A caveat: Ever so often, my boys (3.5 and 1.5) have a way of hijacking my ‘pretty’ plans for art and craft. So I don’t have many, or actually any, lovely ‘finished’ pieces of theirs to show. I’ve learnt to
moderate obliterate expectations of our sessions so that everyone will have more fun. I like to do things that are easy, loads of fun and cheap with my boys.
Here is a very simple but fun craft that even toddlers with very little patience and short attention spans can do. Please enjoy!
Inspiration for Today’s Craft:
All little kids seem to love birthdays – the cake, the candles (fire!) and the works. We own a Mother Garden wooden cake set that is often a hit with all our playdate visitors too. But we only have one and that sometimes means a ‘fight’ over it.
Then, there is of course my ever-growing stash of empty boxes and might-be-useful stuff in my kitchen.
So I thought: Hmm…how about making another cake for them to play?
Both boys love birthdays – cake, candles (fire!) and all. And their mama? Well, I wouldn’t be here today without cake.
This was also a perfect craft for role-play…extending the shelf-life of our ‘hard’ work. Yay!
Ready for a crafty party?
A Glance at What You Need
A List of What You Need:
- Empty boxes
- Sticky tape to tape shut the boxes
- Paper to cover boxes. The easier route would be to paint. So if preferred, paint colour of your choice to cover the boxes
- Paint brush if you’re painting
- White glue in container with brush
- Velcro stick-on fasteners (depending on how many boxes you have)
- Decoration bits ( can be anything you fancy or what’s in your scraps stash). I had: felt scrap,sstraws, leftover birthday candle-holders and ‘Happy Birthday’ plaque.. 3.5 yo Lee came half-way in with his sensory play stuff of macaroni and beans for added textural fun.
Recommended Prep Work (Adult)
- Tape boxes shut and reinforce edges with tape.
- Cover the boxes with paint or paper before session (that is if you’re like me using the wrong paint that didn’t stick to the waxy boxes)
- Prepare wet hanky for a fussy tot to clean his ‘sticky glue’ fingers, if you have one. (Mine’s Mr Fussy alright!)
My tot could help me tape the boxes but that meant I split the craft over a few sessions.
Building Your Cake
#1. Paint your cake with colour of choice and leave to dry.
#2. Spread white glue on one surface of box.
#3. Decorate with material of choice. My tot loves grabbing and throwing stuff. So I said, “Grab these felt pieces and throw it at the box. Let it rain!” That worked far better at keeping him focused than when I said, ” Stick these here and here.”
#4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’ve covered all the sides. I left one side as-is to stick on the velcro dots as I was using scrap felt bits, and I wasn’t too confident of it all being able to survive the enthusiastic ‘cake-cutting’ play.
#5. Stick on velcro dots on the adjoining cake boxes.
#6. Stab some holes into the box with one blade of the scissors for the insertion of candles etc.
Making Your Straw Candles
#1. Snip up a previously-used straw into equal lengths or as child desires.
#2. Trim candle flame from a piece of red/yellow/orange scrap felt.
#3. Dab on some glue onto one end of felt.
#4. Insert into straw and press to secure.
Now, to enjoy your cake…
- Place cake or cakes onto tray.
- Sing a hearty ‘Happy Birthday to Me!
- Blow out the candles.
- Cut the cake
Serve up some guilt-free cheer!
This is a 2-week project by a group of us from Singapore Mom Bloggers.
Coming Up Tomorrow: Plant Pot Poke Decorations from Jennifer
Jennifer says of herself:
I’m a spirited extrovert full time working mum with a highly spirited extrovert independent 6 year old boy & a slow to adapt semi extrovert hardworking, loving husband. Life around us is never quiet much to daddy’s dismay, read about us at http://augdinoegg.blogspot.sg/
Still to come are these mummy bloggers listed below who will feature their creative pieces too! Please hop on over to get some inspiration!
July 1 – Jennifer @ http://augdinoegg.blogspot.com/
July 2 – Pamela @ http://tanfamilychronicles.blogspot.com/
July 3 – Ming Yuan @ http://blog.mybabyfootsteps.com/
July 4 – Dominique @ http://dominiquegoh.com/
July 5 – Karen @ http://littlejazzelle.blogspot.com
Check out these past posts too!
June 21 – Alicia @ http://beanienus.blogspot.sg
June 22 – Adeline @ http://accidental-mom-blogger.blogspot.com
June 23 – Sandra @ http://www.sanses.com
June 24 – Winnie @ http://toddlymummy.blogspot.com
June 25 – Susan @ http://www.ajugglingmom.com/
June 26 – Ann @ http://beautifulrevelry.com/
June 27 – Justina @ http://makingmum.blogspot.com/
June 28 – Adora @ http://www.gingerbreadmum.blogspot.com/
June 29 – Regina @http://www.reginamoo.blogspot.com/