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Things we do at home as a family

Willow Star wand

Earlier in the year we planted some willow.  We decided to harvest some and make these lovely willow wands.

Once we cut it we then stripped all of the leaves off.  I presume that you could use and fresh, thin tree branch if you don’t have willow.

Instructions:

Make a bend in the willow about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.  (See above)

Next make another bend and bring the willow underneath the bottom 1/3.

Now bend it back over and then weave it through the triangle  you have made.

Finally bend the willow back over the top and the down through to complete your star.

Wrap the end of the willow around the main stem and then tuck it in to hold it tight.

The perfect wand for halloween!

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Halloween Slime – UK recipe

We have been having a lovely relaxed family day today as we start half term.  Seb wanted to make some Halloween slime – so I thought we would share it with you.

We still love our simple slime recipe and it literally takes 4 minutes to make.   Seb has made a little video showing how it is done.  Full instructions below.

Once it was turned out it was still a bit sticky so we kneaded it with a bit more contact lens solution and it all came together perfectly 🙂

How fab are these glass eyes – perfect for this spooky slime.  #affiliate

OOOHHHHHH spooky!!

I have created a free printable of this recipe and instructions – or see below with links to purchase bits you need from amazon:

UK Slime recipe borax free

Ingredients:

1 cup of PVA glue

¼ cup of water

Food colour (gels work best)

1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

Contact lens solution (with boric acid)

Method:

  1. Put the all the ingredients except for the contact lens solution into a bowl and mix well – until combined.
  2. Add a tablespoon of contact lens solution and mix well. It should start coming together.
  3. Add more contact lens solution if needed. Mix well.  Keep going until the slime is not too sticky to touch.
  4. Turn out onto a smooth surface and knead for a few minutes. Then it should be ready.

We hope you have fun!

See our other halloween bits here:

Parts of a Bat cards

Halloween minbeast matching cards

Halloween Minibeasts (types of)

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    DIY Braille feely blocks – Sensory Fun

    I have been meaning to make this activity for ages.  Freya and Seb have really enjoyed it this morning and I was very surprised how well they could actually recognise the letters.

    We have really enjoyed this magical book called ‘The black book of colour’. #affiliate

    We have also enjoyed a book called ‘Mole’s Sunrise’

    Both of these books help to talk about the concept of not being able to see with young children.

    We started talking about braille and I used this resource from the wonderful website Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip (I am including this as it is a great site – I have no affiliate link with them).

    That gave me the idea to create a Braille block to he Freya and Seb understand what the letters feel like.

    DIY Braille feely blocks

    These really are simple to make – for ease I have included a link to where you can get the supplies on amazon but you can get these in other places – I got my topple tower from poundland.

    Shopping list:

    Wooden Tumbling Stacking
    Pearl stickers
    Sharpies

    For Feely box:

    Craft foam
    O
    ld shoe box

    Instructions:

    Simply write the letters on the blocks with a sharpie.  I have chosen to use the montessori colours for letters and isolated the vowels by using blue.  Then stick the pearl stickers on!  Voila!

    I also made a quick feely box.  I cut out circles from the shoe box.  I then stuck craft foam on the inside with a cross cut out so the hands can fit in but it covers up and gaps for peeking!

    Here you can see Freya’s hand on the inside of the box.

    I then used double sided tape to stick a laminated version of the Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip to the top so they could use it or refrence.

    The Game

    Place some or all of the braille blocks in the box and then the person feeling has to say which letter it is before pulling it out.

    Variations could be to place blocks that make a word in the box and the child has to lay the blocks out in order before opening the lid!

    I am sure there are so many other ways we will explore and play with this but for now we will say goodbye.

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    Slime Bubbles – UK recipe Borax Free

    We have been playing with Slime for the past two days.  Lots of fun, fine motor and this time we added in straws which the children have been blowing bubbles with!  Its been great for controlling breath.

    We whipped up a batch of Borax Free slime (Recipe available here) and added some straws #affiliate

    We have had so much fun!

