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47_Radioactive Space Invaders

30 Dec

Don’t believe those who claim to have seen alien life forms… this Radioactive Space Invaders are the real thing!

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It will take you about 45 min to make a Radioactive Space Invader

You´ll need:

_To download and print this file: radioactive space invaders

_ A piece of A4 card for each Space invader you want to make. (You could recycle a cereal box or the back of a paper block for example)

_Cutter or scalpel and a cutting mat or a surface to cut on

_UHU glue


_Black felt tip pen or fine liner

_Glow in the dark paint

_A thin paint brush

How to make a Space Invader:

1. Download and print the file above. If your printer can take card, you can print directly on it; otherwise, print on a regular sheet of paper and stick the print on the card.

2. Using your cutter or scalpel, cut the edges of the print. The dotted lines on the drawing indicate where you’re supposed to score, that is pass the knife a few times without cutting all the way through. This will make it easier to fold all the sides to put your Space Invader together.

3. Fold the card over the dotted lines and glue it together using UHU glue.  Let the glue dry for a couple of minutes so that the Space Invader is sturdy enough for you to handle it.

4. Paint the whole thing with the glow in the dark paint. Let it dry. (Drying time varies depending on the paint you got; read the instructions on the label of your paint).

5. When the paint has dried up, use your pencil to draw a face and any details you like.

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6. When you are happy with your Space Invader, draw over the pencil with the fine liner or felt tip pen.

And that’s it! Turn the lights off and watch your Radioactive Space invader glow.

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If you’d like to see more detailed instructions on how to fold the space invader or if you’d like to download a slightly different character check this post.

Make lot’s of space invaders and hang them on string to make a Radioactive mobile… you could also draw a spaceship and paint it with glow in the dark paint and have a whole Radioactive fleet… what else can you do?

Use your imagination and have lots of Radioactive fun.


39_Technicolor Kaleidoscope

31 Oct

A look into analogue hyper-reality at the reach of your hand… all you need is some coloured metallic paper, a cardboard roll and interesting things to look at.

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It will take you about 20 minutes to make your Technicolor Kaleidoscope

You`ll need:

_A cardboard roll (from toilet roll)

_3 sheets of different colours of metallic card

_Ruler, cutter or scalpel and cutting mat

_UHU glue or glue stick

How to make your Technicolor Kaleidoscope:

1. On the back of one of the metallic cards, draw a rectangle 4.3cm wide x 10.6cm high (the same height as the roll).

2. Draw a vertical line 5mm from the edge of the rectangle (so that you have a total width of 4.8 cm)

3. Cut the rectangle and pass the cutter a couple times over the 4.3cm limit without cutting all the way through. You´ll be left with a tab 5mm wide.

4. Fold the tab back.

5. Do the same with the other 2 colours of card.

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6. Now we´re going to put all the pieces of card together to make a triangle. So, put some UHU glue on the coloured side of the 5mm tab of one of your rectangles.

7. Get another rectangle and stick the ‘tab-less’ end to the tab of the other rectangle. You should be able to bend the 2 pieces of card together as if joined by a hinge.

8. Add the remaining rectangle in the same way.

9. Put some UHU glue on the tab of the last rectangle and close the triangle.

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10. Slide the metallic card triangle into the cardboard roll.

11. Cut a rectangle 20cm wide x 10.6cm high off one of your metallic cards. It could be one of the colours you used for the triangle or a new one.

12. Put UHU glue all around the cardboard roll and cover it with the rectangle you just cut. Put a bit of  UHU glue on the end of the rectangle to ‘close’ it.

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That´s it! Ready to look at the world through the eyes of a Technicolor Kaleidoscope?

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See what happens with the colours? Try using different ones and find interesting patterns and textures to look at through the Kaleidoscope.

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Quite fun to take pictures too!

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Enjoy the colour!

37_Building Set

27 Oct

If you dream of being an architect, like playing house or have tons of interior design (or IKEA) catalogues lying around, this toy is for you.

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It will take you about an hour to make a building set of  24 pieces.

You´ll need:

_2 A4 pieces of card

_Ruler, pencil, cutter/scalpel and cutting mat.

