Saturday, 4 July 2020

Crafting With Viking.



The boys and I were invited along to a special Saturday morning lockdown zoom craft event with Viking and a few other bloggers, Viking kindly sent us everything we could possibly need to create the crafts that we were going to be shown how to create.

Looking at the big box of supplies, we were all wondering what we'd be making.

Before the session, we were told what we'd be making, so I tried to be semi-prepared and have all the supplies ready for we started crafting. 


The tutorial was led by Jane from over at www.teaandcrafting.co.uk,
Jane was going to be talking us through how to make; 
Fire breathing dragons, Chocolate bubble wrap and parcel wrap feet.

The supplies I had to hand were loo rolls, tissue paper, coloured paper, pens, tape, chocolate bars, bubble wrap, paper straws, glue sticks, planner stickers, a pair of scissors and most importantly cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer, surface spray and hand soap to make sure all those nasty germs are kept away. 


We started with the Fire breathing dragons which were a big hit with the younger three, Noah decided he was far too old to be doing paper dragons, even though I could see he was trying to make his better than his brothers.

Fire Breathing Dragon 

1. Clean your working area and wash your hands or use some hand sanitiser before starting. 
2. Take a sheet of A4 paper. Measure how high your toilet roll tube is and then cut a strip of paper along the long side of the A4 using that measurement.  
3. Spread glue over your toilet roll holder and then glue your paper to the toilet roll tube and cut where the paper overlaps. Trim off any edges that overlap the opening if needed.  
4. Add eyes and a nose to your dragon's body, do this by using a Sharpie to draw the eyes and then draw a little square under your eye. This square will fold back and be glued down so that the dragon eyes stay upright. Do the same for the nose and glue the eyes and nose down. 
5. Cut tissue paper into strips no longer than about 10cm in length and about a finger’s width. Glue the strips to the top (this would be where the dragon eyes and nose are placed) and bottom of the inside of the toilet roll tube. There’s no need to add tissue paper to the sides of the toilet roll, at this point it's fine if the tissue paper overlaps.  
6. Hold your dragon at an angle in front of you and breathe into the toilet roll tube - you'll see its tissue paper fire breath come to life!  

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Once we had all finished them we moved on to chocolate bubble wrap, Rupert was more than keep to start this craft.


Chocolate  Bubble Wrap 

1. We loved using Aero chocolate for this activity as it was so easy for little hands to break this apart. It just crumbled with little pressure, making it the perfect chocolate to use.  
2. As we'll be touching food products everyone should wash their hands or use some hand sanitiser.  
3. Clean your working area thoroughly.  
4. Cut a small piece of bubble wrap about A4 size and just give it a quick wash and dry it.  
5. Crumble about 3-4 chocolate bars into a small bowl using your fingers to squash the Aero and watch it crumble beautifully into the bowl.  
6. Wash your hands to clean away all the chocolate bits left on your hand.  
7. Melt in the microwave at 30-second increments. Ensure you stir after each 30-second blast, so you can evenly distribute the heat and help it melt quicker.  
8. Pour the melted chocolate onto the bubble wrap and then spread it over evenly with a spatula or knife, making sure it's not too thinly spread.  
9. Pop it into the fridge for about 30 minutes to set.  
10. Whilst the chocolate is setting clean your working area again wiping away any spilt chocolate etc.  
11. After its set peel back the bubble wrap from the chocolate and be amazed at your homemade chocolate bubble wrap.  



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Whilst the Chocolate bubble wrap was chilling in the fridge we got on to making the parcel tape feet.

Parcel Tape Feet 

Make sure to clean your working area and wash your hands before starting on this activity. 
1. Cut a straw in half and tape it (using the parcel tape) to the inside of the parcel tape roll making sure the straws sticks out of the edge of the tape on opposite sides (i.e. left and right) and that they are placed on opposite ends (i.e. top and bottom) inside the parcel tape rollTake a look at the image to help you place the straws. You only  need a finger's width of straw coming out of the tube so trim off any excess.  
2. Remove the cotton wool from the cotton buds on both ends. If you’re using a kebab stick, there’s no need to trim at all.  
3. Take a sheet of A4 paper and fold in half. Then trace around your child's foot or get siblings to help each other to do this. Cut two little feet out of the paper.  
4. Place your feet (ensuring it’s a left and right foot side by side) and tape the cotton bud to the inside of each foot (using the image as a guide).  
5. Slot the cotton buds into the straw, roll the parcel tape and watch your feet walk!  

Photo credit to Jane 
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The boys all enjoyed racing their feet along the kitchen floor after the zoom session had ended, I thought I captured some photos for this but unfortunately, none of my pictures came out.

Ru is now desperately trying to work his way through the sticky tape so that he can try again but with just the cardboard roll, as it will work even better than it did when we did it.

All these crafts are perfect for recycled crafts, rather than throwing them away putting them to use and making something cool out of it.

The boys all had fun during the Viking zoom craft session and it was lovely seeing them doing something all together.

Thank you for having us.
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