Project #14: Crystal and water reed lined storytelling prop: ‘pond’ for a little frog
Time: One hour or so
Difficulty: Watch out for the super glue!
About 10 years ago, I was telling my kindergarten children the story of the Frog Prince. And while I don’t always use a storytelling prop when I’m telling an oral story, it can help capture children’s attention (especially those who see a lot of television and whose inner-picture making ability might not be so strong or easily engaged) and ‘fire up’ their creative imaginations for their own play. So from time to time, I like to make simple things that I can use. I wanted to create a small pond. I already had a little beeswax frog from an activity of modelling a week or so back, so whatever I created needed to be just the right size for him. I was a little bored with using a piece of cloth and I was really stuck until I happened to glance upon a craft stall one day and see a slice of agate that someone had cleverly rimmed with baby crystals. Hey, presto. There was my pond. So I bought a piece of green-hued agate from the gift shop at Thunderbird Egg Park and brought it home. Then with the help of my daughter, we made water reeds using wool and added a bit of magical bling too. I must say, it was a home fit for a frog prince.
(A little note: If you are visiting the Gold Coast and can’t face any more crowds, or you want something off the beaten track to do, then definitely make a detour to visit to Thunderbird Egg Park. Children can dig for their own Thunder Egg and hopefully find their own treasure inside. There is also Adventure Parc,a family-friendly tree climbing adventure course, plus plenty more. Remember to take a picnic!)
To make your own crystal pond, start by preparing the water reeds. Take three or four strands of knitting wool in ‘reedy’ colours. I like to use wool from Uralla Wool Room, 100% pure wool, triple stranded.
Cut lengths of about 4 cm. Then untwist those fibres so they become curly.
Join a few strands of different colours together to make it more natural looking. Then fold the lot in half.
Lay the reeds on a sheet of paper, and paint the little reed piles with a fabric stiffener solution. I used ‘Stiffy’. (Yes, I know.) Shape them as you like. Leave to dry overnight.
Lay out your piece of agate on a flat surface.
When the reed bunches are dry, use super glue to fix them strategically in place around the edge of the agate. Add a line of super glue to the border and add baby crystals to the rim.
Add bling as you like. Sequin stars…
and glitter too.
View from the top.
Side view too.
As for the little Frog Prince, I do rather think he might be rethinking his destiny… wouldn’t you if your home looked as snazzy as this!
Have you any other ideas of what else you might use a piece of agate for?
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