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Review – Where the Wild Things Are & Peekaboo Farm

Kid’s  Book and Kid’s iPhone App reviews continue. For my “reasons” behind “Why Apps?!” look here. Type “Kids” or “children” or “educational” into the Apple iStore and you get bombarded with Apps. Which to get?! Look no further… As well as our usual Monday Morning Book Club review!

All previously reviewed books can be found on my Amazon store:

Red Ted Arts Book Recommendations on Amazon

Book Review – Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things are

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak. Read together age: 2.5yrs – 5yrs, Read alone age, 6yrs – 9yrs

For me “Where the wild things are” is such a classic children’s book. Max is a naughty boy and gets sent to his room without supper, there he embarks on a magical story to where the wild things are.. My favourite line is “Let the wild rompus start!”. Eventually though he misses his family and heads home… I am a huge Maurice Sendak fan and have many of his other books, so it is only natural that this book should be on my list!

Kid’s iphone App Review – Peekaboo Farm

Peekaboo Farm. No Kid’s iphone App review is complete without the inclusion of Peekaboo farm. Everyone I know seems to have it! It is lovingly designed, so the images are hugely appealing to both children and, erm, me. What it does: you hear an animal sound and get a chance to guess what animal it is. When you tap on the barn door it opens to reveal an animal behind. A child’s voice (American) then tells you the name of the animal. We like how all the animals go to sleep at the end of the “cycle”. Red Ted loved it, though is getting slightly bored of it now (he is 2.5yrs), but Pip Squeak (9mths) is fascinated by it. So it really is a fabulous App for the tiniest amongst us – Red Ted does still play with it, just not as often. It also has a Spanish language option…

A Photo – Indigo Slide

I love the colours in this photo. Not the “sharpest shot”, but not bad for a photo taken on my phone? Red Ted on his first “Bouncy Slide”.  And surely that slide is classed as “Indigo”? What a difficult colour to find….

For Jenny Matlock Summer Rainbow – Indigo.

More Photos:

Blue HandsMemory – Yellow (& a bit of water) – Playtime Green & Black (Nature)Broken MirrorZoom Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

How To… Make an Amigurumi (Crochet Animal Friends) Guest Post

  

I am VERY excited to bring you Clara from amieggs and her most adorable Amigurumi or Crocheted Small Things. She makes wonderful creations, that are normally available for purchase. But she has decided to be VERY generous and share two of her patterns with you. Below you will find the most adorable teddy and then hop over to her blog for a bunny (get it – “hop over”? ahem). She has inspired me to learn to crochet. I have never been interested before.. but now, my crochet hooks are on order! Woohoo. Over to the lovely Clara and her fabulous creations:

Hello! My name is Clara and I run the amieggs blog over at http://ami-eggs.blogspot.com/ =)

I love crocheting, and dedicate my blog to all my creations. The name of the blog, amieggs, comes from the name I’ve given my own little creatures:
Amieggs are little crochet eggs dressed up as a bunch of things… from animals to food! Here are some of my favorites:
The fox, the penguin, the elephant and the corn on the cob!
I also enjoy crocheting furniture. My first project was this tiny living room:
And I further on moved to slightly bigger furniture like the following armchair, in a 1:6 scale to fit my Blythe doll =)
I sell my patterns and eggs in my etsy shop, you can visit it here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/nayami
Today, I would like to share a free pattern with you all!!! It is part of the newest patern in my shop, the toy chest! 

As you can see, in my patterns I draw diagrams to explain the difficult parts of a project and include many pictures to make your work as easy as possible!!!

