How to make a paper lantern, using a simple willow frame.
Storytelling is a wonderful way for children to learn, and these Rama and Sita puppets are great as a Diwali activity. Here’s how we made them, with ideas on how to use puppets and stories to learn and explore.
Rama and Sita puppets: Diwali activity [Read more…]
This ever so cute, not really scary yarn wrapped spider is easy to make and offers a great fine motor skills work out for little fingers.
Will you be celebrating Diwali with your children next month? I think observing festivals from many different cultures is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the wider world. The festival of lights is taking place on Wednesday November 11th 2015 and a creative way to mark the occasion by making some salt dough candle holders.
Have you ever used henna to make mehndi patterns? We tried it this week as part of our project on weddings around the world and it was wonderful. Such a lovely group activity and a great hands-on (truly!) way to learn about a culture different to our own. Oh, and surprising good for math games too. Here are our tips for how to use henna as a beautiful art and math lesson.
Henna math games :: making mehndi patterns [Read more…]
Brace yourself. Winter’s coming, with its short days, dark afternoons, and cold and bleak outdoors. That extra indoor time over the cold months leads to restless children and frazzled parents.
After a few months of back-to-school, we’re all ready for a change of pace. We could do with a spark of something to add energy to the sluggish weeks and get us excited about our days again.
It’s been a tough year for many of us, with family challenges, and fearful things happening in the world. I really feel like I want to gather my children close and spend a cosy and connected winter with them.
So I’ve come up with a plan.
In September we jump back into school, ready to go. I love to plan at that time of year, and after a pretty carefree summer we all feel ready for some routine and activities for a few months. But as December rolls in, I need a pick-me-up.
It’s dark when we get up in the morning, and afternoons out are cut short because the light fades so early. I know my children could do with a change of pace after working hard on lessons for a few months. It’s hard to motivate yourself though, to get organised, plan everything, cheer-lead and re-energise everyone else, when you’re feeling slower and sluggish yourself, right?
I get it. I love my children, I love spending time with them, and I want our days to feel cosy and connected – I’d just like someone else to organise it all!
That’s why I’ve created the Winter Workshop for us. For me, for my children, for you and for yours. It’s just what we need to delight in this winter season.