Today I am so happy to have Lotta Magazine guest posting with a wonderful project from their latest issue, Travel!
Lotta Magazine is an Australian print magazine for 5-10 year old kids that is full of school holiday activities and is completely ad-free. Each issue is based around a theme and filled with arts, crafts, games, handmade toys and more.
This World of Stamps project is just one example of the brilliant gathering of ideas in each issue. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy looking through the stamps from around the world and the older ones will love sorting them and putting them in the appropriate countries on the printable map.
Be sure to scroll down for an exclusive pricing offer just for Crafty Crow readers!
A World of Stamps from Lotta Magazine
Things you need:
- Bulk world stamps which can be purchased from post offices or on eBay (*note from Cassi - I purchased a beautiful assortment of stamps from this seller on eBay)
1. Sort your stamps into the countries or continents they come from and place them into the labelled envelopes or bags. If you are not sure where some of the countries are, use an atlas to find out.
2. Download and print out the template onto A4 card.
Use our guide to join the pages together by taping them on the back. To make it easier to handle, join the pages that overlap to form countries, but don’t join up the whole world yet.
3. Using our template as a rough guide, place the stamps from a continent or country to create its basic shape.
4. Once you are happy with your design, glue the stamps into their final position.
5. Now join all your completed sections together to make the whole world map.
And your done.... we hope you had a lotta fun!
If you like what you’ve seen, pop over to our website to check out our magazines and other free activities on our blog.
We are very excited to be featured here and to celebrate, we have a special offer for Crafty Crow readers around the world. You can buy a single issue for just AU$15 or both issues for AU$25 by clicking on this special link!
Thank you so much to Lotta Magazine for sharing this project and I hope you will check out their website and take advantage of their special offer!
(FYI: as of this posting, the exchange rate is almost 1:1 for US and AU dollars.)
“Russia is the biggest country according to its territory. Half of its lands lie in the Polar circle and beyond the Arctic circle. It is also a country with the biggest amount and territory of wood (22 per cent of the world forests are in Russia).
The capital of Russia is Moscow. The Moscow Kremlin is situated in the very center of the capital of Russia. Since 1991, the Kremlin has been the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Cathedral of Basil the Blessed is a Russian Orthodox cathedral erected on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–1561. It marks the geometric center of the city. The design of the building has no analogues in Russian architecture.
The Russian language is spoken by 278 million Earthlings (fifth most of all languages).
Lake Baikal situated in the south of Eastern Siberia is the deepest and most ancient freshwater lake in the world.
Yury Gagarin, a soviet cosmonaut: on 12 April 1961, he became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth.
A fox is the most famous trickster in Russian folk tales.
In ancient Russia a frog was put into the milk to keep it fresh and cool.
Only 4 kms separate Russia and the USA in the closest point”.
A Pottery Bird :: Russian Dyimkovsky Toys
"The Dyimkovsky Toy (a kind of pottery figurine) appeared in the 15th century when Tzar Ivan III moved the inhabitants of Ustyug the Great to wild lands which were called Dyimka (now being a district of Vyatka) trying to bend them to his will and Moscow. During spring holidays, these people organized cheerful activities, a clay penny whistle being a symbol of them. When the holiday ended, the whistles were placed on the window-sills between the frames. Some time later, they started making all kinds of clay animals and people.
Each Dymkovskaya Toy is a handmade work of art which has no copies. What is the difference between Dyimkovskaya toy and other toys made of clay? It is the snowish white which carries a festive but simple pattern made of geometric figures.
The technique of making a Dyimkovsky toy is very simple. The toy is made of red clay mixed with river sand. The figures are made from elements which are connected with each other with liquid clay. Then the toy is dried, fired (at 800 degrees Celsius temperature) and covered with chalk mixed with milk. The final stage is the decoration with colourful patterns. Nowadays, one can use any kind of clay and industrial whitewash when making such toys.
