How to make a Toy Peg Chair

Check out this beautiful toy chair made of pegs. It was given to the children by their Granny who had had it for many years. How cute is it?!

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M asked to make one so we set about dismantling a load of pegs (15 to be precise) and began the process of copying, gluing and sticking. We used PVA glue to stick the pegs together.

We looked at the front and back of the chair and re-created each section. We made the area to sit on and then attached each section together.  I’ve called this post a ‘How to’ but really I’m asking you to do what we did and copy what you see and attempt to put together a chair.

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img_6707We made this chair over a couple of weeks. We had to let each small part dry before adding on to it or joining the parts together.

So if you’ve got patience and fancy giving this project a go take a good look at the photographs! I’d love to hear about it if you give this project a try 🙂

Maybe next time we will design a table!

How to make a fabulous den!

Okido magazine always has some fabulous activities in. This month their magazine is all about architecture.

M and Z had loads of fun creating this den made out of newspaper. First they made 25 long tubes from large newspapers.

We the attached them together, first creating an equilateral triangle and then adding tubes to make a row of nine triangles. We attached them together using a stapler, although later we had to reinforce it with sellotape.

We then has to attach the bottom point on one end of the row to the bottom point on the other end of the row, this created the 3 dimensional structure. We added more tube to complete the first section of the structure with a pentagon on the ground and a pentagon on the second layer, this was rather tricky and this was where the sellotape reinforcements came in.

We then made the star shape with the remaining 5 tubes. And attached these to the structure to make the roof.Processed with VSCO with s1 presetNow the den was complete and M and Z spend the next hour inside it looking at Okido magazines!Processed with VSCO with s1 presetThis den is rather little! I wonder whether it could be made bigger. I’m thinking another row of triangles?! I’ll get designing and make a mini one before attempting to make a big one. I’ll let you know how I get on!

We’ve previously made a rocket out of cardboard, which could constitute as a den, you can check out the pictures here. Also we’ve made an outdoor den from sticks, you can check this out here.

Have you made any dens? What was your most successful?

This only works with a good imagination 

We recently took this book ‘Grandfather Tang’s Story’ by Ann Tompert out of the library and started to explore using tangrams to make pictures.Processed with VSCO with s1 presetThe tanagram is an ancient Chinese puzzle. A square is cut up into seven pieces and then used to create silhouettes of a shape, that could be a person, a animal, an object. All seven pieces should be used, they should be touching each other, though not overlapping.

Our little munchkins made all the tanagram pictures in the book. Here you can see a fox, a fish, a rabbit and a swan. Some of the silhouettes really do require a lot of imagination to see what the picture is meant to be. We created a rather dodgy looking lion and the fish was a little bizarre.

In the world of imagination anything can be anything so I think we will be okay!

Our little munchkins started to create some pictures of their own. We did cheat on some occasions by not using all seven pieces.img_1567Tanagrams can be a great educational tool. Have a look at this article from Parenting Science for more information and ideas.

Do you know of any ancient games or puzzels that are fun for children? Please comment below

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