The Last ‘Family Mulle’

Family ‘Mulle’ is the forest school, with families for children of 2 – 5 years old. We meet once a month (occasionally twice) in the forest at a local nature reserve, to sing songs, listen to stories and do crafts based on a specific nature theme (such as birds, animals in hibernation, etc).

‘Mulle’ is the troll-like character who is often in the stories and songs, along with ‘Laxe’ the salmon.

This month we met at the same nature reserve, but by the lake, looking at ‘lake creatures’. 

I loved the fact that the old lady (she is probably at least 60 years old) donned a green wetsuit, and appeared swimming out of the freezing lake, dressed as Laxe, to tell the children about water safety, and how it was bad for the environment to pee in the lake – much better to pee in the forest! πŸ˜„

She then strode back in to the lake (bear in mind that the water was still around 10 C at this time!), and swam off (before joining us later, as Kerstin, the leader)…

There were lots of activities to try, but the only one Ted was interested in, was using a net to try to find lake creatures….

We didn’t find any – but he was happy to fish out pond leaves, and an old newspaper!!! 

Later, when it was time to sing songs and dance, Mulle the forest troll joined us….

This is Ted’s last time at ‘family Mulle’ because next term he will be old enough to join ‘Skogs Mulle’ (forest Mulle), for 6 and 7 year olds, where they go on short nature walks with the leaders, without their parents. πŸ˜„

It’s been a wonderful activity to be a part of – we’ve really enjoyed it! 

Letter F

This week we were looking at F.

We concentrated on two animals, frogs, and fish.

This included a trip to the frog pond..

..where unfortunately we didn’t get to see any frogs this time, but we did get to learn about the frog life-cycle.

With fish, we visited a pet shop, observed the fish, bought fish food, and some treasures for their tank, came home, and cleaned out our own fish…

We have been reading fictional books about frogs and fish….

‘Fish is fish’ (Leo Lionni) is the absolute favourite, which is great, because it is about both frogs and fish! 

We have also read some factual books about frogs…

…and done a painting craft, and a drawing of fish….

There is never enough time to cover everything. But F is covered anyway… πŸ˜‚

English Club : Worms!

As our attempt at ‘worm pudding’ failed when we tried to last make it, I made it for the kids ahead of time…

Chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo biscuits and gummy worms! πŸ˜†

The kids enjoyed eating this while I read them the story of ‘dirt’ – it’s importance in the world, why we need it – and about some of creatures who ‘make it happen’…

We then went outside to make a worm farm…

Taking care to layer the tank with sand and earth, we sprayed the top with water and put some old leaves and fruit on the top too.

We will be observing the tunnels they make next week (and at home this week with my own children).

The kids loved this. It was great to see their enthusiasm – and even one kid who dared to pick up a worm (albeit with a spade) who had always steered clear of them before! πŸ˜†

‘Biologiska’ Museum

You would have thought, that after Skansen, Ted would be all tired out. But as we left one place, he saw the entrance to another place…

He asked what is was, and when I explained that it was a museum full of stuffed animals (from Scandinavia), he immediately wanted to go in.

Well, it was free for kids, and wasn’t too expensive for grown-ups, and as I had always wanted to see this place, we decided to go in – and I’m so glad we did!

Set in an incredibly beautiful and old building, with just two levels, set in a circular room, the animals were set out in a stylish and intriguing manner, in different ‘environments’.

Everywhere we looked we saw an animal, a bird or a butterfly…it was stunning…and very magical.

We will definately be going here again! πŸ‘πŸ˜„

Easter Sunday Walk…

…the whole family with farmor, in the national park at Nacka, HellasgΓ₯rden….

Starting with lunch at the log cabin restaurant (I love this place!)…  

We then went for a lovely walk..

Richard taking photos too….πŸ˜†

Lots of tree climbing (and tree hiding)…   

 …tramping through the mud (Ted lost his boot!)…  

…and general running and jumping! πŸ˜„   

 Spring is certainly on it’s way. We spied a few Spring flowers…but it was very windy, and there is still lots of ice on the lake!   

Still, it was lovely to be out! πŸ˜€

English Group : First Lesson With Fire

We are moving from air, to fire now.

We started the lesson with a walk down to the lake, followed by the grilling of marshmallows over an open fire. We built the fire, lit the fire, kept it ‘alive’ by blowing it gently from underneath, we discussed the colours in the fire and how the sparks flew, and generally just enjoyed it…   

 Then we lit a hot air balloon! Yes, I found one – a big one – of about a metre long – and we managed to get it up into the air! And it was magic! We cheered and clapped our hands, and watched it fly away…..

Typically my phone has ran out of batteries by now.. 😐

But what did we learn?

That fire needs air.

That warm air rises (thus, the fire warming the air and helping the balloon to rise).

That bodies can shelter fire from the wind.

And that teamwork is important!