sensory tub!'.Normally I get really annoyed when I receive a package full of shredded paper and a tiny product inside but not so this time! No, because this time my first thought was '
[This post is linked to the wonderful Living Montessori Now]
Monday, 26 March 2012
As a family we eat what Freddy can eat so if something contains milk it's a no go. This is easy for many things but do you know how hard it is to find chocolate which does not contain (or have traces of) milk?
Well, we decided to take matters into our own hands and make our own chocolate from scratch!
Freddy had never tasted chocolate for the first 18 months of his life because we just didn't think it was necessary (and also his allergies), so he had no idea what he was missing.....until one day he found my *ahem* emergency
So with the damage done we relaxed our chocolate policy and allow it on very special occasions - hence our interest in making it from scratch.
To make it we bought raw cacao nibs. They look like chocolate but taste disgusting - imagine 150% dark chocolate.
our marmalade with, until they form into a smooth paste.
Then sugar is added to sweeten the bitter chocolate. We added organic cane sugar crystals (about a 50 / 50 mixture).
I have my wonderful Mexican neighbour to thank for showing me this type of chocolate.
This kind of lesson is great for children to see how something can be made from scratch so easily.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
How can you not find these little chicks completely adorable??
As you know, each Wednesday I run a toddler art and craft club and this week we made little Easter gifts and cards including using these cute little chicks (that I remember from my childhood) to prepare some Easter birds nests.
This chick was my favourite because he had a wonky eye which made him even more lovable.
I only needed 20 or so of these chicks but couldn't resist buying a box of them. There was something about seeing them lined up in a military parade style that I found fascinating - as if they were preparing for an invasion or chick sponsored coup somewhere.
Friday, 23 March 2012
There is nothing too complicated with this project other than the use of a jigsaw to cut the table.
To make the table I bought a Sundvik table from IKEA for 30 euros - there were cheaper alternatives that probably would have worked but I paid a little extra for a nice sturdy table.
something amazing happened whilst we were looking at the instructions - Freddy coloured in his first picture! He literally went from complete scribbles to the colouring below overnight!
Then the table was assembled as per the wonderful Swedish instructions..
We were obviously excited to take the table for an immediate test drive so I put some hazelnuts in one of the bowls and gave Freddy (27 months) a big metal spoon to transfer them from one side to the other.
Which went really well....
But that aside the table is fantastic and we are going to have many hours of fun with it I'm sure!
Linked up to the wonderful Living Montessori Now.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
What better excuse could there be for cracking open a freshly pressed shirt and dickie bow tie?
Happy half birthday Lila Plutten!
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
One such example is the word 'Kuckelura'.
In a country that is almost the same size as California but with less than a third of the population there is plenty of space for everyone and in the north of Sweden some people live very isolated lives indeed - perhaps not seeing anyone else for months at a time. All of this is no problem for the average Swede though as one of their favourite pastimes is 'Kuckelura-ing'.
Essentially it means to spend time by oneself in quite thoughtful contemplation or perhaps hatching some sort of grand plan.
If you know a Swede you might say that they are reserved or perhaps quiet - there have certainly been many times in our house when I have realised that I have been having a 'conversation' with myself for hours on end whilst my husband's is blissfully unaware of my jibber jabbering!
But back to the point. I have noticed that Freddy's Swedish streak is really coming out now and I have caught a number of these Kuckelura sessions recently.....
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Here is another example of a cultural exchange package - this time from a lovely family representing Antarctica!
This is what was in the package:
This is what was in the package:
- letter and sheet with 3 part card descriptions
- small copy of the unofficial flag of Antarctica
- Antarctic cookbook
- baby killer whale mini book example and a sheet to make copies
- sheet with life stages of a penguin
- penguin song
- map of research stations in Antarctica
- map of the southern hemisphere
- sheet of vocabulary/definitions
- food chain card
- 'snow flakes'
Friday, 16 March 2012
Here's what you need:
- Two rubber rings used to seal glass jars (these are very strong rubber)
- Electrical wire
- A scrap of leather or suede
- A catapult shaped tree branch
- Wire strippers
- A Farfar (or suitable alternative)
The scrap of suede has two small holes cut into it.
Thursday, 15 March 2012
All the links to the patterns and lots more inspiration can be found on my Pinterest board.
How about a pair of easy hand warmers?
Just in case you need further yarnspiration here are a few useful links I have found with free patterns (I'll add them to my links page too and keep that page updated).
- Crochet Pattern Central - a huge directory of free patterns
- Crochetville - a forum with lots of resources including free patterns
- Ravelry - another forum but also lots of free patterns and advice
- Crochet Spot - patterns tutorials and ramblings
- Pinterest - if you are looking for crochet inspiration you must look here!
Monday, 12 March 2012
I put it in front of the bath thinking that Freddy (27 months) could go in the big bath and Henry (5.5 months) could go in the bucket.
But who can resist a bath in a bucket?
Labels: Home life
Friday, 9 March 2012
- A small plant pot to decorate
- Acrylic pens
- Green pipe cleaners
- Green paper
- White tissue paper cut into 3" strips
- A stapler
- Green shredded tissue paper
The white tissue paper is just rolled or scrunched up to form a loose ball the the pipe cleaner is held up against it whilst a piece of green paper is wrapped around tightly and secured in place with a staple. It looks fiddly but it really is easy for the slightly older children or keen adults.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
So here's how I did it (using a combination of jiggery pokery and another tutorial):
Before you start
- Create a new page on your Blogger Blog and give it a title. I chose 'post index' although I had hoped to think of a slightly more cool name for it (maybe I'll change it later).
- Open this tutorial in another web page so that you can easily switch between it and this post.
- On the tutorial page mentioned above scroll down the page until you see the 'add to Blogger widget symbol which looks like this.
- Click on it which then opens up an option box with lots of details that you can edit such as thumbnail size etc (full descriptions are also shown in the tutorial.
- Change the title to all posts, add your blog url and set the number of posts to a value significantly higher than the number of posts on your site. I chose 500.
- Fiddle about with the other settings if you want but then make sure that you click on 'Grid Layout' before selecting 'add widget to my blog'.
- You will then be shown this page saying that the widget is about to be installed but DO NOT CLICK 'add widget' (unless you want this widget in your side bar instead of on your page like I have)
- Instead click 'edit content' so that you can see the widget's code.
- Copy all of the code.
- Open up your new page in the Blogger editor as if your are going to write a post but instead of selecting 'compose' in the top left part of the screen make sure that you select 'html'.
- Paste the copied code into the page and immediately save the page.
- Switch back to 'compose' mode and add text at the top of the page saying 'here are all my posts..' etc
- Then publish the page!
- Make sure that you then view the page to check that it worked as you had hoped and close any extra tabs that you now have open in your browser.
- Congratulate yourself!
Other related tutorials
How to create a new page (an extra tab under your site header) on your Blogger Blog.
Labels: Blogger tutorials