We are currently still on school holidays (two weeks off), due to start back in a couple of days. The first almost week and a half, both of my children got sick so there was lots of time at home to rest and reset. I have to admit how nice it has been to be able to spend so much time at home without having to be anywhere specific. I feel my children have loved it as well. As per usual, there was lots of Practical Life going on over these holidays such as baking, snack making and juicing as seen above. We tried a no recipe type muesli bar. Sadly it was a bit of a fail, my children didn’t like the flavour and I overcooked them. Ah well. I still ate it and froze some portions. The muesli was basically nuts, seeds, grains and banana…oh with a bit of agave nectar. Also as per usual there was lots and lots of painting inside and outdoors on the art easel using liquid watercolours and acrylic paints. There was some frustration from one of my children using liquid watercolours on the outdoor easel as it often drips if you use to much, but my other child thought that was the greatest thing, to see the colours mix together.
I have been meaning to make up a new batch of playdough for a while and finally got around to it. Isn’t the colour pretty? I love it when a batch comes out perfectly as sometimes I make it too dry or too oily. This time the playdough was so soft but perfect for molding. I put it in the fridge for a little bit before presenting it to my children so there was that added sensory effect.
My favourite Playdough (stove top) Recipe Ingredients;
- 2 cups plain flour
- 4 tbs cream of tar tar
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tbs cooking oil
- Optional colouring
Method is to mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture congeals. This is the exact recipe found on the back of the cream of tar tar container. My eldest (4.5 years) has taken it upon herself to teach her younger 2.5 year old brother yoga. She is using our yoga cards and showing him step by step how to do each pose. They worked on about six yoga poses today. As much as I would love my children to have a much needed break during the school holidays (just play and have fun), my eldest was still very keen to do some self-directed work. She just loves to learn. In the above picture she is doing some stencil and map work. Below she is using some magnetic wooden letters and the Montessori Pink Language series printable picture cards to do some spelling work.
Exploring with wooden Geometric shapes. “Mummy I made a house and a tree”. Our last day of school holidays we explored a new park area (lots of wildlife) had a play and a picnic before heading back home.
Some news; Everyday Begins New will soon be featured as part of the Spotlight Interview series from Baan Dek Montessori. I will let you know when it is ready to read.
In other news, I am also working on producing an online eBook due in the New Year. More details to come.