National butterflies

To be honest, I didn’t prepare any activities for our national holiday 15 March in advance. On the day I woke up with an image in my mind that I saw on Pinterest the other day. Quickly I collected what we needed to the project and when the girls finished their breakfast we could begin.

 

What you need:

  • red, white and green crepe paper (or the colours of your national flag)
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • few bamboo skewers (“hurkapálcika”)
  • cellotape

How to make the butterflies:

  • Cut about 5-6 cm wide red, white and green crepe paper strips then cut them into 10-12 cm long shorter strips
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  • Fold the short piece pipe cleaner half and fix the crepe paper in the middle.
  • Twist the pipe cleaner on the top and curl up the “antennae”
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Little L. wanted to leave the green out… but it wasn’t an option. E. could do the whole process alone. L. did the cutting mainly. she also helped with the cellotape.

After having finished with the butterflies we went out into the garden and stuck them here and there.

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Short, easy-to-prepare, last-minute activity for a quiet holiday.

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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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