Craft Activities · Nannying · Play

Junk modelling: How to make a Star Wars lightsaber

Yesterday the three year old and I decided to do some junk modelling. The three year old being a Star Wars fan I suggested that we could make a lightsaber!

You only need a few items which is even better. Plus you can raid your recycling box.

How to make a Star Wars Lightsaber

We used:

  • Two toilet roll tubes
  • One wrapping paper tube
  • Sellotape – however I suggest using masking tape
  • Red paint
  • Black paint


Step 1

First you need to tape the tubes together to resemble a sword – this is going to be Kylo Ren’s lightsaber! We used sellotape but I recommend using masking tape instead. This is because when it comes to painting the lightsaber the paint wont look as good over sellotape. It would look much better if you used masking tape in my opinion.

Step 2

Second you need to paint the lightsaber! We used red and black paint. Although it dried more of a browny colour. I let the three year old to mix up the three primary colours himself to make the colour black. He loved mixing up the colours to make a new one!

Step 3 

Third you need to let the lightsaber dry and then play with your masterpiece! If you wanted to you could also design some buttons to your lightsaber to make it look a bit more realistic. You could do this by either painting some on or by making some.

At the weekend the three year old dressed up and used his lightsaber for a fancy dress competition – he didn’t win but he enjoyed dressing up and showing off his lightsaber 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Enjoy making Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and maybe even other lightsaber designs.

If you didn’t want to make a lightsaber though, there are plenty more things you could make still. Junk modelling offers room for imagination!

Days out · Nannying · Play

Go Jumpin Take 2 

Yesterday I thought I would surprise my 5 year old nanny charge after school. I had arranged a playdate for his little friend to come home with us for dinner and then to go to the trampoline place I had previously taken his 3 year old brother to (look through previous blogs to find what happened!)

Obviously he was over the moon to have his little friend come over to play. He loved showing her his bedroom where he has his own salt water fish tank with Clown Fish (Biff and Charlie), crabs, snails and his new Royal Gramma Basslet that still has no name. If anyone has any ideas for a unisex name let me know!

They had a feast consisting of pizza, dough balls and garlic bread and of course dip dip (ketchup). Then we headed off to go trampolining.

As soon as we got there the 3 year old remembered our last visit and starts crying hysterically telling me he wants to stay in the car and he doesn’t want to bounce. So I just told him that we were going in. His brother and his friend will bouce and if he doesn’t want to we can just watch.

So the 5 year old and his friend were off. My 5 year old nanny charge loves to run around. He would rather run around the house than play with his toys. So this was the perfect play for him. He was truely in his element. A massive room which he could run and jump to his hearts content.

However, I sat on the side with his brother just watching at first. Just taking things slowly. Once he was calm enough, I picked him up and stood on one of the trampolines and slowly bounced. He seemed ok and I praised him.

We had a break with some drinks and we shared some chocolate. Then the 3 year old said “Jenni, I want to bounce now” and he was off.

Just proves if you try things again and take things slowly, even if your scared of something, you may just overcome your fears!

Activities · Nannying · Play


I have been struggling to teach my three year old nanny charge his colours so I thought I would try a different approach to teaching him them. Also to check there wasn’t a possibility he was actually in fact colour blind.

Someone recently told my about the website which is full of teaching resources used by schools. So I roamed their site and found some colour sorting playdough mats. I printed them out and searched around the house for random toys and items of various colours.

At first he was a bit confused so I put one of the objects on the correct mat to show him what to do. He is rather good at problem solving so he was off. He loved it.

He was able to match the objects to the correct coloured mats. Such a simple and great activity to try. It is a great to teach your children their colours and encourages sorting objects.