Thursday, 26 November 2015

150 Years of Alice in Wonderland - Alice inspired Craft for the Classroom or a Alice Tea Party

This year marks the 150th Anniversary since the publication of Lewis Caroll's 'Alice in Wonderland.' The story of Alice who ventures further and further in a world of wonderland experiencing curiouser and curiouser animals and adventures.

Despite the book not being an instant hit with critiques, receiving some less than favourable reviews when first published and being renegaded into the genre of ‘Literary Nonsense,’ Alice and the Wonderland residents have risen to become some of most loved stories and characters in children’s books, and has fascinated generations of children (and adults) ever since.

At Space on the Bookshelf we thought very hard about how to celebrate the anniversary, and decided that we would treat you to a series of celebratory posts. But today we’ll kick off with some ideas to help you have your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with crafts suitable for home or the classroom.

Alice in Wonderland Craft 1 #Playing Card People 

What you’ll Need

  • Old Playing Card
  • White card
  • Pipe Cleaners (x4)
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Pencils / Pens
  • Split Pin (x1)
  • Plasticine (optional)

To Make

  1. Hole punch five holes in the card (as pictured)
  2. Cut out a round head shape with a 2cm long neck. Hole punch neck and use split pin to attach to card.
  3. Take pipe cleaners put through remaining holes and twist together to make limbs, (see picture) use plasticine to make hands and feet if you wish you card-people to be able to stand up.

Alice in Wonderland Craft 2 #disappearing Cheshire Cat Card

What you’ll Need

  • A4 Black Card
  • White Paper
  • Woggly Eyes
  • Cheshire Cat Paper i.e. Craft Paper / Wrapping Paper/ Wall Paper
  • Scissors
  • Black Marker Pen/Felt Tip Pen
  • Glue

To Make

  1. Cut A4 in half to create to A5 pieces. Fold the paper in half to make a landscape card.
  2. Cut out cat face out of your chosen Cheshire Cat paper.  For Template e-mail
  3. Cut out two grins out of white paper and draw vertical lines with black pen for teeth. .  For Template e-mail
  4. Glue Cheshire cat face on to front of card, then glue on woggly eyes and one of the grins.
  5. Open up the card and glue the second grin on the inside in the same place that it is on the front. When you open the card it looks like the Cheshire has disappeared all but her grin!

Alice in Wonderland Craft 2 # Playing Card Bunting

What you’ll Need

  • Old Pack of Playing Cards 
  • Hole Punch 
  • String / twine / ribbon 

To Make

  1. Hole punch each playing card twice on the top - see photo. 
  2. Tread the ribbon through the card as pictured. 
  3. Hand the bunting!

Hope you enjoy the crafts and come back for more Alice in Wonderland features!

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