A Wet Froggy Sunday!

Yesterday it POURED with rain all day!
So we had a wet froggy Sunday – with froggy (mostly) fingerprint pictures….

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…with the (non-competitive) lily-pad hopping game (hop from one to the other, and freeze when the music stops)….

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..a froggy sensory tray…

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…using black water beads to represent the tadpoles (or eggs)…

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…and of course, the number rhyme ‘5 little speckled frogs’…

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πŸ˜˜πŸΈπŸ‘

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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! πŸ˜‰ 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! ❀️

Touching The Antarctic!

This week we’ve been looking at the antarctic…
Alfie can now point out both the arctic and the antarctic on the map, and give basic differences – thanks be to David Attenborough and ‘Frozen Planet’, but also to his world sticker book…

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We have been reading about penguins – both of these excellent books are full of factual information, however, the second one is a fictional story…

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We filled our sensory box with salt and penguins, and Ted has been having a good play, with a the more basic polar animal book beside him….

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Maya, Alfie and I have been painting penguins, and making finger-print penguins…

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I think Ted did the ‘northern lights’…

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…and Alfie and I have briefly touched on explorers…reading about ‘race’ to the antarctic….

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..in this book of ‘important maps’…

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Plus, ironically, on the back of our milk packet this week we have a little information about polar explorers..

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..which includes a website (with english translation) ‘polarforskningsportalen.se’ about recent research and expeditions to both the north and south pole, including blogs by researchers, and some very interesting photographs… πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Polar Animals & Discovering The Arctic

Our winter nature shelf has finally found it’s place….

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..among snowflakes….

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….and igloos…

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…and “caves for the animals”….

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…plus beautifully painted candle holders, and ‘King Winter’ in place…

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Hmmm. Not too much nature it’s true! πŸ˜‰ But winter it is all the same! And we love it! πŸ˜‰

This week we’ve been reading a bit about polar animals…

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…specifically talking about those animals who live in the arctic.
Ted and I were lucky enough to visit the Natural History Museum, where we looked specifically at ‘polar animals’..

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Ted described this as “a really fun aquarium” (!!!) …. πŸ˜‚
When home we played with our tube of polar animals with real snow. Beside the tray I placed the polar animal book, and Ted carefully went through the different animals and what they were called, using both book and toys….

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Later on in the week I made a sensory box for Ted…

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…but so far T has remained uninterested! πŸ˜‰
Maya joined us with painting ‘cold arctic pictures’, where we used and talked about ‘cold colours’ and used polar bear cookie cutter as a print…

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Alfie and I read this beautiful book….

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….the text is quite difficult and needs some explanation, but the pictures are stunning…

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It’s an amazing factual story about how so many animals and birds make the journey to the North in the Spring, and 4 million miles home again in the autumn. Wonderful. 😊
Together with this book, Alfie and I completed ‘the Arctic’ in his world sticker book…

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I think it’s important to point out that, despite what many children’s books and films present, in actual fact, polar bears and penguins do not live in the same place! This week we have been looking at the Arctic and it’s animals, next week we will look at the Antarctic.
Alfie and I have also been reading closely about polar bears through these books…

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…both of which are excellent resources and tales about how the polar bear lives.
The film ‘The Little Polar Bear’ was a fun watch for Alfie and Ted, but for something more ‘real’ we’ll be watching Attenborough’s ‘Frozen Planet’. β„οΈβ›„οΈπŸŒŽ

Pet Week

This week we’ve had a little bit of a mini-theme regarding ‘pets’.
A vet’s surgery….

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….with rabbits, cats, dogs, chickens and turtles …

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…..masks….

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…drawing of favourite pets…Ted drew a cat…

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….with the tail on the other side of the paper πŸ˜‰

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Alfie learnt about graphs…..(calculating who has which pets and how many..)…

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…and read some ‘animal words’….

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We read books about pets….

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….a little fact as well as fiction….

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…and the most interesting activity (for me anyway), was the ‘invitation to play’ that I set up ; paper on the train table, pots of pens, and groups of toy pets (from a pet ‘toob’ I bought years ago)……

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I had envisaged ‘ringing of groups’ (as in sets), but instead, this happened….

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…a little ‘observational drawing’ from our artistic Alfie πŸ˜‰ ☺️🎨
Wonderful!

“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! πŸ™‚

Beautiful Brilliant Blue!

Some weeks ago we concluded our primary colours by going on a ‘blue walk’…

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We discovered there were lots of blue things about… πŸ˜‰

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We found lots of books with blue related things….

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…’The Blue Balloon’ was our favourite…

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….which meant playing with them of course…

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…and the blue rice was a hit too…

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Beautiful brilliant blue! I think we may have our colours now! πŸ˜‰

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… πŸ™‚

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 ! πŸ˜‰
I think we’ve got red covered! πŸ™‚

Train Week

Last week was train week. It started with a slightly obsessional need to read lots of ‘Thomas the tank engine’ books, and led to the pulling out of, and playing with, the wooden train set…

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…popular with both younger boys!

Thomas came with us to the park, where we made lots of tracks…

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…plus also tracks in paint at home…

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We set up a train inside, where the ‘nabbis’ (rabbits) were the passengers….

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…and we had some great 1:1 correspondence with face stickers and train carriages…

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Of course, train week couldn’t be train week without a visit to the ‘spΓ₯rvΓ€gsmuseet’ in Stockholm…

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…where you can’t only play with trains and ride trains, but ‘drive’ them…

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…become a ticket collector…

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….and check out some very very old trains…..

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