Harry and The Robots (Book & Craft)

Here is a little blast from the past – I was tidying through some images on my computer and spotted this little cutie – our Harry and the Robots book and simple craft to go with it!harry and the robots and robot junk modellingHarry and the Robots is part of a cute little series of “Harry and the..” books for young children (probably 2yrs – 5yrs?). Harry has lots of little friends – in this story it is Robots – they are inanimate objects that come to life when no-one is watching. In this story, Harry’s toy robot needs to be sent off to be repaired. Is is sad to see it go, so his wonderful Granny suggests that he make his own.. but that night Granny is taken ill and to hospital.

The family is confused and saddened, but Harry NEEDS to make those robots now more than ever. Eventually he does… and then they go to visit Granny in hospital, they come to life… and help Granny become better.

A sweet story of childhood innocence and one that both my children ADORED.

One day after reading the book, my son jumped up and said “I want to make a robot like in the book”. We rummaged through our recycling box to see if we could find different parts to make the robot. When you look closely at the book cover, can you see which robot we tried to have a go at?!

It was super simple and fun. We taped all the different parts together (easier than gluing). My son was SO happy with the result.


Make Your Own Zoo – Crafts for Kids

As many of you know, we are great fans of crafting.. we love nothing better than taking “old things” from the recycling box and turning into something new and wonderful…. We particularly like to craft with TP Rolls and have occassionally dabbled in Egg Carton Crafts (here and here). So when the publisher of this lovely little book – Make Your Own Zoo by Tracey Radford – asked if we anted to check the book out, I knew we simply had to… especially since both kids are now getting to the age, were they ADORE browsing craft books and picking out what they would like to make next.Cardboard Zoo Craft Ideas for Kids (12)

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The Book is categories into – Safari Crafts, Jungle Crafts, Aviary Crafts, Aquarium Crafts and a nice section about making enclosures and scenery (to complete your Zoo craft efforts!Cardboard Zoo Craft Ideas for Kids (13)

My kids excitedly grabbed the book off me and then disappeared off with it for a few days. I could hear the occassional Ooh and Aah. There really are LOTS of super cute and clever little craft projects in this book. The kids had a go at making a panda on their own (a little tricky ON THEIR OWN, they are only 7 and 5), but I feel they managed v well, esp when they decided to substitute glue with tape!Cardboard Zoo Craft Ideas for Kids (7)

Love all the TP Roll crafts – thsi Giraffe is adorable…Cardboard Zoo Craft Ideas for Kids (2)But I have to say, I particularly like all the different birds – who would have thought you can make so many different cute little flying critters from an egg carton!?

All in all a sweet book for those that love to craft with recycled materials.. great for my kid’s age group – or for grown ups making for a play set for the kids.

I do think the kids need a bit of help cutting and sticking… but then again, that is what a nice craft session  is all about – sitting down together and getting crafty!


Lovely Valentine’s Day Cards

Oh we do like this time of year.. yes, we fret not about the grey skies and dark afternoons.. but we head indoors and we get crafty.. with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I particularly love all the “lovely love” inspiration (how often can I get the word “love” into one sentence I wonder”).. but what I do like to remind people, is that you don’t have to make Heart or Love cards “just” for Valentine’s Day.. these are great at any time of the year – be it as thank you cards after Christmas or a Birthday, be it for an anniversary or just because.. there is ALWAYS a good reason for making a card for a loved one. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day Cards that fit the bill… be inspired…. have a go – Valentines Day Cards for Kids - printed hearts (3)Were Art meets Crafts – explore Styrofoam Printing and make LOTS of these. Especially good as thank you cards, as you can mass produce these!

Birch Tree Card Picture

Another Art come Craft project – here we are taught to create these wonderful water colour birch trees.. What a beautiful technique.

Valentines Card 1Have a go at Shaving Foam Marbling – such a fun activity and they look great as details on a card.

make-a-lantern-card-finished-in-the-dark1Valentine’s Day Lantern Silhouette cards – possibly the coolest cards going – super personal, gorgeous and lovely. A definite keepsake. Like the step by steps instructions that have you itching to have a go! Would make a fabulous anniversary card or wedding card too!

Valentines Cards pop up hearts (4) - CopyWonderful little pop up card. So cute and easy to make!

So.. hope this inspires you to have a go this Valentine’s Day.. or if it isn’t Valentine’s Day to have a go ANYWAY!! I am sure you know someone who would love a lovely surprise at any time of the year!