Turn your sledge into ‘the Sledginator’ – part ammo store, part barracade and part sledge (for fast getaways)!
This icey activity is great for when the kids get tired of pulling their sledges up hills. In fact, my boys enjoyed making their snowball ammo so much they were a bit reluctant to start throwing them (but they soon got over it!). To ensure you maximise every projectile, I’ve provided some important intel below!
How to make one
Apologies to those living in hotter climes, I’ll be posting something you might find more interesting in a couple of weeks time.
I’m really enjoying ‘wonkiness’ at the moment. I think it’s a reaction to having so many Apple products in my life – an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Pro – they are all exquisitely designed, even beautiful, my only criticism is that they are almost too perfect. Instead, I’ve found myself beginning to rejoice in flaws and anomalies – I was even recently heard saying that it was OK that my kids had drawn on the dining room table because it gave it the ‘worn look’!
Now, of course, there’s a fine line between what’s rustic, and what’s bad workmanship, so I hope I’ve got the balance right with these ‘dodgy dice’. They were all created without rulers, and therefore have lots of gaps and cracks, they are even assembled crudely using sticky tape. The idea came from having to quickly make a dice for my son, so we could play a board game – I used the same technique described below, and found the finished result to be quite charming.
If you’d like to use one of my designs feel free to download the artwork from the link below. Go on, embrace ‘wonkiness’!
They say a good soldier never leaves his post, well, this is now true of a toy soldier as well (mainly because he’s bolted onto the shelf and couldn’t move if he wanted to!). The ‘War and Peace’ bookend is a great way of repurposing an old toy figure, it needs to be of a decent size, but anything from an old ‘space ranger’ to a WWF wrestler will do the trick. However, I liked the idea of using a soldier – it seemed a fun contrast, taking something associated with action and danger, and using it to hold-up some kids books..
This project first appeared on Craft:, as part of their ‘quirky craft’ series. I have now reworked the instructions and made them available for download, I hope you like them. It’s worth pointing out that the techniques are very dependent on the type of toy figure you use, the basic objective is to attach it firmly to a shelf, so feel free to improvise. If you have any question just leave me a comment.