Meet Botasaur – our newest family member

A few weeks back I mentioned that I had been crafting with the boys…resulting in a slip and slide paint horror show in my kitchen.

But we weren’t just decorating every body part that boys find HIL-A-RI-OUS, we were actually making two ‘cool’ projects.

  1. Billy the robot (he is still missing arms, so is still a work in progress)
  2. BOTASAUR

Papier mache, paint, glue, googly eyes, tissue paper heaven for sure and a lot of laughter and memories made. I will treasure hearing Wriggler declare that I ‘…was the best mummy for letting him paint EVERYTHING!!’.

I have to say I am pretty proud of our dinosaur, the boys can hide inside him, Fidget loves to give him a cuddle and even the boys friends have loved playing with him.

I expect him to be pretty battered by the end of the summer…and I will be sad to see him go, but for now the laughter and the memories of making him warm my heart.

Tips for making a botasaur….

  1. You need a lot of boxes, a couple of big ones, some smaller ones and then the packing paper from inside those boxes
  2. Stick everything together and then newspaper papier mache the crap out of it
  3. Use egg cartons for the spines, kitchen roll tubes for the arms, and an advocado tray for the eye sockets. For the robot we used a chocolate fingers tray for the mouth, jaffa cake trays for the shoulder buttons and laundry balls for the ears
  4. Then tissue paper, or more newspaper
  5. Then paint
  6. And repaint when the kids have finished making a mess and you just need to ‘correct’ things
  7. Dry
  8. Goggly eyes – don’t forget the eyes!!
  9. Play, play and play and don’t stress when it gets trodden on, drilled with the toy drill and the arms are pulled in the haste to open the hidey-hole door

And this is the finished article:

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