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


SENSORY TRAY - YUMMY BUILDING SITE!



This is a sensory tray that even the littlest children and babies can enjoy (as long as they are old enough for dry cereal). I simply filled a shallow dish with bran flakes and added toy diggers.



The diggers can be driven through the Bran Flakes mud and use the scoops on the front to pick up and move it around. And if the construction workers get hungry they can have a little snack!

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

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE "PIPE CLEANER BIRD FEEDERS


You will need:
  • Cheerios
  • Pipe cleaners

Give the children the cheerios and pipe cleaners. They will probably eat as many as they thread if not more, but what they do actually thread will be great fine motor skill practice. Great for pre writing finger strength.



Find a  happy looking tree and hang up your feeders. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners together to stop the cheerios falling off.





Monday, 4 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE - BOTTLE TOP NAME CATERPILLARS



We have been practicing our names ready for starting school. Not just writing it but recognising it.
There has been a huge interest in the caterpillars and butterfly's in the garden. This led me to thinking about making caterpillars out of our names.

You will need:

  • plastic bottle caps in different colours
  • Black marker pen
  • A piece of paper with your child's name written clearly on it
  • Piece of card
  • Glue

Depending on the age and ability of your child you can either write letters on each cap and lay them out or let the child write each letter on the lids for themselves.
Show your child how to use the paper with their name on as a guide for getting the letters in the right order!


Offer a lid and the pen to your child and ask them to draw the face of their caterpillar on the lid.



Glue each bottle top down on the paper with the head at the front!


When the glue is dry add legs and antenna to your caterpillar.




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