Posts with tag paper

midnight dancer

are u ready for a spooky one? i wasn’t until today…and yeah, i love spontaneous ideas….its a completely different energy, and a lot of fun in creation process
 

 
here comes an easy (DIY) bat shades for your special party mood

 

material
printed bat template


scissors
paper
shades, glasses or goggles
hot glue or double side tape if it’s for one time use

 

 

 
directions
cut out printed template
stick to the glasses
and happy haloween!!!

diy – paper tissue head accessory/ bow tie

first time i made paper tissue accessories when katrina and lo had singing class performance and they had to wear yellow. we didn’t have much of yellow in the closet at the time …
 
that day I had a lunch with a friend and on the table i had yellow napkins. at that point i had an idea to make head accessory out of paper tissues.
 
later on for katrina’s “circus” birthday party this idea was brought up once again. together with kids we made little crafts- party head acssesories for girls and bow ties for guys
 
paper tissue headband and bow tie

 
materials
paper tissues
lace or rope (i use paper rope)
glue gun
scissors
headband
 

 
instructions:
headband with bow
step 1 – make a bow – band paper tissue in the middle several times with rope, glue rope ends
step 2 – band headband with the same rope and also glue the ends
step 3 – stick together headband and bow with glue gun


 
bow tie
to make a bow tie use the same method like before, just instead of headband use a rope. for adults u can also use thumbtack.

diy: easter cupcakes

sweet holidays on… :)
 

 

materials
white chocolate, melted (not hot)
butter paper
plastic bag
scissors
coloured paper
coloured ribbon
hot glue gun
chocolate cupcakes (recipe below)
 

directions
chocolate decoration
fill a plastic bag with melted chocolate (try better to fill in one of the corners).
cut the corner of your bag (1mm deep).
choose the shape of bunny ears u like to make (i use improvisation but u can also draw them before on the butter paper and then fulfill with chocolate).
cool them for about h and decorate
 

bows
cut coloured paper in 4×4 cm squares.
tight them in the middle with ribbon and use as a decoration for cupcakes.
to stick them on use toothpicks or just place them on the top between bunny ears.
 

vegan chocolate cupcakes by loveandlemons

ingredients
1 1/4 cups spelt flour (or blend of all-purpose & whole wheat)
3/4 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

directions
mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, mix together and bake for 15-18 minutes at 325 degrees.

taste the spring!

diy – chalkboard bunnies

i bought a chalkboard paint… turns out it can be “extremely” addictive although probably not the worst addiction. it’s an easy way to make old things new again. thanks to the simple and yet unique feature of this paint my old food tray has a new life, girls dining table has transformed into new art space and even eastern eggs are coated with this paint. i still have some leftovers… so what’s next on the retransformation list?!
 

chalkboard bunnies
material
chalkboard paint
paintbrush
plastic eggs (blown or foam rubber eggs)
colour paper
scissors
glue
 
instruction
step 1 – colour your easter eggs with the paint using a small brush. (it took me 3 days as u need at least 3 layers).
 

step 2- paper crafts – e.g draw bunny ears on the paper and cut them out. glue them on the coloured eggs.
 


step 3- use chalk to draw things on your bunnies (e.g faces, greetings, names, etc.) katrina and lo drew their bunny families – mum, dad and baby…
 


let’s play!

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)