start + Art = Great Start – Cork Boats, Christmas Stamps & grandparents

I really wanted to review some lovely books about grandparents, because today we had a lovely day at Opapa’s house (Opapa = Grandpa in Austrian). We went there to hang out whilst The Englishman studied for some exams.

We arrived, expecting, Opapa, sunshine, a sandpit and a blow up pool. We went away having Gotten Crafty unexpectedly!!!

We have no Grandparent books, but Zoe at Playing By the Book reviewed a whole bunch of fabulous sounding ones here. We have two on order and will have to wait on Mei Mei for Christmas, as it is a little more expensive.

But this is what we made:


I recommend the catamaran configuration as the one cork configuration even with “stabalizers” toppled a little. I poked holes with the toothpicks and broke it in half to connect the corks. (Red Ted spent most of the day without clothes on, so, I am sorry, no photos of Red Ted playing with the boats or Opapa!!!)

And then Opapa found some Christmas Stamps and Red Ted got stamping (only an Opapa gets out Christmas Stamps in July!!). We will be coming back to these stamps shortly!!

Christmas in July

Tell me about the sea

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Tell Me About The Sea Once home, we revisited an old favourite of Red Ted’s: Tell me about The Sea, by Justine Smith. We have two books in the series and also have Tell me about Baby Animals. When he was a little younger he preferred Baby Animals (which Pip Squeak adores right now aged 8mths). Now I think he prefers The Sea (2.5yrs). But they are both lovely books – nice simple images with things to “do” on every page (count, find, look), some nice shiny surfaces to touch, as well as some flaps to lift towards the end. Lovely for them. Lovely for you and a little education on the side! Tell me about The Sea has a page all about boats. Big ones and little ones. Fast ones and slow ones. Even some sailboats. Perfect.

Previous Kids Craft & stART projects:

stART:Piep Piep Piep, Loo Roll Watches

stART:  Bear Cards & Strawberry Growing Video 

stART: Touchy Feely Book – That is not my Puppy 

stART: Jolly Postman & Greeting cards from Toddler Art 

Book & Cook – Duckies Rainbow & Rainbow Cookies 

stART – Story Telling, Bunnies & Stars 

stART: Giraffe’s can’t dance – a Giraffe Loo Roll Marionette 

stART: Chick – a Pop Up Card 

Book & Cook: Alphabet Cookies – Learning through play 

stART: Busy Airport – Cotton Wool Clouds and, erm, PIGS! 

stART: Hit &Myth – a mix & match book for older children (>5yrs)     

stART: Story & Thank you time – inspirational thank you cards    

stART: Hurray for Fish – one for babies or messy toddlers!     

stART: Bedtime Star – Red Ted, makes a starry night for Pip Squeak’s nursery    

stART: The Way Back Home, Oliver Jeffers – Red Ted makes a plane and a UFO    

Craft: Peg animals – toddlers can help!


18 responses to this post.

  1. Lvoe the cork boats! I’ms saving mine for a cork board but I may just be able to part with a few for cute boats!

    Visiting from TILT


  2. Very nice! It would be perfect to float down the little creek outside our library.


  3. Posted by JDaniel4's Mom on July 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

    The boat is a great way to celebrate Christmas in July.


  4. a great idea for a summer day with little ones!


  5. I’m adding cork boats to our ‘things to do this summer list’, thanks!


  6. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!


  7. Super cute… I will have to remember this for next time we drink wine… Save the Cork. What a fun little kid activity. Thank you for linking to It’s Stinkin Cute Craft Thursdays!


  8. What a great idea, I love it!


  9. What an adorable idea! My little guy would love these for the pool. TFS Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn


  10. Love the catamaran! I think I’ll take a few corks with us to the beach next week – Yes, I know it sounds like a good excuse to drink too much wine, but in Turkish hotels we usually drink beer! There’ll be no shortage of toothpick though.


  11. The cork boats are great – so simple yet fun! Thanks for sharing the idea! Visiting from Tot Tuesdays.


  12. Posted by Amy on July 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    OH this is a great idea and post. What a fun way to learn.. THanks for linking up with us this week..


  13. What a fun summer idea! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s! It’s because of great idea’s like your that the link parties are so much fun!


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

      Oh thank! What a lovely comment! Love your link up party too!!! Thank you for hosting! x


  14. Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette


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