Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made: The Natural History Museum

Guten Tag!  For the past week or so, big boy and I have been working on this box (or rather, its half of a huge box that contained our sofa bed), and transforming it into a natural history museum.  We made a curtain for the entrance using strips of crepe paper:

And got messy with paints to make a welcome mat:

I used scotch-tape to form the letters, and Junior J got to paint all over the mat.  Then he was given a wet wipe to wipe away the paint to reveal the letters!

Then we got busy tiling the floor (since many of the museums we've visited have lovely mosaic tiled floors):

I cut out varying shapes from contact paper, and got him to stick down different coloured pieces of construction paper, while I cooked lunch.

It took 4 days for us to finish the floor!  He had great fun finding different
shapes, and experimenting with folding the papers to see what other shapes
he would get.

Now the whole floor is tiled, and also protected from spills thanks to the contact paper. :)

We then made a "raining rainbow" (that's what he calls it) for the back wall of the museum:

We just painted clouds (first the primary colours, then mixing to form the secondary colours), and dripped paint down from the clouds (the paint must be really watery for this).  He got really excited to see all the paint dripping down!

And to house some exhibits, we made shelves for the walls:

The shelves are made from cereal/rice boxes, and painted by the boy.

This one was our attempt at doing marble art.

And finally, we made and decorated a sign for the museum:

I held his hand to write the words (he insisted it had to be based in Germany!)
and left him to decorate the sign.

And there you have it, our very own Natural History Museum, all ready for visitors!  Hurry down to visit today, entrance is free for a limited period of time!


  1. This is such a wonderful project :) he must be so very pleased!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. This is sooo creative! Lil Dana would live to visit this museum soon! :)

  3. This is so cool! Great and creative museum you have here!

  4. wow that is amazing! I love everything about it. from the raining rainbow to the welcome sign and the floor... So much to love!

    He obviously had fun and it looks so nice :)
    You must be enjoying being home!

  5. Such a creative idea. It's a beautiful museum and I'm sure it will be one that many will pay to see too :)

  6. Wow, that's a lot of effort in making this museum. Great idea.

  7. Fantastic!!! If I was closer, I'd love to come visit!! hahah

  8. Hi

    You have always been so creative! And I love this idea of yours. The lil one must be delighted. Really hope to do such hands on stuff with my boy too but sometimes, creative block kills all thoughts.

  9. Wow so creative! Your boy is just as arty as you! =)

  10. Thanks everyone! We had fun, and are still having fun using the museum... now to think of more exhibits to put up! :)



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