Creating Skylanders

Ever since hearing about Skylanders the boys have been transfixed with them, they only had the figures and enjoyed playing with them but since they received a PS3 from Santa they now get to play the game properly. I have limited there time to 30 minutes a day as they could sit on it all day long.

Britmums are running a competition at the moment where every day until January 9th all you have to do is tweet a pic of their little ones enjoying playing with their Skylanders, or a drawing or even a moulding of one for a chance to win some new figures from the Giant Skylanders characters.

So Jak got to work with creating a brand new Skylander, first he jotted down some ideas and then he decided to make one from clay.
He chose to create the Deathitor Lander which a Cyborg Cowboy whose powers are using a fire whip chain and has a staff of eternity.
(I have no idea where he gets his imagination from!)

Jak has spent 3 days on his clay creation and today he eventually finished it! He had trouble with the clay drying up due to it being a bit old I think! He painted the Deathitor and it even had a special power (pssss! It glows in the dark!)

What do you think of his Skylander Creation?

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Crayon Cakes / crafts

Do you have spare crayons in drawers all over the house?
Don’t throw them away, why not melt them and make a crayon cake!

Ok! Lets get one thing straight these are not the yummy scrummy type of cakes that we all like to indulge in every now and then, they are not the type that needs icing with sprinkles on top and they are not the ones that have lots of flavour and smell divine. No, they are what the titles says Crayons that are baked in the oven in cake cases.

I got this idea from someone in school and thought how great it was, I couldn’t wait to try it out with the boys. I must say they was slightly disappointed when the discovered there wouldn’t be any bowls to lick but they really enjoyed the activity and now they have some fun mixed coloured crayons to colour in with.

1. Gather together all of your odd bits of crayons and break them into tiny pieces, removing any paper if there is any. The children like to choose the colours that they want to use, I broke them up and the boys placed the pieces into the cases. Fill the cake case about 2/3 up.

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2. Once you have filled the cases place them into the oven, 160* for about 8-10, keep an eye on them and once the crayon starts to melt you will see them begin to bubble and mix in together. Don’t keep them in the oven for too long as they can burn and they do give off a lot of steam so best go keep your windows open.

3. Take them out and place on a cooling rack. They should cool down in about 10 minutes.

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Explain to the children about how they started off being a solid and lots of tiny pieces and how the heat of the oven melted them together making one round crayon.

You could talk about all the colours and patterns that have been made by melting them together.

Now all that is left to do is to get creative and do some colouring in with them. If you turn them around as you draw/write all of the colours will show up.
Oliver had lots of fun colouring away and they are just the right size for his little hands.

Why not give it a go and don’t forget to drop back by my blog and leave a comment to let me know how you got on with it.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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23/366 ‘Uni day’s

While rummaging around in the loft today, my son and I found some of my old university work.
We brought it down to go through it.
It was great to reminisce about the good old uni day’s but sad to think that I should have done better.
The following photo was taken from one of my project books ‘Couture’.
Didn’t spend much time on my projects and wished, now looking at my work, that I did.

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There are two in today, only because they go together.

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