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24 x Christmas

Ho ho ho hoooo…
 
it’s time for Christmas and here comes our annual advent calendar of winter activities:
 

 
1.Its time to let winter in our home – first xmas decorations. It wasn’t easy to stop my girls to do it straight away after Lo’s birthday on 17th November. Lights, snowflakes, Christmas box stories, flavour of summer herb tea wrapped into the winter orange coat reminds me about 1 December.
 
2.Winter science – fizzy xmas stars
http://www.science-sparks.com/2012/12/30/ice-play-ideas/
http://www.science-sparks.com/2013/07/22/baking-soda-ice-cubes/
http://inspirationlaboratories.com/frozen-vinegar-cool-summer-science-activity/
 
3. One of our advent craft is wrapping paper, this year our theme is fir and star. For this we will use triangle shaped stamps made out of potato:
http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-roller-printing-tutorial
http://theperfectpearpair.blogspot.nl/2011/11/diy-potato-stamp-wrapping-paper.html
 
4.December – It’s a Sinterklaas dinner time. In the Netherlands Xmas comes earlier, so we gonna celebrate it with creating winter wreath. We are kind of traditional in this. We mostly using wicker and dried fruits, this year we will also use eucalyptus leaves. Here are more original idea of making wreath with using wool:
http://cottageintheoaks.com/2013/11/tufted-wool-wreath-diy/
 
5. Card crafting afternoon.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/christmas-cards-you-can-diy-in-under-an-hour?sub=3525232_4377193#.pqYoRMjeAw
 
6. Diy your own xmas angel. I just love this idea. Simply beautiful.
http://funezcrafts.com/Easy-Angel-Crafts-Wire-Angel.html
 
7. Let’s craft some fun…
http://kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-paper-plate-christmas-characters-santa-rudolph-snowman/
 
8. Planing some friends on the weekend, new table décor would be just great. What about candle holders?
http://thebridenextdoor.fr/2013/01/02/photophore-diy/
 
9. Kindness elfs will make some gingerbread cookies for special people.
 
10. I like an idea of ice skating and ice skating in the Winter Station sounds even more attractive. What about you, do you like ice skating?
 
In 1954, the Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum) found a permanent home at the Maliebaan Station, one of the stations just outside the historic city center of Utrecht. In recent years, the station and museum have undergone extensive renovations to restore it to its 19th-century appearance. The grand station hall and the waiting rooms, including the Royal Waiting Room, remind one of an elegant era of steam, wood and shining brass. Every winter the museum adds to its charm with the addition of the Winter Station. Ice skating is a popular Dutch winter pastime, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Fortunately, the Winter Station transforms part of the museum into an indoor ice skating rink, surrounded by old trains, a carousel and a festive winter atmosphere. Visitors can even roast marshmallows over open fires outdoors.
 
11. Invite a friend for a dinner ☺ Candles, comfort food, hoodie and oma’s knitted socks… Sounds like a big winter hug,isn’t it? That’s the one reason I like winter.
 
12. It’s Saturday… xmas market could be an idea :)
http://www.brunnvalla.ch/christmasmarkets/netherlands.html
 
13. Light up second candle and visit neighbourhood city… More lights…
 
14. Kindness elfs – Music for soul. Search for xmas music, there must be some in your or neighbour town.
We are having Christmas Charity concert in the Church in the city of Hague. And if you are near by, please come and join us:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1527869134199879/
 
15. What about your made present for friends and grandparents… We gonna make lavender body butter to treat winter cold. Here are some ideas:
http://littlegreendot.com/homemade-body-butter-recipe/
http://wellnessmama.com/6544/whipped-body-butter/
http://livesimply.me/2014/04/16/homemade-moisturizing-lotion-recipe-no-coconut-oil/
 
16. Home made winter treat … when it comes to the winter holidays, the true Dutch passion lies with oliebollen (fried dough balls) and poffertjes (mini pancakes). Stalls, converted trucks, and pop-up buildings begin appearing in Dutch cities across the country in this season ☺
We call them happy balls, we know they are not so healthy but they make you smile… and it counts, right… Family movie and oliebollen (in Latvia we have something simmilar called „ Žagariņi“) is just perfect happy couple.
Recipe of happy Dutch balls:
http://dutchfood.about.com/od/breadspastriescookies/r/Oliebollen.htm
 
