Alfie has been busy trying to sell his jelly beans in his own sweet shop…
(there are also some plastic diamonds and some chocolate coins for sale..)
This week we (Maya and I) have continued with Easter crafts, mainly in the name of pompoms…
I love our tulips…
Alfie so much prefers the sunshine. 🌞
The kids have played with friends, and yesterday Ted and I truly enjoyed a neighbourhood walk to feed a neighbour’s rabbit…
…feeding the rabbits in their posh ‘hutch’ – though they didn’t want to be seen….
…the whole family with farmor, in the national park at Nacka, Hellasgården….
We then went for a lovely walk..
Richard taking photos too….😆
Still, it was lovely to be out! 😀
Just before school broke up, Alfie, Ted and I decorated the Swedish ‘Easter tree’ inside…
Maya took Ted alone…it was the first time I had seen Easter witches on scooters….😄
On Good Friday we had a family trip to the cinema to see ‘Zootropolis'(3D!)….
….but we also had homemade ‘hot cross buns’…
….and on Easter Saturday we enjoyed the first real Spring day! We had our garden Easter egg hunt…
…and this morning, on Easter Sunday, after Alfie left out carrots for the Easter bunny (Påsk Hare), he left the kids with a little packet each…
Today we are going with the kids Swedish grandma on a long nature walk, and to eat Easter lunch in a log cabin restaurant. 😃
Happy Easter! 🐣☀️🌻
…it has been busy.
It seems a week that has been taken up ‘preparing’. For english lessons and for scout meetings.
The weekend taken up by swimming classes and piano lessons and things that ‘need to be done’. Richard took the older boys to ‘Kidshack’ and later he and Leon had a trip to the cinema.
But I had the joy of taking Ted to a playpark in town…
Always interesting to see that he gravitated towards the ‘natural’ play areas such as the rocks and the hills, and mostly avoided the ‘man made’ play equipment. A child who feels at home in nature. Like his mum! 😊
On Sunday we ‘celebrated’ Earth Hour….
Today is ‘Skärtorsdag’, officially the beginning of the Swedish Easter celebrations, when children dress up as Easter witches and go from door to door delivering cards in return for sweets. It’s a full day at school however, so we’ll get busy making cards and dressing up when the kids come home. 😄
We had our last lesson on astronomy last night. I decided to end with a fun experiment – vinegar and bicarbonate-of-soda rockets!
The mission was to build a great looking rocket that flies…
When the rockets were made we filled them with vinegar, corked them, made pouches of bicarbonate-of-soda, and took them outside.
We then attempted, one at a time, to push the bicarbonate-of-soda in to the rocket, and recork it to get it to fly! Well, it’s a struggle to recork a bottle when there’s bubbling vinegar splurting everywhere! Our first rocket kind of worked, but the second two didn’t (a variety of guessable reasons such as a different type of vinegar, a rather too well fitted cork and the stress to get the cork in)!
But we had a lot of fun trying! 👍😄
On Thursday we talked about what we had learnt from fire – that we had learnt how to light a fire, and how to put one out. That fire can be used for cooking, for warmth and for light.
We then took a lit candle each, and I asked the kids to look at the flames carefully, and to see what they did. Eventually they figured out, that in the darkness, the flames made shadows.
We then played a game, which I had made myself (using cardboard for trees, paper for the game board, and wooden gnomes from another game for the counters), but which I had read about, and that you can buy.
It is called ‘Shadows in the woods’. There are variations of the game, but we played it so that everyone hid their gnome in the trees while the light bearer hid their eyes. When hidden, the light bearer lights the candle, turns off the main light, and using a dice, moves the candle around the game board.
The idea is that the shadows move according to where the candle is, and when the light creates a shadow of the gnome, or lights up the gnome, and the light bearer sees him, that gnome is out.
We took turns being the light bearer.
I always try to mark Saint Patricks day with something. It doesn’t exist in Sweden, but over the years my kids have known of its existence through me, so we continue to ‘celebrate’ it, in our tiny ways.
This year I have been reading stories to Alfie about various Saints, so I was specific to read to him the story of St Patrick (this time found on the internet).
Usually we also read the book ‘Jack and the Leprechaun’, and put out our very own leprechaun Liam, and his rainbow…
Most years Liam the leprechaun leaves his ‘footprints’, getting up to tricks such as green milk, and shamrocks in our shoes, or leaving a trail of shamrocks to find some ‘gold’ (money or chocolate coins) at the end of the rainbow….
….but this year, with me being unwell, Liam was kind, and just left some chocolate coins tied up in a rainbow coloured ‘coffee filter’….
I’ve been a little behind at posting – mostly because I’ve been ill – so very ill – with a terrible sore throat and a terrible cough. Ted had it last week, and Alfie over the half term. I hope no-one else gets it…
Anyway, Richard has been away in the US, and my mum has been to stay. It’s been one of those chaotic weeks, with sick people, sleepless nights and argumentative little ones especially… But I suppose, some weeks are like that…
….and to the local play park…
And so that was this week…. 😊
I took the Monday group to an open evening at the Observatorium in Stockholm.
We went by bus and train, found our way fairly easily, climbed the steep and muddy hill up to the top, and found ourselves at the Observatorium.
A winding wooden staircase to the top. The chance to see and use a real telescope (50 times stronger than a normal one!), to see how they use co-ordinates to point the telescope at the correct place in the sky, and to see how the roof of the Observatorium turns and opens.
I just took the one photo – I didn’t want to be clicking and flashing around in the Observatorium too much! 😂
A fabulous evening!