One of our local mums posted on Facebook recently that her son wanted to make things and sell them at the end of their drive. How many of us did that as kids? I remember trying to sell my toys and bunches of flowers when I was about seven years old. We lived down a country road and was bitterly disappointed when nobody came by.
Anyway, she came up with a great idea. For those keen, how about we get together at the park and have a little craft market for the children. The criteria was, the child had to make it themselves, sell it themselves and nothing would cost over a $1.
My children were super keen and we decided on 'stick men' because the sticks were free, we have lots of scrap fabric and all we had to buy was a packet of goggle eyes. We also had some air drying clay in the cupboard and Charlie decided he would like to make some fossils and I suggested to Sadie she could make some pendents.
With the air drying clay, Charlie made small discs of clay and pressed plastic dinosaurs into it. Some he pressed footprints and others bits of shell and rock. They looked great. He made a handful of pendants too and strung them up with some thick cotton.
Sadie rolled her clay out quite thinly and collected bits of fern, flowers and branches from the garden. The impressions they made were lovely. Once dry she painted a thin layer of white acyclic paint over them and also strung them up with a thick cotton. They looked beautiful.
We then went to our favourite wooded area to collect sticks for our stick men. We tried to find a variety of sticks of different shape and colour.
Stick men are loads of fun to make. With a glue gun, ribbons, fabric scraps , feathers, pipe cleaners and google eyes, Sadie and Oscar made some wonderful characters.
Ready for the market. It was a beautiful morning and all the children set up their stalls. There were home baked goodies, paintings on small canvases, binoculars made from cardboard rolls, balloon faces, notebooks , homemade lemonade and more. They all took it very seriously and were very proud of themselves.
Charlie sold all his dinosaur fossils for 20c each and sold them all.
Sadie sold her beautiful pendants for a $1 and her stick men for 50c or three for $1. They were very popular.
An amazing morning and we are now planning another one before Christmas.
We have been busy organising our next Makers at Home event. This time we are having a garden party and inviting you to bring along a blanket and a picnic and enjoy shopping at our 15 hand selected local makers stalls.
We love visiting the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston. The fell engines were used to travel over the Rimutaka Incline, the line was closed in the 50s as a tunnel was built and the engines were retired. I remember as a child playing on the fell engine in the park before the society rescued it and restored it to it's former glory.
Our favourite part is watching the 15 minute film. It's such a fascinating story. Joy Cowley recently published a book on the fell engine's story and all the proceeds are going towards the museum.
You can also walk/cycle the old line that the engines travelled. It's one of my favourite walks ever because it takes you through the old train tunnels. We haven't attempted it with our children yet, we will wait until they get a little bigger. But after visiting the museum we thought we could do the first part of the walk with them ~ from the car park to Cross Creek Station. It's a gentle 2 km walk following the river and tranquil farm land. There isn't much left of Cross Creek settlement but it's a beautiful gateway to the start of the trail.
The Fell Locomotive Museum is open every day. A family entry costs $12. Make sure you watch the film and if you are lucky you may get a volunteer to give you a tour.
The Cross Creek walk is a 4 km round trip. Children 5 years up should be able to walk there and back. Wear good shoes and a sun hat, take a water bottle and snacks (or a picnic). Take your swim wear or a change of clothes as the river is beautiful.