A Pipe Cleaner Monster!

Ted has gone from previously being the ‘run-around-toddler’ to being a ‘pre-schooler’ who prefers to be activated, and can sit for long periods of time with crafts, puzzles or construction kits.
During the ‘witching hour’ when I was trying to make dinner with tired kids hanging around, I gave Ted the metal colander and some beautiful pipe cleaners – an activity I tried a long time ago with him, when he was in the ‘run-around’ stage, and didn’t work well with him.
This time it was a different thing altogether…

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“Look at my pipe cleaner monster!” He proudly said.
A beautiful work of art indeed! 🎨😊

St George’s Day At The Church (Scouts)

Every year on St George’s day, the scout group has the giving out of the annual badges in a local church – an extremely old, and very beautiful church.
Here is Maya’s group ‘fiskarna’ (the fish)….

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Maya is on the left hand side – she is one of the smallest, and as she is going through a phase of not having her photo taken, it’s often hard to catch her…but I took a sneaky close up here….

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Happy St George’s Day!

Earth Day Posters : English Club

At English Club this week we designed our own posters for Earth Day.
Starting with reading a basic book about the ‘4 R s’ (Recycle, Reuse, Repair, Reduce)…

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…and doing a relevant word search…..

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…inspired by a similar poster we found on the internet…

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…and a mass of new vocabulary…

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…we worked on our posters…

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An update on these posters coming soon…. 😉🌎

Writing In The Sand

Another piece of beautiful sensory play – this time with the intention of inviting writing…..

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First we had a perfect T for Ted, and A for Alfie….

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..followed by a slightly trickier S for Sasha….

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M for Maya was almost too fun to stop….😉

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…and L for Leon confused itself with number 7….

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But what fun he had!
And the best tool? The comb….

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A Froggy Weekend

Last weekend it was all about the frogs…
We went to a secret swamp where the frogs tend to meet, coppulate, lay eggs – and of course are then born. We were told there were sometimes thousands of them, and they could only be seen for one week there every year, before they all disappeared. Of course, we had to take Alfie, our animal loving child…

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Well, we looked and we looked, but unfortunately most of the frogs had gone their way. We were lucky enough to see a few last ones – and sadly a few dead ones – but it was a good lesson in understanding what kind of habitat a frog likes to live in – and we’ll come back next year!
This weekend also celebrated the theatre festival in the theatre group which Alfie joined earlier this year, with Alfie playing the part of – a frog!

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I can honestly say he enjoyed every minute of it, and hopped like a true frog! Lovely! 😉🐸

The Elements Of The Earth

In the last week or so, Ted and I have been having a look at ‘the earth’ and it’s elements…
Starting with experiencing the rain (water)…..

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…a story about the earthworm, and how he likes to live underground (earth)….

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…which encouraged Ted’s own story telling skills….

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We dug up some worms in the garden and observed them in our worm habitat (earth)….

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…and cooked an ‘earthworm and bug’ dinner (spaghetti and chickpeas)…

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…and made a ‘playmobil world’ that included earth, water, fire and air – can you see them?

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Continuing with some nature bracelets we made from finding plants and flowers in the garden…

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We’ve been talking a lot about how the plants need soil, water and sunlight to grow, and we’re still continuing this topic… 😊🌱🌷🌻

THE Harry Potter Party!

Maya has long been a devoted fan of the ‘Harry Potter’ books and films, and for several weeks now, she and her friend Elin, have been planning a ‘Harry Potter’ party!

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Translation : ‘ You are warmly welcomed to a magical sleepover at Hogwart’s school of witchcraft and wizardry!’

We rented out the scout cottage in the forest for one night, and decorated it accordingly…

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…with the house flags (also the house colours of paper chains and balloons in each corner), black cats (Professor McGonagall welcoming the students)…

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…and dementors guarding the ‘castle’….

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…and not to forget ‘moaning Myrtle’ in the toilets….

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We dressed up accordingly. Maya and Elin as Ravenclaw prefects (that was their preference), Elin’s mum as Professor Snape, and myself as Professor McGonagall….

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The evening started with a welcoming drink of ‘butter-beer’….

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..a recipe Maya found on the internet…

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…followed by the sorting of the students into the houses….

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…with the help of the sorting hat (sewn by Maya)….

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Maya and Elin had organised it so that each time a student had their name called out, and sat on the stool having the sorting hat placed on his/her head by Professor McGonagall (myself), inside the hat was a walkie talkie which Elin’s mum (who was hidden) had the other walkie talkie, and replied as to which ‘house’ the student would be in. Brilliant!
After which they were given a wand each, and their badge (see above).

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The evening continued with the ‘potions’ class – the mixing of their own fizzy drinks, and adding of different fruits – of which unfortunately I have no photos. 🍹
It was then time for the game of Quidditch, which Maya and Elin organised very well, hanging up hoops on rope opposite each other in the yard, explaining the rules, and getting each ‘house’ to play against one another until the final winner….

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This was much enjoyed, and the kids were exhausted afterwards! 😅
It was then time for the Hogwarts feast…

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Gryffindor and Hufflepuff at one table….

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…Slytherin and Ravenclaw at the other….

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..with time for the sorting hat cake…

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It was then time for the game of ‘Dementors and Patronus’ which was a much enjoyed game found in ‘The Harry Potter Party Book’..

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The kids played this game, and some others, for a good hour, organised by Maya and Elin, totally unaided by us grownups. Fantastic!
And then time for grilling marshmallows over the fire….

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Maya and Elin had then organised another game, which involved finding the right key to Hagrid’s cottage – lots of ‘keys’ (made from paper), hanging from the roof of the front porch…

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..before finding the correct key (the real one).
I’m not sure how this game worked and didn’t see it, as I was inside hanging up the (homemade) ‘Golden Snitch’ pinata….

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…which of course came next…

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…after which, the kids shared out the sweets beautifully (and then time for present opening)..

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The evening ended with getting in to their pyjamas and sleeping bags and the watching of a film – naturally, Harry Potter! 😃
And the verdict? “The best party we’ve ever been to!” 👍😆👋🏻