Candy Cane Fun!

More great ideas for little ones, from another great blog ‘Teach Preschool’ – this time, experimenting with ‘peppermint’ – in other words, candy canes! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Firstly, a shaving foam/peppermint aroma/red food colouring mix…

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…makes for wonderful sensory fun..!

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Secondly, experimenting with a real candy cane in water, made for super exciting observation…

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Ted tried to ‘blow’ the candy cane smaller (see picture!), and predicted that the candy cane would get smaller and smaller. He ‘sounded out’ his vision of the candy cane’s red colour disappearing in to the water (you could actually see this happening), and we talked about it ‘dissolving’.
Thirdly, our candy cane picture, outlined by myself, with masking tape spread in stripes across it, and painted red by Ted…

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…which looked brilliant when cut out with
the tape removed…

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Great fun! ๐Ÿญ

Fabulous Folded Christmas Tree Painting!

I saw this on ‘No Time For Flashcards’ (what a fabulous blog for ideas with littles!) – and I thought we’d give it a try…
A folded piece of paper, opened up, with the painted ‘sketch’ of a Christmas tree on one side – and baubles (which Ted added)….

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..fold it carefully back over, and smooth it out (Ted liked this bit)…

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…and open it up (Ted liked this bit even more!)…

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Fabulous! And don’t forget to add glitter!

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Of course we had to try this again (and again and again and again…) ๐Ÿ™‚

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Great fun! ๐ŸŽจ

The Gingerbread House!

They’ve made one together every year, and I do believe, will be doing so until they leave home! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I do believe we had 100% co-operation and 0% eating of the decorations (without asking) this year! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Of course, the decorative areas varied according to age… Leon and Maya worked together to create orderliness and pattern….

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Alfie had that eccentric, artistic side, and added tiny gingerbread cookies and the form of a green and black ‘creeper’…..

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…whereas Ted….well…Ted…made the ‘garden’… ;)..

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All in all, a great effort from the whole bunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Delicious! ๐Ÿ‘

A Christmas Peep Box

“What is this?” you ask.
Well, I will show you….
…two closed empty boxes, connected to each other, with a tiny peep hole cut in the front….

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…let’s look a little closer….

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….and closer still…

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Yes. That’s right. A Christmas gnome.

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…to his left you can a toilet roll ‘pine tree’, behind him lies a window of a house, within which lie presents and a gingerbread house… and to his right, a snowball ‘lantern’…

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You see. I knew you’d love it.
Another ‘marvellous Maya’ creation….

P.S. Don’t forget to include a torch ๐Ÿ™‚

A Winter’s Morning

The days are long and dark right now, and there’s no snow to light up the sky. The other morning, after the other children had gone to school, Ted and I went for a walk to the lake…

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Such a beautiful sight – the pinkness of the sky, the stillness of the water, and the ice on the ground.

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The ducks came to say hello…

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…and Ted had a great time…

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It may be cold and dark, but it’s beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Lucia Celebration

A little ‘pepperkaks gubbar’ was up early to get ready for the Lucia celebrations…

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Still dark outside, the parents gathered, waiting patiently, until the familiar slow soft sound of the Sankta Lucia song filled the air, while the silent footsteps of small children with lights gliding through the darkness came through the room…

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The song continues until all the children are standing in place, ready to sing about small ‘tomtens’ (gnomes) ‘tip tapping’ through the snow, and gingerbread ‘gubbar och gumman’ (men and ladies) coming to ‘pepperkaka land’ (gingerbread land), and of course ‘sockerbaggare’ (the sugar baker).

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And when the songs are finished, the children quietly file out, two by two, singing the Lucia song again.
The ‘sjรคrn-gosses’ (star boys)….(can you just see Alfie’s little face in the middle?) :)…

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…the gingerbread boys and girls…

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…the ‘tomtens’….

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….and the ‘Lucias’…

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It’s the most beautiful festival I know!
Now it’s over for a year, but I still got to take home a ‘pepperkaks gubbar’ and ‘gumman’…

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Now time for saffrons ‘bullar’ (buns) and hot chocolate – or coffee, for the adults!
Happy Lucia everyone! โญ๏ธ

Another SuperMario party?!

At the weekend Alfie had his 7th birthday party. His wish was to have a SuperMario party….well, we did this, combining it a little with ‘dragons and knights’…

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Translation: “Alfie needs your help! Princess Peach has been captured and we need to save her.
Meet us at…. on…..
Take with you a sword and shield, if you have one.
We hope to save her by 5.30pm…”
Maya made a huge cardboard box castle (unfortunately I have no photos of it), big enough to fit a large child – ‘Princess Peach’ – played by Maya’s friend Filippa….

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We made some ‘Gombas’ out of cardboard, for ‘musical Gombas’ (ie/when the music stops, jump on a Gomba; slowly take the Gombas away….)…

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Maya and Filippa made a SuperMario cake featuring marzipan pipes and poisonous flowers (later some printed and cut out characters on sticks were added)….

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We had rented out a school gymnastics hall which enabled us to set up an obstacle course (think SuperMario level), which the children could get themselves through while listening to SuperMario music.
When the children arrived, I explained the fate of our princess (who on cue shouted for help from her cardboard castle), saying that they had to complete three challenges (levels) to free her….

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…the first challenge being to find, and mark off (we had prepared a ticking chart for each child) 30 coins and 10 mushrooms that had been hidden around the gym hall….

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…during which time they could move freely through the obstacle course…and this first game was very popular!
Once each child had marked off their coins/mushrooms (they were encouraged to help each other), they listened eagerly to the next challenge (level)…

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….’musical Gombas’….

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…another very popular game…

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…everyone squeezed themselves on to that very last Gomba! And I got caught in the middle! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Then we took a break for hot dogs and birthday cake in the changing rooms (!)…

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Until it was time for the last challenge (level)! To defeat ‘Bowser’!
We had hung up a black dragon pinata, and after the throwing of ‘fireballs’ (rolled up brown paper balls covered in red tape handed to each child at the beginning of the party) had not defeated our enemy, we asked the children take out their swords, and stand in line to help defeat ‘Bowser’ to free our Princess!

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Once defeated, sweeties fell (much to Alfie’s surprise) – and Ted cried (as he didn’t realise we would have to chop the dragon’s head off) – and our Princess was freed! “Hurrah” we cheered!
And last of all, present opening…..

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…and a very happy Alfie..!

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๐Ÿ™‚