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.
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:
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
We’ve been collecting autumn leaves ever since the first on hit the ground. We’ve been carrying them home and pressing them in books. I didn’t know what to do with them until a friend of mine sent me a beautiful autumn wreath she made with her daughter.
Next to the entrance door we keep a tray where the kids can put down whatever they collected outside. There are different fruits of trees and berries from bushes, sticks, leaves, nuts and conkers. Finally we put them into good use.
What you need:
- paper plate
- leaves and other autumn fruit
How we did it:
- We cut out the inside of the paper plate. I did it for Little L. although she tried the cutting herself. E. cut her own, I just made the final touches
- The girls stuck on a few leaves. In the meantime we were talking about the colours and how dry they got. We even felt the veins on the back of the leaves.
On one of which we found tiny, dry eggs of a bug. We were guessing what bug it could be. To E.’s delight they were probably shield bug eggs.
- After the leaves came the berries and other fruits. At this point I took out my hot glue gun. I applied the glue where they wanted and very carefully they places the berries and nuts on the paper plate.
- Last, but not least we added the ribbon to the back so we can hang it on the door. (E was afraid of the hot glue so she used a stick to fix the ribbon)
One wreath is on the inside and the other is on the outside. I change them every other day.
Are your kids collectors when they’re outside?