As summer is a tad bit short, we tried our best to get busy and do little things with Olivia. She loves dressing up so we grab little scraps from tissue roll, old jeans, old white material and lots and lots of glitters to make her Egyptian costume and accessories. It’s safe to say that she loves it.
Yep, I know summer is here somewhere. The time of the year where we play with water under the sun but, this past couple of days we get less sun and a lot of water from above- The Rain. Whilst it’s too chilly to go out and play in the rain, we stayed inside the house, keep warm and still play with water to amuse the boss toddler. So we did the blooming paper experiment.
We used magazine pages for our flowers, cut them using a flower template as a guide. For your convenience, just save and print the flower template below. Just adjust the size on how big or small your flowers will be but, it should be fine just as it is. Fold each petals over lapping each other (see video below). Put some water in a bowl and unfold the fun!
Place your flower on the water and see the paper flower blooming.
The paper are forced to unfold when the paper absorbs the water as it swells along the creases of the folded petal.
Try different types of paper. Or maybe colour or paint your flowers with a picture or lovely message inside?
See it in action!
Check out our previous summer activities this year!
Day 4: 20 July 2015 Summer Holiday Activity Diary
Alphabet Fishing activity
It’s been raining -we’re stuck inside the house as it is a too chilly to run and dance in the rain. We are trying our best to stay away from the TV and tablets and to be honest, we did well so far.
Olivia wants to go fishing and of course we, we can’t go fishing in the rain BUT, we can in our bathtub- alphabet fishing activity. I put some water in the bath, added a few drops of blue food colouring and mixed it. I took the magnetic alphabets from Olivia’s LeapFrog Fridge Phonics and put them in the bath to act the fishes. You can of course use any magnetic alphabets. We get a stick and tie a string and a piece of screw as the fishing rod. The rest is FUN- loads of it and we’re happy with our catch as we read them phonetically and give a word that start with the letter we get.
As technology is rather speeding up in taking our children’s attention-what’s not to love about that? Tablets and game consoles for back up when there’s some house chores that needed to be done and when you need some peace and put your feet up? Raise your hand if we’re riding the same boat. Good. I feel better now. Let’s not forget the limitations though but, I am not going into details as I am nowhere as close for being an expert in parenting.
We do love our crafts and activities that’s why we’re here, right? Summer is the perfect time to max out kids time outdoors and connect with nature…game consoles off and screens off. Sun cream on!
So, we’ve got an empty Cadbury tub and I am in a habit of hmmm craft material … always thinking of what can we do with it before chucking them in the grey bin. First thing that came up in my mind is piggy banks or money bank for Olivia. I thought, it would be great to teach her how to save some pennies for an adventure fund or Christmas shopping fund. I asked her if she would want to help me make a piggy bank for her and she is well up for it.
First, I cleaned the tub and peeled the labels off.
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I then, stick the felt sheet to cover the tub, we let it dry and I decorate it with lace and ribbon and some bits from our craft box. I super glued the lead of the tub, just in case I will be so tempted to take some of Olivia’s money to buy some sweets. I don’t trust myself when it comes to that matter.
I turned it upside down and used a knife to cut a hole to put in the coins in.
Summer is finally here and what could be more fun than crafting in the garden. Ha! This time, we dig in to our backup craft box- where I put the craft sets that are ready to make when, I am not feeling good to gather all the materials needed and also that moment when, I can’t think of anything to do that fits the mood.
We have a Tesco Go Create Friendship Bracelet which we bought for £1.50. We sat on our trampoline to do the bracelet and Olivia had so much fun doing them. There is no glue included in the box so, I decided to use my Mod Podge to give it more of durability and to seal the colours and so it will look shiny too. Well, that’s what I thought but NOPE! It did look shiny but, had we used normal Elmers glue, they would still come out the the same and the decorations will still come off. Maybe, if I used super glue, it would have stick but that would that will defeat the object and purpose “for toddlers crafts”.
