Our final craft for #26daysofaussiepicturebooks, has been inspired by Frané Lessac’s beautiful “A is for Australia.”
We do love Small World Play in these parts. (Imaginative play! Vocab development! Fun!)
Like that one time we created a Dinosaur Small World.
Or the Railway in a Suitcase Small World.
This particular Small World was created in a DVD tin.
Which means it is super portable and easy to pack away. (Hurray!)
I have visions of slipping it into my handbag, taking it to the local cafe and having my toddler play quietly with it whilst I leisurely sip a coffee.
One can dream.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Felt in your required colours
Paint brush (for the glue)
I used a DVD cover- you could also use the lid of a shoebox, a suitcase- whatever tickles your fancy (and makes packing away easy!)
“A is for Australia” assigns a different Australian location to each letter of the alphabet.
We chose Sydney as our landscape to create and selected felt based on the colours in the illustration.
I wish I was one of those people who could follow a template.
My craft projects would probably end up much neater.
I have this little rebellious streak that prevents me from following a stencil or a pattern.
I like going freestyle with my craft.
I’m a bit wild like that.
This craft basically involved me cutting shapes and hoping that they resembled the objects in the illustration.
I then secured all the felt pieces with craft glue.
I used a black marker to add in some definition.
That was pretty much it!
I dug out the Australian animal fingers puppets that we made a few weeks ago and this Small World was ready just as the Toddler woke up from her nap. I believe we could call that a parenting win!
Thank you for following along with #26daysofaussiepicturebooks.
I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Now tell me- are you any good at following templates? Or do you, like me, just dive in and hope for the best?
Thank you to Spotlight who supported my crafty projects during #26daysofaussiepicturebooks.
All of the products used in this project were provided free of charge.
Bravo on your #26daysofaussiepicturebooks. It’s been so much fun following along with your awesome book selections and even more impressive craft activities! You’ve certainly saved a stunning book ’til last. And that felt tin is just too cute. I imagine letting you loose in a Spotlight store would be like letting a kid loose in a candy store 🙂
Spotlight stores make me hyperventilate. It’s way too much excitement for me. So I’m only allowed to go once every 3 months or so. For the safety of all.
I LOVE this. Have you noticed that there is always a minimum age for toys, but never a maximum? Which means that it’s totally legit to want one of these for my 44 year old self. I think you should set yourself up in a small world business – it would be big!
You’re NEVER too old to play.
Did I mention I still have about 20 of these DVD tins to get rid of? Could be the start of a business….