38 • 26 AUGUST 2007
2. Simple flying saucer
3. Around-the-house rocket
4. Squishy space aliens
5. Space shuttle picture
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To finish off this thoroughly random editorial, here are some links
that I've enjoyed reading this week:
• Angry Chicken thinks about toys in
the context of yet another major toy recall
• Tracie from Nature Nurture makes rainforests from sticks
• Tiny Happy and her children set up a 'change of season' table
• Lapbooking – I'd never heard of it until I read this. Now I'm intrigued.
That's all from me for now. Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!
Simple flying saucer
The hardest part about making this simple flying saucer was trying to
explain to my kids what a flying saucer is! Aside from that,
the experience was a very simple and successful one that even saw some
cooperative crafting between siblings which is quite unusual around these parts.
You will need
• two paper plates, preferably deep ones
• a plastic 'frappuccino' lid
• white glue
• aluminium foil
• colourful beads
1. Glue on the plastic lid to the bottom of one of the paper plates and
allow it to dry overnight. Then staple together the two plates.
2. Decorate as desired. We used scrunched up balls of aluminium foil
and lots of beads.
3. Not bad for a couple of paper plates. I think these UFOs would
look great decorated with glow in the dark stickers and suspended from
Three-two-one blast off! This fun rocket can be easily made from items
you're likely to have on hand. Once it was finished, my four-year-old
daughter declared that it was her favourite thing in the world
and has taken to sleeping with it beside her bed.
You will need
• cardboard tube
• sticky tape
• orange or red cellophane
1. Squish together some aluminium foil to make a nose cone. If you
don't get it right first time, just keep adding layers of foil until
it's roughly the right size and shape to fit your cardboard tube. Then,
tape it in place.
2. Place your tube on some cardboard and use a marker to roughly draw
some rocket 'fins'. My geeky friends assure me that they're called
'stabilisers' but I think I'll stick with 'fins' for the time being.
3. Cut the fins out (in one piece). Then use a knife to disect your
tube down the centre and slip the fins in place. Tape them to keep them
4. Use glue and a brush to stick foil pieces onto the outside of the
rocket. We also had some silver contact paper so we used pieces of that
5. Once it's finished, add some windows or stripes in a contrasting
6. Finally, scrunch up some cellophane and stick it into the bottom of
the rocket to make exhaust flames!
7. And ta-da! Ready to carry around with you all week and squabble with
your siblings over.
Squishy space aliens
I think it's a good time to
re-cap this simple home made play dough recipe. My husband, who will
readily admit that he's not very good in the kitchen, made a batch the
other day and it turned out beautifully – despite not following the
directions properly! Team some playdough with a collection of bibs and
bobs from around the house and you will have all you need to make some
fun squishy aliens.
You will need
• 1 cup of water
• 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
• half a cup of salt
• food colouring
• 1 cup flour
• a saucepan
• bibs and bobs
1. Combine the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring in
2. Heat on the stove until warm, then remove from the heat, add flour
3. Knead for five minutes or until dough is smooth.
4. Find yourself some bibs and bobs and see who can make the funniest alien.
This three-dimensional space shuttle picture involves a number of fun
and absorbing steps, making it a great ‘quiet time’
or rainy day activity.
You will need
• free printable space shuttle picture project sheet (PDF, 900KB)
• black cardboard
• coloured cardboard
stars (stickers or glue-on)
• curling ribbon (or cellophane)
1. Download the free printable project sheet (PDF, 900KB) and print it onto thin
2. Decorate the shuttle shape as you wish.
3. Cut out the shuttle and fold in the wings along the dashed lines.
4. Tape on some curling ribbon to the underside of the shuttle to make
5. Apply glue to the underside of the wings and paste the shuttle onto
black cardboard, forming a cylinder in the process.
6. Add stars, planets and other spacecraft as you wish.
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