Tuesday, 30 November 2010

SALT DOUGH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!


Today we had lots of fun with Salt dough. I made up a big batch, split it in to 3 balls and added some food colouring to each ball. I then let the children loose with a knife, rolling pin and Christmas cutters with a gentle suggestion that we made Christmas tree decorations to hang on the tree.


We ended up with lots of strange things! Some decorations for the tree made by E, an interesting Santa 3D thing that Brendan made (hoping the 3D aspect does not cause a problem for cooking) and Kenzies interesting spotty thing that was going to be a Robin!

Lots of fun, and some new decorations to boot!
























If you fancy giving this ago, the recipe is

1cup salt
1 cup water
2 cups flour

Mix together and kneed till it is not sticky anymore. Add more flour bit by bit if needed. separate in to different balls and add food colouring till your desired colour is achieved (you may need more flour at this stage)
Enjoy and play!!
Pop on a baking tray and cook for 2.5 hours in an oven at 100 degrees

Sunday, 28 November 2010

STARTING TO FEEL CHRISTMASSY!


This week has been VERY cold and most of the country has been covered in snow. Sadly we are a bit too far in land and it seems to have missed us this time. But the frost has made everything look wintry and I have started on the Winter and Christmas focus with the children I look after.

This weekend I took the children to a lovely place that I have been meaning to visit every year, for a very long time, but never seem to get there! Tree Barn in the aptly named village of Christmas Common. It's only a 5 minute drive away and I have no idea why we have never been there before. It was so festive and had everything you can imagine. I had bought lots of small decorations at local craft fairs but I did pick up an Advent candle, some Cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices and cloves, cake decoration and some other pretty bits. I also picked up a lovely wooden child friendly Nativity scene!

After our visit we drove back through the woods and stopped to walk the dog and find the perfect sticks for our Playroom decoration! We walked in the frost, all wrapped up. it was really lovely!  Kenzie was excited by the crunchy mud!! We kept jumping on it and listening to it crunch!


Today we decorated our branches. I sprayed them last night and left them to dry over night. I then placed them in a jug and let the children loose with all the decorations we had picked up at the craft fairs! They really got in to it and carefully opened all the packs of tissue paper to see what treasures lay inside! I have to say I am very happy with the results. I think it looks very festive!
























Tomorrow will be spent making snowflakes I think!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

BACK AFTER AN ABSENCE!

Firstly I would like to say a big sorry for being slack on the Blogging front! But I'm back and planning on being far more regular again!

I thought I would share some of the fun things we have all been doing during our time away from Blog land!

Dur ring the half term some toys arrived for the Toddler group I run in the local school once a week. So we had to try them all out..... just to make sure they were fun and in good working order you understand!




  We had lots of fun with our new Rainbow arches. made great creations, bridges and tunnels















Big Fluffy Rainbow cloud!












The wooden city. kids built the Gnomes a place to live!








 

Kenzie has really started to enjoying learning his letter sounds and names. He has only been at school for 8 weeks and has started to write and read when before he had Zero interest. i am so proud of him! He is always asking how to spell things and what words say.







We had lots of fun building a castle for our Littlest pet shop toys!









 

  We enjoyed Halloween. The boys had a great time dressing up and Carving their giant Pumpkin.















This was just Brendans bowl of goodies..... Kenzie had the same amount in his bag! They did very well in their collecting of treats! People were very kind and made an effort to pretend they were scared of their spooky costumes!













We had a Fabby neighbourhood Bonfire for Bonfire night and some Fireworks, Hot chocolate and hot dogs. Everyone gave something and everyone had a great night.... shame about the rain though!












I took the boys to their first Remembrance Sunday ceremony. Brendan had some homework to do which involved reading the plaque. I Have not taken them before as I didn't feel they were old enough to understand or stay quiet and respect full. I did worry a bit about how Brendan would cope with the crowds but I think because it was so quiet he was fine with it all and loved seeing all the army and air force people there. He has a real interest in playing with army figures and dressing up as a soldier.
 He came home and printed out the pictures that he took and wrote a bit about why we lay poppies.





So this is what we have been up to! Its been a fun few weeks!

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