Seasonal weaving!

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It is always great to combine nature in our creating! This is a simple way to weave with natural treasures that can be found in the garden or park.

Need: craft sticks (lollypop sticks), glue, sting, natural find e.g. flowers and herbs. Optional: pens to decorate sticks.

I prepared the craft sticks by gluing four into a square, then tying 6 stings across to make the loom.

The children first decorated their sticks/loom- we used sharpies but any felt-tip pens would do.

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We then found flowers and herbs and weaved them into the loom.

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They looked great and smelt amazing! I think this could be done in any season – collecting different natural finds to weave.

Happy creating! xx

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“The Thing” by Simon Puttock

At the weekend I read “The Thing” by Simon Puttock and Daniel Egneus a great clever picture book that will make you think!

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One day “a thing” falls from the sky, four animal friends discover it. The animals start to wonder…. What it is? What does it do? Why it was there? Who does it belong to? The animals decide to look after it and soon other people come asking similar questions. News of “the thing” spreads across the world and everyone is asking those same questions. But one day just as it came it went……. Will everything go back to it was before “the thing”?

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This open ended story will appeal to wide range of readers. This book is essentially about friendship, compassion, kindness and belonging and could definitely be used to extend children’s thinking and talk about the bigger questions in life. The illustrations are beautiful in a stunning pale palette of colours.

Wonderful thoughtful picture book, highly recommend!

Happy reading x

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Dog picture books!

We were recently sent a couple of dog themed books which we have been enjoying and it has inspired us to share some of our favourite doggy picture books!

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“Dog on wheels” by Gillian McClure This book is about a dog called “Dubbin” who enjoys travelling on his skateboard. He takes his friend Todd and Todd’s bone for a walk. Dubbin can go super-fast on his wheels but Todd can’t keep up and keeps dropping his bone. Todd soon gets fed up so they decide to bury the bone until they come back, however on their return the bone is gone and Todd is very upset. Has someone been following them? Can Dubbin on his wheels find the bone? Can Dubbin get away from the big dog? Can Dubbin on his wheels save the day?

The children really enjoyed the book, they notice different things about the story each time they read it! As the characters go on their journey the book uses repeated language which children really enjoy joining in with. Also the story contains lots of positional language so the book could be used as good tool for teaching this language to young children.

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“Oi dog!” by Kes Gray, we absolutely loved “Oi, frog!” and this follow up book is just perfect! Find out more on my post.

“What I think about when I think about……… running” by Eleanor Levenson and Katie O’Hagan As soon as I showed this book to the children, they found the title very funny! It is a simple book about what a dog might think about when they are running, things such as cats, being a puppy and balls. The last page really made them laugh out loud!

I think this book could be used to discuss the emotions we feel when thinking about different things and events. The children really enjoyed this book and it would be great if you have a family dog!

“Dogs don’t do ballet” by Anna Kemp This book is about a girl who owns a dog but her dog doesn’t do the normal things dog do, instead he thinks he is a ballerina! The girl tries to persuade her dad to let the dog come to her ballet class but her Dad says “Dogs don’t do ballet”, however the dog sneaks into her ballet class but the teacher says “Dogs don’t do ballet!” But will her dog finally get to show off his skills? Can dogs actually do ballet? A wonderful picture books for dog fans and ballet fans alike!

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“Some dogs do” by Jez Alborough This is a story about a dog called Sid who when he feels happy he can fly! Unfortunately none of his friends or teachers at school believe him, so he feels very upset. Will he ever be able to fly again? Will his friends ever believe him? A great fun story!

Reading these dog picture books inspired us to get creative. Look at these dog collage made with vintage paper!

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What is your favourite doggy picture book?

Happy reading xxx

Thank you Andrea Reece at troika books for sending me “Dog on wheels” by Gillian McClure and “What I think about when I think about……… running” by Eleanor Levenson and Katie O’Hagan. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest- all thoughts are my own.

 

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“Daddy’s sandwich” a book celebrating Dad’s!

Are you looking for a book to read around Father’s day? Last week in the library we found this book “Daddy’s sandwich” by Pip Jones and Laura Hughes such a cute simple story celebrating Dad’s!

