To a Haggis……..

Monday 25th January was Robert Burn’s birthday and we have been celebrating all things Burns and Scottish in my childminding service this week. We have read Scottish rhymes, made paper kilts, printed with neeps and tatties, danced to ceilidh music, baked shortbread and made our own wee pet haggis to name but a few activities…….we’ve had lots of fun :0)

The children loved everything they got to do this week but I have a sneaky suspicion that making the pet haggis was a favourite….. check out these happy boys with their new pets:

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If you want to make your own pet haggis you will need the following:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brown felt
  • Brown thread
  • Needle (please supervise all children when using a needle)
  • Pins
  • Toy stuffing
  • 2 x googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Tartan ribbon bow

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly draw a haggis shape onto a piece of card and cut it out using the scissors to make your template
  • Draw around your haggis template twice on the brown felt
  • Pin the two pieces of haggis together (I only used one pin to do this just to prevent the pieces from moving)
  • Thread the needle and show the children how to sew around the edges helping where necessary (I found that the children needed help around the spiky bits)
  • As you get close to finishing, stuff the haggis with the toy stuffing and then continue to sew to close the edge and make a knot to finish off
  • Using the glue, stick on the googly eyes and the tartan ribbon bow
  • If you are a little nervous about using needles and pins with little ones then you could always use glue to stick the two pieces of felt together. The children who completed this project with me were aged 4 and 5 and had my assistance the whole time but both managed the sewing really well and used the needle safely and we had no finger pricks (much to my relief!)

 

 

 

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Hello! We’ve been very busy in the past couple of weeks getting up to all sorts of winter themed activities. The children and I have been making our own snow for our sensory play tray, making snowmen that spell out our names, painting wintry scenes, singing songs about snowflakes and making our very own snowmen to take home….. as if that wasn’t enough it actually snowed last weekend too so we all had lots of fun snow play stories to share.

Of all the activities that we did I think the little snowmen were my favourite so that’s the activity I have chosen to share with you all….. may I present to you Snowy and Rosy (names chosen by the children):

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To make your own snowman you will need the following:

  • A toilet roll tube
  • PVA glue
  • A glue spreader
  • Cotton wool balls
  • 2 twigs
  • 5 buttons
  • Orange card
  • Scissors
  • An old baby sized sock
  • Piece of thread

And you need to do the following:

  • Firstly stick both twigs into the sides of the tube to make the arms (I made a little hole in the sides of the tube first to make it a bit easier)
  • Cover the toilet roll tube in PVA glue using the glue spreader
  • Cover the glue with the cotton wool balls until completely covered
  • Stick 2 buttons onto the cotton wool for eyes
  • Using the scissors, cut a carrot shape out of the orange card
  • Stick the carrot shape onto the cotton wool for a nose
  • Stick the remaining 3 buttons down the front of the cotton wool
  • Make the hat by cutting the toe off the sock
  • Cut into the top of the sock (where you have just cut the toe off) to make the fringing
  • Use the thread to pull the fringing together and tie to make the hat shape
  • Put the hat on the top of the toilet tube (you may need to glue this into place)
  • Give your snowman a name and enjoy them all year round

We had a great time making these and what I loved was that they required very little intervention from me. A bit of help with the cutting of the carrot nose and making the fringing for the hat and that was it so the children had a real sense of achievement at the end of the activity and they were very excited about showing their snowmen to their mums and dads.

Happy New Year

Well Hello you! I know, I know… it has been a while! Did you miss me?! I missed you although, if I am honest, my feet haven’t touched the ground since moving to our new house and having our lovely twins. I had a little boy and a little girl and they are amazing :0) They certainly keep us on our toes especially now that they are into absolutely everything… It’s just as well I am a childminder and my house has been baby-proofed!

So, I am back! I actually started childminding again in August when my first born started school (how quickly did that come round?) and I am having a great time getting to know my mindees and planning lots of fun activities for us to do together.

Now that I am back I was wondering who is still out there signed up to the blog and what you might like me to write about….. I may not be quite as regular with my updates as I was pre-twins (as you can imagine, life with three children can get a bit busy!!) but I will do my best to keep you informed of fun things to do in the area or share some of the great activities we get up to in the service.

Why not drop me a line and let me know what would be useful for you.

You can get me at: victoriadalechildminding@hotmail.co.uk

I hope to hear from you soon but for now I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very HAPPY 2016…. here’s hoping it’s a year full of fun days shared with those you love dearly.

 

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