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Creative Kids Crafts and Textile Activity Sheet

The Crafts and Textile Kit is the perfect combination of art supplies to get started into fabric painting, while also having the paint pens to use on different materials.


We've seen the memory games sold at stores, they have generic animals or items that most kids don't feel identified with. A pair of cows and a pair of ducks are fun... but how about inviting your kids to paint their own chips with characters and objects they love?


  • Cardboard (can be rocks, wood slices, bottle or jar caps)
  • 3mm Special Colours Paint pens
  • Black pen for linework, optional
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Cutter or scissors
  • White acrylic to prime - recommended
  • Masking tape - optional



Parents can help make this step quicker, by preparing the tiles upfront

Step 1: Prime the cardboard with white acrylic, it's of course optional but recommended! Go a step further and prime the back too

Step 2: Mark the tiles on the cardboard, depending on the age of the children and the cardboard you're going to be using, figure out an appropriate size and amount of tiles. For younger children, 4 tiles for each kid, of around 5 or 6 centimeters. With older children, teens or adult helpers, you can make more tiles of a smaller size.

Tip: Cut a stripe for each participant, without separating the squares so it's easier for kids to draw on them.

Step 3: Hand out the kids their stripe and let them choose a background colour. It doesn't matter if they have the same taste in characters and hobbies, because each kid will have it's own background colour.

Step 4: Sketch your favourite characters and objects in pairs. There should be a pair of each design since this is a memory game, and each kid, teen or adult taking part will be painting their own fun pairs!

If two kids want the same character, they can each do their version and use a different background.

When run out of ideas, use a motif from the same character or object in a different position or size! For example two car tires, two crowns, two doggy collars, etc.

Step 5: Colour using paint pens

Start applying layers using the 3mm paint pens and let it dry before painting above the previous layer. Since acrylic paint pens are opaque, you can layer light colors above bright colours (white over red).

It doesn't matter if they look perfect, it's all about having a game we made ourselves, with our favourite people, our favourite colours and characters!

The time you take drawing the tiles is also part of the fun, so if the kids get a bit tired or bored, consider removing some pairs of unfinished tiles so they can start playing sooner.


Step 6: Colour the backgrounds using the colour you got or chose.

Step 7: When its all dry, make the lineart using the 1mm black paint pen. You can also add highlights using the 1mm white paint pen.

Step 8: PARENTS: Protect the set and cut the tiles

Parents: you can spray a coat to protect the game (use a layer of acrylic varnish or modge podge). Quick drying is best so there's no waiting involved!

Cut the tiles and start playing!

How to play

Place all the tiles on the table or the carpet with the drawing facing down making clear rows and columns. This will be important to help each player remember where each drawing is, memory games encourage kids since a very young age to use and train their visual memory, short term memory and attention to detail

The first player takes two tiles at random and flips them, so the drawings are visible to everyone.

If the tiles have the same drawing, the player can take them off the board.

If the tiles have different drawings, the player has to put each tile back in its place with the drawing facing down.

The next player does the same steps after the previous one either took their pair or put the mismatched tiles on the respective spots. Since it's a game about remembering where the tiles were, it's not cheating if the next player uses the information to make themselves a pair in their own turn.

The game ends when no tiles are on the table, and whoever has the most pairs wins!


For this activity, you can go grab cheap shoes on your local store, or revamp a pair of used shoes you have at home.

You can use both the fabric pens and the acrylic paint pens on shoes, keep in mind the fabric pens are permanent but the acrylic paint pens will fade if not protected with fabric protector, or if washed too frequently (we recommend you use the paint pens on pairs of shoes that don't need to be washed as often).

Step 1: Grab your supplies. Canvas shoes are the easiest, white preferably for the fabric pens.

Step 2: Use a pencil to plan out and sketch your design on the shoes. In this case we are going for a dripping rainbow effect, so you'll need to make a squiggly line alongside the front of the shoe and some round blobs to make that fun dripping effect. Shoes by Jaz (13 years old, mum Daphne Birett).

Step 3: Grab your fabric pens and paint stripes of different colours to make the rainbow gradient.

Step 4: Line up the edges (where you marked with pencil) to make the dripping paint effect pop!

More shoe ideas you'll love:

"Bee kind" shoes by Bronwyn Giblin, with lovely bees and sunflowers. These shoes were painted using the paint pens, over the black canvas shoes. It's best to do a white coat first and finalize your painting process with a clear fabric protector (Bronwyn recommends Scotch Gard which is water repellent).

sSuperhero shoes are every kid's fantasy, so why not make their own Spiderman, Superman, Batman (and all the other fantastic heroes out there!).

Hayley Harding

Katrina Dean

Nicole Stark

Flower power shoes

Invite your kids to make a delicate flowery design, start with the green brances using freehand lines, add little leaves using a lighter green colour... and then add colourful flowers all around! Design by Bea, mum Daphne Birett



  • Life of Colour paint pens, for these masks we are using the Earth Colours and the Classic 3mm paint pens
  • Life of Colour Black paint pen (comes in Classics pack)
  • Compass
  • Pencil and rubber
  • Poster paper or white cardboard 
  • String or elastic 
  • Stapler
  • Scissors 



Step One-

Get your compass with your pencil and mark out a large circle.

Trace over part of the circle with a black marker (as shown in the picture)

Draw in a koala shaped nose into the bottom section of the circle and add furry cheeks and join the lines altogether onto the nose.

Step Two-

Add a pair of sleepy koala eyes onto the top of the nose with some furry eyebrows above each eye.

Draw a Christmas hat onto the head of the koala with a Pom Pom on the end and wavy lines to show where the hat is sitting..


Step Three-

Next we add some big furry ears onto the side of the koalas head.

Step Four-

Paint each part of the koalas Christmas hat with a different colour and leave the Pom Pom and the section closest to the koalas head white.


Step Five-

Paint the eyelids, eyebrows, ears and nose using brown Earth coloured paint pens.


Step six-

To paint the face of the koala use different coloured thick lines to start your earthy pattern. 

Pant different designs onto each line and continue the pattern down the face until the koala is completed.


Step seven-

Use a pair of scissors to neatly cut around the edge of the mask and the eye holes.

Cut two pieces of string or one piece of string and staple it onto the face mask and now your mask is ready to wear!

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