Today at Crayons

Our Sunday Fun? Keeping Cool!

23 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons our Sunday Fun is simply staying cool!     Paper fans are the go, not only are they are great sedentary activity at home or outdoors, but they serve a wonderful purpose on a hot day with out a breeze!

From the simplest paddle pop stick and paper plate, folded piece of decorated A4 paper or a more challenging piece of folded cardboard (we think pirates would have used rough-tough cardboard fans, tied with string if they had been available :-) through to delicately folded paper doily fans tied with ribbon, fans are the craft du jour this hot day!



For inspiration we have lots of paper fans designs to consider, but of course letting imaginations run wild while sitting still can be the best course on any Sunday, especially when the mercury is heading north.  Older children may like to design model ceiling fans that operate by pulling a cord, and perhaps experimenting with the best fan shape for that purpose, with the fan spinning around or simply moving back and forth.

Stay cool!

Give Some Minecraft Papercraft For Christmas!

22 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we are having fun making Minecraft Papercraft to give as a Christmas Gift!    Minecraft Papercraft is a fun way for kids to explore the world of Minecraft and get a break from the screen.   Our Minecraft Collection has all things Minecraft at Crayons, including details of school holiday workshops and more!

Minecraft Papercraft is from Banter Toys and includes a variety of choices and preferences, from Utility set and Shelter set through to Animal Mobs and the Overworld Deluxe set.    By making any of the sets in advance, a child can give this as a gift, safely tucked inside a hand decorated Christmas Giftbox, and it is ready for play when opened :-)



Give A Volcano This Christmas!

21 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we are making a Volcano to give as a Christmas Gift!    Not many people can say they received a Volcano for Christmas and that needs to change!

One of the lovely things about Christmas holidays is for children to spend more time with siblings, cousins and friends and we like the idea of a surprise gift that can be shared for happy, imaginative play.

Crayons has a fun collection of Vocano Activities and today at Crayons we have chosen the Lava Blasting Volcano Kit to be the central feature of our gift.   But this won't be the average gift - this will be a mini diorama of dinosaurs, trees and volcanic activity!



However we can't decide whether our Volcano will sit on an island, a desert mountaintop or be covered in snow.    All of these are possible with a little ingenuity and home craft supplies.    The base needs to be stable, so strong cardboard, an old cutting board or baking tray should be fine.   Our dinosaurs will be from the Heebie Jeebies Mini Wood Kit DIY Dinosaur range that includes the most well known Dinosaurs - including the mighty T-Rex (T-Rex has to be there :-)   The trees or shrubs of our prehistoric land could be made from cardboard with green tinted cotton wool, cut out felt shapes held on stands or snaffled from a toy set.

Scientists tell us that mankind was not around when Dinosaurs ruled the Earth but at Crayons we have a suspicion that, at some time, when the model volcano is about to send out lava again, the odd superhero or rescue vehicle may just make an appearance at the last moment - to save the day!

At Crayons we only stock activities and toys that inspire creativity and imagination :-)

P.s Junior vulcanologists may be interested to know the news today that real small volcanoes may be helping to keep the Earth cool by reflecting the sun's hot rays.

Give A Peg Family For Christmas!

20 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we are making a Seedling Wooden People Family to give as a Christmas Gift!    This cute Seedling set contains all that is needed to make a family of six little wooden peg dolls, perfect for happy play and handmade gift giving.


This kit allows for flexibility too - this could be a family of five angels for the Christmas Tree or, when combined with some small plastic farm animals, this kit could also be the basis of a Nativity Scene, again a lovely gift!

Crayons is all about creativity and imagination and inspiring children to follow their noses when playing and creating :-)


Give A Solar Einstein for Christmas!

19 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we are smiling as our solar powered statue of Albert Einstein stands nearby tapping his head, reminding us to think ..... and imagine!    November is make-a-craft-gift month at Crayons but we're making an exception today for Albert :-)



Albert Einstein is one of our Super Heroes here at Crayons! We have a Super Hero Collection for kids too.

