One of the very few Scandinavian traditions which I like to keep alive to some extent after our move from Sweden to the UK (almost two years ago now) is the yearly ‘Lucia’ celebrations on 13 December, also known as ‘St Lucy’s Day’. WHAT IS IT? In short, celebrating Lucia consists of watching or participating … More Celebrating ‘Lucia’: A Scandinavian Tradition
On Saturday, we attended the magnificent Bonfire Night Procession in Rye. It was our first time at this event, and we really enjoyed it! The bonfire celebrations in Rye is hosted by the Rye & District Bonfire Society, which is one of the many Sussex Bonfire Societies. These societies organise a large amount of bonfire … More Rye Bonfire Night Parade 2018
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
As part of our home education, we do a ‘make or bake’ activity on most days, meaning we either make something or bake something. With Halloween just around the corner, our ‘make or bake’ activities are themed with that in mind, and yesterday we made a pumpkin pie scented playdough. It was fun to make … More Homemade Pumpkin Pie Playdough
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!
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
A LITTLE BACKGROUND To begin with, I would like to express how infinitely grateful I am for having a garden! I love that we can step out into our own tiny little corner of the great outdoors. We can use it at any time of day and in any way we want, while showing some … More Paradise Lost… and Regained? A Tale of Two Gardens
As you may already know, Penguin is very keen on Shaun the Sheep and Big Cook, Little Cook. Another favorite show since toddlerhood is Teletubbies, and one of the clips he enjoys the most at the moment shows a group of kids making bubble prints. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too? The action of blowing is … More Oral Motor Fun: Making Bubble Prints
The other day we made this bright and wonderfully lemon scented playdough! As you might already know if you follow us, Penguin loves the taste of lemons, so I thought this should be a hit. Also, the scent of lemons is a great spirit lifter, and I think we can all do with one of … More Homemade Real Lemon Playdough – Instant Sunshine!