On Being An Artist

Ted got some chalks from the Easter bunny, and he hasn’t put them down since.

He says he’s an artist….

   
    
   
Spring is just around the corner….😊

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An Invitation To Play ; Using Old Pens

Well, we had some old pens that barely worked – and I’ve noticed with old pens, that if you dip them in water, they work for just a little bit more time.

So, instead of throwing them straight in the bin, while Ted was having a moment of craziness, I used them as a basis for ‘an invitation to play’…..

   
   

It worked very well thank you! A moment of peace AND creativity! 😉🎨

A Valentines Week

It’s been a week of Valentines here, starting with the making and decorating of heart shape cookies in English Club….

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…with the change of the sensory tray to a Valentines theme…

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..with various books. This one, a very basic one for Ted, explaining what Valentines day is…

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..this wonderful story, also for Ted, about a baby who is just loved SO much. Alfie loved this when he was smaller, especially when the baby’s cousin loved him so much he wanted to fight him! 😉 It seemed Ted shared this love of the book, and asked me to read it many times! Excellent!

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This one, for Alfie’s age and older, a humorous story about the facts of love. What is love? How does it feel? Who can love? What can you love? Is love a good or a bad feeling? Brilliant! And yes, there is an english translation!

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Finally, this book, for Alfie’s age and older. A factual book explaining about the organ ‘the heart’ and how it works. This was detailed, but simple, and a very good first human biology book.

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Then, of course, we painted hearts…

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…and decorated them…

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We played ‘keep the balloon off the ground’ with our lovely heart shaped balloons…

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…and had a simple Valentine themed math ‘centre’…

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I thought I had bought small decorative hearts (I found these in a garden shop), but it turned out they were made of chocolate – and it didn’t take Alfie long to find out! So now we just have the paper hearts left!
Finally, we had a Valentines waffle breakfast..

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…and our lovely Maya, arranged the traditional family Valentines dinner, all by herself….

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…burgers in heart shapes, pink pasta, red ‘love’ sauce, cherry tomatoes, and red peppers in heart shapes…

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…lets just see those heart shaped peppers again..

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What a wonderful surprise!
We hope you had a happy Valentines too! ❤️

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…) 🙂

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Great fun! 🎨

Yummy Yellow!

Last week we were playing with the colour yellow..
Collecting yellow..

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Bathing in yellow..

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Reading books about yellow things…

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Eating yellow…

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Learning about the yellow sun…

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Creating yellow (suns perhaps?)…

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..writing in yellow shaving foam..

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Playing with yellow water beads..

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..and appreciating yellow…

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This week we’re discovering blue… 🙂

Finger Painting In Condensed Milk

Thank you Phyllis from ‘All Things Beautiful’ for reminding me about finger painting with condensed milk!

First, bowls of condensed milk with a drop of food colouring…

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…and then… time to play! 😉

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As you can probably see, Alfie just loved doing this! Oh the joy!!!
And for once (and that’s not often!), Ted was the cautious partaker…

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So sticky, so messy – but SO much fun! 😉

Open Ended Earth Day Art

Every day should be Earth Day really – but never the less, on the 22nd April, Ted and I were down at the lake collecting ‘interesting things from nature’…

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We brought our ‘interesting things’ home and used them to do some open-ended art work….

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Ted’s not really in to the concept of creating a specific craft for the sake of it. He wants to touch and explore and sometimes even taste…
There is never enough glue for Ted. Rolling objects in the glue, and painting the objects with the glue, is much better than sticking the objects on the glue to make a pretty picture!

Adding some green-yellow paint (think land), and some blue paint (water), helped to add to the ‘natural effect’ – along with the brown paper from the recycling bin.

And of course, like glue, the more paint, the better. Mixing, stirring, spreading – nothing specific, just doing. Enjoying every second – and not caring about the end product….

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…and that’s okay with me – I think it’s beautiful! 🙂

Christmas Cookie Cutter Printing

Christmas cookie cutter printing is so easy. Just red and green paint, white paper and some Christmas cookie cutters of course..

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The cutter with the big rubber grip, and the tiny metal cutters all worked well – Ted was able to grip them firmly without them gliding, so they made a nice sturdy print. I also used a dish cloth in a plastic tub as a ‘stamp pad’ to put the paint on – this stopped the paint from sliding around, and helped to make such a good print.
I think it came out really well!
🙂