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Frugal Ideas of Family Activities this Advent

I love Christmas, I love the run up to it all. And now we are in December it is time to throw ourselves into the festive spirit. Year in year out Christmas comes, and the financial pressure mounts- it’s all just so expensive! But Christmas is not about how much we spend, it’s about family, love… worship, Christ. I want to create the memories of fab Christmases, but I don’t want to feel totally stressed by the financial pressure. So here are some Christmas ideas to bring joy to the home, but not break the bank! 1.Make Christmas Tree Decorations Make a salt dough ornament: 2 cups flour 1 cup water ½ cup salt 1 tsp instant coffee Mix the coffee into the water (this gives a bit of colour, leave out if you like). Then mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the water, and knead into a dough. Use cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes. Put a hole in the top with a straw or pencil. Bake in a cool oven- 170° for about 1 hour 15 mins, until the dough is hard. When cold decorate the shapes and tie for cord to them so they can hang off the tree. 2. Visit a Christmas Market Even if you are not buying, they are really beautiful! 3. Homemade Christmas Presents These have the double benefit- do something for someone else, plus you make someones present. We have annual stand-bys in the this department- both curtesy of Nigella Lawson! Her Christmas cookies, and her Chilli Jam. The Chilli Jam is gorgeous, I make sure to make enough to have a small jar for us! 4. Christmas Crafts! I loved Christmas crafts at school, and this is a time of year you can make lots of different Crafts and use them to decorate the house! I found this site a few years ago- don’t be fooled by it’s appearance, it is a goldmine of great craft ideas for Christmas Audrey’s Christmas Page 5. Christmas Letter Writing I write a Christmas letter every year to send out in Christmas cards, this year The Girl will be doing likewise. She can tell distant family and friends what she has been up to this year. 6. Christmas Card Making Honestly I can’t be bothered by cards. Mass produced, bits of card, that clutter up the mantle piece. I object to having to spend money on something that is going to end up in the recycling box. BUT I do like something that has meaning. When children put some effort into making cards...

Preschool Curriculum Ideas: Colour Blue

This week Colour of the Week is: Blue. To enforce this colour we will be doing blue themed crafts, playing with blue play dough, and singing blue nursery rhymes. Blue Craft I made a picture of a fish (thankfully young children do not mind terrible art skills!). I gave The Knight Boy some blue paint, a blue milk bottle top, and a toilet roll tube. He used the bottle top and toilet roll tube to paint the fish. Blue Rhymes Lavander’s Blue Dilly Dilly Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, Lavender’s green When you are king, dilly dilly, I shall be queen Who told you so, dilly dilly, Who told you so? ‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly, That told me so Call up your friends, dilly, dilly Set them to work Some to the plough, dilly dilly, Some to the fork Some to the hay, dilly dilly, Some to thresh corn Whilst you and I, dilly dilly, Keep ourselves warm Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, Lavender’s green When you are king, dilly dilly, I shall be queen Who told you so, dilly dilly, Who told you so? ‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly, That told me so. Little Boy Blue Little boy blue, come blow your horn, The sheep’s in the meadow, the cows in the corn Where is the boy who looks after the sheep? He’s under the haystack, fast asleep. Blue Treasure Hunt Go round the house and find as many things as possible that are blue. Baking Idea: Blueberry Muffins Nigella Lawson’s Blueberry and Cornmeal Muffin receipe is supper easy for young children to help with, and they taste amazing… any excuse really! 150g plain flour 100g cornmeal 2 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 150g caster sugar 125ml vegetable oil 125ml buttermilk 1 egg 100g blueberries 1 x 12- bun muffin tin. Pre-heat oven 200°/gas mark 6 Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Add the oil, buttermilk, and egg into a jug and wisk unitl combined. Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix to combine them, but don’t over mix, stir in the blueberries. Bake at 200°/gas mark 6 for 15-20 mins. Book Ideas Oh No Peddie Pebbles, written by the author of the Katie Morag series, this is a fun book about a toddler who wants to help paint his bedroom… Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, a classic by Eric Carl, this is a must have for a preschoolers library Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Awesome Autumn: Tree Painting Craft

Finally I have found a use for baby cotton buds. Cotton buds are one of these baby products you seem to have in abundance but never seem to use. I found a picture of this craft on Pinerest and shamelessly stole it! I drew round a cup, to make a circle for the little boys, and painted a trunk for them- older children can do this themselves. Then each child was given a cotton bud, and I squirted different autumn shades of poster paint onto an old egg box lid. They then dipped the bud in the paint and filled the circle with different coloured dots, they also lined the bottom of the page with some, for leaves that had already fallen. This made a simple, but effective craft suitable for pre-school through primary ages. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Underwater painting craft

We used oil pastels and watercolour paint to creat these easy underwater paintings. What I like about this craft is it can be used for different age groups (my preschool aged child loved it, as did the 7 year old!) and introduces the child to different mediums. 1.Use oil pastels to draw an under water scene. The oil pastels create a bold image. The colours can also be smudged together. 2.Use the watercolours to paint over the drawing with blue paint. As the pastels are oil based the water based paint does not stick to the drawing. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...
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