This past week my boys have spent more time on their smartphones than anything else. The weather hasn’t been great and they have spent much more time than I would have preferred them to in the house.
They have become addicted to watching Youtube – football videos and playing Pokemon.
I saw a video about a girl who made a cinema from a box and thought what a great idea it would be for my boy to give it a go.
We get our weekly food shop delivered in a box (Gousto) so as soon as it arrived I knew instantly what we was going to do with it. I looked over at my son, who at the time was sitting on the kitchen side playing on his phone and asked him if he wanted to go to the movies. He obviously replied with a big nod of the head.
I showed him the box and explained to him that he would be making the cinema from the box. He wasn’t quite that keen on the idea at first but as I described to him in more detail on how the cinema would work, he soon became more interested in the idea.
We gathered together the equipment that we would need, which isn’t much and got started on the home cinema project.
You will need:
A decent size cardboard box
Scissors or a craft knife (Ask an adult for help)
An old t-shirt or some paint
A Mobile phone
First cut away the flaps from the top of the box
Turn the box over and place the mobile device in the middle. Draw around it
Cut it out so you now have a hole in the top of the box
Turn the box over and on the inside where you just cut the hole out, you need to place some more cardboard on the sides. Secure them in place with glue or tape. This will ensure that the phone will have somewhere to sit.
Now cut out a semi circle at the bottom so that your head can fit through.
All that’s left to do now is to decorate the box.
Spend some time painting it or use an old t-shirt and stretch it over the box. Depending on the size of your box a medium sized top will do.
Make sure that the neck is over the hole and secure inside with some tape.
Find a comfy spot on the floor and lay back and watch a movie. No more pain in the neck or having to hold the phone in front of you.
Check out our video on how to make the cinema.
We had so much fun making the cinema and it only took just under 10 minutes (longer if he had painted it). He is having much more fun watching movies and less time playing games.
Are you ready for Halloween? Whether you’re ready or not, I can bet that your children are already planning what they are going to wear and how they want the house decorated ready for the many trick or treaters that will be knocking on your door.
Help your children collect their goodies in these spooky trick or treat bags. Which are also ideal to give out to any spooky guests that may turn up at your door
They are simple to make and a fun activity for the children to do over the half term
You will need:
Acrylic paints or felt pens
Black marker pen
First cut away the handle from the top of the bag
Then place your hand on top of the bag, in the middle with your fingertips touching the top and mark with a pencil either side of your fingers (little and pointing finger)
Now draw in your monsters mouth – this will be your new handle
Once your mouth in place you can then draw your monster. Be as spooky as you like
Why not draw a zombie monster or a spider?
Choose the colour and paint your monster, think bright colours like; orange, purple, green and red.
You can design both sides with different characters or just do one side.
Add sparkle in with some glitter, paint it with glow in the dark paint or even some googly eyes
Do you have lots of little moshlings scattered all over your bedroom floor?
Do you have lots of doubles of moshlings?
Why not make a moshling picture frame with them!
My son has lots of moshlings and normally keeps them in a little treasure box, but he found that he has lots of doubles from buying the blind bags and wanted to do something with the doubles so that he could keep them. His school gave him a recycling project for the Easter Holidays and he wanted to so something a little different. He decided on doing a Moshling picture frame.
You will need:
A picture frame with a wide frame
A tube of no-nails
A gaulk gun
Decide which moshlings to use on the picture frame
Insert the no-nails tube into the gaulk gun
Squeeze the lever until the glue comes out of the gun
Cover the wide frame completely with the glue
Place your moshlings in place, wherever you want them – My boy really enjoyed this part as he really thought about where he wanted to place the moshlings
Once covered, place to one side to allow the glue to set
You can add a little glitter to the glue
Once dry you could spray the whole frame one colour and add a little gold glitter dust. My boy wanted his to show the colours of the moshlings.
You now have a colourful moshling frame to place on the side board
My boy filled his frame with a picture of cherry bomb that he drew himself
My brother has recently moved into his new home and I wanted to give him a quirky home-made card; something that showed that I had put some thought into it, something that was little different to what you could buy in the shops, with a personal touch to it.
This is what I came up with
You will need:
Small Wooden Peg (I have attached a little wooden heart on to mine)
Patch Liner Relief Paint ( gel ink)
First I searched for the address using online Maps and I screenshot the page. I looked at a normal view and a satellite view.
From the screenshot, using photo editor, I cropped the area that I wanted to use and copied in onto a word document
I printed out the map images onto strong paper
Fold the coloured card into half to create a card
Making sure the road that the new house is on I drew out a puzzle piece onto one of the maps images and cut it out
I stuck the satellite image down onto the front of the card in the middle
I stuck the wooden peg into the top left corner of the card and pinching it open I placed the image puzzle piece in
I decorated the rest of the front with a single red button and wrote New Home
I loved how the card turned out, It has the personal touch and didn’t take much time to put together.
If your mad about Moshi Monsters this is a fabulous little craft activity to do which is quick and easy and you have a product at the end that you can keep forever.
These snow globes make lovely little gifts for your children for the run up to Christmas.
Joseph recently saw the idea in a magazine of his and has been bugging me for ages to do it so we collected up the items that we would need and set to it.
Items you will need:
1 small jar with a screw on lid, we found that the perfect size was a baby food jar
1 Moshi Moshling
Coloured glitter of your choice – white or silver would give the effect of snow
Extra strong glue (Only for adult use only)
A spare bottle lid ( water bottle) or some foam cut up small enough to fit onto the jar lid
First you will need to choose your moshling that you want to use, once you have decided on one from your many stashed away in your bedroom, you will need to get the foam or bottle lid and glue it to the lid from the jar, I found it hard to glue shiny plastic to plastic so i found that foam worked just as well. Cut you foam into small square shapes, just the right size to fit into the jar lid, making a little mountain out of them by stacking them together and glueing them all together. Once dried stick the foam onto the inside of the jar lid and them glue your moshling on to the foam. This will raise him up so you will be able to see him in the jar. Wait to dry. The sticking should only be done by a sensible adult as the glue is very strong and you can glue your fingers together (I am not a sensible adult nor is Daddy lol)
Now fill your jar with water leaving a little gap about a centimeter at the top, add in your glitter. Keeping your jar upright screw on your lid with the moshling attached. Make sure it is nice and tight, you can secure the lid with a bit of glue if preferred
You now are ready to turn it upside down and shake away.
This activity can be done with any small toy or object, children love them. Our one sits proudly on the livingroom side along with the snow globe that the boys got at christmas