On the other hand, it is not so easy to make a clay toy which is light and steady at the same time. Each plant making such toys in Russia does not allow the secrets of preparation leave its walls. Today we suggest you to make such a bird:
How To Make A Russian Clay Bird (please click on all pictures to see them larger)
Equipment: a brush a jar of water a towel (for the hands to be always dry) clay mixed with water (it should be soft like plasticine) a wet cotton napkin/piece of cloth (to keep the clay covered)
The clay should be neither too dry nor too soft.
The elements which Dyimkovskaya toys are made from: a ball, a “sausage” and a “drop”.
The stages of making the Bird:
For the body:
a ball is turned into a flat cake,
a cup is made of the flat cake,
the edges of the cup are put together and
a “dumpling” is made which is hollow inside.
For the leg:
a ball is turned into a drop,
the lower edge of the drop (=leg) is made concaved (for steadiness) and the upper edge of the drop is turned into a cradle
(the edges of the cradle are sharpened) to be connected to the body.
Before connecting the body and the leg, the place of their meeting is moistened with water with the help of a brush. The bodyand the leg are joined and are grinded in with rotator movements.
For the head:
The head is a ball the diameter of which is a bit smaller than the diameter of the breast. The neck is made like the leg but the cradles are made both at the lower and upper edges.
The lower end is joined with the body and
the upper end – with the head.
For the tail:
make a flat cake from a ball,
at its lower edge prepare a groove matching the back of the body.
Stick the tail to the body. It is important that the tail and the head should be symmetrical.
For the beak:
The beak is a pointed drop. It is attached to the middle of the head.
For the wings:
Make two drops and
flatten them into leaves,
cradle one edge and
stick the leaves to the body.
One can decorate the head with a ball or a flat cake (like a beret). It can also look like a cock’s crest.
The breast and the neck are decorated with a small beard.
The wings and the tail can be decorated with drops and flat cakes.
Drying and Baking
The toy is being dried up during about 24 hours (depends on its thickness). The baking is made in a special oven at 800 degrees (Celsius temperature). In Russian villages, for baking toys people gather all of them from all the houses of the village and stoke up fire in the brick oven for 24 hours changing each other on duty. It is impossible to make the baking in the home oven. But one can do without baking. The toy which has not been baked is not so solid but one can use it both for playing and decoration.
Priming and Painting
The traditional toy was primed with a mixture of flour and skimmed milk. Now the toys are primed with white acrylic or water-dispersion paints. The priming should be ideally white.
For painting, it is better to use acrylic paints as they do not soil when being touched. The paint should be diluted till it becomes like liquid sour cream. The strokes should be even and not transparent.
The Elements of Painting
Ancient signs which have got a meaning: a circle means the sun, a ring is an amulet, a line is a road, dots are human traces and a “river” is a river. The painting consists of these elements.
In May 2009, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev visited Kirovsky Museum of Art named after Vasnetsov brothers. The climax point of the excursion was the exhibition of Dyumkovsky toys in one of the halls. The President was suggested to model a toy. “I have done your errand, - finally said the President showing the toy he had made and starting painting it”. Afterwards, he shared his impressions, “Super! For a long time I hadn’t made and experienced such things!”
A Russian Dish - Vareniki
Russians love making and eating vareniki- a kind of stuffed dumplings. For a step-by-step tutorial please click on this link at Parents' Ideas." ---
Russia is brought to you by guest bloggers Anastasia and Natalie of Parents’ Ideas. They are married mums and live in two different cities of Russia. Anastasia and Natalie are mostly interested in parents’ ideas, tips and tricks on how to make household chores a joyful activity and the process of the child’s upbringing rich and absorbing for all the members of the family. On the pages of their blog they are sharing their parental experience and the experience of other parents which includes parents’ tips, arts and crafts and recipes of tasty dishes.
If you have any questions about Russia please leave them in the comments in the next few days and Anastasia and Natalie will answer them! ---