Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Egg paint bombs process art

Process art can be pretty scary if you were taught art should be 'done' in a certain way. Infact it can feel like chaos.The key concept of process art is in the name - it's the process not the product that is the aim of the activity.

Egg paint bombing lends it self well to creating in this way. It's perfect for fun with all ages (we had two grown ups, a toddler and a 5 year old joining in with this). They are a messy play painty version of the Mexican confetti filled cascarones

As we knew it was going to be messy we headed out the forest (and as I wanted to make extra sure no animals were harmed in the making of this art I put down a bin bag to keep the paint off the floor).

To prepare for the activity the Fairy helped me to crack a hole in the top of the eggs, empty and wash the eggs. The hole was purposefully large (to aid the filling with paint), we left the filling part till we were outside. Did I mention this activity is a perfect excuse to make cakes too, what with all those egg shells we *had* to do something with the eggs. 

Before we threw the first egg we spoke about what might happen. Then we let rip.

I was surprised that the eggs didn't break easily - but that led to more throwing. Then we whipped out some paint brushes to do some mixing.

If we do this again I think I'll take some extra paper to make prints from the patterns made in the paint.

I first saw this activity over at Play Create Explore where they used powered paint- I love the paint explosions they make - great for talking about science.

TinkerLab Creative Challenge

This post is part of the Tinkerlab egg challenge

Language Learning: using language to predict and reason (What will happen if you throw the eggs? Why didn't they break? What could you do to make them break?).

Monday, 24 March 2014

Our Caffe Cagliari moment and recycled flower

Caffe Cagliari have recently launched Nespresso compatible capsules in the UK, combining over 100 years of coffee expertise with the latest coffee technology. When they asked what my 'perfect coffee moment' was, I knew it would be tricky to decide. 

I love 'a coffee and catch up' with friends (show me a speech and language therapist who doesn't like talking -it's in my job description).

I also enjoy coffee as a 'time out'. I recently went on a parenting course and one of the first tips the trainer spoke about was being aware of your stress levels. She said it was really hard to parent effectively if you were feeling stressed - you are we more likely to shout etc. at the kids. The trainer suggested having a few minutes time out for yourself when you feel like you are starting to get stressed. I find making a coffee an effective time out and it stops me snapping at the kids.

Another coffee fav is having a coffee and craft session (either by myself or with the kids).

I was totally inspired to craft when I saw the shape of the Nespresso compatible capsules Caffe Cagliari comes in. It looks just like a plant pot. So I set about making a really easy recycled flower.

I think this would make a cute child made Mother's Day gift or end of term thank you for a teacher. The best bit is it's really easy. Simply bend the pipecleaner, stick it in a cleaned out empty capsule and add the flower. For ease we used foam flowers that were already sticky. If you wanted to get extra creative you could make a flower from card or craft foam.

What would be your perfect coffee moment?

Disclosure: We were sent some coffee capsules and some espresso cups as a thankyou for writing about our Caffe Cagliari moment

Sunday, 9 March 2014


You might of already heard of Team Honk, a group of UK bloggers raising funds for and awareness of Sports Relief. 

Team Honk is spear headed by three amazing bloggers who have just been on a trip to Tanzania. To celebrate International Women's Day #iwd2014, Tanya, Annie and Penny have been finding out how donations to Sport Relief last year have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond - rippling out #lastingchange in Africa.

They have sent some digital post cards to us back home. Here's mine . It shows a lady called Joyce.

