How to Make an Awesome Bot Paper Craft!

Make your own Awesome Bot—protector of all things awesome!

Awesome Bot is a true leader that regularly battles giant Kaiju and loves ’90s Hip Hop. Get crafty and build this beautiful blue bot to guard your desk and keep all your awesome comics and collectibles safe and sound! Click here for the FREE printable pattern with instructions and check out the companion YouTube video below!

Once you’re finished, share your kooky creation on social media using #awesomebot and #kookycraftables and tag David on Instagram at @landisproductions.

Kooky Craftables are super-fun to make and full of crazy attitude. Find out what other super awesome characters you can create for free at www.kookycraftables.com! Also, make sure to check out David’s premium paper craft books Desktop Gremlins, Vol. 1 and Papercuttables (Published by Scholastic)

 

2021-04-28T13:31:27-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

23 Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year

Halloween lovers, never FEAR! Halloween is not canceled for 2020, it’s just going need a little re-VAMPing! Writer and contributor Summer Block (a mother of three) has compiled a spooktacular list of ways to celebrate Halloween safely at home! And who knows? You may just adopt a few new holiday traditions to continue for years to come! Read her list here!

Share some of your Halloween-at-Home adventures using #ACJrAtHome so we can see how much fun you’re having.

Epic Art Tutorials by Shawn Durington

Goblins, and dragons, and knights, oh my! If your kiddo loves to doodle, they’ll love these fantasy-themed drawing tutorials compliments of our friend Shawn Durington!

Share some of your epic doodles using #ACJrAtHome and be sure to check out Shawn Durington on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and online at www.shawndurington.com.

Fantom Comics Back to School Graphic Novel Recommendations

Can you even believe it!? Summer’s at an end and it’s time for the kiddos to go back to school! Whether that means returning to a school building or learning safely from home, our friends at Fantom Comics in Washington DC have some SUPER graphic novel recommendations to share for the occasion. Check out the awesome titles below and follow Fantom Comics on Twitter for more recommendations!

Share some of your own favorite family-friendly graphic novels using #ACJrAtHome and be sure to check out Fantom Comics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and online at https://stores.comichub.com/fantom_comics.

Junior Editions of Dugongs & Seadragons

What happens when nerdy marine biologists get together to play Dungeons & Dragons? Why, Dugongs & Seadragons of course! The team behind everyone’s favorite marine science-inspired geek podcast have released several special Junior Editions of their campaign for our younger listeners to enjoy. The Junior Editions of this epic live gaming podcast will delight the mermaids and marine life in your home for hours.

Share using #ACJrAtHome and be sure to subscribe to Dugongs & Seadragons on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts for both the adult and junior episodes. Plus check out their website and Twitter for more updates!

2020-08-12T17:03:52-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

3 more Awesome Bot coloring sheets

Ready, set, color! Let’s get artistic with everyone’s favorite Awesome Con mascot, Awesome Bot! He’s ready to *boop boop beep boop* – that’s bot-speak for have a super fun time getting creative with you! Colored pencils? Check. Markers? Check. Awesome times? CHECK!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and stay tuned for more entertaining content to keep you having fun at home!

2020-08-09T10:21:53-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

PJ Masks Activity Pack

It’s time to be a hero! The PJ Masks are here to help your little heroes have fun while at home. Dress up as Catboy, Gekko, and Owlette with these cut-out masks and amulets and DIY costume tutorials. Plus, make your own PJ Airjet and become a hero of the sky!

For coloring sheets, crafts, mazes, and more SUPER activities, visit the PJ Masks website. Plus, find even more PJ Masks content on the official YouTube channel, where you can watch episodes, sing and dance to music videos, and discover other fun home activities!

Make sure to share how you’re enjoying and participating with the PJ Masks, using #ACJrAtHome! PJ Masks can be found on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to take a photo of your PJ Masks creations and share them with us!


Download full high res activity pack

2020-08-02T07:29:46-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Nature Boom Time! from National Geographic Kids

Want to learn more about the natural world in fun and interesting bite-sized segments? Our friends at  National Geographic have shared with us their amazing Nature Boom Time! library for you to enjoy while you’re home! Of course you can totally go outside, as long as you wear a mask and practice social distancing, but sometimes it’s just nice to explore the outdoors from indoors.