Can't resist this great image from the ESA of Einstein Surfing on his Gravitational Waves.


Give An Adventure Satchel!

17 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we note that it is the anniversary of the beginning of the Elizabethan Era, a time when explorers and adventurers set out on land and sea to discover new worlds.    So, today we are colouring in a Seedling Adventure Satchel to give as a gift this Christmas!



This cool satchel is sturdy and big enough to carry the required explorer and adventurers items - compass, magnifying glass, map etc.   And the cover is pre printed making it an easy to do craft activity :-)

Children love to explore and their own backyard, room or park can be a place of discovery with a compass and magnifying glass in hand.    Once they are old enough to study a globe or map of the world, and comprehend it, some children may despair "that everything has been discovered".   Not so!  The new "world's to be discovered" are in Space and all the branches of Science :-)

Besides, every day is a discovery!


International Day Of Tolerance & Sunday Fun!

16 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we note it is the United Nation's International Day Of Tolerance, when Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asks "... all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect.    Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future."


The Earth is home to our quite wonderful world, and we share it with so many different cultures.    Our Sunday Fun, on the International Day Of Tolerance, is to explore a different nation or continent and the culture of the people who live there!

So, spin a globe and stop it randomly (preferably on land!), open an atlas and flip to a random index page, close your eyes and plonk down an index finger or maybe think of a place you've always thought to go to - and check it out.   Serendipity rules!

Older children may like to follow their own interests and read about adventurers, scientists or artists from that land.   Those with an interest in fashion or design may enjoy checking out some extra ordinary National Costumes.

If colouring in is the go today then check out National Costumes To Colour In and International Landmarks to colour in to discover different clothes, people, buildings and places.   Perhaps today is the day to start to learn to count to ten in a foreign language - or two.

Crayons has Earth Balls, Scratch Globes, Scratch Maps, Roll Up Maps and Putumayo World Music to help children discover their world.

And of course some kitchen travel can always happen with a meal, cake or sweet from a foreign land.   Except for the exotic, most of the ingredients will be in the pantry.   It is surprising how much we all have in common, really :-)

Build A Treasure Hunting Boat!

15 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we are hauling anchor and heading out of Port for unknown seas and shores!    Imagination takes you everywhere and with a Seedling Captain Your Own Treasure Hunting Boat there will be plenty of horizons for young adventurers to to contemplate :-)

This could make a fine gift for anyone who loves boats and once it is built, painted and decorated it will be one of a kind.   We love the photo from the Kiwi site Silver Fern - two boats are made and if ever there was a young Indiana Jones about to set sail this is him!


This kit is easy to make, all the doings are included and beyond the wooden model making, the rigging incorporates a few extra skill levels to learn and think about.   This boat could be a trader between islands, an exploration vessel seeking Skull Island or simply sailing to the East Indies for spices.   Imagination is so much fun!

Give A Bird House!

14 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Today at Crayons we are happily painting a Seedling DIY Bird House ready to give as a hand decorated Christmas Gift!



Bird houses are such a sweet garden ornament, and the Seedling DIY Bird House kit contains all the necessary bits and pieces to make it a surprising and novel gift.    The Bird House can be painted and decorated  in an unique design - making it one of a kind!    We're thinking about doing a little bird in a nest silhouette with the bird on the nest and a little retro lampshade :-)

The Rosetta Philae Probe Has Landed On Comet 67P/C-G!

12 November, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

The Rosetta Philae Probe has landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the European Space Agency (ESA) is showing footage of the historical event.     Rosetta is the first mission in history to reach a comet, escort it around the Sun and deploy a lander, the Philae Probe, to its surface.   Rosetta was launched in 2004 and reached the Comet 98 days ago.

The ABC has reported that Philae has made a successful landing after the 8 hour descent and is "talking" to the scientists of the ESA.



At Crayons we love it when scientific history is made, as this is what inspires young creative minds and imaginations.    While we see cool space special effects all the time courtesy of Hollywood and computer graphics - this is the real deal :-)


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