_A few magazines or catalogues with images of house/building stuff.

_Glue stick.

How to make your Building set:

1. On each of your A4 pieces of cardboard draw a grid of squares 7×7 cm. You`ll be able to fit 4 squares across and 3 down (12 total on each A4, 24 total)

2. Draw a vertical line 5mm into the square from each side of the squares.

3. Mark the middle of each of this new lines.  (check the photo below)

4. Cut all the squares.

5. Make a slit from the half down on each of the vertical lines 5mm in. You should have 2 slits on each square that will allow you to slot them together as shown below.

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6. Rip a bunch of nice images off your catalogues/magazines. Try to get a bit of everything: windows, doors, staircases, furniture… Make sure you have at least 24 images to cover at least one side of each square. If you have more you could cover both sides and build  interiors and exteriors.

7. Stick the images on the card squares. Make sure to cut over the pictures if you covered the slit when sticking on the card. Note that in order to build you must alternate between slits facing up and down, so make sure you stick some images facing up, and some facing down.

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8. Slot the squares together, stack them, arrange them as you like…

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What if instead of sticking images you drew each bit of your building?… or how fun would it be to use pictures of car parts or robot parts?!

Use your imagination and get building!

32_Invisibility Box

6 Sep

A magician is not supposed to reveal his tricks, but this time I`ll make an exception … wanna know how to make your hand (or anything really) disappear?

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It´ll take you around 2 -2 1/2 hours to make your invisibility box.

You´ll need:

_A border-less mirror.

_Mount board or any other type of thick cardboard (about 2-3 mm thick). I used  black cause we´re doing magic! but you can choose any colour you want.

_A piece of acetate.. It could be that you recycle a plastic packaging or something similar. I actually used the pack of my mirror.

_Double sided tape.



_Cutter and cutting mat or a surface to cut on.

_Coloured tape to cover the edges if they don´t look that nice (that´s the downside of using black: every little detail shows!)

_You might need a bit of maths skills for this one, but nothing to worry.. I`ll show you what to do.

How to make an Invisibility Box:

Before we go to the detailed instructions, let me explain a little so that you what I`m talking about all the way through:

The invisibility box works by placing a mirror diagonally inside the box. That way, you get half a box “obscured” from the view of your public and the mirror does the trick by creating the illusion of looking at the whole box through the window at the front. When you put your hand or any other object inside the box you fill the “obscured” part of the box, and because of the mirror illusion, it looks as if your hand was disappearing as it goes inside.

It will be hard for us to find exactly the same size of mirror, that´s why instead of giving you exact measures, I`ll show you how to figure out the dimensions of your box, depending on the size of the mirror you find.

Let´s do it step by step:

1. We´ll start with the maths (yaaay!).

The mirror will be placed at 45º inside the box. That means that the height and depth will have the same dimensions. We`re using Pythagoras theorem to calculate the sides of a right triangle (the sides of the triangle will be the sides of your box). I have simplified and written the formula for you to replace the letters with the right numbers.

The width of your box is the same as the width of your mirror.

Check the diagrams below:

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2. On the mountboard/cardboard, draw a rectangle the same length and width as your mirror and add about 4 cm. to both ends, lengthwise (8cm. total)

3. Cut the rectangle, including the extra 8 cm; pass the cutter a couple of times of the lines dividing the original rectangle from the extra length, make sure not to cut all the way through.

4. Bend these extra length bits back.

5. Put some double sided tape on the back of your mirror and stick it to the piece you just made.

6. Once you’ve figured out the dimensions of the box, draw a net, on the mountboard/cardboard to make the actual box. (check this posts out to see a few examples of nets so you know how to make yours camera obscura, Spyscope, cubic Transformers). Make sure you make 2 openings: 1 for your hand and other objects to go in and another one to let your audience see the trick; I`ll call the later “the window”.

7. Cut out and score (pass the cutter without going all the way through) where needed.

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8. Cut a piece of acetate the size of the window plus 5mm on every side. So, if for example, your window is 10cm x 10cm, your piece of acetate will be 11cm x 11 cm.

