Date added: 17/07/2019 Baz & Benz

This week at story time we read Baz & Benz by Heidi McKinnon.  It is a great book exploring the boundaries of love and friendship.

After listening to the story, we gave the children a little mini Baz to create.  They added legs, eyes, wings and whatever colours they decided Baz should be.  We also worked on a collaborative picture, and while it started with just one Baz & Benz sitting in a tree, lots more Baz's were added to create a colourful and fun tree full of owls.

You can find copies of Baz & Benz in store and in our online shop.

Baz & Benz artwork Baz & Benz artwork

Date added: 10/07/2019 Rainbow Dragons

Cardboard cut out dragons were transformed into beautifully coloured rainbow dragons after reading Naomi Howarth's "The Night Dragon"!  The children glued the colourful scales onto their carboard dragons, and then with no prompting (totally their idea) they added crepe paper rainbow fire to their dragons!  Such great fun.

This idea could be recreated with any cardboard cut out shape and any type of paper cut into small pieces - the perfect way to reuse magazine pages, children's artwork, used gift wrap.

Copies of this beautiful story "The Night Dragon" are available in our online and in our bricks and mortar store.


Rainbow Night Dragon

Date added: 28/05/2019 Nature Weaving

Today for story time craft, we did some nature weaving.  To prepare this, I cut some rectangles from cardboard boxes, painted some of them with graduating colours, then popped four elastic bands on each.  The children chose leaves and seedpods from a big selection, then weaved these underneath the elastic bands.  The nature weaving cards are perfect to take on a walk, and can be used for colour matching activities too.


Nature Weaving Card Nature Weaving Finished



Date added: 21/05/2019 Colour changing chameleons

Today we made colour changing chameleons from paper plates!  To prepare, we drew a chameleon on one paper plate, and cut out a section of the body (leaving the detailed sections of the face, legs and tail intact).  

During the activity, we invited the children to colour in the other paper plate, then we placed the chameleon plate on top, joined at the centre with a split pin, which meant we could spin the bottom plate to create a colour changing chameleon!


Colour changing chameleon