Sunday, 16 November 2014

kids craft recycled wrapping paper

I'm noticing a wave of Christmas crafts flooding Pinterest and I'm joining cheerfully :) Last year we recycled wrapping paper into kids crafts. This year we will recycle kids Christmas crafts into wrapping paper and who knows after that we might recycle it back into kids art.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Kindness advent calendar

I've been reading a lot about happiness lately. Reading, listening to and watching actually... Did you know that there was a connection between being happy and being kind? It sounds obvious but now has been also scientifically proven.

Did you also know that if you are exposed to positive information you are more likely to pass the positive on?

I thought that December with its advent calender would be a perfect month to practice acts of kindness, therefore the idea of kindness advent calendar.

Let's positively experiment and see how happy will it make us. I need to admit the idea alone has a kind of uplifting effect on me.

I won't worry though if on a day or two I will not be able to be as kind as in the calendar. It's more about shifting the mind towards happier thoughts not about stressing out.

Here are some places where you can look for ideas:
Random Acts of Kindness
Oprah's Acts of Kindness ideas
Buzzfeeds ideas for Acts of Kindness

Good luck and let me know how it went!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

You must know this book. I'm sure you do but I still wanted to tell you how much I like it. A lot of books are passing through our hands. We borrow piles of them from our local library and buy a few every time we visit Poland. There are many lovely books out there but this really is a special one. It's smart (I wish I was as quick-thinking as the mouse), funny, interesting and beautifully written. I read it aloud to the kids and again and again and in the meantime they already do other things because how many times in a row can you listen to the story but this book, well, this book is good ;)

Soundtrack from the movie...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Happy Halloween

- Mathilda, what are the colours of Halloween?
- Black, white, orange, grey... and pink!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A "letter" to you

I probably do not need to give you any instructions - just cut the letters out and stick on the paper to make this simple kids friendly birthday card. It is a little bit more tricky were your birthday girl's name is e.g. Elizabeth but means more practice :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ancient Greece - learning through playing

This post was made for a fellow blogger who is a home educator. I hope that she can use the ideas for teaching her daughter about ancient Greece.

Let's go!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Chestnut play idea

I'm very sorry for the blurred pictures. It might be the sloppiest post on Hugo and Mathilda but as it was a very spontaneous action I forgive myself. 

We attached three kitchen paper rolls using a strong cellotape to the door. 
I've noticed that Hugo enjoys this kind of plays more than our "ordinary" crafting. He loves watching how things work and spent a lot of time racing the chestnut through the rolls while... 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Apple juice with radish and/or kohlrabi leaves

I wonder whether you still have some crops in your garden. I lately discovered that radish and kohlrabi leaves are edible and very healthy and am happy about it because those leaves are my main crops from the radishes and kohlrabis that I sowed this year.

You can eat them raw in salads or blanch. I juiced them with apples.

For three glasses I took two apples and a handful of leaves and then added some water to the juice. By those proportions you can barely taste the leaves so vary them as you like.

I'm delighted that the leaves will not be thrown away again.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Step 2 - eat small fish

Eat small fish.

Big fish cotain higher amounts of toxins. This is because they eat little fish and this way the toxins accumulate in their bodies. Some sources say that it is good to consume fish despite the toxins but one should watch for their size.

Living in Ireland we are so lucky to be able to buy fresh fish caught just few hours before… and I’m so lucky that my kids like eating fish… which I cannot say about eating vegetables. We’ll get there one day…

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Felt alphabet - a handmade gift

Mathilda's 5th birthday is coming soon. Everything is more or less planned but I thought that it would be nice to add something handmade to the gifts that we've gathered for her.

This is a very simple project. Cutting out the letters took me one evening. I prepared two of every letter but with time I can cut out more of the most used ones. You can play with the letters making words straight on a table or use some felt. The felt that you use as your slate can be hung and the letters will still hold on to it. The alphabet can be nicely packed into that felt after you finish playing. You will then need a string or ribbon to tie it.

What do you think? Will she like it?