‘Fettisdagen’ (Fat Day) in Swedish ; Shrove Tuesday in English.
Semlas in Sweden ; Pancakes in England.
We’ll go for both thank you… 😂
It started with a ‘maths’ table ; hearts with numbers on, red sand to write numbers in, beads and pipe cleaners for threading….
As yet, Ted doesn’t recognise his numbers very well, but just seeing and playing with numbers will give him a better grasp.
Lots of fun! ❤️❤️❤️
My friend Maxine came from London this weekend – just for a quick visit. She brought her older son Tate, who had a great weekend of freedom with Leon, playing minecraft and card games, and eating hugely oversized tubs of ice-cream.
So while Richard took Alfie and Ted to Skansen (a local swedish outdoor cultural museum and zoo), Maxine, Maya (because she had her piano lesson in town anyway) and I took to the ‘streets’ 😂.
After looking in a couple of favourite shops, and having a meal at ‘Kophangnang’, one of our favourite Thai restaurants, we went to the photography museum.
Esentially I wanted to see an exhibition about children who had been in Syria, and were now homelesss refugees – it was the last day, and I had heard so much about it. We saw it. It was very sad, but interesting.
But there was another exhibition there – one I liked even more – by ‘Martin Schoeller’, a portrait photographer who had taken (mostly) celebrities close up pictures – and it was brilliant!
And the stroll along the quay home was pretty nice too…
I had plans to take the kids on a star walk in the forest, to try out our new telescope – but it was cloudy, and not to be.
So, as usual, starting off with a little treat (this time hot chocolate stars)….
Another fun lesson with these lovely boys! 😘
We decided to celebrate a little Chinese New Year on Sunday. I know it was yesterday, but I also knew I had my english group, and a chinese meal wouldn’t be realistic. We couldn’t see the dancing dragon celebrations in town either, because it coincided with swimming lessons.
So a chinese meal at home it was….and very nice too!
We had red enevelopes for money gifts, from my friend Maxine…
Chinese ‘joss lights’ (thank you Maxine again)….
I realise these children are 11+, but they still really like to play, and some of them get tired and restless sitting at our kitchen table for an hour and a half in the evening, after a long day at school. So I’m going to start the lesson with a game – as often as I can anyway…😊
After this we started to make our papier-mache hot air balloons…
We are moving on from the topic of ‘air’, to the topic of ‘fire’….. 😊
Ted is really in to ‘experiments’ right now. Mostly he just mixes and tests randoms things – but he calls them experiments…..
Sometimes, having been elsewhere in the house for a short amount of time, I can come back to this….
The other day he asked for Maya’s volcano experiment, so we took out her beautifully painted volcano, the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, and the red food colouring, and set to work with, yet another, ‘experiment’….😊
On Monday we talked about the stars ; about their brightness and their size, about the difference in their colour and their temperature ; about what they are made of ; about their different names and types – and about what happens when a star explodes….
We went outside to test it with the stars, but unfortunately it was too much of a cloudy night! Fingers crossed for next week!
Ted loves to make ‘experiments’ and I often find strange mixtures of things in little pots, in various places throughout the house…
I saw this easy little ‘experiment’ on pinterest, and decided to set it up for Ted.
Quite simpy bicarbonate of soda, and (red tinted) white vinegar…with a Valentines twist….😉
It’s soon February, and it’s dark outside, but the snow has melted, and it feels darker than it usually does at this time of year, so everyone is feeling very tired.
And having gone from -15C to +7C in a week, everyone is started to get colds too. February weather I guess.
So we’ve decided to take it easy this weekend, and other than a quick trip to the sweet shop, and a quick walk by a local lake, we were at home all day yesterday.
Often of course, being at home means being your most creative – and that is what Alfie and Ted were yesterday…..
I have a low wooden shoe-shelf down in the play room. It has different open compartments, and in each compartment I have put various open-ended things to play with – a plate of pinecones, a basket of wood blocks, a pile of wood rounds, a basket of conkers and acorns, some glass gems, etc. Most of these are nature items – but the ones that are not, are made from natural materials – and this includes a beautiful wooden ‘village’, with houses, trees, animals and people.
While I was doing one of those monthly cleans (secretly I quite enjoy doing this to the younger kids rooms, and the play room..), Ted busied himself with taking objects from the shoe-shelf, and making, what he called ‘a ghost village’….
I love this kind of open ended play, the kind where children just use their imagination to create the most amazing things – things that might seem non-sensical to an adult, but perfect sense to the child (and often perfect sense to the adult once the child has explained it to them!).
I will miss these days of children’s creativity once they’re gone – let us just hope I can keep their imaginations going as long as possible….. 😉