17. Winter theater or ballet with classic Christmas story? Last year girls first time went to real classic ballet, they loved it so much, that we made it as our family tradition – at least once a year to join the Ballet or Opera. This year we are lucky to have Nut Cracker in the neigbour town, Amsterdam. mmm… brings me back to the memory lane.
http://www.operaballet.nl/en/ballet/2015-2016/show/nutcracker-and-mouse-king
 
Im sure they gonna love it… as they love to watch it on youtube and ask to repeat it not just once.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtLoaMfinbU
 
18.Kindness elfs will make Xmas for birds :) Let’s make it together! Here are some nice ideas how to make bird feeders:
www.homemadehomeideas.com/19-beautiful-diy-bird-feeders
 
19. Dream comes true – This day is about little wishes, little ideas, which girls would love to alive and I will be the fairy:)
 
20. Lighting up the third candle and exploring Lights in the city…
I found this one as an interesting project:
TheTrajectum Lumen is a series of light art installations throughout the city, ranging from quickly changing patterns illuminating a small opening off the Drift canal to the illusory spill of light onto the ground from the Janskerk (St. John’s Church). The lights go on at dusk and stay on until midnight, and anyone can follow the map or app to see them on their own.
The Dom Tower also lights up each evening as part of the Trajectum Lumendisplay, but this winter, it will also be part of the Night of Light at the Dom, taking place November 15th and December 20th. This spectacular event is a large party with DJs and musicians performing at the base of the tower, while light, art, video and graphics are beamed onto the walls of the tower.
 
21. Twinkle, twinkle little star…DIY Fairy shoes for festive nights.
http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/07/diy-dolce-gabbana-gold-jewel-embellished-shoes.html
 

22.Make your own Xmas story
Some ideas and templates for window decorations:
Make your own Xmas story Templates for window decorations:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/560979697306976613/
 
https://faltmanufaktur.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/faltmanufaktur_reindeer_template.pdf
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramosnobre/5238127798/in/photostream/
 
http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Shabby-Art-Boutique-Township-Candle-Holder-template-1.png
 
http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Shabby-Art-Boutique-Township-Candle-Holder-template-2.png
 
http://lespassionscreativesdemarie.centerblog.net/rub-silhouette–7.html
 
http://www.fichier-pdf.fr/2014/12/07/villagelumineux/
 
23. Sweet treat for xmas eve…
http://howveryus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/caramel-cider-cinnamon-apple-pie.html
http://doriannn.blogspot.fr/2013/09/le-nouveau-750g-le-mag-est-arrive.html#
 
24. Let it snow on xmas eve:) Merry, merry Christmas!!!

autumn coronation…

welcome… cool sunny mornings, smell of pumpkin pie in the kitchen, autumn leave fights (catching falling leaves), mushroom hike in the woods, family picnic under an apple tree, umbrella walks, candle light dinner…
what is your favourite autumn activity?
 
autumn adventure continues… lo becoming a queen of autumn

 

arī pie mums ir iestājies rudens… dzestri saulaini rīti, ķirbja pirāga smarža krasnī, rudens lapu cīņas, sēņu pārgājiens mežā, ģimenes pikniks zem ābeles, lietussargu pastaigas, vakariņas sveču gaismā…
kāda ir tavas mīļākās rudens aktivitātes?
 
rudens piedzīvojumi turpinās… LO ir oficiāli kronēta par rudens karaliene

 

 

DIY autumn leave crown
matterials
autumn leaves
little tree sticks

 

DIY rudens lapu kronis
nepieciešamais materiāls
koku lapas
mazi žagariņi/kociņi

 
directions
one by one join together leaves using little tree sticks until your crown is big enough.

 

 
norādījumi
izmantojot mazus koka szariņus savienojam vienu pēc otras lapas līdz kronis ir gatavs.