9. Use some tape to attach the piece of acetate to the window, on the side that will go inside the box.

10. Stick some double sided tape to the tabs (extra bendy bits of your box-to-be)

11. Start folding and sticking the whole thing together. Don´t close it yet! we still have to put the mirror in.

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12. Remember the cardboard piece with the mirror from the beginning? Get it and stick it with the mirror facing down and towards the acetate window. (check the image below)

13. “Close” the box.

14. If you like, you can use the colour tape to cover the white/not so nice edges and make your box all black and nice.

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Invisibility box ready to do the trick!

Just stick your hand in and watch it disappear in front of everyone’s eyes.

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You could also do it the other way around… hide something inside the box and make it appear when you take your hand out.

And remember… a magician never reveals the trick.


29_Shadow Theatre

22 Aug

Bed time stories in the dark were never this fun.

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It will take you about 45 minutes to make; a bit more if you decide to make more characters.

You`ll need:

_To choose a story to make the characters for. I decided to make Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

_An A4 piece of cardboard, or as many as you need to make enough characters for your story. (You could recycle a cereal box or the back of a paper block)


_Cutter/Exacto knife, Scissors.

_Cutting mat or a surface to cut on.

_ As many wooden sticks as characters you´re making (I made 4 characters so I used 4 sticks) They could be skewers, just be careful with the pointy ends and make sure you cut them off before you start palying.

_Sticky tape.

_Something to pierce the eyes of the characters, like the point of a compass or a circle cutter.

_A flashlight.

How to make your Shadow Theatre:

1. Draw the silhouette of the characters on your story on the piece of cardboard. Don´t worry about the details inside, like clothes and face;  all you need is the silhouette as that is the only thing you´ll recognize in the shadows.

2. Cut all your drawings out.

3. Use the point of a compass or something similar to pierce the eyes.

4. Use something thicker, like a skewer, to make the eyes bigger.

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5. Grab a skewer or stick and stick it in the back of one of the characters with sticky tape.

6. Do the same for the rest of the characters.

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7. Now turn the lights off, turn the flashlight on and point it towards the characters.

8. Tell/represent the story as you move the characters and see their shadows projected on the wall.

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What other stories can you shadow-tell? how about Hansel and Gretel… or Snow White and the 7 dwarfs?

Lots of cutting but might be fun.

Good night!


26_Camera Obscura (with 4x optical zoom)

3 Jul

Did you know you can take pictures with a cardboard box with a tiny hole in it? Did you know you can also make pretty accurate drawings using the same device? And that great artists such as Leonardo, used something similar to trace the outlines and minor details of their paintings?

Well now you´ll be able to do great drawings to cause today we´re gonna make a pin hole camera, zoom included. (for making drawings, no photos)

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It´ll take you about an hour and a half to make and as much time as you like to make your drawings.

You`ll need:

_To print and download the following files:





_4x A4 cardboard pieces (you could recycle cereal boxes or the back of paper blocks)

_Tracing paper


_Rutter/Exacto knife and a cutting mat or surface to cut on.

_Pin, needle or the pointy end of a compass/circle cutter.

_UHU glue.

_Glue stick or Spray Mount (I’d suggest you go for Spray Mount, it´s easier to use, just remember to use it in an open space)

_Black throw or piece of thick fabric, maybe a T-shirt or a jumper (sweater).

_Black felt tip pen or thin liner

_Coloured pencils, crayons or markers.

How to make your Camera Obscura:

1. Print the files above and stick them to the A4 pieces of cardboard. Use just enough Spray Mount (or glue stick) so that the prints stay while you cut and still you are able to “peel” them off when you’re done)

2. Cut all the pieces over the black lines. Pass the cutter a few times over the red dotted lines without going all the way through. This will allow you to fold all the sides and tabs back.

3. Using a pin, needle or pointy end of a compass/circle cutter, punch a tiny hole where indicated with a tiny purple cross. .

4. Peel the prints off and fold all the pieces where indicated. (make sure you mark, maybe with your knife, where the tiny squares are supposed to go; they are marked in purple in the prints)

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5. Put UHU glue on the tabs and stick everything together. When putting together the piece with the pin hole, make sure you stick the funny shaped bits inside the square sides. (check image below) This will make a kind of rail for the other piece to slide back and forth into this one without going out. This will make the zoom of your camera obscura.

