Hello! Welcome back to Kids Get Crafty! Today I have a gumnut craft for you.. a what? I hear you say.. yes, a gumnut – gumnuts are the “nut” from the Eucalyptus tree – and are very common in Australia. In Australia?! But I don’t live in Australia! I hear you exclaim. I know. I know. But.. a very good friend of mine does. And I do have a handful of wonderful Australian readers. So this craft is especially for you! I love how the internet makes the world shrink and that I have readers from the Uk (of course), US, continental Europe, China, Russia, Israel….. the list goes on – all over the world. So every so often it is lovely to be able to celebrate this!
I reckon you can still make it with one of those “large bleach bottle lids” – you know, the ones that look like thimbles?
The gumnuts I used were from my friend’s wedding. So they are very special indeed! I dumped them in boiling water, to ensure no creepy crawlies!
Gentle Giant Octopus, by Karen Wallace. This is apparently part of a series of ”Nature Storybooks”. We picked this one up by chance and it is fabulous! It really is like a picture book, whilst also learning all about these gentle beasts of the ocean. We follow the story of an Octopus mother looking for a perfect place to lay her eggs and wait for them to hatch. A slightly sad story (as we learn that female octopuses only lay eggs once in their life time and then die), but so beautifully written and fabulously illustrated. We love that you get lots of octopus facts throughout the book and really learn something about nature. We look forward to finding more of the titles in this series!
I got the gumnut craft idea after making our conker pencil toppers a couple of weeks ago. I thought that the gumnut had the perfect “pencil sticking up shape”… and then suddenly the rest came to me – an octopus!
Materials: a gumnut (or large lid), paint (though plain is nice too), 2 pipe cleaners, 2 googly eyes, glue
1) Paint your gumnut to match your pipe cleaners. Ours are blue and orange.
2) Take 2 pipecleaners and cut them in half.
3) Place over each other star shape and wrap one over the remaining 4
4) Place them around a pencil and add a blob of glue to the top (or use a hot glue gun) and then place the gumnut over the top
5) Add your googly eyes
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