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Play School Props

The sun shines bright as the quasi tropical birds whistle an eerie tune (aka Kill Bill). The flying machine farts, grunts and whoops as the occupants on board sip milkshakes. After a soft as a pillow landing, they disembark only to re-board the ever bumpy Ninky Nonk (genius idea on a tummy full of liquid ice cream).

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Yes. Welcome to the world of kids TV, where colour and content shall never meet. Fortunately, this mind numbing stimulation is peppered with something for us bleary, weary parents too: Shaun the Sheep, Small Potatoes and a big shout out to the Queen of dry humour… Nanny plum.

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These shows come and go. Few seem to have the staying power of Play School, which has been around since my mum had pimples. Jay and Justine sing pitch perfect incy wincy with spider in hand, fashioned from bottle tops, foam, pipe cleaners, sticky tape and wool. It’s terrific, and looks pretty do-able if you’re crafty inclined.

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DIY FOAM BALL & PIPE CLEANERS SPIDER

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Make your own play props…  http://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/sites/playschool/makeanddo/craft/

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Schrödinger’s cat

Curiosity killed the cat… some of the time.

Back in 1935, there was a widely accepted theory amongst physicists when it came to teeny, tiny things not visible to the eye. They agreed that since you can’t see them, it’s possible they could be in state x or state y, so let’s say they’re both, in two states at the one time (the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum mechanics).

An Austrian physicist called Erwin Schrodinger thought this to be reductio ad absurdum (absolutely whack). He put the theory to life size terms to illustrate his point, this became known as Schrodinger’s cat. The thought experiment goes; What happens when you put a cat in a box with a vial of poison and a trigger. How does kitty fare?

According to the accepted thought at the time, since you can’t see the cat, either possibility is valid, cat is both dead AND alive. When you open the lid reality collapses to one possibility or the other. Until that moment, it’s undead kitty.

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This led to all sorts of other theories about parallel possible realities… but that’s another story altogether!

DIY UNDEAD CATS

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Zombie Cat Straw Toppers

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For more of my Halloween crafts –

https://speckledsydney.wordpress.com/category/halloween/


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Sticker Mandala

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How to get the kids to sleep?

Back in the day when Jack the ripper was a household name, it was a spoon full of whisky in the bottle. Fast forward to now and there’s ‘controlled crying’ where baby cries whilst parent doses up on the whisky!

Another approach is to read the kids to sleep. An honest look at the frustration of this from one adult to another…

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And then there’s the Mandala.

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Made by monks as a tool for guiding individuals along the path to enlightenment. These are lofty ambitions for a mama who just wants bub to sleep! nonetheless surely that kaleidoscope of radial balance will work it’s trance like magic and induce baby into an hour long nap.

DIY STICKER MANDALA

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The finished product

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Put up in place and wait for desired effect!

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DIY Photo Transfer

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. Nat King Cole crooned this pearl of wisdom back in 1948 and it still rings true. For those of us who have the daily joy of parenting, there are moments where you don’t feel the love in return…

tantrum art1My crime…turn off Frozen and get ready for bed NOW! This lovely piece is blu tac’d to daughters bedroom door. Time to go tantrum art!

DIY PHOTO TRANSFER

Pick a photo of your beloved. Photocopy and enlarge in B & W.

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Lightly tape your photocopy (picture facing down) onto your canvas board. Wear disposable gloves and head outdoors. Dip your blender pen into turps and rub pen tip in small wax on, wax off circles on the back of the paper on the parts where you’d like the image to transfer. It starts to look translucent. 

dip in turpsThe image transferred over a little faint. Xylene makes for a stronger image transfer, but is a more hazardous solvent to work with. Citra-Sol is apparently a safer alternative.

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Colour in with oil pastels then thin out with mineral turps for a watercolour effect. You could use linseed oil instead if you desire a less flammable work of art (or work with oil/ acrylic paints.)

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Felt for letters…

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Blu tac to door and feel the love!

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Pretzel Teabag Anchor

Yesterday my daughter took her shoes off in class, and kept them off. all. day. long. She could have chosen to sit with a friend for the day, or at the teachers desk! alas shoes off it was, her chosen reward for being good. When I was growing up it was all about gold stars, but back in the 5th Century Italian kids were given pretzels for good behaviour! A kitchen bound monk shaped them from dough to resemble hands crossed over the chest in prayer. They called them Pretiola, Latin for “little reward.”

Latin might be dead but the twisted pretzel lives on, from food vans to the freekum…

pretzels collageGermans quickly cottoned on to the pretzels doughy goodness and adopted them as a national food staple and beer besty. They also represent good luck and so are worn as a necklace on New Years Day. Austrians adorn their Christmas trees with them, while the Swiss play break the pretzel at weddings. The phrase “tying the knot” comes from pretzels too!

DIY CLAY PRETZELS

Warm up the modelling clay by rolling in your hands for a minute or so. Work on a non porous surface. Shape your pretzel. The bigger the pretzel, the more knots.

1 to 6 sharpenedRest pretzels on baking paper & leave to dry 24 hours.

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Water down acrylic paint to the consistency of pancake mix…

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dunk…

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Leave to dry 24hours and ponder the uses of your dipped pretzels.

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This is how I’ll be using mine.

When I’m feeling a little fancy or have a gal pal over for a cuppa!

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Ana Kraš inspired lampshade

This is Ana Kraš.

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She makes bonbon lanterns.

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She lives in New York with Devendra Banhart. This is what she looks like threading a lantern.

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My ‘creative space’ looks a little different to this. The floor is a mine field of hoola hoops. Daughter is learning how to hoop, ‘look at me mum, look at me!’ Son is elbow deep in mushed pear. The noodles are boiling over. Ah, the serenity.

I tried to make an Ana Kraš inspired lampshade. It all started well. First wool..

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then twine..

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more wool..

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This is when I became impatient and started using ribbon..

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more ribbon..

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then fabric. oh dear.

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This Pinterest analogy pretty much sums it up.

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Fortunately we’re going to see Devendra play tomorrow night. This should cheer me up a bit!

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Easter Carrots

Be you naughty or be you nice, chances are come Easter Sunday you’ll be chowing down on chocolate. Easter is a good time for all!

Pay homage to that very busy Easter rabbit by kitting out your home with some lovely paper carrots…

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Keep carrots on hand for sustenance…

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read a carrot related book…  The Very Big Carrot by Satoe Tone.

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..and have yourself a very merry Easter.

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