On Thursday evening it was time for Aly’s parents evening giving us the chance to find out exactly what she is like at school.
It’s always a bit of a worry as to what the teachers are going to say about her, is she good, is she bad? Gulp!
Without sounding too big headed Aly has always come across as a smart girl, from a very early age she’s always had an interest in books, whether that’s reading them or just looking at the pictures and since she started school in September she’s pretty much read a new book every night. And when I say read I meant read on her own. Granted they may only have 50-60 words in them but remember she is only 5.
Another thing that Aly is doing well in is writing and her spelling is really coming along well and at the weekend she tried on her own to spell all the days of the week and 90% of it was right.
So what did her teacher say? She said Aly was brilliant and she has no worries with regards to her development. The only thing she needs to work on is her finger spacing when she writes.
We really couldn’t be more proud of Aly. Her teacher has said she’s very confident and is such a happy child and makes good choices.
Until Aly is a mummy she’ll never understand just how proud we are of her.
My two girls love crafts more than anything, more that TV more than any other toys so this Mother’s Day we’d decided we’d try and make something for Laura.
Luckily just down the bottom of our road we have these brilliant woods and that’s where we headed with the idea of making a little something for Mummy. The idea was to create a weaved heart shape and then add a flower to it.
After walking though the woods the problem we had was the twigs were just to brittle and we thought about giving up.
We sat down on a fallen tree for a rest and then it came to us. The bark of the fallen tree was so pretty and had so much detail. We decided to take a piece of the bark and headed home to create a masterpiece.
The plan was to create a photo frame with a picture of the girls in it. I got the backing of an old 6×4 photo frame and glued the photo to the frame and allowed it to dry.
We next needed to create the frame and to cut the bark I used a pair of gardening scissors and measure the correct size and cut the bark down. We used silicone to attach the bark to the frame backing as it needed to be strong enough to hold it.
The final result was this.
All in all I think it was a success and fingers crossed Mummy likes it.
It’s amazing what can be created from things found in the woods from leaf rubbing, to twig wreaths and decorations.
Whilst researching Christmas presents for teachers online, I came to realise that what teachers prefer is something handmade from the children instead of a box of chocolates that they would most probably have to give away due to having so many. So I found this idea for handmade Christmas tealight holders on netmums.co.uk and gave it a go with Aly.
Here is how we made them:
You will need:
- Jam jars
- Tissue paper
- PVA glue
- Things to decorate your tealight holder such as confetti, glitter or Christmas pictures cut
- out from old cards, wrap or tags
- Tea light
Take your jam jar and cover completely with PVA glue. Wrap tissue paper around the side and leave to dry for 24 hours. This can be a single layer of tissue or a couple.
NOTE: I found this easy to do on my own without Aly’s help as she was a little to young to be able to do this neatly and without ripping the tissue.
Once dry trim any excess tissue from the top of the jar to neaten. Now Aly was free to decorate it any way she wanted. Simply stick your chosen decorations around the jar with the glue and tie some ribbon around the rim. Pop a tea light inside and add a little gift tag with some more ribbon.
If you want you can wrap some wire around the rim to make a handle and turn it into a lantern but we didn’t have any suitable wire.
In the end we made 8 and plan to give some to family as well. Aly really enjoyed making these gifts and i’m sure her teachers will appreciate the personal touch of a handmade present.
Catch new episodes of Art Attack every weekend at 10.35am and new episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates every Friday 5.30pm, on Disney Junior.
Hi Lloyd! Let’s step back in time… How did you get involved with Art Attack in the beginning?
There was an initial round of auditions. The producers looked at many showreels and then they came across mine which mainly focused on children’s TV as that’s my area. I then got a phone call that they wanted to see me. During the audition I had to learn a script, did some screen tests and then got involved with a ‘make’. It was really exciting to learn that I had got the role as presenter of Art Attack!
How tough were the auditions?
My background is in acting so I actually really enjoy the audition process! And this being my dream job I showed them how much fun I wanted to have with the show, and how enthusiastic I was about art. Part of the audition took place in the studio and was so much fun, it felt very natural and I really enjoyed showcasing my arty skills.
Did you have to show off your artistic skills at the auditions?
