Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Want a toy that’s fun, educational and you can proudly say you made it yourself? Then you need to check out this interactive map idea. Pretty papers on corkboard and cute flag pins make learning geography so much more adorable!
For the full ‘how-to’ get yourself over to Crate Paper Blog. If your little one isn’t from the US and you’re wondering whether there are other things they should be learning before the states, then how about making it a map of Europe or the UK with some additional pins for major cities? It doesn’t even have to be a map… you could cut shapes of clothes out of pretty paper, different letters or numbers. The options are endless because really anything’s going to look lovely with those pretty papers and little pins popping out. Just make sure you don’t give this toy to the tiny ones, I’d be scared the pins wouldn’t end up in the board!
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
I know globes are a great educational toy for a child but after seeing the globes created by Wendy Gold I now know they can be a piece of art too. Wendy uses globes as a canvas for her decoupage craft. She sources vintage globes and transforms them with the addition of recycled materials on the surface. Here’s a shot of her studio, with pretty globes all in a row ready to be worked on…
Changing the world
And she transforms them into this…
Designs on her website have a price code and range from $150 – $450 but for a little extra you can customise them with names or certain locations being highlighted. I think the globes are utterly gorgeous and would make a fantastic addition to a child’s bedroom.
Just one thing to keep in mind though; as some of these globes are very old they are no longer geographically accurate. This isn’t a problem if you’re buying for a purely decorative object but in case you want to teach the little one geography then best to request a newer globe!