While the toy chest pattern is available in my shop, you can get the teddy bear pattern here totally for free and the bunnies pattern on my blog! Hope you enjoy it, and I love to see all your finished creations!!! Feel free to leave a comment on my blog (http://ami-eggs.blogspot.com/) or even share your pictures with me on flickr!!! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clara_amigurumi/)
Teddy bear
You will need:
Tan cotton yarn
A number 5 crochet hook
A yarn needle
Head:
1 – make a ring with 6 stitches
2  – inc each stitch (total 12 stitches)
3 – sc 1, inc 1: repeat 6 times (total 18 stitches)
4 – sc 3, inc 1, sc 2: repeat 3 times (total 21 stitches)
5 – sc 1, inc 1, sc 5: repeat 3 times (total 24 stitches)
6 through 9 – sc 1 on each stitch (total 24 stitches)
10 – sc 1, dec 1, sc 5: repeat 3 times (total 21 stitches)
11 – sc 3, dec 1, sc 2: repeat 3 times (total 18 stitches)
12 – sc 1, dec 1: repeat 6 times (total 12 stitches)
13 – dec 6 (total 6 stitches)
Stuff and bind off
Body:
1 – make a ring with 6 stitches
2 – inc each stitch (total 12 stitches)
3 through 5 – sc 1 on each stitch (total 12 stitches)
6 – sc 2, dec 1: repeat 3 times (total 9 stitches)
7 through 8 . sc 1 on each stitch (total 9 stitches)
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing, stuff and sew to head.
Nose:
1 – ch 2
2 – ch 1 to turn, sc 1 on each stitch and one on the ends (total 6 stitches, see diagram)
3 – sc 6
Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing. Embroider nose, stuff and sew to the head.
Arms:
1 – Make a ring with 4 stitches
2 – sc 1, increase 1: repeat 2 times (total 6 stitches)
3 through 6 – sc 6
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing, stuff and sew to body.
Legs:
1 – Make a ring with 4 stitches
2 – sc 1, increase 1: repeat 2 times (total 6 stitches)
3 through 7 – sc 6
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing, stuff and sew to body.
Ears:
1 – ch 1
2 – ch 1 to turn, sc 3 stitches in 1 stitch.
3 – ch 1 to turn, increase 3 (sc 2 on each stitch)
4 – ch 1 to turn, sc 6
Bind off leaving long tail and sew onto head.
Finally, attach a brown ribbon around the teddy bear’s neck and cut the edges into a V shape.

 

Clara @ amieggs
I can’t wait for my crochet hooks to arrive… and to get learning!
 
Previous How Tos:
 

Kids Craft: The Red Book, Beaches & Painted Stones

 

This week’s craft was inspired by our “Holiday @ Home” holidays… as part of this, we visited a brand new beach about 1.5hrs drive from here – we had never been and it was a FABULOUS day out with friends. Lots of running around. Jumping into dunes. Getting covered in sand.WONDERFUL. What was quite special too, is that Red Ted now “knows what a beach is” and when at the end of the day, I dragged this book out for him again, he understood it that little bit better:

The Red Book (Caldecott Honor Book)

The Red Book, Barbara Lehman. We had already seen this reviewed by Playing by the Book and LOVED the sound of it (Zoe is much better at reviewing books, so do read her review too!). This book is a book without words. So it is brilliant for our bilingual family, as I can “read it in German” and The Englishman in, well, English! Also wonderful for “getting into” story telling as the pictures serve as a great prompt! So, I digress.

The book is about a little boy who finds a Red Book on his way to school. He can’t wait to take a look. He opens the book and sees a map. The next page shows the map in close up: an island. The next page he sees a beach (aha, here comes the link to our post today). On that beach is a boy…. reading… a book. A Red Book, that he found on the beach. And as he closes in on the Red Beach Book, the city boy sees himself! Oh! The two boys connect through their respective books and then embark on an adventure… and find each other. The Red Books are left behind for new people to discover them and connect. This is a lovely story of friendship described through pictures alone. Fabulous.

Interestingly,  in Zoe’s review and she describes the city boy as a girl! Goes to show, how you make the story your very own…

The Kid’s Craft – Beach Art & Stone Painting

I have been wanting to take part in beach art ever since Nature Get Crafty where I linked to a worldwide beach project hosted by the V&A. Shortly after this Jude from Artful Adventure also submitted an article about Beach Art in Summer Get Crafty. So off we went and collected lots of stones. I (!) couldn’t wait. Red Ted loved collecting stones with The Englishman and they came back to our “patch in the sand dunes” with two buckets full.

We sorted the stones into colour piles. They looked gorgeous. At this point one of the children emptied all the remaining water that was in the bucket into the sand. Never mind, I thought. But actually, mind we did. The stones quickly got covered in “sticky” sand and there wasn’t much to do with them. *sigh*. So we collected them again (having made a face) and took them home for painting. 

Much better! 

And once Red Ted had painted some, we played with some googly eyes. (Note: the googly eye playing wasn’t until 1-2 days later, i.e. the paint may take a little while to dry!). I put blutack on the back and together we explored the different expression ONE stone could make, just by the placement of eyes. Quite amazing really. Here is our Ghost Stone and our Yellow Stone in different poses!! Just moving the googly eyes apart creates significant change!!

 

Other Kid’s Craft  & stART projects:

The Drum

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!

Reviews – Hooray for Fish & Dr Seuss – The Big Brag

Kid’s  Book and Kid’s iPhone App reviews continue. For my “reasons” behind “Why Apps?!” look here. Type “Kids” or “children” or “educational” into the Apple iStore and you get bombarded with Apps. Which to get?! Look no further… As well as our usual Monday Morning Book Club review!

