We all know that mermaids are traditionally beautiful and have wonderful singing voices. However, when Julia Donaldson's Singing Mermaid is imprisoned in a fish tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, she must prove herself capable of so much more, if she is to return to her beloved ocean! Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2013) ISBN: 9781447210856 Lydia Monks has illustrated the story with bright and bold prints on glitter-filled pages :) It's a very tactile book! Here on The Guardian's Children's Books site, readers can watch how Lydia draws her perfect sea lady in a step-by-step tutorial. Inspired, our... Read more →


We really enjoy getting out our clay for modelling! Recently, we discovered a couple of new techniques while creating this model, based on The Cat in the Hat by the lovely Dr Seuss, and we'd like to share these with you :) We always use DAS air hardening clay. It is very slow drying, so you can really take your time with your modelling. First, we created Gustav the Goldfish and some other Seuss inspired objects, making sure that we used plenty of water to smooth out those little cracks! Then we tried something new. We used the same skewers... Read more →


We've had great fun making our Seuss inspired rhyming pop up craft! You can create your own paper toy too by following our tutorial and using the free download at the end of this post. This summer we've been visiting our libraries a lot to achieve our summer reading goals and Seuss books have become our firm favourite :) Pinterest has a wealth of Seuss craft and activity boards. It was here that we came across this super Cat in the Hat craft at Stuff by Ash and this larger Pop Up Cat Hat by What I Made... We loved... Read more →