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London bus cardboard box craft

18 Jul

When my husband ordered a new gigantic top box (despite already owning a perfectly good one) I was a bit annoyed. However when it arrived in a huge blank cardboard box I got very excited!

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The monsters were quite happy playing in it as it was but I was desperate to turn it into something more and the shape of it seemed perfect for a double decker bus.

I first cut out a door and left it so it could be opened and closed (rather than just a large gap) this proved quite popular. Then I started the task of cutting out the windows. Whilst I was busy doing this The Limpet occupied herself by making tickets for all her passengers.

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We then got to work on the very important red paint. We applied it with sponges and it covered it quite quickly but did use a lot of paint.

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We added some finishing touches including the bus number and its important destination, and put some small chairs inside and it was ready for its passengers.

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We’ve had great fun going on trips to London to see the Olympics, singing the wheels on the bus and organising soft toy passengers.

Aren’t cardboard boxes amazing?!

Birthday calendar wheel

14 Jun

It’s birthday season in our house at the moment so The Limpet is currently obsessed with listing who has already had their birthday.

Her little brother (The Gannet) starts the celebrations off in April, then my birthday was in May and Mr Monster’s is in July shortly followed by The Limpet so unfortunately for her, she has to wait the longest.

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In order to help her understand about the months of the year and when her birthday will be, I devised a birthday wheel. I had intended to add some other details about events that happen throughout the year but it didn’t really have enough space after we’d stuck on the photos.

We did add a season wheel to the centre and she decorated it with appropriate colours and collage items. We discussed the different season as she was doing this.

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The larger circle was divided into 12 sections, one for each month. We stuck photos of family members onto their birthday months. The wheel was then put together and attached to a piece of card with a split pin so that it could spin round. I added an arrow to the top which is stuck on one end to the backing card so that it always points to the correct month.

Olympic torch craft

22 May

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To celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in our area I decided that my daughter and I should make our own torch. Explaining the Olympics and the significants of the torch to a toddler is quite tricky but I wanted her to get excited about it and this seemed like a good way to get started.

We used the cardboard tube from some wrapping paper which I cut in half. I initially tried a kitchen roll tube but it didn’t seem long enough. I then made a vertical cut from top to bottom so that I could roll it into the cone shape. I did the same with a shorter roll which I then popped into the top to block up the open side. I just happened to have some gold tissue paper lying around that we used to cover it. Before attaching the gold paper I wanted to give it the spotty effect. In reality of course, these are holes but I didn’t want to complicate matters. I realised that bubble wrap would be ideal for the pattern. So The Limpet got to work on painting the bubble wrap and printing it onto the gold paper.

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The finished effect was pretty amazing and with a bit of orange and yellow tissue paper the torch was ready and alight.

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And the reason I wanted to put in such an effort was that I knew one of todays torch bearers. It was so exciting to be there amongst the crowd and join in the celebration. I even got to hold the torch (before it was lit!) And The Limpet got to compare her torch to the real thing.

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