It was grey and miserable yesterday afternoon and there were many cries of 'I'm bored'. Most of my suggestions met with disapproval until I got this wonderful book off the shelf. It's called The Children's Year - crafts and clothes for children and parents to make. It's jam packed with seasonal activities and you're always sure to find something to do or make. Turning to page 103 we found how to make a conker web. Ofcourse, we've made these before and the children have made them at school but we needed reminding. I've been staring at piles of conkers on the kitchen table for weeks now. The boys have baked some, vinegared some and strung them up for games of conkers at school and Raj used his to make St Michael. You could make a conker dragon which would be nice for little children to pull along. Otherwise conker webs it is.
I apologise if I'm teaching grandma to suck eggs but this is how to make them. You take your conker and with a skewer you need to mark eight points around the conker (ours have holes in the front too as the boys were going to play conkers with them). Push cocktail sticks firmly into these points like so:
and then you take all your oddments of wool and tie one piece to a stick and start weaving. Over the next stick, then under it and then over it to the next one.
Change colours when you want to. We made four:
Sorry the pics aren't very good but I took them in four different locations and these were the best of the lot. Two will go on our seasonal table and the other two are for the seasonal tables in the boy's classrooms.
In the morning I ran a doll making workshop from home. I usually do these as and when anyone asks me to and two Mums wanted to make dolls for their children for Christmas. I hadn't made a doll since earlier this year and it was really nice getting back into it. I was so inspired that I made two more heads later in the day and hopfully if I can pack everyone off for a bike ride this morning I can get on and make at least one simple velour doll.
Before I go I just want to thank everyone for the compliments and lovely suggestions they made for Amber's bag. I'm going to look at it afresh tomorrow and decide where to put the yo-yos and whether to make stems as a few of you have challenged me to make. I'll post up a pic of the finished article when I do. Must go and get on....hope you all have a lovely weekend.
PS Raj has just walked in with another pile of conkers he's found. Hope the Childen's Year can help.