The highlight of the Roadworks Festival is watching linoleum block prints being made with the help of a steam roller. You know, the sort of thing that would've been used to smooth out roads back when coal was the power source de jour for vehicles. We've attended the Roadworks Festival in the past and we've all enjoyed it. Now that we have a "digger" obsessed toddler in our midst attending the festival was a no-brainer. A whole afternoon of watching a ye olde construction vehicle paired with hands on print making and book binding fun. Perfect!
We then moved onto table top letterpress printing with a pre-made template. The girls printed two color bookmarks.
Mathilde woke up when the girls were finished with these two projects so we moved on to watching the steam roller. Mathilde was pretty excited when she first saw the steam roller and called out "Digger! Digger!" over and over while pointing at it. As soon as it blew its whistle though, she screamed and high tailed it out of there! That whistle is pretty loud and it can be scary if you're not expecting it.
After watching the steam roller in action Mathilde plucked up the courage to go check it out up close. She was a littler nervous at first and made sure to keep an eye on it at all times. You never know when it's going to make that loud noise again!
We then headed inside to make notebooks. We started by printing letterpress covers then moved on to stitching the books together. Ava was keen to do all of the steps herself but Lola needed a little help.
We then headed back outside where the girls stamped stationery, had calligraphy bookmarks made, and, of course, watched the steam roller in action again.
We all had a fun time at the Roadworks Festival. Mathilde even learnt a new word: Roller! After calling the steam roller "digger" for quite some time she suddenly switched to "roller" which is now one of her favorite words.