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DIY Series: Dive into these kids’ crafternoon activities


DIY Series: Dive into these kids’ crafternoon activities

Sunny skies call for spending more time outside in the fresh air. These creative crafternoon activities will not only keep the kids busy but will encourage them to get out in the backyard and explore the great outdoors. So, grab all the materials you need on your next visit to Westfield Helensvale from Kmart, Target and Stacks Variety.

Easy-peasy toilet roll binoculars

Make the most of those finished toilet rolls by crafting these cute binoculars.

What you’ll need

  • Two toilet rolls
  • Wrapping paper or coloured paper
  • A length of string or ribbon
  • A hole punch
  • Tape
  • Any other materials to decorate your binoculars, such as coloured pens, stickers, gems and glitter


  1. Wrap the outside of each toilet roll in wrapping paper, leaving the holes open to peer through.
  2. Place your two toilet rolls beside each other and fasten together with tape.
  3. Punch a hole on the far right and the far left edges of each roll with a hole punch.
  4. Loop through and secure one end of your string to one hole. Repeat for the other hole and the other end of your string, to create a strap for your binoculars.
  5. Now it’s time to decorate! Let them express themselves however they wish.
  6. Once they’re done, they can take their binoculars on adventures and see what they can spot in the backyard and on walks.

Image source: @claire_groot

Painted pot plant people

The latest trend is painted pot plant people. Why not let the kids go wild and create their own?

What you’ll need

  • A pencil
  • Plain plant pots
  • Paint brushes and paints (ensure the paint is non-toxic, is made for the material of your pot and waterproof, especially if your pot people will be living outdoors)


  1. Paint your base colour or pattern for your pot. Wait for this to dry. Do another coat if required.
  2. Use the pencil to draw a face on your pot. Have some fun with your pot’s expression.
  3. Paint your pot’s face by going over the pencil.
  4. Once your paint is dry, purchase some seedlings, add some soil, spritz with water and watch your plant person’s hair grow.

Image source: @rusticmamacreationsash

Pretty paper pinwheels

Enjoy the outdoors and watch your colourful pinwheels spin in the breeze.

What you’ll need

  • A pen
  • Scissors (grab kid-friendly plastic ones for little fingers)
  • Coloured paper
  • A split pin
  • 2 beads
  • A paper straw


  1. Cut your sheet of paper into a square before beginning.
  2. Fold your paper in half, so two opposite corners meet to form a triangle. Unfold and repeat for the two remaining corners. You should end up with two diagonal folds.
  3. Mark the centre point of the paper with a pen. Then mark a star along each fold, approximately one third from the centre point.
  4. Cut along the fold line from each corner towards the centre point, until you reach the stars.
  5. Bring the half corners of every second section to the centre point. You’ll want to curl it towards the centre, not fold.
  6. Stick the split pin through the alternating four half corners and centre point of your pinwheel head.
  7. Next, thread two beads through the split pin.
  8. Finally, pierce the split pin through the paper straw, and secure by opening the split pin.

Image source: @partyhappier

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