Last year we missed all the excitement of World Book Day as we were in Spain celebrating Mum’s 70th birthday. This year the school has set a challenge to all the children – create a potato book character for #WBD2015.
Blimey! Well I as Monkey still isn’t too keen on dressing up I thought this might actually be an easier option for us. Ok Monkey which book character would you like to make out of a potato? Tractor Ted please Mummy. Not sure my artistic skills are going to be able to help you recreate a green tractor to be honest Monkey, could you think of something else?…
Cue frantic search on Pinterest – no help, the only thing I could find was Harry Potter and Monkey has no idea who he is. I opened the fridge to get some milk and ping! There was our Mr Bump cold compress. Monkey I’ve got it! How about Mr Bump?
Oh yes Mummy, I like Mr Bump! Time to hit the craft cupboard, blue paint – check, blue straws – check, blue pipe cleaners – check, lollipop stick – check, white ribbon – check, glue – check. Marker pen to be sourced.
Monkey we are ready to go! Let the painting commence. Two coats of paint were needed for the potato and the lollipops.
We then made the arms for Mr Bump using a blue straw cut in half and blue pipe cleaners.
We folded the pipe cleaners to make a 4 finger hand just like the character in the book.
Monkey then pushed each end of the pipe cleaners into the straw arms.
We did end up cutting our straws down further to make the arms a bit shorter.
Once you have painted your potato and lollipops all the way round and they are dried, you are ready to assemble your Mr Bump. This bit was down to a Mummy – no pressure! I pushed a letter opener into each side of the potato to make a hole large enough for the straw to fit in and turn pushed it into the potato on each side.
We had 2 arms. I snapped the lollipop in half to make our legs. To fit them to the potato I used a vegetable knife to make a slit in the bottom of the potato just wide enough for each lollipop to fit in and then pushed them in.
Back to Monkey to fit two blobs of plasticine on the ends of the lollipops for Mr Bump’s feet.
We had some white ribbon to use for bandages and used a drop of PVA glue to stick the ribbon to the potato.
Fingers crossed our accident prone potato Mr Bump gets to school in one piece in the morning! Monkey had great fun making his Potato Book Character for #WBD2015.