Monday, 17 June 2013

Recycle Week with Canimals


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Canimals, Recycling Week, Craft with recyclable materials
















When we were in Taiwan, Abby went on a shopping spree and bought a notebook with Mimi from Canimals on the front cover. She really likes Mimi, so when we were invited to participate in a Canimals Recycling Week challenge, we were quick to say "yes please!" (well, also because it's such a fun challenge to do!).


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The kind PR allowed Abby to choose her favourite character Mimi for the challenge. What's the challenge? Well, we were to make something for Mimi using safe recyclable materials. I didn't have any ideas until Mimi arrived. I had a cardboard box, so I thought we should make a house for her. Then ideas started flowing - a shower, bed and swimming pool (fancy that!). I also found a big stack of chocolate wrapping papers (we so did not eat them all in a week) we saved up for crafting purpose, although I was expecting the result to be a bit more appealing, like with coloured cellophanes.

Anyway, I immediately started working on the house. The door and window with a window sill first, when Abby asked for another window. The next morning when it's half "wall-papered", she requested for a fire escape (she just learned the word from a book she read the previous night).

"What does she need a fire escape for? It's a bungalow, she can just jump out of the window."
"(testing Mimi jumping out of the window) But she will fall on the floor if she jumps out! See?! She falls!"

So Mimi has a fire escape as well. As I needed to attach the swimming pool, and I was just sent something that came with a flat cardboard box, I made a garden for the house as well. It wasn't a WOW! craft, in fact, I never do WOW! crafts. But for some reason the kids couldn't resist it (I couldn't understand why but I was of course filled with joy!). Half way during the making, Clay was already throwing tantrums so he can play with it.


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Obviously bits and pieces fell out because of how wonderful PVA glue dries. After a few adjustments, we've finished Mimi's chocolate wrapping paper house.


Canimals, Recycling Week, Craft with recyclable materials

Canimals, Recycling Week, Craft with recyclable materials












The end result has a shower/ bath that's filled with bubbles and has a shower curtain, a bed with a pillow, a wardrobe, carpet, window sill with flowers, door that can be opened/ closed, a slide fire escape instead of stairs (easier to make and more fun for the kids), swimming pool filled with water, and grass in the garden with plenty of flower bushes.

Recyclable materials used includes:
Card board boxes (house, garden, bed, slide)
Chocolate wrapping papers (wallpaper, door paint, window sill, bed, pillow, grass, swimming pool water)
Magazine papers (Slide cover)
Fabric scrap (shower curtain and pillow cover)
Jelly pot (bath tub)
Sandwich spread tub (swimming pool)
Plastic Bag (carpet)
Bubble wrap (bath bubbles, pillow)
snack boxes (wardrobe)

And some craft materials including pom pom balls, gems and glitter glue.


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Clay has shown some really good imaginative play here, walking Mimi through the door and climbing out of the fire escape. Abby loved the slide so she's been playing "my house is on fire!" scene over and over again! Then of course there is the fighting over playing Mimi because she's so cute and squeaky and other figurines, even Clay's favourite, just won't do. I had plenty of fun making the house, and although it's not as beautiful as those made by craft bloggers (far from it!) I felt proud that my kids loved it.

Hopefully Mimi loves her house too!

As mentioned before, this week is Recycling Week, why don't you and/ or your child join in and make something fun out of recyclable materials in the house to celebrate?


Disclosure: We were sent a toy for the challenge; all opinions are honest and our own