Make Your Own Simple Tour de France Inspired Snap Game #BostikBlogger

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Do you know you know your maillot jaune from your le maillot blanc? Your King Of The Mountains from your sprinter?

I didn’t because, despite being run since 1903, the Tour de France has largely passed me by – not that I was alive in 1903, even though Freya recently told everyone on the bus that I’m “really old” but you get what I’m trying to say. I’ve seen the odd clip of it on TV, I’ve heard it spoken about (I sat next to the sport department when I worked for my last newspaper for a while) but I haven’t taken that much interest – and I think I’ve been missing out.

This year, Bostik is an official tour partner and the theme of our most recent craft box from Craft Merrily, which we receive as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger, is  inspired by what has become one of the most important sporting events in the world.

Not knowing much about it, I was a bit flummoxed when it came to ideas for what to make so I did some research and found it is far more interesting that I first thought.

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I already knew there was a yellow jersey (for the fastest of each stage and the quickest overall) but my research revealed there is also a green (best sprinter and time trialist), red polka dot (best climber) and white (best young rider) too (apparently there is also a rainbow jersey and that’s before you even get to the team jerseys).

While it was tempting to make a bike with paper plate wheels and a pipe cleaner frame or some handle bar streamers for Freya’s actual bike, I really wanted to do something that made use of the jerseys. Freya has recently started to enjoy noughts and crosses (or “that not angry game” as she first described it, which took some deciphering) and I was thinking about other easy games she might enjoy.

Snap! Of course.

We used:

White, yellow and green card.

Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen.

Scissors.

A pencil, red pen and black pen.

Two small pieces of cardboard (to make the templates).

Emoji stickers.

Stage one.

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I’m sure there is a much easier way of doing this but because I wanted it to be as interactive as possible for Freya we started by making a square-ish template (7cms by 9cms) and then drawing around it on to white card. We then cut them out. I initially thought we’d make eight squares but that made the game short so we ended up with 16.

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Stage two.

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I attempted to draw a jersey on a slightly smaller piece of cardboard. After several attempts (who knew it was so difficult?) we used a pencil to draw around it and scissors to cut them out. I cheated a little bit and did several at once.

Stage three.

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As it was a warm day we decided to do the rest outside on the communal grass. After adding red polka dots to four of the white jerseys, Freya stuck them all on to the cards using Bostik Glu.

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Stage four.

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The other side of the card looked a little sad so Freya added emoji faces to represent the expressions of the riders during the race (although I’ll be interested to see if any do actually wink during their ride).

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Then it was time to play and I was surprised by how much she enjoyed it. I’m not sure if it’s because she’s an only child or because she’s four but she’s not great at losing (at snap or noughts and crosses). I let her win most times but I think the occasional loss is good for her.

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Will you be watching the tour, which starts on July 7th? Or is it an event which largely passes you by?

* Please note: we received a free box of craft materials in return for this post.

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My Sunday Photo – June 3rd, 2018.

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Aside from one beautiful day, it’s been grey sky and humidity in Norfolk during half term – not that it has kept us inside.

Every holiday I promise myself that we are not going to rush about but, once again, we’ve had a busy week. We’ve had a lot of fun though. Freya is already looking forward to the long summer holiday. Me? Well, a little rest first will be nice.

This photo was taken at Sea Palling at about 9am before many people had arrived. I really like the reflection of the tractor.

I hope you’ve had a great week. To see what other people have submitted for this week’s My Sunday Photo link up please click on the camera below.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane at Ipswich Museum.

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I drove by my grandad’s old house, simply because I could.

Usually when we go back to my home town of Ipswich it’s just for a couple of hours to visit my parents or, even when we go back for several days, we have plans. There’s normally no time for a trip down memory lane but this occasion was different. I had time between dropping my mum off at the hospital to visit my poorly dad and picking her up again, so I went the long way home.

I’m not sure what I was expecting. The same deep purple window ledges, the name ‘Sorrento’ engraved on a wooden plaque above the front door, colourful prize-winning dahlias peeping over the garden fence.

What I saw was almost unrecognisable. Aside from the structure of the house everything was different. The windows had been replaced, the colour-scheme gone. They’d even taken down the porch on the side of the house.

To be fair, it has been more than 20 years since he died so perhaps some change is inevitable but nothing seemed to be the same anymore – and not just his house.

Old friends have left, their parents moved from houses once as familiar as my own, my high school has been demolished, even my childhood bedroom has been replaced by an en suite (not that I’m bitter, much). With my previously indestructible dad in hospital, I was looking for something familiar to cling on to but it all seemed to have drifted off on the tide of time.

Until we went to Ipswich Museum. (Please excuse the quality of the photos, I only had my phone and wasn’t really thinking about blogging so was just randomly snapping things.)

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I dropped my mum at the hospital at 10am (Freya was too young to visit so my mum went up a couple of times in the day and then I went to see him at night while she watched Freya) and drove straight into town with a couple of hours to play with.

Having visited another childhood haunt, Christchurch Mansion, on a previous trip, I had always planned to take Freya to Ipswich Museum but had never found the time. My mum tells me she used to take me to the museum almost every week when I was small and I do have a strong memories, particularly of this fellow who seemed even bigger than I remember.

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Yes, he is a wooly mammoth! Or a life-size model, anyway. The species is believed to have lived in the area a long, LONG time ago. Freya was just as in awe as I used to be (ok, as I still was).

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Seeing him seemed to set something off inside me. I gleefully roamed the museum, pointing out things I remembered.

History.
Founded in 1846 at a property in Museum Street, its aim was to ‘educate the working classes in natural history’. It was originally run by a committee on behalf of subscribers but, after financial troubles in 1852, it was adopted by the Corporation in 1853. When the original building became too small, it moved to its current location in the High Street, opening in 1881. For a more detailed history visit the Wiki entry here.

It takes you on a “journey through Suffolk’s past from Iron Age to Romans and Saxons” and beyond.

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Galleries include Victorian Natural History, the Ogilvie British Bird Gallery, Suffolk Wildlife Gallery, British Mammal Gallery and the Suffolk Geology Gallery.

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I’d say the Victorian Gallery, with its exotic animals, was Freya’s favourite. She didn’t like the stuffed birds but we both enjoyed seeing the huge whale skull hanging above our heads, which was frankly mind-blowing, and the fascinating fossils. She spent some time looking at the human skeleton and also seemed to enjoy the treasures from abroad.

For me, it was more about the feeling I was left with. In stormy seas, it felt like an anchor. A very enjoyable anchor too.

It’s free to visit (although we left a donation). For opening times please click here.