When I was little, I used to get really excited about Christmas. The lights, the foods, the TV specials and (of course) the prezzies. But at some point, I think it was in my mid-teens, the anticipation and magic of Christmas faded, and it became more a source of stress than blissful joy. Last year, … More 24 Activities to Enjoy with Your Child this Advent!
There are plenty of gift guides being written at this time of year, and I’ve had the plan of writing this particular one for a while now, since I discovered that the RNLI have an excellent online shop. This way, you can get some fabulous gifts for young and old, for Christmas or any other … More A Charitable RNLI GiftGuide
As I’ve mentioned before, we do a ‘make or bake’ activity most afternoons, as part of our home education. One of the things we’ve been baking several times this autumn, is this sponge cake spiced with cinnamon and cloves and studded with apple slices. I think it’s a good one for the colder parts of … More Baking Together – Spiced Apple Sponge Cake
Did you know that the humble cinnamon roll has it’s own day of celebration in Sweden? Since almost 20 years now, Cinnamon Bun Day (’Kanelbullens Dag’) is celebrated on the 4 October every year, to honour the importance of this traditional fika favourite. The good news though is that you can happily carry on eating Cinnamon … More Baking Together: Cinnamon Rolls!
If you’ve read our previous post about our visit to Wingham Wildlife Park, you’ll already know that we’ve got a bit of a flamingo thing going on here, as part of our ‘A to Z of animals’ study unit. After seeing those beautiful pink birds in real life at Wingham, I though it could be … More Making it together: Flamingo Craft!
A-Z of Animals Much of the learning that we do is interest led, i.e. based around something which our boy is already showing an interest in. Last year we started an ‘A-Z of Animals’ study unit based on an old Sooty video with the same title, which has been a recurring favourite for years. We … More A Visit to Wingham Wildlife Park
Although it’s officially the beginning of autumn now (here in the Northern hemisphere) according to the calendar, I’m not ready for summer to end quite yet! Today is a beautiful, warm and sunny day, just like yesterday, and I’m sure there will still be a few more of these to come. So while the sun … More Frozen Flowers: An Early Learning STEAM & Sensory Activity
This summer, Penguin has discovered a liking for scones, so we’ve added these to our little repertoire of recipes for baking together. They’re really quick and easy to make! We like to make them with raisins, as ‘fruit scones’, but they can just as well be made without, if you prefer. Here’s our list of … More Baking Together: Scones
Earlier this year I wrote a first ”Penguin Plays…” post (which you can read here) and I mentioned the that I intended to follow that up with more posts on various kinds of play. And here comes a second instalment – about playing with lego! My main reason for wanting to do a series of … More Penguin Plays… with Lego!
We’re very much into baking together. I find it’s a great way to practise things like counting and measuring, naming/recognising various ingredients and utensils, using bilateral coordination etc. And on top of that it’s always a sensory rich experience, which is a big plus in our book. These Chocolate Cake Cookies are currently one of our … More Baking Together: Chocolate Cake Cookies