Back in the summer term, I spent a morning with a grouchy three year-old trying to watch my son’s sports day races. Due to complete lack of imagination or preparation on my part I had bought nothing with me to distract her, so after the climbing frame lost its novelty value I started looking around for anthing nearby which might kill 10 minutes whilst we waited for the next race.
The only thing around at the time was twigs and so in sheer desperation we started spelling her name out on the tarmac with twigs.
She’s just starting to write her own name so the activity was a surprising hit and I thought we’d revisit it during the summer holidays, with a slight twist on the original format.
What you’ll need
- Twigs in all shapes and sizes
- A printer and A4 paper
- A computer
- Glue or double-sided sticky tape
The first step was to go gathering twigs. After the weather we’ve had over the last few days there are loads of twigs everywhere, but you’ll find more under a tree than anywhere else! (honestly, it helps to pint this out to the kids) There were curly ones, Y shaped ones, short stumpy ones and long ones. We had fun seeing who could find the longest, the fattest or the curliest.
I decided to create a template for her (and her brother) to use. Doing this is really easy.
How to create your twiggy template
Just go to www.dafont.com and download a font of your choice. I chose ‘twiggy’ but they also had a similar upper case font called ‘pinewood’. Both fonts are free to use and dafont is a safe site I have been using for many years.
Once downloaded you’ll have a zip file to open and if you click on the file inside it will open and give you the option to install the font. Once installed you can access the font from any software on your computer that uses text, whether it’s Microsoft Word or Photoshop. You can then open an A4 document, type your child’s name, select the wood themed font and print it.
I originally planned to laminate the name so we could use it over and over again, but my son wanted to stick his wood and make a sign so that’s what we did.
Of course we were out of Pritt Stick and PVA glue (how!?) so we had to use double-sided sticky tape which was a faff, but it did the job!
My 7 year-old rushed ahead and tried to finish his in the most time efficient way (as always!)
Whilst my 3 year-old spent a little more time filling in all the spaces with tiny bits of twig.
Another low cost summer holiday activity achieved and it filled an hour on a rather damp August afternoon. If you are inspired to create your own twig name, please do share them with us by using the hashtag #littlegreenexplorers, we love to see what you make!