- fairies and princesses - a beautiful glittery island paradise
- dinosaurs - dino island
- pirates - pirate island
- farms - duck pond island
- octonauts (CBeebies) - oh I don't know, I don't watch it, but I know it's set under water so I'm sure you can come up with a connection!
- Zingzillas (CBeebies again) - the Zingzilla Island
- Castles - you'll have to construct a castle on your island of course
Anyway, you get the idea - they are supremely easy to make and you just link into your theme. The added advantage with making these is that it's messy, so your toddler will enjoy it. The disadvantage is that it takes time to dry, so there's some delayed gratification there, but that teaches them something too doesn't it?!
What you need:
- some strong cardboard - mine was part of a packaging box, the type they throw out at the supermarket or Amazon deliver in.
- flour and water
How to do it:
- screw up some largish balls of newspaper and squash into position on your piece of newspaper to make hill type shapes for your island, these can then be taped into position.
- Mix a flour and water gloop - the runnier this is the longer it will take to dry.
- Tear up all the rest of your newspaper into long strips. These can then be dipped into your gloop and laid over the hills, criss-crossing as much as possible, until there are no gaps. Try to get two or three layers if you can. If your toddler is anything like mine you'll find that they concentrate on one small area without looking at the bigger picture. Depending on your patience you can either show them the other side and encourage them to cover that too, or you can just get on and fill in the gaps.
- Leave to dry. It needs to dry through completely. Mine was in a warm, sunny conservatory and still took more than 24 hours.
- Now paint. For some islands you will need glitters (also good for the sea anyway), some will be green, others will be black and rocky - depends on your theme. Add any other decorations that your toddler thinks will fit the theme. Allow to dry.
- Da daaa! An island!