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Why not have a go at creating your own Candombe drum.

These are drums  traditionally used in South America, especially Uruguay, and  have their roots in African culture.


We made ours from tin cans (be careful with any sharp edges), a balloon for the skin and  decorated with bold, bright symbols and pictures inspired by the artwork of  Carlos  Paez Vilaro.


They make a great sound!



This online tutorial will talk you through how to make your own Candombe drum, step by step.






Our Candombe drums - photographed by Scarlotte

Chinese New Year - 

 Gong Hei Fat Choy!


This year is the Year of  the Ox.

Click on the links below to find some fun crafts and tutorials to have a go at.






*   Chinese New Year Crafts (

*    How to Draw a Chinese Dragon - Bing video

*   Easy Chinese New Year Crafts & Ideas for Kids 2021 - Red Ted Art



Have a go at creating one of these God's Eyes

Skill: weaving


What you need:

* lolly sticks or bamboo skewers

* string or wool.


Your God's Eye can have any number of  'spurs' (points) but 4    or 6    seems to work well. (So 2    or 3 sticks)


What you do:

1. Securely attach your wool to the middle of the God's Eye by knotting tightly. Double knotting  is a good idea.

2. Hold your God's Eye so that one point is at the '12 o'clock' position.   Wind   the wool  around the stick  from the right-hand side, round the back, then back on the left-hand side.  

3. Turn your God's Eye  slightly anti-clockwise, so the next stick is now in the top position. Repeat the process on your new stick.

4. When you get to the end of your piece of wool or want to change colour, simply tie the new length on and carry on.

5. When you have about   1-2cm space left  on your sticks, tie the wool off, creating a loop for hanging if you like.


Check out this online tutorial - 

How to Make a God's Eye | Sophie's World - Bing video

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