A BIT LOST moving paper toy


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This is a little moving paper toy. I thought it could be a nice (free!) Christmas gift to make maybe if any of you have some time to spare time over the holidays, and it would be a nice thing to do with kids. It’s much less complicated than it looks. Although its not exactly 2-4 year old friendly to make, I think it would be a fun thing to do together.


I met toymaker and designer Sato Hisao two years ago at the London Art Book Fair and was blown away by his inventive animated paper characters. The paper toys themselves are very thoughtful and beautifully made and the instructions are completely wordless. I always wanted to collaborate with him in some way, so i thought it would be good to make some downloadables. This is the first one. I think this is the sort of thing I think i would have been totally crazy about when i was around seven or eight. Hope you enjoy it!


PS. If you have good pictures (preferably vine/gifs) of the finished working toy please email/tweet them to me and i will post here. I didnt get a chance to make the final one yet.





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Oh No, George! raspberry and strawberry cake

WOW! I just got sent this recipe from Zoe who runs the excellent Playing by the Book blog. Doesn’t the cake just look amazing? She very kindly sent me the recipe below. I recommend following her great blog, it was voted the UK’s number one parenting blog in 2011.





225g butter (best if soft, or cut into small cubes)
225g caster sugar
225g self-rasing flour
4 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
finely grated rind of 1 orange
about 1 teaspoon purple food colouring (I highly recommend paste food colouring likethis as it give a really intense colour that you don’t often get with liquid food colouring)Filling
50g butter
50g icing sugar
finely grated rind of half an orange
red and/or orange food colouring

ORabout 4 tablespoons of orange marmaladeOR

about 4 tablespoons raspberry jam

50g butter
50g icing sugar
finely grated rind of half an orange
red and/or orange food colouring
raspberries and/or strawberries

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with grease proofpaper.
2. Put all cake ingredients in a blender and mix together (alternatively put them in a bowl and beat well).
3. Divide purple mixture evenly between the tins and bake in pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes (you can test that they are done by inserting a skewer. If the skewer comes out clean, the cakes are ready).
4. Leave cakes to cool completely, remove from tins and peel off greaseproof paper. The outside edges of the purple cake may (somewhat bizarrely) turn green in baking – if this happens just slice off a surface layer to reveal the rich purple sponge underneath.
5. Unless you are using jam/marmalade, the filling and topping are made the same way – by putting everything (except the soft fruit) in a blender until well mixed and soft. I made one batch of orange filling/topping and one batch of red filling/topping and used some of each in both the middle and on the top of the cake.
6. When the cakes are completely cool, sandwich them together with the filling of your choice, spread the topping over the top, and decorate with the soft fruit.
7. Grab your copy of Oh No, George!, read it with friends and share the cake!


thanks so much Zoe! i will have to try this myself !!

for other George and owl related things to do click the ‘activities’  tab to the right. lots of ideas for a rainy day

A Bit Lost: Worksheets

I was just sent these great worksheets by my lovely spanish publishers. Please feel free to print out and use. The animals are all on A4 but the forest scene can be printed at any size.
To download them all as a zipped file click  HERE



A Bit Lost: facebook page

I have recently been sent lots of lovely things via my facebook page
This is from Siena’s first birthday party in the US. Its been made from pretzels, chocolate, marzipan and COOKIES!!! yummy! 
This is Tallulah’s first birthday cake. Tallulah says “uh-oh” when she sees an owl. high five Tallulah! 🙂 happy birthday!!
Un Peu Perdu being read in French. Thanks to the very nice Librarie M’lire in Laval.
watch it HERE >>
This a hand-made puppet show in Korean!!!!!  eggi puongee!! is that tree made from toilet rolls or the end of a hoover? 🙂
if you would like to keep up to date with owl-cakes and owl-biscuits
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