Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Table Top Football

Just before Christmas the staff at M's Swiss kindergarten picked up on a speech problem.  Not the lack of it, no way nothing stops him talking apart from the TV.  He has a problem pronouncing some of his letters.  In particular SH.  We are lucky that there are Speech Therapists within the school complex.  Last week I got a phone call that a space had become available.  So this week we went along for his first appointment.
The lady was really nice and decided to work on strengthening his face mussels.  They started with some blowing exercises. One of them was blowing a small ball of cotton wool across a table into a goal made of building bricks.  I thought this was a good idea and as she asked us to do this game at home I decided to take it a step further.
As M would say google is a wonderful thing.  I don't think there is anything you can't find there, and making mini goals didn't beat it.
All you need is a rectangular piece of paper.
Fold the piece of paper in half length ways.

Then fold it in half length ways again and open it back up.  This gives you a central line.

At both ends of the piece of paper fold the corners into the central line.

Then fold the two pointed ends over to the central line.  Let these open back up and it will stand to give you a simple goal.

Our speech therapist used a small ball of cotton wool and a straw to blow it across the table.  She then moved onto just blowing the cotton wool.
After playing with the cotton wool we decided to raid the house and see what else would make good balls.
M decided a half walnut shell didn't make a very good football.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Woodland Picture Frames

I'm still preparing things for M's 7th birthday party in the woods.  I thought it would be nice for them to make something to take home.  I have my fingers crossed that the weather will be nice and the children can collect materials for this from our surroundings.  But I guess I have to be prepared in case it is wet.  So during walks in the woods I've been collecting different materials that they can use if we end up with the party in a house.  It will also give them plenty of time to dry and hopefully stick better.
I had saved some large sheets of cardboard from flat packed furniture that I cut up and made into picture frames.  I also picked up some empty boxes from the supper market as I have to make about 25.
Next they will get a photo ready stuck in the middle.  Shame I don't have a Polaroid camera.  With that they could have had a group photo from the party.  I just need to ask all the mums to email me a photo in advance.
I thought I should make an example to show the kids the sort of thing they could do.  As the kids will also be German speaking I though an example would be easier than using my basic German to tell them.
M enjoyed helping me collect the materials.  He just doesn't know what we are going to do with them.  I have to keep something a surprise for the day.

Just in case the weather isn't on our side.  I collected some leaves and flowers to press.  Then we can do the craft indoors.  Just need to go out and collect some more bark and anything else interesting I can find for them to use.  I'm still hoping they collect some of their own bits in the woods on the day.  Fingers crossed.

Lego Display Towers

The in thing with M at the moment is Lego.  He has so many sets they are taking over his bedroom.  He has a nice amount of storage space and shelves but is fast running out of room.  His Lego was so crowded on his shelves you couldn't see what was what.  So I decided to do something about it.

In our basement I have a big box of empty boxes, yogurt pots, Pringles cans etc.  I decided the Pringles cans were ideal for making stands to display his Lego models.  Some of them I left full size and some I cut down to give a variety of heights.  These then got covered with construction paper.  You could use any paper or even paint them what ever you fancy.  The lids were then put back on to give a good display platform.

The models then got rearranged using the new Lego display towers.  Room for even more models.


Very simple but very useful.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Woodland animal hunt

At the moment I am planning a woodland birthday party for M who is going to be 7 in June.  I have my fingers crossed that it will be a nice day. There will be bows and arrows and pine cone catapults and a craft. At the moment I'm preparing an animal treasure hunt.  I found these pictures of animals on the Internet printed them on card and cut them out.  On the day these will get hidden in the forest.  The kids will then be given a treasure hunt sheet of the animals that they have to find. There might even be a reward for anyone who finds them all.
If you would like to use our animal treasure hunt here are the printouts that I used or you can make your own.
I wanted to make sure my drawing pins would go into the trees so I did a trial run today, while looking for Y shaped sticks for the Catapults/Sling shot.  I'll wait till it has bring dry a while to collect the pine cones.