We are very excited about todays letter F for our Tuff Spot A-Z Challenge. We get to show you our Fergus Ferry Tuff Spot. That is not all. Check out our review of the Fergus Ferry Book series AND be in with a chance of winning your own copy of some Fergus Ferry books. Yes – we have a competition for our wonderful readers. More information is at the end of the post.
The Fergus Ferry book series is set in Sydney Harbour in Australia. The 24 books are about the adventures of brave Fergus the Ferry Boat.
Back in 2006 I spent a week in Sydney and have very fond memories of Sydney Harbour. I set about creating our own miniature version of Sydney in our Tuff Spot!
We couldn’t have Sydney Harbour without the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge! I created one using Adam’s wooden train track bridge as a stand. The four towers were made from cardboard kitchen tubes and I used black card for the rafters.
When I visited the Sydney Opera House I couldn’t resist buying a Fold and Assemble Sydney Opera House Lamp – even though it mean carrying it in my back pack for another 2 months! Never did I expect to be using it in a play activity with my son in the future.
Sydney Harbour was created by adding blue food colouring to water in a small plastic box. I made the Sydney sky line from cardboard tubes and black electrical tape.
At the moment you can not buy any Fergus Ferry merchandise. We therefore created our own Fergus Ferry characters. Fergus is yellow and green but I couldn’t find a boat that was both colours. So I painted a yellow boat with green acrylic paint. This method didn’t last long once the boat went into the water and during the activity the paint did start to flake off. Making Angus and Hydro was easier. I simply added facial features and their name to the appropriate coloured boats using a permanent marker pen. The other boats in the harbour were made from cutting a pool noodle into small sections, pushing a straw through the side and adding a triangle sail.
Adam absolutely adored his Fergus Ferry Tuff Spot. He is at the early stages of imaginative play but through repeatability reading the Fergus Ferry books to him he had a better understanding of what the boats could do. I had expected him to play more with the Australian Zoo that was at the side of the Tuff Spot. His favourite book from the series is “Fergus At The Zoo” when a lion escapes from the zoo. However, he focused more on getting Fergus to rescue the drowning passengers.
Tuff Spot A-Z Blog Hop
Today Clare from Clare’s Little Tots is joining us for our Tuff Spot A-Z Blog Hop. Clare is an Ofsted-registered Childminder who is based in Leeds. We got to know Clare through our previous challenges and are thrilled that she has joined us for the Tuff Spot Challenge. Take a look at her brilliant F is for Farmyard Tuff Spot.
Other Tuff Spot activities beginning with F:
Feathers, Flowers, Foil, Fabric scraps, Farm, Fine Motor Skills, Finger Paint, Foam, Fort Building, Fairy Garden, Frozen, Frogs
Tomorrow’s Tuff Spot A-Z Challenge letter is G.
G is for:
Glow in the Dark, Gravel, Grass, Garden, Growing, Gross Motor Skills, Golf Tees, Gloop, Glow Sticks, Grains, Guttering, Glitter