CEREAL BOX ARTWORK LIGHT BOX 

  We made some fab light boxes to display our artwork on the wall!!

We used

  • Our artwork
  • A cereal box
  • Black paint
  • Sticky tape
  • Battery operated fairy lights

First we drew our pictures  

   Then we cut a hole in our cereal boxes.. 
   We used sticky tape to attach our artwork to the inside of the box..before carefully painting the box black.. 
    
 We left to dry.. 

   We attached our fairy lights to the inside using sticky tape.. 
 before hanging on the wall with a small tack.. 

   How fab do they look!! 

UNDER TABLE SPACE ROCKET

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Everybody loves dens!!
We decided to transform the kitchen table again and this time our mission was to head to space in an under table rocket with our toddler spaceman….

Here’s what we did…

Our prep started with making some alien sensory specimen bottles, we filled bottles with water & added a few drops of food colouring and some play dough outer space snakes..

20140512-175654.jpgwe bought some yummy Milky Way stars and some flying saucers to snack on as we headed to the moon…

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20140512-175823.jpgwe made our own solar system using ball pit balls and a football covered in tin foil..

20140512-175933.jpgwe then set about building our rocket… I used a large piece of cardboard covered in wall paper for the flight deck & cut out a circle for the port hole..

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At the other end I made the rocket entrance using a large box, I also covered this in wall paper and cut out a door, I only cut three side to the door to still enable us to open and close it..

20140512-180328.jpgI covered the table with an old black duvet cover and lay a blanket on the floor..

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20140512-180438.jpgI then cut out two circles in the duvet to make our spec rocket windows, I cut out some rings using silver card and stuck them to the duvet..

20140512-180645.jpgfinally I made a NASA sign 🙂

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We then set about making our space outfit with a roll of tin foil…
We covered some wellies and added liberal amounts of tape around and around them…

20140512-180916.jpgwe used a cardboard box covered with tin foil for our space helmet..

20140512-181011.jpg our space suit was simply a white babygro with a printed NASA sign stuck to it..

20140512-181147.jpg I put the table by the window and closed the curtain, I then added some cut out moons and stars to the curtain

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Once we had finished our space walk we headed back into the comfort of our rocket..

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Making sure we left our moon boots outside 🙂

20140512-181734.jpgwe played inside whilst we whizzed through the stars…

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(I used sticky tape to attach some battery operated fairy light to the under table ceiling)

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We had an out of this world time!!

RUSSIAN DOLLS

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I collected some cardboard boxes of different sizes, you can do this on any scale, supersize would be cool. We made sure they all fit loosely into each other and then set about painting them. We used white emulsion to cover the boxes to give us a good base to add colour,once dried i carefully cut the heads off making sure that on the last box i only cut 3 sides so we could have a securing flip top. Then we used normal crayola paint to add colur. (You could use more permanent paint if you wanted to make them waterproof)….simple and effective and a good project, you could get creative and do different characters, Dr Who, Star wars, Ben and Holly, spongebob, your family etc… you could even do a different design on each side. We love our Russian dolls.

We headed outdoors on a camping trip to make these..
Here’s how they turned out…

We set about painting the base coat with a tub of white emulsion we had in the shed.

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Baby Noah helped too.

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and got mucky….

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…very mucky!!

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we left our boxes to dry.

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once dry i carefully cut around the tops,on the biggest box i only cut 3 sides and then just scored the 4th side to create a flap type lid.

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we put the boxes back inside each other.

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and headed for home.

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we then set about painting our design. I drew the design with marker pen and showed the smallest members of Family Days where to paint. I kept the design bold and chunky with a basic pattern to make it easier for them.

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Eden, 8, did the more intricate painting.

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we put the lids on…. noah took them off again.

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so i snapped quickly. CHEESE. very proud kiddies.

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THINGS TO DO WITH BOXES

We love cardboard boxes, versatile, imaginative, sustainable, frugal, fun & mostly free…. boxes can become anything from dens to space rockets, camper vans to lost worlds…
Here’s a selection of some of the fun we have had with boxes…

We made an ice cream van…

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Russian dolls…

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A woodland obstacle course..

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A Minecraft themed tea…

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A toddlers prehistoric lost world…

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A train..

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A car..

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A magicians box..

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We even road tripped in a VW..

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We made a rocket & headed into space..

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We made Michael Angelos Sistine chapel…

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And a yellow submarine…

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We headed to the Antarctic..

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And went yo the fun fair..

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We made dens with fairy lights..

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Interior designed..

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Recreated story books.

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Made hedgehog houses..

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We even paid each other compliments..

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We made toddler art boxes for the little ones to sit in and draw til their hearts were content..

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And at the end of the day some of us just snuggled down in the comfort of their own box…

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PREHISTORIC TODDLER WORLD IN A BOX

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I decided that I wanted to make a dinosaur world for Noah…. So we started with a really big box… I cut a door at the end..

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Then I filled it with sand, dirt, leaves, rocks, some dinosaur stickers & finally DINOSAURS!!!

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And then I added Noah!

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At first he just looked…..

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Then he enter his prehistoric world

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