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Nativity Pretend Play

We are continuing to excitedly prepare for Christmas with plenty of time spent talking about the birth of Jesus as we craft and play as well as some celebrations with Christmas desserts and friends.

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– Peg doll nativity

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– Angels from mini funnels

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– Cardboard box nativity for pretend play

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– Christmas dessert evening

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One week to go!

xo

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Christmas Car and Reindeer {Box Vehicles}

With just over 6 weeks until Christmas the little man is beyond excited (he has already written and posted some Christmas cards and taken note of everywhere that does and does not have decorations up). He has been asking for a reindeer to ride in so here are the newest additions to our box vehicle fleet.

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The requested reindeer:

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And a Christmas car:

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The little men have been loving them and I am loving getting into the Christmas spirit!

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If you would like to make some please have a look at the tutorial for a small car, the reindeer needs very little alterations to the box itself and just a little decoration and the Christmas car could be made using any of the shapes shown and adding some trees to decorate it.

xo

Box Bank

The little man has been interested in money for a while and asked me to make an ATM for us to play with. We thought a guarded truck to transport the money in would be a good addition for transporting the cash, seeing as the boys love their box vehicles.

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We enjoyed them so much that we used them for a theme which I will post more about next week.

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Box Boat

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Our most recent box vehicle is a simple sailboat made from one and a half nappy (diaper) boxes.

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Box Dump Truck

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Thanks for all your requests for more information on making a dump truck from a cardboard box. I used one nappy/diaper box for the cab and frame and a second, smaller box for the dumping bed.

To enable the dumping bed to move you need to create a hinge along the back of the frame where the bed attaches to it. Here are three possibilities.

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Firstly, a folded piece of cardboard. Place the folded edge along the back and attach the cardboard to the top of frame and the bottom of the dumping bed. A thicker piece of cardboard will give more support to the dumping bed, however it may also mean that the dumping bed is never completely flat when sitting on top of the frame. The overall look and size of the dump truck you are making may help you decide if this is the hinge you want to use.

Secondly, pipe cleaners. Make holes in the back of the frame and dumping bed and thread the pipe cleaners through. I have twisted the pipe cleaner ends together inside the dumping tray. For more support, use more pipe cleaners along the back edge. If you choose to use this type of hinge you may find it easier to make the holes and thread the pipe cleaners through while making the frame rather than waiting until it is finished.

Thirdly, a cylinder such as a piece of dowel, skewer or straw, depending on the size of dump truck you are making. You will need the sides near the back of the frame to be higher than the level at which the dumping bed sits. I added some extra cardboard but it may be easier to cut the frame with this shape when you are making it. Make holes in this higher part of the frame and also the sides near the back of the dumping tray and thread a piece of dowel through. You may wish to attach something larger than the holes you have made onto the ends of the dowel so that it does not slide out (or get pushed out by busy little fingers).

Please let me know if you have more questions or if anything could be clearer.

xo

 

Ice Cream

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We have been escaping the summer heat with some ice cream fun, it’s been one of the most fun themes we’ve done together.

– ice cream taste testing

– making our own 3-ingredient ice cream (using these instructions)

– ice cream cookies

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– painting with shaving cream (the little man put ice cream all the way inside the cone to surprise the person who eats the ice cream)

– rhyming words (and one that doesn’t quite fit. Idea from here)

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– cardboard ice cream stand

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– cardboard ice cream delivery trucks

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Box Car Tutorial {Part 2 – larger truck}

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Thanks for your interest in our box vehicles and for your patience while waiting for this tutorial. These larger trucks each use 1.5 nappy/diaper boxes, for cars using only one box see Part 1 – simple car. For dump truck ideas see here. You could also make a larger truck using the same techniques from these tutorials out of a larger box, for example this large fire engine was made from a box approximately 150cm x 80cm x 80cm (60″ x 31.5″ x 31.5″).

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Supplies:

-two boxes (I have used nappy/diaper boxes but any box will work. The size and shape will impact the overall look of the truck, or how much trimming you need to do to get a shape that you are happy with. Depending on the design you want for your truck, the boxes could be different sizes)

-tape (I have used packing tape and double sided tape)

-scissors or craft knife

-coloured cardboard for decorating the car (I have used 3 pieces of green cardboard to cover the nappy/diaper boxes with some to spare but you may wish to have extra available, plus pieces of other colours for details)

Optional supplies:

-thick cardboard pieces to add details or for reinforcement

-ruler

-pen or sharpie for adding details

-circular objects to trace around and/or stencils for adding details such as wheels and windows

-string or ribbon to add straps or handles

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1. Cut one box in half sideways

2. Choose the design you want for your truck. The title photo of this tutorial shows some potential designs:

-Bus: back and side flaps removed from the whole box, front flap vertical for a windshield and half box attached to front

-Fire engine: all flaps removed from the whole box and half box attached at back

-Delivery truck: all flaps vertical on the whole box and half box attached to front

For the garbage truck, cut off the front and side flaps of the whole box and tape the back flap horizontally, this will create a larger top of the truck. If this makes the box too small for your child to fit in, simply remove the back flap also. Cut the half box diagonally to create the hopper, leaving an edge at the top and an edge at the back. The measurements I used left an 11cm (just under 4.5 inches) edge at the top and 7cm (just over 2.5 inches) edge at the back, but vary these according to the size and shape of your box and the design you wish to have. I also cut out a small section of the back edge for interest.

Keep the large piece of cut off cardboard if you wish to make a flap for the back. Trim it so the fold meets the top edge of the hopper with a large enough width to tape to the top inside of the hopper. I also cut out a small section in the middle at the bottom of this flap for interest.

If you know you wish to remove the bottom of the box (see step #8), now is a good time to do it.

