Allotment: Wiggling Worms

For the past few weeks we have been spending lots of time at the allotment, enjoying the gorgeous weather and spending time with friends. It’s been a bit cold for the past few days so I thought it was about time I posted again!

With the allotment we have been learning as we go and this week we have been looking at making our own compost.
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We made a compost bin and discussed how compost is made. I decided to purchase a wormery so the girls could see for themselves at home how worms help the composting process.

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We also looked at some really interesting books called Wiggling Worms at Work and Yucky Worms. Both books are very informative but if you’re looking for something with a bit more of a story to it then Yucky Worms is probably the better one to get out of the two.

We are very much engrossed in our allotment at the moment and it’s so rewarding watching it come together. We’re looking forward to it being a relaxing space to spend time in as well as getting to eat our very own grown vegetables!

Do you have an allotment? Or a space outside (or inside) where you grow vegetables? We would love to see them so please feel free to share over on our Facebook page.

Allotment: The Beginning

So last year we took on an allotment. I was unable to do much with it at the time as I was heavily pregnant but because they are so hard to come by I couldn’t turn down the offer when one became available.

Now I’m not pregnant anymore I’m excited to get started on creating a magical space for us to relax on stressful days.

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This is just a quick post to start tracking our progress. I’ve included some pictures from last year when we started as an introduction point. I really feel that gardening is one of those skills that all children should have the opportunity to learn – knowing how to grow your own food is just as important as knowing how to cook it!

We found and carefully removed a few frogs while we were weeding our plot. I’m hoping to build a pond for the wildlife at some point. Having a pond with frogs is very useful for controlling the slugs without having to use nasty pesticides.

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We hope you’re all well. If you have an allotment or a garden then please do share your ideas over on our Facebook page! We would love to see your spaces for inspiration!

Elliot

As a lot of you know, last year was a very quiet year for us on the blog. I was expecting a beautiful little boy and pregancy wasn’t easy. I suffered from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, (also referred to as HG by many sufferers) you can get more information on the condition by clicking here.

Despite it being the toughest pregnancy I have ever experienced, he was worth every second of suffering!

Anyway, I’ve been waiting to share these photos with you all for a while now.

Here is our beautiful baby. Elliot.

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My little ‘Elliot Bear’ – looking forward to all of the fun years ahead of us, beautiful boy.

The photos were taken by a fantastic woman and photographer called Ruth Bloch.  Please head over to her page and give her a thumbs up as she is just such an amazing photographer and wonderful human being! I’m not affiliated with her at all, I am just one genuinely happy customer. She managed to squeeze us in despite her busy schedule and for that, I will be forever grateful.

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.

If you would like more information on Earth Day and what it’s all about then please click here.

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.