Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring flower arrangement.

When I lived in England I used to be a florist.  So every now and again I like to do something floral.  This morning we went for a walk to a stream at the end of our road.  There are various trees and bushes there that can cope with being trimmed a little bit.  So back with came with a bunch of buds, catkins and blossom to make a spring flower arrangement.  Luckily I was organised and already had some oasis in and had made some flowers from egg boxes and crepe paper.

Oasis or floral foam is so easy to use as long as you soak it correctly.  All you have to do is fill a container with water and float your oasis on the top. Leave the Oasis to soak up the water on it's own.  If you push it under the middle won't soak up the water.  Cut the Oasis roughly to size before you soak it.  Then you can use the rest another time.

Now put your Oasis in a container that will hold water, so that you can water your arrangement later on.

Next we made a start putting in the things we had collected on our walk this morning.
We had a variety of home made flowers to choose from.  M decide on these daffodils cut out from card with an egg box section stuck in the middle.
I used some daffodils made from crepe paper earlier in the week.  I had found a good deal on crepe paper and got a bit carried away browsing the Internet for things to make with it.  Flowers seemed to be popular so I ended up making these daffodils  There are also some Roses waiting to do another arrangement in the summer.
There were also other flower made from egg boxes that got added at the end.
Daffodils from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Every couple of days use a watering can to top up the container.  Watch the buds and see what happens.

While browsing the Internet I found lots of ideas for making flowers.  If you would like to see some more of the ideas I found have a look at our Pinterest Board Spring Activities

Monday, March 24, 2014

Wild West horse shoe toss

M is racing through the Magic Tree house books and recently finished no10 A Wild West Ride.  So continuing our theme of a craft or activity to go with each book I  browsed google and Pinterest for ideas. I came up with the idea of making a horse shoe toss game and also a Sherriff's badge to go on his door.

I cut some horse shoe shapes out of some old cardboard boxes and then got M to decorate a stick with patterned sticky tape to make it more interesting.

Once the stick was decorated we stuck it in the grass.  I didn't realise that M had seen this game on one of his kids TV programmes about a sheriff in the Wild West.  So he was quite excited to be giving it a go and decided to tell me how to play it.
He wouldn't go on to tell me what a swinger and leaner meant but I think they were good and a swinger meant you had won the game.
We then took it in turns to try and throw the horse shoes over the stick.  It was a bit cool outside so after a while we moved inside putting this away for a warmer day.  But you could also throw them over a cup or something indoors.
If you would like to see other ideas we have collected to go with the Magic Tree House books we have read have a look at our Pinterest Board magic-tree-house-book-activities

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fun with Paper Planes

In M's kindergarten at the moment their theme is Paper and Card.  They have been told they can't play with the normal toys only ones they make themselves using paper and card.  Today M came home saying he tried to make a paper plane but it didn't work very well.  Then he asked me to go on the computer and find instructions to make some different ones.  I've never been good at these so thought the computer might not be a bad idea.  As he tells me Google is a wonderful thing.

After a bit of browsing around I found the Disney UK website.  They had a printout for paper planes with nice clear instructions.  M loved having a go at making these,  and enjoyed it even more as they were the planes from the Disney film.  There were 6 different planes you could print out.  Each plane came with instructions.  After printing it all out and making them we realised there was only 2 different styles of plane so we didn't need to print all the instructions, just one copy for each different shape of plane.

You can also just print out the instructions and make some planes using plain paper and then decorate them yourself.  This would save on the ink and make them more personal.

They also has a record sheet for racing your planes.  This made flying even more competitive, Which plane would go the furthest and in our case which would do the best turns.  I'm not the best pilot so we ended up with a few crash landings and one went over the fence.

M also ended up launching them from his Bedroom window, but didn't think much of my piloting when I couldn't fly them back to him.

I was surprised at how well these flew.  I've actually decided to save these instructions for the next time.  Also a great idea to make on holiday with any paper or leaflet you have to hand. 
If you have instructions to make different paper planes please post them below and with your permission I'll add a link and Photo to this post.
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