Fall card

While cycling back from Lucy’s school we bumped into an amazing shower of yellow and orange leaves.We decided to stop and collect loads and then make little birthday favours for Lucy’s classmates: 41 little children (when the teacher told me that number I immediately regretted asking!).

Lucy enjoyed helping with the different stages of this mega operation. Especially (in order): tasting the cake, stamping the little ingredient labels on the cake, gluing the table, stapling all stapable objects.

EQUIPMENT

  • Fall leaves
  • Children’s liquid glue
  • Glue stick
  • Small paint brush
  • Cards 
  • String 
  • Stapler 
  • Cake (we made a vegan brownie without nuts, to suit all alleegies. I shall post the recipe someday)
  • Food plastic small bags 

DIRECTIONS 

  •  Pour some liquid glue on the leaf and brush it both sides 
  • Smear the glue stick on your card and press the leave on it. 
  • Leave them to dry! Meanwhile prepare your cake.
  • Staple the plastc bag with a little piece of string, so you can later tie the little cake in it (forgot to take in between steps pics, sorry. but quite intuitive).

  • Distribute to the tiny population 🙂
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Geometric paint for kids

The baby is sleeping soundly in the carrier so Lucy and I get to do some painting. 

I happened to be in a Pound shop and ended up with a canvas. I have always wanting to make a geometric painting.

EQUIPMENT

  • Canvas
  • Paints
  • Sponge/paintbrush
  • Tape (masking preferably)

DIRECTIONS

Apply the tape to form nice geometrical shapes 

Paint all the surface 

  • Let it dry and carefully remove the tape (I failed in waiting long enough) 

Family Tree – DIY

Sunday mornings can be a bit tricky sometimes. We were in the middle of a cheerios war, when I needed to think fast and strategically about a solution.

We happened to have a big empty frame (I went to Ikea to buy a duvet and ended up -a usual – with many unexpected items), a couple of medium sized colored papers and kids paint.

EQUIPMENT 

  • Finger paint
  • A paint brush (we used a facial brush for some reason)
  • Big card sheets
  • Big felt pen

DIRECTIONS

  • Draw the trunk and brunches of a tree with a big felt pen
  • Squeeze some paint on a plastic plate
  • With a paintbrush spread the paint on one family member’s hand at a time (to prevent tiny family membera from finger printing the house). 
  • Stamp your hand print
  • Wash hand and brush.
  • Pass to the next family member.
  • Repeat until all family members have stamped their hand print.
  • Let it dry
  • Frame it and hang it

Fizzy Magic Bubbles

This is a classic homemade magic trick.
When we make this little experiment, Lucy always shouts: “we have made the seaaaa”.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

– vinegar
– bicarbonate of soda
– glitter
– any squeezable bath toy

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Squeezable Bath toy

DIRECTIONS
1. On a small try place a layer of bicarbonate of soda.
2. Ask the helper to sprinkle lots and lots of glitter.
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3. Pour some vinegar in a bowl, squeeze the squeezable bath toy and let it suck some vinegar. In past experiments we have used white wine vinegar and it seems to give better results (bigger bubbles). Today we only had a bottle of cider vinegar left.
4. Ask the helper to squeeze the squeezable bath toy on her tray and see the magic happen :).
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