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The story is about a girl who decides to make her Dad a perfect sandwich. She starts to think about what her Dad likes……….. butter…… cheese…..tomato……… his slippers……..his phone………her drawings…….and much more but not forgetting a big squirt of ketchup………. Has she remembered the thing Daddy loves most!?? What is the final surprise?

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This book is about a simple act of kindness which escalates into a very silly funny story! The illustrations are vibrant and warm with funny details. I think this is perfect book to read around Father’s day, which could led to discussions about what Daddy’s like and what makes them special.

What an amusing and charming story, a great picture book! xx

Check out my post about homemade gifts children can make and give this Father’s day!

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Blowing watercolours!

Super simple idea but always lots of fun and it always creates unique pieces of art!

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Need: Watercolour paper, paint (we used liquid watercolours, but you could use block water colours watered down or watered down normal paint), paint brush or pipet, a drinking straw and a lot of puff!

The children used the pipets to put drops of paint on their paper. They did it with several different colours then they blew through the straw to move the paint over the paper. They can add more paint if so desired!

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The children loved the process and the way the paints mixed together to create new colours. I think they look stunning!

Happy creating! xx

Check out this post for more watercolour ideas!

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An important book “The journey”

Today I read the book “The journey” by Francesca Sanna for the first time, what an amazing important book to share with our children! It is a book I will not forget!

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“The journey” tells the story of a family that make that awful decision to flee their home to escape the danger and chaos of war. The book starts with easy simple family life but as war hits life goes from bad to worse, they embark on a journey in hope of a better life.  The journey includes travelling at night to avoid being seen and paying to pass through borders. However the journey finally leads them to safety ………refuge.

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This is a heart-breaking story, though full of fear the family always hold on to the hope of a better place to live. The illustrations are bright and vivid and really capture the emotions of each page.

Children have often heard the word “refugee” through the news, this book is a perfect introduction to help explain what it means and what it might be like. I think this book could provoke a lot of great discussion, I recommend this book to everyone and a must have for every school!

Beautiful book for the time we are living in, highly recommended!

Happy reading!

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Read, create and love in June!

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Here is my regular post that looks ahead at the month and suggests things you could read, create and love with your children. These things will focus on celebrating the start of Summer, minibeasts and the men in our lives!

Read

June books

Daddy books

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems This is a great story, encourages lots talk about our emotions.

The Emperor’s egg by Martin Jenkins Such a cute story!

Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney  A classic!

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen Another classic! (loads of arts ideas on the blog)

My Dad by Anthony Browne Great book about the role of a Dad.

My Dad thinks he’s funny by Katrina Germein Any Dad’s that are constantly telling sill jokes?

Minibeast books (These are my top 5 minibeasts picture books).

Crunchy munchy caterpillar by Sheridan Cain This a great simple book about the lifecycle of a butterfly.

Norman the slug by Sue Hendra (Click here for my post about this book).

What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson (Click here for my post about this book).

Arrrragghhh spider by (Click here for my post about this book).

Superworm by Julia Donaldson (Click here for my post about this book).

Create

What about making a Father’s day gifts this year? These keyrings are always very popular! (Click here for lots of homemade gift ideas)

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Minibeast crafts- recently we made these stunning butterflies!

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Celebrate the start of Summer by making a beautiful summer garland to bring the wonderful summer colours in the home.

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Celebrate the delicious summer fruits Have some fun with all the different wonderful fruits that are now in season……… could make fruit kababs/pops…….. fruit ice pops……. smoothies…..

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Love

  1. 30dayswild This month take part in #30dayswild, get outside everyday during June!
  2. Celebrate the Dad’s! Get busy making cards and gifts and spend some special times with Dad’s or the men in our lives.
  3. Strawberries! Get picking! Find your local strawberry farm and enjoy! We are definitely going to do this, this year!
  4. Alfresco Let’s enjoy the sunshine and eat in the garden.
  5. Visit a butterfly farm This is always a fun activity seeing the amazing variety of butterflies up close.
  6. Play Poohsticks…….. one of the easiest fun free things to do at the park!
  7. Minibeast madness……….. hunt for them in their garden….. make them……… read about them………make a bug hotel……
  8. Big screen Watch Wimbledon on a big screen…….. Pims for the adults and ice-cream for the kids….yes please!

Well I hope you found this post useful! If you have got suggestions of things we should be doing in June let me know! Happy June everyone! xx

 

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