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Super awesome journaling printable!!







I feel the need to first and foremost inform you that I did NOT name this post! That was Meelie. She has a distinct dislike for imaginative and fantasy writing (its a total waste of time in her opinion… and she would much rather learn ‘real’ stuff!) However today that changed!


 For ages I have been meaning to get these journalling pages finished for my girls. It has just been put to the bottom of the to-do pile over and over again! But No more will my crazy doodles lurk in a long forgotten dusty corner of our school room… They are out and free for all to see and enjoy!

My girlies were so excited that they insisted on doing all three that I had finished in one day! They sparked some pretty awesome conversations and we had a LOT of laughs… 


I really hope you will give them a go, I hope to complete at least 3 a week from here on in but… we life gets in the way sometimes 😉 xxx



Day 1: Download here
Day 2: Download here
Day 3: Download here

Feelly snuggle blanket

This might be something for a grown up to make or possibly an older child. But I loved making it so thought I would share it with you ☺☺:-)

You will need:
30cm square of bonda web
30cm square of fleece
30cm square of jersey
12 pieces of 10cm long ribbon
An Iron
A sewing machine (or a needle and lots of time/patience!)
Thread
1. Start by ironing the bonda web onto the reverse side of your fleece.

2. Evenly space your ribbons along the right side of your fleece six on one side and six on the opposite edge.

3. Now fold over the ribbon and pin

4. Repeat step 3 for all 12 ribbons.

5. Leaving the ribbon pins in, place the jersey good side down ontop of the fleece, trapping the ribbons in the middle. 

6.Then pin the two pieces of fabric together all the way around.

7. This is what the jersey side should look like.
8. This is the fleece side with the bonda web showing.

9. You are ready to sew! I used a zig zag stitch to begin with but found it pulled the jersy too much so switched to a straight stitch. This was much more successful. Sew along 3 and a half edges, leaving a good amount of room to turn it through and removing the pins as you go.

10.  Peel off the paper layer of the bonda web.
11. Put your hand through the remaining unsewn edge and pull the fabric through the gap so that the rightsides of both fabrics are on the outside.

12. Ensure ALL pins are removed!

13. Turn the seems in along the un-sewn edge and sew up to complete. I did one more round with my machine just to make it look tidier. The stitching was about 3-5mm from the edge all the way round and made for a nice finishing touch :-)

14. Finannly with the jersy side facing you iron over the whole piece to fuse the bonda web to the jersey. This should stop the two layers of fabric becoming twisted or ‘rumpling up’!
Tada!!


Clock lapbook



























Lou lou has had lots of fun completing this lapbook this week and best of all she has taken great pride in putting her new skill to good use! We haven’t been late ALL week!!!













Here is my clock lapbook. It is available for download here.







We also used a lot of worksheets from the mathdrills website. 


Click on the link above and scroll down to Reading and Sketching Time on Analog Clocks.






If you try out my lapbook I hope you and your little people enjoy it and would LOVE to hear how it went!

Tot boxes



Today I found myself foraging through our resources cupboard… this is not an unusual occurrence! I am often found knee deep in bottles of paint, glue sticks, maths text books … convinced I MUST have put the atlas/dictionary/pinking shears… away properly last time I used them. Only to find them nestled, conveniently in my bedside table draw a week later! But today was more exciting… I was retrieving our tot boxes ready to refresh them for bean in the coming months!!


If you are not familiar with tot boxes they are simply little packs of entertainment/education for littles. I LOVE them! More still I love the look on my little peoples faces when they are pulled out. 
We have a one box at a time rule to encourage a little focus but other than that they are free to explore the contents as they please!!



I was sad to realise I haven’t really got anything suitable for our little Bean in the near future. But every cloud has a silver lining as they say… I will be working on a few in the coming weeks and will share them with you as they progress!

For now, here area few of the boxes we do have:


Colour matching/sorting. Also good for motor skills if they attatch the clothes pegs onto the lollie sticks.

These animal matching cards are available to download here. I simply printed, laminated and cut them out!
 
Lacing.

Colour sorting. I got the little empty bottles from the scrapstore and covered them in sticky back plastic.

A sweet little puzzle, often leads to discussions about clothing and seasons.

Jar lids with different fabrics glued inside for texture matching.

Matching fabric shapes to the pictures.

Matching butterfly cards available for free download here. Just print, laminate and cut!

I have no-recollection of where I got these from but as soon s I find the link I’ll add it here.

Threading pipe cleaners into a tea strainer and a odd funny thing I found at the 
scrap store 😉

Buttons glued into the jar lids so the loose ones can be put ‘with their friends’

Cotton reel threading.

The older children loved making these to use for sorting.

Various sizes and colours of pom-poms to be sorted using chop-sticks or tongs.

Have you made anything similar? Do you have any ideas that I could add to my collection?! I’d love to hear about how you keep the smallest people in your homeschool entertained!

I’ve shared this post on the Learn and Play link up, and #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, why not pop over for more inspiring ideas?



#ToddlerApprovedTuesdayChristian Montessori Network

Easy peasy bunting.