All previously reviewed books can be found on my Amazon store:

Red Ted Arts Book Recommendations on Amazon

Book – Hooray for Fish!

Hooray for Fish! Hooray for Fish!By Lucy Cousins. Red Ted’s “first” favourite read – I picked up a hardback copy at Tate Modern Bookshop. He really enjoyed it the most 9 months – 12 months, though he does still enjoy it now, especially since I have brought it back out for Pip Squeak. We love all the different, bright and colour fish! Our favourite bit is probably the very rhythmic  “Eye Fish, Shy Fish, Sky fish, Fly Fish” page, but that is just us. It is all lovely! I now know all the words practically off by heart!

From a parental perspective, it is great, as it has lots counting going on, lots of colours to identify, stripes, spots etc etc so they are definitely learning too!

One of my (!) favourite Lucy Cousins books.

Kid’s iphone App – Dr Seuss – The Big Brag

We were lucky enough to be given this iphone App for review. I ADORE Dr Seuss, I love his books and we already have a number of the other Dr Seuss iphone Apps. So I was chuffed to bits to receive this brand new App for Red Ted and me to enjoy! Hurray. Especially, since I haven’t read the book yet!

What do we think? Well, we ADORE it (almost a given). There are so many things we like:

1) I like the voice over – voice can be so irritating, but they have this one spot on

2) The intro music – very “Dr Seuss” – cheeky, quirky and fun

3) The way, as with all of Dr Seuss’s apps, you can tap on the images and you see the word appearing and being read out – great for additional vocab learning (e.g. “Hill” or “Ears”)

4) How you have Read To Me, Read My Self  and Auto Play modes

Because of these different “Modes” (point 4), this App has appeal to a number of age groups. Red Ted (2.5yrs) use the Read My Self mode like a book when we are on the go and I didn’t get a chance to pack a book. I get to read and gets to tap and scroll. Older children learning to read (5-8yrs), can assist their reading skills with the Read to Me function or go it alone in Read My Self. OR, you can just relax, sit back and use Auto Mode.

The story itself is about a Bear and a Rabbit engaging in a “Big Brag” of who is the best animal in the world. The Rabbit has fabulous hearing abilities. The  Bear has amazing smelling abilities.. and then a little worm comes along and shows how he can see right around the world – we get a wee less in geography and foolish animals… And a little lesson on bragging! All excuted in the well known Dr Seuss drawing style.

WE LOVE!

 That way we get to read it at our pace (which you can anyway by just scrolling through), but also to tap at all the pictures.

Previous iphone Apps reviews:

I Hear Ewe (free) – All 5 Duck Duck Moose Giveaway + Giveaway + mini review – Face iMake (free at time of posting) –KidArt – Dr Seusss ABC –The Wheels on the Bus – Duck Duck Moose

A Photo – Blue Hands

For Jenny Matlock Summer Rainbow – Blue.

More Photos:

Memory – Yellow (& a bit of water) – Playtime Green & Black (Nature)Broken MirrorZoom Holidays –  Pip Squeak learns about Emotions CreaturesMotherhood (Yacht) – Who needs the beach when you have a ball? (Up up and Away) – Still life: Life’s Lovely Laundry – Symbol of Friendship (Xenophile) – Self Portrait by Red Ted – (My) Men – Enchanted Woods (Violet Woods) – Portrait – 7 Sins – Pride – Joy – Spring – Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film – Outside my front door (Watering Can) – Me – Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

How to… make easy Coasters & Learn to Work with Clay (Guest Post)

 

The very creative Jane at Fired4u is fabulous at making crafting easy for everyone – of all ages and abilities. Make pretty things in a wonderfully accessible way – if you ever feel you want to get carfty but “can’t” on your own, just visit her fabulous pottery store and get stuck in! Here she shows us how to make clever little coasters – out of anything like Fimo, Saltdough or Airdrying clay. There is lots about clay I did NOT know, so this is a really useful reference post on how to work with clay!!! I will definitely be making some with Red Ted as Christmas gifts from him to family (Pssst, family, stop reading now!). I also love that you can incorporate the seasons – e.g. leaf printing, which Red Ted adores… enough from me, more from Jane:

Hi, I follow Red Ted on twitter and love the crafts she does with her children. She asked me if I would write a project using clay. My normal work is with pottery if you click here – you’ll see what I do in my day job.

 So after weeks of thoughts and ideas here is one thought on what to do with clay – now when I mention clay I am talking about clay to be fired in a kiln as it’s what I work with. However this project can be done with air dry clay (make sure you get the good kind with plastic type fibres in it as it’s much stronger) or Salt dough or other craft ‘clays’ such as Fimo and Daz.

