Saturday, 16 February 2013


Here in the Biddle household, we are all huge fans of Mr Tumble and the CBeebies show Something Special. We all sit down together to watch a daily episode on the iPlayer and we're all smitten with Justin and his lovely, gentle manner. Plus we've all been learning makaton sign language from it including B who has a number of signs now to help him communicate. Who needs to shell out loads of money on Baby Sign classes when you can watch Something Special and get classes for free?!

So when I spotted the Something Special magazine in our local newsagents I couldn't resist, not least because it came with a free Tiny Tumble. So we decided to build him a little house. Now this project was very much a 'make it up as you go along' enterprise and consisted of the following plan: paint a box yellow, stick spots on it, call it a house. But in case you want to follow some slapdash instructions to make your own spotty house, here's roughly what we used and did.

The Tools:
  • A cardboard box or two (we used a Dorset Cereals box and an iPhone case box)
  • Plain paper (we used brown kraft paper but I wished I'd used white instead as the paint would have been more vibrant)
  • Spray mount
  • Yellow poster paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Spotty stickers
  • Washi Tape

Preparation: Using spray mount or another glue, cover your card board box/es with plain paper so that you don't have to put on three layers of paint to cover up the labelling.

Part 1: I helped B to paint the boxes yellow, then we left them to dry.
Part 2: Once dry, I stuck the little box inside the big box with tape and cut a little door. Then I helped B to put spotty stickers all over the house. Noticing that the edges of the backing paper were coming loose, I then popped a few strips of stripey washi tape in strategic places to make the house more hard wearing.
And we're done ... B loves putting Tiny Tumble inside the house, closing the door, then counting 1, 2, 3 before calling for Mr Tumble. He also decided that Tiny Tumble should drive a 4x4. It's very sweet indeed. Happy home making x