So it turns out I am no good at arts and crafts! Since the start of the holidays I have been trying to find ways to quench Oliver’s boredom. Inspired by the fairy liquid bottle adverts I had (What I thought at the time) was a brilliant idea to build a rocket with Oliver out of a bottle that would have otherwise been put in the bin. I will take you through step by step so that you can make up your own mind whether or not it was a good idea. At the very least it kept him amused for a while!
- Waste cardboard
- Fairy Liquid Bottle
- Paint Brush
- Child (optional)
Step 1: Wing
Cut out wing shape from the cardboard, my first mistake was cutting it too thick, it made the end product look like a bat. Though when I asked Oliver he did confirm it was a ‘rocket wing’
Step 2: Shape
As soon as we stuck the wings on Oliver wanted to start playing with it. Despite my thinking it resembled a bat, Oliver knew it was a rocket taking shape.
Step 3: Paper Mache
So when I was younger we used paper mache a lot at home and in school. Paper mache doesn’t seem to be as widely used now as it once was (I now know why!) For those who never saw Blue Peter build tracy island, paper mache is made using a mixture of glue with enough water to make it pliable. The idea is to tear off strips of newspaper, dip it in the mixture and stick it to the rocket. I know it sounds messy, but I had no idea how messy this would be with a 3 year old! Needless to say he loved every minute of it!
Step 4: Waiting
The next step is to wait. The newspaper took about 2 days to dry completely. Oliver couldn’t wait to carry on and kept looking at it on the table asking to play with ‘his rocket’
Step 5: Painting
I let Oliver decide on the colour. His favorite colour at the moment seems to be purple, so I explained to him when you mix red and blue together it makes purple, this is a difficult concept to teach a three year old but he believed me (more on this later!)
Step 6: Decoration
So I know the rocket is blue. I have no idea what happened! The only explanation I can think of is that somehow the newspaper absorbed the red paint. Anyway we painted some windows and added some stars for decoration. It looks nothing like my vision but the important thing is Oliver loves it and enjoyed making it! I learnt from this experience that when we do arts and crafts things never go to plan, I have no chance of being cast to replace Mr Maker! But that’s alright because the project provided us with three afternoons worth of fun!
The next time you look at an item you are throwing away and think it looks like something else turn it into a project with your kid. It doesn’t matter if it turns out to be a disaster, just have fun making it!