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.

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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!

Spielgaben: Activity 1

We would love to start sharing some activities with you all using our beautiful Spielgaben. This learning resource is a true work of art! It opens up so many opportunities of learning and I think that’s why it’s a favourite in our home, we use it with the majority of our projects to encourage fun learning and creativity. If you would like more information on the Spielgaben then just click here.
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As part of our Spielgaben series this week, we have been looking at colours.

Today’s Spielgaben activity is a memory game. You will need the knitted balls from drawer number 1 of the spielgaben. This activity encourages colour recognition, logic and memory.

I would recommend this activity for children ages 3+ but obviously what matters most is the ability of your child, you will know if your little one is able to play this game.

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We started by pointing at the balls in the tray, naming each colour. I asked Emily to close her eyes and while doing so I removed a coloured ball from the tray and hid it securely in my hands (you could hide it with an opaque cup if you wanted). When she opened her eyes I asked the questions ‘Which colour is missing? Which colour is in my hands?’ She then looked at the tray and worked out which one was missing.

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This is such a simple game but a very affective way of teaching children about colours and improving their memory.

If you don’t have a Spielgaben then how about doing this activity with bean bags, coloured socks or pom poms. You could even make your own pom poms using different coloured yarns.

We would love to see your photos. If you would like to share then head over to our Facebook page and post your versions on there. Please feel free to comment and give us feedback as we love to hear from our followers. Don’t forget to follow our blog if you want to keep up to date with our journey and please like us on Facebook too.

Meet Baby Elliot!

Just a quick post to say that we want to welcome a new little person into the world and into our home!

Meet baby Elliot!

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Sorry for being so quiet lately. Pregnancy was quite tough this time around and we are now adjusting to having a new person in the house.

Hope you are all well and we will start posting regularly again soon!

We’ve missed you!

Once again, it’s been a while since we’ve posted. There’s a very good reason as to why we haven’t and all will be revealed very soon! We have some exciting things happening.

Just posting a quick catch up to say hello and just to say we haven’t forgotten about our wonderful readers. This week we went to the ‘Into Film Festival’ that is free to all home educators and schools. It happens annually – we weren’t quick enough at getting tickets last year but this year we were very fortunate to get tickets to go and see ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’. It was a fun day out for the girls and Ava decided to make a storyboard about the film.
 Here is her completed storyboard. We downloaded the free storyboard template from Twinkl. You don’t need to be a paying member to download this.

Tickets to the film festival aren’t available anymore until next year but why not turn your front room into a cinema? Watch your child’s favourite film and get them to write up a storyboard – or read your child their favourite book and do the same thing. 
Feel free to share pictures on our Facebook page of how you got on. We would love to see your home made cinemas and storyboards. 

Cookery: Cheesecakes

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Yesterday, we decided to make strawberry cheesecakes. It was fairly simple, but quite messy! I love cooking with the girls, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about ratios, numbers (addition and subtraction etc.), units, textures, smells, origin of foods – I find cooking links onto so many other subjects!

Below I shall put the list of ingredients along with instructions, should you wish to make some of your own. The following ingredients made us 10 generous sized cheesecakes.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 350g soft cheese
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g plain digestive biscuits (about half a large pack)
  • 125g unsalted butter (half a block)
  • Half a jar of strawberry compot

TO MAKE:

  1. Melt the butter slowly in a saucepan, on a very low heat. Once melted, put to one side while you complete the next step.
  2. Crush the digestive biscuits up in a bowl, using the end of a rolling pin. Do this until the biscuits become fine crumbs. You can alternatively put the biscuits in a food freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin, or blitz in a food processor, depending on the childs level of experience.
  3. Pour the biscuit crumbs into the saucepan of metled butter and mix thoroughly.
  4. In another bowl, add the soft cheese and the icing sugar and whisk together.
  5. Add about one heaped tablespoon of the biscuit mix to each ramekin and pat down with a spoon until level.
  6. Next, layer an equal amount of the sugary cream cheese to each ramekin.
  7. Top off your cheesecakes with your desired amount of strawberry compot -we used about a level tablespoon, for each cheescake.
  8. Finally, don’t forget to chill your cheesecakes for a couple of hours, for best results… Although, if you’re like me and my little ones, theres no harm in skipping this step and tucking in!

Here are some pictures of Ava, making her very own cheesecake! She even decided to write her name on the foil so she knew which ones were hers.

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