Today we have been playing with some felt scraps and made some pretty and yet very simple bunting together. 







1. Cut out the bunting shape and pin to your felt. 


2. Carefully cut around your template.


3. Now cut out the star or heart template. 


4.Pin to a contrasting felt


5. Carefully cut around the pattern


6. You now have the main components ready to sew together.


 7. Choose a complimentary button!


8. Take your needle and thread and secure the end of the thread to your large triangle.


9. Thread the needle up through your embelishment.


10. Sew on the button through both layers of felt.
Congratulations!! You have completed your first ‘flag.’ Now repeat steps 1-10 until you have enough flags to make the length of bunting you require.


11. Now take your bias binding and lay out the bunting flags along it. Spacing them evenly.


12. Fold the bias binding over the top of your flags pinning all the way along so that every flag is secured. Using running stitch sew along the bias binding, removing the pins as you go.

Ta-da!!! Easy Peasy Bunting

Postcrossing day




Today was Postcrossing day :-) If you are not familiar with Postcrossing here’s a brief summary.

First you must register to be included in the Postcrossing database. (You can do that here)
The database will then randomly match your details to someone hoping to recieve some mystery mail.
You recieve an address and brief summary of the recipiants likes and dislikes.
All you have to do now is write a postcard and send it!
Once the postcard has been recieved you will be linked to another member but this time as a recipient! You will soon be recieving postcards from all over the world! Pretty cool huh?



 Its great fun and a lovely way to practise writing skills, as well as learning about other countries. Today we were writing to 5 different countries, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, China and Germany. 
We had lots of fun finding the destinations on a map and talking about what to write.

I like to include a few low value coins and sometimes some stickers if I know it’s going to a family with children. The posibilities are endless! We have recieved train tickets, cinema tickets, leaflets about local places of interest…

After writing our postcards we  wrote the postcard ID’s on the outside. Before sticking on some pretty stamps we had ready! I love the idea that we are sending a tiny bit of our country to someone who may never come here and yet will have a little momento from a place far away!

Have you ever tried post crossing? I’d love to hear your experiences.

The cow that laid an egg

the cow that laid an egg book review




Ok, so this is quite possibly THE best, most fantastic children’s book ever!! It has everything! 














Right now we have that out of the way… 

The cow that laid an egg


A beautiful and endearing story about true friendship, kindness and motherly love. The illustrations are bold and clear, with striking colour throughout. A must read for all, children and adults alike.

There are two sequels to date. both wonderful books, equally humorous and again illustrated perfectly. Not sure they can beat the original though 😉

Useful links

Craft Ideas
Egg decorating

Activity ideas
Sorting egg laying and non egg laying animals
Visit a farm

We love books, and have quite a stash on the bookshelves! Every now and then we find a really special one, when we do we’ll be sure to review it and let you know about it! Click here to be taken to my other book reviews.


Pretty storage tins









I love making pretty things from stuff that would usually go in the bin…This is a very easy project, just take care with the spray paint!!




 



1. Ensure your tin is completely clean and dry. Then in a well ventilated are spray using thin coats and allowing each coat to dry well before applying the next. 



  2. Stencil your picture onto the reverse of your sticky back plastic and cut. Or use your dye cutter.


 3. Remove the backing from your embellishment and stick onto your tin.


4. Ta – da! A pretty storage tin. What will you keep in yours?



I’d love to see your projects… please feel free to add pictures to my facebook page or tag me in an instagram post! 


Trash 2 TreasurePeakle Pie

Precaffinated disaster.






Today started with the usual breakfast bedlam.  Followed by missing socks and another unannounced visit from the hairbrush fairy.(goodness only knows what she does with them all!!)

All of this I could have coped with and frankly I wouldn’t expect any less from our brood. But today in my pre-caffinated state I was forced to endure more than any sleep deprived, 20 something, mother of many could reasonably be expected to be prepared for…  This morning poor little Lola (our gorgeous, butter wouldn’t melt border terrier puppy) got her foot trapped in the kitchen door and proceeded to do her very best massacred baby bunny impression outside on the decking. When the screaming and howling finally ceased we were left with a very forlorn pooch with one leg that, despite vast amounts of coxing, would not EVER make contact with the floor again! Or so it seemed…



We dutifully made an appointment with our vet and arrived early, (a first time for everything 😉 ) ensuring we had plenty of time to entertain the receptionist with our usual rowdy antics! Poor Lola sat in Mando’s arms letting out the occasional pitiful whimper and looked over her family with such a look of disappointment, that I was sure the receptionist would be on the phone to the RSPCA the second the consulting room door was closed! I was just sat counting my lucky stars that we had insurance to cover this bill that I was sure was going to be huge, when we were called in.

The darling little creature was placed on the table for the damage to be assessed.  No sooner had I explained that she was unable to stand up (and had barely moved from her bed since the horrendous incident occurred) than she was stood on he back legs, front feet on the unsuspecting vet’s shoulders, kindly ensuring she was clean behind the ears!!! 

So I kindly and calmly thanked the vet for her time and patience and escaped to the comparable serenity of my van. Albeit £30 lighter!

Friday Frolics