With a little supervision, kids aged 5 to 10 will easily be able to make these models – and we suggest you fire their imaginations by challenging them to create more animal models. How about a whale, an owl, or a tortoise?
Tip: Lay several sheets of newspaper on your table before you start – this will make cleaning up a joy!
What you’ll needBasic materials:
- Empty NutriDay tubs from a six-pack (wash them out first in soapy water and allow to dry)
- Glue. A good adhesive such as Bostik Clear is best
- Coloured paper and cardboard
- A black permanent marker pen with a fairly fine tip
- Poster paints or acrylic paints
- A paint brush
- Stick-on plastic ‘googly’ eyes (if you can’t find these, use your black marker pen to draw the eyes)
- Coloured pipe cleaners
- Cotton wool balls
- Mini ‘bobbles’ or pompoms
A happy little insect with glittery yellow stripes, a cheeky smile and a sting in the tail.
- Paint the outside of a NutriDay tub black, then place in the sun to dry.
- To make the stripes on the bee’s body, cut three narrow strips of yellow paper and glue them around the tub.
- For the face, use cardboard. Cut out two oval shapes, as shown in the picture. The first (black) oval must be big enough to cover the opening of the NutriDay tub. The second (yellow) oval should be smaller.
- Glue the yellow oval to the centre of the black oval, then stick on two ‘googly’ eyes. Draw a smile using a black permanent marker.
- Squeeze glue around the top rim of the tub, then firmly press on the bee’s face.
- To make the wings, take a piece of white cardboard or paper and cut out a rough figure-of-eight shape. Fold the shape in the middle, and glue it (spreading the glue on the fold) to the top of the bee’s body, as shown in the picture.
- To make the feelers, bend a pipe cleaner to make a V shape. Glue a small yellow pompom – or a little ball of cotton wool – to the tip of each feeler. Glue the feelers to the body, just behind the face.
- To make the sting, cut a 3-cm length of pipe cleaner and fold it into an L shape. Spread glue on the shorter end of the L shape, and stick it to the bottom of the tub. Alternatively, you can make a small hole in the base of the tub, and push the pipe cleaner into it.
- Finally, add the glitter. Using your finger, spread a light coating of glue over the yellow stripes. Take the model outside, sprinkle glitter over the gluey stripes, then blow on the model to remove the excess glitter.
Our sweet little rabbit is easy to make, and it’s fun to play with because you can make the ears jiggle by pushing your finger up and down against the ‘roof’ of the yoghurt tub.
- Paint the outside of a NutriDay tub white, then place in the sun to dry.
- For the ears, use cardboard. Cut out four long narrow bunny ears – two shapes in white, and two smaller shapes in pink, as shown in the picture. Stick the pink shapes on to the centre of the white shapes.
- Make a small fold in the bottoms of the ears, apply glue to the undersides of these ‘tabs’, and stick them to the top of the upturned yoghurt tub.
- Stick a white cotton wool ball on the bunny’s behind to make a tail.
- To make the face, stick two ‘googly eyes’ to the front of the tub. Cut a tiny triangle out of pink paper to make the nose (see picture) and stick this on. Using a black permanent marker, draw a wide flattened ‘W’ symbol underneath it to form a mouth.
- To make the ‘whiskers’, cut some tiny shreds from black cardboard and glue them to either side of the nose.
This puffy, fluffy white sheep is quick and easy to make. How about making a whole flock of sheep with your NutriDay tubs?
- Paint the outside of a tub black, then put it in the sun to dry.
- Spread glue evenly all over the outside of the tub. It’s best to do this in sections so the glue doesn’t dry out before you’ve had a chance to add the cotton wool.
- Fluff out several balls of cotton wool and stick them all over the tub so it’s completely covered.
- Use black cardboard for the face. Cut out the shape shown in the picture – it’s basically an egg shape with two leaf-shaped ears sticking out on either side of the rounded end of the ‘egg’.
- Stick on two ‘googly’ eyes, then glue the face to the body.
This yellow chick has a fluffy hairdo and a cute orange beak. You can use yellow feathers for the wings instead of cardboard.
- Paint the outside of a NutriDay tub yellow, then place in the sun to dry.
- To make the wings, use yellow cardboard. Cut out two leaf shapes, and then cut ‘scallops’ in one side of each shape, as shown in the picture. Glue the wings to the body and fold them so they curve outwards.
- For the face, glue on two ‘googly’ eyes. To make the beak, use orange cardboard. Cut out a diamond shape, fold it in half, and glue it on below the eyes.
- To make the fluffy ‘hairdo’, pull apart a yellow pompom and glue it to the top of the head. If you don’t have a pompom, use yellow cotton wool balls instead.