From nationalgeographic.com: “Follow Charlie, Kirby, and Patrick as they travel around the United States to learn about different kinds of trees—and what makes nature incredibly awesome. Science and history are explained with paper cutouts and goofy-girl Casey back at Headquarters.”

Be sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tell us what your favorite part of your local natural habitat is. A very special “Thank you!” to our friends at National Geographic. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to thank them yourself! Click the below images to get started on your learning journey.


Click the above images and get ready for a Nature Boom Time! adventure!

2020-07-16T10:53:01-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

2 Coloring sheets by Joker’s Harley Cosplay

Hey puddin’! Joker’s favorite girl, Joker’s Harley Cosplay aka Alyssa R. King, has sent over some absolutely gorgeous coloring sheets to keep you busy. These fun coloring pages can adorn the walls of your bat cave, evil lair, or wherever you’re stirring up trouble in Gotham City. Grab your crayons, colored pencils, markers – whatever you prefer to draw with, and finish these lovely pieces of art. Be sure to show off your works of art to your squad, Mr. J, or your annoying Bat friend! Also included as a bonus is an awesome rendition of Persephone from Lore Olympus, if you’re a fan of the WEBTOON.

Share using #ACJrAtHome and be sure to thank Joker’s Harley on Instagram, Facebook, and Patreon for her contribution. Kudos to Alyssa R. King, aka Joker’s Harley, for these coloring sheets!


Download full size Persephone page here


Download full size Harley page here

2020-07-11T05:32:38-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Charlie Freaks Out by batteryPOP

Freak out with Charlie!! Thanks to our friends at batteryPOP, you can hear about all the awesome things that Charlie is freaking out over! Whether it’s Star Wars, Minecraft, broccoli or Gloria Estefan, Charlie wants you to hear about it. You can check out all of the Charlie Freaks Out videos by batteryPOP on their website here, or on their YouTube channel here. What will Charlie freak out about next??

Be sure to tell us what you freak out about using #ACJrAtHome. A big thank you to our friends at batteryPOP – give them a thank you by finding them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Oh – and don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube!

2020-06-23T10:52:48-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: |

Water glass music lessons by Wilfredo Morales

Stuck at home but wanting to make some beautiful music? Lacking a more traditional musical instrument like a guitar or drums? Thanks to local music teacher Wilfredo Morales, it’s time for you to let out your inner Mozart and make sweet sweet music using items everyone has in their home – glasses filled with water! Check out these awesome video tutorials and let your inner musician out!

Share your musical experience using #ACJrAtHome! A very awesome thanks to Wilfredo Morales for sending in these videos! Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel here to thank him.

2020-06-23T10:57:50-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Spider-Man Storytime with Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience

Our spidey senses are tingling! It’s time for a story about Spider-Man, thanks to Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience. Andy is a comic book writer and editor who has contributed his stories to 5-minute Spider-Man Stories and is ready to read one to you! Andy is one of the comic industry’s most well known teachers, lecturers, and consultants!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and thank Andy for his awesome reading skills. You can tag and follow Comics Experience on Facebook and Twitter. Keep on reading!

2020-06-17T08:11:36-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Ricky Zoom Activity Pack

Make Room for Ricky Zoom! Teaching friendship and teamwork and filled with zoomtastic bike rescues, it’s an aspirational show for your little ones.

Download our Ricky Zoom App Welcome to Wheelford where you can explore Ricky’s world, play tons of games – just for preschoolers – and learn Bike Buddy skills!

Make sure to share how you’re enjoying and participating with Ricky Zoom, using #ACJrAtHome! Ricky Zoom can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Be sure to take a photo of your Ricky Zoom creations and share them with us.

2020-06-02T09:17:40-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

How to make Carlton from Cuddles and Rage

Are you familiar with the oh-so-adorable-yet-slightly-disturbing diorama artwork of Cuddles and Rage? Their super sweet and slightly scary has style been to Awesome Con – and now it’s coming straight to your home! Let’s learn how to make Carlton, the adorable milk carton man from their book, Bites of Terror. Simply download and print the below Carlton printable template, and follow along with the below video. Cuddles are Rage is comprised of Liz and Jimmy Reed, the husband-and-wife team. The have created a world full of disturbingly cute stories with heart.

