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Bookish Bites : Harry and the Robots cake and crafting

I could have posted this one yonks ago as it was a bit of father’s day Bookish Bites. It actually started with a bit of reading and a bit of crafting with Milo’s dad the week earlier.

My other half is obsessed with robots. Obsessed. So we’re not short at all on books about them. Milo’s favourite at the moment is probably Harry and the Robots by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds.”Blaaaast!” as the robot likes to say in the book is something Milo is often heard saying. Loudly usually. The book features an older Harry than the Harry from the Harry and the Dinosaurs series and he’s swapped his dinosaurs for robots. Nan who features heavily in the dinosaur books as a sprightly, active and involved grandparent gets poorly in this book ad needs a visit to hospital. She’s visibly older and this books is great for a general introduction to ideas about illness and mortality.

So to the first part of this post, the craft. Milo and his dad had a spare afternoon, a cardboard box, some toilet rolls, paint and straws. And a measuring tape. Not sure why exactly – clearly a boy thing!

They started by reading the book together.

Then they set to work, building, sticking and most importantly, measuring.

Criss-cross slits on the sides and bottoms of the box to insert the toilet roll robot arms and legs into worked really well.

Just needs a lick of paint then. We don’t appear to have pics of that part of the process, I have a feeling that Milo’s dad may have had his hands full limiting the brush strokes to the robot and not our walls. The finished robot can be seen at the end of the post.

We don’t normally do very much to celebrate father and mother’s day. We always get a little gift (something that Milo can share with his dad – last year it was stacking robots, this year a robot to build together) and a make. For father’s day Milo thought it would be nice to make some cake for his dad, so we sent his dad out swimming in the morning so Milo and I had a little free time together.

I’d baked a victoria sponge tray bake a few days ahead to save us some time in the morning and cut it into different sized square shapes for robot bodies and heads. Milo and I whipped up some buttercream icing to cover the robots. And of course there was some decorating to be done.

And so when Milo’s dad returned from his swim, there were robot cakes alongside the robot he’d made with Milo the weekend before. It put a little smile on his face!

And eating the cake put a little smile on Milo’s. His verdict.. “nom, nom.” We had such a lot of fun making these and especially decorating them, good, sweet tasting, messy fun! And they kind of looked like robots in the end!

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