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I’ve seen this experiment a few times on Pinterest – and I’ve been desperate to give it a try! :)
I wasn’t disappointed!

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What do you need?
Blown out egg shells (1 egg makes 2 geodes)
White school glue / glue sticks
Alum
Hot water (almost boiling)
Food colouring (stronger the better) or egg dye

Step 1 :
Cut egg shells in half with scissors, then paint the inside of the shells, and over any cracks, with the glue..

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Step 2 :
Sprinkle alum over the glue…

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Leave over night to dry.

Step 3 :
Pour 2 cups of (almost) boiling water in to a glass / plastic container, add food colouring / egg dye, and stir until dissolved..

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Step 4 :
Stir in 3/4 cup alum, and keep stirring until completely dissolved (if it is not totally dissolved the alum will not be attracted to the egg so much)…

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Step 5 :
Leave for 12 – 15 hours (we left ours for 24)….

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Step 6 :
Carefully take them out and leave them on a draining tray (protected underneath) to dry…

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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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:)

Collecting eggs…

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Collage eggs…

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Scrambled eggs…

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Painting eggs…

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Tissue paper eggs..

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Felt eggs, and scrapbook eggs…

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…growing eggs too….

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Easter is just around the corner – and so is Spring…!

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:)

Yesterday we went to my favourite play park. Yes, mine. I love it because wherever you look there’s something colourful and fun – and best of all, it’s mostly homemade!
Here are just a few of the things that inspired me….

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That’s right – a ‘Gaudi’ style climbing frame / seat…

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A ‘scary forest’ – this was a favourite for Ted….just a little bit “‘cary”!

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A ‘dummy tree’…

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‘Measuring area’…

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‘Guess the animal poo’ boxes….

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Homemade ball runs…

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Marble runs too….

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A number wall…

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….and a number tree…

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Sound walls….

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A puzzle in the ground…

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…and ‘Twister’….

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A mud kitchen…

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Pretend recycling areas (oh yes!)…

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Cars and trucks made from planks of wood to climb on (there were many more and I really should have taken more photos..)…..

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and a ‘mechanics’…

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And yes, that was just SOME of the stuff there! What a fabulously creative and inspiring place it is!
So now, because Ted just can’t seem to get enough of diggers and his favourite mechanic character ‘Mulle Meck’, R and I are thinking about building a ‘mechanic’s workshop’ outside for Ted over the summer! ;)
:)

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:)

I found this in Alfie’s room. He’s never seen the films ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘The Gremlins’, but he’s heard the music – and he’s obviously been observing Leon’s piano books…..

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‘Musical notes’..

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Fantastic!

Not far from us we have a little bookshop that passes also as a craft shop – I can barely walk past without looking in. I found two wooden bird boxes to paint, which I thought would be nice for Maya and Alfie. And then I bought myself a tiny cardboard bird-box, for decoration, which I thought I could paint while the kids were doing theirs…

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Of course, Maya could sight of it – how could I say no?
I had visions of painting it, or perhaps layers of coloured tissue paper, or some kind of decoupage. Of course Maya had other – far more inventive – ideas….

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Measuring and covering it with felt, and adding a ribbon to hang it with, instead of the string.
Much better!
Thank you Maya!
And it looks like there’s a bird ready to get in……… :)

The walk to take Alfie to school often becomes an unplanned nature walk – and this time was no exception.

Worms. The path to school was covered with worms. We observed them, and counted them, and worried about them. We noticed how some were long and stretched out, while others were tiny and curled up. Some were brown, some were pink, and some were most definitely ….dead… :(

But the rain was cold, and I had forgotten Ted’s gloves. “I’m chilly” he said. I told him we would go home, warm up, and come outside later when the rain had stopped, for a ‘worm walk’.

But the rain didn’t stop. It went on and on, and bit by bit rain turned to sleet, and it got colder. We went outside anyway – but there were no worms to be found. It was just too cold. Bitterly cold.

Ted was restless, so we decided to turn to ‘Auntie Mabel’. You don’t know Auntie Mabel? Wonderful Auntie Mabel!
Auntie Mabel has been a loved character through each of my children’s lives. She’s a lady of around 60, who flies around in a little aeroplane, with her dog Pippin, discovering things – apples, boxes, carrots, holes, toothpaste – she’ll visit the factories, tell stories, experiment, and find out all about them, in her (very old) 13 minute television programme ‘Come Outside’ (BBC) – no longer shown, but kept lovingly on our computer….

Today we looked at the episode ‘rain’.
We watched how the rain fell on Auntie Mabel’s house, how the gutters helped the rain run down the side of the house in to the drain, how Pippin the dog loved the rain (but the cats don’t) and how an umbrella helps you to shelter from the rain.

And then we made it rain…..

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It rained on the house, it rained on the umbrellas, it rained on the cats and it rained on the dogs. It rained on Auntie Mabel and her aeroplane too.

At first it was just spitting with rain…

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But pretty soon the rain got heavier, coming in streams, and making bigger puddles…

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Eventually it just poured…!

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Ted tested out using droppers, an emptied washing up bottle, and a small watering can, to test the different ways of making it ‘rain’.

Fantastic fun for a little man who can’t get enough of water play! :)

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