Christmas Fun – Sock Snowmen

I love the run up to Christmas, we get all festive and do lots of lovely crafts.  The internet is such a fabulous source of information, you can never run out of ideas.

After seeing this cute little video on You Tube, we decided to give these lovely little snowmen a try.

Firstly, cut off the foot part just above the heel then fill the foot part with rice (or whatever you want).

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Tie some cotton to make a head and body.

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Glue on buttons, eyes and nose.

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Then put the top half of the sock on as the hat.  (easy peasy).

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The finished items look so cute 🙂

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Diwali

Another subject Elsa asked to do back in the summer was Diwali.  I know she had covered it at school, so I asked her why she wanted to do it again.  She explained she found it interesting. 🙂

I found out it was on 11th November this year so we started the topic the week previous.

I thought it was would be best to find out why Diwali is celebrated so we watched a video and read a story. To make sure Elsa had remembered this, I asked her to filled in some worksheets I’d downloaded from Activity Village and Twinkl, while Anna completed a maze.

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We then made Diya’s out of beads (from Activity Village) and clay.

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We talked about henna patterns and both Elsa and Anna created one on paper then painted it onto their arms with face paints.

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We made lanterns 🙂

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We also discussed Rangoli patterns, where they are used and why and then both girls coloured one in downloaded from Twinkl.

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Finally we made coconut squares.

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An interesting week of learning 🙂

 

 

Sewing a doorstop

Elsa has always been one for being creative and crafty.  She loves drawing, painting, sticking, colouring etc.  I knew that homeschooling her would give us the option to help her try new creative ideas.

Therefore, after we had a problem keeping the door to the Harry Potter study open properly I asked if she’d like to make a doorstop (I also needed to make one for another door – we live in an old house so what can I say).

“Yes, yes, yes please mummy”

Well, there was our answer.

We had a quick look online to see if we could find an easyISH one to have a go at making and we found this chicken one.

I wrote down the instructions and off we went to get the things we needed.

  • Material
  • Felt
  • Stuffing (which is cheaper if you buy a cheap cushion and use the stuffing out of that as opposed to the ‘proper’ toy stuffing)
  • Rice/cous cous for the weight

We started by cutting the parts of the chicken we needed from felt and then pinned them to one side of the material.  We sewed the two wings on using a zig zag stitch (green wings on Elsa’s chicken).  We then sewed the two parts together making sure we trapped all of the edge parts of the felt in the seam. We left the back seam so we could change the angle (watch the video 🙂 ) so that the chicken sat properly then left a gap so we could stuff it.

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We then turned it right way round and put in the weight (bagged), and the stuffing.  Finally we hand sewed the gap and added some eyes at the top.

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Tadah.  How happy does she look?

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The finished articles.

The instructions by Debbie were so clear on the video that this worked really well.  Elsa did a lot of it without too much help.

Crochet lesson with AM

Elsa’s Auntie asked me back in the summer whether Elsa would like to try a crochet lesson.  She knew of this quaint little shop near where she lives who offer workshops.

Well it’s craft related so obviously ‘yes please AM’ 🙂

Off they went to have a lovely little lunch, an interesting crochet lesson and a cake and drink afterwards.  Lucky Elsa.  All I did that day was my cleaning. 🙂

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Since she’s been home she’s continued to do this and has even tried to teach me (failed, but I blame it on being a lefty, but I’ll keep trying when she does it).

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We are working towards making a little rose…. watch this space.