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Cuddles and Rage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your Carlton creations. Thanks to Liz from Cuddles and Rage for this adorable tutorial!

Gather your materials!
Printable template below
Cardstock or Bristol Board Paper
Glue
Scissors
Markers or Colored Pencils


Download high res version

Create your Carlton!

2020-05-26T07:31:02-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Coronavirus: A Book for Children from Candlewick Press (+ more Stay At Home Resources!)

Looking for a way to talk about Coronavirus with your kids, in a real but easy-to-digest format? Thanks to our friends at Candlewick Press, you can do just that with Coronavirus: A Book for Children! Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Candlewick Press to say “Thanks!” Candlewick Press can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses key questions, like: How do you catch coronavirus and what happens if you have it? Why are people so worried about it? Is there a cure? Why do we have to stay home? What can I do to help? And what happens next?

Elizabeth Jenner is a writer and editor specializing in children’s nonfiction who has worked in publishing for fifteen years. Based in London, she is currently head of nonfiction at Nosy Crow. Kate Wilson is the managing director and founder of the UK children’s independent publisher Nosy Crow. Nia Roberts has worked in children’s publishing for more than twenty years, most recently as head of design at Nosy Crow. Graham Medley is a professor of infectious disease modeling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Axel Scheffler is the author-illustrator of the Pip and Posy series and the Flip Flap series and has illustrated a number of books, including Julia Donaldson’s best-selling modern classic, The Gruffalo, which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

And when you’re done reading this book, Candlewick Press has provided even more resources to help you find something to do at home. They are offering activities, discussion guides, educational materials, videos, and more all at their website – for free! Click here to access their Stay at Home resources.

2020-04-26T14:04:59-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Peppa Pig Videos and Activities from Entertainment One

Oink oink! Peppa Pig wants to help you and your little piggies have fun while at home. Find some oinktastic resources that all Peppa fans can enjoy, from activity sheets and crafts to the most delicious recipes. Join Peppa and her family on their adventures by building your own camper van with materials found at home, then mix up a delicious Muddy Puddle Pudding—Peppa’s favorite!

Make sure to share how you’re enjoying and participating with Peppa, using #ACJrAtHome! Peppa can be found on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram! Be sure to take a photo of your Peppa creations and share them with us.

Download the high res version

Download the high res version

Find other activities on the Peppa Pig website where you can download coloring sheets, puzzles, mazes, and more! Click here to find all of the oinktastic Peppa Pig activities. Then jump into the World of Peppa Pig – a safe and ad-free app filled with lots of interactive learning and fun! Find even more family and friend-filled fun on the official Peppa Pig YouTube channel where you can enjoy episodes, music videos, and playlists about staying active while at home!

2020-05-04T10:39:33-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Cute Animals On Fire Game thanks to Super Art Fight!

Who doesn’t love cute, adorable animals… that are on fire!? Get ready to laugh your butts off thanks to Super Art Fight! These Awesome Con veterans have provided a free, printable copy of their board game, Cute Animals on Fire, just for you! Super Art Fight is the Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008, SAF has built an enthusiastic fanbase with their hilarious live events, where artists collide on a giant canvas. In 2018, as a part of their 10 year anniversary celebration, Super Art Fight released Cute Animals on Fire, a “home game” version of their show. This print-and-play version allows the entire family to play together! If you’d like to buy a real copy of the game, head to superartfight.etsy.com!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome to tag Super Art Fight as well to share with them how you’re enjoying the game! Facebook: Super Art Fight | Twitter:  @superartfight | Instagram: @superartfight – also stay tuned to Super Art Fight’s social media and website (superartfight.com) as they launch their first expansion pack, Cute Animals on Ice, later this year!

Gather your materials!

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Drawing Tools
  • Timer

Download the game and play!


Download Cute Animals on Fire – the Digital Version 2: You know, for Kids!

2020-04-11T16:32:42-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: |

Go into space with NASA

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the moon? Are you curious about our solar system? Want to participate in countless educational and fun space-themed activities and games?  Thanks to our friends at NASA, you can travel into outer space from the comfort of your own living room!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome to show us how your journey into space is going. And thanks to NASA for providing such awesome learning materials!

