Racing Walnut Mice. Kids Craft from Red Ted Art

Jun 27, 2013

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The other day I finally got my hands on the fabulously talented, Maggy Woodley's new craft book for kids, Red Ted Art. Fellow blogging buddy, Maggy (the author of the popular Red Ted Art website) brings us a positively gorgeous book full of cute and easy crafts for kids.

She has generously let us share one of the crafts from her book and the little walnut mice were so cute we just had to have a go. I loved the idea of popping a marble inside once they were done and having races with them! 

Materials: Walnuts, Felt Scraps, Marker, Scissors, PVA Glue, googly eyes (optional)
And if you want them to race (you will!), you'll need some marbles.

The hardest part about this craft is splitting a walnut in half without cracking it. I struggled for a while until I actually read the instructions in Maggy's book, tried it her way and discovered it was actually really easy!
Just insert your knife or scissor in the rounded part of the walnut and tap on a chopping board until it splits. Too easy! ***This bit is not for kids!***

Cut out some little ears and a tail from your felt and glue to your walnut. Draw on your nose and eyes (or, like us you could stick on some googly eyes) and voila, your little mice are done!

I made one end of the tail a bit thicker so that I had something more to adhere to the underside of the walnut when I tucked the tail under. You may need to hold the tails in place for a little while as the glue dries.

They were so cute!

Then it was time to race them! Simply sit the walnut mouse on top of a marble and put it on an incline.

Little N had such a fun time racing the mice down his slide. He was so excited he was constantly on the move, making it impossible for me to photograph. You get the idea though.

We can't wait to try out the other gorgeous crafts that fill the glorious coloured pages of this visual and step-by-step book. The hardest part is choosing what to do next! I'm thinking now that I've mastered getting walnuts open easily, it'll have to be the adorable little walnut boats! (pictured below from RedTedArt)

Racing Walnut Mice and Walnut Boats from Red Ted Art

Red Ted Art – Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids is available to order through  Fishpond with FREE WORLDWIDE POSTAGE and you can also purchase it at all good independent bookstores here in Australia.

We are writing this post as part of the Red Ted Art on tour in Australia! Check out the posts from some of my fellow Australian Bloggers and see some of the other fabulous crafts this book has to offer.

Sunday 16 June: Laughing Kids Learn's Book review
Monday 17 June: One Perfect Day
Tuesday 18 June: Triple T Mum
Friday 21 June: Picklebums
Saturday 22 June: Mummy Musings and Mayhem 
Monday 24 June: My Little Bookcase
Tuesday 25 June: At Home with Ali 
Wednesday 26 June: Everyday Story
Thursday 27 June: Learn with Play at Home
Thursday 27 June: Lessons Learnt Journal
Friday 28 June: Wildlife Fun 4 Kids
TBC: Learning to Play and Playing to Learn

Happy crafting,
Debs :)

{Disclosure: I was gifted a copy of the book Red Ted Art. I was under no obligation to post about it nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions in this post are, as always, my own.}

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