Food we can’t eat

E. had a week in kindergarten which was dedicated to healthy lifestyle. Among others they were talking about (and making a poster about) healthy food. And this bugged my 6,5-year-old daughter. You wonder why?

Well, since she was 4 she’s been on a special diet. At that time it turned out she has intolerance towards a lot of food. So food that is considered healthy by the general public cause her serious illnesses, behavioural problems and lack of sleep.

Hence she decided to make her own poster. She had been collecting supermarket catalogues, brochures and leaflets and one Sunday I found her seriously cutting in the living-room. At first I couldn’t see the bigger picture and didn’t know what she was into.. Then she explained it so I sat down on the floor and helped her with cutting and sticking.

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She made 2 posters: Food we can eat and Food we can’t eat (she was responsible for the latter, my task was the former) and sticking and our discussion about foodstuff started.
And the result is … WOW!

A lot of talking in English and these wonderful posters:

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I find it very important to make my children be aware of what we eat. I don’t say whatever we eat is healthy but varied and we try to keep a balance and be moderate. It’s never too early to start. And you can reuse those supermarket brochures

Carnival Clown

We haven’t been playing any new home-made games, but I saw this video and I immediately knew my girls would love it for the carnival season.

As we moved at the end of the last year we still have a lot of boxes around. I picked one of the boxes and drew a clown inside. It was quite a challenge since the box was bumpy and the best markers are still packed away.  (You can see it in the picture below that I had a hard time to draw the clown. The first trial didn’t work out)

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I cut a hole in the place of the nose and collected 10 colourful (plastic) balls. I couldn’t find red ones as in the video, but other colours will do.

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The girls loved it at once. E. was patient and carefully rolled the balls into the hole. Even the very last one, which is quite difficult.

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On the other hand Little L. shook the balls and when the last one didn’t want to go through she assisted with her hand.

Not only did it help practise balancing and fine movements  but it gave a great opportunity to play other games which develop oral skills as well:

  • say the different colours as they fall in
  • count from 1-10 or backwards as the balls fall in
  • collect the balls with the box (do not look under the box just “feel” it) and count or say the colours
  • name other body parts on the clown
  • say the colours of the clown

An activity easy and quick to make and a hit with kids (even older ones).

Have fun!

J. our Australian nanny

To be perfectly honest I’ve forgotten to write about our latest native nannies. But better late than never.

J. was from Australia with some Hungarian origin. She came to us in September 2018 for the first time and stayed with us until January 2019, five months altogether.

When she visited us twice a week she played with Little L. after nap time. J. stayed with Little L. at home having some snacks, reading books and playing while I went to the kindergarten to pick E. up.

Little L. spent an hour with J, then it was E.’s turn to play with her for 90 minutes.
She had more playtime with J. as she can be so immersed in a game that it was hard to “stop” her after an hour.

J. was great with the kids; she was talking to them a lot using (I think quite consciously) varied language. She always did some reading at snack time with Little L. I didn’t tell her to do so, she just took a book off the shelf and Little L was listening to the story with her mouth wide open in awe.

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She also followed the kids’ lead. She did whatever they were interested in. E. was in her Lego phase when she found out a character (Fighting Lady) that was originally one of the Lego Friends (Emma) and found out stories about her with J. J. and E. made vehicles, houses, bedrooms, kitchens and other special locations for Fighting Lady. They also drew some stories like comic books, and at these times J. built in some educational material like cold and warm colours just to mention one example.

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E. likes making up her own language and with J. she put together a little dictionary with pictures.

Little L. wanted to play with the choo-choo train most of the time. J didn’t mind the repetitive games and was into anything the kids had found out.

She helped us around Halloween when we were carving our Jack-o-lantern.

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In the middle of December, we moved to our new home but for another month she stayed with us.

One day E. found an old vinyl LP record and wanted to make a bowl out of it (she’d seen a video of melting the LP into a candy bowl). J. was around when we made it and gave a helping hand.