3. Attach the half box to the back of the whole box with packing tape (the flap will be attached in step #6).

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4. Cover the cab of the garbage truck. I used white cardboard, leaving overhang, and attached it with packing tape.

5. Cover the sides of the garbage truck. I used green cardboard with overhang and attached with packing tape. Where the green meets the white cab, I used double sided tape for a clean edge, however packing tape would be fine here too. Cover the flap, leaving overhang, and using packing tape.

6. Cover the top and back of the garbage truck. I like to cut the cardboard to size and attach with double sided tape, however packing tape would be fine here too. Attach the flap to the inside of the hopper so that the fold is at the top edge.

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7. Decorate the garbage truck.  I have added wheels, windows, safety stripe, safety lights, headlights, break lights and a recycling symbol. The complexity is completely up to you. You could add a steering wheel, doors, grille, wing mirrors and so on. The title photo of this tutorial gives some inspiration for adding details to make different types of trucks.

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8. If your truck is for stuffed animal friends or if you are keen to push your little one around, you could leave the bottom of the box intact. If your child is older and will run around in the box, cut out the bottom for them to stand in. I leave mine like this and the little man holds the box itself but you could add either handles or straps by making holes in the sides and attaching string or ribbon.

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Enjoy! (Yes, we still have the bus from almost a year ago!)

Please let me know if there is anything that could be clearer or if you have other questions.

Click the photos below to see other designs in our box vehicle fleet.

xo

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Box Car Tutorial {Part 1 – simple car}

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Thanks for your interest in our box vehicles and for your patience while waiting for this tutorial, I hope it helps. Part 2 – larger truck – is here.

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Supplies:

-a box (I have used nappy/diaper boxes but any box will work. The size and shape will impact the overall look of the car, or how much trimming you need to do to get a shape that you are happy with)

-tape (I have used packing tape and double sided tape)

-scissors or craft knife

-coloured cardboard for decorating the car (I have used 2 pieces of orange cardboard to cover the nappy/diaper box with very little to spare so you may wish to have extra available, plus pieces of other colours for details)

Optional supplies:

-thick cardboard pieces to add details (such as a windshield) or for reinforcement

-ruler

-pen or sharpie for adding details

-circular objects to trace around and/or stencils for adding details such as wheels and windows

-string or ribbon to add straps or handles

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1. Unfold the flaps of the box and choose the design you want for your car. The title photo of this tutorial shows some potential designs:

-Post van: back flap vertical, front flap horizontal and side flaps trimmed

-Delivery van, ambulance: back flap vertical, front flap horizontal, side flaps trimmed and extra cardboard added for a windshield

-Police car: back flap removed, front flap horizontal and side flaps trimmed and shaped with curves

I chose to give this car both a bonnet and boot, so trimmed both the back and front flaps to each be 6cm (just under 2.5 inches). This was about half the length of the flaps. I then trimmed the side pieces, cutting 6cm off each end and cutting diagonally inward to 11cm (just under 4.5 inches). I’ve given these measurements as a guide, vary them according to the size and shape of your box and the design you wish to have.

At this point, if you know you wish to remove the bottom of the box (see step 6) it is a good time to do it.

2. Tape the back and front flaps to the sides of the box to keep them in place. I also used the halves of the flaps which I had removed to reinforce the sides of the box at the fold.

3. Cover the sides of the box. I like to cover the sides first, with some overhang. I use packing tape which will be inside or underneath the box or will be covered in the next step.

4. Cover the back and front of the box. I like to cut the cardboard to size and use double sided tape to give a clean edge, however packing tape would be fine here too. I allow overhang under the box and under the back and front flaps.

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5. Decorate the box. I cut cardboard to make windows, wheels, lights, a back bumper bar and stripes for interest, using double sided tape to attach them, then drew a grille with a sharpie. The complexity is completely up to you. You could add a steering wheel, wing mirrors, doors, a racing stripe or flame, and so on. Since taking these photos, the little man suggested this could be a taxi so we have added a semicircular sign on the top of each side saying, ‘Taxi’. The title photo of this tutorial gives you some inspiration for turning your car into types of cars and vans.

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6. If your box car is for stuffed animal friends or if you are keen to push your little one around, you could leave the bottom of the box intact. If your child is older and will run around in the box, cut out the bottom of the box for them to stand in. I leave mine like this and the little man holds the box itself but you could add either handles or straps by making holes in the sides and attaching string or ribbon.

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Enjoy!

Please let me know if there is anything that could be clearer or if you have other questions. Click the photos below to see other designs in our box vehicle fleet.

xo

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Box Vehicles

Tutorials are now available: {Part 1 – simple car} here and {Part 2 – larger truck} here.

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Last week I was expecting to make one vehicle for the little man out of a nappy box (diaper box). That vehicle was a bulldozer with a moving blade.

But as soon as he had finished admiring it, he requested a dump truck. I hadn’t planned to make a dump truck – aesthetically it would need to be much larger than the bulldozer for the little man to still fit into the cab and have the tray (bed) proportionate. But I agreed (it was an easier request than a cement mixer afterall). The tray may be disproportionately small but it dumps.

Then he requested a bus which he sat in the entire time I was making it, giving me instructions.

The bus is made from one and a half boxes, the other half was added onto the fire engine.

So we needed the other emergency vehicles, firstly the ambulance.

Then the police car.

I had been planning to make about six of these box vehicles, thinking I may might make one every week or so for our next theme on different people. But this far through construction I decided I would finish the last two vehicles. The post van,

And the delivery truck (what better to deliver than cupcakes?!)

I’m now out of nappy boxes (I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing) so perhaps now I should make a petrol pump (gas pump) to keep all these vehicles going.

xo

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