Can you believe there are christmas cards out in the shops already? It gets earlier every year! One thing at a time people please! Why don’t we celebrate Halloween first, the official start to winter (yipee?!)
This is a fun and simple craft activity, where you’ll be helping the kids to make their own Halloween bunting, with their unique scary characters!
Thee’s an old Welsh folk tale about a scary creature called Yr Hwch Ddu Gwta (the tail less black sew). Legend has it that a fearsome spirit called Yr Hwch Ddu Gwta took the form of a tail-less black sow and roamed the countryside with a headless woman. It is believed that the traditions and stories surrounding ‘Yr Hwch Ddu Gwta’ were favoured by parents as a means of ensuring their children would return home safely and as early as possible on this cold, dark night. One particular rhyme shows how the last child out on Nos Calan Gaeaf was at risk of being eaten by the fearsome beast:
Adref, adref, am y cyntaf’, Hwch ddu gwta a gipio’r ola’. (Home, home, be the first. The tail less black sew will capture the last)
Before making the bunting, ask the children to imagine what this creature would have looked like, this will be the inspiration for your beastly bunting!
What do I need?
Paper or cadboard
Paint, felt tip pens, crayons and coloured pencils.
Step 1 Cut a couple of apples in half, these are your stamps.
Step 2 Paint your stamp any colour you like (this is your creatures body or face). Stamp 10-20 of them on cardboard.
Step 3 Whilst waiting for you stamps to dry, use paper or card to cut your creatures eyes, mouth, ears, hair, and whatever other features it may have! When they have dried, cut the apple shapes out too.
Step 4 Stick these features on to your creature, or just sketch onto your creature with the felt pens and pencils. Or combine both.
Step 5 Make two holes at the top of your creature, close to both edges (ask an adult to do this).
Step 6 Put your string through one hole and out of the other on every creature to create your unique bunting ready for Calan Gaeaf.
Top tip – ensure you have enough hot chocolate and marshmallows to make the kids (and yourself) happy throughout the creative process and enjoy!
By Elin Crowley www.elinvaughancrowley.com
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