Happy Halloween with kids

Tehtiin lasten kanssa vähän syksyaskarteluja. Tarvikkeet olivat simppelit. BigShot, tyhjä muropaketti ja Sizzixin joulutähtistanssi. Lisäksi Sizzixin kirjaimet sekä semmoinen rypytysväline (crimper tool).

It is the half term week here in England and it has been foggy and raining most of the time. Needed to get creative with the children. This is what we did. Simple materials: an empty cereal box, A BigShot and Sizzix’s Tattered Poinsettia die. In addition I used the Word Play Alphabet Die from Sizzix and a crimper tool.

 

Lapsista on ylihauskaa pyöritellä tuota BigShottia ja innoissaan auttoivat äitiä.

The kids love to roll the plates through the BigShot and were all excited when helping me. 

 

 

Vaikka nämä oikeasti ovatkin kukan terälehtiä niin minusta ne sopivat hyvin syksyn lehdiksi myös.

Although these really are poinsettia petal leaves I thought they work as autumn leaves too.

 

Vuorossa maalausoperaatio.

Time for painting. 

Myös leikkausaukot voi käyttää templaattina.

Use the negatives as stencils.

 

 

Maalin kuivuttua lehdissä rypytimme ne tällä ihmepyörittimellä.

After the paint was dry on the leaves we run them through this crimper thing.

 

Sitten vain lehtien liimailuun! Jos haluat, voit lisätä sopivan tekstin joko näillä kirjainstanssilla leikatuilla kirjaimilla tai tarrakirjaimilla. Nyt passeli teksti tietenkin oli Halloween-toivotus!

Glue the leaves onto your background. If you want you can add the suitable text using the die cut alphabets or stickers. Now the sentiment of course was Halloween related!

 

 

Hauskaa Halloween-viikonloppua kaikille! Me menemme Trunk n Treat -tapahtumaan huomenna. Entäs te?

Happy Halloween weekend everybody! We are going to a Trunk n Treat tomorrow. What about your weekend?

Galaxy Adventure

Otimme osaa T:n ja E:n kanssa uuden galaksin luomiseen lilla a:n blogissa. Tässäpä meidän tuotokset. We took part in the Galaxy Adventures at lilla a’s blog.

Planeetta Punaisella asuvat hölmöt punaiset otukset, joilla on viisi jalkaa ja neljä silmää. Ne tykkäävät spagetista ja hyttysjuomasta. Planeetan on tehnyt (äidin avustuksella) T, 3v7kk. The Planet Red is inhabited by the Silly Red Creatures who have five legs and four eyes. They like to eat spaghetti and drink mosquito drink. The planet is made by T, 3 years 7 months with some help from mom.

Sinisellä Tähtiplaneetalla asustaa tähtikansa. Heillä on siniset hiukset ja punaiset silmät. He tykkäävät leikkiä pingviineillä. Planeetan on tehnyt (äidin ja T:n runsaalla avustuksella) E, 1v11kk. On the blue Star Planet there are the Star People. They have got blue hair and red eyes. They like to play with penguines. The planet is made by E, 1 year 11 months, with lots of help from T and mom.

Raketit suhahtelevat valonnopeudella planeetalta toiselle kuljettaen kaikenlaisia olioita kyydissä. The space rockets fly from one planet to the other carrying all sorts of creatures as passengers.

Aika ajoin planeetat pyörivät vinhaa vauhtia akselinsa ympäri. From time to time the planets start spinning very fast.

Planeetat on tehty paperimassasta Helin ohjeiden mukaan. The planets are made with paper mache, accoring to Heli’s instructions.

Sadepäivän iloja

Kun sataa, tekee mieli askarrella ja leipoa, eikö vain? When the weather is rainy you feel like crafting and baking, don’t you?

Seuraamme Britannian telkkaria satelliitin välityksellä ja lasten kanavalla CBeebies on mainio askarteluohjelma Mr Maker, jossa tehdään mitä hauskimpia lasten askartelujuttuja. Jo pidemmän aikaa Tristan on vaatinut yhden mustekalan tekemistä. Lopputulos on tässä, mielestäni maailman suloisin mustekala :).

We have the British TV via satellite and on the children’s channel CBeebies there is a fantastic art & crafts programme Mr Maker. For quite some time now Tristan has been asking to make an octopus he saw on the channel. Here is the ready creature, in my opinion the cutest in the world!

