7th April 2020Category: Young Carers
Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel our Young Carers Easter trips and activities. To help ease the disappointment, and pass the time until we can get together again, we are providing some activities for you to do at home.
Working in collaboration with The Crafty Workshop we have arranged to have some craft kits sent out to Young Carers registered with us.
There are some ideas on how to use the kits below, you can also visit the Crafty Workshop Facebook page for inspiration and decorating tips.
We’d love to see photos of your rainbows and other creations so it would be great if you, or your parents, could share them with us on Facebook by tagging @westcumbriacarers and @craftyworkshop.workington
If you are not on Facebook you can still send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include them in our online gallery.
If you have not spoken to one of our support workers about a craft kit and you would like one please text the Young Carers team on 07531 476 161.
Over the next week or so you will receive a crafty pack that will contain a variety of goodies, I've wrote a few general ideas that may help - Lesley, Crafty Workshop.
All the packs contain one of these, there are 4 sheets of card to cellotape together to make your base and then you can design your own rainbow for the window with the lengths of coloured crepe. Some kits are for more than person so you have extra, you could always make one for someone else as well.
Don’t forget to share a photo of your rainbow with us on social media and tag @westcumbriacarers and @craftyworkshop.workington
These come with a needle and embroidery cotton, have a look on google images for some free patterns to make the designs of your choice. The embroidery cotton has 6 strands so you can split it into any thickness you like buy cutting around 50cm length and then pulling the required amount of strands apart, if you're not sure of what kind of stitch to use have a look on Youtube, there are some brilliant very easy tutorials on different stitches like blanket stitch, over stitch, back stitch etc.
Foam clay is really easy to use, the first thing to do is squeeze it so it goes flat and them it will stick onto the wood or polystyrene that is included in the kit. It sticks to itself so you can layer the colours to make eyes etc. on your polystyrene eggs, why not invent your own animals. This foam air dries so when you are not using it make sure it is put back into the tubs.
Some kits contain acrylic paint; this is water based but does not come off clothes easily so make sure you put some old paper down to protect surfaces. Most card and wooden items need a couple of coats. Decorate your painted shapes with buttons or you might want to try making your items spotty by using the wrong end of your paint brush.
These will take your parents back a few years making daisy chains, easy and very beautiful.
You can use pens or pencils to decorate and design your Easter shapes.
These have all the instructions included and I've added extra felt and additional patterns so you can make a larger variety of creations.
These also come with full instructions and are very satisfying to do, take your time and work from the bottom up, a great tip is don't peel all the top layer off at once do a couple of lines at a time.
If you have any questions you can message Lesley has said that you can message her on the Crafty Workshop Facebook page and she'll help as much as she can - Thank you Lesley!