Face Painting: Lots of Fun for Kids and Adults

Face painting is a lot of fun and here are some ideas.  Always use care when face painting.  Keep your eyes safe and have an adult watch or help.

“Non-Toxic” does not mean “safe for skin.” Acrylic craft paints are not meant to be used on the skin – nor are watercolor markers or pencils.

There are many brands of safe face paint readily available ( Snazaroo, Wolfe Brothers, Fardel, Paradise, Mehron, Kryolan, and Ben Nye).



Start with at least the three primary colours: red, yellow, blue, plus a black and white. From these you can mix colours to make other colours.  For example:

red + yellow = orange

red + blue  = purple

Using Sponges are Great for Painting

Brushes often leave streak marks, but sponges get better coverage.  You can cut up sponges to give different effects.

BRUSHES Add Finer Details.

Most people recommend Snazaroo brushes for face painting as they give more control.


Keep refilling a bowl or bowls of water  to rinse your sponges and brushes.

Glitter comes in gels and dust and are beautiful.  Make sure to keep them out of your eyes.  Use hairbands and clips so that your hair does not have paint on it or glitter. Be clean when using paints – have a small hand towel or paper towels ready to mop up spills.

Not an Artist ?   Use Stencils.  There are also theme packs that on the website of Snazaroo.

Have fun!


History of Kites with Images – So, Go Fly a Kite!

History of Kites


No one can explain when the first kite was made, but most experts believe that China was the first country to fly kites.  One legend tells of a  farmer who invented a kite to keep his hat on while he was working.

Other experts state that the first kite was made in the Chinese city of Shandong.  The first kites were made from light materials such as paper and silk and were  framed by bamboo.

Traders from China brought kites with them to Korea and India.  It is said that Chinese Buddhist monks used kites to scare away ‘evil spirits’ that might attack the plants and crops.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo was an Italian who was one of the first Europeans to visit and trade with China.  In 1295 he drew kites and wrote about them.

Scientists Use Kites

A Scottish meteorologist named Alexander Wilson used a kite with a thermometer attach to measure the temperature at 3,000 feet.  This was in the year 1749.  Three years later Benjamin Franklin and his son flew a kite and proved that lightning was indeed electricity.

Kite Flying Around the World

In 1964, The American Kitefliers Association was formed and now has over 4000 members in at least 35 nations. Their annual convention is the largest gathering of serious kite fliers in the World.

So what are you waiting for…..”Go fly a kite!”

Kiwi Kids Celebrate an Indian Hindu Festival

It is wonderful when schools and communities share and celebrate other cultures.   Here in New Zealand families from the town of Marlborough, children from Te Kupenga Preschool, welcomed their own grape festival by celebrating the Holidays festival.

Rainbow of Colours

Khloe-Rose Fishburn, of Te Kupenga Preschool, celebrates the Holi festival with a splash of colour.

It looks like a lot of fun.


Spreading the colourful love at the Holi festival at Te Kupenga Preschool.

The Holi Festival is about celebrating the love you have for other people.


Children from the preschool shrieked in delight as they threw handfuls of the powder into the air and at each other.  Well done to everyone.


Russian Nesting or Stacking Dolls

Here are two maps of Russia:

If you visit Russia, you will see lots of these stacking dolls that go inside one another.  Here is a picture below.

They are called    “Matryoshika” or “babushka” dolls.   The word “babushka” means  grandmother.

Here are some facts about the Matryoshika dolls.

1. The idea of a nesting or stacking idea came from Japan.

2. The first Matryoshka wooden stacking doll was made by Vasily Zvyozdochlin and painted by Sergey Malyutin in 1890

3. The first painted stacking doll was of a mother and her seven children.

The Different Cultures in Russia

Russia is a very big country.  There are people who look different from one another.  The people who live outside of the cities are mostly farmers.  The women often use their cultural clothes.  They are proud of their ancestors. The stacking dolls show the different clothes.

Good at Art – Why Not Design Buildings in the Future?

Everyone has needed a place to live.   In the early days, it may have been a cave or a tent.  Later, simple homes were put together made of mud or wood or a combination of trees, leaves and mud.

When humans became more sophisticated they had glass and metals.  Now, we have computers that can provide 3D photos of designs for homes, government buildings, hotels, palaces and homes for the rich.

Perhaps, you will become an architect or designer for the insides of buildings.  Today, girls and boys and school can become architects, builders, designers and real estate persons.  The sky is the limit.

Here are examples from old to modern.


Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy in Schools Done With Pride and Time


World-wide, many students have to work quickly and get classwork done.   Work is done using pencils, ballpoint pens,  felt-tip pens or even computers.  Sometimes, with all this rushing, there is often little time to pay attention to handwriting skills.

Japanese Culture: The Art of Shodo

In Japanese schools, Shodo requires the use of a brush that will be dipped in ink.  While Western schools use the alphabet to form wo words are formed by characters.










You have probably seen many examples of Shodo in frames.  The art of Shodo originated in China where the Chinese use characters for words.  Next time that you are in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant look for the calligraphy of thick black characters.  A person familiar with either language would read down to up and maybe smile or nod.  The characters might be a greeting, blessing or kind words of wisdom.


Black paint is not slapped on quickly.  There is a design.  The white spaces must balance the black characters.  Each character must be centred and blend nicely with the other characters.  Students learn that there are different strokes to vary the characters and add designs that are pleasing to the eye.  You may wish to examine this art further in a book or looking at examples in restaurants or furniture stores.  You might even like to experiment with it.

Kids’ Christmas Craft Ideas

  • Darling Deer

    • Start with a cardboard tube that has patterned paper.
    • Cut Out:  a triangle head
    •  two large
    •  two small oval ears out of paper.
    • Cut felt circles for eyes.
    • Glue
    • the smaller ears inside the larger ones and fold in half.
    • Glue to top of triangle.
    • Glue googly eyes to felt.
    • Add pom-pom nose.
    • Glue the triangle to the top center of the tube.
    • Now for the antlers:
    • Use straws and pipe cleaners to make antlers.