Archive | March, 2011

12_Toast cutters

27 Mar

I know you`re not supposed to play with your food, but I´m sure Mom can make an exception.

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This fun toast cutter will take you a little over an hour plus the time you put into making your toast.

You´ll need:

_Thin cardboard (like that of a cereal box).

_Corrugated cardboard.

_String.

_Ruler.

_Pencil.

_Scissors and a cutter or exacto knife.

_White all purpose glue.

_Bread, toaster and something interesting to decorate your toast (like jam or  cheese….)

How to make:

1. Measure a slice of bread and draw a square of the same dimensions on a piece of cardboard. This is to make sure that the cutter will be right size to cut your slice of toast.

2. Draw the shape you want to cut your toast with. I decided to make a dinosaur.

3. We need to know the total length of the edge of your drawing in order to know how long the cardboard to make the cutter will be. To do this, get a piece of string and hold it at one end of your drawing; now follow the shape of your drawing with the string.

4. Cut the string when you’ve gone all around the edge. This piece of string should be the same length as the line that makes up your drawing.

5. On the corrugated cardboard draw a rectangle 1.5cm high by the length of your string. (Holdone end of the string at one end of the cardboard and stretch it until it’s a straight line; make a mark on the cardboard at the end of the string).

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6. Draw a horizontal line, parallel to the whole length of the rectangle, 5mm from the top.

7. Draw a vertical line, about 5mm from the edge of the rectangle. Draw a diagonal line from each corner of the rectangle towards the vertical line you just drew. This will make a tab that will help us close the whole shape. See the photos below to make this clearer.

8. Cut the rectangle.

9. Cut little rectangles off the 5mm stripe you drew at the top of the rectangle. Fold the resulting tabs back.

10. Pass the cutter or knife once over the vertical line dividing the rectangle and the tab; don´t go through the cardboard, just enough to fold this tab back too.

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11.Go back to your drawing and start applying glue outside the edge.

12. Stick the tabs as you shape the corrugated cardboard to the edge of your drawing. Try not to do all at once; it´s better to do bit by bit and hold it in place for a few seconds before sticking the rest of the cardboard.

Make sure you start sticking the end with the tab first.

13. When you’re close to the end, put some glue on the vertical tab and fold it towards the inside of the drawing. Stick it to the other end of the cardboard to close the shape.

14. You might find your piece of cardboard to long. If this happens, use your scissors to cut the extra bit once you’ve closed the shape. Make sure the glue has dried before you cut to ensure that nothing moves.

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15. Cut the flat piece of cardboard close to the shape to make the cutter more manageable. The cutter’s done! Now let´s make some fun toast.

16. Toast a slice of bread and press your cutter against it. You might need to use your fingers to fully separate the bread outside the cutter. (You can also cut the bread without toasting it, I just like toast better)

17. Turn the cutter around and carefully take the toast off the cutter.

18. Cut any bits that look out of place and that´s it! Now it´s all down to food decorations.

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How about a spread cheese and raspberry jam spotted dinosaur?

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Or perhaps your own Jurassic Sandwich?

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Don´t use this cutter to cut other kinds of food and make sure you take all the crumbles off before you put it away.

Bon appetit!

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11.2_Creature Mixture. The instructions

23 Mar

Hello again! as promised, the instructions to make Creature Mixture

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To make 3 creatures (9 different combinations) you´ll need:

_6 cardboard rolls

_ a small piece of cardboard (maybe a recycled cereal box)

_scissors

_cutter or exacto knife

_ruler

_all purpose white glue

_pencil

_pen/thin black marker

_colour markers.

This toy has lot´s of steps but the truth is the Creature Mixtures are not thaaaaat hard to make. Here we go:

1. Using a ruler, find the centre of one of the cardboard rolls and make a little mark. Move your ruller about 2 cm and mark the centre again. Keep doing this until you have  marks all around; it should look like a dotted line around the middle of the roll.

2. Join all the marks using a pen and a ruler. Now you have a continuous line all around the roll.

3. PARENTS SHOULD DO THIS STEP: use the cutter or knife to cut the roll over the line you just traced.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 with 2 rolls, this time measuring different distances from the top to make the marks. I marked at 3cm from the top on one roll and 7 cm on the other. Keep the 2 parts of each roll together.

I WILL CALL THIS ROLLS, OUTER ROLLS.

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We need to add a tab to one half of each roll so that we can join them back again or combine the rolls with each other.

5. Using a ruler, draw a line  from the top to the bottom of a roll. Try to make it really vertical.

6. Draw a second line about 3 mm from the first one. Both lines should be parallel.

7. Using your scissors, cut the roll over one of the lines. Then cut the over the other line.

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8. Measure 1.5 mm from the top of the roll you just cut and make a small mark. I’LL CALL THIS THE INNER ROLL.

9. Pick the top half of one of the outer rolls and put the newly-cut inside. Align the end of both rolls; the one inside will be longer. Draw a line, on the inner roll, where the outer roll ends.

10. Now slide the inner roll up, until the 1.5mm mark aligns with the top end of the outer roll. Draw another line, on the inner roll, where the short roll ends. (the bottom end). Check the photos bellow to make this clearer.