6. Stick the tiny squares in place.

7. You should now be able to slide the piece with the tiny squares into the one with the rails. Make sure the “frame” in the inner piece is facing out. If you feel like it´s too loose, add an extra tiny square on each side.

8. Stick the remaining piece together. It is some sort of cap with a frame on one side.

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9. To make your Camera Obscura a bit more fun, make a drawing on the side that has the pin hole. Mine has a huuuge eye….

10. We need a surface to capture light and be able to draw. Cut a 9.5×9.5 cm square out of tracing paper.

11. Without using any glue, put the tracing paper square into the “cap” piece.

12. Now put the “cap” with the paper on the camera.

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Great! Your camera should work now…Ready to make some drawings?

13. Get the black throw or piece of fabric and your black pen and go outside. (you could do it inside but you have to look out the window, it doesn’t work indoors).

14. In order to see what the camera produces you need to be in complete darkness, so, cover the camera and yourself with the throw. Leave the pin hole free. (check the intro photo or the one below)

15. Give your eyes a few moments to adjust and TA DA!!! You’ll start to see the image on the paper! Zoom in and out by sliding the inner cube back and forth.

16. Now you can draw on the paper whatever you see. You`ll need to be really coordinated for this: hold the throw and the camera with one hand and draw with the other!

17. When you’re done tracing, get the piece of paper out of the camera, add details and colour and that’s it!

Cut more tracing paper squares to make as many drawings as you like.

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Bet your drawings are looking great (and that you look great while using your camera).

Beware great artists… you’ve got competition!

24_Mix ‘n match pals

23 Jun

A leg from over here, an arm from over there, the head of another pal, a random body, and there you go.. mix ‘n match all the pieces to make new pals every time.

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This is an easy one; there´s a lot of cutting involved so it´ll take you a couple hours

You’ll need:

_To download and print these files:




_3 x A4 pieces of card, about 1mm thick (remember to recycle when posible).

_Some wrapping paper left overs (the pieces should be large enough to cover  A4  cards).  You could also use decorative paper, like the one for scrap booking.

_Circle cutter, cutter and cutting mat (or a surface to cut on)


_Glue stick or spray mount (the latter will make your life a bit easier)

How to make your Mix n’ match pals:

1. Print the files above. If your printer takes it, you can print straight on the card. Otherwise, print on regular paper and stick the prints on one side of the card. (I like the card to be visible in the end, so I use just enough glue/spray mount to make the prints stay while I cut and then easily remove them when I’m done)

2. Cut 3 pieces of wrapping paper about the size of an A4 card. If you have different colours of paper, cut one piece of each.

3. Stick one piece of wrapping paper on the back of each card.

4. Use your ruler and cutter to trim any bits of the wrapping paper that may have exceeded the card.

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5. Cut all the shapes. If you have a circle cutter you can use it to cut the circles. The center of each circle is marked with a tiny purple “x”.

6. Peel the prints off the card.

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7. Join the different pieces by the slits and that’s it! That’s the way to mix and match

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PS. sorry for the delay but you know what they say, it’s better late than never.

23_The Spyscope

12 Jun

Ever wanted to be a spy? Wondered what your little brother is doing? Wished you had something to spot mum when she comes so that you can be good again (without her spotting you of course)? Please welcome the Spyscope, the ultimate tool to see around the corner without leaving your room.

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This one will take you about 45 min to make.

You`ll need:

_To download and print these files:







_6x A4 pieces of card (remember you can always recycle cereal boxes, the back of empty paper blocks, etc.. )

_A mirror about 9cmx9cm or 9cm in diameter if you can only find a round one. (make sure it´s no bigger than 9cm otherwise it wont fit within the blueprints I`m posting)

_Cutter or Exacto knife and a cutting mat or surface to cut on.

_UHU glue.

_Someone to spy on.

How to make your Spyscope:

1. Download and print the files above. If your printer takes the card, you can print directly on it, otherwise, print on regular paper and stick it on the card.

