We have been cupcake decorating at a local cafe a couple of times. There we have made Christmas themed cupcakes and most recently, Harry Potter themed cupcakes.
For the Christmas themed cupcakes we made a wreath, a polar bear, a Christmas pudding, a Christmas tree, a snow flake and a poinsettia (a festive flower).
For the Harry Potter Themed cupcakes we made Hedwig (Harry’s owl), Ron’s jumper, a house scarf (Anna and I are both Hufflepuff), a potion scene, a golden snitch and the sorting hat.
We used buttercream and fondant to make the decorations. The lady told us how to make the decorations. They looked really good when we’d finished. (They tasted nice too).
It’s great fun and we hope to go again soon.
If you know a nearby cafe that does cupcake decorating I fully suggest it.
This year we wanted to make our own gifts for families and one of things we decided to do was make our own soap.
I found this video and thought we’d use this one but amend it a bit.
We bought some goat’s milk soap base and chopped it into cubes ready to melt. We grated some lemons to get the rind.
We melted the soap base over a pan of simmering water. This took quite a while.
We then mixed in a few drops of both lavender and lemon essential oils.
We poured the mixture into our moulds and let them set. removed them from the mould to let the other side set.
Finally, we wrapped them in cling film to prevent them from being affected by the air and then in brown paper with a ribbon.
These looked and smelled lovely and worked perfectly. We will be doing this again.
We don’t break up officially for any holidays. If we fancy some time off, we take it. This is one of the beauties of Home Education, however we do learn a bit about all of the various holidays we would be taking if we were at school.
This includes learning about the proper meaning of them, why we celebrate them and doing various crafts.
One of the Easter crafts we did was some decoupage. I’d never done it before and we saw it mentioned online, so we popped in to our local Hobbycraft to see at what they had available. The girls each chose a basket and a rabbit, which were cheap at £2 and some papers (which varied between £2 and £3.80 for 3.
We just ripped the paper into smaller pieces, watered down our pva glue and off they went.
It’s great fun, it kept the girls occupied for ages and as it doesn’t really matter how much glue you get on it, little ones can do it independently.
Elsa did a co-ordinates sheet which we found on Activity Village, she had to place the co-ordinates in the correct squares to produce an Easter picture. She thought this was great fun.
I found a great little Easter Maths booklet on Twinkl. 🙂 Anna decided she’d like to start on that, she started with her least favourite pastime of colouring. I don’t understand why she doesn’t enjoy it, she’s really good at it.
After that she wanted to do a number sheet. She’s really doing well with her number work.
There was a great game in the maths booklets which we all played together. You had to throw 2 dice and add them together and then colour the relevant egg. The one with the most eggs coloured at the end of the game (in our case 10 throws each) won. It was a bit easy for Elsa, but we all enjoyed it and Anna won. 🙂
What a busy Easter. 🙂
For the last few years we have made our own crackers and this year was no exception. They are really cheap and easy to do.
I bought hats and snaps off ebay, very cheap and very quick delivery. Elsa wrote some jokes, (typical of an 8 year old) :)and we put in a chocolate as the gift.
Next we wrapped up toilet rolls with Christmas wrapping paper.
We put in the snap and closed one end of the paper with ribbon, then put in the hat, joke and chocolate. Then closed the other end with the ribbon then used pinking shears to pretty the edges.
Tah dah, all finished. They look fantastic. Let’s hope they work on Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.
I thought it would be interesting as part of our Geography curriculum to add a Christmas Around The World theme throughout December. I chatted with Elsa about how some countries might celebrate Christmas differently to us and that it would be interesting to see the differences in food and traditions of number of countries.
I downloaded some Christmas Around The World sheets off Twinkl, which gave us 12 different countries to research.
Then I found an amazing website where I thought Elsa would be able to find the information required without too much input from me.
She chose UK to start with as obviously it was the easiest one for her.
She then found information about Denmark, China, India and France.
This has been really interesting and we would have liked to have finished the others, but we went away on holiday in the last week before Christmas so ran out of time, however we will just have to do them next year. 🙂
Anna attends nursery and their school encouraged all the children to decorate a gingerbread house (which they had made at school).
Both girls enjoyed doing this although gluing it together is great fun. 🙂 We ended up using superglue to stick the roof on. Glue was a last resort as the icing and melted sugar hadn’t worked.
We used royal icing to stick a variety of sweets on it.
We decorated the roof with crushed up shredded wheat.
The end result. It looked great.
Such a shame it wasn’t edible. 🙁
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).
Tie some cotton to make a head and body.
Glue on buttons, eyes and nose.
Then put the top half of the sock on as the hat. (easy peasy).
The finished items look so cute 🙂