Thursday, 27 June 2013

Sheep traktatie - party treats

Today was my sons last day of Peuterspeelzaal (kinder). It was a combined celebration for both the end of school year and an early Birthday party for the two oldest boys that turn four over the summer holidays.

I made simple, yum yet healthy traktatie (treats). Yogurt covered rice biscuits made into sheep.

I made two similar but slightly different templates and cut out all the pieces, I found nail scissors pretty good for this fiddly job, a hole punch for the eyes and a white pencil for the nostrils. I then stuck them onto the rice bicuits the morning of the party with a mixture of water and powder sugar.

Friday, 21 June 2013

'Love in a Mist'

When we arrived at our holiday house last summer, the Nigella damascena, commonly known as 'Love in a Mist', had all but finished flowering for the season. Over the next few weeks, the kids watched how the vibrant green stems and leaves faded into a beautiful soft green straw colour, while the seed pods developed and swelled like big pregnant bellies. By the time our vacation was over, the Nigella pods were just beginning to crack, ready to shake their seeds free. They were too glorious to leave behind, so before we left we pulled out whole armfuls, bundled them up and carefully packed them into the back of the car. We uprooted the remaining plants and shook out their seed. In three weeks we head back to this little peace of paradise, hopefully the kids will find a whole new crop of Nigella and we can repeat the whole process again. A lovely way for the kids to learn about the life cycle on an annual.

Our craft-room is in the attic, we work in there nearly everyday, so what better place to hang them for us to admire!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Little walnut tree

I thought a nice way to begin this little blog, would be to share how my children learn how life can sprout from a nut shell.

We have numerous walnut trees trying to begin their life in my garden, courtesy of the clumsy local birds. Unfortunately the garden isn't large enough to house them, so out they must go.  I do spare the odd one though, the lucky survivors get to spent  the remainder of their lives on a window sill in a glass jar filled with glass stones. It's a lovely way for the kids to see how the plant emerges from the shell, sending roots down into the jar, a little brown trunk up and branches out, soon to unveil lime green leaves. It will grow happily like this for many months before it finally drowns. A sad end, but an educational journey.