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Sorry for the bad pun in the title. I think however, it is appropriate as the week’s rubbish craft is brilliant, back to the old standard of  stuck together rubbish!  The whole thing was decided upon, designed and done by my four year old (well most of it).

After watching Mister Maker he decided he wanted to make a tractor. We rummaged around in the junk box(es) until he found the bits he needed. Using 2 cardboard tubs, 6 lids and part of a cereal box he made this.


First the tubs were painted green and left to dry.

 The next day the wheels were stuck on with double sided tape. I then mixed some pva glue with yellow paint for him to paint the wheels. This bit didn’t work very well!

After it was dry we attached the trailer to the tractor and added stickers for decoration.

Brilliant eh?

I have also been working on this, would like to know if you can work out what it is meant to be. Even my usually perceptive children took several guesses on this one. Good Luck!




Sorry for the slight blogging delay, will be back to normal next week- and its a going to be a great craft idea then….

This week I went for simple but beautiful- much like life. As you can see a week filled with camping, fossils, hotels and musicals has left me in a very relaxed state of mind. These suncatchers seemed ideal.

Using my favourite faddish resource – a graze box- I took out the inner (which is a piece of cardboard with 4 rectangles in that looks like a window).  I then taped a  sheet  of stiff, clear plastic (in this case they were OHP sheets that someone had donated to the toddler group) to the back. I then glued torn up strips of tissue paper all over it



It looked like this:

Held up to the light it looks like this:

Very nice, I can imagine that done in blues and yellows it will look very summery this one looks a bit stormy.

Enjoy your weekend.


Royal Wedding tomorrow, so we made flags at playgroup. They are made out of my old wedding invites, the card we used for the Valentine party and white paper. Pretty straightforward, but interesting to make, most of the flags did not much resemble mine!

The other picture is my daughter with the princess hat she made at school, the school had a street party in the playground in the afternoon and did activities like maypole dancing, biscuit decorating and hat making in the morning. The shape of the hats surprised me, it is a long time since I’ve seen a conical princess hat. Life was much simpler when I believed that all princesses wore hats like that.

I wonder if my daughter will be disappointed by the reality of tomorrow’s princess making.

Why am I more upset about the death of my daughter’s goldfish than she is? I think it is a feeling of failure on my part, I should be able to keep a goldfish alive longer than 4 days… Well anyway last week (even before Gabriella the short lived came into our lives) I finally found a happy solution to one of my rubbish crafting dilemmas.

Muller Corner pots look like they should be great for my kind of crafting, but suffer from two major flaws.

1) They are plastic so if you want to paint them you have to mix paint with PVA – fine if you are doing one or two models but too expensive to do if you have 20 plus children at a cash-strapped toddler group.

2) They are not as strong as you think they are. Puppets are the immediate thing people (usually)  think of to make out of these pots but after a few squishes the big triangle will break from the little one.

But I didn’t really discover these flaws until I had 24 or so yoghurt pots piled up in the kitchen. It took me a while and several failed ideas before I finally decided what I was going to do with the pots. Dinosaurs (the ones with spikes on their backs), boats and sails, mountains and cars were all dismissed as impractical, then after some cheeky comments from my sister the fish idea began to take shape.

Attempt 1, stuck on cardboard and painted with PVA and paint mix.

Attempt 2. Joined with masking tape covered with silver foli and sweet wrappers

Attempt 3 A mix of both previous attempts

Attempt 4 Sweet wrappers stuck onto cardboard, happy smile

And then, finally…………

Two half pots stuck together, decorated with sweet wrappers, tissue paper and happy smile


And it even uses up the supermarket shoe coat hangers I have had sitting in my kitchen for 2 years.

I am ridiculously pleased with these, you may have noticed that by the amount of detail I have put into this post.  I haven’t taken them to toddlers yet as I now have to stick 30 or 40 pairs of yogurt pots together as they take a while to stick properly. Look out for their appearance in a few weeks time.

Yes I do have a lot of free time.

Craft at toddlers this week was Sheep made out of cotton wool. One of the mums like them so much she said she might even do this with her class when she went back to work!!!!

Or maybe she was just being polite.

I have also had time to make chocolate cake this week. I had help cleaning the bowl and mixer.

See you soon.

The list of things my son has done this week is endless, most of it involves digging in mud or finding tiny amounts of rain water in the garden and adding them to his bucket of baddie  juice. Baddie juice is an interesting concept as it kills baddies, but not goodies (it tastes so horrible only baddies would drink it). Baddies only drink horrible things, of course. Sceptics amongst you should note that I do not have any baddies in my garden anymore.

He has also been busy making a Mothers Day card and a handprint plate at Toddlers.

I know handprint plates are supposed to have a set of perfectly clear handprints on, but somehow I think this design is better. For those of you waiting for the rubbish/recycled element this week the plates were from my old place of work and on the list to be thrown out. The cards were from my gran’s cupboard, I think she might have been about to throw them out (maybe).

Our other project this week was an Easter Bonnet for the pre-school Easter party.

Poor love, the things we subject them to!!

The hat is made out of a paper machied balloon left over from my daughter’s party and some yellow paper.

See you all next week!

Another simple one this week, mainly to use up lots of old cereal boxes.

 If you were impressed by the 16 buses I cut out the other week then be amazed by the 40, yes 40 rabbits that I cut out for this week (all slightly different I’ll have you know)! The fur is made out of torn up paper napkins from graze boxes.

The rabbit is because 2011 is the year of the rabbit, the sign on his tummy should say rabbit…(depends if you trust the internet or not).

Interestingly a child born in the year of the rabbit will be obedient and easy going , fit in well at school and will sit quietly and concentrate on one activity at a time… what  a good time to have a baby!!!! (no not me). Anyone born in 1975 is also a rabbit, so there might be something in it, especially as 1980 was the year of the monkey. (1977 was the year of the snake so we’ll stop there). Isn’t the internet a wonderful resource.

So Happy New Year, Valentines craft next week, expect hearts and red things, and lots of love.