Papier-MΓ’che Easter Eggs ; English Club

We started our papier-mΓ’che Easter eggs in English club last week, and finished them last night…

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I love them! Though Maya still has to finish hers today (she paints carefully and with such precision that it tends to take a longer time for her to complete things 😊).
With an Easter egg hunt (clues to be read and understood in English) at the end, it felt like a successful two weeks.. πŸ‘

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πŸ˜„πŸ‘Œ

A Morning Of Storytelling And Coffee Filter Easter Eggs!

On Sunday Ted got unwell with a stomach bug, so yesterday we stayed at home, and had a bit of a ‘story telling’ morning…
I started with drawing a basket of eggs on the chalkboard…

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…and asked him what they were. “Eggs for Easter” came the reply, and then we talked about what Easter was and how and why we celebrate it.
Ted went to get some eggs from our chickens then…

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Very rarely does he drop an egg, but this time he dropped not one but two. There was lots of explanation then, about how one egg smashed and all the ‘slimey’ stuff came out, and so he left it there – and how the other egg had a crack in it now. We talked about the colour of the eggs, the size of the eggs, and that the outside was called a shell. Then we cracked them open…

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..and talked about the yellow being called the ‘yolk’ and how if our hens had a cockerel, the yellow could have been a chick.
Then I asked him how he would like to eat his egg, and the answer was scrambled – and so we made scrambled eggs..

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After lunch we read simple counting poems about rabbits and lambs (Ted’s recently been interested in ‘amounts’ and using his fingers to count).
After some fantastic art work, using dampened egg shaped coffee filter and watered down food colouring…

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..which look beautiful on the window of our nature shelf…

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..we finally finished with a story I told about the arrival of Spring…

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..which Ted then decided to retell (using, bizarrely, a packet of wet cat food as a prop!!!)…

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A lovely morning with a lovely boy! 😊❀️

‘Pitter Patter’ Painting!

We don’t get a huge amount of rain in Sweden, so when we do, it’s sometimes nice to ‘use’ it in an activity!
We tried ‘pitter patter’ painting…

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…put them outside in the rain on a makeshift table…

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..left them in the rain for a few hours, and brought them inside again…

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Simple, interesting, fun! πŸ˜„πŸŽ¨

Beautiful Daffodils

We’ve really been enjoying the daffodils on the table…

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..and Ted’s really been enjoying looking through this book..

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..and has been insisting on making these crΓ©pe paper daffodils…

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The project was way too tricky for Ted, but fun for me to do..

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..and later I got Ted to help make a more simpler version, which he was very happy with ;)

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Gorgeous! πŸ’πŸ˜˜

Constructing Straws

Alfie has always loved this straw art kit, but his construction tends to go so far as an umbrella (or any kind of spinning thing with a handle!). Ted discovered the fun of these yesterday, and went all out with his ‘machine’…

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It was interesting to see how he was able to construct something, with an awareness of balance and how he needed to build it to make it stand up.
I’ve never been too impressed with this construction toy admittedly, but I guess the kids have other feelings! πŸ˜œπŸ˜„πŸš§βš οΈ

The Liquorice Festival : Stockholm 2015

Yesterday we tried a new experience in Stockholm…..The Liquorice Festival!

All the free liquorice you could ask for…and more!

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…liquorice sweets, liquorice chocolate, liquorice ice-cream, liquorice cookies, liquorice tea, liquorice marmalade………and beautiful chocolate fountains too…

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We learnt about the plant liquorice – and bought some seeds…

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We saw liquorice paintings…

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Alfie made his own lollipops…

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Maya and Ted made their own liquorice sculptures….

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…as did Alfie…

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Maya also made a liquorice bath scrub…

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There was free samples and free tasting galore! “I think I’ve gone off liquorice a bit now” said Leon when we left! πŸ˜‰
Arriving at the opening time was just about right, as it was packed with people when we left….

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…and all that liquorice left us exhausted..

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…but it was a great experience…

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…and I recommend it! πŸ­πŸ¬πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