As the start of the school year races towards us, we have been challenged by Bostik to come up with a craft under that theme – Back to School. Bear gravitated to our box of pegs and so I got my thinking cap on.
He’s just about to start Year 1 and we kind of ‘winged it’ through the Reception year. PE day’s changed, swimming was added when it was his turn, after school clubs fell out of favour and we just about managed to skid through to the end of the year without too many instances of forgotten kit……however, when I have the energy, I like to be organised. I needed to come up with an idea that could be changed if the timetable was amended and so, after a ponder of the available craft materials, our (self-titled) fab peg craft was born.
So. You will need:
- a rectangle of strong card – 15cm x 10cm – I cut up a piece of a cardboard box
- a patterned piece of paper, 17cm x 12cm
- a peg for the board & 1 peg each for every activity or kit needed to remember (7 for us)
- a piece of co-ordinating paper, cut to cover one side of each peg
- 5, 30cm pieces of ribbon or material ( I used bias binding)
- 10 rectangles of card – 8cm x 5cm in one colour
- as many rectangles of card – 8cm x 5cm in a second co-ordinating colour, as you need for each activity or kit
- Bostik Glu Dots
- Bostik Wide and Fine Glu Pen
- Bostik Foam Pads (Glu dots are also perfect for an instant fix)
- either a pen to write the days of the week and activities / kit or printed labels
Download our FREE Activities Printable #1
Download our FREE Activities Printable #2
Download our FREE Days of the Week Printable
First: centre your piece of strong card onto the patterned paper, mark the 1cm square in each corner and cut out and prepare all the other pieces of paper or card that need to be cut out.
We started by sticking the patterned paper to the piece of strong card – Bear chose to use the Bostik Foam pads for this and they did a pretty good job.
Using the Fine and Wide Clear Glu Pen, Bear and I covered one side of each peg.
I decided to print out the days of the week (and you can too, by clicking here for the free printable) and then using the Glu Dots, stuck each one onto one of the 10 same coloured rectangles.
I cut 5, 30cm lengths of bias binding (I used it as I had no neutral or co-ordinating ribbon) and about 3 or 4 cm down from the top, we stuck it onto one of the blank, 10 matching rectangles. Bear then sandwiched the day of the week on top of each one.
After I printed our 6 activities out, Bear used the Glu Dots to stick them onto the 6 yellow pieces of card.
Finally, it was time to stick one of the paper covered pegs onto the covered cardboard rectangle, using the Fine and Wide Glu Pen.
As soon as it was all ready, it was time to put it into place, on the back of our door from the living room to the porch. We have to pass through it every morning and so I hope that it will be a bright visual aid to help Bear take responsibility for taking the right bags to school (and remind me as well).
We accidentally made an extra peg and after finding a little cloth bag, I decided to hang the ribbons in the bag and make it a daily thing, to change the ribbon, each night before bed. The good thing is that we can make more labels if we need to, and change around the days if the schedule requires us to.
So, please do tell me what you think. Would something like this be useful for you and your family?
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