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11. Cut the roll along the line you drew at the bottom. It should be easy to use your scissors. Don’t discard the bottom bit.

12. Put some glue to the top part of the roll you just cut. You should leave the bottom bit, between the line and the end, clear.

13. Roll the tube and put it inside the roll you used to mark the lines. Align the top ends of both rolls. You should have a strip 1.5mm long, sticking out.

14. Put some glue to the remaining bit of the inner roll and stick it inside the bottom bit of the outer roll. Make sure the bottom ends are aligned. The outer roll will be longer than the inner roll. That´s OK; this will allow us to close the whole thing back together. Check image below to illustrating these steps.

15. Repeat steps 5-14 with the remaining rolls. When you`ve done this, you should have 3 rolls that can be opened, closed and combined with the others.

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16. We´re going to cap the rolls now. Draw 6 circles on a piece of cardboard, one for each end we need to cap. The rolls aren’t so regular, so I recommend that you the rolls as  templates to draw the circles.

17. Cut the circles out .

18. Put some glue on the surface of the rolls and stick the cardboard circles. If the circles don´t exactly fit, don´t worry, you can always use the scissors to carefully cut any bits that stick out.

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19. Let’s draw some creatures now! Grab a pencil and draw the face and any details you like on each roll.

20. When you´re sure, draw on top of the pencil with your pen or thin black marker and add colour with your colour markers.

21. Add some details to the back too.

22. You can add ears or horns or anything you imagine using cardboard. Remember to leave an extra bit that you can fold and put glue on. Stick ’em on the rolls and done, now you’re ready to mix some creatures!!

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You can make any creature mixture you like! What about some monsters so that you have your own Frankensteins? or some alien creatures from outer space?

As always,use your imagination and have fun…

11_Creature Mixture

20 Mar

3 heads…3 bodies…mix them… do the math… 9 different creatures in total!

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This one will take you about 3 hours, depending on how much detail you decide to add.

To make 3 creatures (9 different combinations) you´ll need:

_6 cardboard rolls

_ a small piece of cardboard (maybe a recycled cereal box)

_scissors

_cutter or exacto knife

_ruler

_all purpose white glue

_pencil

_pen/thin black marker

_colour markers.

The first step will be to cut 3 of the rolls at different heights. Then we´ll stick the other 3 inside to make the first ones sturdier; this will also make a tab so that the parts can be separated and joined back again. Finally, cut some cardboard circles and stick´em to the top of each roll.

The rest is using your imagination to make your creatures; we´ll make cardboard ears, draw faces and bodies and add lots of colour.

Today I´m posting the finished toys and the summary of the process that you just read. Come back tomorrow to read the full instructions.

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We have a sleepy dog with a starry pajamas, a rabbit with huge teeth (a bit yellow by the way! they could use some cleaning!) and some sort of monkey with a stripy tummy.

Each creature is made of 2 parts: head and body.

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Don´t forget to add details to the back!

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As you exchange parts, you change the height and body of the characters… so the rabbit got the pajamas, now the sleepy dog has a stripy tummy, and the monkey grew teeth! (and grew taller)…

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or the rabbit got shorter and stripier, the sleepy dog got teeth and now the monkey is wearing pajamas!

Imagine as many creatures as you can and combine them in as many fun ways as you can think of.

Have fun!

10_water balloon bouncy ball

13 Mar

That´s right… all that in a single toy.

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This one is really easy to make and lots of fun to play with.

You can make one of these in about 10 minutes.

You´ll need:

_6 coloured balloons.

_water.

_scissors.

_2 pairs of hands.

How to make:

1. Fill a balloon with a little bit of water, just enough to make it start stretching, and tie a knot.

2. Take the rest of the balloons and cut off most of the narrow bit, “the neck” of the balloon.

3. You need the extra pair of hands for this step. One of you should open and stretch one of the balloons while the other pushes the water filled balloon inside, knot side first.

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4. Repeat this step 2 more times.

5. You’ll be hiding the colour of the previous balloon each time you add a new one. If you want your bouncy ball to be colourful, make a few cuts on the sides of the next balloons.

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Done!  Lots of bouncing, lots of fun and no water spilling at all!

This was a childhood reminder by Andrea de Uriarte…Thanks for the idea sis!

9_2D building blocks

6 Mar

While everything is going 3D, building blocks are going 2D!

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This is an easy one. It´ll take you less than an hour. (or a little bit more if you decide to make more blocks)

You´ll need:

_To download and print these files:

blocks1

blocks2

_2 x A4 sheets of card (or a couple recycling cereal boxes).

_A small can of repositionable Spray Mount adhesive. (repositionable so that you can un-stick the paper from the cardboard once you’ve cut the shapes

_Cutting mat and cutter or exacto knife.

How to make ’em:

1. Once you’ve printed the files above, spray them with Spray Mount and stick them in the card. If you’re recycling, you might need to cut and rearrange some shapes so that they fit the size of your card.

2. Cut all the shapes out.

3. Peel the paper off. You can leave some on to have different colours of shapes.

4. Start building!!

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Try using different kinds of card, sticking fun patterned paper, drawing on the blocks, or using them as templates for your own drawings…

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Print and cut as many blocks as you want, use your imagination and have fun!