No sew doll clothes from fabric remnants

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I had a few items of clothing my toddler had outgrown which I decided to turn into refashioned clothes. Among other things, I had this plain white cardigan (forgot to take a picture when it was still only white)  It … Continue reading

Week-CHESS – Chess set Part 1

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Anyone for toddler chess? Yes, I know, my 2 year-old is way too young for the real thing but she definitely enjoys playing with the tiny pieces of Papa’s travel-chess, and being magnetic adds so much to the fun. Anyhow,  I was … Continue reading

Week PUZZLES -A puzzle with a story

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What to do with a torn story book… Have you ever had your toddler tearing a loved book and then thought “It’s such a pretty book and story, I might be able to do something with it”. Yes, that’s what happened … Continue reading

Week- PUZZLES – Colouring and Cutting

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Due to all the celebrations and days off, meaning having dad around, the children haven’t had to much time for other than pure joy around papa’ So I had to leave both yesterday’s and today’s posts comprised in one. So easy because many times there can be … Continue reading

Week-WATER – Water board fun

I got inspired by Kelly’s ball run and came up with this idea of using water for a run. I looked for some ideas in Pinterest and got even more inspired with the beautiful boards, fences and walls I found there.

Whereas you use it for marbles or balls like Kelly, you might want to use it for water considering the wonderful sunny weather. As for what you can use to make it, we used the following :

  • cinta adhesiva = sellotape
  • tabla de acrilico = acrylic board
  • botellas plasticas recicladas = recycled plastic bottles
  • pedazo de manguera = piece of hosepipe
  • AGUA = water

You can use your recycled yogurt pots, juice bottles, water bottles, etc…

A even thought a flower pot would serve as a shower 🙂

 I think something like this  properly attached or nailed to a wall or fence and nicely decorated would work as a permanent entertainment feature for the children in the garden.

And we are thinking in making another one for sand play!

Make the water run down, study how and where it is going, collect it and start it all over again. Such fun with water recycling!!

Happy water playing!

Nancy

Week-SEEDS/ shakers

We all have made shakers at some point in our lives and it is always fun to make music with something we have actually created ourselves.  A few weeks ago, my son figured out how to make music with a few pins and elastic bands on this cork board. He had so much fun! So well, taking in advantage that I had to prepare some instruments for an event we have in a few days, I had a lovely relaxing and why not, fragrant activity for them to do.  Seed shakers! and while you can still use beans or rice or anything you fancy, we will be doing some with seeds as this is our theme of the week.

This is a crafty session that, if you want, can be turned into a multi-sensory fun session.

So your vocabulary for this week will include the following words:

  • semillas = seeds
  • semillas de calabaza = pumpkin seeds
  • semillas de ajonjoli = sesame seeds
  • semillas de mostaza = mustard seeds
  • anis estrella = star anise
  • semillas de hinojo = fennel seeds
  • semillas de girasol = sunflower seeds

You will need:

  1. containers like yogurt pots, tins or bottles
  2. seeds
  3. sello/masking tape
  4. paper or plastic lids

And here it is W filling her tin with linseeds

Remember that you can use any other seeds, but I am preparing some other stuff for this week with the ones mentioned above.

As for containers, be creative, use anything that can be filled and then cover with paper and sellotape or as I did with these tins, I covered them with some recycled nutella lids that happen to be the same size as the tins. Once you finish filling or even after playing some music, you can have some fun trying to listen out for the different sounds different seeds make, you can make them guess what seed is inside and even make tiny holes with a toothpick and let them smell to find out where the star anise is, believe me, if you let them smell before and after, they will certainly know at least where the star anise is, it is soooo fragrant!

And when you are done with the fun, why not feeding the birds. If you want an idea for a crafty bird feeder, wait for tomorrow, that is exactly what we are preparing for a crafty Tuesday.

And A filling a tin and a yogurt bottle with fennel seeds

Filled, decorated and ready to be shaken.

and on a side note, we almost forgot about A’s dandelion seeds. He had counted about 120 seeds in a head that he picked on the way from school and decided to try and plant them. Next step will be to check how many really show up in this  hanging basket…

… he cannot wait to have a bunch of leaves than he can actually cook 🙂

more on this in due course, in the meantime, have a lovely week!

Ten una linda semana!

Happy shaking!