Wednesday, 26 February 2014

3 Little Ducks

Today we are playing with ducks, I'm not sure why little yellow ducks feel spring like, but they just do and let's face it this has been a long, wet gloomy winter and we could do with some bright yellow to cheer us up and make us think of spring.  Don't you think?

Ducks are lots of fun in the bath and for water play so for a change we've taken them out of the water and set them up on some shimmery blue fabric with some pebbles around the edge and some shredded tissue 'reeds' for them to hide in.

Lots of fun and no wet floor!

Learning opportunities include (depending on the stage of development)....

counting the ducks or pebbles
singing songs (3 little ducks, Old MacDonald)
talking about colours and textures
making repeating patterns with the pebbles
and of course role playing different scenarios

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Dolls House Makeover

This sorry sight for a dolls house has been languishing in my classroom for a while now.  

At the beginning of the year it was sitting on a table top looking a bit sad but for the past few weeks it's been downgraded to the floor where it has been pretty much ignored.

I've looked at it and wondered about it a couple of times these past few months but yesterday I actually lifted it and loaded it into my car with the intention of giving it a makeover!

It's actually quite a nice size and shape with decent rooms but the inside is a bit depressing and the windows are all smashed.

It's not going to be a mega restoration with loads of dosh lavished on it though unfortunately.  

It will have to be a quick fix with some fresh paint and maybe a few soft furnishings? 

I'm not sure yet but watch this space....the filthy dolls are currently in the washing machine with some heavy duty stain remover to see if they can be salvaged!

It's a week on and so far I've managed to spray paint the roof grey and paint the outdoor walls a creamy white.
The roof has been spray painted 
 Both colours were leftover paint I had from my playhouse makeover last summer - remember this is a makeover for my classroom so I am trying to do it for next to nothing!

You will also notice that I pulled out the window panels, they were yellowed from the sun and also very brittle which made them sharp and difficult to remove.  The house looks so much better without them!

The living room carpet came out without a problem but the red one on the upper floor was absolutely stuck down and wasn't going to budge.  I discovered on a forum that if I used a hairdryer on it, the glue would melt and peel away, but this didn't work so I pondered for a while and then wondered if nail polish remover might work. 


As you can see I've had to scrape but it's come away really easily. I've still to see if I'll be able to paint on top of it, but if not I can stick down paper flooring.

The only other thing I did this week was peel the brown felt covering off the chairs - better already?!

That's the update for now!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Felt Hearts

Just for a bit of fun for Valentines day....some little felt hearts all ready to be hung up!

I made these over the last two evenings just for something to do.   We were away for a couple of days on a short break and I find it really difficult to just sit and do nothing so I always pack a little something just in case I feel like doing some sewing.  So this was the result.....super cute but where to hang them?

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Valentine Goodies!!

I've been busy making things for a little Valentine giveaway over on my Facebook page, but of course you can enter it here too!  

All you have to do to win these goodies is leave a comment below before Thursday 6th Feb 6pm and I'll choose a winner at random.

You can win this drawstring bag which is fully lined and can be used to hold make-up, toys, sweeties....anything you like.  

There is also a tiny little notebook, a Valentine card, some yummy chocolates and some sparkly heart confetti.....ooh, maybe I should just keep it all to myself?!  

Good luck!