Sunday, 27 November 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Friday, 18 November 2011
Freddie was delighted there was a fire. He spent most of the time tending the fire, adding sticks when they were needed. He did join in with a couple of games of hide and seek, and later went exploring with another 6 year old. We didn't see either of them for half an hour or so.
Betsy warmed up to the group much quicker than usual. Together we made elder drawing sticks, with bits of elder wood, chalk and charcoal. She enjoyed the hide and seek too, and went leaf collecting with the Abby, the session leader.
Then she made a woodland picture with her finds.
Abby had brought refreshments, so the kids munched on cookies and bananas, and I had a cup of tea.
Meg enjoyed throwing leaves onto the fire, and drawing on her face with a red pen. More than one of the kids in the group asked if she was bleeding!
There were some magnificent looking mushrooms (hmm, or toadstools?) that looked edible.
We will definately go back, it was such a lovely couple of hours.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
This morning, Betsy asked for ice cream for breakfast! I slightly surprised myself by simply saying yes, and getting it for her. Then Freddie asked, so he had some too.
They both followed it with traditional breakfast food. I wonder if they'll ask for some tomorrow?
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
We started by looking at leaves (and plastic snakes!) under the microscope.
There were some really tall thin branches to move around, and make houses with.
The kids found sticks to bang on trees.
Back at the barn, I had a cuppa, Betsy drew some pictures and Meg worked hard to dump stuff on the floor and clamber up on to the tables. I'd forgotten how challenging the toddler months can be! Though I do think Meg is slightly wilder than the other two were.
Monday, 14 November 2011
I got out some activity bags that I made nearly two years ago. I'd forgotten about them, as Freddie wasn't mad keen on them, and Betsy was a bit young.
I dug them out today, and Freddie still wasn't keen, but Betsy enjoyed doing some.
She did some card lacing. She said she wants to do some knitting and sewing. I might get her a knitting dolly, and I've already bought some aida fabric to make some bookmarks for the grandparents for christmas.
Betsy did a sized sorting game, with small, medium and large egg shapes.
Then she did a counting game.
Freddie did some sorting using tongs.
Betsy did measuring.
Betsy also made these cute rubber-glove-finger people after seeing them on Mister Maker yesterday.
Monday, 7 November 2011
It's a beautiful part of the country. Rob and his dad went to watch the football (invited to the directors box no less!), and the rest of us went to the playground.
Betsy and Meg love the swings.
And so do I! Freddie took this photo.
I think this is the nicest view I've ever seen from a playground.
Later, back at the house, we got busy getting things ready for bonfire night.
There was a beautiful sunset.
And the moon came up.
Rob and his dad lit the bonfire (though it didn't last long, as it was all green wood unfortunately). Freddie loved it while it lasted.
The farm over the road had a MASSIVE bonfire! I felt slightly like I was betraying our little bonfire but snuck out to have a look with Meg.
Rob's folks had got some fireworks. Betsy was worried about the whole thing and stayed indoors with Grandad - I think she's watched too much Fireman Sam! Freddie and Meg loved it though.
We finished off with sparklers.