Note: Continuation of content from above the Gallery! There is also an earlier issue.
For children young and old
Salt dough is easy to make - and great for making ornaments! Because the salt is a preservative, decorations made from salt dough can last for many years. All you need are:
2 cups of self-raising flour;
half a cup of table salt;
three-quarters of a cup of warm water;
biscuit cutters or similar;
acrylic paints; and
Mix the flour and salt together, and very slowly add the water. Mix with a spoon and then knead until it all comes together nicely; it should neither be too wet nor too dry (add more flour or water, if needed). Roll between sheets of parchment per to a depth of 0.5cm, then cut out your decorations. Remember to make a hole for string or ribbon, if you want to hang up your ornament.
Bake the ornaments in a very cool oven for 1-2 hours, or until they are completely dried through. When they are cool, have fun decorating them using acrylic paints. To finish them off, and to make them last longer, ask an adult to put a coat of clear varnish all over them.
Paint a portrait
Bring out your inner artist! Print a copy of the Portrait frame download above or click on the link. Then draw a portrait of yourself, and finish it off by painting or colouring the frame. Even better, print several frames and draw portraits of your family and/or friends. You could even send them in the post to a grandparent or other family member.
And that's it for this issue of the Over to You magazine children's page! Please keep your ideas coming - we couldn't do this without you! Send ideas and contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org