Yes, all the scripts had ‘makes’ that we had to demonstrate. I chose to stand out by making my ‘makes’ beforehand to show everyone how passionate I was about art. In the audition process I made a really fun finger puppet out of a sponge and washing up gloves!
Is it a dream come true to be an Art Attack presenter?
It certainly is! From a young age I’ve always performed on stage, and then when I was a bit older I discovered a passion for children’s TV. So, as you can imagine, when I heard about Art Attack I was over the moon – a dream job where I can use my creative skills and passion for all things arty. How cool is that?!
What do you think of the show’s success?
I love that the show is still on TV and that it’s so successful. It allows children to explore their ideas, be creative and get inspired. Now a new generation is watching the show and being passionate about art as I was when I first saw the show as a youngster. It’s great to see such passion for art among a new generation.
Have you always been a huge fan of Disney?
Come on, who doesn’t love Disney?! I remember my first tape cassette was of Aladdin. My mum got it for me after I saw the film. That’s where it all started, that’s where all the magic began for me. And my love for Disney is even more so now as the presenter of Art Attack, I’m having so much fun.
Who is your favourite Disney character?
That’s a hard one as there are so many favourite Disney characters. But if I was to pick one it would have to be Abu the monkey who hangs around with Aladdin – he’s a bit cheeky, just like me!
What’s in store for fans in the second series of Art Attack?
I like to think that that the show is bigger and better. There’s plenty of new localised content, and I’m hoping to be inviting audiences to interact with the show like never before. I’ll be demonstrating step by step instructions and creating different work of arts and techniques using day-to-day materials. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you’ll be inspired by the new series!
What makes the new series stand out?
In the new series of Art Attack, we have more Disney themed ‘makes’ making it fun and new for kids using characters that they can all relate to. One of them is a photoframe inspired by the character Jasmine. Another is a sword inspired by Jake and the Never Land Pirates. With the Disney themed ‘makes’, children will have the chance to be inspired by the characters, and pretend to be them, which will make the show even more fun.
What’s new in the show?
I’m new! I’ll hopefully be inspiring a new generation to get creative and express themselves through art. Lots of the content will be available on disneyjunior.co.uk/artattack, where children can be creative and have a go.
There are three segments to the show. The first segment is the main ‘make’ – this will be a big ‘make’ made more detailed. The second segment – art technique – will teach you to apply a technique to a picture to make it stand out even more. And finally, the last segment is all about simple art – these will have fewer steps and will be easy to make art.
With all the different steps you’re given the opportunity to make something there and then. With the big ‘makes’ you have more steps and time to go away and gather the materials, then to have fun with your parent or guardian to create something amazing.
What do you like about art?
I absolutely love art. It gives you the opportunity to be creative and express yourself in your own way. It also gives you the opportunity to have loads of fun and be inspired along the way!
How arty are you in real life?
I’m very arty, I love painting and being creative. I’m always encouraging my friends to be creative in their day-to-day lives by, for example, making their own greeting cards. I’m very lucky that I get a chance to teach children at a school too so this gives me a great opportunity to engage with a new generation and inspire children to be creative.
When was the last time you created some art away from Art Attack?
You’ll always catch me doodling throughout the day! I was actually away with friends and their kids recently and I made a funky paper aeroplane and a really cool seagull picture using pens which was great because we were by the seaside.
When did you first discover you were good at art?
I guess I always knew but it really came to me in secondary school. I used to spend my lunchtimes in the art room making things out of wood and other materials. My teachers always encouraged me to express myself; be interested in things and get creative. They always encouraged my art and creativity at school which was great.
What’s your favourite colour?
That’s a hard one! I love red and green. But I’ll have to go for red as it’s such a bright, happy colour.
Who’s your favourite artist?
There are many out there but I would have to say Vincent Van Gogh. The Sunflowers and The Starry Night pictures are some of my favourite art works. I did a lot of copies of those paintings at school and they are some of my first memories of learning art. I was really inspired by Vincent’s use of oils and textures to create these amazing, inspiring pieces of art.
What’s your favourite art creation from the show?