Olivia did had fun though but some of the decorations are scattered on the floor now and some are nowhere to be found. Eeeek.
I picked up Olivia from the pre-school today and we went straight to the park for a picnic and some painting activity. I have to admit that, I am not in my best shape today after a very long day at Alton Towers yesterday but, the thought of Olivia that is going to the primary school in September had me in panic. It means that we will get less time together so, I am aiming to do more things with her …more than we used to do, blogged or not.
I got a heart shaped box craft set from Wilko for Olivia to paint. She can be your best mate when it comes to these things, we spent hours at the park painting, playing and talking about the pink unicorn and the purple dragon.
We also had a lovely weather today, we had so much fun under the sun and that we didn’t get home till 3:00 in the afternoon.
We also picked up some daisies and put glitters on them,
Hiya everyone! It’s been busy over domesstique’s this past couple of days as we have been pouring our hearts learning Filipino language and dialects. The Boss Toddler have been really good at it although, there are some words that would crack her up- she thinks it’s a ludicrous alien words. But, we are getting there…slowly and having fun along the way.
Of course, we didn’t abandon our ever so dear crafting table- we’re back painting. Yay!
We grab a canvas, prepared some paints and let the Boss Toddler do the job. I only gave her some blue, green and yellow colours and it’s up to her however she wanted it to be. The idea is to stick some pebbles and seashells on the canvas after she had painted it. Can you tell we can’t wait for summer?
Erm…really? Yes, yes, yes! The Little Miss has been favourably helpful in making the summer holiday into something doozie. I always try to make her busy with crafts and activities but, there are times that she needs her own time and space and go with the flow of her imagination. I respect that. I really do.
Not when she’s quite, you know something is going on like, she got hold of my wool trying to connect every part of her room and I spent quarter of an hour undoing them.
Not, when she change her clothes and goose knows how many times a day and leave poor zebra family lying on the floor like they are being murdered and she thinks being clever when I have a go at her by saying “I can you kiss you, so will be happy…can you be happy now?” What can I do, ha?!
On the bright side, we still manage to be at least smooth and steady by doing some activities that we both enjoy.
Here are some activities that we did:
Painting stones: We use poster paint mixed with blob of PVA glue. A coat of varnish will help to seal it up. We did some mushrooms and lady birds and they end up in our little garden.
Looking for shapes and patterns of clouds. Good fun!
Leaf crown: Super easy to make. I let, Olivia to stick some leaves on the ribbon and she loves how it turns out. She’s been wearing it the whole afternoon and well proud of what she did.
Summer has been good and fun so far but, even how much fun that is, our little ones still miss their school friends. Olivia has been asking when is she going back to school, it’s only been two weeks and it’s like forever for her. Every day, I try to do crafts and activities with her…play with her. We do make a good team and good playmates but, I am too big to fly with her to fairyland and I am too loud and freak for her secret club. I don’t even know the password for her secret mission.
To the rescue, Oscar (the cousin) is here for a play date. He is definitely not flying to fairy land and he thinks that the password for the secret mission is “monster cars”, which is not. Only, Livi knows which I reckon it’s “mummy is such a nag”. Before The Little Miss will ask Oscar to brush barbie’s hair, I need to set up some simple activities for them.
I started off setting up a tent in the trampoline – it didn’t last long because, Olivia is starting to set up her tea set. I took the trampoline down and put in garden (took the tea set away) and they converted it to a shop. Then, they played in the trampoline so Oscar won’t think too much about the hundred million pounds he owed for a cup of sand and adopting a snail.
After lunch, they had some serious fun painting. I set up a place where then can paint all they want and the result leads to a good bath and some ice-cream for chilling time.
I turned them into magicians until I’ve ran out of pepper!
To end the fun day, stacking cups will do the trick for some quite time before they say goodbye to each other which none of them wants to do so. Who wants to end a good and fun day, aye? Thank you, Oscar for a day spent with us! You have been awesome.