out the head. Pin all the appendages inside the shell. Right sides together with the top and bottom shell. Sew 1/4 inch around the whole turtle but leave room for where the head will go. You can now start the birthing process.

Tadeo Turtle - out come the legs

 

7. The first out will be the front feet, then the back feet, then the tail. Take it slowly and be gentle.

the birth of Tadeo Turtle8. Almost born. Continue to pull.

Birth with no head.9. Here is the turtle right side out without his head. See the spot left for you to stuff and put the head.

Add the head

10. Stuff the turtle and place head in the hole.

Sew head in place

 

11. Now sew the head in place. It was hard to hold and take this picture. I also turn the head around and fold it back and sew it again to get it to stand up right.

Finished Stuffed Tadeo Turtle12. Another Stuffed Tadeo Turtle. Next week I will show you the bale of turtles I have created.

Please check out more about the book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24 page curriculum is available if you ask.

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