Tässä leipomukset, jotka pakkasimme mukaan rattaisiin ja veimme ystävälle korttelin päähän. Yhteensä viisi lasta ja kaksi aikuista tekivät selvää jälkeä pellillisestä.

Here are the cupcakes we baked, packed in a pram and took them to a friends house where altogether five kids and two adults finished the whole lot.

Muffinssit leivoin tutulla ja paljon käyttämälläni reseptillä, joka on täällä blogissa on joskus aikaisemminkin esiintynyt. Laitan reseptin kuitenkin myös tähän postaukseen, se on hieman muokkautunut matkan varrella.

I baked the cupcakes with a recipe that I use a lot and often.

Suklaamuffinssit (12 keskikokoista – juuri sopiva muffinssipellillä tehtäväksi!)

50 g voita tai margariinia
2 kananmunaa
2 dl sokeria
1 dl maitoa
3 dl vehnäjauhoja
1,5 tl leivinjauhetta
2 tl vanilliinisokeria
3 rkl kaakaojauhetta
50 g taloussuklaata karkeana rouheena

ripaus suolaa

1. Sulata rasva ja anna jäähtyä hieman.
2. Sekoita munat ja sokeri. Kaada munaseokseen voisula ja maito.
3. Yhdistä kuivat aineet keskenään ja lisää taikinaan siivilän läpi. Sekoita taikina tasaiseksi.
4. Annostele taikina paperivuokiin ja paista 200 asteessa noin 15 min.

Jäähtyneet muffinssit voit koristella haluamallasi tavalla. Tällä kertaa tein pikeeriä jonka värjäsin vaaleanpunaiseksi ja vaaleanvihreäksi pastaväreillä. Tristan sai auttaa strösselien kanssa.

Tässä muutama muu koristelu aiemmilta leipomiskerroilta. Here are a few other decoration methods from previous baking sessions.

Lupaan pian kokeilla tätä:

I promise to try this out soon:

Taidanpa tilata tuon Hello, Cupcake! -kirjan itselleni. Ja jos kerran Book Depositoryyn ostoksille menee, joudun ehkä tilaamaan jonkun skräppikirjankin. Mitä suosittelisit tilattavaksi?

I might have to order this Hello, Cupcake! -book. And since I am going to shop in Book Depository I might as well order some scrapbooking book. Any recommendations?

Creativity of the next generation

Pienimmän lapsen kamalan vatsataudin ohella ollaan vähän onneksi ehditty taiteillakin.

While the smallest one suffers from a horrible tummy bug we have managed to be creative too.

Piirtäminen on ollut mieleen vanhemmalla pojalla jo jonkin aikaa. Epämääräistä kiekuraa, sitä taideteokset ovat mielestäni olleet. Nyt mukaan on tullut jotain ihan selkeääkin.

My older little boy has been interested in drawing for quite some time. Nonspecific squiggle to me so far. Now suddenly there is actually something I can recognize.

Huomatkaa pieni apukäsi vasemmassa alakulmassa.

Note the little helping hand in the left corner below.

Luomistyötä haittaa vähän väliä pikkumies, joka innoissaan kävelee paperin yli.

The creating process is disturbed by a little man who walks over the artwork all excited.

Joko arvaatte mitä piirustus esittää? Junarataa tietenkin. Koko paperin täydeltä. Koko lehtiön täydeltä.

Can you already guess what the picture is about? Train tracks of course. The whole sheet of them. The whole paper pad full of them.

Lopuksi pitää sotkea ja hyppiä paperin päällä.

In the end there has to be a mess and some jumping on the paper.

December Daily 19

It has been a lovely winter day. Full of bright sunshine and -12C.

Sometimes I think that some days have more hours than 24. Sometimes it is a curse as days may feel neverending with children. But sometimes it is a blessing like today. It has been a wonderful day for me (A is still terribly ill). We have done lots of fun stuff. I love this kind of winter weather! I made ice lanterns and am still making more as long as the temperature allows.

I made a center piece (or what ever it ends up being) to the table with the help of T. We created frost on cones and leaves by brushing some egg white on them first and then sprinkling sugar on top.

We baked cookies for the gingerbread house. And hung the Christmas cards with the pegs we decorated earlier.

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

December Daily 14

In the playgroup today we had a Christmas party. A bunch of little kids. Lots of noise and mess. Santa Claus came and the kids went silent. T was brave enough to sit on Santa’s knee but E started crying when I took him closer. This was good practice for the real thing on the 24th.


