The slinky stole my morning

I love it when my kids can entertain themselves with a toy I remember playing with as a child. Life has moved on, technology has well and truly arrived, but they can still pass a happy hour having slinky races down the stairs.

There is something satisfying and reminiscent of my past about the sound of that little metal spiral ‘walking’ its way downstairs but as a child I never knew how much my mother dreaded hearing the phrase “its tangled”.

So after a few successful runs the cry came up – slinky was truly and completely tangled. Ive untangled many a necklace chain in my time so I was confident at first, but 20 minutes in I had to admit it was worse than when I started. Nearly an hour later it was finally free to race again but by then, inevitably interest had waned and the slinkies were heading back in their boxes.

With the state of the weather (by lunchtime we had managed rain, sleet, hail, sun and snow) it was an indoor day so time to find an activity to entertain us all.

As it was World Book Day earlier in the week I thought we could make some bookmarks. I drew out some simple shapes (rectangle, circle, heart, pencil and feather) and used them as templates to cut out pieces in white card.

Then it was over to the kids, we got the water colour paints out and they decorated their shapes.

Once they had finished we left them to dry and then added some more details – firstly some more colour and writing with pens and then on some we punched holes in the card and added tassels, elastic and pipe cleaners threaded with beads.

Now its time to spend our World Book Day vouchers on some new books to make good use of our new bookmarks.