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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Simple Creature ‘Hand’ Puppets #BostikBlogger.

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When our latest craft box arrived I was a little despondent because surely nothing could top paper flowers? Had we peaked too soon?

I opened it up and you know in films when a child lifts the lid of treasure box, the special effects kick in and they are bathed in a golden glow? Well, that almost happened, thanks to the spangly gold card that had been included.

My mind was soon racing with ideas but it was actually the recent CBeebies production of The Tempest, which Freya is obsessed with, that inspired our craft. I thought we could put on a play using ‘hand’ puppets with the theme of this month’s box, which is ‘creatures’.

Freya loves putting on shows and when I suggested it she couldn’t wait to get started.

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We used:

Different colour card, including spangly green and gold.

Sparkly pink sticky back paper.

Bostik Fine and Wide Glu Pen.

Pencil and pens.

Scissors.

Googly eyes.

Assorted gems and sequins.

Bostik Foam Pads.

Lolly sticks (plus the odd salvaged coffee stirrer).

Step one.

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Tongue out in concentration, Freya got to work writing a list of creatures she thought we could include in a play. She decided on a butterfly, a ladybird, a blackbird and a bumble bee. This gave me a very rough idea for a story and I suggested we added a dragon, which she was more than happy to do. I explained my tale but, apparently, it was missing a little something (everyone’s a critic, right?). And that something was, of course, a queen fairy named, can you guess? Yes, Freya!

Step two.

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With a character list and rough story idea, we set to work making the puppets. Freya is getting pretty good at drawing around her hand and only needed a bit of help. Although my artistic skills are somewhat lacking, I added in a head and tail for the dragon as best I could.

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Step three.

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For some reason, scissors are one of Freya’s favourite things at the moment. I often find her sat up the dining table snipping up bits of paper (and the occasional bill). I cut out a few others while she was working on hers.

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Step four.

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Now comes the really fun part – decoration. I thought the little sequins looked like scales so we set about covering the dragon with them

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Freya was VERY specific about decorating the fairy in her likeness – although she felt she needed glasses. I also managed to deeply offend her when I offered her a brown pen to colour in the hair. “My hair is not brown,” she said. “It’s golden!” Oops. I didn’t have a gold pen but I tried to make up for it by making her a gold crown and wings.

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She was so pleased with it she wanted to take it to school to show her teacher – and ended up telling the whole class about our crafting activities.

Step five.

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We left everything to dry overnight and then, because she gets up ridiculously early, there was plenty of time to put on a show before school, with the Playmobil as the audience. We’ve also used the puppets several times since.

I’ll post one of our tales below. I started it off and Freya pitched in with her ideas about what should happen, particularly the ending. I don’t think I’ll be writing children’s stories any time soon but Freya might.

This craft actually turned out to be one of the most creative and fun ones we’ve done so far. I think we both really enjoyed it.

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post. 

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Once upon a time in a pretty garden not very far from here, there lived a group of creatures. There was a beautiful Butterfly, a buzzing bumble Bee, a bustling Blackbird and a lovely Ladybird. They all lived happily together among the green grass, colourful flowers and blooming trees.

One day, as they were busily going about their business in the sunshine, a dark shadow was cast over the garden.

“Is it a bird?” Butterfly asked.

“No, it’s too big for a bird.” Blackbird explained, a quiver in his voice.

“Is it a plane?” Bee risked a look up into the sky.

“But it’s not making any noise,” said Ladybird.

Suddenly the shadow grew bigger and a huge dragon swooped over them.

“Ahhhh,” they all screamed and fled into the bushes – only coming back out when they could be sure the dragon had gone.

Over the next couple of days the same thing kept happening. The creatures were very fearful about venturing into their little patch of garden.

“Why does it keep coming?” Bee wondered.

“It clearly wants to gobble us all up for its lunch,” said Ladybird.

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The following day it appeared once more.

“Wait, wait, please!” The dragon cried as he swooped down but the creatures quickly disappeared into their hiding place.

“As if we are going to wait for him to eat us,” cried Blackbird.

“Will we ever be safe from the dragon again?” asked Butterfly.

They knew they needed help and so early the following day they all jumped on Blackbird’s back and he flew swiftly over the fence to a garden three houses down where the fairies lived inside a big old oak tree. There they asked to see the Queen of all the fairies, Fairy Freya, sure that she would know what to do.

“So, what does the dragon want?” the golden-haired fairy asked them, regally, from her throne.

“To eat us,” Ladybird said, confidently.

“It has tried to eat you?” she quizzed them.

“Well….no.”

“It’s definitely trying to scare us,” said Bee.

“What does it do?”

“It swoops down,” said Butterfly, spreading her wings in what she thought was a threatening manner.

“And then what?”

“Then we run away,” they all agreed.

“I see,” said the very wise fairy, thoughtfully. “And has he ever tried to speak to you?”

“No, not at all,” said Bee.

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“Although,” said Ladybird, “he did call for us to ‘wait’ last time.”