 

 

 

 

back to school, back to numbers…

she did it….. lo has finally memorised numbers n now she wants to count everything and anything. therefore we want to celebrate it with u and share our victory game- DIY Clapping Numbers…
 
materials:
• egg box
• scissors
• 10 “kinder surprise” plastic eggs
• piece of paper
• chickpeas

 

mūsu matemātikas lāde ir bagāta ar dažnedažādām skaitļu/ ciparu spēlēm – jaunizgudrotām, aizgūtām, pašdarinātām, pirktām, taču lo ciparu uzvaras spēle ir tieši šī, ciparu plaukšķināšanas spēle
 
izejmateriāli:
• olu kaste
• 10 “kinderolu” trauciņi
• papīra loksne 10 cipariņiem (1x1cm platumā)
• zirņi (mēs izmantojām turku zirņus)
• līmes pistole
• flomasters


 

preparation:
• cut ten 1×1 cm paper squares
• write numbers 1 to 10 on each of them
• stick little squares on the plastic eggs

 

spēles sagatavošana:
•sagriežam desmit 1x1cm papīra kvadrātiņus
•sanumurējam šos kvadrātiņus no 1 – 10
•piestiprinām tos pie “kinderolu” kastītēm


 

• fill each egg with an equal number of chickpeas

 

•katrā “kinderolu” kastītē ievietojam attiecīgo daudzumu zirņu


 

• open the egg box and write numbers 1-10

 

•sanummurējam olu kastes iedobumus no 1-10, lai katrai oliņai ir sava mājiņa


 

instructions:
1. close your eyes and choose one of egg, say the number you have picked

 

spēles noteikumi:
1. aizvērtām acīm izvelc vienu no kinderolām, nosauc ciparu


 

2. surprise… open your egg and count out load how many chickpeas do you have. (you can make it a bit more difficult with a wrong amount of chickpeas).

 

2. parsteigums… oliņā ir kaut kas iekšā. atver kastīti, izber zirņus un saskaiti tos, pārbaudi vai oliņā ir pareizais zirņu skaits (velāk var mēģināt zirņu skaitu jauk)


 

3. put all the chickpeas back in the plastic egg
4. clap your hands as many times as shown on the plastic egg and count it out loud. lo favorite part :)

 

3. saliekam zirņus atpakaļ oliņā un novietojam sev blakus
4. dubults neplīst… skaļi skaiti un vienlaicīgi sasit plaukstas – viens, divi, trīs, četri… (atbilstoši ciparam). šī ir lo mīļākā spēles daļa:)


 

5. now you can put the plastic egg back in the box in the right place
6. take the next plastic egg and repeat the task until you go trough all the numbers.

 

5. atrodam, kur dzīvo oliņa
6. tā turpinām līdz visas oliņas ir atradušas savas mājiņas


 

focus pocus, u did it :)

 

fokus pokus, tev izdevās :)

letter school – p

Last weeks’s letter was P and girls had a week off – spring waiting Holiday.
Unfortunately, Katrina got ill, so most of the time we spent home doing different kind of letter P related activities, some of Eastern DIY (greeting cards, E decorations) and we also started preparing for Katrina’s birthday party (invitations, decorations etc.).
 
Letter p recognition, related words and pictures
 

 

Fine motor skill activity with tweezer (p for Latvian pincete)
LO sorted pompoms (easy peasy), but Katrina at the same time sorted out the pieces of mosaic. Katrina’s task was quite challenging – using tweezers she sorted out all the small pieces. I must say you have to have patients to do that and she did it just great. LO also had a go at it and immediately said: Next time, mum
 

 
DIY mouse for pen or pencil (p for Latvian pele/ mouse). Printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.
DIY mouse for pen or pencil (p for Latvian pele/ mouse). Printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.
We made it together with Katrina whilst LO was in after school activities with dad. Actually it was her idea to make a surprise for her sister, cute isn’t it?
p.s. Katrina’s first time using glue gun :)
 


 
We also had a home made exhibition where we exhibited beans, peas and lentils (p for Latvian pupas/ beans). An intro in the world of legumes (p for Latvian pākšaugi/ legumes). Plus another fine motor skill activity – sorting legumes with chopsticks, spoons and hands afterwards.
 

