Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pizza and vit. D

You will think that there are no flowers left in our neighbourhood, that we are ransacking it for them. As a matter of fact we are lucky to have lots of flowers around and the most beautifully blooming spring ever seen in Dublin. We dragged the kids' table outside today and made a playdough pizza with flowers. Do you make your own playdough sometimes? I usually use this recipe.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Why do I sometimes have appetite for something particular, e.g. strawberries? - Healthy Preschooler

It is natural that we have different appetites and that they change quite often. One day we feel like eating sweet strawberries, the other day like eating pickles. Our tastes change according to the needs of our bodies, e.g. we might need certain vitamins or trace elements. It can also depend on how we feel, e.g. hot or cold. On a summer day we might want to drink chilled lemonade and on a winter day eat a hearty soup. Our cravings might also reflect our moods and memories, e.g. we like eating strawberries as they remind us of summer.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Origami bunny box

 Make an origami bunny box for Easter eggs.
You can find the instruction for the box here.
I cut out the face out of white cardboard.

Paper size for lid 30 x 30cm.
Paper size for box 28,5 x 28,5cm.
Size of box 10,5 x 10,5 x 5,5cm.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Herbs instead of flowers

 How about giving your friends herbs instead of flowers to their birthdays or just when going over to have a dinner at their place? How about giving herbs that you grew yourself on your windowsill to the grandparents? I imagine that it would be nice to receive a homemade gift full of goodness. Not that I don't like flowers, it's just a different angle :) 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

carrot banana coconut curry ginger pancakes

2 carrots (finely grated)
1 banana (mashed)
4 tablespoons coconut flakes
pinch of ginger
pinch of curry
1 cup corn flour
1 cup rice milk
1 egg

1 tablespoon of coconut oil for baking

Mix everything and fry.

We poured apple syrup over our pancakes - Hugo was delighted to discover it.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Mathilda's very own egg craft

Dear Tinkerlab, not only you are an amazing page but you also inspire with amazing ideas like your creative kids challenge. Why didn't I think of this before?! This is so simple, you give your child a common material and ask them to create something with it. This month's object is not surprisingly an egg.

When Mattie heard that she was going to get into my role which means choosing materials and leading the project she got so excited, proud, serious, careful, thoughtful. She felt special, competent and creative. She told me that she wanted to use flowers (for which we needed to put on our boots and raincoats and get outside into the rain), drinking straws, threads and cellotape. She made kind of a bug girl - the straws are the antennas. I'm amazed by the attention to details - note the flowers at the top of those feelers.

While Mathilda was decorating her egg, Hugo was practising cutting flowers.

This is an experiment worth doing!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Surprisingly eggy diy Easter card

You can make many versions of this card, above a more complicated one, at the bottom of the post a simple one with eggs made of kids' drawings. At the bottom of the post you will also find the templates for the hens that you can print out. Here another simple idea to decorate the paper eggs.

Kids love the idea that you cannot see the eggs and they fall out after the receiver opens the card.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Thursday, 13 March 2014

windowsill garden - herbs

Last year we had cress on our windowsill. This year it is cress, onions (we've been waiting for our own chives for two days now) and herbs (coriander, basil and rosemary - the last one seems to be a bit shy though).

This is how we sowed the herbs...

Sunday, 9 March 2014

St. Patrick's last minute dress up ideas - easy to make green bow :)

Will you believe? This is what Mathilda came up with. I love her creativity! Our St. Patrick's day last minute dress up idea for boys and girls.

P.s This is what we did last year: colourful shamrock potato stamps.