Items needed for 5 coasters

  • ½ kilo of firing earthen ware clay (or salt dough or air dry clay or Fimo etc)
  • Old pillow case or smooth cotton sheet / old T-towel
  • Wood board or baking tray covered with cling film
  • Wood planks about 1/2cm thick or similar – thin books etc – just cover with a bag to keep clean
  • Wooden rolling pin
  • Scone cutters/ other round shapes
  • Items to push into clay to make interesting patterns
  • Little tiles or 2p pieces (weights to prevent curling)

When working with any of these products the trick is to get it even in thickness, this is so it dries out at an even rate; this reduces the risk of cracking. [comment from Maggy: AND if these are to be Coasters, you want a lovely even surface so your glass of wine or mug of tea doesn’t topple!!!!]

1) So we need to roll the clay out flat, place it on cotton ideally (I use old pillow cases), or paper or some people use Hessian (gives a very textured effect on clay surface).

Place 2 pieces of wood (1/2cm) either side of the clay and a dry wooden rolling pin. Use the rolling pin to roll the clay; it’s important you roll all the way forward to the end of the clay then all the back towards you to the end of the clay each time you roll the rolling pin. 

While you do this keep turning the piece of clay over and turn it round – clay does not roll out smoothly – an overhang occurs (salt dough won’t do this). This stops the over hand at the edges.

Then take one piece of wood away from each side and continue to roll the clay and remember to turn it over until the pin rolls on the wood again.

2) I used a ‘scone’ cutter to cut my coasters; I chose the largest one so a mug will sit on it comfortably. You can cut random shapes out by hand or etch around a bowl or mug etc.

After cutting 2 coasters I squashed my clay up again – if you don’t squeeze all the air out or mould it to itself until its smooth again you will get joins showing in the clay. You can see the crazing on the coaster with sequins on it where I haven’t smoothed the clay.

3) Once the shapes are cut place them on a wood board to dry (or a baking tray with cling film over it ).

4) So to the fun creative part – you need to find interesting items with grooves or patterns on them to press into the coasters to add design. I used an old butter pat, real leaves, sequins, buttons, pasta and peppercorns. At this point you could have a fun hunt about the house if it’s a wet day or a garden hunt on a dry day. You could hunt all sorts out of the garden – bark, leaves, flowers, stones etc or materials with texture, lace or beads in doors etc

Press them firmly into the clay to make an impression a few millimeters into the surface. Do not leave the items you use to make the impressions in the clay as when the clay dries as it shrinks it will get stuck against the items and cause the clay to crack. Items such as leaves and sequins – place onto surface then gently roll the rolling pin over to push it into the clay without rolling the shape of the coaster away.

5) Now patience is required – if you have used firing clay these need to be left to dry out for 2-3 weeks before firing in my kiln. For the other clays mentioned at the beginning of this follow the drying instructions on the packets. I rest small tiles over the edges of the clay to stop them curling upwards when they dry out or 2p pieces do the same job.

6) Once my coasters have been fired I will paint them with under glaze paints, then glaze them and fire them. If you are using air dry clay poster paints or acrylic paints can be used.  A water based varnish can be used over the top once dry to seal the surface if you wish to use these coasters.

I hope you have fun doing this project and hope you send your results to Red Ted art.

If you live local to Fired 4 U in Preston Lancashire (Great Britain) you are welcome to join us for a clay session any time.

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! Isn’t Jane clever?! I have to say, I didn’t know that clay was quite so tricky to work with… so there are some fabulous pointers here and a great way to learn about clay! Needless to say, everything is a little easier with Saltdough or Fimo, great mediums to with when getting crafty with children!

Adding this to Visit thecsiproject.com

This was featured on UndertheTableandDreaming How lovely!

Previous How Tos:

No Sew Tee Rescue, make a new Tee out of an old one (Guest Post)

Super Cute Flannel Cupcake (Guest Post) – stocking fillers, baby showers or new home gift!

Tactile Felt Donuts

Delicious No Sew Lavender Bags

Make Scented Playdough

From T to Halterneck (Guest Post)

Felt Strawberries & Gingerbread Men (Guest Post)

How to make a No Sew Tea Towel Kid’s Apron

Easy & effective Fish Pinata

Simple but effective paper frames (vlog) 

How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor! 

How to make a Paper Envelope  

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt)  

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!)  

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)  

How to make a Paper Boat (vlog)  

How to make a Paper Cup (vlog)  

How to make Swedish Hearts (Paper Baskets) (Guest vlog)  

How to make No Sew Bunting   

How to make a Balloon Poodle (vlog)  

How to make Seedling Pots (out of newspapers) (vlog)  

Funky comic party bags   (Guest vlog)