For activity hour of this week we were preparing for the new school term. I have some delightful coloured sticky tape from Duckman Colours and whilst opening a tin of beans I had a flash of inspiration. My own children are all collecting stationery ready for their move to secondary school and I suddenly thought we could turn baked bean tins into colourful stationery pots for their bedroom desks with the help of some funky tape and a little imagination. Then I thought they could be great for younger children as well with somewhere to keep a sheet of paper with reading targets and spellings or homework.
To making it a little more fun on the farm we collected sticks and feathers for our pots and turned the sticks into ink pens. We talked about how long ago all writing was created with ink pens and that our stick pens were similar to this.
The children chose to make their stick pens first; we began with a farm hunt to find a couple of sticks for each child.
Back in the craft tent we began whistling one end of each stick with pen knives; the older children did their own whilst Guy helped the younger children.
Next they decorated the stem of their pens with forestry ribbon before dipping them in paint and writing messages to go in their stationery pots.
With a pens complete we set about making our designer stationery pots. Everyone created their own middle section with felt tip pens on white stationery paper. When finished they wrapped their chosen design of duck tape colours around the top and bottom of their tin. By the end every pot was unique though the owl design tape was a definite favourite.
The whole activity was surprisingly popular; the children loved the old fashioned style writing and happily skipped away clutching their new stationary pots and stick pens. For a step by step guide to making these stationery pots and decorating regular pencils to match please check out September’s Trash 2 Treasure link up this coming Monday.
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