2. Cut all the pieces and fold as appropriate.  (Cut over the black lines, pass over the red dotted lines without cutting all the way through and fold backwards, pass over the purple dotted lines without cutting all the way through and fold towards the front.)

3. Using some UHU glue stick the mirror holder together. It will look like a triangle.

4. Stick the mirror on the base of the triangle.

5. Put some UHU glue on the sides of the mirror holder and stick it to the top 1 and top 2, as shown in the image below.

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6. Join the ends at 45º. You should now have the back and top of an “L” shape.

7. To close the “L” shape, get the shapes bottom 1 and bottom 2 and stick them together as in the image below

8. Put some UHU glue on the tabs of the 2 pieces of card you just stuck together and stick them to the piece with the mirror holder.

9. Put UHU glue on the tabs on the piece with the mirror holder to completely close the “L”

10. Get the piece called viewer and stick it on one end of the “L”.

11. Stick the end piece on the other end of the “L”

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Done!!! now you`re ready to spy.

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Can you see my eye on the other side?

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Is that a crocodile and a muppet around the corner?

Happy spying!

22_The Story Maker

5 Jun

Big fan of bedtime stories? What if you could make your own? The Story Maker will give you tons of ideas for you to make tons of new stories.

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Before I go to the details let me explain a bit more: The Story Maker is tool that will give you hints to start new stories. It is a collection of words divided into 5 categories:

the good guys, the bad guys, the kind of story, setting and random words.

Each group of words is written onto a dial. As you turn the dials you get a combination of 5 words -one word from each category- giving you the characters, setting and kind of story to come up with plus a random word to fit into the story.

With this Story Maker you can get 60 different combinations, but how many stories come out of those depends on your wild imagination.

So lets get started!

It will take you about 2 hours to make. (you can take longer if you get really creative when it comes to decorations)

You`ll need:

_3x A4 pieces of card, as usual, you can recycle a box of cereal or maybe the back of a paper block.

_1 A4 piece of thicker card, about 2mm thick.

_Circle cutter or compass

_Cutter or Exacto knife

_Cutting mat or surface to cut on

_5 small brads (the ones for scrap booking are great cause they come in all colours and sizes).

_1 sheet of coloured paper (I chose black but you can use the colour you want)

_Pencil or pen

_UHU glue

_Coloured pencils, markers or crayons

How to make your Story Maker:

1. Using your circle cutter, cut 5 circles of different sizes off the thicker piece of card. (If you don´t have one, trace the circles and cut them using a cutter or your scissors). Cut the circles no smaller than 3cm in radius.

2. Divide one of your circles in 12 pieces, as if you were slicing a cake. To make all the slices the same size, place your circle cutter or compass, opened to the same distance as you used to trace/cut the circle, anywhere on the edge of the circle and make a little mark. Place it again on the mark you just made, make a new mark and so on until you come back to the first point. This will give you 6 marks. To get the other 6, repeat the process starting between 2 of the previous marks. Now trace a line going from the centre of the circle to each mark. You`ll have 12 same-sized slices.

3. Use this circle as a template to slice all the others.

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4. Arrange all your circles on one of the A4 pieces of card so that there’s a fair distance between each other.

5. Using the pointy end of your circle cutter or compass mark the centre of each circle; using your pen or pencil, mark the ends of the 2 lines that make up a slice of each cirlce.

6. Remove the cut circles and trace a circle, on the A4 piece of card, where the cut ones used to be. Trace each circle the same size as the ones you cut.

7. On each of the traced circles draw 2 lines that go from the centre to the marks of the slices (check the image below). You should now have 5 circles with one slice each.

8. Find the middle, between the edges of each slice and cut half a small circle using that middle point as the centre for this circle. (check the image below)

9. Cut over the 2 lines that made up the slice. You should now have a cut out that looks something like an ice cream cone (check the image below to make this clearer. note how I didn´t go all the way to the centre of the circle; the bottom of the cone is flat).

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10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for every circle. When you finish, you should have 5 ice-cream-cone like cut outs.

11. Get the cut circles back. We´ll start getting creative and write the 12 words that will make up each category. Remember? the good guys, the bad guys, setting, kind of story and random words.

