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Leaf rubbings garland

After the 4 year old has finished Reception I set out an Autumnal invitation to play. There were sheets of paper, a collection of leaves and crayons.

leaf rubbingI watched him draw the leaves, draw his own leaves and make rubbings of them, using all the different colours he’s seen on our walk from school.

leaf rubbingI helped him cut round each one, then he used a hole punch to make a hole at the top of each one. We threaded them on to a piece of string so we could hang our leaf rubbings garland up.

leaf rubbingHe decided it would look it better it we added the apple sun catchers we made the other day, I think I agree.

leaf rubbings garland

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How to make a Boxtroll

As a ‘you-survived-your-first-week-of-Reception’ treat I told you that we went and saw The Boxtrolls film. It features a quirky family of Boxtrolls, which are creatures that live beneath the streets of the city of Cheesebridge. They adopt and raise a human orphan boy, Eggs, in their home, so his Boxtroll family is all he knows. The town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher, wants to get rid of The Boxtrolls, so Eggs must come out into the world above the streets and jump into action to save his Boxtroll family.

how to make a boxtroll - treaing on lego

How to make a Boxtroll:

Both my children adore the Boxtrolls. The creatures live in recycled boxes so it seemed like a great craft to do at home. We always keep a supply of recycled materials so I let the children look through it and pick some boxes to craft with.

how to make a boxtroll

They decided to paint their boxes but you could easily just use the boxes as they come. We added heads, hands and feet from the Boxtroll themed Happy Meal boxes from McDonalds. You could make your own from card, playdough or craft sticks too. Even though we used boxes they wanted to cover them with paper labels I found on the Boxtrolls website.

how to make a box troll This made for a really simple craft but one which made my 2 and 4 year old so happy. What do you think?

how to make a boxtrollGo and see the film if you can, it’s really good!


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Arts and crafts

Little Sis and I ventured to the library today for the first time on our own. We listened to stories, sung songs and made a cute crocodile.

IMG_6667 Big Brother is only at Reception until after lunch this week and is enjoying doing lots of crafts and drawings. Today he brought home a drawing of a Boxtroll he did, the film we saw obviously made a big impression.

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