Recently the girls have been enjoying the holiday season with one of their favourite treats, sparkling grape juice. We had the corks from the top of the bottles lying around and I tried to think of the best way to utilise them. To be quite honest, I'm not always into crafts for craft sake, I always feel guilty about loading up the environment with old paper mache pencil holders and the like. Instead, I like for whatever we make or create to have some sort of purpose, so it took me a while to think of a way to make corks useful. Then I though....a fishing set! So Kyla and I set to work.
She gave the corks an undercoat of white, then after they dried we decorated them in different colours, and sprinkled some glitter on them, because everything is better with sparkles. Then we put a little curtain ring in the top of each cork, to act as a point for our magnets to connect to.
Then it was time for the hot glue gun, to stick on the eyes and fins to finish off the fish.
Next we made rods. Just sticks of bamboo, (lucky I'm such a hopeless gardener that mine aren't in use), with string and a magnet attached to the end.
Then it was time to go fishing!
They really enjoyed themselves, of course taking it to an entire new level as they always do, creating a whole imaginary world where the fish all had names and they were their pets and elaborate scenarios were played out. They have also got the rods and fish out at least a couple of times a day since, which is satisfying. Now they want more corks to make sharks and other sea creatures, so stay tuned!