I really enjoyed the stretchy rap artist – a character we made in the show. It works by having stretchy material from its arms and legs that you attach to your hands and feet which means that you can have a lot of fun dancing with your character! The other creation we made that I really like is the bird puppet – it’s made out of egg box cartons using string which means you can bring the bird to life.
What’s been your most embarrassing moment on the set of Art Attack?
Thankfully there have not been many! One that I can remember was getting through a link for the big ‘make’. You have to do it in a continuous shot and I managed to get through the demonstration in one go. I got to the very end but I couldn’t remember what to say! Everyone on set started to laugh. It was really embarrassing, but a lot of fun.
**Catch new episodes of Art Attack every weekend at 10.35am and new episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates every Friday 5.30pm, on Disney Junior.**
- Art Attack was created in the UK
- The show is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s series
- The show first appeared in 1989
- Art Attack was created as a unique and inspirational arts and craft show designed to spark imagination and creativity, and demonstrate to kids of all abilities that anyone can be an artist
- In the UK, Art Attack is one of the longest running children television series revolving around art
- 28-year-old Lloyd Warbey is the brand new presenter of Art Attack on Disney Junior UK
- Lloyd was a big fan of Art Attack growing up and used to watch the show with his family, and then try to recreate the makes!
- Most Art Attack ‘makes’ can be created by reusing and recycling everyday household materials found around the home
- Art Attack is broadcast on Disney Junior in more than 100 countries worldwide
Catch new episodes of Art Attack every weekend at 10.35am and new episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates every Friday 5.30pm, on Disney Junior.
This weekend me and Aly had our first attempt at the brilliant Toucan Box.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Toucan Boxes before its a monthly subscription club aimed at children aged 3 and up.
Aly was very excited to find out what was inside this magical box and I had a feeling she wouldn’t be disappointed.
This is what greeted us when we opened the box, it was full of all sorts of fun things for us to make. The box we had received was the Bird Box one which looked like great fun.
Included in the box was everything you’d need to create 4 different items
- The Bird Box
- The Toucan Family
- Bird Glider
- Peacock Collage
Also included in the box was a story book, colouring pictures and a very helpful ‘how to’ book.
We started off by making the bird box using the items supplied and we had great fun making it (even if we did get into a bit of mess) and it actually looked kind of like it was meant to which for us is a bonus. The only hard part was tell Aly that it needed to dry before we could put it out for the birds.
Toucan Box also supplied the bird food which was a pleasant surprise and meant once it was dry we could put it straight out. Fingers crossed we get some photos of the birds actually using it.
We also had fun with the bird glider put that only lasted until Mia who is 18months old decided to throw it into the wall a few times which didn’t go down well with Aly (It ended in tears)
The part Aly enjoyed the most was creating the Peacock Collage.
Luckily templates had been supplied for the various parts of the peacock and various different coloured paper as well.
I was in charge of cutting out the shapes and Aly was in charge of sticking the pieces to the paper. Again this kept us quiet for ages and for our first attempt I would say we done pretty well.
We haven’t named him yet so feel free to come up with a name.
As you are supplied with the templates and coloured paper you can make any number of these peacocks and I’m pretty sure we will be.
Our overall impression of this box is….we LOVE it!!!! It kept us busy for ages and meant me and ALy had some quality time together and it wasn’t wasted in front of the TV.
Toucan Box is a themed monthly create & play box which is delivered straight to your door. Boxes are from £16.95 / month. For more information please visit their website ToucanBox
Melissa and Doug Deluxe Art Easel
Alyssa was lucky enough to get this deluxe standing art easel for Christmas and I thought I’d write a review on it.
The easel comes flat packed but it only took 5 minutes to put together (with Aly’s help of course). It’s a very sturdy easel and it’s great feature is the fact that it folds flat for easy storage which in our house is a great need.
The art easel is two sided, one side has a chalkboard on it and the other is a white wipe board. With our two girls this is brilliant as it means that they can play together without fighting.
The Melissa and Doug easel also comes with two accessory holders to fix on to each side and the two boards are also moveable, so they can use it from and early age up to about 9-10 years old.
With our set we also bought the accessory pack which is a great addition.
This complete set is great for young creative minds.
Deluxe Art Easel R.R.P £49.99
Art Accessory Set R.R.P £24.99
Both items are available from Kids Stuff Toys