Blossom Trees

Last week we made the most of the sunshine. On rainier days we have been doing some craft to celebrate the spring. On our spring time walks last week we noticed beautiful blossom on the trees so we thought it would be the peferct inspiration for today’s craft activity.

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All you will need is some brown wool, pink tissue paper, glue and a piece of paper/card.

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This is a simple and inexpensive craft that will keep the little ones occupied on a rainy day. We would love to see your artwork so please do share over on our Facebook page.

Earth Day 2016

Wishing you all a wonderful Earth Day. We wanted to share some of our crafts that we did earlier on.

We started our day by making handprint Earths. On one side of the Earth the girls placed their handprints and on the other side they drew a picture about ways to protect the planet.

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We briefly touched on the Earth’s layers. You can print this worksheet from Twinkl.

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We also made coffee filter Earths. The girls loved how magical this activity was – we will definitely be using coffee filters for future crafts.

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These lovely decorations look so beautiful on a window. They will brighten up any home for Earth Day.

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We will be spending the end of our day with board games, books and popcorn.

We hope you all had a wonderful day. Please feel free to share what you got up to today over on our Facebook page. Please follow us to keep up to date with our journey.

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Spring Is Here

It’s been almost three months since sweet Elliot was born and spring is now in full swing. We are finally finding our feet! Flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and leaves are appearing on the trees.

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We are really looking forward to the warm sunny weather. It means more group meets with other home educators, more picnics, woodland exploration and just more outdoor play in general.

It feels good to be back blogging and over the coming weeks, we’ve got some fun activities planned for this wonderful season. We will also be sharing some of our traditions.

Kindness: a priceless commodity

This week we have been busy making a beautiful lantern to compliment our kindness pot.

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Every time somebody does something kind, whether that is us or someone outside of our family who may do something kind for us, we write it on a small piece of paper and then fold it up into the pot.

Each week we will light the kindness lantern and empty the pot and go through all the kind things that happened that week. It gives us all an opportunity to reflect on something that is so important but sadly forgotten in this day and age due to our busy, stressful lives taking over.

Why not have a go at making your own kindness lantern? All you will need is an old jar, coloured tissue paper, watered down craft glue and a paintbrush. It’s great messy fun!

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Kindness doesn’t have to cost a penny. It is a precious, priceless commodity that we should all instill into our little people. It can be something as simple as holding a door open for someone or leaving a loving message in your child’s packed lunch for them to discover as a surprise. Why not try it? Sit down and have a think of all the priceless acts of kindness you can achieve, then go ahead and put them into action.

Below are some ideas to get you started:

  • Help an elderly neighbour carry shopping home.
  • Leave a kind uplifting message in a library book for a stranger to discover.
  • Leave out some water in your garden on a hot day for thirsty animals.
  • Offer a friend help with their housework.
  • Donate unwanted belongings to people in need.
  • Make a packed lunch for a homeless person.

Sit back afterwards and watch what happens. There’s nothing more magical and rewarding than seeing what kindness can do for a fellow being.

Colours

This week we’ve been looking at colours and discovering what primary colours make which secondary and tertiary colours. We have prepared an activity for each day of the week. If you don’t home educate and don’t have much time in … Continue reading

Colours Experiment: Toddler Version

So as part of our week exploring colours on day two, we conducted an experiment on mixing coloured water. The original version can be seen by clicking here and scrolling down to Day 2.

This is the toddler version and I would recommend this for children aged 3+ although your child may be able to do this experiment earlier than this depending on their ability.

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All you will need is 3 bottles of colored water in the primary colours, a large glass, a large jug or bowl (for waste) and a towel just incase there are any spills (which there will be!)

We started off by holding the bottles up towards sunlight, we held one bottle in front of the other to discover what colours would appear. In fact this would be perfect for children from 12 months upwards – just make sure they are supervised and the lids are fastened tightly!

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We discussed primary colors and which combinations made secondary colours.

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We also briefly explored tertiary colours.

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Emily had so much fun doing this experiment! So much so that we did it all over again!

We hope your little ones will enjoy this activity too. Please share your experiences over on our Facebook page. Also please follow this blog and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with our journey.

Spielgaben: Activity 2

As part of our Spielgaben series this week, we have been exploring colours.

In this activity children will learn colour recognition as well as fine motor skills. This activity in particular is designed to improve the muscles in the hands used for writing.

I would recommend this activity for children aged 3+ but obviously it doesn’t matter what age your child is as your knowledge on their ability will be more relevant.

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All you will need is six small pieces of card in various colours, a pair of children’s chopsticks (which you can buy here) and various wooden points from the number 10 Spielgaben drawer in the colours matching your coloured card.

The objective is simple; encourage the child to place the coloured points on the matching pieces of card using the chopsticks.

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For older children, you could count all the points on each card and make a bar chart on a separate piece of paper.

Both Ava and Emily thoroughly enjoyed this activity and were engaged in the learning experience. If you don’t have a spielgaben then try the same thing with miniature pompoms, beads or buttons from your local craft store. We would love to see your children having fun with the activities we share so please feel free to share your photos over on our Facebook page.

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Click here to see the out-takes of today’s activity. Life with my little ones is crazier than it looks!