Letter A !

Last week we did letter….

Really I think the vowels should be left until last because of the long and short sounds.

However, we started with O because it is the simplest shape, and Alfie so much wanted to do A – because, of course, Alfie begins with A!

A is for APPLE…

…which we cut and tasted…

…and for which we counted each pip…

We made APPLE PIES with pastry letters of each member of the family on top…

We read one of our favorite books,

and made ALLIGATORS out of junk…

We set an ANT trap, and were super lucky to find some…

(yes, that’s one on the orange slice!)

And we learnt about ANIMALS…

…and where they live in the world…

Enjoy A !

🙂

“The First Flower Of All”

The last few days have been warmer – remarkably warm for Sweden at this time of year…

It seems that Spring has sprung.

And indeed, as Alfie exclaimed on our ‘signs of Spring’ walk, it started with…

“the first flower of all”…

The snowdrop always comes first in our garden, in the same little patch every year.

Next in turn come the crocus shoots….

And if you’re lucky and look closely, you may see some colour shooting through…

You may even see a green bud on a tree just waiting to come out…

Spring in Sweden is a long awaited time of year.

Every thing happens so slowly – each flower, each insect, each bud is observed closely and opens up before your eyes.

People, along with the animals and insects, seem to come out of hibernation.

The snow doesn’t only melt on the roadsides, but people seem to ‘thaw’ with the sun.

Everyone becomes more relaxed, faces soak up the sun and Sweden takes on a whole new life.

🙂

Homemade Maze : The Wooden Version

Ta da…..!

And a sideways version……

As many of you will know, Leon, who has had a longstanding passion for mazes, made a homemade 3D maze a few weeks ago.

He then decided to make a wooden one.

His original wooden one is below, using a plastic lid as a base, and wanting it to be a maze where the user ‘hopped’ over the wall with his marble – rather like in his much loved toy addict-ball. 

Here is the original version…

He then later decided to make a more traditional maze using a wooden base, and drawing a maze, measuring and cutting wood pieces to fit, before gluing them in place.

And the top version is made!

🙂

A Magic Party!

As our little girl turned 8, she wanted to celebrate with a MAGIC party!

Invitations were homemade by herself – she cut out a photo of herself and used a scanner to incorporate it in to a magicians’ outfit…

(This is the original picture which we put up in the kitchen!)

Decorations were simple – black and white balloons, and a magicians’ hat and wand drawn by Alfie and Maya, surrounded by some playing cards…

The cake was a couple of dice – using mini Oreos to make up the number eight on each dice…

The table was decorated with a white cloth, black plates and cups, and some sparkly straws…

After eating pizza and sausages in bread, there was a buffet of red, black and white treats with the cake…

…Oreos, dark chocolate brownies and licorice boats for black…

…Mini meringues for white…

….Watermelon and strawberry pieces for red…

‘Valentino’ the magician (and rather a clown too..) kept the children amused with a magic show…

And after a game of musical mats (magic carpets), the children went home with their magic goodie bags…

A magic wand, mini playing cards, a dice, a printed out book of magic tricks (not pictured) and some black, white and red sweets…

Happy 8th birthday to our little Maya…!

xxx

Letter T !

This week we had some unwell children, but we managed to go ahead with….

….Letter T !

We made a TINY TISSUE paper T…

We had a TACO dinner…

We bought and painted TULIPS…

We made letters from TWIGS…

…and made a TWIG garden…

….for which we made TURTLES…

(and many other creatures!)

And TREASURE…

We also drew TREES…

Magical trees with cherries, apples and blueberries to pick, and steps to climb inside….

We built TOWERS and counted which were the TALLEST…

And last but not least was the reading of more Beatrix Potter TALES…

Mrs Tittlemouse, Timmy Tiptoes, Tom Kitten and Mr Tod.

Enjoy T !

Letter R !

Letter R…

…is of course for RED…

And RHYMES…

(the kids have always loved these silly non-sensical rhyming books)

And RAINBOWS…

Even rainbows in our bubble station were observed…

R is also for many wonderful stories.

Such as RED RIDING HOOD sand RAPUNZEL.

Both of which we enjoyed reading on the fabulous interactive Grimm’s apps.

R is also for RABBIT.

We were so lucky to visit our friend’s rabbits…

This one is called Stanley.

Alfie and his friend Juni helped to clean out and feed them.

Here they are in the cage…!

The book ‘Peter Rabbit‘ was much enjoyed…

… as was the making of these wonderful rabbit biscuits…

And last but not least, we also enjoyed a little ROCKING…

(Can you tell he’s just woken up?!)

Enjoy R !

Letter ‘S’

Last week we covered letter S.

S is a wonderful letter.

So many things to do – we didn’t have enough time for it all….

S is for SHINY…

And STICKING…

S is for SNAKE…

Of many different kinds…

Toilet tube snakes.

Play-dough snakes.

Biscuit snakes.

(Also good for learning repeating patterns!)

S is for SCIENCE.

SINKING and floating.

And SOLUTIONS …

(Salt, sugar, water, cornflour, baking soda, washing up liquid, oil, vinegar…)

S is for SEEDS…

And also for SQUIRREL.

Inspired by the story of ‘Squirrel Nutkin’, we built a squirrel’s nest and hid monkey nuts for the squirrel to find...

S is also for ‘SKANSEN’...

A place we could STROKE a SNAKE…

…as well as a SPIDER…

Finally, S is for SUPER MARIO, who often comes to play….

🙂 

Whittling Wood

Lately Leon has taken on the role of ‘survivor’.

This all stems from a game of survival skills, which in turn has turned in to an outside role play game.

In which whittling wood is very important.

So this was our kitchen at eight o’clock on Saturday morning…

And this was our kitchen at nine o’clock on Sunday morning….

Whittle wood first.

Get dressed later.

🙂