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46_Cocodrilooooo! (Lolly stick characters)

30 Dec

Do you know what happens to lolly sticks once the lollies are over? They turn into crocodiles! (or snakes or ducks or whatever animal you like)

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It’ll take you about 45 minutes to make a Lolly stick character.

You’ll need:

_6 wooden sticks (lolly sticks)

_7 small black brads

_Green poster paint (or any other water based paint)

_Black felt tip pen and a white or silver pencil/crayon

_Something pointy to punch holes through the sticks, it could be the point of a compass or a sharp needle.

How to make a lolly stick character:

1. Grab 2 sticks and using the point of a compass or a needle, punch a hole on both ends of each stick and another one in the middle.

2. Punch a hole in the middle and on one end of of the remaining 4 sticks.

3. When all the sticks are punched, paint them in green. Let them dry for a little while.

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4. When the sticks are dry, get the brads and join pairs of sticks through the middle. Make sure to join the sticks with 3 holes together; the ones with two holes should have the holes on the same side. You’ll have 3 X’s as shown below.

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5. Now join the 3 X’s together using the remaining brads.  You should now be able to make the whole thing longer and shorter by opening and closing the 2 sticks in one end, as if they were scissors.

6. Using your black felt tip pen draw a circle around the brad on one end to make the eye.

7. Draw a mouth and teeth too.

8. Colour the teeth with the white/silver colour and add other details like scales on the back of the crocodile.

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That’s it! a Crocodile made out of lolly sticks. Now you can open and close it very quickly to make it take big bites!

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You could follow the same instructions and use different colours to make other animals. What about a duck, or a jumpy fish?!

Have fun (and enjoy the lollies!)


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.




_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!