 Through mentoring and training the Gatsby Trust have helped Joyce expand her poultry business from just a few chicks to now having 300.  She has also now built an extension to house another 400 which should be arriving next week.   The training that Joyce has received has enabled her to make her own feed, thereby saving her money, and also to ensure the feed is healthy.   It has also taught her to recognise signs of disease in her chicks to such an extend that she now has a completely healthy clutch.   Other poultry keepers in her area now phone her for advice and training.   The network of women is now in a much more powerful position to broker deals to sell to supermarkets as they can promise supply, which Joyce couldn’t do on her own.   Joyce is supporting her family and is able to pay for her son to attend a boarding school.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

DIY Gruffalo story sack

Story sacks (or story bags) are a great way to bring stories to life and hold a child's concentration as they listen to a story. They are basically a collection of props to help you tell your story. They have the added bonus that the child can play with the items afterwards and retell the story. This story sack is based on the Gruffalo, a firm favourite in many houses and preschools! As well as having visual element we really wanted this story sack be extra sensory and to be tactile.

The Fairy helped make the parts of the story bag. Purple prickles were made by painting this pine cone purple. Orange eyes from bottle tops and 'googley eyes'. The tongue is piece of black felt.

Terrible tusks, teeth and claws were all pieces of stone chosen for their appropriate size and shape.

Knobbly knees and turned out toes were pieces of brown craft foam. The knees had 'added knobble' by mixing porridge and silver paint.

Once you've made a story sack the best thing to do it to take it to a deep dark wood and tell a story.

If you like this story sack you might also like our Owl babies story sack and our Nativity story sack.

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Parenting Pin it party 24th Feb

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If you're regular readers of The Fairy and The Frog you will know how much we love all things literacy and language. Unsurprisingly this  post form last weeks party from Mums Make Lists on tips to help your child read caught my eye.

With all the rubbish weather we've been having this post on ways to get active indoors from Being confident of this, was a great reminder of fun active indoor activities to do with kids. 

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Chinese New Year inspired Dragon playdough

Revisiting an exciting or fun event can help embed a child's learning. Last week we saw our local Chinese New Year celebrations complete with dancing lions and dragons. The Frog was very transfixed by the dancers and drums (so much so we have had several sessions of dragon dancing at home this week). To extend this experience I made some red and yellow  playdough  (the colours of the dragons and lions we had seen) and gave him some 'loose parts' to add.

We looked at pictures from Google of dancers and then he set to work making several dragons. Each time labelling the parts as  he went. 'Dragon head, dragon eye.... more dragon eye'. He wasn't always conventional about what he chose to be which part e.g. the 'googley eye's were sometimes eyes, sometimes noses  (but he had a very clear plan in his head about what he wanted each thing to be). The great thing about using 'loose parts' is it can spark creativity and imagination.
dragon playdough

When the Fairy came home from school she saw the dragons and quick set about making her own too. I love the sequins she has chosen for ears.
dragon playdough

Language Links: 
Vocabulary: roll, shapes (ball/ sphere, cylinder), texture (shiny/bumpy) colour (red/yellow), body parts
Other: Linking two words (e.g 'dragon's nose')

If you like playdough you may also like this great book form NurtureStore. The Homemade Playdough Recipe Book is full of play dough recipes and a whole years worth of play dough fun for just $8.99. We are affiliates for this great book (which means we earn some commission if you buy this book at no extra cost to you). Down load it now by clicking on the picture.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Fairy forest playdough

Today we've been play and pretending with a magical fairy forest. We mixed up a batch of no cook play dough (with no added extras) to make some 'snow dough'. At Christmas we picked up some Christmas pasta shapes and have been saving them for a special play activity. 

At first The Fairy randomly put the pasta trees in the playdough. Then she carefully re arranged them around the edge of the forest.

Soon The Fairy requested to have some 'people' come to live in the forest. Soon some fairies  had moved in and were having lessons and organising parties (I love how real life is reflected in pretend play).

If you like playdough  you will love this book from the brilliant Nurture Store. The Homemade Playdough Recipe Book is full of play dough recipes and a whole years worth of play dough fun for just $8.99. We are affiliates for this great book (which means we earn some commission if you buy this book at no extra cost to you). Down load it now by clicking on the picture.

Language used: squash, press, forest, wood, magic, enchanted
Other skills: Pretend / imaginative play