Tour the moon: Strap on your space boots kids, we’re going to the moon! With NASA’s virtual moon tour website, moon.nasa.gov, you can see a 360 degree view of our moon, anytime you want! You can click around and see pictures and stories from Human and Robot Landing Sites. You can read about all of the humans who have visited the moon. You can learn all about the phase of the moon, real time temperature, and the moon’s core. Everything you could ever want to know about the moon is here for you in an incredible highly interactive tool that’s super fun for martian moms and dads, and their moon children.

Tour the solar system: Far out, dude! When you’re done learning everything about the moon, why not give the rest of the solar system a spin at solarsystem.nasa.gov? This epic website is a real-time, living encyclopedia all about the robotic exploration of the solar system. We’ve got 8 planets (9 if you’re still #TeamPluto) to dig into, plus dward planets, even hypothetical planets, and their moons! Not enough for you? How about learning about asteroids, comets, and meteors – oh my! Looking for something a little bit more interactive? NASA has provided 10+ Things to Do with NASA at Home which includes awesome activities like instructions to build your own rocket, and fun science projects to do.

NASA STEM Engagement Activities: There are countless activities to do on the NASA STEM Engagement page for kids Grade K-4, 5-8, and 9-12! No matter what age or grade, there are an assortment of activities designed to inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers! Wanna solve a space puzzle? Ever tried to build your own edible spacecraft? Want to play some space-themed online games? How about a huge assortment of coloring pages and books? There is no shortage of resources here and they’re all out of this world!

NASA’s Space Place: We’re going to the Space Place! Get ready to explore Earth and space through this awesome kid friendly portal! Fun facts, games, crafts, activities, videos, and a ton more. This site has been kicking since 1998 and has been designed to educate and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids about our world, and beyond! It has material in both English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers!

 

2020-04-11T16:16:20-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , , , |

“Alter Nation” Coloring Book by Panda Mony Toys

If you could have any superpower based on any animal’s abilities, what would it be? Out of the lab, and into the street – meet the GK Delta Special Forces team! These perfect soldiers were created in a lab by blending human and animal genetic abilities… and you can play along with them in the Alter Nation toy line!

Thanks to Panda Mony Toys for the awesome Alter Nation coloring book, linked below, featuring characters like Sham, Sabotage, El Ray and Bomber. Are you Team Alpha or Team Delta? Whatever team you are, get printing and get coloring right now!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Alter Nation on social media to say “Thanks!” Facebook: Panda Mony Toys | Twitter: @PandaMonyToys | Instagram: @pandamonytoys

There are more freebies at Alternation.toys so be sure to check it out!



Download the Alter Nation Coloring Book

2020-04-05T12:44:29-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Color Your Own Traditional Japanese Masks By Amy

It’s time for something educational AND fun! Thanks to Amy Konecny of Unique Creations by Amy, you can print out your very own traditional Japanese mask to color. These beautiful masks show off people and creatures from Japanese mythology. Amy explains what the meaning of these masks are as well as what they were traditionally made from. Thanks Amy!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome and Amy to show off how you decided to decorate these beautiful masks. Tag Amy to say “Thanks!” Facebook: Unique Creations By Amy | Instagram: @uniquecreationsbyamy

About Traditional Japanese Masks: Traditional Japanese masks are made from many materials clay, wood, leather, cloth, paper, or metal. Today they are mostly decorative and you can buy them at shrine festivals and events in Japan or on the internet here. Most of these mask are people or creatures are from Myth, Ancient Dances or Noh Theater, or the masks Samurai wore. The masks used in this series are all Yokai or Monster masks.

Kitsune: One of the most popular Japanese masks are the Kitsune or Fox masks. Kitsune can be both good and bad. Some are guardian spirits that protect Temples/God/or special people. Some are Yokai or Monsters like the 9 tailed-fox which is usually a trickster spirit. Weather they are good or bad sprite foxes can cast magic and are know for “Fox Fire” blue magical flames that can do more than just burn things. On this page you will see both the Japanese and English names, the Kanji for Kitsune, a temple Guardian and a 9 tailed fox, fox fire and of course a Kitsune mask. A tip for remembering how to spell Kitsune: Kit-Sun-E

Oni: Oni are another type of Japanese Yokai or Monster they are much like our Ogres or Trolls and are always the bad-guy. They are typically portrayed as hulking figures with one or more horns growing out of their heads and carry a large spiked Iron club. If they ware shoes they will always be traditional Japanese sandals, but often times are barefoot or just have foot wraps (cloth warped around the foot). Oni are often found in Mountains, Caves, or abandoned places. Holly is used to protect you from them. On this page you will see both the Japanese and English names, the Kanji for Oni, a Mountain in the background, Spiked club, some Holly to protect you from the Oni, a traditional sandal, and of course an Oni Mask.

