The ABCs of Christmas…. coming to your inbox soon!

Hello all,

I haven’t forgotten you even if my posts have been a bit irregular recently.

I’ve been busy working on a little Christmas treat for you which I have called the ABCs of Christmas.  The plan is that for each day of December leading up to Christmas day I shall post up an idea of something for you to make or do with your little one to celebrate and enjoy the festivities, maybe start a few family traditions and generally have a bit of fun together.

I hope that the posts inspire you and that most of all you enjoy the lead up to Christmas Day.

I’ll be back with my first post on the 1st December!

 

What’s On Wednesday….. a few days late, SORRY!!!

Hi all,

Apologies for the delay in getting this post up but I have been busy preparing something special for the month of December for you all and I got a bit distracted!   Anyway, here’s a very quick What’s On Wednesday post for you:

My posts may be a little haphazard between now and December 1st but I have lots in store for you over December so hopefully that will make up for it! I hope that you have fun if you make it to one of these Christmas Fayres… it looks like there’s lots to do at them.

Fun Day Monday

Happy Monday to you all….. how has your week been? We had great fun last week celebrating the Hindu festival of light,Diwali, and learning about what Diwali is all about.

As part of this we made some divas (the small oil lamps that are lit and placed around the house as part of the celebrations) and some rangoli patterns using coloured rice. I thought I’d share what we did with you this week ao that you can celebrate Diwali too (albeit a week late) or you can adapt the activities for other celebrations such as Christmas.

To make a diva lamp you will need:

  • Air drying clay
  • Lots of sequins
  • Apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Put the apron on your little one… this activity can get a bit messy as the clay is still wet
  • Take a piece of clay and mould it into a tear shape like the lamp pictured below:

  • Give your little one the sequins and get them to push them in all over the lamp
  • Allow the lamp to dry and place a tealight in it (please always supervise your little one if you light the tealight)

If you want to make a rice rangoli pattern you will need to prepare your rice first. To do this you will need to do the following:

  • Mix 3tbsps of water with 5-10 drops of food colouring
  • Stir with a metal spoon until the colouring is dissolved
  • Add 1 cup of white rice and stir until the grains have all absorbed the colour
  • Let the rice sit for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Drain the water off and spread the rice out on a thick layer of newspaper
  • Let it dry overnight
To turn this into a rangoli pattern you simply draw the pattern that you want onto a piece of card and then put PVA glue onto different parts of the pattern. Your little one can then cover the glue with the coloured rice of their choice. Shake the rice off between glue and rice applications to allow you to build up your pattern.

If you do either of these activities I’d love to see the results…. the children had so much fun doing both activities and absolutely loved the feel of the coloured rice (you can save the unused rice for some fun sensory play).

What’s On Wednesday

This week’s What’s On Wednesday is inspired by the story of The Nutcracker….

Kelvingrove Museum are running workshops to create a ballerina or a toy soldier to take home on Saturday 24th November and Sunday 25th November from 1.30pm – 4pm on both days.

This activity is suitable for all ages and is free.

For more information call the museum on: 0141 2769599 or email them at: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

Fun Day Monday

Hey, how are you all? Have you had a fun weekend? We had one of those busy but lovely weekends with family and friends… lots of fun was had by everyone!

Anyway, back to the new week and lots of new activities for us to do in my childminding service. I am planning on doing some more shape recognition and colour work with the children and I came across this activity from a blog called “Blissfully Domestic”.

It’s a simple activity which doesn’t need too much preparation but could sustain your little one’s interest for a while (providing they’re in the mood to do a bit of sticking!)

(this image is taken from Blissfully Domestic’s blog)

To find out how to create this shape and colour sorting activity for your little one go to Blissfully Domestic’s blog.

To extend this activity further you can talk to your little one about the colours of the shapes, the shape names and if the shapes you cut out are different sizes you can do some size sequencing too.

Have a fun Monday!

What’s On Wednesday

Some story telling fun for this week’s What’s On Wednesday. Are you a fan of the Brothers Grimm? I remember being read stories from our copy as a little girl and loving them. Why not introduce your little one to the story “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by taking them along to the Riverside Museum this Saturday or Sunday from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.

This is a drop in session where you can visit the Victorian Street and hear this traditional story and handle real saddles and horse riding equipment in the saddler’s shop.

For more information you can call the museum on: 0141 2872720 or email them at: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

For details of how to get to the Riverside Museum click here.

 

 

 

Fun Day Monday…. Remember, Remember!

Happy Fireworks Night everybody!

For today’s Fun Day Monday I thought that it would be nice to show you  a firework craft activity that you can do with your little one.

We did some fireworks pictures in my childminding service on Friday and the children had a brilliant time making them especially as we got to use our metallic paints and glitter! Unfortunately I didn’t take any photographs of the children participating in this activity as we were too involved but luckily there are full instructions from the blog called, TP craft which is where I got the idea from. They have done their fireworks picture for the 4th July so I adapted it slightly for 5th November by giving the children black paper to print onto so it looks like the night sky.

A very simple way to produce a really effective picture…. have fun and if you go to a fireworks night tonight wrap up warm and keep safe.

 

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