A Summer Party

Six months on , we celebrate Alfie’s 8th birthday. 😄

He didn’t want a party in December. At least he couldn’t decide what kind of party to have. Or how many people to invite. And he didn’t want games – at least not competitive ones…

So we settled for an open-ended summer party, with free play, lots of friends, and lots of fun! 😄

He had four requests…

a) To have ‘geometry dash’ plates and cups…

…which we made by printing out lots of ‘geometry dash’ faces and sticking them on plain plates and cups (cups not shown).

b) To have ‘FNAF’ cupcakes, which Maya and I made….

…and for your information, he is not allowed to play ‘FNAF’ yet, but he is very intrigued by it, as some of his friends play it, so this does not stop him from looking up the pictures of the characters on the internet, and drawing them… 😳

c) A craft table with minecraft / supermario / geometry dash / FNAF pictures (printed from the computer) which you could cut and stick with…

Sadly this table was not appreciated by his friends….but it was a lovely idea, and everyone had a wonderful time running around playing instead.

d) To have a ‘shop’. We had a token system….

Every child was given an envelope with their name on. In each envelope were 10 tokens (which I found in a local shop)….

With these 10 tokens, the kids could buy 1 each (sometimes more, depending on the item), from the ‘summer kiosk’ menu…

Translation is…

Ice-cream bar, candyfloss, tube of bubbles, FNAF cupcake, big punchball balloon, paper craft, origami boat with snacks (crisps and goldfish crackers), slice of watermelon, mini water pistol and a bottle of soda (NO Coca-cola!).

And yes, we borrowed a candyfloss machine (from the scout hut – there are benefits from being a scout leader!) 😆

After the kids had eaten pizza or a hotdog, they were given their envelope of tokens, and allowed to ‘buy’ from the kiosk. 😄

And we had decorated the veranda in ‘summer style’ with coloured flags and an ice-cream banner…

There was free play in the garden – water balloon pinatas hanging from the tree, and an obstacle course, as well as the usual swings, climbing ropes and spider net, and trampoline. At the end we put on the water sprinkler (we had told the kids in advance to bring a change of clothes or swimming gear), and Richard did a treasure hunt for the party bags.

The kids really enjoyed the kiosk, putting the water pistols and the balloons (not so much the bubbles!) to good use. 

And at the end, it was the present opening….  

It was a fantastic, wonderful party – really enjoyed by everyone – so much, in fact, that many of the kids want to do the same for their birthdays! 😄😄😄


End Of The Pre-School Years!

Four children, and the last of the four, has had his last day at preschool! Ending with the traditional summer concert in the church, followed by cake…

Goodbye preschool years!

It doesn’t feel sad right now – but I might be sad when he goes off to ‘big’ school (Reception / Kindergatan) in August! 😳

English Club : Water (Making a raft and having a race)

Our last class for the Thursday group this term. Unfortunately we only had two members – being the end of the school term, kids have started early holidays and have school trips, etc – but we had fun anyway, exploring our last element, water.

Starting with an ice-cream…

 We scooted down to the river, and I read them A.A.Milne’s excerpt from ‘The House At Pooh Corner’, about the game ‘pooh sticks’, and how to play it.

And then of course, we played it..

Having watched the flow of the river take our sticks under the bridge, we went on to make mini rafts…

..which we then floated on the river, and raced them down the river, using the flow of the water….

And Maya just couldn’t help but dance in the river afterwards! 😄


English Club : Stone Walk

Our final class for the Monday group, and our final ‘geology class’.

We celebrated with a ‘stone walk’ – their mission was to complete the following…

Starting with an ice-cream…

These are some of the examples taken of ‘rock used by and for mankind’…

…and rock in ‘natural settings’….

(The above picture was focused on the rock in the person’s garden..)

Along the way, the kids were asked to collect samples of the three kinds of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, and then to sort them all in to groups – much trickier than expected!

A nice ending to the term… 😄

A Beautiful Picture

On going to renew Ted’s passport, we stumbled across a newly opened toy shop in town – imagine our surprise when stepping in, to look around, we were handed a bag of goodies and a helium balloon!

Something which Alfie enjoyed, and which encouraged this lovely picture….❤️

English Club : Our last element ;Water (What does it do?)

It was absolutely deluging with rain outside, so unfortunately we couldn’t experience water at the lake or the river, as I had originally intended.

So, instead, we experimented with water inside. We first talked about how much water we had on earth, how it was the most important thing on earth and why,  how it tasted, smelled and what it looked like.

We then went to talk about how it reacted, first comparing water to our sand marble runs we made last week. What would water do? It would run down. Why? Because of gravity. What did we need to combine the sand in to a stronger shape? We needed water. Water reacts with materials, changing it’s form.

Then we tried two experiments, both to do with the above facts. The first was seeing how water ran downwards, by the scrunching of paper, and using pipettes and coloured water to drop on the paper, see the rivers it makes, and open it up to see the ‘art work’. The fun part was using two different types of paper – normal printing paper, and watercolour paper, to see which held the water the longest. The watercolour paper was by far the strongest!

We then tested how water could change materials, by using cornflour, and making oobleck. Such a successful experiment with the Monday group, I wanted to try it with this group too. And they loved it! 😄

This group, being slightly younger, found it much harder to add the exact amount of water for the right consistency – thus truly experiencing how water changes form!

Some of the students were away this week on holiday and at concerts, so we had a small group. 😄

Pre-school Carnival Day

Catching up on my blog again – going back a few weeks – and we celebrated Ted’s preschool ‘Music Carnival’ day. An annual event where some of the pre-schools in the local area meet at the church, and walk down to a nearby park with balloons, singing and playing instruments. And when they get to the park, the younger ones have a song & rhythm time, and the older ones get to see a magician…

The girl in the picture is Alice, Ted’s best friend from pre-school. Unfortunately they are going to different schools (Reception / Kindergatan) next year, but I really hope we’ll stay in touch. 😄