Little 1 seems to be getting one piece of homework to do over the holidays (as well as the usual reading, spellings and tricky words to learn), this past half term it was a jungle themed creation to go with their topic of 'Animal Kingdom' this term. I had an initial thought of doing some kind of puppet show using a shoe box and animals on lolly sticks after she had enjoyed making a fish tank along the same lines before then I saw a blog post (sorry, I can't remember where) where they had made an egg box crocodile, I showed it to Little 1 and she really wanted to make her own so a crocodile it was.
With it having been pancake day I had a big egg box ready to use and had the idea of making a little pond too. We set to work making our (her) creation, first we cut the head piece off and taped a hinge so that the mouth could open and painted the top half green, then when that had dried a bit we painted the bottom.
While the green painted crocodile was drying we made the pond. I had a very shallow box and lots of blue tissue paper so instead of painting the box we used the tissue paper to make it look like ripples on the water, I watered down some pva glue and we dabbed it on so as not to tear the paper and covered the box.
In my craft box I had some coloured foam and some plastic daisies so we set to work making a couple of lily pads and some fish complete with googly eyes to add to the pond.
I then remembered some green shredded paper that I had left from another craft project that could look like reeds or algae so we stuck that on too and voila our pond was complete.
The following day when the crocodile was fully dry we painted the inside of his mouth black and added a foam tongue, some googly eyes and sharp teeth. I have to say he looked quite good and Little 1 was very pleased with her crocodile and couldn't wait to take him into school to show her teacher.