     

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    Sun Safety for Kids with UV Bracelets

    We all know how important it is to teach our kids about staying safe in the sun.  Since a young age we have talked about this with Freya and Seb.  Sometimes though it is hard for them to see when we need to put on suncream.  How can they tell when UV isn’t visible?  Well they can now with these simple UV bracelets.  As soon as they are exposed to UV they start to change colour!

    As you can see above – the beads are white when there is no UV and then Purple, pink or blue when they are exposed to UV.

    These UV beads are very affordable – I got mine from amazon. #affiliate https://alexa.design/2orsE0O

    I have made these in school too.  It was a great lesson and I didn’t tell the children about the special beads, we just made the bracelets to start with.  I saw this design on the fabulous blog RedTedArt – no need to make my own so here it is.  Simply use the UV Pony beads instead of the coloured ones. You will need loom bands too!

    Once we got outside the children started to notice the change.

    We discussed what it might be.  Eventually we decided it was the sun.  I told the children it was UV light that is invisible but comes from the sun.  This is what also causes sunburn,  So now the children know when their bracelet changes colour they need Sun Screen.

    Here are some pics of Freya and Seb making them too 🙂

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    DIY Bird Feeders in 5 Minutes!

    We have started to learn about the birds in our garden and we decided we wanted to try and encourage some more!

    A quick trip to the local supermarket and we got some bird seed and dried worms!  (Much to Seb’s delight!)  You can also order these on amazon http://amzn.to/2nAI4vG #affiliate.

    We have been using these free cards to learn about British birds:

    British birds (Three part cards)
    British birds (Three part cards)
    Free printable to show 48 common british birds. ...
    Download

    Now we needed to find a way to feed the birds without spending a fortune on bird feeders.  Luckily we had camembert for lunch and it gave me this idea!

    Shopping list:

    Camembert box (never far from my fridge and I always keep old ones for crafting much to my husbands dismay!
    String – I always like to use natural string
    Bradawl or small screw driver

    Instructions:

    First, make four holes in the camembert case on opposite sides.

    Next, cut 2 lengths of string approximately 60 cms.

    Thread the string through the holes on opposite sides and secure with a knot.

    Voila!

    Fill with seeds and worms and you are ready to go.

    Ready to hang in a tree

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    Easter Egg Pinata

     

    We had so much fun making this Easter Egg Pinata for an event at school.  It was really popular there too!

    I was inspired by a post from Studio DIY for DIY Egg Popper Tree.   I have adapted this idea slightly though – see details below.

    To make this Pinata you will need the following.  Poundland in the UK is where I got my supplies so a ten egg Pinata is less than £4!

    Shopping list (affiliate links for amazon):

    Plastic eggs
    Pipe cleaners
    Tissue paper
    String (I love jute string for its natural feel)

    You can choose to hide whatever you like in the eggs.  Here are some ideas we tried-

    Mini chocolate eggs
    Easter chicks
    Sweets
    Tattoo stickers
    Letters – we did this as part of a challenge where children collected eggs with letters in and had to find the code word to get the prize!

    Instructions:

    First thread a pipe cleaner through the two holes in the bottom of the egg.

    Now form the pipe cleaner into a loop.

    Finish by wrapping the pipecleaner ends round so they are tucked away.  I have put a marshmallow in this one.

    Now close the egg and choose some tissue paper to wrap it in.  Cut a square of tissue paper.

    Cut 2 pieces of sting about 60cm long.  Tie one onto the bottom of the pipe cleaner loop.

    Now roll the tissue paper round the egg and then twist the ends like a sweet wrapper.  Twisting the pipe cleaner with the tissue paper will help hold it securely.

    Secure the top of the tissue paper with the other piece of string.

    Now repeat, making as many eggs as you think you will need.

    I actually tied mine all on to an old sellotape roll – but you could just tie them all together.

    We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!

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    Valentines Slime UK Ingredients 

    We’ve been playing and adapted our slime for Valentine’s Day – what says I love you more than… Slime!

    We played around with the recipe a bit and tested them out. We made one Slime which was more like a silly putty. The second was super stretchy and Freya and Seb preferred this stretching it across the room…

    Recipe 1: firmer silly putty slime

    Ingredients:

    Method:
    For each 1 cup of PVA glue that you use you will need 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda.

