I have such fond memories of Noddy and friends. In fact, I think it was my first introduction into the fantastic world of Enid Blyton. I remember my Grandad reading me the stories and telling me that he read the stories to my Dad when he was a little boy. It is hard to believe that Noddy was originally published between 1949 and 1963.
I loved learning all about how Noddy was befriended BigEars the brownie and about his life in Toy Town with Bumpy his pet dog. Noddy really has transcended the generations and I read the books to my boys when they were younger too.
To celebrate the 120th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s birth, I am working with the Tots100 and The Book People on the #NoddyChallenge and have made this toadstool house to inspire you to get creative with Noddy. In fact, you could win you could win £500 to spend on children’s books! Just check out Tots100 for more details.
Over the next few days, myself and some other great bloggers are going to share with you some amazing noddy inspired crafts, creations and edibles and The Book People have some super free inspiration downloads to get you started.
How to make a ToadStool House
One of my overriding memories of Noddy was Big Ears toadstool house, which is what inspired this craft. Plus I think every garden needs a little magic! Maxi said I should have made these when they were younger as they are amazing and are perfect to hide in the garden to create our own Toy Town.
- 21cm Terracotta pot
- 17cm Terracotta Saucer
- 31cm Terracotta Saucer
- White and red tempura or poster paint
- Black Sharpie
- Acrylic Paints
- Waterproof sealer
How to make a ToadStool House
Originally I was going to use a smaller pot, however, the larger the pot the easier it is to decorate and embellish. So if you are doing this with children I would suggest you use a 21cm pot. You will need a couple of coats of paint as it does soak into the terracotta. We used poster paint, but tester pots of emulsion or even ready mixed tempura would work as the base for the white and red.
Paint your pot white and your two saucers red. Then glue your saucers together. The smaller one on top of the large one. We used a hot glue gun for this, but you could also use a really strong glue.
Then you need to paint your spots onto the toadstool. We used a white pencil to mark our circles on. we looked around the house to find things to draw around such as coins and cups. The spots needed two coats of acrylic paint.
We marked out the windows and door with pencil before painting them in with acrylic paint. We used brown for the door and silver for the windows. Then the boys told me that the bottom of the house needed flowers which we added with acrylic paint.
Once the paint had dried we added details such as leading on the windows and hinges on the door using a black sharpie. Then we glued the saucers onto the pot.
As we want to use our toadstool house in the garden it needs to be sealed. We are going to use an acrylic clear spray sealant (once it stops raining). From experience, I know it is going to need three thin coats.
Share your own Noddy-inspired creations on social media before July 24 and you could win £500 to spend at The Book People. Share your photo and use #TheNoddyChallenge hashtag for a chance to win! See TheBookPeople.co.uk for terms and detail
Other Great Noddy Inspired Crafts
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Disclosure: This a paid collaboration with Tots100 and The Book People