Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Cardboard Bremer Car

My fellow scribbler Vanessa creates with cardboard. She made a cardboard Bremer car at The Vestry House Museum. Her exploration of ideas and clever use of materials are good inspiration when making and creating with your little ones.
Thank you Vanessa,

 The Cardboard Car

Last year I worked with local children at the Vestry House museum to create a cardboard version of the Bremer car. This amazing creation was the first petrol driven car to grace the roads of Britain and we are lucky to have it permanently displayed in this local museum in Walthamstow.
I wanted the children to be inspired by the innovative spirit of it's inventor Frederick Bremer. He had assembled his original car in his garden shed using recycled materials of that time. In a similar fashion with this project we were fashioning reclaimed cardboard packaging into something completely different.

I have been working with cardboard for some years now and find it is a great material to use with children. It is lightweight, safe and has the ability to be both flexible and strong depending on how it is put together. It can also be found everywhere in many different shapes and sizes. Another very important aspect for me is that it is biodegradable.

There was lots of paint and mess on the day but it was great that the children were able to fully engage with the materials. They had the freedom to choose their own colours,fashion their own shapes and decorate them. When the car was finally assembled they were able to play inside it and see how the various components fitted in. The Tiler stick used to steer actually moved and the wheels rotated on their own cardboard tube axles. These interactive components provoked lots of questions and I'm sure it gave them a greater insight into how the original car worked. The original Bremer cannot be handled so it was a great opportunity for the children to be able to get inside their own version of it.

I am so pleased that I was able to do this project and bring attention to this unique exhibit. As a simple version of the modern motor car the Bremer car is an excellent starting point for children to look at and begin to understand how machines and engines work.

Monday, July 25, 2016
Ally Pally Summer festival
Thankyou to all who cam and made a den at the Ally Pally summer festival. It was a fun day all round.
Enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
walthamstow garden party photos
Here are photos of Stow On The Bay

Thankyou to all who came and shoved their faces, their dog's faces and baby's faces in our boards, those who made ice creams, coloured -in and relaxed in our resort.  Would love to see your photos!

A special thankyou to Vanessa and Akiko for their artistic prowess,. Carolyn for making the shop front. Gabriela, Karen and Kev for your amazing creative support. Thankyou to KD Productions and Kin for making our colouring-Create London for support and Barbican.
in boards. Thankyou to
Enjoy the photos:

Ice creams made at our Stow on the Bay parlour:

 Before the gates were opened at the garden party our colouring boards were bare and ready to go!

 This is what they looked like in the end:

Friday, July 15, 2016
Walthamstow garden Party 2016
Scribble and smudge present Stow on the Bay at The Walthamstow Garden party

Please come along and say hello.

Saturday and Sunday 16th - 17th July. 12 - 5.30 pm. Lloyd park e17 On the lawn nearby the children's playground.
Colouring for bigger people and making mock ice creams for the little ones.
See here for full details, road closures and gate opening times:

I suggest to arrive early from 12. Then stay and enjoy the day.

here are some photos of whats to come over the weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Creative opportunities for young children

 Here are some thoughts from Sandra my trustee about creativity for the young.

Creativity…it’s so important for children to be able to express themselves in their own ways, to be able to experiment with new and different media and materials, to be able to work through their worries, to be able to experiment with ideas and solve problems, to be able to pretend that they are someone or something else, to imagine.
At a time when the school curriculum is narrowing and there are concerns that creative opportunities are being pushed out, creativity is still at the heart of children’s learning at Church Hill and Low Hall Nursery Schools at which I have the privilege of being head teacher.  We are proud to have collaborated over many years with Scribble and Smudge – the passion of Lesley and her volunteers has pervaded our thinking and helped us in our quest to provide meaningful, exciting learning experiences for our young children that can be carried out in open–ended ways.
Sandra Campbell
May 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
An arts cupboard in your home

Laura's thoughts about keeping an arts cupboard in your home

Making it Stick

One of the things I have always admired about Scribble and Smudge’s approach is that Lesley can magic whole worlds into being from the most humble materials.

The art materials I have accumulated take up quite a portion of our home, cupboards and drawers barely close they are so stuffed full. I have indulged in trips to art and craft warehouses but I’ve not actually bought any for some time, my children, six and nine, have worked their way through most of the remnants I had left over from art collage 15 years ago. However, there is no storage solution that I can find to contain them (the art materials or the kids!). It’s my own fault, but to add to the chaos, my children also refuse to let me throw away packaging before I recycle it. At one stage we had an entire corner of our kitchen piled up with odd shaped boxes, pots and of course toilet roll inners.

So this got me thinking, if I had to narrow it down or choose just one thing, what would I keep? I looked at the now jumbled pots of pens, pencils and chalks I used to spend evenings putting back in order, yes sometimes I even sorted them into colours too but now it’s more of a throw and slam technique I use to shut the cupboard door. I noticed how the paper I try to keep flat has slipped down the back of the once carefully labeled drawers. I pondered, what is it that we use that we could not find in the outdoors because we can make marks with anything onto anything really. I realised that the most often used item in our collection had to be the things for sticking and fixing and I appear to 
be quite particular about have the right sticking solution for the job. We have every kind of tape, glue and fastener because in model making there is nothing more frustrating than when you can’t get Buzz Lightyear’s wings to stay stuck on and survive a test flight around the staircase.

So the item I wouldn’t want to be without has to be our glue gun. In just minutes cornflakes packets, egg boxes and the trays from inside chocolate boxes can become a 3D model of a city complete with solar power plant. You can get a cool glue gun and it has to be most most exciting find in recent years (the kids are nodding in agreement here). Your children do need to be supervised using it, the nozzle is still quite warm to touch, but sticking things always required at least one extra pair of hands and the glue gun will stick most things to each other instantly. Those googly eyes actually stayed on the eggs this Easter rather than popping off and staring up at me from the floor.
Model making
 has become more ambitious and results in fewer tears thanks to our glue gun.

I’m now working on the E17 Art Trail for June 2017 and would love to hear any ideas you or your children have for a children’s trail as part of this festival. Because of funding constraints think low tech sticky backed plastic but ambitious nonetheless! Please do email your suggestions to:

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