    Add gel colour.

    Mix these together in a bowl.

    Add desired amount of glitter – you can always add more later 🙂

    Next you need to add the contact lens solution – we add about a tablespoon at a time.

    Mix well and then add another tablespoon.

    Repeat this until the desired slime is achieved.

    It will start to come together in a lump on the spoon.  If you then touch it with your finger to test if it is sticky.  If it is – add some more contact lens solution.

    Now you are ready to play!!

    Recipe 2: Super Stretchy Slime

    This recipe is almost identical to the recipe above but includes water and makes it more stretchy.

    Ingredients:

    Method:
    For each 1 cup of PVA glue that you use you will need 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and 1/4 cup of warm water.

    Add gel colour.

    Mix these together in a bowl.

    Add desired amount of glitter – you can always add more later 🙂

    Next you need to add the contact lens solution – we add about a tablespoon at a time.

    Mix well and then add another tablespoon.

    Repeat this until the desired slime is achieved.

    It will start to come together in a lump on the spoon.  If you then touch it with your finger to test if it is sticky.  If it is – add some more contact lens solution.

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    Seb’s 6th Birthday Lego Party


    I LOVE Pinterest. If am am planning anything, a party, a lesson, a sewing project, I will always make a board and search for ideas and inspiration. If you are interested my Pinterest board is pinterest.com/montessorisoul.

    But back to Seb’s birthday. The boy is obsessed with Lego so it was an easy option to do a Lego Party.
    I have found spending time finding simple but effective ideas can have a great impact. So I researched food, decoration and games.  All pinned on to my Lego Party board. I have also created some things from other parties adapted for the Lego theme.

    Lots of these ideas have been completed by Freya – she is 7 and I think it is really important that she can achieve things for her self 🙂

    Disclaimer: this post includes links to Amazon which are part of an affiliate scheme to help the costs of running this blog and giving everything away for Free.

    Decorations:

    Such a simple idea – yellow balloons and sharpies!! We used oil based sharpies for the white. Freya really enjoyed this!


    This became a bit of a mission – but using a5 craft foam I made rectangles 10cm x 15cm. Cut 6 circles approx 3cm. Glued using my amazing new glue gun I got for Christmas. Finally, added the letters and threaded onto a string. Looks amazing!

    Games:


    Car building challenge:

    We sorted out pots of Lego so each child has the same bricks and 2 sets of wheels. The kids then set about making there own cars to race down the ramp!  I made a ramp using an MDF board I had and then used black insulation tape to mark the lanes. As I was on a roll with the craft foam I also made the start and numbers! Could have easily done this with a sharpie though 🙂


    Lego Piñata

    I saw this idea so we set about making our Piñata using papier-mâché on and old box. I didn’t want to use sweets so the Piñata was pulled with finger lights and party blowers so the children could have a disco afterwards!


    Pin the head on the Lego man:

    We made an A3 Lego man and laminated it. I then made heads the same size to match. As the kids arrived they each decorated a head with a sharpie.

    Food!

    The fun part!!


    Lego ninja’s:

    Very simple babybel cheese and black icing for the eyes! So simple, yet so effective. Took about 2 minutes!


    Lego tortilla crisps:

    I ordered some Lego cookie cutters from amazon. Cut the shapes out of a tortilla – then baked in 180c oven for 5 minutes. Voila. Humus in the middle and healthy Lego food!


    Lego brick sandwiches:

    I used a bottle lid to cut the circles and then ‘glued’ in place with some cream cheese. Simple as that…


    Lego Cake:

    This cake was so much easier than it looks! We used the Logo moulds to make the Lego bricks that you can see at the top. But other wise we just rolled out ready made icing and cut it into rectangles and Freya built the wall. As we made a round doing cake (just a basic recipe with cream cheese icing between the layers) we cut one edge off so it was flat. Once the wall was built we used white ready made icing to drape over the top and then cut and rolled and added the Lego figures!



    Lego Pizzas:

    Freya used the Lego cutters to cut out puff pastry and turned them into mini pizzas. All her own work!

    It was a great party – made better by great friends.

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