Monday, 1 September 2014

Children's Spring Reading Basket

Spring is such a magical time of year.

It always feels so full of promise and possibilities. For me, with each Spring comes personal reawakening, together with a desire to get outside! And since we are experiencing our first Spring in our new home we are watching our garden with great anticipation. Discovering bulbs and the colour of our magnolia {white pink}.

And with the changing of the season we are also changing the books in our reading basket. Our Spring book collection has grown this year to include some lovely new stories. And I am excited to share them with you!

Books in our Spring reading basket

How Robin Saved Spring
Debbie Ouellet

My lovely friend Carrie from Crafty Moms Share sent this book to us, as she enjoys reading it with her daughter. And we love it too! The personification of the seasons as Lady Winter and Sister Spring to tell the story of a lingering Winter works well. My son loves how each of the animals attempt to wake Sister Spring and the imaginative explanations of why they have spots or sleep through the Winter.

Flower Fairies of the Spring
Cicely Mary Barker

A lovely book of Spring poetry paired with illustrations of Spring flower fairies. From the joyful Song of the Crocus Fairies to the sweet Song of the Daisy Fairy the season is celebrated and explored in this wonderfully whimsical way. We enjoy dipping into this book when the mood takes us.

Gerda Muller

This board book is my daughter's favourite, with wonderful illustrations of Spring without text. She enjoys talking to me about what she sees in the pages, as a change from being read to. Such an innocent and sweet book with lovely illustrations of lambs, poppies and rainbows.
My Little World
Julia Cooke and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

This is a wonderful story about the little things in nature that children may be more likely to notice than grown ups. The insects and bugs, plants and things at their eye level. This is a favourite here because it is also based not far from home.

The Story of the Root Children
Sibylle von Olfers

This classic 'Waldorf' story is about the reawakening of the Earth after Winter. With the root children waking up, sewing new clothes and emerging to play and frolic in the fields and water. The illustrations are whimsically beautiful and draw us in. Although I do enjoy this story, I do wonder if some of the magic of the story may have been lost in translation.

In the Land of Fairies
Daniela Drescher

Follow the seasons of the year with the fairies and how they interact with the animals, insects and flowers. My children enjoy discovering new things in the illustrations as we read this sweet story.

What are your favourite Spring books?


For more Spring reading inspiration pop over to My Little Bookcase!

Happy reading,

Monday, 25 August 2014

Waldorf kindergarten

My son bounds down the path to his beautiful Waldorf kindergarten. Racing me to the gate - he simply cannot wait to get there! He is going through a competitive stage where winning is the focus and often it is about racing, so I often hear 'I won! I got here first!'

And thankfully the day starts outside. In the beautiful kindergarten grounds with abundant flowers and trees. Often he has ran off to play before I even have a chance to say goodbye ~ I will see him starting to build a cubby with large sticks, create a dam or climb a tree.

But it makes me smile, as I take my daughter's hand and we wave in his direction as we go.

Starting the day outside helps my boy expend some energy and allows the children to engage with nature and each other. I love the Waldorf mantra of no bad weather just bad clothing. So I pack two extra changes of clothes, including waterproof pants for my lad, and often they are used!

His teacher tells me of his daily exploits during our parent teacher meeting. She tells me he is enjoying climbing the trees, testing his limits and engaging with risk. Such important things for children to do!

I am also told that he is learning the limits of rough house play and that sometimes when you play roughly you will get hurt. When this happens the children are encouraged to help comfort each other.

I hear he is becoming something of a leader in his class ~ words that cannot help but make me smile.

And when it comes time to venture inside, he helps make the morning tea {his favourite is millet bake, or is it apple crumble or rice pudding!}. After indoor play he helps pack away to a song about gnomes tidying up ~ don't you love the whimsy *grin*

His handwork is coming along {he tells me he is up to French knitting and excitedly that octopus is next! I think that might be weaving of some sort?} and he creates beautiful puppet shows for telling his classmates stories.

He tells me he likes Fridays the best. On Fridays they get to 'read' books to themselves at rest time and have extra outdoor play. And I think ~ well that sounds pretty good to me.

Happy days,

Monday, 18 August 2014

How to make a rainbow peg doll

Sometimes I need to remind myself to keep it simple when it comes to crafts. I get all excited thinking about little hats, clothes, wings, not to mention adding in some paint here and there. Keeping it simple can be so very lovely though. And sometimes simple means finding the time to craft amid everything else.

To make a simple rainbow peg doll I used:
  • a peg doll base
  • watercolour paint
  • felt
  • thread
  • glue
  • scissors
My daughter crafted alongside me, painting her own little peg doll. While I painted a rainbow on mine.

We chose some felt for our wings and I cut out a simple wing shape.

I sewed some thread along the middle of the wings, then wrapped it around the neck of the peg doll twice. Stitching into the felt each time I went around. We added a little glue to hold the wings against the back of the peg dolls.

Finished and ready for play!

 Warmly, Kelly