How to make your own Noddy and his car #NoddyChallenge

Celebrating Enid Blyton’s Noddy and friends

This month celebrates the 120th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s birth.  To celebrate The Book People and Tots100 have teamed up for a special social media competition with an amazing prize of £500 worth of books from The Book People.   One of Enid Blyton’s most loved and most fondly remembered character is Noddy!

I remember watching Noddy when I was young.  Even my Mum has fond memories of Noddy books from her own childhood.  So it seemed only right that my own children had an introduction to Noddy and his friends.  My 3-year-old is particularly fond of reading about Noddy and his friends adventures.

The #NoddyChallenge

The #NoddyChallenge set by The Book People and Tots100 is to get crafty with Noddy!  Whether its baking a cake or making your own Noddy hat.  There’s loads of inspiration here on The Book People’s website

We love crafts in our house and decided to inspire you with our own Noddy themed craft too! Read on to discover how we made our own Noddy and his car.

Materials Used

  • Coloured corrugated cardboard
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Coloured cardboard
  • Colouring pencils, felt tips and crayons
  • Plastic spoon
  • Googly eyes
  • Brown Sharpie
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • plastic craft shapes

Don’t be alarmed if you don’t have all these materials.  We didn’t even know what we were going to make initially let alone what materials we would use.  Part of the crafting fun at our house is making things up as we go along.  This is also a great way to get the kids thinking outside of the box and using materials they might not have thought of initially.  You can substitute for whatever you have at home!

Our inspiration

After my daughter Brooke and I looked at some of the craft ideas on The Book People’s website I asked her what she would like to make.  Brooked decided to thought it would be fun to make Noddy and his car.  Noddy and his car are iconic so I thought this would be a great craft to make together.

Making The Car

The body of the car

we found some yellow corrugated cardboard and cut it into the tight size to make a tube.  If you don’t have corrugated cardboard you could use a toilet roll and paint or cover in yellow paper.

Once the tube has been glued then using a pencil push through to allow the spokes of the wheels

Making the wheels

Find an appropriate sized circle to trace round (we used an upturned paint pot).  Then cut out your car wheels

Once the car wheels were cut I drew a red border for the lovely flash of red Noddy has on top of his four wheels.  Brooke then coloured this and the wheels in.



Attaching the wheels to the car

Hurrah for pipe cleaners! Brooke’s next job was to thread through the pipe cleaners and then attach the wheels.  Brooke found this a bit of a  fiddle but with some perseverance managed by herself.  Look at the concentration in her face!


The Grill

The last part of Noddy’s car was to make a grill for the front of the car.  I cut out the grill shape and Brooke coloured part of it in.  Brooke spotted some shiny silver cardboard so we added that to the trim.


Noddy

Our next job was to make Noddy to ride in his new shiny car!  Noddy was extremely easy to put together.  First Brooke glued some googly eyes on.  Next we drew a smile on his face with a Sharpie.

Noddy’s hat and scarf

To make Noddy’s iconic hat and scarf we used a foam shape and some yellow tissue paper.  I cut the foam shape to fit Noddy’s head and Brooke glued it on.

To make the scarf I simply tied a length of tissue paper around Noddy’s neck.  Brooke then had great fun putting all he little red dots on it!

Noddy’s bell

How would our craft be complete without Noddy’s bell, or glitter for that matter.  Brooke loves using glitter when we do crafts and enjoyed sprinkling it on to Noddy’s hat. We also added some of Noddy’s brown hair poking out from under his hat.


Finishing Touches

Noddy needed to be in his car to drive it so I simply snapped the bottom of the spoon off (and filed away any sharpness) and then made a hole to pop him in.

Brooke then noticed we’d forgotten to make lights for Noddy’s car! Wanting to add her own unique flair to Noddy’s car Brooke decided that flower shaped headlamps with glitter would be best.


Who am I to argue with my 3 year olds artistic flair. So flower shaped headlamps we had!

So here is our finished Noddy and his car!

Brooke had such fun making Noddy and his car.  I loved how she thought out of the box and used all the materials we had available.

I hope you’re now feeling suitably inspired to get crafty with Noddy and your little ones. Are you going to have a go at making your own Noddy craft?  Don’t forget to enter the amazing competition to win £500 worth of books from The Book People, entries Close Monday 24th July 2017.

This is our entry into the #NoddyChallenge blogger Challenge in association with Tots100 and The Book People.  Full details can be found here

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