The crafty moment of the day was painting with acrylics. This was the first time T has been doing that and I had my suspicions about paint being everywhere afterwards. But no, T was very careful and clean, I didn’t even need to wash his hands afterwards. The result of this painting session will be shown later…

December Daily 12

We have had a lovely day. Nothing special, not even very Christmasy. Just an ordinary family day. Well, ordinary may not be the right word for it as these kind of days happen way too rarely. Ordinary in that sense that we haven’t done anything “special” but the whole day has been special – everybody healthy, last night was quite good, the children have been on a good mood and played nicely, A got some gardening done and ordered our winter tires, E has been finally eating properly (papa’s curry of course!). Lots of little things which make a perfect day!

The craft time of the day consisted of decorating some pegs with glitter to be used to hang Christmas cards. This craft was perfect for T, he actually was doing it until it was all done and didn’t quit and disappear in half way leaving me doing most of the work like with most of our little crafty projects. He is a bit obsessed with glitter glue :).

December Daily 11

Last night at 11 o’clock I though that all our Christmas preparations would have to be put on hold as E woke up with 39,9 of temperature. Swine flu, we thought, now it has hit us! We gave E medicine and rang a medical helpline and got some advice after being asked lots of questions. It was not swine flu. The temperature started to decrease and after an hour it was 38,1 and we went to sleep. In the morning at 5.30 when he got up he was like he had never had this strange fever. I took him to see a doctor, just to hear that he is ok.

Finally I progressed with my wreths and the poor dinner table is not hiding anymore underneath a pile of stuff collected from the garden and forest.

I made two wreaths, without any particular plans or instructions and was so excited, felt the flow of creating and appreciated the small garden of ours where I found most of the stuff I needed!

December Daily 10

Today when taking T to nursery I saw them again, the most horrendous Christmas lights!

There is much more than in the picture you can see but I didn’t dare to come out from the car to take a photo of somebody else’s yard. Anyway, lots of blinking, bright colors, Santa’s climbing on the walls, train, reindeers etc. I just can’t get it. How can you sleep if you see such variety of lights and colors blinking throughout the night?

To me the lights have to be white (yellow). Preferably no blinking. And I hate the Santa’s hanging from a balkony or climbing the ladder. No thank you. The lights (and other decorations too) should reflect and support the spirit of the season. Something peaceful, quiet, beautiful and calming.

Actually if you just look at the different styles of lights you can tell the difference in celebrating Christmas in Finland and UK. The first Christmas time in UK for me was a shock! I had never know that Christmas can be celebrated in such a noisy and merry way. There are balloons, whistles, crackers, crowns and hats, party poppers, confetti, lots of noise and merry making. Like what we would have in Finland in Vappu on the May 1st.

My Christmases had always been quiet and peaceful, family oriented and reverent. I think that is how I prefer it. And now when creating our own Christmas that is the guide line for me when thinking of the atmosphere.

We didn’t have much time for crafting today as we have been out and about the whole day. Almost all the Christmas gifts are now purchased! Today I have been running around shops like crazy as it is the only day during the week that I can use the car (as I need it to take T to nursery).

In the nursery T had made a little ornament that we hung into the mini Christmas tree in the kitchen. In the evening just before going to bed T wanted to cut and glue a bit so we made this:

December Daily 07

We are getting closer to Christmas. I almost think “oh no” as it means that soon this special season is over again – although there may be a sigh of relief once all the hassle is gone. My mom reminded me, when commenting somebody’s Facebook status, that the fun part in Christmas is the decorating and preparing since the Christmas itself is so short. These daily posts help me to concentrate on Christmas a little bit, sometimes a lot, every day in December and in that way I am sure I am getting more done well in time, not just two days before Christmas.

I dug out the winter / Christmas Moomin mugs. I have a small collection of 26 Moomin mugs. I love them. Every season I change the mugs I keep in the kitchen to match the colors and atmosphere of spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Sweet little T, he has no idea that soon Santa will add to his beloved train collection :).

Today’s craft was made in the toddler group. T was the first child to start and the last to leave the craft table. He was so happy playing with scissors, glitter and glue! I was thrilled to see how well he was handling the materials and tools and how he likes crafts.

This is what the little ones do when the big ones are doing crafts.