Footprints In The Snow

This week Ted and I spent some time discovering about ‘tracks’…..
….in the snow….

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The first one a bird ; the second one our cat Blackie ; the third one we suspected maybe a fox ; the fourth one a Ted ; and the fifth one a Ted and his mummy.

There was a sixth one that we couldn’t fathom out…

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…could it be the hooves of a deer?

Anyhow, the ‘fox’ prints got us wondering…

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We assumed it was a fox, because the footprints were bigger than a cat’s, looking a little like a dog’s – and we followed them from the fence, right around the chicken shed….😳

We also read books about ‘tracks in the snow’ this week….

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…not to forget making our ‘own’ animal tracks in the (playdough) ‘snow’….

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“Run, run, as fast as you can…”

‘The Gingerbread Man’ is such an excellent repetitive book for small children – it’s little ‘ditty’ being one they can learn and repeat, and join in with, easily…

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My book is very old, and has some very unusual pictures – all the animals in the story were in our animal box, so it made for a great ‘story table’….

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….along with the playdough oven, and a little play dough gingerbread man….

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Of course ‘Mr & Mrs Pepper Kaka’ had to be with too….”

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Following many readings of the story, we made some gingerbread play-dough….

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…such a wonderful smell! Ground ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon!
And then time to play…

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Of course, for someone who loves the play kitchen as much as Ted does, we couldn’t go without ‘making’ gingerbread biscuits….

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And last, but not least, gingerbread man collage! Using some pre-cut gingerbread people cutouts, some buttons and plastic eyes, some shiny glittery ‘snow’ stickers, some woodland animal stickers, and a strong piece of cardboard….

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….Ted designed his own ‘story picture’ – the gingerbread men are running through the snowy forest to get away from the animals – the fox stops and waits…..
One of my favourite children’s pictures of all time! 🙂

Radiant Red!

I’ve noticed that Ted’s still a little unsure about his colours – I’m not sure if he’s mixing colour names and languages, but, although he has a better idea now, I decided to try to make it a little more concrete…starting with the colour red….
Every day we read a (swedish) book, appropriately named ‘Nicholas’ Red Day’…

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…a charming book about a little boy who discovers how the colour red can make people happy…

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Nicholas discovered that his favourite fruit was red (strawberries), that red roses smelt wonderful, and that the red traffic light means ‘Stop’, among other things.

Ted and I went for a walk spotting red things – cars, buses, signposts, berries on trees, and a red traffic light. We stopped, and we didn’t cross till the light turned green. We went to the shop and chose red things for lunch – strawberries, red currants, cherry tomatoes and red peppers…

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A little later we made a red collage – red paint, red glue, and lots of red items to choose from…

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During the week we picked red plums (yes, ours are really more red than purple!)…

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..we made red rose petal play dough…

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….we played with red stones in a red tray with red containers….

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…and the small boys had a red bath too ! 😉
I think we’ve got red covered! 🙂

Valentines Play-Dough

We made some valentines play dough, just for the fun of it, in colours of light pink, dark pink, purple and green (actually this was supposed to be violet but because of the yellow oil things didn’t quite work out that way! 😉 )….

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We added plastic eyes, cut up pink and purple straws, heart shaped sequins and heart shaped cutters…

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Three different kids did it three different ways..
Ted’s..

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Alfie’s…

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Lilly’s…

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This recipe included 1dl of oil – it was wonderfully soft and squishy, but I think it was a little too much oil and left an oily residue on everything afterwards! I think a table spoon would have been enough – but I like to experiment – and I stand by alum as the best recipe we’ve used so far! 🙂

Feathers And Eyes And Playdough

It was pure delight for Ted to make these! I had found some random plastic eyes in a sale bin at a local book store – I’m not sure what they’re supposed to be used for – but I just knew they’d come in useful! The feathers are left over from last Easter.

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I’ve ironically seen similar ideas on the internet recently, making ‘turkeys’ for Thanksgiving. This wasn’t my intention, but as both Maya and Ted had recently been on an adventure walk in the forest where they had climbed on a wooden wild turkey, and learnt about them on the nature trail, there was immediate comparison! 🙂
Alfie and Maya soon came to join in…

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..and here are their creations. Alfie’s first…

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..and his second, which took the form of a robot…

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…and Maya’s slightly more advanced caterpillar…

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Ted was thrilled with his creations. THRILLED!

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Yet he still wanted to add more to them..

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…and yet another one, probably inspired by Maya’s, was made…

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In fact he loved these guys so much he started to carry them around with him…

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…so we had to find them their own special living space in the living room…

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🙂