painting with magic maize (or wotsits by numbers)

arts and crafts

My boys are at the age where they want to make or do things, but quickly lose interest if it’s not done immediately. When we make something or paint pictures I usually have to get prepared everything in advance so that we are good to go.

We were recently given as a birthday present a set of Magic Maize (ELC), which are multi-coloured Wotsits (Cheetos) – looking cylinders which are used to make pictures by applying a little water and sticking them onto paper or card.

magic-maizeWith almost no preparation required, they were an instant hit. For me the best thing, other than being able to make some cool pictures, is that they are virtually mess free.

Step one: add a little colour to the picture using crayons.
magic maize2Step two: moisten the maize.
magic maize3Step three: lightly press the maize onto the card or paper.
magic maize4Step four: stand back and appreciate your creation!
magic-maizeThe pack came with several images to use, but we are going to make some ourselves, which at the request of the boys will be a rainbow, a rocket, and for some reason, an ambulance.


dinosaur days – cardboard dinosaur models

arts and crafts

Having battled the rain and wind, we made it into London and visited the Natural History Museum yesterday, the boys were keen to keep the memories alive, and wanted to make some dinosaur models.


Cardboard-3D-dinosaurCardboard dinosaursOnce we had drawn out the body and legs onto cardboard, we carefully cut our the shape and slotted the pieces together to make the 3D dinosaurs.

With all of the scissor work now done by me, it was time to hand over the project to the boys to apply the paint and add some detail.

Painting-cardboard-dinosaursStick on a couple of eyes onto each dinosaur and we are good to go.




rocket ship

arts and crafts

Having previously built an earth-based vehicle we decided to aim for the stars and build a rocket ship from scratch using brown cardboard moving boxes.


We taped together the two boxes and cut into the top box to make the pyramid roof. Having covered our previous car creation in newspaper (which didn’t paint too well), we pasted white paper all over the rocket and waited for it to dry before deciding which colours to painting it.