Jan 29, 2010
Giant homemade Geoboard
Jan 16, 2010
Glow in the dark walls, lightsabre update and a few thank yous.
- Care from Obsessively Stitching.
- Paojava from Pink and Orange Coffee.
- Wonder Mom from The Fantastic Five.
- Karen from Monkeyin' Around.
If there's someone I've missed then I'm very very sorry. I'm a bit burried under the emails that have been coming in since 2010 kicked off.
Lastly, and I hope you've stuck with me to here. I want to show you the fun we've been having with our new glow in the dark livingroom wall! Yeah, we painted a wall in our rental property with glow in the dark paint. I figure we can just paint over it when we leave right? There's a huge glow in the dark wall in the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the kids love it. They have a big fixed strobe light that goes off once every 20 seconds, that creates your silhouette on the wall when you stand in front of it. The kids think it's awesome! Now we can do that at home with a camera flash!
We also wanted a kind of giant homebrew version of the Crayola glow station thingy, and for the cost of the toy, we got enough glow in the dark paint to cover a wall. The hubbins put his electronics knowhow to work and made the kids some great little UV light pens to draw on the wall with. Next i want to see if I can get some images laser printed on acetate, so they can "burn" them on the wall with the camera flash
You can read more about the wall, the light pens he made, and see more pics over on his blog Fangletronics.
Jan 11, 2010
Balloon and torch lightsabres
First off, gotta give credit where credit is due. The idea for this larking around came from a post from a while back by Zakka Life, showing how they made lightsabres for her son's birthday party out of toilet roll tubes and modelling balloons. Absolutely fab idea! I've been holding off on trying this with the kids until the nights were drawn in and the weather was icky, so that we could experiment with using LED flashlights with it and maybe do a spot of Jedi light painting.
The modelling balloons that I had were kinda skinny little ones, so I had to tape them into the loo roll tubes to work. Also, the flashlights that we had were those little flat LED ones, like this...
We've done this three times in the last week with three different groups of friends ranging in age from 2 to eight years old, and they all absolutely loved it! No one is going to get hurt fighting with balloons, and the photos that came from a long exposure with the lights off are too much fun entirely. It looks like we have aurora borealis in our livingroom!
I made a couple of giant lightbulbs too, that the kids rather liked as nightlights.
Jan 5, 2010
Home made superhero fleece poncho-cape.
Sewing isn't exactly my forte. I'm much more comfortable hand sewing than machine sewing (I'm hoping to change that in the future though), so if I can manage this then I think just about anyone can. I do have a fair bit of the yard left over, so if I can manage it then I'd like to make some indoor slippers that look like knee high superhero boots to go with the capes.