Here we have a fabulously crafty guest post:
Last week I was looking through the RedTed site for holiday ideas, I always start to dread the long summer break around now, kids getting bored, squabbling etc. It never turns out too bad, I like to have a plan!
But this week my 6 year old son has been off school. He has coeliac disease, only diagnosed at Easter, and he’s been getting on brilliantly with his new gluten free diet, no problems at all…until last week when he went on a school trip and ate a cornetto (duh). Mistakes happen and I’m sure we’ll have more along the way, and while he’s been sick enough to stay off school, he’s not quite ill enough to sit about doing nothing all day.
So we made a start on the craft activities. The Fly Thomas Cook competition to be precise.
You choose a story and use it as inspiration to make something related to it, and you could win some kids travel items.
Zach chose the Ghost Island story and wanted to make a bird picture using coloured feathers, but while looking through the craft cupboard (the one stuffed with crafty bits I buy and rarely get round to using) he found a box of mosaic tiles I bought ages ago. So this is how we made our entry.
Said box of mosaic tiles, from Lidl of all places
He didn’t want to draw his own bird, he liked the one from the story which is actually a good, simple shape for a mosaic. So he traced it
(yes he is tracing that straight off the computer screen, we don’t have a printer!)
Transferred it to a board
(this is the top of an old camping stool, I think mdf or something completely flat would be better)
He sorted the tiles out by colour and started to lay the outline of the bird, and glued them down with pva.
We made a white border with bathroom tiles, and filled the background in with green.
Grouted the next day, and here is our finished entry!
He is really chuffed and im so surprised how easy mosaic is for children, its just arranging coloured tiles really. I had to borrow some tile nippers, buy the green tiles and get Grandpa’s help with the grouting, but everything else was pretty straight forward. I think we’ll even do a few more and put them up along the garden fence. So thanks for getting us started RedTed, and roll on summer and using up the craft cupboard!