Kiwi Crafts

New Zealanders are also referred to as “Kiwis”.  Along with the delicious fruit, the Kiwi is also the country’s national bird.  The past few days we have been having lots of fun creating some unique Kiwi crafts.  Yesterday at the beach, we even collected a bottle of  sand to use for a craft today.  Since the Maori people were the original people of New Zealand and have some beautiful traditional crafts, we decided to focus on Maori-style crafts this week.  

Koru art is one such Maori design that we decided to do after discovering this art project on Kinderart.com.  Koru is the Maori word for a new fern frond and sympolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. (source: Wikipedia.com)  

First, we looked at various pictures of ferns wrapped tightly together.  

  

  

Then, the kids practiced several times drawing the curving lines of the ferns and I demonstrated how to draw a few on our white board.  

  

  

  

Using chalk and crayons, we then drew the ferns onto our permanent paper and filled in the spaces with two shades of oil pastels.  

  

Tallinn's Koru Art

 

  

Addie's Koru Art

 

There is another step of washing the entire piece with black paint when finished, but I’m not sure we’ll do that step for mess purposes and just because I rather enjoy them as they are.  Whatever we decide, we will certainly mount these and put them in a special place as I really think they are quite beautiful. 

Our next Kiwi craft this week is a sand card we are making using the sand we collected yesterday during our “beach school”.  

This craft was taken from craftsforkids.com.  Using a Maori design, we traced it onto card stock,  

  

  

 then cut out the design and mounted tracing paper to the back applying glue all over the design before dusting it with the sand.  

  

  

For Cardiff’s I actually followed the website’s instructions a bit better and just traced around the pre-cut Maori design with glue and filled in the space, then allowed him to sprinkle on sand.  

   

  

Both techniques worked well and when they are dry we will mount them on another piece of cardstock.  

  

  

Each day we are also reading our New Zealand library books and learning a bit more about the culture and people of this South Pacific nation. Today we learned a few New Zealand words.  

cheers = thank you  

well done = good on you  

guy = mate  

After the kids finished their crafts, I gave them an appropriate “good on you”.  

   

  

  

 

 

 

Addie’s Koru Art

 

  

 

 

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