Ready for take-off

This is a rocket play station which is the culmination of a few different makes.

  • The wooden frame from reclaimed timber and will one day become a large plant stand
  • Tetra Pak carton panels
  • A plastic bag fused cone and portholes
  • Portable dashboard!
  • Astronaut suit, helmet and rocket backpack

The frame was built up with leftover agricultural plastic piping to support the walls and roof. We tried a few ways to attach the panels – our staple gun broke so we used upholstery tacks.

I made a portable dashboard from a card box that had a handle by turning it inside out and reusing the windows. I think counting down to blast off is the most exciting part.

Results?

Overall this project was just OK. It was sturdy enough to be climbed on, but probably amused the adults making it more than the kids playing with it.

Update

  • The upholstery pins kept coming out – I wish I’d sewn all the panels together!
  • The dashboard woud have had more use with moving needles I think

2021 update

Parts are disassembled and being reused. I now have a good sized piece of plastic sheet tor another project and the wood frame is awaiting plants. The cartons are being reused for various making projects.

Make More Make Believe

I’m a big advocate for children’s imaginative play. I also don’t think they need a huge amount of ‘stuff’ in order for it to be an enriching experience – it’s more important that they have the right environment in which to feel free and comfortable to explore. In the case of my own children I have found that they get as much from bits and pieces lying around as they ever have from anything I have made them. I have come to learn that I make ‘fun’ things as much as for myself as for them and with that realisation I am also freer to have fun.

Works of cARTon

Beverage cartons that hold juice, milk and liquid foods are made from a laminated combination of card, plastic and often aluminium eg brand names TetraPak and SIG. Not so environmentally friendly, but great to work with. What can you do with a carton?

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