These are the words I wrote on each circle. You can use these or come up with your own.


A cowboy, a prince, Macapaca, a princess, a pirate, a mermaid, the Easter Bunny, Mum, a cupcake baker, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, the Pink Panther and a Polar bear.


A dwarf, 3 witches, Rumpelstinskin, an ogre, a bully, a thief, a snake, a king, a monster, a dragon, a wizard and a pirate.


Inside a volcano, on the kitchen table, under the sea, in a faraway land, inside the drawer, up in the sky, in the deep dark wood, in a candy shop, in the Chocolate Factory, in the town centre, in outer space, in an ice castle.


Adventure story, a story about a rescue, a sad story, science fiction, a love story, a story about exploring, a funny story, scaaaaaaarry story, a story where someone learns something, a story about helping someone, a story about magic, a story where someone makes a discovery.


Jelly Beans, colourful bricks, salt and pepper, ice skates, chocolate covered raisins, a plug, a pair of snickers, swings, chicken pox, a mug of soup, a crazy cow, poo.

Now that all 5 circles have the words written on them, it is time to pin them to the card with the cut outs. I`ll call the circles with words written on them dials.

12. Push a brad through the centre of each circle on the card and its corresponding dial. Bend both ends out to fix the dial and card together, loose enough to allow the dials to turn.

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13. Once all 5 dials are in place, get another piece of card and stick it to the back of the one with the cut outs. Put glue only on the edges so that the dials can still turn freely.

You should now have 5 “windows” through which you can  turn the dials and read the words of each category.

You have the basics of your Story Maker now… the rest is making it look nicer.

14. Use your coloured pencils, markers and crayons to decorate your Story Maker. I decided to paint each circle in a different colour and write the category it shows so that I know if I´m looking at settings or good guys…

To make your Story Maker look a bit like a book we’ll attach a cover to it:

15. Cut a strip of coloured card, about 3cm wide.

16. Pass the cutter along the middle once or twice without cutting all the way through. This will allow you to fold the strip in half.

17. Put some UHU glue on one half of the stripe (on the inside) and stick it to the back of your Story Maker.

If you turn it around, you should have a loose flap on the front.

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18. Put some glue on this flap and stick the remaining piece of A4 card to it.

You should now have a cover to your Story Maker and be able to open and close it.

19. Add some details and colour to the cover and any others you like.

Ready to start making stories?

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Turn each dial until you see a word you like through the window. Or turn the dials to get random words.

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Put all the words together and you have the basics of your new story:

How about a story about a polar bear on a quest to discover the hiding place of a pirate and his crazy cow in outer space?

or one about a cowboy that defeated a very scaryogre that lived inside the volcano with the terrible smell of his poo?

See? all sorts of stories can happen!! Just turn the dials and use your imagination.

21_Felt tip spinning top

29 May

This week I went back to my childhood and remembered this really cool toy my sister and I used to play with. So today, here´s how to make your own felt tip spinning top.

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It will take you about 30 minutes to make

You`ll need:

_To download and print this file: spinning top

_A piece of A4 card. (You could recycle a cereal box)

_Short felt tip pens, about 8cm long

_Ruler, cutter or Exacto knife and a surface to cut on

_UHU glue

_Paper to spin-draw on

How to make:

1. Download and print the file above. If your printer takes card, you can print directly on it; otherwise, print on a regular piece of paper and stick it on the card.

2. Cut the pieces from the drawing over the black lines. The red dotted lines indicate where you should pass the cutter a couple times but not cut all the way through.

3. Fold the sides of the cone and tabs over the dotted lines. Use the UHU glue to stick the cone together and then stick it on the circle. The purple line indicates where to stick it.

4. Insert one of your felt tip pens into both holes of the shape you just made. Make sure the tip comes out through the flat circle as in the image below.

5. You’re ready to spin-draw! (put the tip of the pen on a piece of paper, hold it from the top and make it spin)

TIP: the felt tip spinning top works better when the base of the cardboard piece is closer to the tip of the pen.

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Change the colour for any you want and spin-draw for as long as you like.

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