Things to do in the school holidays: create recyclable crafts and visit The O2 Centre and meet Munch the Truck
October 19, 2016
Half term is fast approaching so I thought I’d continue my series of things to do in the school holidays with a fun recycling halloween themed project and an event local to me in North London held at The O2 Finchley which is a visit from “Munch Truck”, accompanied by readings of the Munch Truck book that teaches children about the importance of recycling and is aimed at Key Stage 1 (KS1 – 5-7 year olds).
Halloween egg box spiders
Pip and I made these darling little spiders the other night out of nothing more than an old egg box. We’re making some decorations to accompany the pumpkin we plan to carve next week. Making things out of items usually destined for recycling is immensely satisfying, not least because it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake as there is always more where it came from to make more, or to refine the craft, and it is cheap. It is then also very easy to continue the item’s journey to the recycling once you’ve bored of the craft, or the season has passed.
For these little guys you will need:
Pipe cleaners – after experimenting, we liked the furry ones better but the glittery ones work well too
Stick on googly eyes (or some white paint to draw your own)
Scissors (to cut out the bits of the egg box & cut the pipe cleaners in two
Some kind of poky thing to make a hole for the pipe cleaner legs. (I used an old sewing machine needle as that was what I had to hand)
Glitter if you’re anything like Pip and feel crafting isn’t crafting without glitter!
So straightforward and easy. Cut the cups out of the egg box (I used the 4 end ones, which leave a full front but more open back) and paint them black. Skewer a little hole in each side. Cut pipe cleaners in half, bend in half and push 2 into each side, twisting together on the inside and bending down to resemble legs. Glue on eyes and give facial details/glitter as required.
We have them lined up on a shelf but I am considering suspending them from threads on their heads in a window with some of that fake cobweb stuff!
Loo roll ghosts
We also had some fun creating some ghosts from loo roll and baking paper, again with eyes. Whilst these were a lot of fun to make and with some more time, glue and material, might have worked well, they don’t quite work so well as the spiders. But persevere anyway if it’s fun, it really doesn’t matter what they look like!
Munch the Truck Event
Munch the Truck is written by Veolia employees Patrick Guihen and Alessandro Kenningale and tells the tale of ‘Greentown Recycling Team’, Ricky and Rachel and their friendly recycling truck, Munch. The book aims to teach children about the importance of recycling, empower children’s natural curiosity about waste and champion the recycling team of tomorrow.
On October 27th 2016 at 11am and 1pm, the centre will host Munch and offer fun and educational story time sessions from the children’s storybook as well as offering free copies of Munch and the Funny Tummy for all little ones who attend.
Following the readings, children will also have the chance to see Munch in action and feed Munch his favourite recyclable materials.
The O2 Centre is a great place for a day out – I wrote about our trip to The O2 Centre at Greenwich in the summer. At Finchley there is a choice of 14 eateries that families can relax and re-fuel at and you can then watch one of the latest blockbusters at Vue Cinema. All whilst reassured that The O2 takes recycling very seriously.
Post commissioned by The O2 centre – all craft ideas my own.