-Their turn, to build their toys.-

Star Wars Figurines

After so many years building, sewing, painting, carving, tinkling toys and games for my children, they now do it themselves! The rule under our roof is; -start with what you have-. Having enough bits of timber in the shed, my son (11) decided to cut out some lightsabers for himself, his sister and his friends! I let you imagine the number of sabre fight we had at our house, at the park, in the bush, at the beach… in only a few weeks.

I love to see him draw and cut the shapes and drilling for the ”light blade”. My suggestion of carving each handle and sanding them till it’s cylindrical didn’t have much success…so here it is, raw and already well used:


Light sabre Star wars

Wood work Children

Wooden Light Saber Star Wars

“May the force be with you.” 😉


Old Time Game: The Thaumatrope

Thaumatrope Kangaroo

After reading a book about optical illusions, we made a Thaumatrope with a kangaroo wearing boots and a top hat. And who wants a bit of wikipedia to start the day? 😉

“A Thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one.”

thaumatrope If you want to make the same one, here is the PDF to print: (you will then need to attach a loop of string (40cm )to each side and twist them before pulling them appart.) Thaumatrope Paris-Bourke <- Click to see PDF I couldn’t make the video go faster to be able to see the illusion on screen, but you will get the idea:

Let’s Play

Vous ne savez pas quoi faire de vos petits mimis un jour de pluie, hophop une balle, un bâton, de la ficelle et c’est parti pour une bonne rigolade.

It’s raining outside, you don’t know what to do with the children, let’s have some fun with a tennis ball, a string and a stick.

Mini BeenBags

Quoi de mieux pour apprendre à jongler, lancer, rattraper…que des mini sac plein de lentilles!

Facile, rapide on peut même  rajouter une queue pour les faire virevolter !

1-Découper deux carres de 10x10cm

2-Décorer un carré avec des yeux en feutrine ou en peinture pour tissu (Pebeo)

3-Coudre tout autour des carrés,tissu endroit contre endroit, en laissant une ouverture de quelques centimètres. Retourner le tissu.

4-A l’aide d’un entonnoir, remplir le sac de lentilles.Fermer le sac,c’est fini.

Mini Bags full of lens/beens or sand:

Perfect for the children, easy to throw and catch! We can see them in every book for toddlers.
And we can even add a tail to make them spin.

1-Cut two squares : 10x10cm.

2-decorate one square  with felt or paint .(Pebeo)
3-Sew together, ( leave a little opening ). Turn the fabric.

4-Fill and close the bag. Et voila, let’s play!

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