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Craft: Mix and match robots

This week we have had fun creating our own mix and match robots. The boys really enjoyed them and it kept them occupied for a while.

After drawing the robots on A4 paper we coloured them in.

I cut each picture into three strips and then the boys had fun mixing and matching.

What kind of mix and match characters would you make?

I think we will make aliens next 🙂

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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365 days of bright blue balloon!

A year ago I published my first blog posts here @brightblueballoon.com

I have loved being a part of the WordPress community and am so glad that the page turning will continue! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to give advice, read, like and follow my journey here.

Have a super weekend everyone!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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We finally had craft /art time!

We finally had craft /art time! ☀️

It’s been rather cold lately but the sun is shining today – making the frost and ice glisten so beautifully.

It’s feel like ages since we took time to do art and crafts. Happy to say we had a much needed chill out, creative session.

Carson (age 2) has been begging me to paint and keeps pointing at the bottles of paint in the storage cupboard. Unfortunately things have been busy and therefore no opportunity to have operation clean up the paint. So we revisited watercolour pencils and watercolour paper. This time we used some of our coffee stencils.

The kids loved the stencils and choosing different colours. Afterwards they painted them with water and a paintbrush. Owen also made use of a water-dropper he had from an old science set. They loved watching the beads of water turn to paint and lifting up the page to watch the colours run.

We will definitely do this again.

Perhaps we will get to those bottles of paint this week…

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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The bubbles stayed for a while…

The bubbles were invited to play

They floated up

And paused for a moment

Before landing gently in the ground

They decided to stay,

Observing the surroundings,

Reflecting light,

And creating colour

They stayed for a while

Until a curious giant

Could no longer wait to investigate

A quiet pop

Satisfied smile

And swift return to the swing…

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©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

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Craft: how we made our tree for play

The tree is up and the boys just love it! The decorations to don’t seem to stay in the same place though… 

Carson (age 2) has been particularly fascinated with the tree and keeps taking the decorations on and off resulting in a few swaying moments for the tree. Enter the Christmas tree craft. We had fun making a tree dedicated for play and putting decorations on and off, on and off, on and off. You get the idea. I am pretty happy with how this turned out and the boys are enjoying it, which was the purpose of the craft.
This is how we made our tree for play.

Materials

    Cardboard
    Pen
    Scissors
    Green paint
    Paint brush
    Clothes pegs
    String
    Festive decorations/any kind of decoration (stickers, coloured paper etc).
Directions
  • After the cardboard was folded in half I drew half a tree and then cut it out.
  • A little elf helped to paint both sides of the tree using green paint.

  • We chose to paint the pegs green to blend in with the tree but other colours but other colours would work too!
  • Once the tree and pegs were dry the pegs were attached around the tree.
  • I added sting to one peg and attached to the top of the tree to hang up.
  • Lastly the boys were invited to decorate, decorate, decorate then take everything off and repeat! Owen and Carson also stuck twigs on that had fallen off the real tree. Stickers and glitter can also be added. Battery operated lights and a star we added to finish off the tree.
Let us know of you make your own tree and send a picture too if you wish.
Happy page turning and tree making x
©️Lisa Moralee McLardy
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Christmas baking, crafts and reading have commenced!

While Owen and Daddy spent Sunday morning at the cinema, Carson and I made the first batch of sugar cookies (gluten, egg and dairy free). I always like to bake a batch as early as possible in the season, a few trial and errors so to speak. Pretty happy with how these turned out though. We divided the dough into three to make different flavours (plain, cranberry & cinnamon and chocolate chip).

A few years ago just before Owen’s first Christmas just we took a trip to Berlin, Germany where they have the famous Ampelmann traffic lights. We bought Ampelmann shaped cookie cutters and it has become a tradition to use these during the festive season. Cant believe that the first batch of cookies is almost finished!

In the afternoon the boys did some Christmas crafts. I cut out tree and snowman shapes out of coloured paper and they decorated them using small round stickers. We attached them to cotton and stuck them up. Owen and Carson had great fun decorating their trees and snowmen and there wasn’t a lot of mess to clean up afterwards!

After dinner we retrieved the Christmas books from storage and had a read and reread.

What festive crafts, baking or reading have you been up to?

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy 2018

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Illustrations on display this November

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending my morning at Stockbridge Library. This is part of our usual Saturday routine. After swimming we take a stroll down to the library and the boys discover new books. This morning was a bit different though as it was the start of the November display. This month illustrations from my first children’s book, A Wonderful Thing to Win, will be on display.

Big thanks to the fantastic, supportive staff for helping to make this happen!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy 2018

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“Prepare, if you dare”

Happy Halloween everyone! I had to take the time to share one of our favourite Halloween books, A Halloween Scare in Washington, D.C. (Prepare If You Dare) written by Eric James and illustrated by Marina Le Ray.

“Prepare, if you dare, for a night full of thrills, when Washington, D.C. gave everyone thrills.”

This such a fun read to be enjoyed by all ages. It has everything spooky with fantastic illustrations. The boys just love reading it over and over and pointing at the pictures.

We recommend giving this book a read.

Title: A Halloween Scare in Washington, D.C. (Prepare If You Dare)

Author: Eric James

Illustrator: Marina Le Ray

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2015)

Happy page turning x

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The last day of October

It’s the last day of October which means it’s Halloween (and my awesome hubby’s birthday). Great excuse to get up early (this is not out of choice as our boys are early risers) have waffles and light the pumpkins.

The kids get so excited for Halloween. We love to indulge in spooky crafts, stories and baking. So much so that it will probably continue after Halloween.

Thought I would share this illustration from my new children’s book. Which will (fingers crossed) be available soon.

Happy Halloween everyone

And happy page turning!

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy