Letter J !

Letter J….

…is JEWELED…

Letter J is for JUBILEE…

(Some weeks ago we celebrated the Queen of England being on the throne for 60 years)

J is for JELLY…

Also for JELLYBEANS…

J is for JELLYFISH…

Check out this film of jellyfish on youtube – amazing!

J is for J books…

‘Don’t Put Your Finger In The Jelly, Nelly!’ – Nick Sharratt

Jenny Jellyfish : A Tale Of Wiggly Jellies – Suzanne Tate

Jellybeans : From Start to Finish 

And not to forget – J is also for JUMP!

🙂

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Homemade I-Spy Collage

On trying to find a calm activity that would suit a ten year old, and a four year old, I went for the ‘making a collage on sticky backed plastic’.

It didn’t take Leon to have the idea of making an…

….I-Spy Collage!

Having owned this book for quite a few years, Leon still loves it.

Written in rhyme, the task is to find hidden objects in the picture, like so….

So armed with a box of collage items…

...and some sticky backed paper…

…they proceeded to make their own I-Spy pictures….

…to stick on the window…

…along with some homemade rhymes…

…for our homemade version of I-Spy…!

🙂

A Sunny Midsummer!

Despite some cold and rainy days here in Sweden, yesterday was a beautiful hot sunny day.

Perfect for the midsummer celebrations!

The raising of the ‘majstång’….

….and the dancing around it….

… the wearing of the ‘majkrans’ (this one made by Richard!)…

….laughter…

…bubbles…

…picnics…

…and of course, the fresh strawberry and cream cake for dinner…

(after the pickled herring and boiled potatoes of course!)

…also, may I add, made by the lovely Richard!

To learn more about Swedish Midsummer click here

and to learn how to make a ‘majkrans’ (flower garland) click here.

🙂

Letter C !

Letter C….

…can be COLOURFUL…

. and for melted CRAYON pictures…

(grate crayons, lay them in shiny paper, fold over, iron over on low heat, open paper…)

C is for paper bag CAT…

….and books about CATS…

‘My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes’

‘Mog At The Zoo’

‘Mog The Forgetful Cat’

‘Tabby McTat’

‘Have You Seen My Cat?’

‘Fat Cat On A Mat’

…and games of CATCH…

C is for CARROTS…

…and homemade CARROT CAKE …

(with CANDLES of course)

🙂

Exciting Little Ice Cubes!

A fun little ice activity.

Find lots of little items – flower pelts, leaves, beads, glitter, dice, small animals….

…..put them in an ice cube tray and top up each compartment with water…

Put them in the freezer – take out when frozen….

Lots of fun to discover.

Touch and wait for the ice cube to melt.

Find out what’s really inside….

Perhaps even help the melting take place by holding them under a little warm water…!

🙂

Letter H!

Letter H…

…can be HAIRY….

…..can feel HOT….

(differentiate the feeling of hot and cold)

…or HARD…

(sort the hard things from the soft)

H can be for HEDGEHOG…

(salt dough, uncooked spaghetti and beads)

…HAND…

…HATS…

…HORSE…

…HAMMERING…

…’HUMPTY DUMPTY’…

…HOUSES…

(use old photos to stick in the windows of houses of construction paper)

…and also for HOOPS…

…and don’t forget HAMBURGERS…!

🙂

Alfie’s Café : Using Gifts From Nature

This little man is very much in to role play right now.

Shops, cafés, homes.

Having spent a lovely morning at the park where he had made a bed from leaves and branches, we came home to continue the game…

…In the form of a café…!

Having dragged this broken pine tree branch home, it became a great source of food…

An old fruit box became a great table, a piece of bark a great plate…

…and you see the line of rocks on the bottom right hand side?

That’s the café wall!

We needed a menu.

Alfie told me what I should write…

We both agreed that 1000Kr for a bowl of soup was very expensive.

I bought it anyway…

…apparently had I had the rhubarb soup it would have cost twice as much!

Next the chef set to work.

Tasting is always recommended.

Having the café next to the herb garden helped.

Mint, chives, rosemary…

Then it’s time to get down to the real soup making…

Of course cooking is hard work.

Must make time to relax too…

🙂