Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hedgehog and Rabbit Bread

Today we had some fun making bread rolls with a difference, the plan was to make hedgehog rolls but ended up with rabbit ones as well.

The children love to knead the dough and had rather a lot of fun as they tried to shape their dough into hedgehogs and rabbits!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Autumn Part 3

I love to make stain glass pictures for my windows, using tissue paper or kite paper, I have this lovely book that I use, it is in German but find the pictures are enough to follow without understanding all the written words.

I then cut out some leaf shapes for the children to then cover with tissue paper.

After the success and fun we had with sticky back plastic earlier in the year, I decided to create an autumn tree on my patio door. I cut out a bare tree outline and stuck it to the door, then stuck some sticky back plastic over the top. Then let the children loose with all the autumn bits I had collected and it stayed up for a few weeks, with the littleones taking pieces of and moving them around and adding other random pieces! I must admit it was lovely to draw back the curtains on a sunny autumn morning and to see this with the sun lighting it up.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Autumn Part 2

I put together a box of autumn resources that I had, a mixture of pictures, toy animals, leaves, acorns, conkers etc. The children enjoyed matching the items to the pictures and talking about what they could see, the different textures, colours etc.

Had the joy of harvesting our pumpkins, couldn't of planned it better, 3 different size ones, so we could compare size and weight!

I cut open one of the pumpkins for the children to see what was inside.

I scooped out the seeds for the children to see and play with, rather sticky mess but fun to do. I talked about how we could grow a new plant from these seeds.I had some pictures of the pumpkin growing from a seed to adulthood, to remind the children of what they had seen as our plants had grown throughout the year. We roasted some of the pumpkin for tea.

Decided to attempt conker painting, a seasonal variation on marble painting, interesting results depending on the shape of the conker, need to find the roundest ones, flat sides aren't so good!

We made some leaf pictures with the leaves we had collected on our walks.

I made a very simple board game, that went down well with my after school children

and matching pairs too, good discussion starters too.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Remembrance Day

In readiness for Remembrance Day and the services that the children might be attending, we talked about what and why we have Remembrance day. We then used apples cut in half to print some poppy pictures and read this poem that I found last year and loved.
Poppy, Poppy What Do You Say?
~By T'Prang

Poppy, poppy what do you say?

Wear me on Remembrance Day.
Poppy, poppy what do you tell?
Many soldiers in battle fell.
Poppy, poppy what should we know?
That peace on earth should
Grow, grow, grow!

Last year we used red paper case stuck on to a circle of cardboard and black paint to create a poppy wreath.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Having enjoyed all the fireworks that we saw at Diwali, it is time for more fireworks now as it is now November 5th and bonfire night. The children love to watch fireworks and are very excited about seeing them again.

We used oil pastels on black card to create some vibrant firework pictures.

The littleones loved hand printing some bonfire pictures, they look mainly red but I did put out a mixture of reds, oranges, yellows and gold paint.