Namahage: Once a year, during koshōgatsu—the first full moon of the New Year—the Namahage descend from the mountains to scare villagers. They go from door to and brandish their knives, saying things like, “Any bad kids here?” They particularly enjoy scaring small children and new brides. Despite their ferocious appearance and behavior, they are actually well-meaning yōkai. They are sent down from the mountain as messengers of the gods to warn and chastise those who have been lazy or wicked. Today, the namahage play a major part in New Year’s festivities in Akita Prefecture (old Dewa Province). Villagers dress up in straw raincoats and leggings, don oni masks, and wield large knives. They go from house to house and play the part of namahage.

Tengu, Sky Dog: The tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but later had an unnaturally long nose, which today is widely considered the tengu’s defining characteristic in the popular imagination

2020-04-05T12:47:06-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , |

Fighting Coronavirus Together Coloring Sheet by Walmazan Studio

Do you feel like you’re in a super long battle? Are you getting cabin fever and looking for something to do? Brandish your blade (and your crayons!), strap on your shield, and climb aboard your trusty steed (or dragon! or couch!) as we tackle the Rona – TOGETHER! Thanks to Wenceslao Almazan aka Walmazan Studio you can color a piece of art that shows that we are in this together!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Wenceslao to show off your coloring skills! Facebook: Walmazan | Instagram: @walmazan_art | Twitter: @srwalmazan



Download the high res coloring sheet

2020-04-05T09:09:23-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Make a Super Self Portrait with Ted Woods

Attention superheroes ages 6-11, and any grown-ups who want to draw too! Do you want to make a super self portrait? Well now you can, thanks to this drawing lesson from Ted Woods! Start thinking about what kind of superpowers you might have and get ready to brainstorm and draw with Ted!

Tag your super creations using #ACJrAtHome and be sure to tag Ted Woods. He will definitely be impressed! Facebook: /tedwoodsart | Instagram: @tedwoodsart

Gather your materials!

  • Paper
  • Pencil to outline
  • Markers and/or colored pencils to outline and color

Begin your lesson with Ted!

Once you’re done, you’ll have a work of art that might look like this!

2020-04-05T09:09:54-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

2 Free Middle-Grade Short Stories by J.C. Cannon

Calling all book lovers, ages 8-12! J.C. Cannon has released 2 adventurous short stories for you. Are you ready to go on a mythical journey to Nubia? See what excitement and peril awaits! You can read Magic Lamp of Nubia and The Gods of Nubia by science-fiction author J.C. Cannon right now!

Show us how you’re reading at home using #ACJrAtHome. We’d love to see how you’re reading! You can tweet J.C. Cannon @jccannon7 to say “Thanks for the free reads!”

Click here to read Magic Lamp of Nubia by J.C. Cannon

Click here to read The Gods of Nubia by J.C. Cannon

2020-04-05T09:09:36-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Make Your Own Comic Strip (and WIN!)

Want to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Awesome Con? Ever wanted to draw your own comic strip? Why not show us what Awesome Bot and his friends are doing, now that they are all practicing social distancing. Introducing, Awesome Bot Around the House!

Is Awesome Bot Mk. 1 aka BLUE binge watching everything on Netflix? Is Awesome Bot Mk. 2 aka RED learning how to knit sweaters for his action figures? Is Awesome Bot Mk. 3 aka PURPLE finally building that 8,000 piece LEGO Millennium Falcon? Perhaps they are all perfecting their Klingon and Elvish! Whatever you can imagine, they can do.

Contest rules

  • Simply print or edit the above comic strip, and show us how the Awesome Bot squad is making good use of their time at home. All finished and shared comic strips will be automatically entered to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Awesome Con. To be entered, post your comic strip using #AwesomeConComicStrip to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Post must be made PUBLIC so we can see it – not from a private/protected account or friends only.
  • Winner will be selected at random from all available entries. No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Entries will be accepted from April 1 10:00 AM ET until April 15 11:59 PM ET.
  • Must have parent’s permission to enter if under 18.

