What I made
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Illustration: ‘How tweets are made!’

Detailed illustration showing how tweets are made

Ever wondered how all those tweets are really made?

Well, if you thought it revolved around huge data centres and cutting edge technology, you might be a little surprised. Click on the image above to get an exclusive look behind the scenes.

See if you can spot Dick Costolo, the Twitter CEO!

You’ll find me tweeting from time to time @whatimade – feel free to connect and say hello!

What I made
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3 wacky ways to get your child to eat vegetables!

Way no. 1 to get your child to eat vegetables: a card clipped to the plate depicting three monkeys, it reads 'Last one to finish their food is a (double) monkey's bottom!'

1) “I’m no monkey’s bottom – give me another mouthful”

Way no. 2 to get your child to eat vegetables: a card clipped to the plate depicting a man with a huge vacuum cleaner on his back, it reads 'Hurry I'm stealing your food!'

2) “No one’s stealing my food – pass me the ketchup”

Way no. 3 to get your child to eat vegetables: a card clipped to the plate depicting a Space Race game where each mouthful eaten gets the spaceship closer to a worm hole!

3) “No one’s going to beat me – where’s my pudding”

Two empty plates, each with a Finish Your Food challenge card attached

4) “Hmm… I think Mummy’s tricked me!”

My two boys are constantly on the move, even at meal times, which makes getting them to eat their food (especially their vegetables) almost impossible. So with this in mind I decided to turn eating into a challenge, something that would appeal to their sense of competition. The result was the rather unusual ‘get your child to eat vegetables’ plate accessories you see above. They clip onto the edge of the plate and carry different motivating messages, all designed to get your kids to finish their food (including their greens!).

Oh… and they do work, I’ve tested them on my two boys. The only down side is they only work once, except for the Space Race game, that might last a week!

How to make your own ‘get your child to eat vegetables’ challenge cards

Follow the instructions below, the trickiest part will be making the clip attachment. I used a bulldog clip and thick wire, the goal is to firmly attach one end of the wire to the bulldog clip, and then bend the other end in such a way that it can grip the base of the cards.

As for the the card designs, they don’t need to be highly finished, the idea and message is more important – just have fun. But just in case you are out of inspiration, I have made colour and black and white versions of my designs available for download (see link below).

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions to get your child to eat vegetables

Download printables and instructions›

1) Colour artwork – just start assembling
2) Black and white artwork – have fun colouring them in first
3) Collectable instructions – they look nice in a folder
212 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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I’d like to thank Diane, owner of the excellent Craftypod website. I recently purchased her Creating a blog audience e-book, and it has been a great help to me. Diane was also kind enough to offer me some advice – so this post is dedicated to her!

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Dangerous alphabet for kids

Alphabet for kids - A is for ants Alphabet for kids - Letter B is for bumper cars Alphabet for kids - Letter C is for castle Alphabet for kids - Letter D is for dinosaurs

Here’s the first four letters of a dangerous alphabet for kids (well, mainly boys). I thought it would be fun to have each letter depict an amusing scenario containing a touch of violence or misfortune, nothing too serious, ants getting burnt with magnifying glasses, that sort of thing. Eventually I thought I could use the letters to create name plates or greeting cards. So if you like them give me some encouragement and I’ll persevere with the rest of the alphabet. Oh… and I’d also be happy to take suggestions for the other letters.

Now you make one

It turns out that this is also a fantastic kids activity, my son (Dylan) has really got into it. You might need to help them choose and spell the words, but after that it should keep them busy for hours, well, there are 26 letters! For further ideas and inspiration check out Dylan’s alphabet for boys.

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