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In our last month (January) the kids wanted to play together with J. I could see how well she handled sensitive situations, sister fights and disagreements as well as behavioural problems.

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Unfortunately (for us) she found a more reliable job than babysitting. (Who can blame her?) We are so thankful for her to be with us and very sorry that she left.

We’ll miss you J. Good luck!

Roll painting

L. got ill after the first week in kimdregarten. Nothing special, she’s well enough to play around at home so I needed to come up with something I could keep her busy with.

She’d been bringing in a lot of cones, walnuts and other seeds from the garden and I wanted to put them in good use.DSC05238

After our moving I’ve still got a lot of boxes so I took one’s lid and cut some paper sheets into it. I also provided her with some paint and the fun could begin.

She squirted paint on the sheet with great concentration and dropped in some her findings.

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Then she picked up the lid and moved it about and spread the paint on the sheet.

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We used different colour combinations.

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Then she stamped with them to make different prints.

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Finally Little L went for some sensory fun with her fingers and hands.

She was happy to notice that all the colours ended up making a brownish shade.

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Her painting took a while to dry but after drying we dispayed them in our living-room.

A little artist was born 🙂

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Flags of the world

E. was on pins and needles to get the Flags of the World Book and Jigsaw set as she’d been quite crazy about flags. And it finally arrived thanks to BookFairy.

This was the second time she’d got interested in the flags of the world, and again this interest started with a song or two from youtube:

Countries of the world – Europe (there are the other continents available)

Tour of the world (There aren’t too many flags drawn in this long video but there are a lot of fascinating information about countries of the world)

Back to our puzzle present:

The box contains 300 pieces of puzzles and a colouring book in which you can colour the flags, plus there are interesting facts and other information about the countries, like the meaning of coats of arms and other motifs on flags, the story of the flag, the meaning of colours etc. The puzzle pieces are sturdy and the colours are vivid.

 

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To be perfectly honest I was a little taken aback when I saw the 300 hundred pieces lying on the floor with all the bright colours of the flags (My knowledge of flags are scarce, what’s more, I’m not very good at puzzles either), but I showed no signs of worries to E.

It was Little L.’s nap time so we had about 2 hours to put the puzzles together.

E. got really excited from the beginning. She had a quick look at the book and we jumped into the middle of it.

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She didn’t know how to start so I advised her to find the corner and edge puzzles that would give us the frame. And so we did.

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E. was amazing throughout the whole process. She recognised almost all of the flags and countries. It was very helpful for me to have the country names below the flags. (For her it didn’t really matter, she knew them anyway –  click to listen what she tells you about the flag of Lybia).

Finding a piece gave her great pleasure and excitement. (If you click on the link you can see her find a big section of the puzzle)

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There were times when her attention slackened off but I can’t blame her as it was a task that required great and long-term focus and attention. She still did a great job concerning that.

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Not to mention we were rather under pressure as for time. We couldn’t finish the puzzle within 2 hours. Little L. woke up and joined us (which was a drawback rather but she was so cute and enthusiastic to help). She could actually put in some pieces herself.

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The whole project took about 3-3.5 hours for the 2 (3) of us. When it was done E. was really proud and told me we needed to show it to Daddy when he got home. We slid it under the carpet to protect it from damage and Little L.

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The colouring book got into our hands the next day. E. doesn’t like colouring that much but when I advised her to colour the flags of English-speaking countries she liked the idea a lot. Her favourite flags are the ones with special shapes, or with speacial motifs. So she went on colouring some more flags like Nepal and Santa Lucia.

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We also coloured together, she chose Kiribati for me while she was colouring Solomon Islands.

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She didn’t colour much of the flags in the book, though she was reading it a lot. (Click on the link to listen to E.’s reading out about the Union Jack)

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Update 02/2019

We moved house and we come across the puzzle and book box while unloading one of our boxes. She was supposed to help me put books on the shelf, but instead she sat down to read the flag book… again.

And here she’s reading about the German flag.