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Rainbow gnomes

9 Sep

I’ve been wanting to make these little guys for a while and have now finally got around to it. Aren’t they pretty?!

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I made some flower fairies a while back for The Limpet and she seemed to enjoy playing with them and still often does. So I decided to buy 6 more plain wooden figures (this time from Myriad). I painted the body of each one and used felt for their hats and cloaks. I thought about added a button to each one but then found some cute little rose beads in my craft stash.

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It was my first attempt at this sort of sewing but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, even the back is fairly neat.

The Limpet has already been busy playing with them. I gave her some other rainbow items and she got to work creating a rainbow gnome land.

Due to the popularity of this post and a number of enquiries, I have now decided to make more sets to sell on. If you are interested in purchasing your own set please visit my Facebook page pocket treasures

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Farm play mat

25 Aug

Now that I’ve finally learnt to sew, I thought I should put my new skills to use.

We bought The Limpet for her birthday some farm animals but she doesn’t have a farm house or barn or anything like that. So after searching through Pinterest, I decided to make a farm play mat.

I’d like to say that I used lots of scraps of fabric that I had lying around but as I’m new to this sewing malarkey I don’t have many scraps. So off I went to my local haberdashery to buy lots of fabric in various textures, colours and patterns.

I planned out a rough design and then got to work cutting bits up and sewing the whole thing together.

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I wanted to make it as appealing as possible so I added lots of different textures. I used mainly cotton fabric but also included a heavy wool, corduroy, felt, ribbon and wool.

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I wanted to inspire the monsters imagination and creativity so I didn’t make anything too obvious apart from the pond.

It was only finished last night but so far it has gone down very well. Here is a picture of The Limpet enjoying playing with it.

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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?!

Dear Zoo story role play

13 Jun

At 14 months my son’s favourite activity is putting stuff into things and taking it out again. I was reading him his favourite story this morning Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and I realised how much he would love reenacting it.

Whilst he was taking a nap I got The Limpet to help me find a variety of boxes, bags and baskets to hide our animals in. I raided the toy box and fortunately found all the animals we needed. We set it all up in the lounge and when he woke up he got straight to work exploring the contents and working out how to get each animal out.

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It turned out to be a great activity for both children and it was lovely to see how well they interacted with each other while playing.

I started to read the story while they opened the appropriate box but The Limpet quickly took over as she knows it off by heart.

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I’m thinking of doing a few more activities based on this book such as writing letters, making animal masks, animal role play and maybe even a visit to the zoo.

Beach play scene

13 Jun

I often think my children aren’t that good at playing but when I look in their toy box I can see why. It’s a complete jumble of mixed up toys which all look very uninviting. I’ve realised that at their young age they often need a prompt or some kind of encouragement.

When I worked in nurseries we would always set out the toys before the children arrived and make the activities look as inviting as possible. This is now something I intend to do at home a lot more.

I set up our first play scene today based on one of our favourite places – the beach.

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I put large and small pebbles and shells at one end and a pile of sand with a ‘bucket and spade’. I filled a tray with water for the sea and added some blue glass pebbles. I included some small figures to play on the beach. Unfortunately we don’t have many little people but Mr Tumble seemed to enjoy his trip to the seaside!

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Both the monsters enjoyed playing with this especially once The Limpet decided to mix the sea in with the sand.

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I will definitely be setting up more imaginative play scenes for them to explore in the future.