Saturday, 9 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE - TIE DYE TOPS



You will need:
  • White cotton top
  • Hand dye, such as Dylon. (That is the brand we used)
  • Large bucket
  • Elastic bands
  • Water



First of all take sections of your top and wrap elastic bands around it. the more sections you do this too the more circles you will have on your top.


Mix the hand dye with the water as instructed on the packet. Use an old wooden spoon to push the top in to the water. The spoon will stain so make sure its not one you want to stay clean! Leave the tops in the dye for a couple of hours for a good strong colour. 


 Take out the tops (best to use rubber gloves for this bit) and rinse out the top in cold water. Then remove the rubber bands and leave to dry. To make these colour fast then follow the instructions on your dye packet. Also wash these separately a couple of times to prevent colour run in to other clothes.




Friday, 8 September 2017

CRAFTING IN THE GARDEN!

Some days are just craft days. Lots of art and making. Today was one of those days. We all sat outside around the table and worked on our own little craft projects. Chatting and crafting. I love watching the children being creative.






There was so much chat and conversation going on. Talking about things they had read or places they had been.


Helping each other with a  craft if needed.


Thursday, 7 September 2017

OUTDOOR COOKING - TOAST AND JAM


We love cooking outdoors and our Forest School sessions are a great time to do this. Our leader toasted the bread over the fire pit and then the children buttered and jammed their own pieces.
We just poke a stick through the bread and hold it over the fire. It toasts very quickly!


Great life skills being learnt. Learning how to use a knife to spread rather than cut can be a new experience for many children.


Yummy!! This will keep us going for a while. A refuel ready to play again.


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Understanding the world

TROLLS ENJOYING WHAT TROLLS ENJOY!



We spent a sunny day at a nearby park. The great thing about this park is that it has lots of areas to suit all ages. I thought the older children would go in to the play ground or play crazy golf but they had other ideas! They spent the whole day in the sand pit!


It all started with Brendan, the eldest at 15 years old digging his way under a bridge! Kenzie is never far behind as Brendan often has some really cool ideas! Soon he was digging a hole under the bridge too!


 
A baby came to check out how the building was going!


Little "R" spend hours digging and digging till she made it out the other side! A tunnel from one side to the other!



I wouldn't stand too close to the bridge. You might get dragged under! Trolls are not keen on visitors!



All the hard work deserves a drink and a rest. They spent all day in their holes under the bridge! Every pocket in their shorts was full of sand.... their hair was full of sand.... my car was full of sand!


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

BUTTERFLY AND FAIRY WINGS

While flicking through the craft pages on Baker Ross website, I came across these amazing sets of wings that you could decorate. I know several children that would love to have their own wings so I bought some packs! They were GREAT!! 


I offered paint, glue, feathers, and colourful scraps that could be added to the wings.


Puss decided that she only wanted paint on hers! Lots of bright colours!


I did add some sticky tape across the main join as it looked like the card would become weak in that area after some use. I think she did a pretty good job!

They have them on sale at the moment if you fancy grabbing some. (Baker Ross have not sponsored this post or asked me to write one.... I just love these wings!)


OUTDOOR COOKING - POPCORN OVER THE FIRE PIT

Popcorn is a nice easy and healthy snack to cook over the fire pit with your little ones. Once the fire has died down and you have some nice hot embers, you can hold the corn kernels over the fire and watch them all pop.
Our Forest School leader has a great idea for containing everything, She uses 2 sieves that are positioned together to make an enclosed bowl. They are held together with string and tin foil over the top to protect it. All this is tied to a long stick.




The children have a lot of fun waiting for the corn to start popping. You can see them all watching and waiting Then It starts and they all get very excited!!



Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Understanding the world

HOMEMADE TOYS- LITTLE STICK PEOPLE


My sister in law made these really cute little stick people for our Forest school session and I had to share them with you. They are so easy to make. A stick and a nice sharp knife to shape them, a dab of paint for the hat and a little happy face!

This old brick seemed like the perfect addition to the play space. They can be dropped in the holes and pulled out again easily!


They remind me a little of Pontipines from "In The Night Garden". You could make a whole family!


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world


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