I’m going to be honest and say that half term here wasn’t exactly a roaring success. Combined with grotty weather we also had Master C come down with a dose of hand, foot and mouth disease. As a result he woke up pretty much every hour, every night bar two in the whole 10 days. He wasn’t eating and was super cranky. That crankiness passed on to his parents, who in turn were probably a bit short tempered than they should have been with Little Miss C. Overnight roadworks on the road which we live on added to the night-time woes but at least provided some evening entertainment through the front windows whilst we tried to get Master C to sleep. (Honestly, fascinating process, very streamlined and fast to completely resurface a road – inner geek speaking there!)
All these factors together mean that so far we haven’t been all that inventive when it came to this month’s Bostik Bloggers goodie box. What I did do though was let LMC have a bit more free rein than usual and it was fascinating what she came up with.
We started off by thinking about a peacock that we saw on a trip with Granny to Tropical Butterfly House near Sheffield.
I think this may have been the first time that Little Miss C had seen a peacock like this before and she was fascinated. The feathers and shiny bits in the craft box definitely reminded her of the peacock so we set about trying to recreate it.
I started off drawing a rough outline of a peacock for her on a piece of card. Now I do realise that this doesn’t necessarily look like the best peacock you’ve ever seen, but I’m rubbish at drawing and it actually doesn’t look all that dissimilar to an outline in a old school teachers’ craft book that I picked up in a charity shop. Although, I’ll admit that LMC did first think it was a dinosaur!
With the outline done in marker pen LMC then got on decorating the peacock. One of the foam pads was used to give him an eye, and then she used the blu stick to attach everything else. I helped her to cut the string to the right length for his feet, but she really loved the way that it gave him quite realistic legs.
The finished result may actually resemble some sort of tropical bird instead, but there’s no doubt that she enjoyed creating it.
Whilst sat with a clingy Master C on my lap I went for a somewhat simpler, but very effective little project and created this dragonfly from three coloured lolly sticks and a couple of the Bostik foam pads. A spot of felt-tip to give him some eyes and this really is one of the simplest craft projects ever. LMC was delighted when I produced this and he was soon flying around the living room and acting out some sort of dragonfly adventure!
Once she’s finished her peacock LMC just asked for some plain white paper as she said that there was something else that she “just had to make right away”. This is the end result. Apparently it’s “the octopus who can’t get into his sparkly house as his tentacles are all tangled up” but I’m sure you knew that just by looking at it right?
Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies as part of our role on the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network.