Christmas is here…along with my rapidly emptying wallet! I went to the shops to find decorations for our Christmas plant (there’s no room for a tree in our tiny house), and everything i liked was so expensive! 5 euros for 1 decoration! What the…!!! If i am not mistaken, is there not a crisis in Greece at the moment?! Who the hell is going to buy anything at that price! I dont even want to know how much money you need to decorate a huge tree!
So with 5 euros i bought 1 kilo of air-dry clay that i used to make all the decorations for our “tree”. Add some paint, left-over ribbon and lights and hey presto! The Christmas spirit is here!
Last week was Jumping Jack week with my little students. We traced the body parts, coloured them, stuck on random stuff, cut them out and assembled them with those “split-clip” thingys and string. The kids loved them. Attention: little boys really like to pull that string to make them REALLY jump, and ripping may occur! Haha!
3D collage stuck onto the back of an old tile / Using everything from beads & pine cones to old broken fridge magnets & pebbles from the beach / Made by Lydia during our private English lesson.
Here are some fish we made before the summer holidays with all the kids i tutor. They’re flexible and so cool…if you run and hold them behind you it looks like they’re swimming! Not too good when you want the kids to sit down and learn :)
As promised here is a photo of my dough version of Kyra Sarakosti or “Lady Lent”. I love her! Make with flour+water+decorate with happiness. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees or until all rozy and brown.
My husband is in love with her too and wont let me break her legs off! He feels sorry for her. But it’s tradition!
Here are some sitting chickens the kids made for Easter! We’ve made them in different sizes, coloured them with crayons and on some we used crepe-paper for the wings and crest. To make them use the template below, fold and cut along the orange line.. The wings and any extra bits can be made by using the left over pieces after all the cutting. Watch out because younger children find it a little difficult cutting around the tail bit. But its all worth it. They are all so cool i wanted to steal them and take them home all for me!
So Christmas has been suprisingly busy this year, work wise. But i’ve also had alot of fun projects. Like making Christmas cards with the kids i teach English to…
…or papier-mache Santa’s…
…who we then paint and glitter the hell out of! Even on his bum!
And i also managed to whip up a poster and flyer for my good friends at Dress Affair who had their Christmas party that was as usual a massive success!
Summer is here at last, and all the kids i give private English lessons to have slowly taken off to the islands for their holidays. I’ve got 1 week left before i leave too, and 4 more days to hand in my first animation for a big TV station to use as a teaser for a new TV show! It’s all very hectic. So i’m taking a break and am posting all my little kid’s masterpieces that we did together in July. From clay octopuses, to pop up butterflies…you name it. I hope they are actually learning a bit of English instead of just how to make amazing stuff?!?!