 
Some paper crafts (p for Latvian puķupods/ flowerpot and capital p)
 

 
On of the favorite letter p activities was dropper art (p for Latvian pincete/drooper. U will need:
dropper
paper towel
food colourings
water
little bowls/cups/glasses for water colouring
 
This task has three parts:
water filling from one dish to another using dropper (great for fine motor skill);
 

colouring the water and making an art on the paper towel;
 

 
and finally girls created their own activity mixing colours in the glass.
 

 
Shaving foam sensory tube
It’s a bit messy but totally worth it. They had so much fun revealing mum’s hidden treasures in the clouds of foam :)
U will need shaving foam, something to hide (beans, mosaic pieces, buttons (p for Latvian pogas/ buttons) and a proper place to play (summer+garden). I used trays to protect our work space.

Rope creation activity

Food entertainment: p for Latvian pica/ pizza. We had a pizza cooking evening where Kristaps and girls were preparing pizzas. The funny thing about it is that they are more than happy to be participating in the food making process, but not always in the eating process. In fact their pizza’s are usually without any toppings and sometimes not even properly baked.. We are working hard to expand their daily menu’s…
 

letter school – k

Few month back we learned letter K (k for Katrina).
We made Katrina’s name out of paper – we cut out the letters and decorated them with different materials and techniques: ribbon lace, fabric, little rolled up newspaper balls, dried flowers, stickers, etc.
 
Girls sticked the letters on an A3 paper (Katrina had another task to organise them in the right order) and placed it on the wall above their table. Every time Katrina wanted to sign her work she had the name in front of her.
 
It worked perfectly. Now, after three months, Katrina can write her name not only in capitals, but also in written letters (after a month I changed the example to written letters). Yesterday, for the first time, she wrote her name without any help.
Another victory…
 
Lo is always happy to participate in writing activities, yet still not interested to write her name on her own (sometimes just the first letter).
 

 

 

 
As always we had a game of Secret box with the letter of the week (read more about this activity here, and the usual writing, colouring, and a letter finding activity (download printables here).
 

 
Another great educational activity templates for children, u can find here (for example, k for king template).
 

 
We also had fine motor skill activities: yarn ball winding (k for latvian kamols / yarn ball); origami ship folding (k for latvian kuģis / ship) and floating it in the bath. This was the first time that Katrina and Lo tried to make origami. It wasn’t easy but, with dad supervising, they enjoyed it and therefore would love to do it again.
 

 

 

origami boat instructions

letter school – z

Finally, winter in The Hague :) We couldn’t resist skipping school and staying outside almost all day long enjoying the snow and filling our lungs with fresh winter air …

We started already at 8 a.m., when the night was still behind the window and at the end of the day it wasn’t easy to get them in, at least to drink some hot tea before becoming real ice girls.

 

 

This week I chose to teach the letter z (ziema – winter) to celebrate the Dutch two weeks winter :)

We did a lot of interesting activities.

 

 

 

 

Sorting peas with chopsticks, spoons and hands at the end… LO is always about tasting :) Good practical activity to improve fine motor skils.

 

 

One of the funniest is our secret box exercise of z, in which u put all things u can find in the house, that are related to the letter z. Then, you put on a blindfold and grab one item out of the box and guess: what is it?

Use all your senses to find out what is in your hands. In time, you will see how they’ll (your senses) improve.

 

 

 

letter school – č – sssneaks

after moving to the hague, i had three big challenges:

 

1. to learn dutch. so far so good, thus we are trying to spend as much time as possible playing in parks and playgrounds with local kids. we are also attending dance classes and watching a lot of cartoons in dutch. we are learning english too – local environment is quite international ☺

 

2. to choose our daughters education path. katrina is currently attending john f. kennedy School, and Lo, 4x a week, prinsehaghe preschool. both are based on the montessori teaching methods.

 

3. and quite obviously to keep learning latvian. based on montessori principles and my creative journey, i’ve started our home letter school.

 

every week we pick a letter to be learned. we have already learned h, u, l, k, ķ, r (pictures coming up).

 

last week’s letter was “č” – čūska (snake), čiekuri (fir cones)