Farmor, the kid’s swedish grandmother, has moved house. She’s a little older now, so she’s given up her house with a large garden, for a lovely little flat near to the centre of her town.

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We usually enjoy a day with her over Easter, and this year was no different…

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Fortunately for her, and for us, she’s still only a short drive from the forest, where beautiful spring flowers were in their masses…

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….and outside her flat the cherry trees were in bloom…

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And of course, the kids were treated to Easter eggs…

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What a joy to come home and see Maya dressed in her homemade Easter bunny costume, working so hard with Alfie making Easter cards to give out on the ‘Easter witch walk’…

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Such beautiful cards…

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..and such a wonderful costume…

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..ready for the ‘Easter Witch Walk’…..

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..which they all thoroughly enjoyed!

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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
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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