“Right,” Fairy Freya said, standing up. “I know just what to do.”

With a wave of her wand she transported them all back to their garden.

“What now?” asked Butterfly.

“Now, we wait,” said Fairy Freya.

It didn’t take long. Soon a dark shadow was cast across the garden again. As usual the dragon swooped to the ground. The creatures all cowered behind brave Fairy Freya.

“Good morning, Dragon,” she said.

He seemed quite taken aback. “You’re not going to run away?”

“No, but I’d like to know why you keep visiting the garden and frightening my friends.”

“Oh, I really don’t mean to scare them. I was flying over one day and they looked like they were having such a lovely time that I thought I could join in but every time I got close they ran away.”

“So you don’t want to eat them?”

“Oh no, I’m vegetarian. I don’t eat creatures…or fairies.”

One by one, Bee, Butterfly, Blackbird and Ladybird came out from behind Fairy Freya.

“You just want to be our friend?” asked Blackbird.

“Yes, I ‘d really like that.”

The creatures looked at one another and nodded.

“Very well,” said Fairy Freya, her job here done.

And so each day Dragon arrived and spent time playing in the garden with the creatures. They all had a lovely time and discovered that while Dragon might be big and a bit different to them, he was still good fun and made a lovely friend.

The End.

 

Paper Flower Fun For Everyone #BostikBlogger.

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While April showers are supposed to bring May flowers – and we’ve certainly had a wet start to the month in Norfolk – we couldn’t wait that long so we’ve made our own.

It was actually a very happy coincidence that ‘flowers’ was the theme of this month’s Bostik Blogger craft box because Mark’s hay fever has flared already so I’ve had to re-home my beautiful Mother’s Day hyacinth, which was adding to his misery.

A quick Pinterest search revealed lots of different paper flowers to make of varying difficulties so we did some test runs and picked the best three.

Easy Daisies.

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We used:

Card (white, yellow and patterned).

Bostik Blu Stick.

Scissors.

Bostik Glu Dots.

Chopsticks or flower wire.

Step one.

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We cut the card into thin strips.

Step two.

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Freya popped some glue at one end of a strip and then attached the other end to it to make a petal. While the glue is blue to help you see where you’ve pasted, it magically dries white (this blew our minds).

Step three.

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We cut out a circle (and also used a flower shape for another of the daisies) to stick the petals to. We tried this with the glue stick but found glu dots held better.

Step four.

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I attached it to a chopstick with a glu dot (as it was a bit fiddly) while Freya decorated a jam jar to keep them in.

Simple rose bud.

We used:

Card (pink).

Pencil.

Scissors.

Bostik Tape Discs.

Wire.

Step one.

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We cut a small square (about 10cm by 10cm) out of a piece of card.

Step two.

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Freya really enjoyed this bit. I drew a swirly pattern on the card (she had a go too) and then she cut it out. The joy of it is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t stick to the lines because it makes it look more petal-like.

Step three.

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I then rolled the card into a fairly tight ball.

Step four.

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I used a tape disc to hold it together and then attached some wire for the stem (the bud was tight enough that it stayed on the wire without anything to stick it).

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Slightly more complicated roses.

I loved making the daisies and the simple rose buds with Freya but, while she was at school, I had a go at making some slightly more complicated roses – and fell in love.

I used:

Card (pink, patterned and cream).

Bostik Tape Discs.

Bostik Glu Dots.

Clear tape.

Scissors.

Green tape (I had some florists tape so used that).

Bostik Blu Tack.

Chopsticks (painted green)

Step one.

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Using a scrap piece of card, I roughly drew a flower shape like this. This is about 11cms wide.

Step two.

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I stacked four pieces of card and cut around the shape. It doesn’t have to be exact.

Step three.

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I poked a small hole in the middle of each card. I then folded each petal, as above, and bent the odd petal at the top too.

Step four.

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What I should have done here was get the stick and wrap the paper around it. However, I didn’t think of that until afterwards. Instead, I got one card and folded the first petal in half, I stuck it with a disc and then folded the next petal over it. I kept doing this until all five petals were together. I then taped around the bottom half of the bud to hold them in place.

Step five.

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I attached a glu dot to either side of the rose and then stuck the next layer on using the same method as above. I added the next two layers in this way, adding glue dots as needed, until my rose was formed.

Step six.

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As I said, this is better done at the start but at this point I poked the chopstick through the hole in the bottom so about 2cms was inside. I then wraped blu tack around the base to keep it in place and covered it with green tape.

I’m really pleased with the result. I sprayed an old jam jar white and then had a play with ribbon to see which looked best. I’m going to get some different card and have a go at making my favourite yellow roses too.

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With the rosebuds mixed in.
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With the daisies.
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Matching my living room.

Freya was thrilled with them when she came home from school (and insisted on pretending to be a bride, complete with her favourite dress).

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Mark was also happy not to be constantly sneezing and itching his eyes while indoors (I can’t do much to help him outside).

What are your favourite flowers? Have you ever made them from paper?

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post.