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Craft with kids: surprise ball

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Craft with kids: surprise ball

Good morning! I found this great idea in my travels around blogland yesterday. You might remember Sandra Juto's amazing crocheted blanket. She recently showed off a neat gift she received in the mail, called a Surprise Ball: ball1Once you start to unwrap it, she discovered layer upon layer of small toys and vintage trinkets: ball2Sandra's was made by Gina Namkung (find them for sale at at Kiosk) but it struck me that making something similar would be a fantastic project to do with kids, not to mention an awesome, unique handmade birthday gift or party favour. Depending on the age and attention span of your little ones, I bet you could even spread the project out over two or three days:
  • First, a scavenger hunt/shopping expedition to find some little toys (apparently there are at least 15 surprises in each surprise ball from Kiosk!) and to pick up an assortment of crêpe paper (I think that's what the wrapping papper is) and maybe some coloured masking tape and stickers
  • Next, some time deciding what order to wrap things in, and to start wrapping. I think this would probably work best with the biggest item in the middle, wrapped in crêpe paper until a rough ball formed, with additional items tucked in on the sides.
  • When all the items are tucked in, I'd wrap the ball in a final layer (or two) of tissue paper to smooth things out a bit, then start the layers of decorative tape and stickers.
  • (And of course, the opening up would be another day altogether.)
The more I think about these, the more excited I get. Imagine a surprise ball filled with tiny art supplies or sewing notions, or a GIANT surprise ball filled with treats that you could pass around at a wedding or baby shower, unwrapping one layer per person (like a grown up version of hot potato). Or you could make one up and give it to your kids as you head off on a long car journey, to keep them entertained in the backseat while you travel. Oh yes, I think there's a surprise ball in my future. If you try this, let me know! (Thanks for all the great suggestions that you're leaving as this week's contest entries. I'm already getting great ideas – and wishing for unlimited blogging time and budget! – so keep'em coming!)
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