101 things for kids to do screen free

Giveaway: Win A Copy Of 101 Things For Kids to Do Screen-Free

101 Things for Kids to Do Screen-Free is an exciting new book by bestselling kid’s activity author, Dawn Isaac.

It’s packed full of both indoor and outdoor activities for kids to do, no matter what the weather, entirely without screens.

Whether you are a parent who is trying to wrench the iPad out of little hands, planning home school activities or just want to get their imaginations working, 101 Things For Kids to do Screen-Free is a must own for any parent or guardian.

More relevant than ever in our current state of affairs, Dawn Isaac’s creative ideas are sure to provide inspiration and hours of entertainment and are a fab addition to any parent’s arsenal. 

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Want an idea from the book?

Why not create cardboard costumes?

Poor cardboard: it has so much potential and yet, what do people keep turning it into? Boxes.

That’s what. Well, it’s time to right this wrong and set cardboard free, because the truth is, cardboard is the perfect material to make almost anything – including amazing costumes.

You can decide the costume you want to create in advance, maybe even making some sketches, or else you can simply get going and see what happens.

Whichever method you choose, begin by opening out your box, but be careful if it is attached with staples as these can be quite sharp.

Next cut some construction strips from your cardboard, which should be the width of a ruler. These are then used to form the basis of any costume.

For example, a strip around the head with two more strips attached front-to-back and side-to-side makes the perfect foundation for any headpiece from a helmet to a top hat.

Two strips made into loops and attached to a straight cardboard section as wide as your back gives you armholes so you can put on a back-mounted costume, whether that’s fairy wings, a dinosaur’s spines or anything your imagination desires.

how to make cardboard costumes

And a strip across your chest and one across your back with two side strips attached makes a base for a costume that covers both your front and back like a body of armour or a robot’s torso.

When you are attaching strips, or anything else, you need to use a thin layer of PVA glue. You have to give this a few minutes to work so it’s easiest to hold the cardboard together with clothes pegs or under some books, until it’s well stuck.

The thinner your cardboard, the easier it is to cut, but it can also lack strength. If this is a problem, cut out your shape, then draw around it two or three times more on the cardboard and then cut these out and stick all the layers together.

This also works well with accessories such as swords and shields or wands and axes.

Tip: For added colour, you can paint your cardboard costume when it’s finished.

You will need: Cardboard or cardboard box, Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, PVA glue, Clothes pegs, paints (optional), Your imagination.

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to our winner Kate Davies EM

Competition Terms & Conditions

No purchase necessary. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

Due to postal restrictions, competition is open to UK entrants only.

Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to be bound by the decisions of THE LONDON MOTHER.

This competition closes on Wednesday April 15 at 2359.

Entry is strictly limited to one entry per person.

The winner will be notified by email once the competition closes.

The winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.

All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.

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