So what does each Awesome Bot look like? Below is some artwork you can use to see what each Awesome Bot looks like. Use them as a reference point or invent your own Awesome Bot! The sky, or should we say the ceiling, is the limit. Have fun with it! Enter by sharing using #AwesomeConComicStrip and you and your family could be going to Awesome Con!

2020-04-05T09:10:36-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Draw BB-8 and a cute hedgehog with Shawn Durington

Have you ever wanted to be a great artist, but weren’t sure how to draw? Thanks to illustrator, artist, and puppet maker Shawn Durington, you CAN draw! Get ready for an easy-to-follow lesson that will help you to draw right now! This first drawing lesson will teach you how to draw BB-8 from Star Wars, and a super sweet hedgehog! Too cute!

Make sure to share your drawing using #ACJrAtHome and be sure to tag Shawn so he can see your finished masterpiece! Facebook: Art of Shawn Durington | Instagram: @shawndurington | YouTube: Shawn Durington

Want to see Shawn draw LIVE? He’ll be doing live drawing lessons every day at 12PM ET on his YouTube page, so head there to see him draw live! You’ll be able to chat with him and see his artwork come to life. He has also set up a Facebook group you can join.

Materials:

  • Pencil or whatever you want to outline with
  • Marker or whatever you want to color with
  • Paper

Once you have gathered your materials, you can begin the drawing lesson!

Don’t want to follow along with the video, but want to print out your own instructional sheet right now? See below! Make sure to click on each picture to download the full high res version.



Download the high res version



Download the high res version

2020-04-01T18:19:34-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Making a Book with Atomic Rapture

Ever wanted to make your very own book? It’s time to get crafty and creative with this fun, DIY book-making tutorial thanks to Atomic Rapture! Let’s make a book using materials you can probably find around the house! Kids, make sure to ask a parent or guardian for permission before using scissors.

Be sure to share using #ACJrAtHome. Also be sure to check out Atomic Rapture on Etsy.

Materials:

  • Empty box
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Paper (can be any type; you can even recycle junk mail if you want to!)
  • Ruler (or a handy cutting mat like the one in the picture)
  • Yarn or string
  • A darning needle (unless you punch holes big enough to thread your yarn through by hand)

Did you find everything? Great! Let’s get to work.

Step 1: Cut your cardboard to the size you want your book covers to be.

You might have to break your box open like I did. It will make it easier to cut.

I chose to make my covers 7 inches by 4.5 inches.

Step 2: Cut your paper to the same size as your covers.

I used everything from old math worksheets to construction paper. Literally any type of paper will work here as long as you can cut it to be the size of your cover!

Step 3: Measure where you would like your holes to be for the binding.

You can do as few as 2 holes if you want to save some time and steps, but the binding will be looser the fewer holes you have. I chose to make a hole at every inch. Make sure, however you measure, you have an even number of holes.

Step 4: Get punching!

Use your hole punch to make holes in your covers and pages. You may need a grown-ups’ help if your cardboard is thick.

You can use your cover as a guide for your pages to make sure all of the holes line up. Remember, you can always ask a grown up for help!

Step 5: This is where your darning needles comes in!

No worries if you don’t have one. You can thread your string or yarn by hand if you used a standard sized hole punch! Cut a piece of yarn or thread that is two feet long.

Tie a double knot in the end of your thread. If using a needle, thread the other end through your
needle.

Step 6: Get sewing!

Pass your thread through your top cover, and all of the pages, and pull it out through the back cover. Make sure you leave a tail that is about seven or eight inches long.

Stitch from back to front starting at the next hole over on the bottom cover.

Continue until you’ve reached the last hole.

Both ends of your thread should be poking out of your top book cover like the picture above.

Step 7: Tie the ends of your thread together using a double knot.

Then trim the ends of the thread so that you have about half an inch remaining above your knot.

Step 8: Flip your book over and decorate your cover however you would like and you’re all done!

You’ve created your own book. Fill up your pages with stories or drawings, or give it as a gift! We hope you had fun making it!

2020-04-05T09:12:12-04:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |
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